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 "Tennessee":

"… Inc. as its affiliated super PAC’s No. 2 donor, behind only a mysterious Tennessee-based limited liability company that was reportedly a conduit for Stephens …"

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 "Department of Justice":

"… e reform groups, filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice alleging that Specialty and Kingston Pike were "straw companies" created t …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… . House of Representatives. He once was the executive director of the Utah Republican Party. During the campaign, Freedom Path also hired the consulting firm Novembe …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… s giant Chevron donated $2.5 million to a super PAC close to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has aired a bevy …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… llion will be directed toward helping Romney, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month.Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, who shows no signs of closing his …"

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 "Arizona":

"… s over the weekend targeting hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the U.S. Sen …"

"… t George W. Bush’s surgeon general and is now running for U.S. Senate in Arizona against Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican;“A Proven Leader” supports Flake …"

"… itive. Florida and Ohio lean Democrat and both have Democratic incumbents. Arizona and Indiana, both open seats, lean Republican. Virginia, also an open seat …"

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 "Tampa":

"… from the NRCC and a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Republican Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea …"

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 "Indiana":

"… down some mainstream Republicans in conservative states, most recently in Indiana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richa …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… Works for America, a group tied to former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.In fact, since their creation in 2010, the Center for Public Integrity and …"

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 "Indiana":

"… its candidate, Richard Mourdock, defeated long-time Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana’s hotly contested Republican primary in early May.Anti-tax super PAC Clu …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… e about FreedomWorks was produced in partnership with Newsweek.   …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Dewhurst":

"… GOP primary in Texas where Ted Cruz, the tea party favorite, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was preferred by many in the GOP Party establishment, faced off. Cruz …"

"… former President Ronald Reagan.“All Hat and No Cattle,” an ad against David Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas and Cruz's rival, put a photo of his hea …"

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 "Libertarian Party":

"… Billionaire David Koch, an energy executive, political activist, and 1980 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, was chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy an …"

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 "Tom DeLay":

"… missing is the enforcement." …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… olicy, according to a new Center for Public Integrity investigation.Led by Verizon Communications Inc. at more than $77 million*, the former Bells collectively have far out …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… Managing Director of Federal Affairs at Koch.Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, is the current co-chairman of CSE.The other co-chairman is C. Bo …"

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 "Department of Justice":

"… ’s rapid descent into bankruptcy is the subject of investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the House Energy and Commerce …"

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 "Lincoln Chafee":

"… 36,000); Patty Murray, D-Wash., ($31,183); John Kerry, D-Mass., ($27,555); Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., ($21,700); Strom Thurmond , R-S.C., ($21,500); Harry Reid, D-Nev. …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Seed":

"… romised financial support to the group. Chicago physicist and entrepreneur Richard Seed announced in January 1998 that he planned to open fertility clinics to clo …"

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 "spokesman":

"… threaten to swallow the law whole,” the letter said.Bill Shapard, Watts spokesman, told the Center for Public Integrity that, in effect, he agrees with the …"

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 "Representative":

"… a second time in his New Haven, Conn., district against incumbent Democrat Representative Jim Maloney.Jeff Flake, a Republican running in the Mesa, Ariz., district …"

"… ning in the Mesa, Ariz., district for the seat being vacated by Republican Representative Matt Salmon.Keller has received $58,535 thus far; Nielsen would not reveal …"

"… to Republican E. Scott Garrett, who is challenging moderate GOP incumbent Representative Marge Roukema in northern New Jersey. The group contributed $100,000 it ha …"

"… ress that a meeting was arranged March 30.Eric Friedman, press officer for Representative Christopher Shays, R-Conn., explaining why the meeting was called, said: …"