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 "Thom Tillis":

"… ot Majority USA’s $1.7 million TV ad blitz slamming Republican candidate Thom Tillis. “These are the rules that are set before us,” she continued. “You …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… id independent contractors. Three of these groups — Crossroads GPS, the Club for Growth and Patriot Majority USA— acknowledged their errors when informed of the …"

"… litical spending elsewhere in the filings. For instance, the conservative Club for Growth paid Arizona-based political consulting firm Blue Point LLC about $660,000 …"

"… mail production costs” and “postage,” according to FEC records. The Club for Growth failed to disclose this relationship in its IRS filing. And while Republi …"

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 "Israel":

"… xembourg-Pamol, whose parent, Luxembourg Industries, is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Both are family-owned. Luxembourg-Pamol doesn’t release sales figures; …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… GR Group, the lobbying firm co-founded by former GOP Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi. There were also fundraising luncheons at restaurants near the U.S. Capit …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… arolina. Super PAC American Crossroads, founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Rove, has yet to launch negative attacks against Republicans. But it has involv …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… o primary season, not the general election. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is all but assured to win another term. But that hasn't dissuaded the&nbs …"

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 "Contran Corp.":

"… top giver to the Congressional Leadership Fund, at $200,000. His company, Contran Corp., ranked as the No. 1 donor to American Crossroads last year, having contri …"

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 "North Carolina":

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

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… per-cycle legal maximum of $5,200 without violating the law: 9 Number of U.S. Supreme Court justices it would take to throw out this aggregate contribution limit in a …"

'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 "Verizon Communications Inc.":

"… ts board of directors, which includes representatives of companies such as Verizon Communications Inc., Phillips 66 Company, Xerox Corp., Alcoa Inc., IBM, United Parcel Service, …"

'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 "David Koch":

"… es and is the main political arm of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. As the Center reported Thursday, the group spent a staggering $122 millio …"

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 "Ohio":

"… ndidates, including contributions to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Ohio Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel and Indiana Republican an …"

"… Republican candidates including Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. On the other side of t …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… s new nonprofit is connected to a Republican lawyer with a case before the U.S. Supreme Court next month — McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission — arguing …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… . That’s a super PAC connected with former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rubio’s one-time mentor who has clashed with the potential 2016 GOP pre …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… escribed as “a fighter for limited government” by the president of the Club for Growth, a group dedicated to cutting federal spending. “We must also eliminate …"

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 "Florida":

"… ial lawyers and business interests. Trial lawyers helped carry the day in Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it was su …"

"… mall-dollar donors. *** The fallout from the 2010 Iowa election spread to Florida last year, where conservatives unhappy with a high court ruling to invalid …"

"… mall amounts in a campaign against the judges, and the Republican Party of Florida urged its members not to retain the justices. The initiative was opposed …"

"… buted $300,000 to Defend Justice, making it the single biggest donor. Nine Florida law firms each gave $100,000 or more. “The one thing we learned from Io …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rand Paul":

"… ecard gives perfect scores to two senators — Mike Lee, R-Utah, and  Rand Paul, R-Ky. — and three House members — Justin Amash, R-Mich., Paul Broun, …"

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 "Arizona":

"… 2012. Its preferred candidates prevailed in GOP Senate primaries in Texas, Arizona and Indiana. While Republican Richard Mourdock, which the Club supported, …"

"… ard Mourdock, which the Club supported, lost his bid in the Hoosier State, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for G …"

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 "Utah":

"… ld have known about it.” …"

"… 00 to conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation; and $40,000 to the Utah Families Foundation, which Hatch helped start in the 1990s and still raise …"

"… e U.S. House of Representatives. He once was the executive director of the Utah Republican Party. During the campaign, Freedom Path also hired the consul …"

'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 "Virginia":

"… do city of Longmont in 2009 before he won public office.A third nonprofit, Virginia-based Conservative Action League gave $40,000 to ATP, and has given smalle …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… , was the group’s top donor last month at $100,000.TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ right-leaning Ending Spending Action Fund received no direct contributi …"

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 "Virginia":

"… eased four new ads on Tuesday going after Senate seats in Nevada, Ohio and Virginia with ad buys worth $2.5 million, according to Federal Election Commission …"

"… 1 million.Two other ads, “Questionable” and “Teeth,” oppose former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for Senate on the Democratic ticket. Separa …"

"… which accuse him of cutting funds to education, are running in Northern Virginia and the rest of the state. “Questionable” criticizes Kaine for support …"

"… ive Politics. It has focused on four key Senate races — Nevada, Ohio and Virginia races, as well as the North Dakota Senate race that pits former Attorney G …"

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 "Arizona":

"… to be reckoned with.If heavily favored Rep. Jeff Flake prevails Tuesday in Arizona over businessman Wil Cardon, the Club will mark three wins against tw …"

"… he $1.5 million spent by outside groups on independent expenditures in the Arizona contest.Cardon has sunk about $9 million of his own funds into the race, b …"

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 "Governor":

"… has faced in recent months.In other spending news:The nonprofit Republican Governors Association began airing an ad targeting Montana Attorney General Steve B …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… called Club for Growth PAC and several state spinoffs, including groups in South Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Missouri. Groups in Arizona, Virginia, Kansas and …"

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 "Florida":

"… y of Health and Human Services, was backed by GOP leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch D …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… e uninsured,” Thompson said at a panel in 2006, praising what Republican Mitt Romney had achieved as governor of Massachusetts. “The truth of the matter is …"

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 "Chris Chocola":

"… uper PAC’s affiliated nonprofit.The Club for Growth network is headed by Chris Chocola, a former Republican congressman representing Indiana’s 2nd District. Ac …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… mily Branch Partnership $1.3 million to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney), including $650,000 from Crow Holdings and $500,000 from brother Trammell …"

"… o former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty $5,000 to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney State-level contributions: $50,000 to Texas Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas …"

"… The Crow family has also been a major donor to Restore Our Future, a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC, to which Crow Holdings, Harlan Crow and his brother Trammell S. …"