Ad war winners take governors' mansions

By Ben Wieder, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lt. Gov.":

"… ely blue Maryland, where Republican challenger Larry Hogan beat Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown despite being outgunned on TV ads. Up until even the last f …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… est number of donations to candidates from the mega-donors so far are Texas, where individuals and political action committees can give candidates as …"

"… butions this cycle. Six-figure donations are the norm in marquee races in Texas. This cycle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican running for …"

"… Six-figure donations are the norm in marquee races in Texas. This cycle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican running for governor, received …"

"… him at least $350,000. Such large-scale giving does not carry a stigma in Texas of trying to buy access, according to Mark P. Jones, a political scie …"

Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… rialist Koch, casino magnate Adelson and the private equity firm of 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava each contributed $2.5 million through the end of Se …"

"… om the Shannons and $1.5 million from Griffin. Two Energy companies, Devon Energy, at $900,000, and Duke Energy, at $775,000, are among the Republican group …"

"… on from Griffin. Two Energy companies, Devon Energy, at $900,000, and Duke Energy, at $775,000, are among the Republican group’s top 10 donors overall. T …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… impact, there has still been an increase in spending from such groups. In Nebraska, independent groups upended the traditional dynamic by helping push politi …"

"… Jon Bruning to win the GOP nomination for governor in the May primary. “Nebraska has never seen the kind of third-party spending like it saw in 2014 from a …"

"… who led Bruning’s campaign. “The parties play a role, but at least in Nebraska, it’s no longer a kingmaker role.” While it’s a midterm cycle for f …"

"… r eligible voter, was second, followed by Maryland ($3.48), Nebraska ($3.12) and Illinois ($2.94). Spending in all five states i …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "secretary of state":

"… endent political spenders don’t have to report their ads to the Michigan secretary of state unless they specifically ask viewers to “vote for” or “vote against …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ent Barack Obama and his campaign’s early focus on attacking GOP nominee Mitt Romney.  “People looked at the Obama 2012 campaign and thought that early …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… to step down, Christie may have trouble matching the Midas touch of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who raised a staggering $87 million to help the party …"

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 "Haley Barbour":

"… A, which took in $87 million under the leadership of then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Update, Jan. 30, 2014, 7:25 p.m.: This story has been updated to include …"

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 "Haley Barbour":

"… ject. In 2010, the RGA, under the leadership of then-Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, outraised the DGA by more than $50 million. This year, the RGA is chaired …"

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 "Obama":

"… Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, gave heavily to help re-elect President Obama last year. ‘Dwarfed’ In Minnesota, liberal donor Alida Messinger (a …"

"… time for the general election. The ads praised Fox for opposing Obamacare. Fox and Bucy raised a combined $750,000 for their own campaigns, acc …"

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 "Arizona":

"… olutions PAC, a group launched by former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona and her husband, Mark Kelly, to support stricter gun control laws. Her sup …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ance in New York City and a campaign event with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integr …"

"… 12, McDonnell appeared at a campaign event with GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and nine other Republican governors in Aspen Colorado, where the RGA was h …"

"… ts Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association. In 2005, Mitt Romney, who was governor of Massachusetts at the time, drew criticism for a priva …"

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 "Lobbying":

"… , the fallen lobbyist who served more than three years in federal prison. Lobbying firm Capitol Council, which also represents dozens of clients, gave $12,50 …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… void disclosing the identity of their donors. The Washington, D.C.,-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association are the most prolific outside spendin …"

"… donors public. Their nonprofit affiliates, however, are not. The RGA’s Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee nonprofit spent $1.3 million between 2005 and 2009 …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… Hite criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. In a sharply worded August press relea …"

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 "Lt. Gov.":

"… ing Republican candidate Pat McCrory, who won convincingly over Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.The DGA, too, used a network of state-affiliated PACs, to fu …"

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 "Bev Perdue":

"… on suffered from attacks tying him to the unpopular tenure of current Gov. Bev Perdue, who chose not to run for re-election.McCrory, the former mayor of Charlot …"

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 "Lt. Gov.":

"… ty has not achieved since 1990s. McCrory defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to become North Carolina's first GOP chief executive since e …"

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 "Haley Barbour":

"… funding maneuvers. The RGA spending spree did not stop in Pennsylvania. Haley Barbour, then the governor of Mississippi and chairman of the RGA, cultivated an e …"

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 "John Sullivan":

"… for an ad attacking Dalton was news to the company, according to spokesman John Sullivan. Of the donation, $25,000 was meant to be used for “2012 convention spon …"

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 …"

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