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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… m, Democracy Alliance Chairman Rob McKay and Jonathan Mantz, who served as Hillary Clinton's national finance director during her 2008 presidential campaign. In all …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that.Adelson’s support was linked to a shared stance wit …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… 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.”Eighty-eig …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… iaPost reported. No word yet on the content of the ad.Pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future has reserved $7.2 million for ads during the Olympics to air in 11 states …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… . …"

"… P nominee may have even engaged in illegal activity. "Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his posi …"

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 "American Federation of Teachers":

"… Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ($3.9 million) and the American Federation of Teachers ($1.1 million). Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president since 2009, has been cr …"

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 "Renaissance Technologies":

"… comment. Robert Mercer, another $1 million donor, is president and CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a Manhattan-based hedge fund. Mercer, an NRA member and Long Island resid …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… employer, Bain & Co., and his wife, according to records.Super PAC “Restore Our Future” reported a $250,000 donation from a firm called Glenbrook LLC on its di …"

"… Melinda and their daughter Jennifer.Neither Rogers nor a representative of Restore Our Future could immediately be reached for comment.If this story has a familiar ring …"

"… corporated in Delaware and disbanded before the contribution came to light.Restore Our Future later adjusted their reports to include Conard's name.Super PACs were made …"

"… ns and spend the money on advertising that supports or opposes a candidate.Restore Our Future was created last year to help boost Romney's electoral prospects. It is ru …"

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… om investorsRestore our future, the super PAC backing presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, received nearly $30 million in donations in 2011. The investment industry …"

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 "Romney":

"… grich super PAC that takes the personal attacks to a new level, suggesting Romney was associated personally with “illegal activity” in a massive Medicar …"

"… illegal activity” in a massive Medicare fraud in the 1990s. The fact is Romney was never accused of wrongdoing in that case.Another ad from the same grou …"

"… used of wrongdoing in that case.Another ad from the same group claims that Romney “thinks judges can overrule parents on abortions.” But it rips Romney …"

"… Romney “thinks judges can overrule parents on abortions.” But it rips Romney’s words out of context. He was actually arguing against allowi …"

PAC profile: Priorities USA Action

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Obama

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Air Traffic Controllers Association":

"… pped in, including the American Federation of Teachers ($1.5 million), the National Air Traffic Controllers Association ($1.25 million) and the Service Employees International Union ($1 million) …"

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 "Aetna":

"… option of choosing a plan offered where he works by another carrier, like Aetna or CIGNA or Kaiser, and he really cannot go shopping for a policy on the i …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… n in South Carolina criticizing Romney’s tenure with private equity firm Bain Capital. The most recent FEC investigation regarding coordination was settled in …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ey attacks from Gingrich and his allies come after a pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, spent more than $4.1 million by the first of the year in early primary st …"

"… s and super PACs which are supposed to be independent. But super PACs like Restore Our Future and Winning Our Future were started by or include as principals long-time …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… hat he helped create more than 100,000 net jobs while working at Bain Capital, an investment firm he co-founded. As we have reported, the Romney ca …"