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 "consultant":

"… such as former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove and R.J. Johnson, a Walker consultant and Club for Growth adviser. Walker has also acknowledged that he raised m …"

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 "Texas":

"… inois, Bruce Rauner, along with contributions to Republican groups in Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Kansas. So far this cycle, the DGA has put up ad …"

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 "law":

"… to his own Independence USA PAC, a group that favors stricter gun control laws. The outfit backed Democrat Terry McAuliffe in his winning 2013 bid to b …"

"… r PAC to funnel money to McAuliffe's campaign in Virginia, and Texas trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn, who mostly gave through their law firm (No. 10 …"

"… Texas trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn, who mostly gave through their law firm (No. 10). In all, the top 10 super donors collectively gave more tha …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… norships they lost in 2010. Recent polls show that fewer than one in four Pennsylvania voters believe Republican Gov. Tom Corbett deserves a second term, while 4 …"

"… hrough its state affiliate in Wisconsin and then to its state affiliate in Pennsylvania before the money found its way into Corbett’s campaign war chest. Corpor …"

"… campaign war chest. Corporate donations are illegal in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. That shuffling of funds is fairly common to both groups, said Ciara Torr …"

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 "California":

"… ire environmentalists Paul Tudor Jones of Connecticut and Thomas Steyer of California, who each gave $250,000. The DGA’s filing covered the last six months o …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… e DGA by more than $50 million. This year, the RGA is chaired by embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Cuccinelli recently called for Christie to resign his …"

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 "Texas":

"… year — only the Democratic Governors Association, the late Bob Perry of Texas and billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave more. Thomas F …"

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 "Law":

"… n an uneven playing field,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in California. “This is the political reality.” Twenty super P …"

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 "campaign finance reports":

"… ates will conduct gubernatorial elections in 2014.     …"

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 "presidential candidate":

"… ng a national TV appearance in New York City and a campaign event with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for P …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… ibution from the Miami headquarters of Greenberg Traurig, a law firm whose Washington, D.C., office provides government lobbying services for dozens of clients and on …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… t groups. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity on Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Associatio …"

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 "Texas":

"… nt. In 2010, Hurth’s group spent around $532,000 on a petition drive in Texas to place a Green Party candidate on the ballot for governor. The state’s …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… Among the other notable donors? Range Resources Corporation, a large natural gas company that has been involved with fracking the Marcellus Shale in P …"

Donor profile: Plumbers and Pipefitters Union

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… to super PACs: $4.2 million* $2.4 million to Priorities USA Action (pro-Barack Obama) $725,000 to Majority PAC (pro-Democratic) $500,000 to Workers’ Voice …"

"… nd state races, and devoted its resources on efforts to re-elect President Barack Obama. It gave the maximum contribution of $5,000 directly to numerous Democrati …"

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 "Pat McCrory":

"… rations across the country went toward ads supporting Republican candidate Pat McCrory, who won convincingly over Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.The DGA, too, …"

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 "Vermont":

"… 's mansion remained in Democratic hands Tuesday, as did those in Missouri, Vermont, Delaware and West Virginia. Chief executives of conservativ …"

"… states, Democrats easily prevailed. Gov. Peter Shumlin won another term in Vermont, Gov. Jack Markell did the same in Delaware and state Sen. Maggie Hassan w …"

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 "Tom Corbett":

"… aign stop near Philadelphia early in his 2010 bid for governor, Republican Tom Corbett announced “we’ve got to raise money,” that it was the “number-one …"

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 "Paul Abowd":

"… omic benefits,” Henderson said. “And we think that’s a good thing.”Paul Abowd contributed to this report. …"

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 "Bev Perdue":

"… ention this week.Possible GOP pickupNorth Carolina’s current governor is Bev Perdue, elected in 2008. With sinking approval ratings, Perdue decided not to see …"

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 "Vermont":

"… ave been concerned about the national group's influence.North Carolina and Vermont agencies have taken legal action against the RGA, claiming it violated the …"

"… GA carried the day, despite spending way above the state's limits for PACs.Vermont's Attorney General claims that both governors associations have violated s …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… been amended and which reports are considered the most authoritative. The Federal Election Commission, by comparison, indicates in its disclosure system whether a report has be …"

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