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 "The Wall Street Journal":

"… g the regulatory reach of government, according to an interview he gave to The Wall Street Journal in March. Many of Contran’s subsidiaries are subject to environmental re …"

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

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 "Virginia":

"… ory.The ad will air during the Olympics in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. While it is part of a $20 million campaign launched in May, officials wou …"

"… Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The ads will air from July 31 to August 9, Politico reporte …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… oliticians have also mingled with their super PAC supporters.For instance, Kentucky Republican House candidate Thomas Massie attended an event at the home of …"

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 "Florida":

"… amp; Co. and is a well-known corporate buyout specialist. Sun Capital is a Florida-based private equity company.The second-biggest donor to the super PAC was …"

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 "Richard Trumka":

"… es ($3.9 million) and the American Federation of Teachers ($1.1 million). Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president since 2009, has been critical of President Barack Obama …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… under the name “W Spann LLC.” Conard is a former managing director of Bain Capital — the private equity company co-founded by Romney. Current and former e …"

"… ate equity company co-founded by Romney. Current and former executives at Bain Capital and their families gave at least $3.1 million to Restore Our Future, inclu …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… s managed to raise an extraordinary amount of money - even if casino owner Sheldon Adelson and family's expected $20 million in contributions to the pro-Gingrich sup …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… e it's happened before.In August, Ed Conard, a former managing director at Bain Capital, which Romney co-founded in 1984 along with two other Bain & Co. execu …"

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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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… on total does not include the $10 million in donations that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, Winning Our Future, wh …"

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 "speaker":

"… means.”As for Gingrich’s claim that he “helped reduce spending” as speaker, it’s true that he worked to slow the rate of spending growth. But as&nb …"

PAC profile: Priorities USA Action

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Obama

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… chief of staff at the White house before Emanuel left to run for mayor of Chicago.Many of the super PAC's donors fit the stereotype held by right-winge …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… super PAC have an early and sizable head start in advertising spending.In South Carolina, Sheldon Adelson’s $5 million donation to the PAC basically bankrolled i …"

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 "speaker":

"… of Romney's earnings are taxed at the capital gains rate: The $374,328 in speaker's fees that the former Massachusetts governor disclosed in his candid …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… that the Stephen 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 …"

"… aven’t been watching the Comedy Central star’s show lately, Colbert (a South Carolina native) says he’s decided to run for president — in Sou …"

"… ina native) says he’s decided to run for president — in South Carolina only. The “super PAC” he formed previously has now been turned over to …"

"… d with Stephen”) TV spot will run in “a major ad buy that will blanket South Carolina from Charleston all the way to North Charleston.”The 60-second spot poke …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ($1.3 million) and “Leaders for Families” ($218,000); and President Barack Obama supporter “Priorities USA Action” ($321,000), according to an analysis …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ed Saturday by the Washington Post. …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… or another, that we’re going to buy into the class warfare arguments of Barack Obama is something that should not be part of the Republican lexicon. That’s t …"

FactCheck.org's guide to the New Hampshire debates

By FactCheck.Org

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 …"

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