Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… fied as a contributor to Patriot Majority USA by the Center for Responsive Politics. Greg Crist, a spokesman for the American Health Care Association, declin …"

Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

By Michael Beckel

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Varoga":

"… And Patriot Majority USA, a Democratic-leaning operation led by strategist Craig Varoga, told the FEC it spent about $7.5 million on such expenditures. In an ema …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… y paralyze EPA scientists who evaluate toxic chemicals. In 2009, President Obama signed an executive memorandum to try to stop political interfer …"

"… of Congress. The story of arsenic shows how easily industry thwarted the Obama’s administration’s effort to prevent interference with science. A ubiq …"

"… he agency managed to complete only two assessments. Within five months of Obama taking office, the EPA wrested back control of the process. The agency als …"

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… d. “That’s human nature.”    …"

"… rding to the analysis. Cornyn ultimately bulldozed Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, and several lesser-known challengers in a March 4 intra-party battle. Bu …"

"… t initially guaranteed. A June 2013 poll sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, for example, found that only 54 percent of Republicans …"

"… lly guaranteed. A June 2013 poll sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, for example, found that only 54 percent of Republicans viewed Cor …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "candidate":

"… s. Conservative groups have together spent nearly $3 attacking Republican candidates for every $1 spent slamming Democrats, according to a Center for Public I …"

"… nt about $10 million advocating for the defeat of Republican congressional candidates in advertisements and other communications. Identifiably liberal groups, …"

"… spend unlimited amounts of money to spend supporting or opposing political candidates. During the 2010 midterm elections, conservative organizations hardly sp …"

"… ons, conservative organizations hardly spent any money opposing Republican candidates, federal records from the first four months of that year indicate. Tea p …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… idates put forward, and we back candidates based on that." Super PAC Club for Growth Action, meanwhile, spent more than $317,000 in January and February campai …"

"… ening the Republican Party’s odds of a successful 2014 midterm election, Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller simply said, "no." But he indicated his group's ad …"

"… he Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America by spending $342,000 to skewer McDanie …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lindsey Graham":

"… ans The potential targets include Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wyoming":

"… re nonprofit was founded in 2012 by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and North Carolina Democrat Erskine Bowles, who served in the Clinton admi …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… nges next year: 7 Number of Senate and House candidates the anti-tax Club for Growth has already endorsed: 5 Number of votes Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mi …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… o a right-leaning, Maryland-based contractor, Mentzer Media Services Inc. Club for Growth’s ratio of fundraising costs to contributions — a key measure of a non …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… egislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t disclose its donors. The Center for Individ …"

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 "candidate":

"… limit on contributions it will result in more money going to Republican candidates. The high court will on Tuesday hear oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Fed …"

"… deral Election Commission. At issue is whether total donations to multiple candidates and parties should continue to be capped. About 600 individuals hit the …"

"… individuals hit the then-$46,200 ceiling for campaign donations to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, according to an analysis by the Center fo …"

"… percent gave with the same fervor to Democrats. The rest gave to a mix of candidates in both parties. These “maxed out” donors — who together could fit …"

GOP lawyer launches political donation refund group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative lawyer Dan Backer launches 'nonpartisan' group to facilitate political refunds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… . There is some precedent to Backer's request. In 2009, the conservative Club for Growth sought — and received — the FEC’s permission to contact donors to th …"

Marco Rubio backs conservative super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Sen. Marco Rubio gave $30,000 to a prominent super PAC ahead of immigration reform push.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… tion, and in 2010, it donated $25,000 to the super PAC of the conservative Club for Growth.     …"

Nuclear Waste: Extremism in defense of federally-paid jobs is no vice in South Carolina

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART THREE IN A SERIES: Lawmakers shed their fiscal conservatism to keep a troubled nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lindsey Graham":

"… d an even bigger role in the effort, with none more crucial than Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who once represented the town of Aiken, near the Savannah Ri …"

"… ommittees that control spending on the MOX plant. Among South Carolinians, Lindsey Graham’s campaign and leadership committee received $41,500, Wilson’s receive …"

"… upporters of the deal to nickname him “Governor Speedbump.” Then-Rep. Lindsey Graham and then-Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) responded to the state's c …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "candidate":

"… groups like Justice for All — secretive nonprofits, unaffiliated with a candidate, whose money came from out of state. Independent groups accounted for at …"

"… Carolina, supreme court campaigns are mostly funded by taxpayers to spare candidates from having to raise significant money and appear beholden to individuals …"

"… r doesn’t need to trace every dollar to figure out whether to vote for a candidate,” says Judicial Crisis Network’s chief counsel, Carrie Severino. *** …"

"… han $1 million on a last-minute attack ad against Democratic supreme court candidate Bridget Mary McCormack. The ad featured the mother of a slain soldier chas …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

Club for Growth touts lawmakers, ranks politicians with new scorecards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… being the lone U.S. senator to earn a score of zero from the conservative Club for Growth in its latest congressional scorecard, released today. The five-term …"

"… ing contest. During the 2012 election cycle, the Club's super PAC, called Club for Growth Action, spent nearly $17 million on advertisements that expressly advocate …"

"… idate who has announced her intentions to seek Rockefeller's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris C …"

"… r's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued a statement critizing Capito for having an …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GOP Senate":

"… ificant electoral victories in 2012. Its preferred candidates prevailed in GOP Senate primaries in Texas, Arizona and Indiana. While Republican Richard Mourdock …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… a similar fate. Bennett’s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majori …"

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… signed the multimillion-dollar personal-visit style” strategy used by “Club for Growth, the National Right to Work Committee, and other pro-business / limited go …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Democratic super PACs gain ground

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PACs gained ground against GOP counterparts and raised big bucks in August.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jay Rockefeller":

"… to the super PAC in August, with each group giving $250,000. Notably, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., also gave the super PAC $200,000.The Democratic super PAC finish …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… rks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Club for Growth, a free-market, conservative nonprofit.The seat is considered a tossup.Ori …"

"… im.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance from tea partiers across the stat …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS makes $2.5 million ad buy in three Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS, the pro-Republican nonprofit, takes aim at Senate races in three states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… blican state Sen. David Rouzer, who faces Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina’s 7th District. The district leans Democrat.A new Spanish-language ad fr …"

Arizona primary latest example of Club for Growth's clout

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group Club for Growth is top outside spender in U.S. Senate primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "congressman":

"… our-term Gov. Tommy Thompson defeated Club-endorsed Mark Neumann, a former congressman, and political newcomer Eric Hovde, who spent more than $5 million of his …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

By Alexandra Duszak

Non-disclosing nonprofit conservative organizations continue to blanket airwaves with attack ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… and Florida. Florida — where Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson faces Club for Growth-endorsed Republican Rep. Connie Mack — is a new target for Crossroads th …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kansas":

"… h Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Missouri. Groups in Arizona, Virginia, Kansas and California have disbanded, according to a spokesman.As a “ …"

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… nged his conservative credentials.Neumann was the favorite of the anti-tax Club for Growth and influential Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), while Hovde, a political neophyt …"

"… rmer House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks group.The super PAC Club for Growth Action alone outspent all other non-campaign groups in the hotly contested …"

"… to the election.“The amount of outside money is striking, especially the Club for Growth’s support for Neumann,” said Charles Franklin, a visiting professor of …"

Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup

By Michael Beckel

Big spending, ideological divide create uncertainty in Wisconsin Republican primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… s also spent almost $55,000 on pro-Neumann messages, and, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, it has bundled more than $600,000 in contributions for his campaign. The …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth Action focuses on Wisconsin

By Rachael Marcus

Fresh off its victory in Texas, Club for Growth Action, a super PAC supporting tea part candidates, is targeting Wisconsin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GOP Senate":

"… avid Dewhurst — super PAC Club for Growth Action shifts its focus to the GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin.The conservative super PAC released “Change” Wedn …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… rding to the New York Times. Crow helped found the conservative nonprofit Club for Growth, according to the Savannah Morning News. The organization has injected mor …"

"… llion into the 2012 election via both its nonprofit arm and its super PAC, Club for Growth Action, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He is also a mem …"

"… e-market, conservative think tank. The American Enterprise Institute, and Club for Growth, in particular, favor tea party candidates, but not all of Crow’s giving …"

"… ran for U.S. Senate in Texas. Dewhurst faced a barrage of attack ads from Club for Growth’s PAC and ultimately lost to tea party favorite Ted Cruz after a costly …"