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 "FreedomWorks Inc.":

"… ng his 2012 Republican primary.     …"

"… tions such as paying staff salaries and administrative costs. That ranked FreedomWorks Inc. as its affiliated super PAC’s No. 2 donor, behind only a mysterious Tenn …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… out the donations by Mother Jones, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey — who until recently was the head of FreedomWorks — pleaded ignorance: …"

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 "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… ing a conservative candidate for the state Supreme Court; $264,500 to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a controversial organization made up of state lawmakers and corporate exe …"

"… C member PhRMA has provided financial support to the Republican-dominated American Legislative Exchange Council for years. Jeffrey Bond, a senior vice president at PhRMA, sits on ALEC’ …"

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 "Exxon Mobil":

"… anies have joined Chevron, which ranks third on the elite list behind only Exxon Mobil and Walmart, in making contributions to super PACs, and none have given as …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… ith the tea party network and with former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.The donations make Specialty Group the fifth-largest organization contribu …"

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 "Dick Armey":

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

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 "Dick Armey":

"… er PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Club for Growth, a free-market, conservative nonprofit.The seat is co …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… ate Conservatives Fund, the anti-tax Club for Growth and former Texas Rep. Dick Armey's FreedomWorks — all of whom say Dewhurst is too moderate for sometimes …"

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 "general election":

"… at mention a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election, but don’t overtly urge viewers to elect or defeat that candidate. These …"

"… he bulk of the ads did not air within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election, the group hasn’t been required to report the spending to the FEC. Repor …"

"… Republican U.S. Senate primary in Delaware in 2010 but faltered during the general election.Similarly, the GOP-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund has reported rece …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… ership PAC has received contributions from the political action committees Koch Industries, AT&T and other major corporations.Club for Growth's traditional PAC s …"

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 "Raytheon":

"… ey lobbied for companies ranging from General Motors to defense contractor Raytheon to pharmaceuticals developer the Medicines Company, according to federal l …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "online ads":

"… cking Dewhurst prior to the runoff.The super PAC released several waves of online ads targeting contested U.S. Senate races, including 11 on Sept. 17, as the Ce …"

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 "Texas":

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

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 "North Korea":

"… e U.S. government allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from North Korea, The New York Times reported in April. The deal, a possible viol …"

"… . The deal, a possible violation of United Nations restrictions imposed on North Korea in October 2006 because of the country's unwillingness to cooperate with i …"

"… war on terror. The U.S. had been one of the most important sponsors of the North Korean sanctions at the United Nations.Lobbyists to the rescueThe State Departme …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… trips accepted by Brian Gaston, who worked for two Republicans, then-Rep. Dick Armey of Texas and later Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, during the 5½-year period …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Orleans":

"… went on 23 trips at a cost of $36,568.Tauzin personally took trips home to New Orleans and to a number of California locales, including San Diego and Palm Spring …"

"… he California outings, while son Michael went along on one of the trips to New Orleans.Another indication of the coziness between the industry and federal regula …"

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 "Merrill Lynch":

"… ted revenue of about $40 billion last year, Koch is bigger than Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and AT&T.Koch is the leading campaign contributor among oil and gas co …"

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 "House Energy and Commerce Committee":

"… the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Senate Democrats said last week they plan to subpoena documents from Enro …"

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 "Iowa":

"… ed stem cell research are Senators Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Harkin is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Human cloning":

"… campaign that he was against any research that would destroy human embryos.Human cloning is the process of creating a human from an embryo after transplanting the …"

"… to enact legislation because a ban on federal funding is already in place. Human cloning can be prevented if the Food and Drug Administration enforces the existing …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… activity simply because it reports other, hard money activity to the FEC [Federal Election Commission] would not only be at odds with Congressional intent; it would threaten to …"

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 "Congress":

"… intends to spend $10 million to oust Republican and Democratic members of Congress who don't favor free-market policies strongly enough.The Club for Growth i …"

"… esident Thomas “Dusty” Rhodes, so alarmed some Republican moderates in Congress that a meeting was arranged March 30.Eric Friedman, press officer for Repr …"

"… ommittee chairman.“Our purpose was to say that if you want a pro-economy Congress, then we have a common cause,” Greenwood told the Center about the meeti …"

"… take out two or three of these guys, you can totally change the course of Congress because these guys will be terrified the next time around and we go to the …"