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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… of the group’s spending in 2012, as previously reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an advocacy group, …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… portrayed as too liberal by Tea Party candidates funded by the right-wing Club for Growth. In a brief interview outside his Capitol Hill office, Simpson accepted c …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… a reputation for pro-business and pro-energy politicking. The conservative Club for Growth, for example, gave him a 93 percent rating on “pro-growth” policies du …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… s better positioned to defeat Democrats in November’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 m …"

"… er’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 million into attacks on several incumbent Republic …"

"… sborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer who’s running for U.S. Senate. Club for Growth Action seeks to involve itself in contests “we feel that our resources c …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… ed candidates to triumph over incumbents they dislike. Groups such as the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund — which have tapped into the energy and po …"

"… of South Carolina and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Republican congressman from Indiana, has …"

"… a, has made it clear that his group is not afraid to go after incumbents. Club for Growth’s political machine, he said last year “helps elect candidates who sup …"

"… e not advanced a conservative agenda for almost 20 years.” Already, the Club for Growth’s super PAC has spent more than $200,000 on ads backing Mississippi stat …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… wmaker who has been targeted for defeat by conservative groups such as the Club for Growth, which accuses him of being a “liberal Republican.” The Chamber is al …"

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 "527 groups":

"… hRMA gave to both Democratic and Republican political organizations called 527 groups. It collected nearly $198 million in dues, including $68.3 million in poli …"

'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 "Club for Growth":

"… a major donor to conservative causes such as the super PAC of the anti-tax Club for Growth. Meanwhile, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson — who became a hou …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… he plant, in the face of intense lobbying by the Department of Energy, the Bush administration, and fellow congressional Republicans. “It should never have been done, …"

"… e. “I tried to kill it, but I was pressured not to.” Officials in the Bush administration, Hobson explained, said the project was vital to Sanford’s re-election t …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… d as liberal groups didn’t spend much to back Fallone. The state arm of Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, spent at least $287,000 on TV ads supporting Roggensac …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… logically driven super PACs are also preparing for new electoral battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubli …"

"… al battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubling its efforts to “elect fiscally conservative candidates to …"

"… d 15 Democratic candidates last year, 12 of whom won on Election Day. The Club for Growth, too, enjoyed significant electoral victories in 2012. Its preferred candi …"

"… e, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $422,000 in the bank, and the League of Conse …"

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 "front":

"… ratic-aligned nonprofit. See this article for more.) Freedom Path is a “front group set up to protect Orrin Hatch,” said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ …"

'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 "Club for Growth":

"… the conservative Heritage Foundation.Meanwhile, the conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action brought in $589,000 in August, down significantly from the $2.9 mil …"

"… on hand. The Club’s top donor in August was Marilyn Hayden, the wife of Club for Growth board member Jerry Hayden.And conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for Amer …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… outside spending from fiscally conservative groups like Crossroads GPS and Club for Growth.The ad hits Brown on his support of the Affordable Care Act and other Obam …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… f their party in primaries across the country, the deep-pocketed, anti-tax Club for Growth has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.If heavily favored Rep. Jeff …"

"… lion on independent expenditures in Republican Senate primaries this year, Club for Growth ranks No. 1, having spent more than $10 million, according to a Center for …"

"… supporting Flake through its nonprofit, political action committee and its Club for Growth Action super PAC — that’s about 70 percent of the $1.5 million spent b …"

"… t trailed Flake by 22 percentage points in a recent poll.Notably, the Club for Growth’s PAC has also steered about $885,000 in bundled contributions into Flak …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… hannel, Twitter profile, Facebook page (all accounts jointly operated with Club for Growth Action)Finances:For the group's fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2009, th …"

"… orm 990 filing: 2009Principals:Chris Chocola (president): Chocola runs the Club for Growth network. He was CEO at CTB, a manufacturing corporation in Indiana and he …"

"… ngressmen, including Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who was once president of the Club for Growth.Stephen Moore (founder): Now on the Wall Street Journal editorial board, M …"

"… ation and the Cato Institute, both libertarian think tanks. He founded the Club for Growth and served as its president until 2004. He also founded the Free Enterpris …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… k Neumann, the favored candidate of the increasingly influential super PAC Club for Growth Action, and businessman Eric Hovde, who has invested millions of dollars o …"

"… de, who has invested millions of dollars of his own money in his candidacy.Club for Growth Action has spent $1.7 million on ads, more than any other non-candidate or …"

"… sconsin Republicans who support limited government have an easy choice,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola has said. “Neumann is the only candidate running …"

"… — but not conservative enough for the anti-tax, small government-touting Club for Growth and its financial backers.A week ago, Rep. Todd Akin won the GOP Senate pr …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… ed Cruz beat establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — super PAC Club for Growth Action shifts its focus to the GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin.The conserv …"

"… ger Eric Hovde and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, both Republicans. Club for Growth Action supports former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann in the Republican primary.Th …"

"… he is ranked “Wisconsin’s most conservative congressman in decades.”Club for Growth Action has not reported the cost of the ad to the Federal Election Commiss …"

"… 2,000, part of which went to ads opposing Hovde and Thompson.Top donors to Club for Growth Action are private equity CEO John Childs ($1.1 million), libertarian Pay- …"

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 …"

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