Shaun McCutcheon hopes donation in S. Carolina election will be first of many nationwide

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Alabama man bent on campaign finance deregulation kicks off election cycle with South Carolina contribution.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shaun McCutcheon":

"… ity of that coming via the Conservative Campaign Committee.     …"

FEC chairwoman warns of super PAC corruption

By Michael Beckel

Ellen Weintraub sounds off about the proliferation of candidate-specific super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… aided a super PAC called the Red, White and Blue Fund. Wyoming businessman Foster Friess was one of the largest bankrollers of the operation, and Friess himself tr …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Wall Street Journal":

"… g the regulatory reach of government, according to an interview he gave to The Wall Street Journal in March. Many of Contran’s subsidiaries are subject to environmental re …"

Daily Disclosure: Smaller super PACs target down-ticket races

By Rachael Marcus

Big donors include the NEA, Bob Perry and Foster Friess.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… g from Texas super donor Bob Perry, who gave $250,000, Wyoming super donor Foster Friess, who gave $50,000, and an organization called Americans for Liberty and Pr …"

Donor profile: Peter Thiel

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ron Paul":

"… to super PACs: $4.7 million* $2.6 million to Endorse Liberty (pro-Ron Paul) $2 million to Club for Growth Action (pro-conservative) $135,000 t …"

"… Club for Growth Action (pro-conservative) $135,000 to Revolution PAC (pro-Ron Paul) Notable federal hard money and 527 contributions: $5,000 to Marijuan …"

"… has sunk millions into research of life-extending technologies. And he’s Ron Paul’s biggest supporter — at least monetarily. Thiel (pronounced “teal …"

Super donor Friess skips super PAC to help Santorum

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy Wisconsin native sponsors ads backing candidate Rick Santorum.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Campaign Act":

"… making independent expenditures) this election cycle,” she said.With the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1974, Congress set a $1,000-per-candidate limit on how much individuals …"

Pro-Romney super PAC reports more cash on hand than Romney campaign

By John Dunbar

Pro-Romney forces enjoy cash advantage in primaries, but badly trail Obama

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… llion contribution last month from Annette Simmons, wife of GOP mega-donor Harold Simmons, a billionaire investor who hails from Texas.All told, the Simmons family …"

Super PACs out-raise candidates, thanks to super donors

By John Dunbar

Super donors mean super PACs raise more money than the candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… rage donation to a super PAC filing in January was $63,000, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of FEC data.Two of the super PACs — “Winning Our Future,” s …"

Pro-Santorum super PAC gets $1 million donation

By John Dunbar and Peter H. Stone

Two donors account for 71 percent of pro-Santorum super PAC's contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… elevision advertising. Santorum has been leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to some recent polls.Still, the Romney campaign and his allied …"

Billionaire props up pro-Santorum 'super PAC'

By John Dunbar and Peter H. Stone

A pro-Santorum super PAC was able to raise only $730,000 despite the backing of a Wyoming billionaire

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… g to a Federal Election Commission filing.Of the total, $331,000 came from Foster Friess, an investor from Jackson, Wyoming.Thus far, all the group's spending has …"

Super PAC roundup

By iWatch News

iWatch News sorts through the most surprising — and the most predicted — details from the Jan. 31st disclosure deadline

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… pending during the year 2011.Just hours after being declared winner of the Florida primary, records from Mitt Romney's main super PAC, Restore Our Futur …"

"… ;Anderson Columbia company ($25,000), a construction company based in Florida.The League of Conservation Voters Victory FundThis section of the nationwi …"

PAC profile: Red, White and Blue Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Santorum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… imum of $2,300.Friess, Doré and Annette Simmons, wife of super-donor Harold Simmons, rank as the only three people to have made seven-figure donations to the …"

PAC profile: Leaders for Families

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Santorum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… eaders for Families received an end-of-year cash infusion from super donor Foster Friess, the wealthy Wyoming investor who also bankrolled the larger pro-Santorum …"

Haley Barbour's money mission

By Peter H. Stone

Last fall, then Governor Haley Barbour was making money pitches to big donors for GOP control

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… Congress. …"

"… Haley and worked with him for a long time,” said Langone, who hosted the New York event. Langone also wrote a $25,000 check to American Crossroads last year …"

Wyoming billionaire pledges a half-million-dollar matching contribution to Santorum 'super PAC'

By Peter H. Stone

A wealthy Wyoming donor to conservative causes says Santorum has a better shot against Obama than Romney.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… tees, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Foster and his wife Lynette gave $5,000 to Santorum and $5,000 to former …"

Daily Disclosure: Adelson spends big on Virginia U.S. Senate race

By Rachael Marcus

Senate race in Virginia tops in spending for super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… it out.  …"

"… or one super PAC, “outside” means from across the country.Independence Virginia, a super PAC supporting former U.S. Senator and Gov. George Allen, the Rep …"

"… and super donor Sheldon Adelson, who lives in Las Vegas, gave Independence Virginia $1.5 million, according to the super PAC’s most recent donor disclosure …"

"… s Vegas money isn’t the only contribution to have traveled a long way to Virginia. Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, another top super PAC donor, gave $1 million …"

Donor profile: Foster Friess

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… f Jackson, Wyo., Friess is more known for his philanthropy. The Lynne and Foster Friess Family Foundation is a private, Christian charitable foundation and is his …"

Santorum’s withdrawal leaves super PAC without a candidate

By Michael Beckel

Red, White and Blue Fund super PAC backed Santorum, vows to back conservatives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… lion to the Red, White and Blue Fund through February: Wyoming businessman Foster Friess ($1.6 million) retired Louisiana energy executive William Dore ($1.5 milli …"

Is big GOP money finally flowing to Mitt Romney?

By The Associated Press

February's political donations were, again, predominantly to conservative groups or candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… h, but at least $600,000 came from close supporter and Wyoming businessman Foster Friess. For the Newt Gingrich-supportive Winning Our Future PAC, nearly 88 percen …"