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 "United States":

"… ooker on Thursday. "He's the leader we need to fight for New Jersey in the United States Senate," Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservat …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… challenger by an 11-1 margin, but Liljenquist was helped by super PAC FreedomWorks for America, which reported spending nearly $1 million on anti-Hatch ads. …"

"… th is a “front group set up to protect Orrin Hatch,” said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and grassroots campaigns. “Orrin Hatch h …"

"… the group has not solicited money for particular ads. Like Freedom Path, FreedomWorks operates a nonprofit wing that does not reveal its donors. The non-disclos …"

"… s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey. F …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… ch-funded groups including Americans for Prosperity and tea party boosters FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation.In its 2008 applic …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… lub for Growth Action Fund at just over $5 million. Also supporting him is FreedomWorks for America. The group has spent more than $450,000 on behalf of Cruz’s …"

"… 450,000 on behalf of Cruz’s campaign this year, according to FEC records.FreedomWorks spokesman Ryan Hecker said without the momentum of “grassroots activism …"

"… ily earning two-thirds of the vote in that race.Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America advocate for limited government, deficit reduction, tax cuts a …"

"… and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Both Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks have run ads that paint Dewhurst as an “establishment politician” and …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… .And he has given $100,000 to the super PAC of the Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks. That super PAC has raised $3.5 million while remaining neutral in the GOP …"

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 "Congress":

"… alth Benefits Coalition, funded primarily by health insurers, to make sure Congress did not pass a Patient’s Bill of Rights. The HBC allied with the conserv …"

"… their services will no longer be needed if the states’ exchanges do what Congress intended. And that is to provide us with the information we need to help u …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. It happened just one time — in Arkansas — in 2010. It's easier than …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… d they’re particularly concerned that protracted primary fights — a la Mitt Romney in 2012 — will hurt the party’s ultimate midterm congressional nominee …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… ed Tuesday. Late Republican super donors Bob Perry and Harold Simmons provided much of the organization's funding. Florida's 19t …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… group arose out of the split of an earlier Koch-backed organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy, which became Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. The latter group …"

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 Inc.":

"… ng his 2012 Republican primary.     …"

"… tions such as paying staff salaries and administrative costs. That ranked FreedomWorks Inc. as its affiliated super PAC’s No. 2 donor, behind only a mysterious Tenn …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… re in the race until days before the election, it wasn’t required by the Federal Election Commission to publicly disclose its donors until after voters already cast their ball …"

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 "Nikki Haley":

"… ressional District arose when Republican Rep. Tim Scott was tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s seat after he resigned to lead the …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… out the donations by Mother Jones, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey — who until recently was the head of FreedomWorks — pleaded ignorance: …"

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 "Congress":

"… roup that has spent $11 million targeting mostly Democratic candidates for Congress.The company later scrubbed the disclosure from its filing and declined to …"

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 "Bank":

"… ative nonprofit, released “B” opposing Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., and “Bankrupt” opposing Rep. Ben Chandler, Ky.-6.Who paid for that political ad? Y …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

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

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

"… AC component of the former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks network. The super PAC supports economically conservative candidates and h …"

"… ponsive Politics.Records show that more than one-third of contributions to FreedomWorks for America have come from its affiliated nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc., wh …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… r. Rothfus also has financial support from the tea party-aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Clu …"

"… Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance f …"

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 Inc.":

"… 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-kind c …"

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 "Health and Human Services Secretary":

"… isconsin with a proven conservative record.”Both Thompson, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush, and Hovde have solid conservative credenti …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… in conservative states, most recently in Indiana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, the Texas race illustrates the d …"