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 "David Dewhurst":

"… almost $500,000 to aid Cruz during his contentious GOP primary fight with David Dewhurst, Texas’ lieutenant governor and the favorite of many of the Republican P …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… e public. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… challenger by an 11-1 margin, but Liljenquist was helped by super PAC FreedomWorks for America, which reported spending nearly $1 million on anti-Hatch ads. …"

"… th is a “front group set up to protect Orrin Hatch,” said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and grassroots campaigns. “Orrin Hatch h …"

"… the group has not solicited money for particular ads. Like Freedom Path, FreedomWorks operates a nonprofit wing that does not reveal its donors. The non-disclos …"

"… s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey. F …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… noxville, Tenn., donated nearly $5.3 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11 to FreedomWorks for America, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dic …"

"… rica, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey.FreedomWorks’ super PAC has spent more than $19 million on political advertising  …"

"… y’s money has made a huge impact.After the cash infusion from Specialty, FreedomWorks produced numerous advertisements, including one that blasts Duckworth as a …"

"… r served in President Barack Obama’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.FreedomWorks’ new ad features grainy footage of Duckworth and audio of her saying, …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… ve super PAC FreedomWorks for America, led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, took in $3.2 million in September, more than three times what it received …"

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 "PAC":

"… 2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

"… nent, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.FreedomWorks for America is the super PAC component of the former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s Fr …"

"… lican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks network. The super PAC supports economically conservative candidates and has helped tea party-fav …"

"… rally not required to publicly report their donors.)Ryan Hecker, the super PAC's treasurer and legal counsel, said the ads are just online for now, and t …"

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… smaller campaign accounts mean less money is needed to make an impact.The Service Employees International Union’s super PAC, SEIU PEA Federal, and its traditional PAC, SEIU COPE, dropp …"

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 "Fox News Channel":

"… has produced television and web spots for Dewhurst and sang his praises on Fox News Channel. Dewhurst also has formal endorsements from a list of state senators and o …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… s a chance for the tea party to build on its momentum after its candidate, Richard Mourdock, defeated long-time Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana’s hotly contested Repu …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… Economy.That group broke up in 2003, spinning off a foundation that became Americans for Prosperity. In 2004 Citizens for a Sound Economy, with Kibbe as president, merged wit …"

"… Vanessa Williamson’s book. When it broke up, the Kochs continued to fund Americans for Prosperity but apparently not FreedomWorks.The larger Americans for Prosperity is als …"

"… o fund Americans for Prosperity but apparently not FreedomWorks.The larger Americans for Prosperity is also a major backer of the tea party movement and engages in similar an …"

"… ti-big government, large-scale activities and protests. Like FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity uses the national stage to further its agenda and reaches out to local gro …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Orrin Hatch":

"… arly expenditures on thwarting the re-election of Utah’s Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, an effort that was unsuccessful.FreedomWorks for America became especiall …"

"… with an $8 million pay-out.Advertisements:A January ad entitled “Defeat Orrin Hatch in Utah” claimed the senator’s 35-year career was riddled with broken …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… onservative Tea Party movement is targeting long-time Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012 for not being conservative enough. FreedomWorks for America is a …"

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 "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 "Dick Armey":

"… rving as general counsel and policy director to then-House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), Davidson worked for Qwest, then with the U.S. Trade Representat …"

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 "Ralph Nader":

"… weeks over charges it has been working illegally to get consumer activist Ralph Nader on the presidential ballot in Oregon.On June 30, Citizens for Responsibili …"

"… using prepared scripts, to encourage them to sign a petition that allowed Ralph Nader to put his name on the November ballot in the presidential election. Accor …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… kruptcy is the subject of investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Senate Democrats said last we …"

"… e courts sort out the class action suit against the 29 Enron insiders, the Securities and Exchange Commission has come under increasing pressure from Congress to improve accounting sta …"

"… n a case by case basis. Christi Harlan, director of Public Affairs for the Securities and Exchange Commission, said agency rules would require the chairman sit out commission votes tha …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… utical and biotech companies and their employees between 1995 and 2000.The Tennessee Republican recently told a Senate panel that he favors the research, albei …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… bility of human cloning closer to home for Americans. Subsequently, Japan, India and most European countries banned cloning or imposed laws supervising suc …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… esses such leadership PACs as those backed by DeLay, House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, and House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, R-Okla. Arm …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… sh, R-Ind., and worked for the conservative nonprofit issue advocacy group Citizens for a Sound Economy. The group’s founders committee includes such conservatives as Brent Boz …"

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