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 "businessman":

"… 00 as of today to either attack Booker or promote his Republican opponent, businessman Steve Lonegan, himself a former mayor of Bogota, N.J., federal disclosures …"

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 "Senate Finance Committee":

"… Labor and Pensions Committee and is the ranking GOP member on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. As far back as 1984, he authored legislation with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-C …"

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 "reporter":

"… e higher turnout dilute the tea?’” he said.Center for Public Integrity reporter Michael Beckel contributed to this report. …"

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 …"

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 "APCO Worldwide":

"… worked. No Patient’s Bill of Rights was ever enacted.I can also imagine APCO Worldwide describing how it helped the tobacco industry in the 1990s by recruiting a …"

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 "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… rict know best as to who will make the best general election candidate,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said. GOP brass are, however, hardly thrilled wi …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… idates put forward, and we back candidates based on that." Super PAC Club for Growth Action, meanwhile, spent more than $317,000 in January and February campai …"

"… ening the Republican Party’s odds of a successful 2014 midterm election, Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller simply said, "no." But he indicated his group's ad …"

"… he Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America by spending $342,000 to skewer McDanie …"

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 "American Petroleum Institute":

"… and the Center to Protect Patient Rights. Corporate interests, such as the American Petroleum Institute and tobacco giant Reynolds American, are also among Americans for Prosperi …"

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 …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… campaign. Hillman, a retiree, gave $70,000 to the conservative super PAC Club for Growth for Action and $1,000 to the Susan B. Anthony List, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ressional District, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. Most of these groups were based in Washington, D.C. But during t …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… : 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 …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… nd Charles Koch, and Contran Corp., the business of Republican super donor Harold Simmons of Texas, have both steered significant sums to the coffers of super PACs. …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… policy and the funds came thanks to a donation from Las Vegas casino titan Sheldon Adelson.Adelson and his family have given more than $53 million to super PACs this …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… EASE tell us what the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… s, a well-funded super PAC, and Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit, in his corner.Restore Our Future brought in $7 million in August.Most of the major super PACs had until Sat …"

"… gave $3.5 million to super PACs in September, including $2 million more to Restore Our Future. The donation brings his total giving to more than $10 million to the supe …"

"… op super PAC donor, came through with $500,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC.Restore Our Future finished September with $16.6 million cash on hand, far more than Prioriti …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… the conservative Heritage Foundation.Meanwhile, the conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action brought in $589,000 in August, down significantly from the $2.9 mil …"

"… on hand. The Club’s top donor in August was Marilyn Hayden, the wife of Club for Growth board member Jerry Hayden.And conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for Amer …"

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 "PAC":

"… 2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

"… nent, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.FreedomWorks for America is the super PAC component of the former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s Fr …"

"… lican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks network. The super PAC supports economically conservative candidates and has helped tea party-fav …"

"… rally not required to publicly report their donors.)Ryan Hecker, the super PAC's treasurer and legal counsel, said the ads are just online for now, and t …"

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… smaller campaign accounts mean less money is needed to make an impact.The Service Employees International Union’s super PAC, SEIU PEA Federal, and its traditional PAC, SEIU COPE, dropp …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ng, according to reports from the Federal Election Commission filed Monday.Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, …"

"… finished the month with $4.2 million on hand, about a fifth as much as the Restore Our Future juggernaut.Major July contributions include $1 million from Mel Heifetz, a …"

"… utor, providing $67,000 in in-kind contributions.In other outside spending:Restore Our Future tries to refocus the presidential debate on the economy after Medicare dom …"

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 "American Future Fund":

"… ted.Hovde has gotten some last-minute help from the conservative nonprofit American Future Fund, which spent about $120,000 on a pro-Hovde ad during the final week of the …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… and an anti-Dewhurst ad called “Mud.”The tea party-aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America has also aided Cruz’s campaign with more than $71,000 in exp …"

"… in expenditures between July 12 and July 17, the group reported Wednesday. FreedomWorks for America has already produced two pro-Cruz ads this month.Also on Wedne …"

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 "Fox News Channel":

"… has produced television and web spots for Dewhurst and sang his praises on Fox News Channel. Dewhurst also has formal endorsements from a list of state senators and o …"