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 "Indiana":

"… ade just one grant to another nonprofit organization last year: $30,000 to Indiana Right to Life, an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, which …"

"… liate of the National Right to Life Committee, which is seeking to “make Indiana inhospitable to abortion on demand.” The revelations about FreedomWorks …"

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 "Mother Jones":

"… d super PAC raised through mid-November. When asked about the donations by Mother Jones, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey — who until recently …"

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 "nonprofit":

"… Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), gave $750,000 in 2011 to Freedom Path, a nonprofit group that spent big to help Hatch win another term. Despite his solid&nb …"

"… Service, which covers the 2011 calendar year. Since the donation went to a nonprofit, it was not required to be reported to the Federal Election Commission. P …"

"… Commission. PhRMA made contributions to several other politically linked nonprofits, including: $500,000 to “Montana Growth,” which appears to be a gr …"

"… active in the state's Supreme Court race, but rather a Democratic-aligned nonprofit. See this article for more.) Freedom Path is a “front group set up to p …"

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 "Aetna":

"… its part, the Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $ …"

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 "Aetna":

"… s to the political organizations from unidentified donors in this election.Aetna’s oopsOccasionally, the veil is lifted on the secrecy of these groups, s …"

"… ed on the secrecy of these groups, sometimes inadvertently.Insurance giant Aetna accidentally disclosed to insurance regulators earlier this year that in 2 …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… fall, gave a whopping $11.5 million to the group. Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, was the only donor to the PAC, which finished the month with $5.9 million …"

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 "America":

"… ashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

"… d U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the U.S. Senate run of Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who is …"

"… io, who faces Republican Josh Mandel, the state’s treasurer;“Take Back America” supports Mandel;“Don’t Trust His Record” opposes Rep. Joe Donnell …"

"… n’s Democratic opponent, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.FreedomWorks for America is the super PAC component of the former Republican House Majority Leader …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ’s the tea party versus unions in the race to determine who will control Pennsylvania’s redrawn 12th Congressional District. Democratic Rep. Mark Critz, backe …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… nged his conservative credentials.Neumann was the favorite of the anti-tax Club for Growth and influential Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), while Hovde, a political neophyt …"

"… rmer House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks group.The super PAC Club for Growth Action alone outspent all other non-campaign groups in the hotly contested …"

"… to the election.“The amount of outside money is striking, especially the Club for Growth’s support for Neumann,” said Charles Franklin, a visiting professor of …"

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 "Ivy League":

"… ery syllable. Cruz, a former state solicitor general, former Ivy League debating champion and son of a Cuban immigrant, is counting on the enthusi …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… groups that never publicly disclosed their funders, the joint analysis of Federal Election Commission data found. Another $8 million came from groups that only partially reveal …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ny other House or Senate race thus far in the primary season, according to Federal Election Commission filings.The race pits establishment favorite David Dewhurst, a wealthy sel …"

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 "Majority Leader":

"… uced in partnership with Newsweek.   …"

"… vard professor and co-author of a book about the tea party. “The man was Majority Leader … He's a fabulously well-paid, right-wing business lobbyist.”“I gues …"

"… nprofit social welfare organization and FreedomWorks Foundation, was House Majority Leader from 1995 to 2003. Along with Newt Gingrich, who was about to become Speak …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate races":

"… he super PAC released several waves of online ads targeting contested U.S. Senate races, including 11 on Sept. 17, as the Center for Public Integrity reported.By …"

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 "Oregon":

"… to a Utah communications firm for research, a D.C.-based polling firm, an Oregon-based yard sign manufacturer and a North Carolina online services company. …"

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 "Tanzania":

"… ciated with the 1998 terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.In January 2007, in the midst of Ethiopia's offensive against the Islamist …"

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 "board member":

"… was paid by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Abramoff was a board member of NCPPR at the time of the trip.The Hirschmanns reported more than $27,00 …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dennis Hastert":

"… on Commerce, Science & Transportation, is second at $475,000; and Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), the speaker of the House, is third at $436,000. Democratic presi …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… nd libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist Society. All regularly beat the drum in official Washin …"

"… r at the university, he helped found another Koch-funded think tank called Citizens for a Sound Economy in the mid-1980s.One of the groups housed at GMU is the Institute for Huma …"

"… to have the most incestuous relationship with Koch is the Washington-based Citizens for a Sound Economy.CSE was founded in 1984 by Charles and David Koch and Richard Fink, the gr …"

"… laint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that groups, including Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Bush/Cheney campaign and the Nader campaign, had violated federal cam …"

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 "CEO":

"… after the 2000 presidential election.In addition, Lou L. Pai, chairman and CEO of Enron Accelerator, former CEO Jeffrey Skilling and former Enron Vice Ch …"

"… ion.In addition, Lou L. Pai, chairman and CEO of Enron Accelerator, former CEO Jeffrey Skilling and former Enron Vice Chairman Joseph Sutton gave a combi …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… y, the Parkinson’s Action Network, Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, Washington University, the Association of American Medical Colleges and t …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cambridge":

"… ouncil for Responsible Genetics. The Council is a nonprofit group based in Cambridge, Mass., that advocates "socially responsible" use of new genetic technolog …"

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 "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 …"