In Kansas, Democratic donors invest in uncertainty

By Michael Beckel

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman lures left-leaning donors despite uncertainty about whether he'll caucus with Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… ombined $54,900 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Ce …"

Democrats embrace 'McCutcheon' decision

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Ahead of high-stakes battle for the Senate, Democrats create massive fundraising group blessed by contentious 'McCutcheon' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… ce early this year. That website argues that Democrats in key states like Arkansas, Iowa and Louisiana are being outspent on the TV airwaves by “the Kochs …"

"… Central Committee of Louisiana Iowa Democratic Party Democratic Party of Arkansas Colorado Democratic Party North Carolina’s Wake County Democratic Part …"

"… ary Landrieu of Louisiana Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado Sen. M …"

Politicos souring on FEC advice?

By Dave Levinthal

Requests for election law rulings plummet as ideological gridlock envelops commission.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… ot certain whether your brainstorm, put into action, would violate federal law and expose you to penalties. Used to be that you'd file what's called an …"

"… sponses to questions regarding the application of federal campaign finance law to specific factual situations."  These days, however, an historical …"

"… hnical matter: whether it should state, straight up, that federal election law would trump New York state election law in the event that New York, one da …"

"… straight up, that federal election law would trump New York state election law in the event that New York, one day, would chose to regulate the matter. S …"

Republicans to target Van Hollen in FEC complaint

By Dave Levinthal

Party official: Republicans to file an FEC complaint about the Democratic congressman's pro bono legal aid.

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

"… egally accepting pro bono legal services, a senior party officer tells the Center for Public Integrity. The pending complaint, which a Van Hollen spokeswoman blasted as a "friv …"

"… ic Citizen — also argued in nearly identical statements to the Center for Public Integrity that pro bono efforts to fight against the FEC "are not contributions for …"

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… bo-joint fundraising committees could become attractive options. Take the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: This November, Senate Democrats will be defending 21 seats, and political …"

Outside groups help boost David Jolly to victory

By Michael Beckel

Outside groups spent nearly $5 million aiding Republican in Florida's heated House race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… 000) and American Crossroads ($470,000). Outside allies — including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC — also sprung to vanquished Democrat Alex Sink’ …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… g about $470,000. All the while, Democratic-aligned groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and several left-leaning super PACs, have pummeled Jolly. These organizati …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; the leadership PAC of Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.; and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Federal Election Commission records show. At the end of 2013, FLIXPAC re …"

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 "National Security Agency":

"… e of House Republicans who voted for Amash’s amendment to limit the National Security Agency's surveillance ability: 40 Percentage of House Democrats who did the same …"

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama bundler named to top arts post

By Michael Beckel

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama campaign bundler Laura Ricketts named Kennedy Center trustee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "UnitedHealth Group":

"… joins several other Obama bundlers on the Kennedy Center board, including UnitedHealth Group executive Anthony Welters, television journalist and entrepreneur Giselle …"

Investors, companies fuel super PAC tied to Boehner

By Michael Beckel

Hamburger chain, wealthy businessmen among Congressional Leadership Fund's first backers in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vice President":

"… who “understand our important role” in higher education. White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson said that “responsible citizenship” motivated his com …"

New super PAC forms in contested Calif. district

By Michael Beckel

New group forms in one of California's most contentious congressional districts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… ornia saw more non-candidate spending during the 2012 election cycle. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alone pumped nearly $2.7 million into the district in 2012 on advertisemen …"

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

Numerous candidates, committees fundraising off agency's targeting of conservative groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… mbroglio, congressional hearings on Benghazi and revelations that the Department of Justice secretly seized phone records of Associated Press journalists. He also sni …"

Negative ad blitz can't stop Mark Sanford in S.C.

By Michael Beckel

Cash from national Democrats couldn't stop Republican Mark Sanford in special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… si," the highest ranking House Democrat who hails from San Francisco. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the deep-pocketed super PAC known as House Majority PAC, which backs H …"

Colbert Busch backed by D.C.-based groups

By Dave Levinthal

Nearly all independent expenditures made in S.C. special election come from beltway benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… ng. It has used Great American Media of D.C. and Adelstein | Liston LLC of Illinois to produce its ads, disclosures show. Democratic super PAC House Majority …"

"… ording to federal records. Its contractors include Victory Media Group of Illinois, Antietam Communications of Georgia, Creative Associates LLC of Wisconsin …"

Need political cash? Use the force

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic congressman using the force to fill campaign coffer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… cycles for congressional candidates' compulsory creativity. In 2005, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lambasted three Republican congressmen for conducting a political fundrais …"

Lobbyists make it rain for Democrats

By Michael Beckel

DSCC, DCCC collect nearly $1 million from lobbyist-bundlers during first quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Schumer":

"… r portion than any other member of Congress. The leadership PACs of Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., ranked as the political groups with the n …"

Graham's campaign collects bundle from lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., collected 10 percent of campaign cash from lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "speaker":

"… bbyist David Wilkins’ clients. Wilkins, the former South Carolina House speaker who served as the U.S. ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush …"

Terrorism, disasters can't stop political fundraising

By Dave Levinthal

Terrorism, disasters can't stop lawmakers from fundraising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… industrial explosion in Texas, a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, flooding in Illinois and attempted ricin attacks in Washington, D.C. All of that wasn't enough …"

The anatomy of a misleading fundraising email

By Dave Levinthal

Democrats' latest fundraising pitch rife with misleading rhetoric.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… ? National party committees such as the DCCC and its counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, have no legal quarterly fundraising deadlines. While many candidates and …"

DCCC's most vulnerable House members reaped millions in 2012

By Michael Beckel

DCCC identifies its most vulnerable House members, politicians the group spent millions to elect in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House races":

"… w Hampshire Scott Peters of California Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona These House races are again expected to be some of the most competitive electoral contests. …"

Fox News host Sean Hannity bankrolls Republicans despite assertion he's not one

By Michael Beckel

Fox News host's political giving benefits Republicans despite assertion he's not one.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… emocratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who now serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. New York is one of the few states that engages in "fusion voting." Under …"

Rival Super Bowl team owners allies on political field

By Michael Beckel

Super Bowl team owners have both backed NFL's political action committee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… ampaign Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The PAC also reported making a $10,000 donation to the Congressional Bla …"

Hillary Clinton card, gun violence petition help Democrats build data dossier

By Dave Levinthal

Hillary Clinton thank-you card, gun violence petition help Democrats build data dossier

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… well? The State Department’s snail mail address is found here. …"

Fiscal cliff politics: Dems target GOP House members

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic group tries to make political hay from 'fiscal cliff' issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 2012 election and had $2.5 million in the bank as of Nov. 26, according to Federal Election Commission records.Crossroads GPS, a conservative nonprofit, is targeting vulnerable …"

Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Super PAC American Crossroads goes 3-10, nonprofit Crossroads GPS goes 7-17

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… g anytime soon,” Backer said.Andrea Fuller contributed to this report. …"

"… lead-up to November ensured that we would not only be able to compete with Karl Rove and the Koch brothers on the air in Democratic seats, but also bring the f …"

"… ”Conservative attorney Dan Backer, too, predicts Rove is here to stay.“Karl Rove is not retiring anytime soon,” Backer said.Andrea Fuller contributed to …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… y-one received F’s on redistricting: Kentucky, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Alabama, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, I …"

Outside groups outspend candidates in 26 House races

By Viveca Novak

Out-of-town parties and super PACs are outspending candidates in some House races, numbers show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… e Majority PAC and AFSCME; the conservative big spenders have included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the New Prosperity Foundation and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS.The disparit …"

Daily Disclosure: Tennessee congressman targeted in ads over alleged affair

By Rachael Marcus

Ad targets Rep. Scott DesJarlais over sex scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tommy Thompson":

"… ational Rifle Association, released an ad supporting former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the state, and an ad supporti …"

Daily Disclosure: Congressman gets help from Chevron-powered super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Corporate donation helps super PAC spend big in Ohio congressional race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… n, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Florida’s 2nd District.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported spending $3 million and released two new ads: “What’s Tim Kai …"

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