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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ast year came in the form of negative ads against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. One of its ads linked Romney to the death of a woman who lost her battle …"

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 "Macau":

"… and Exchange Commission. The Sands’ most lucrative holdings are in Macau, a special administrative region in China.Super PACs like Restore Our Futu …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… argue that Romney bears some responsibility for the plant’s closing — Bain Capital bought it and loaded it with debt while he was in charge of Bain. But the …"

"… for the downfall of the company was a tough call.With Romney at the helm, Bain Capital invested in the small Kansas City steel mill called GST Steel Co. in 1993. …"

"…  in 2002. “But I didn’t manage these companies. Our philosophy at Bain Capital was to support management teams in companies where we saw potential for gr …"

"… ten repeatedly in the past, Romney left day-to-day operations at Bain Capital in early 1999 to head up the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee, and we h …"

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 "announcer":

"… n people. Thousands owe their jobs to Mitt Romney’s companies," says the announcer. "India, which also gained jobs thanks to Romney, an outsourcing pioneer.& …"

"… nbsp;And Burma, where Romney had the uniforms made for the 2002 games."The announcer continues with Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, accusing him 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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ndraising events.Romney, himself, has attended at least one fundraiser for Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing his candidacy, as the Center for Public Integrity p …"

"… tion as Romney’s vice presidential pick — were scheduled to speak at a Restore Our Future fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel in New York City.While supe …"

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 "Texas":

"… tions for April, including $1 million from John Kleinheinz, a San Antonio, Texas-based hedge fund manager and $250,000 from Stephen Zide, a former colleagu …"

"… .9 million — the 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 …"

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 "president":

"… e American Federation of Teachers ($1.1 million). Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president since 2009, has been critical of president Barack Obama in the past, but m …"

"… sp;endorsed Obama in March 2012, saying that, despite differences with the president, the union has “never doubted Obama’s commitment to working families. …"

"… lion in independent expenditures, including more than $2.5 million for the presidential race. In November, it gave $50,000 to We Are Ohio, which led a success …"

"… d in opposition and produced several videos and ads critical of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. One of the AFL-CIO’s largest member unions, A …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… urt’s Citizens United decision, he did. Robertson gave $1.25 million to Restore Our Future, a super PAC that has underwritten a relentless advertising campaign rippi …"

"… ending operations gave the super PAC $437,500, according to the analysis. Restore Our Future is by far the best-funded of the super PACs backing presidential candidate …"

"… ibuted by employees from any one company. Neither the Romney campaign nor Restore Our Future responded to requests for comment for this story. Top donors Robertson i …"

"… xecutives at Bain Capital and their families gave at least $3.1 million to Restore Our Future, including two households that contributed $1 million or more. Conard cam …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… f hedge fund managers and executives from private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Romney's former employer.There were no seven-figure donations in January, …"

"… contribution and dissolving soon after, was discovered to belong to former Bain Capital executive Edward Conard. iWatch News was first to report&nb …"

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 "Charles Spies":

"… ical director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 media team; and Charles Spies, Romney’s chief financial officer and counsel in 2008.Through the end of …"

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 "Florida":

"… s spent at least $17.5 million so far this campaign, nearly $11 million in Florida, where Romney won handily Tuesday night.The $49 million total does not inc …"

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 "Reuters":

"… le burden’ on state and household budgets,” citing a Dec. 2, 2011 Reuters article. But the article doesn’t support the claim and, actually, underc …"

"… e. But the article doesn’t support the claim and, actually, undercuts it.Reuters uses the word “unsustainable” twice when addressing the cost of health …"

"… h care costs are “slightly behind the national trend” in Massachusetts.Reuters, Dec. 2, 2011: "The long-term effects on citizens’ health, and on the co …"

"… s projected to reach an unsustainable level by 2018."Later in the article, Reuters cites Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as saying health care costs by 2018 …"

PAC profile: Priorities USA Action

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Obama

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate race":

"… efeated by Republican rising star Marco Rubio during the state's 2010 U.S. Senate race.The No. 1 donor to Priorities USA Action was hedge fund manager James Simo …"

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 "Tax":

"… e “Romney Rule” after an analysis from the advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice estimated that Romney paid a rate of 14 percent.Romney’s ex …"

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 "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 "Utah":

"… million); Ron Paul supporter “Endorse Liberty” ($2.9 million); former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman supporter “Our Destiny PAC” ($2.5 million); Rick San …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… ’ve gone over before. Romney repeated his misleading claim that his firm Bain Capital invested in businesses that “have now added over 100,000 jobs.” Huntsm …"

"… t he created over 100,000 jobs through his work at the private equity firm Bain Capital. That’s an unproven and questionable claim, as we wrote earlier thi …"'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 "Mitt Romney":

"… Speaker Newt Gingrich’s stepped-up attacks on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich took out a full-page newspaper ad in New Hampshire, cr …"

"… activities “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”Mitt Romney’s Flip-FlopsOur Destiny PAC, a political action committee supporting Jon …"