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 "New Jersey":

"… ($500,000). It also contributed $255,000 to two "Occupy Sandy" groups in New Jersey and New York that provided relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy struck th …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… y — a champion of climate change issues and their preferred candidate in Massachusetts’ Democratic U.S. Senate special primary — who bested rival Rep. Stephe …"

"… some late assistance from a super PAC called the “Committee for a Better Massachusetts.” That group’s largest donor was Bain Capital managing director Stephe …"

"… ted raising through mid-April. Other donors to the Committee for a Better Massachusetts include Mike Ascione, managing director at Berkshire Partners, who gave $1 …"

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 "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ish people.”He was also once one of the biggest backers of AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But Adelson broke off relations with the group in 2007 when it supported …"

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 "Nevada":

"… opposed Rep. Dean Heller, the Republican who is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada.Not all secret money is coming from nonprofits. Throughout the election se …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, …"

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 "Iowa":

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

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 "Representative":

"… nergy Secretary Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk all indicated that they were open to participation in super PAC f …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… wage countries," a recent Obama ad said.Obama wants to undercut the former Massachusetts governor's pitch that his business background makes him more qualified tha …"

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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 "Massachusetts":

"… itself scrambling to explain the apparent discrepancies between the former Massachusetts governor's past statements about his Bain tenure and the SEC documents. …"

"… to February 1999. The Boston Globe reported Thursday that a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 stated he still owned 100 p …"

"… ned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. Romney was elected to one term as Massachusetts governor in 2002. ___ Associated Press writers …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… super PAC reported a $750,000 refund of a donation from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry. Perry is still the top donor at $4 million. Overall, though, it was a dis …"

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 "Ohio":

"… million for the presidential race. In November, it gave $50,000 to We Are Ohio, which led a successful effort to defeat the state law that would have lim …"

"… O’s largest member unions, AFSCME, spent sizeable amounts in Florida and Ohio on radio, TV and internet ads aimed at blue-collar workers that criticized …"

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 "New York Post":

"… ad falls into the latter category, of course.The group’s ad cites a New York Post article by financial journalist Josh Kosman from Feb. …"

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 "Congo":

"… purchasing debts owed by countries including Peru and the Republic of the Congo and suing them for payment. Singer is a fiscal conservative and an outspo …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ted 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 "Delaware":

"… porate donation from a group called W. Spann LLC — which incorporated in Delaware and disbanded before the contribution came to light.Restore Our Future lat …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… pany, also gave $1 million.Chris Shumway of Shumway Capital gave $750,000. Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder with deep pockets for GOP causes , also gave the grou …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… gave $1 million.Chris Shumway of Shumway Capital Management gave $750,000. Bob Perry, a homebuilder whose capacity for giving to GOP causes seems endless, gave …"

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 "American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees":

"… if to prove once again that politics indeed makes strange bedfellows, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees has been attacking Romney on the old Damon story in a 30-second attack ad …"

PAC profile: Priorities USA Action

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Obama

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Kerry":

"… o be signing on as a consultant. Cahill was the campaign director for Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., during his 2004 presidential campaign, and she also previously w …"

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 "Florida":

"… own $5 million bet on a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich in the upcoming Florida primary.The gift came from Miriam Adelson, according to sources familiar w …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… he firm through February 2009, the the New York Times reported in December. …"

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 "Romney":

"… l TV spot that the Stephen Colbert “super PAC” is running against Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Romney didn’t bump off the companies that the ad joki …"

"… Colbert “super PAC” is running against Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Romney didn’t bump off the companies that the ad jokingly claims he did.For tho …"

"… rleston all the way to North Charleston.”The 60-second spot pokes fun at Romney’s statement that “corporations are people,” saying that makes “Mit …"

"… even a brief shot of a human body being dragged away as the announcer says Romney bought companies and “got rid of what he couldn’t use.”But Romney wa …"

ANALYSIS: Mitt's Romney's dream world

By Wendell Potter

Consumers can't simply fire their health insurers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… .”Most of the criticism has been in connection with his tenure as CEO of Bain Capital, the firm that invests in ailing businesses and, while he was there, overs …"

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 "Texas":

"… ning Our Future” ($4.3 million) and “Strong America Now” ($125,000); Texas Gov. Rick Perry supporter “Make Us Great Again” ($4.0 million); Ron Pa …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… nors; in 2010 it reported multimillion dollar gifts from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry and Texas businessman Harold Simmons, among others. The two Crossroads gr …"

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 "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… ’s statistic is true according to data based on household surveys by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But according to the most commonly used yardstick for job growth, payroll …"'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 "Rhode Island":

"… when the conservative Club for Growth attacked then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island on some of the same projects. None of them was requested by Santorum, exce …"