Counting how Primary Source is Webby worthy

Count the ways why the Center for Public Integrity's political blog should be named best in class.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… about their political activities 60: Percentage of its 2012 receipts that FreedomWorks, a tea-party aligned "grassroots service center," received from donors who …"

Booker burying Lonegan in super PAC cash dash

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful has derided outside money but is greatly benefiting from it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… m outside group spending. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., signed such a pledge during their election last year, and Booker …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… . House of Representatives. He once was the executive director of the Utah Republican Party. During the campaign, Freedom Path also hired the consulting firm Novembe …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… and resource development issues.”It also revealed the Jabs contribution.Governor’s race a toss upBullock, a Democrat, is running against Republican Rick …"

Texas Senate race attracts $13 million in super PAC spending

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Texas Senate race features battle of the super PACs, tea party underdog versus favorite.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… ne of which is backed by heavyweight Texas donor Bob Perry and billionaire Harold Simmons.That’s far less than his campaign has spent, however; the Dewhurst campa …"

"… nations from the state’s GOP establishment, including Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who has contributed $1 million, and homebuilder Bob Perry, who has contri …"

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 "Foster Friess":

"… ead of Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary in Wisconsin, wealthy investor Foster Friess is giving his preferred candidate, Rick Santorum, a boost. This time thoug …"

Analysis – The ‘Front Group’ hall of shame

By Wendell Potter

Today is the day health insurers and their allies plan to launch their brand new front group the Choice and Competition Coalition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… track record that big corporations and their lobbyists have in getting the American public to buy the bill of goods they’re selling. They bring out the Pla …"

"… ition or front group, which, if at all possible, should have words like ‘American’ or ‘freedom’ or ‘choice’ in its name.”So, as you see, the cr …"

"… urse, will cause us to fear the loss of all we hold dear as freedom-loving Americans if the big, bad government restricts our choice of health plans and unde …"

"… pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.” The campaign worked. No Patient’s Bill of Rights was ever enacted. …"

Mississippi's super PAC-dominated Senate slugfest not over yet

By Dave Levinthal

Cochran and McDaniel prepare to square off again June 24 as outside groups spend millions in GOP's contested Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… and personally secured a $150,000 loan to his campaign from a Mississippi bank. McDaniel's campaign, meanwhile, generated less than $60,000 in such cont …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alison Lundergan Grimes":

"… opponent Matt Bevin, is May 20. The winner will face well-funded Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. And it won’t be until Sept. 9 until the final GOP congressional primar …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

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

"… ative groups attacking Republican congressional candidates, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal campaign disclosures covering Jan. 1 to Feb. 28. Libe …"

"… Walker, national political director for FreedomWorks for America, told the Center for Public Integrity. "I don't worry about the criticism. For us, it's about the agenda and the …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… stence, Americans for Prosperity spent a combined $72 million, a review of Internal Revenue Service records indicates. The group’s unprecedented spending in 2012 is a five …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… Inc. as its affiliated super PAC’s No. 2 donor, behind only a mysterious Tennessee-based limited liability company that was reportedly a conduit for Stephens …"

Mystery money in Missouri election not local

By Adam Wollner

Super PAC exclusively used out-of-state cash to influence Missouri special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… super PAC, which lists its address as a mailbox at a UPS store in northern Virginia, hauled in $14,000 from eight non-Missouri residents and a Florida-based c …"

Negative ad blitz can't stop Mark Sanford in S.C.

By Michael Beckel

Cash from national Democrats couldn't stop Republican Mark Sanford in special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Sanford":

"… n a district much more Republican than average, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford tonight survived an onslaught from allies of Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Bu …"

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 "Department of Justice":

"… e reform groups, filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice alleging that Specialty and Kingston Pike were "straw companies" created t …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… s giant Chevron donated $2.5 million to a super PAC close to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has aired a bevy …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… llion will be directed toward helping Romney, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month.Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, who shows no signs of closing his …"

Daily Disclosure: Dems looking to pick up Chicagoland seats

By Rachael Marcus

Chicago-area House Republicans hit by negative ads paid for by union, super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… of Congress and has the backing of tea party-aligned super PACs including FreedomWorks for America.Dold faces Democrat Brad Schneider, a management consultant, i …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Democratic super PACs gain ground

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PACs gained ground against GOP counterparts and raised big bucks in August.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… fe of Club for Growth board member Jerry Hayden.And conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for America took in just over $1 million in contributions in August, finis …"

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 "Tampa":

"… from the NRCC and a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Republican Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP super PACs' fundraising leaves Dems in dust

By Rachael Marcus

As super PACs carpet bomb the airwaves with negative ads, Republicans hold the financial advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… 0 in July and finished the month with $218,000.Tea-party aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America brought in $539,000 in July and closed the month with $1 milli …"

"… e month with $1 million on hand. Its affiliated, non-disclosing nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc., was the super PAC’s biggest contributor, providing $67,000 in in-k …"

Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup

By Michael Beckel

Big spending, ideological divide create uncertainty in Wisconsin Republican primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thompson":

"… es.Reity O’Brien contributed to this report. …"

"… side groups and an ongoing ideological divide within the Republican Party, Thompson may not even make it through Tuesday’s primary, much less win the genera …"

"… en make it through Tuesday’s primary, much less win the general election.Thompson’s main primary rivals are former Rep. Mark Neumann, the favored candidat …"

"… running for Senate in Wisconsin with a proven conservative record.”Both Thompson, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President George …"

Daily Disclosure: Texas Senate race gets uglier and uglier

By Rachael Marcus

Super PACs making Texas GOP Senate runoff one of the nastiest races in the nation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… nes.The Texas Conservatives Fund is bankrolled by a handful of big donors. Harold Simmons, the CEO of Contran Corp. and one of the biggest donors to super PACs in t …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth and FreedomWorks fuel Texas GOP Senate fight

By Rachael Marcus

Conservative super PACs are pumping cash into the GOP primary runoff in the Lone Star state.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Dewhurst":

"… noff in Texas, with some groups spending to support establishment favorite David Dewhurst and others to support tea party-backed Ted Cruz.On May 29, Dewhurst, the l …"

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 "Indiana":

"… down some mainstream Republicans in conservative states, most recently in Indiana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richa …"