Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Begala":

"… per PAC. Both the nonprofit and super PAC also paid Democratic strategist Paul Begala large sums in 2012. Begala earned $241,300 from Priorities USA and $265,8 …"

Environmentalists boost ally in Massachusetts special election

By Michael Beckel

League of Conservation Voters goes to bat for Democrat Ed Markey in Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… Committee for a Better Massachusetts.” That group’s largest donor was Bain Capital managing director Stephen Zide, who gave $25,000 of the $50,000 the group …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… mocratic super PACs.Romney himself was a private equity man in his days at Bain Capital, which he co-founded.“They view [Romney] as one of them,” said David K …"

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… roups combined — including the top GOP super PACs Restore Our Future and American Crossroads and conservative nonprofits Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity.Su …"

"… store Our Future's spending went toward negative ads, as did 95 percent of American Crossroads' expenditures.Many of these ads have criticized Obama’s handling of the …"

Daily Disclosure: Republicans attack Obama over cancer ad

By Alexandra Duszak

A super PAC that linked Mitt Romney's closure of a steel factory to woman's death from cancer sparks an ad war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… .In the Priorities ad, steelworker Joe Soptic says Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, shut down the company he worked for and he lost his health insurance. His …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "CNN":

"… t closed.She didn’t lose coverage when the plant closed. Mr. Soptic told CNN that she lost her own employer-sponsored coverage a year or two later. She …"

"… th insurance plan that covered his wife.But in an interview with CNN, Soptic said that when he lost his job at GS Industries in 2001, his wife …"

"… ce through her job as an employee at Savers, a local thrift store. He told CNN that she left her job in 2002 or 2003 because of an injury, and that she t …"

Daily Disclosure: Man links wife's cancer death to Bain buyout

By Alexandra Duszak

A Democratic super PAC continues to hammer Romney's history with Bain Capital, this time over health insurance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… ominee Mitt Romney, condemning his actions when he was chairman and CEO of Bain Capital and linking the private equity firm's buyout of a steel company to a woman …"

Daily Disclosure: Olympic ads accuse Romney of outsourcing jobs

By Rachael Marcus

A pro-Obama super PAC is using the Olympics as a backdrop to beat up on Romney.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… subject of a Washington Post story.The ad will air during the Olympics in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. While it is part of a $20 million campai …"

"… o air in 11 states — most considered up for grabs in November: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania …"

"… in support of Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who is running for U.S. Senate in Florida.Texas Conservatives Fund, a pro-David Dewhurst super PAC, spent $815,000 o …"

Issa wants to know if Dems are raising dollars for super PACs

By Michael Beckel

The House's chief investigator wants details of Obama officials campaign activities following Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… lican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.Requests for comment from the Cabinet officials were not immediately retur …"

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of lies

By The Associated Press

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of dishonest attacks on outsourcing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… mpaign for weeks has been attacking Romney's record at private equity firm Bain Capital. "Mitt Romney's companies were pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wa …"

"… falsely depicting Romney as someone who shipped jobs overseas when he ran Bain Capital, and it uses Clinton to try to show that there's a pattern to Obama's alle …"

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Documents conflict on when Romney left Bain

By The Associated Press

Romney adviser Gillespie charges Obama campaign making false charge against former governor

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… date's statements about when he gave up control of the private equity firm Bain Capital. President Barack Obama's campaign seized on the discrepancies Thursday to …"

"… ma campaign "a lie" and asserted that job outsourcing wasn't the policy at Bain Capital when Romney was in charge. Even as it sought the upper hand …"

"… in attacks on Romney's business record. Romney helped found Bain Capital in 1984. The private equity firm invested in various companies, often rest …"

"… on. Romney eventually negotiated a retirement agreement with Bain Capital in 2002. The agreement was made retroactive to February 1999. …"

Obama, Dems dominate GOP in April fundraising

By John Dunbar

April was a tough month for the GOP fundraisers while Obama continued to pile up cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… anager and $250,000 from Stephen Zide, a former colleague of Romney’s at Bain Capital.The real total, however, appears to be $3.9 million — the super PAC repo …"

"… nearly $2 billion in assets. Stephen Zide has been a managing director at Bain Capital since 2001 and an employee since 1997, according to the company’s websit …"

Donor profile: AFL-CIO

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… ailout. Another ad entitled “Greed” linked Romney’s former employer, Bain Capital, to Medicare fraud. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycl …"

FACT CHECK: What Priorities USA Action doesn’t tell you

By FactCheck.Org

Pro-Obama super PAC ad leaves out important truths in ad condemning Romney's past business dealings.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… ey made money for himself and investors as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital, and that some of the companies in which Bain invested filed for bankruptc …"

"… s so few details.Bain, againThe ad also revisits the business practices at Bain Capital, which Romney headed from 1984 to 1999.We wrote about the private equity f …"

Finance industry makes up nearly half of pro-Romney super PAC’s donations

By Alexandra Duszak and Rachael Marcus

America's wealthiest investors fill coffers of pro-Romney super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "payday lenders":

"… Dodd-Frank imposes federal regulatory oversight of these lenders. “The payday lenders are under the full power of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau …"

"… program director at U.S. PIRG. "And it’s a very important power, so the payday lenders do not like the CFPB.” Rod Aycox, of Loan Max, and his title loan compa …"

"… ent is James Marchesi, the founder and president of Check City, a chain of payday lenders, one of which has the same address as REBS in the Las Vegas shopping cente …"

"… llan Jones, gave $35,000. He is also CEO of one of the country’s largest payday lenders, Check into Cash Inc. Payday loans, also known as payday advances, are sh …"

Pro-Romney super PAC adds $6.6 million to coffers

By John Dunbar

'Restore Our Future,' the pro-Romney super PAC, continues to attract donors at a rapid clip

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peter Stone":

"… f the nearly $37 million raised by the pro-Romney group.Michael Beckel and Peter Stone contributed to this report. …"

Another Bain exec revealed as man behind corporate donor to pro-Romney super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Mystery corporate donor to super PAC supporting Romney is former Bain executive

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Pawlenty":

"… ttee and $2,500 to failed GOP presidential candidate former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Rogers also contributed t …"

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… e group. Supporters included several buddies from Romney’s old employer, Bain Capital, who gave a combined $750,000. Restore our Future has spent $17.5 million …"

Presidential super PACs raise $49 million through December

By John Dunbar

Average super PAC donor gave $33,500 to outside spending groups, while an individual can only give $2,500

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… the nearly $18 million it raised in the second half of 2011, friends from Bain Capital, the private equity firm where Romney served as CEO, gave at least $750,00 …"

Pro-Romney 'super PAC' brings total haul to $30 million for year

By John Dunbar

Outside spending group 'Restore Our Future' raises most money among presidential super PACs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… aign. Donors included included several buddies from his old employer, Bain Capital, who gave a combined $750,000.The top donors were Julian Robertson of …"

FACT CHECK: The Gingrich counterattack in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

The Gingrich side has finally begun to fight back with TV attack ads of its own in Florida

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… 2 Boston Globe report. Romney personally collected $473,000 when Bain Capital, which Romney once headed, sold the Damon Corp., to Corning Inc. in 1993. …"

PAC profile: Priorities USA Action

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Obama

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… blican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's actions as chairman and CEO of Bain Capital to a woman's death from cancer. Another of the group's most memorable ads …"

"… on which officials announced the plant’s closure, after it was bought by Bain Capital, was like building his “own coffin” and made him “sick.”For much o …"

Adelsons double down on Gingrich, kick in another $5 million to super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Wife of Gingrich patron Sheldon Adelson gives $5 million to pro-Gingrich super PAC, matching husband

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… d former Massachusetts Gov. Romney’s long career running the buyout firm Bain Capital. In some cases, Bain made tens of millions of dollars in its buyout deals …"

Romney's small tax bill could be a big problem

By Corbin Hiar

The millionaire former venture capital partner pays an effective tax rate lower than a family earning less than $70,000

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… y told reporters in South Carolina Tuesday, when asked about his taxes.The Bain Capital founder and current GOP presidential front-runner has been under pressure …"

"… been referring to the lucrative retirement package he secured when he left Bain Capital, the private equity firm he helped found in 1984.Romney left Bain in early …"

FACT CHECK: Mitt the Ripper?

By FactCheck.Org

Stephen Colbert's 'Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow' PAC bring comedy into presidential nominee race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… Mitt the Ripper” a “serial killer” because of his record as head of Bain Capital. There’s even a brief shot of a human body being dragged away as the ann …"

"… riticism of a video by a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, Romney had left Bain Capital before the demise of either of those companies. In fact, Bain purchas …"

"… tcy.Also featured is a headline from the Kansas City Star — “Bain Capital Tied to Bankruptcy.” That news story refers to GST Industries Inc., a st …"

ANALYSIS: Mitt's Romney's dream world

By Wendell Potter

Consumers can't simply fire their health insurers

Excerpts from this story referencing "John":

"… ally cover what they need.Just yesterday a friend told me that her brother John was notified earlier this week that, effective February 1, his premiums wi …"

"… surer.His employer is not absorbing a nickel of the increase, meaning that John and his coworkers will have to pay the entire amount of additional premium …"

"… copayment for outpatient surgery will jump from $100 to $250, for example.John does not have the option of choosing a plan offered where he works by anot …"

"… n the individual market. That’s because he has a pre-existing condition. John knows the chances of his finding a single insurer that would take him on a …"

Rules against coordination between super PACs, candidates, tough to enforce

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Since 1999, FEC has conducted three investigations of coordination between candidates and outside spending groups

Excerpts from this story referencing "MSNBC":

"… cate with a super PAC in any way, shape or form,” he said in December on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show. “My goodness, if we coordinate in any way whatsoev …"

Casino mogul’s $5 million check to pro-Gingrich group a harbinger of GOP help to come

By Peter H. Stone

A billionaire casino owner's first choice is Newt Gingrich, but pledges more millions for GOP regardless of nominee

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… workers who lost their jobs after Romney’s former venture capital firm, Bain Capital, acquired them in buyouts. The effort is aimed at destroying Romney’s se …"

"… uding Indiana-based Ampad, which were bought out in the 1980s and 1990s by Bain Capital, where Romney made his fortune. The film interweaves personal statements …"

FACT CHECK: Mangled facts in Manchester

By FactCheck.Org

Candidates fumble some claims hours before they'll face off again

Excerpts from this story referencing "CONSOL Energy":

"… Politics. Santorum last year also earned $142,500 as a consultant for CONSOL Energy. But he is not and never has been registered as a Washington lob …"'s guide to the New Hampshire debates

By FactCheck.Org lays out the busy weekend for Republican presidential candidates leading up to N.H. primary

Excerpts from this story referencing "Yahoo!":

"… ublican presidential candidates meet Jan. 7 for a prime-time ABC News/Yahoo!/WMUR-TV debate at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Less than 12 …"