Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… In Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren knocked out Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who had stunned the political world in January 2010 when he won the late …"

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… In the battle for the Senate, Elizabeth Warren turned Republican Scott Brown out of office in Massachusetts, and Rep. Joe Donnelly captured a seat from …"

House candidates draw one-campaign super PACs

By Russ Choma

Super PACs devoted solely to supporting a congressional candidate spent $28 million in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… d in $250,000.Both Adelson and Perry have also given money to Independence Virginia PAC, a super PAC targeting Virginia's Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kain …"

"… have also given money to Independence Virginia PAC, a super PAC targeting Virginia's Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine, with $2.5 million — the group h …"

Daily Disclosure: Nebraska Senate race targeted by Democratic super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PAC End the Gridlock is pumping money into a race that looks increasingly like a GOP pickup

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… state Sen. Deb Fischer, who is favored to win the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska.Fischer faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey in the race to replace retiring …"

"… site says it plans to focus on “high impact races” but only names Nebraska.Its most recent quarterly filing shows the super PAC took in $22 …"

"… e, show transfers to End the Gridlock totaling more than $257,000.The only Nebraska-based donor currently on record is Richard Holland, who helped build one o …"

"… ;TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.The New York Times rates the Nebraska seat a “likely, though not surefire” pickup for the GOP. Fischer has a …"

Ameritrade founder Ricketts' Nebraska contribution worries watchdogs

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donor Joe Ricketts' eleventh-hour investment in Nebraska primary winner could pay dividends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… uture.” …"

"… ion haul.If she prevails in November against Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and U.S. senator, watchdogs worry Ricketts’ influence would be …"

"… k there is any doubt Ricketts will get more access to Fischer than regular Nebraskans,” said Adam Smith, communications director at Public Campaign. “This …"

"… stadium that will be “the western headquarters for the Chicago Cubs.”)Nebraska’s primary marked the reemergence of the Ending Spending Action Fund, whi …"

Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC spending again plays major role in Senate contest, this time in Nebraska.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Kerrey":

"… Fischer loses the primary.The winner is expected to face former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, the one-time governor of Nebraska, who is expected to be a formidable foe …"

PAC profile: American Crossroads

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crossroads":

"… ne of the best-funded, highest profile super PACs in the country, American Crossroads stated an intention to raise and spend $300 million in the 2012 election c …"

"… million in the 2012 election cycle, along with its sister nonprofit group Crossroads GPS, which can solicit unlimited dollars from donors without having to dis …"

"… andidates or the national party committees. Through Election Day, American Crossroads alone spent almost $105 million, mostly on negative ads.Formed in 2010 and …"

"… on negative ads.Formed in 2010 and viewed as a “shadow RNC,” American Crossroads launched following the 2008 campaign that saw Democrats sweep electio …"

Democrats desperately seek their own Rove

By Peter H. Stone

For chastened Democrats, ‘a lesson and a beating’; Republicans hone tactics that brought in secretive millions last year...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Woody Johnson":

"… ng a few state PACs.Romney’s team boasts veteran bigwig bundlers such as Woody Johnson, who owns the New York Jets; Wayne Berman, who chairs the lobbying firm Og …"

Consultant profile: Bob Shrum (Shrum, Devine & Donilon)

By Robert Brodsky

Major clients in 2003-2004 include John Kerry

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… on the campaign — then a record — but won only 13 percent of the vote. The Washington Post reported that Shrum's firm was paid "as much as $2 million," not including …"

Program to help small farmers now virtually run by industry

By Gil Shochat

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2001 — When Brad Koetz was told that his impressive sunflower yield was unfit for human consumption, he was taken abac

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brad Koetz":

"… nsurance industry to compensate him for his devastated sunflower crop. …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part five

For months, disarray was the hallmark of Vice President Al Gore's campaign. Last October 6, he moved his campaign to Nashville from Washingt

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief of staff":

"… former aides and close friends. Jack Quinn, who was the vice president’s chief of staff, has since represented Intel Corp. and a coalition of companies seeking to …"

"… elho hired as independent contractors for the Expo were Fred Hatfield, his chief of staff on Capitol Hill between 1984 and 1989, and later his business partner; and …"

"… t he was running a “racist” campaign. Most recently, Brazile worked as chief of staff to District of Columbia Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.Carte …"

"… al Office for them.Fred Hatfield: Member of Coelho’s kitchen cabinet and chief of staff to Coelho when he was a California congressman. He is current chief of sta …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part one

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — It is no surprise and nothing new in the land of the spin and the home of the sound bite that each and every can

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… na and academia, while the crucial fund raisers and politicos are based in Washington, D.C.While stumping across the country, McCain emphasizes his outside-the-Beltwa …"

"… or the Christian Coalition and currently serves the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., as director of congressional relations with the U.S. Senate. He served as …"

"… man of IEP Advisors, Inc., which his biographical statement describes as a Washington, D.C. “consulting and merchant banking firm.” The firm is also registered to …"

"… llen was vice president for development at the Free Congress Foundation in Washington, D.C.That foundation is a conservative think tank devoted to fighting cultural i …"