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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… ors Association raised about $68 million through the end of September, the Democratic Governors Association has been catching up with a record haul of more than $45 million, fueled b …"

"… lysis of preliminary data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. The Democratic Governors Association has been the second-leading independent group, buying an estimated $12.3 m …"

"… ing advantage through the same period. The biggest individual donor to the Democratic Governors Association is Bloomberg, who gave $1.1 million in September. It appears to be the fir …"

"… mbent Republican governor. Meanwhile, aided by Bloomberg’s donation, the Democratic Governors Association has spent $7.2 million on ads mostly critical of Snyder. The governors’ …"

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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… s conservative Let's Get to Work political committee ($10.8 million), the Democratic Governors Association ($5.1 million), the union-backed Illinois Freedom Political Action Committ …"

"… he group and the candidate that would be illegal in most states. The Democratic Governors Association, which along with the Republican Governors Association advocates for the e …"

"… s money from the Republican Governors Association. On the other side, the Democratic Governors Association recently fired back by pouring more than $1.2 million into Connecticu …"

"… nsylvania, for example, NextGen Climate Action Committee and the Democratic Governors Association-backed PA Families First only jumped in after the May 20 primary …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… aturing then-U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat. It was paid for by Democratic Party committees. Nelson’s campaign argued the ad was legal mainly because it …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… all as they duel over governorships in 36 states. Through March, the Republican Governors Association has spent five times more around the country than it did at the …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… in American Crossroads, the pro-Republican behemoth co-founded in 2010 by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. Next came candidate-specific super PACs, like those 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 "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 "Mississippi":

"… at year by the RGA, 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 …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… rom out-of-state donors and whether national political groups, such as the Republican Governors Association or Democratic Governors Association, were among the donors. Groups were c …"

'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 "Mississippi":

"… el as well,” says Brad Chism, a Democratic political consultant based in Mississippi, whose former firm did direct mail for a number of outside groups in state …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… sociation, the late Bob Perry of Texas and billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave more. Thomas Flynn, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners …"

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 "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ion has given more than $3.3 million to the campaign of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, federal records show. Of that, the former chairman of the Democratic Nat …"

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 "spokesman":

"… on) and Oklahoma-based Rooney Holdings ($150,000). Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman of American Crossroads, predicted that “enthusiasm about the opportunity …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… ally among the largest spenders nationally on gubernatorial elections: the Republican Governors Association, which reported taking in more than $29 million in the same period last ye …"

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 "Boeing":

"… llion), software maker Microsoft ($2.1 million), aviation and defense firm Boeing ($1 million) and oil company Chevron ($1 million). Those that gave $250,0 …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… by the Center for Public Integrity on Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association together have poured tens of millions …"

"… , gubernatorial seats. The two nonprofit groups — the RGA’s Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee and the DGA’s America Works USA — are not …"

"… West Virginia and Missouri, according to IRS records. The RGA nonprofit, Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee, promised the IRS it would spend only 20 percent o …"

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 Party":

"… to place a Green Party candidate on the ballot for governor. The state’s Democratic Party, whose candidate lost to Gov. Rick Perry in the race, sued unsuccessfully …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… nor of Montana in a race that had not been determined at this writing. The Republican Governors Association used a super PAC, created in the wake of Citizens United, to support Hill. …"

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 "Mike Pence":

"… C to sidestep the state’s corporate ban and give $1 million to candidate Mike Pence while obscuring the original donors. The RGA has also used the super PAC, …"

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 Legislative Campaign Committee":

"… ndraising and spending by several outside groups including the RGA and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.Election watchdog Democracy NC, which filed a complaint which prompted the …"

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 "Alaska":

"… 000 check to bolster We are Wisconsin, which has paid for union staff from Alaska to Massachusetts to boost the ground game.“This election is going to boi …"

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 "Virginia":

"… Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.“Public officials have a set of positions and beliefs, but they're often …"

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