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 "primary election":

"… h prevailed, capturing about two-thirds of the vote. During the contested primary election, all that was known about Freedom Path was its leadership, which has ties …"

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 "Dow Chemical":

"… bsp;Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $35 million on political …"

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 "Congress":

"… roup that has spent $11 million targeting mostly Democratic candidates for Congress.The company later scrubbed the disclosure from its filing and declined to …"

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 "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 "Club for Growth":

"… rks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Club for Growth, a free-market, conservative nonprofit.The seat is considered a tossup.Ori …"

"… im.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance from tea partiers across the stat …"

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 "Mitch Daniels":

"… Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. But Neumann and Hovde challenged his conservative credentials.Neumann was …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… in conservative states, most recently in Indiana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, the Texas race illustrates the d …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… onal Democrats such as Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida, who all face contentious re-electi …"

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 "manager":

"… ompany in Texas. The super PAC is run by Rob Johnson, former campaign manager for Gov. Rick Perry’s failed GOP presidential bid.Another pro-Dewhurst 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 "co-founder":

"… “I guess I’d say that’s a legitimate criticism,” said Ken Mandile, co-founder of the Worcester, Mass., tea party group. “I respect him. I don’t have …"

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 Koch":

"… egulation and funded in large part by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. After two federal court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court's Citiz …"

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 "FreedomWorks Inc.":

"… bsp; That total also included $7,762 in payments from the super PAC to the FreedomWorks Inc., the nonprofit for “staff and overhead.” The groups share office space …"

"… p; Hecker declined to identify the group’s donors.   The affiliated FreedomWorks Inc. was formed in 2004 when Empower America merged with Citizens for a Sound E …"

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 "Ben Welsh":

"… ut prison conditions. He would just laugh at us."Assistant Database Editor Ben Welsh contributed this report. …"

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 "pharmaceutical":

"… think tank with close ties to lobbying interests that include tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.On Aug. 18, the couple flew from Scotland to Israel for a trip f …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "MCI":

"… ontributors are: Verizon ($116,000), AT&T ($31,000), SBC ($29,000) and MCI ($23,000). Together the Bells gave Kerry a bit more than half of the money …"

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 "Cato Institute":

"… country's most prominent conservative and libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist So …"

"… 's other leading right-wing and libertarian advocacy groups.Among them:The Cato Institute. Charles Koch was a co-founder of this libertarian think tank in 1977. Koc …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… executives and to examine the company’s high-level communications to the Bush administration.The Senate committee will look into whether executives or board members br …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… nds paid for the destruction of embryos and the removal of their cells.The Bush administration put a hold on that policy in April 2001, when Health and Human Services an …"

"… orzine, D-N.J. ($2,375); and Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii ($2,000).After the Bush administration ordered the review of federal funding, several Senate backers of the resea …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, Bill Frist of Tennessee and Trent Lott of Mississippi, the majority leader.The Bond-Frist bill proposed an amendment to the fede …"

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 "Philadelphia":

"… ter. …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… solid conservative pedigree. He once was enlisted by House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, on the Joint Economic Committtee and worked for the Heritage Fou …"