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Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… rs (No. 5), the AFL-CIO (No. 7) and AFSCME (No. 8). Also on the list: the Democratic Governors Association (No. 3), which largely used its super PAC to funnel money to McAuliffe's c …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… alf the total in 2010 alone. While the RGA will likely still outraise the Democratic Governors Association, it will have to contend with a motivated union political machine that com …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… tion, the biggest outside spending group at the state level, outraised the Democratic Governors Association, by more than $22 million in 2013 — $50.3 million for Republicans for th …"

"… has been updated to include information regarding individual donors to the Democratic Governors Association.       …"

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… more than that this year. The group’s Democratic Party counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association, has yet to release its final 2013 numbers, but through the first six mont …"

Methodology

By Ben Wieder

'Puppet states' project required collection of data from 38 states, plus extensive analysis.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… national political groups, such as the Republican Governors Association or Democratic Governors Association, were among the donors. Groups were classified as in-state or out-of-stat …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Election Day, organizations backed by unions and the largely union-funded Democratic Governors Association (DGA) would spend roughly $7 million on the New Hampshire election. Nation …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… e funds come primarily from out-of-state. McAuliffe’s top donor was the Democratic Governors Association’s PAC, DGA Action, which contributed nearly $6.5 million. According to I …"

Unions dramatically increase super PAC donations

By Michael Beckel

Unions accounted for $1 out of every $6 raised by super PACs in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… e fourth- and fifth-largest super PAC donors so far this year — only the Democratic Governors Association, the late Bob Perry of Texas and billionaire New York City Mayor Michael B …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… ional Committee has received $3.2 million in direct contributions from the Democratic Governors Association’s super PAC, along with a series of in-kind donations for research and o …"

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… t fundraising hauls so far in 2013 include a super PAC affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association, three groups focused on expanding the ranks of Democratic lawmakers in th …"

IRS fails to release political groups' financial filings

By Ben Wieder and Kytja Weir

Agency fails to explain why normally accessible political disclosures are being withheld.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… on in the same period last year and more than $22 million in 2011; and the Democratic Governors Association, which reported more than $16 million in donations in the first six months …"

Embattled McDonnell benefactor also boosted RGA

By Alan Suderman

Republican Governors Association got cash from embattled donor to Bob McDonnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… vernors of both parties through the RGA or its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association. In 2005, Mitt Romney, who was governor of Massachusetts at the time, dre …"

Obama inauguration fueled by corporations, unions

By Dave Levinthal

Companies, unions and special interests fuel January event with more than $18 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Democratic and Republican political operatives, contributed $15,000. The Democratic Governors Association gave $55,000. And Priorities USA, the lower-profile nonprofit sister organ …"

How governors' associations keep donations secret

By Paul Abowd

Political groups led by state executives increasingly raising undisclosed cash through nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association together have poured tens of millions of dollars of secret money into nonp …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… donors. The Washington, D.C.,-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association are the most prolific outside spending groups in state-level elections, bu …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Republican Governors Association pulled in nearly $2.7 million, while the Democratic Governors Association collected $910,000, documents filed Thursday with the Internal Revenue Ser …"

Donor profile: Plumbers and Pipefitters Union

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… and Democratic Party $50,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party $50,000 to the Democratic Governors Association Total spent on federal lobbying (2007-2012): $3.1 million Biography: T …"

"… mary spender in Democratic gubernatorial races, the Washington, D.C.-based Democratic Governors Association. UA President William Hite criticized Republican presidential nominee Mit …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… them, Paul Singer and Kenneth Griffin, are hedge fund managers.Six of the Democratic Governors Association's top donors were unions. The American Federation of State County and Muni …"

Outside spending makes big difference in state-level races

By Paul Abowd and Chris Young

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… disclosure requirements, benefited from outside spending by the D.C.-based Democratic Governors Association.The DGA-funded JET PAC spent at least $1.7 million on ads, about the same …"

Walter Dalton

Republicans try to pick up more governors' offices

By The Associated Press

Republicans win NC governor's race in bid to broaden party's hold on governorships nationwide

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… t Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Kate Hansen, a Democratic Governors Association spokeswoman, said 2012 was a difficult year for Democrats, since they have …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… s story. Corbett’s boosters crushed the competition from the D.C.-based Democratic Governors Association, which mustered $1.9 million for Corbett’s opponent, Dan Onorato, using …"

D.C.-based governors' associations provide back door for corporate donors

By John Dunbar and Alexandra Duszak

Republican Governors Association delivers millions to candidates in states that restrict corporate money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… the commission.A 527 like the RGA — and its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association — is not regulated by the Federal Election Commission and cannot make co …"

North Carolina governor's race awash in out-of-state funds

By Paul Abowd and John Dunbar

Two powerful partisan groups are funneling millions of dollars into the North Carolina governor's race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… heir funds are being spent.The state is the latest field of battle for the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association, organizations whose impact has i …"

Million-dollar donation in Indiana race may skirt limits on corporate giving

By Paul Abowd

D.C.-based Republican Governors Association uses super PAC to move $1 million to GOP candidate in Indiana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… as much cash as his Democratic opponent John Gregg as of July 16. The Democratic Governors Association has given Gregg $29,000 since January. The DGA’s June filing with the FE …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Wisconsin took a $500,000 donation from AFSCME and $900,000 more from the Democratic Governors Association to fuel a final online, radio, and TV ad push in the week ahead of the vot …"

Anti-super PAC governor gives to super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Deval Patrick does an about face, gives $500 to Democratic super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… nited v. Federal Election Commission decision, Patrick donated $500 to the Democratic Governors Association's super PAC, “DGA Action,” records show.The Citizens United ruling hel …"

Buying influence

So-called 527 committees spend millions on elections with little oversight or accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… als in any amount." The same concept applies to the RGA's counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association. After BCRA went into effect, the DGA continued to raise money from corpor …"

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