Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… with “dark money,” according to a new campaign finance filing with the Federal Election Commission. The sole donor to Prosperity for Pennsylvania is listed as nonprofit Gre …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… seful information for voters to know.”   …"

"… ent on TV advertising overall for state-level offices, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data through Oct. 6 from media tracking service Ka …"

"… uhaha, the IRS has been limited in its supervision of these groups, as the Center for Public Integrity has previously reported. This election cycle, more than 65 percent of …"

"… ons this year, the most in the country apart from Kansas, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis. Arizona Save Our Future Now and four other nonprofit groups …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… date participation in any governor’s race in the country, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from media tracking service Kantar Media/CMAG. The pheno …"

More than a dozen states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

By Michael Beckel

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Florida special election

By Michael Beckel

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… that sum was controlled by the candidates’ own campaigns, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal records. Outside political groups spending more money …"

"… Merck, have voluntarily self-reported contributions to the Chamber, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. Meanwhile, the American Action Network — which is …"

"… dates themselves in a dozen House races, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. The phenomenon was repeated two yea …"

Zombie super PACs face termination

By Dave Levinthal

Federal regulators put hundreds of obscure political committees on notice for disclosure failures.

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… are years old. Despite an explosion in political spending hastened by key Supreme Court decisions, the agency’s funding has remained flat for five years and sta …"

"… anned those unlimited “soft money” donations to political parties. The Supreme Court largely upheld the law the following year despite a challenge by Sen. Mitc …"

"… been nothing to issue rules about. It’s been nearly four years since the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United v. FEC decision, which allows corporations, u …"

"… rting with the Citizens United v. FEC decision and continuing now with the Supreme Court’s pending McCutcheon v. FEC case — make the FEC’s regulatory duties …"

Regulators to axe secretive super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

FEC says Texas-based group that won't file disclosures is violating the law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… ited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates, but federal law requires them to regularly submit paperwork to the FEC accounting for thei …"

Was the glut of outside spending in 2012 state races just the start?

By Bill Buzenberg

You can expect more money — and ads — pouring into state races next year based on new Center analysis of 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… e most prolific source of funds used in outside spending campaigns was the Republican Governors Association (RGA). The RGA was responsible for at least $34 million of the $209 millio …"

Why 'McCutcheon' won't stop the influx of cash into politics

By Bill Buzenberg

Even if the FEC wins its Supreme Court case, super PACs and other groups will still be allowed to spend big in elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alabama":

"… on v. FEC, named for its lead plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon. McCutcheon is an Alabama general contractor by trade and a Republican activist, who incidentally ex …"

Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' case could aid GOP

By Michael Beckel

Conservative donors who maxed out during the 2012 election far outnumbered liberals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… super PAC of the anti-tax Club for Growth. Meanwhile, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson — who became a household name during the 2012 election for his deep …"

Five money-in-politics facts about John Lewis

By Michael Beckel

That's one of five money-and-politics facts you'll learn here about civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

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

"… ”       …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… bility to help fill the campaign coffers of gubernatorial candidates. The Republican Governors Association has given a massive sum of money — nearly $5.7 million — to Virginia A …"

"… v. 5. Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the Republican Governors Association donated $1 million to Ken Cuccinelli's attorney general campaign account. …"

William Koch emerges from shadow of famous siblings

By Michael Beckel

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oxbow":

"… ate change, which could mean costly new regulations for Koch’s expansive Oxbow Carbon LLC business network. Unlike his brothers who have favored politic …"

"… traditional political action committee are at an all-time high — as are Oxbow’s lobbying expenditures. “Energy companies see a threat to their bott …"

"… ns United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 the way Koch’s Oxbow Carbon LLC did. The decision allowed corporations to use treasury funds t …"

"… candidates — or give them to intermediaries, like super PACs. In 2012, Oxbow was at the vanguard, contributing millions to Republican super PACs — mo …"

State campaign contribution limits on the rise

By Adam Wollner

Individual campaign contribution limits are on the rise as states hedge against super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… its if they were coupled with measures requiring greater transparency. In Tennessee, the state’s House of Representatives in mid-April narrowly rejected a R …"

"… en permitted to make campaign donations — activity illegal under current Tennessee law. “The people of Tennessee don’t want this because they know that …"

"… ations — activity illegal under current Tennessee law. “The people of Tennessee don’t want this because they know that money corrupts,” said Mike Turn …"

Justice for sale in state supreme court elections?

By Bill Buzenberg

Outside groups are funneling more and more money into state races, which is a trend the Center will be following.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… ut-of-state influence likely helped decide recent races in North Carolina, Iowa and Mississippi. The Center examined 10 high-profile state supreme court …"

"… and the high level of spending by outside groups. Besides North Carolina, Iowa and Mississippi, our research focused on Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Mon …"

Without better laws, "dark money" groups will prosper in 2014 state races

By Bill Buzenberg

Without better campaign finance laws, "dark money" groups will prosper in 2014 state races

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… ; Produced in collaboration with the National Institute on Money in State Politics,  we show clearly that in 30 states it is impossible to calculate how …"

Lax state rules provide cover for sponsors of attack ads

By Alan Suderman

In 30 states it’s impossible to total how much money outside groups are spending on campaigns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Hampshire":

"… na, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tenness …"

Shaun McCutcheon hopes donation in S. Carolina election will be first of many nationwide

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Alabama man bent on campaign finance deregulation kicks off election cycle with South Carolina contribution.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… it the biennial limit. During the last election, the Center for Responsive Politics calculated that just 0.1 percent of American adults gave at least $2,500 t …"

Donor profile: Plumbers and Pipefitters Union

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Donor profile: William S. Rose (Specialty Group)

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Donor profile: AFSCME

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Donor profile: American Federation of Teachers

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

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 "Alexandra Duszak":

"… ns.”Researchers Robert Maguire of the Center for Responsive Politics and Alexandra Duszak of the Center for Public Integrity contributed to this report. Graphic des …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Donor profile: United Auto Workers

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters

By John Dunbar

Sometimes donor disclosure reveals little.

Donor profile: Steve and Amber Mostyn

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… 2 million in donations to super PACs is modest compared with fellow Texans Harold Simmons ($30.9 million) and Bob Perry ($23.5 million), the cash is still …"

Donor profile: Robert Mercer

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Mercer":

"… o federal lobbying records. Family: Daughter, Rebekah Mercer Biography: Robert Mercer, 65, is co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies LLC, a $15 billion hedge f …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… arters from Irving, Texas, to Dallas, home of campaign finance bigwig Harold Simmons. The move — to a site developed by campaign finance heavyweight and comm …"

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