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Excerpts from this story referencing "ambassadors":

"… fornians 23: Number of campaign bundlers nominated in 2013 by Obama to be ambassadors 21: Number of current U.S. senators who voluntarily e-filed copies of the …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… it's not nothing, either. An X factor could be conservative organization FreedomWorks, a major spender during the 2012 election, which has endorsed Lonegan but …"

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 "UPS":

"… Court election. Montana Growth, whose address is listed as a mailbox at a UPS store in Washington, D.C., on the IRS form, appears to be the “Montana G …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance reports":

"… rarely communicates with the press and it hires unknowing lawyers to sign campaign finance reports and its 2008 nonprofit incorporation documents in Colorado.Scott Shires ha …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… he Center for Responsive Politics.The top spender on behalf of Cruz is the Club for Growth Action Fund at just over $5 million. Also supporting him is FreedomWorks f …"

"… ary election. Hatch won easily earning two-thirds of the vote in that race.Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America advocate for limited government, defic …"

"… deficit reduction, tax cuts and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Both Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks have run ads that paint Dewhurst as an “establis …"

"… n contrast to Cruz, a “true conservative” and strict constitutionalist.Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said the anti-tax group has tried to make people a …"

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 "junk insurance":

"… ect us from financial ruin if we get sick or injured and help us avoid the junk insurance that far too many Americans are paying their hard earned money for on the …"

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 "Senate primary":

"… $2.7 million during his entire re-election campaign.     …"

"… cDaniel about $6.5 million. Most of the outside spending in Mississippi's Senate primary — $5.26 million — benefited McDaniel, with tea party super PACs Club f …"

"… outside political groups didn't once outspend candidates in their own U.S. Senate primary races, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by th …"

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 "Idaho":

"… nt Republicans, including Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho; and Shane Osborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer who’s running for U …"

"… inst attorney Bryan Smith, who’s battling incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho. The U.S. Chamber spent another $300,000 against attorney Woody White, wh …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barney Keller":

"… ’s odds of a successful 2014 midterm election, Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller simply said, "no." But he indicated his group's advocacy against certain R …"

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.

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 …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… practices. Two of Conservative StrikeForce’s donors also cut checks for FreedomWorks for America, the super PAC arm of a nonprofit group formed by conservative …"

"… 00 to Conservative StrikeForce in April following a $9,800 contribution to FreedomWorks for America last fall. San Diego retiree Edward Wong, who donated $725 to …"

"… ong, who donated $725 to Conservative StrikeForce, also gave $9,000 to the FreedomWorks super PAC in 2012. The lone corporation to contribute to the Conservative …"

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 "Jim DeMint":

"… ican Rep. Tim Scott was tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s seat after he resigned to lead the conservative Heritage Foundation th …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… cable law — for at least another 50 years,” he wrote. On Dec. 20, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, two campaign finance reform groups, filed complaints wit …"

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 "Tammy Duckworth":

"… political advertising including $1.7 million on Oct. 29 opposing Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat running for Congress in Illinois against tea party favorite Jo …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… t is closely affiliated with the super PAC it is giving money to.In total, Center for Responsive Politics data shows that 501(c)(4) groups contributed at least $10 million to  …"

"… the Dream, based out of the very same post office box.Organizers told the Center for Responsive Politics that the group was designed with the help of their legal counsel, a lawyer …"

"… s story is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Responsive Politics. For up-to-date news on outside spending in the 2012 election, follow our …"

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: 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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… r super PAC, which has spent $1.8 million supporting her, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Walsh is considered one of the most conservative freshman members of Congr …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… pany Ivy Minerals Inc., was the group’s top donor last month at $100,000.TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ right-leaning Ending Spending Action Fund 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 "Ohio":

"… e weekend targeting hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the U.S. Senate ru …"

"… Jeff Flake, a Republican;“A Proven Leader” supports Flake;“Dividing Ohio” and “Politics before Ohio” opposes Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who …"

"… Proven Leader” supports Flake;“Dividing Ohio” and “Politics before Ohio” opposes Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who faces Republican Josh Mandel, t …"

"… iding Ohio” and “Politics before Ohio” opposes Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who faces Republican Josh Mandel, the state’s treasurer;“Take Back Am …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… rks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Club for Growth, a free-market, conservative nonprofit.The seat is considered a tossup.Ori …"

"… im.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance from tea partiers across the stat …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… in July and finished the month with $2.4 million.Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, gave Ending Spending Action Fund, the conservative super PAC he founded, …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ys he wants to repeal the health care reforms signed into law by President Barack Obama, which include a mandate for individuals to have health insurance and subs …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… C are super PACs the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America, which have spent a combined $5.6 million opposing Dewhurst an …"

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 "Jim DeMint":

"… vatives Fund, a GOP super PAC that was formerly the leadership PAC of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., reported spending nearly $2,000 on pro-Cruz online ads between Ju …"

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 …"

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