Tea party-aligned FreedomWorks fueled by elite donors

By Michael Beckel

Four unnamed contributors provided most of the $15 million raised last year by the tea party-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… ture, and it has even taken out a $1 million line of credit. FreedomWorks spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar maintained the group was “on track” and “exactly where …"

Donor profile: William S. Rose (Specialty Group)

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… : 6 Total contributions to super PACs: $12.1 million* $12.1 million to FreedomWorks for America (pro-conservative) Federal hard money and 527 contributions: …"

"… ased company contributed nearly $5.3 million to the conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for America. By Election Day, that amount increased to almost $10.6 millio …"

"… ton Pike Development, LLC, donated an additional $1.5 million to super PAC FreedomWorks for America. Records show the company was created on Sept. 27, a day after …"

"… an House Majority Leader Dick Armey — who until recently was the head of FreedomWorks — pleaded ignorance: "I know nothing about this," Armey said. Records a …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Finance Committee":

"… Labor and Pensions Committee and is the ranking GOP member on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. As far back as 1984, he authored legislation with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-C …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… its part, the Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $ …"

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… home owned by Rose.Specialty sent several checks totaling $5.2 million to FreedomWorks for America, a super PAC affiliated with the tea party network and with fo …"

"… super PAC that is the single largest recipient of cash from a nonprofit is FreedomWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennes …"

"… ion.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its own nonprofit, FreedomWorks. That means that although the group has disclosed $15.4 million in donatio …"

Daily Disclosure: Pro-Obama super PAC outpaces GOP counterpart

By Rachael Marcus

Pro-Obama super PAC outraises counterpart for second month in a row.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… ative nonprofit, released “B” opposing Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., and “Bankrupt” opposing Rep. Ben Chandler, Ky.-6.Who paid for that political ad? Y …"

Daily Disclosure: FreedomWorks for America releases deluge of ads

By Rachael Marcus

Contested Senate races hit with ad onslaught by tea party-aligned FreedomWorks for America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

"… criticizes Allen’s Democratic opponent, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.FreedomWorks for America is the super PAC component of the former Republican House Majo …"

"… AC component of the former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks network. The super PAC supports economically conservative candidates and h …"

"… ponsive Politics.Records show that more than one-third of contributions to FreedomWorks for America have come from its affiliated nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc., wh …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pittsburgh":

"… about Bank of New York Mellon arguing that it employs 7,500 people in the Pittsburgh area, and as such, it is unfair to call him a “millionaire Wall Street l …"

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… vde, a political neophyte, won the backing of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks group.The super PAC Club for Growth Action alone outspent …"

US Senate Race: Can passion push Cruz to victory?

By The Associated Press

Grassroots fervor carried Cruz to US Senate runoff; can it topple mainstream choice Dewhurst?

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States Senate":

"… has relied on his record to speak for itself. "I'm simply running for the United States Senate saying that I want to accomplish the same things that I've done in Texas," …"

Nonprofits outspent super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel

Increasingly active nonprofit groups act just like super PACs but don't reveal donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal candidate":

"… he first category is advertisements that expressly advocate for or against federal candidates, which are known as “independent expenditures.”The second is for broa …"

"… independent expenditures.”The second is for broadcast ads that mention a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election, but don’t …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… 500,000 from Texas super donor Harold Simmons.Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s super PAC, FreedomWorks for America, also threw more than $100,000 int …"

Tea party leader Dick Armey gets first-class treatment

By Rachael Marcus

Chief of nonprofit backing populist tea party movement enjoys big salary, other perks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… eed Terry Campbell, president of the tea party organization in San Angelo, Texas.Armey did not respond to requests for comment for this story.For Campbell, …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… can National Committee and policy analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy.Dick Armey (now ex-chairman of FreedomWorks Inc): A leader in the tea party movement, …"

"… rted on the large salary and first-class flights for FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey.The former Republican House Majority Leader tendered his resignation from …"

Tea Party ‘super PAC’ going after Sen. Orrin Hatch

By Josh Israel

A new Tea Party ‘super PAC’ targets Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… ganizing rather than a massive ad buy.   Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), chairman of FreedomWorks, said “Our Super PAC is not about bu …"

Allegiance rewarded

By Marina Walker Guevara

Ethiopia reaps U.S. aid by enlisting in war on terror and hiring influential lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… ernment.The lobbying team included former House Republican majority leader Dick Armey and 12 other lobbyists. DLA Piper also produced and distributed a nine-pag …"

So much travel in so little time

By Robert Brodsky

Former DeLay staffer racked up $85,000 in travel in 26 months

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… costing more than a combined $49,000. David Hirschmann, a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, went on 12 of his wife's trips, running up an additional tab of more than …"

"… on, which sponsored a Hirschmann trip to Palm Beach, Fla. in 2000, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where David Hirschmann works as a lobbyist.In 2003, Hirschmann was tapped …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… r rivals have spent more than $450 million* on lobbying, contributions and Congressional junkets since 1998 in an effort to influence federal telecommunicatio …"

"… ely have far outspent chief rival AT&T in an attempt to win favor with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies.Combi …"

"… since 1998 and paid for $276,072 worth of travel for members and staff of Congress, bringing total spending to affect policy and politics to well over $450 m …"

Koch's low profile belies political power

By Kevin Bogardus

Private oil company does both business and politics with the shades drawn

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… ent of that case in May 2001, the company agreed to pay $25 million to the U.S. government to dismiss charges of false claims estimated at about $170 million in oil …"

Enron top brass accused of dumping stock were big political donors

By John Dunbar, Robert Moore and MaryJo Sylwester

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2002 — Twenty-four top executives and board members at Enron Corp. contributed nearly $800,000 to national political

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rebecca Mark-Jusbasche":

"… done.”Two of the 29 sold their entire stake. Pai sold off $354 million. Rebecca Mark-Jusbasche also sold her entire stake for a total of nearly $80 million. Pai’s atto …"

Capitol Hill stem-cell backers received health industry dollars

By M. Asif Ismail and Christine Morente

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2001 — U.S. representatives and senators who strongly pushed for federally subsidized embryonic stem cell research ha

Excerpts from this story referencing "stem cells":

"… that the federal government would pay for a limited amount of research on stem cells from human embryos. The government will spend $250 million this year, Bush …"

"… on in April 2001 that would allow companies to use federal money to derive stem cells from embryos, as well as use them in subsequent research. They introduced …"

"… res of some debilitating and life-threatening diseases. They say embryonic stem cells might ultimately yield therapies for heart failure, diabetes, osteoarthrit …"

"… or fund research on human embryos for the purpose of generating embryonic stem cells . . .” The bill would eliminate the ban on federal funds paying for the …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… sentatives, too. Soon after the Senate vote, Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, vowed to call a vote on a cloning bill before Memorial Day 1998, but it n …"

Undisclosed soft money to pay for GOP perks; 21 on Hill seek change

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2000 — At the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, cars and drivers will be provided for all attending Repub

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom DeLay":

"… o the leadership political action committee created by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas. His six-year-old Americans for a Republican Majority reportedly …"

Group to spend $10 million against candidates not hawkish on free market

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2000 — A group of Wall Street investors, media executives and fiscal policy experts have created a new political group

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… resident Stephen Moore, director of fiscal policy study at the libertarian Cato Institute, told a gathering of potential club members its strategy:“We are going t …"