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 "Politics":

"… ampaign Committee, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission fi …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… the territory opened up in April after the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling. That decision eviscerated the so-called “aggregate” camp …"

"… nancially support at the maximum level. Paperwork recently filed with the Federal Election Commission indicates 26 Democratic candidates and party committees stand to benefit f …"

"… inst” McCutcheon and the 2010 campaign finance ruling Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations to make unlimited expenditures for or against …"

Politicos souring on FEC advice?

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… er for Public Integrity, both Goodman, the FEC chairman, and Vice Chairman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, downplayed the dip in advisory opinion requests. Goodman not …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… would itself sign on. “It is beyond ironic for the former head of the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] to file a lawsuit asking for stricter regulations on reporting political …"

'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 Party":

"… before the Supreme Court struck down the aggregate contribution limits.) Democratic Party groups might also create new jumbo-joint fundraising committees to boost t …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. The phenomenon was repeated two years later in more than two dozen House …"

"… will dominate the race,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “Outside groups may not determine the victor, but they'll very often d …"

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 "Barbara Boxer":

"… politicos including President Barack Obama; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; and former Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Hastings also contribu …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… or “character”: 10 Estimated cost of the special U.S. Senate race in New Jersey conducted three weeks before the scheduled general election: $24,000,000 …"

"… conducted three weeks before the scheduled general election: $24,000,000 New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie's margin of victory in November over his Demo …"

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 "mayor":

"… nor’s race, the election of Democrat Annise Parker, a lesbian, to be the mayor of Houston and the enactment of marriage equality legislation in Illinois, …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… e Politics: $2,600 to Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., and roughly $30,300 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which seeks to increase the party’s ranks in the U.S. House of Represen …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ccountant who did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Center for Public Integrity. Its mailing address is listed as a box at a UPS store in Tracy, Calif., i …"

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

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

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

"… d women. "Scandal-ridden Republican Michele Bachmann is at it again," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee writes today. "That's right: in the midst of a federal investigation …"

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 "Alabama":

"… . The others hail from seemingly everywhere but: North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio and California, among others, according to fede …"

Need political cash? Use the force

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic congressman using the force to fill campaign coffer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boeing":

"… Center for Responsive Politics, it was the people and PACs associated with Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, amo …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… ist bundlers for the DSCC this year include Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ($145,000), as well as the political action committee …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… House speaker who served as the U.S. ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush, ranked as Graham’s second-largest lobbyist-bundler during the 2012 elec …"

Terrorism, disasters can't stop political fundraising

By Dave Levinthal

Terrorism, disasters can't stop lawmakers from fundraising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… at will first "pressure Sen. Max Baucus this Sunday in seven papers across Montana" as part of holding "the four Democratic senators who voted against backgr …"

The anatomy of a misleading fundraising email

By Dave Levinthal

Democrats' latest fundraising pitch rife with misleading rhetoric.

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

"… questions about today's fundraising email.     …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… ions, but that's not keeping Democratic freshman Rep. Cheri Bustos and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from taking any chances. Bustos, who defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Bobby Sc …"

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 "Joe Biden":

"… o an online card because it’s “the least we can do.” Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, emailed Friday asking recipients to say, “Yes, I support Pre …"

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 "Florida":

"… presentatives with video ads — Gary Miller of California, Dan Webster of Florida, Tom Latham of Iowa, John Kline of Minnesota and Jaime Herrera Beutler of …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… 13 candidates the DSCC made independent expenditures on behalf of won.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee had more mixed results.The …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… own the highway between two semis,” she said, “and those semis are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.”Ultimately, federal courts rejected some of th …"

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… llars each in the race: On the liberal side, they include Women Vote!, the Service Employees International Union, House Majority PAC and AFSCME; the conservative big spenders have include …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… , and we will check it out.   …"

"… he Chattanooga Times Free Press’ endorsement of his Democratic opponent, Tennessee state Sen. Eric Stewart.“DesJarlais is not only a hypocrite, but a fraud …"

"… the the same newspaper reported that the congressman had a second affair. Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester called for the congressman to ste …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… , the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.The statement is true, according to PolitiFact – Renacci and his wife un …"

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