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 …"

Praise for UK-style health system vindicates spurned nominee

By Wendell Potter

Former Medicare chief's support for UK's health care system may win votes in race for governor of Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… chusetts. Last week, Berwick got closer to that goal during the state’s Democratic Party convention when he became one of three candidates to qualify for the Sept. …"

An ethical mess in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

A brutal political brawl even by Palmetto State standards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… atter as if it were a toxic poison — as has Gov. Haley. Even the state's Democratic Party, whose lieutenants have taken any opportunity to criticize Haley during th …"

Lobbyists boost Senate Democrats

By Michael Beckel

Democrats have outraised their GOP counterparts in terms of money coming from lobbyists doubling as fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… way by lobbyists. Lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ranked as the Democratic Party’s top fundraising ally on K Street, records show, bundling about $550,00 …"

'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 …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… lary continues to win over grassroots donors, it is helping mainstream the Democratic Party’s embrace of super PACs. Even as Bremer Muggli — a die-hard Democrat …"

"… h the firm Rising Tide Interactive LLC, which is largely staffed by former Democratic Party campaign operatives. The super PAC also aided Democrat Terry McAulif …"

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 Party":

"… , the group will likely spend far more than that this year. The group’s Democratic Party counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association, has yet to release its …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"…     …"

'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 Party":

"… es of outside cash. In New Hampshire, for instance, the DGA gave the state Democratic Party nearly $3 million, which mostly went to helping Hassan. Analyzing outside …"

"… how you feel about raising prices on Arkansas families.” The state’s Democratic Party tried to fight back against the group by producing a TV ad starring Democr …"

"… t,” says Kathy Sullivan, the Hassan advisor and former head of the state Democratic Party. The money is “gross” and so is the lack of disclosure, she says. Sul …"

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 Party":

"… m Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC. Another $366,655 came from the state Democratic Party, which was  heavily funded by McAuliffe’s own campaign. And like M …"

Booker burying Lonegan in super PAC cash dash

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful has derided outside money but is greatly benefiting from it.

West Virginia races primed for super PAC activity

By Michael Beckel

'West Virginians for Results' registered by D.C. attorney with strong ties to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… to be competitive. Earlier this summer, state Sen. Evan Jenkins left the Democratic Party and announced he was seeking the GOP nomination to challenge 3rd District …"

"… her bid for higher office will open it to newcomers. Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey has already raised more than $450,000 — including $3 …"

New super PAC to boost women candidates

By Michael Beckel

Portland-based group cites comedian Stephen Colbert as an inspiration for political advocacy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… se is made clear in the name of our PAC,” she continued, noting that the Democratic Party has “historically been more open” to women politicians. While touting …"

Clinton supporter suspected of illegal donations

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Clinton's 2008 campaign received $50,000 from "assembly line of illegal campaign contributions."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ched battle with Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. There were about 20 people at the fundraiser, a …"

Democrats use Kochs to scare up campaign cash after Center report

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic party committees fundraising around record Koch Industries PAC spending.

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… LaRouche PAC political action committee, could not be reached for comment. Democratic Party officials say they have no comment on LaRouche’s debt, as they maintain …"

Lobbyists make it rain for Democrats

By Michael Beckel

DSCC, DCCC collect nearly $1 million from lobbyist-bundlers during first quarter.

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 "Democratic Party":

"… d lobbyists from bundling contributions or personally donating. But other Democratic Party organizations had no such ban, and they outperformed their GOP counterpart …"

Super PACs invest in D.C. Council race

By Michael Beckel

Two groups boosted Republican Patrick Mara during unsuccessful D.C. Council bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ot coordinated with candidates. Bonds' candidacy was endorsed by the D.C. Democratic Party, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor un …"

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

By Michael Beckel

13 Republican senators urge FCC to implement no new disclosure rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… mendment." The letter also admonishes the FCC not to become an arm of the Democratic Party. "The FCC has a long tradition of being nonpartisan," the letter states. …"

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 …"

Democrats seeking money for Massachusetts' special Senate election

By Michael Beckel

DSCC solicits funds ahead of Massachusetts special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… hand and debts totaling $9.5 million, FEC records show.     …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… s political activities have followed it since its creation. In 2008, the Democratic Party in Minnesota contended that the group needed to register as a political co …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… cticut Senate seat held by Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent who was the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 2000. Murphy's win marked the second strai …"

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 …"

Canadian-owned firm's mega-donation to super PAC raises ‘legal red flags’

By Michael Beckel

Foreigners are prohibited from spending money on U.S. elections, law not so clear on foreign corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ans. Scandal tainted the 1996 re-election of President Bill Clinton after Democratic Party fundraisers accepted millions of dollars from China, Korea and other forei …"

Health insurance PACs have love-hate relationship with health care reform

By Reity O'Brien

Health insurance PACs gave generously to reform opponents while supporting the Obama plan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… at the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog.At the time the reform law passed, the Democratic Party controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. By supporting the …"

Campaign finance reformers gain new ally

By Michael Beckel

Moderate ex-senator Byron Dorgan joins ranks of campaign finance reforms endorsing public financinig.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… on Cause, we’d welcome him.”Dorgan’s op-ed comes on the heels of the Democratic Party’s national convention in Charlotte, where officials rolled out a platfor …"

House candidates fear super PACs

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Super PACs have a disproportionate affect on House races, which are a bargain compared to statewide contests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… n Post, which calculated that Bishop voted 97 percent of the time with the Democratic Party while Pelosi was House Speaker during the 111th Congress.Meanwhile the can …"

Obama rails against those trying to 'buy this election'

By Michael Beckel

The president blasted big-money politics in his acceptance speech as a Democratic super PAC scrambled to raise more funds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… and she argued that Obama would fight for a “level playing field.”The Democratic Party’s platform supports “campaign finance reform, by constitutional amendm …"

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