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":

"… ng his 2012 Republican primary.     …"

"… ack to 2006. The new IRS filing shows that nearly 60 percent of the money FreedomWorks raised came from four publicly unnamed donors that each gave at least $1 m …"

"… contributed nearly $4.9 million — alone accounted for about one-third of FreedomWorks’ overall receipts. In all, 106 unnamed donors are listed in the new tax …"

"… and alerting “members when issues of interest become relevant.” Among FreedomWorks' many recent initiatives was its enthusiastic endorsement of the 21-hour t …"

Donor profile: William S. Rose (Specialty Group)

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

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"… : 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 "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 "FreedomWorks":

"… AC finished the month with $2.6 million on hand.The conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for America, led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, took in $3.2 …"

"… kind contributions from the super PAC’s non-disclosing sister nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc.FreedomWorks for America finished September with $703,000 cash on hand …"

"… s from the super PAC’s non-disclosing sister nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc.FreedomWorks for America finished September with $703,000 cash on hand.In other outside …"

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.

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"… 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 "FreedomWorks":

"… r. Rothfus also has financial support from the tea party-aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Clu …"

"… Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance f …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… ives 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 compromising wi …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "Dick Armey":

"… mm is an Enron director, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay and Majority Leader Dick Armey.Enron was the strongest proponent of deregulation of the electric utility …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… resentative Dave Weldon, R-Fla., and GOP House leaders Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Dick Armey, R-Texas, and J.C. Watts, R-Okla.Brownback, who has argued that the resear …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… House of Representatives, 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, …"

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 "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 …"

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