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 Senate":

"… 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 Conservation Vot …"

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 "Henry Waxman":

"… Finance Committee. As far back as 1984, he authored legislation with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., that helped allow generic drugs to flourish but also gave brand …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… ions with national tea party groups funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.This election, ATP has vowed to keep Attorney General Steve Bullo …"

"… for wind power and natural gas-fueled vehicles. The letters were signed by Koch-funded groups including Americans for Prosperity and tea party boosters Fr …"

"… the American Tradition Institute, which works in tandem with a network of Koch-funded think tanks  to oppose wind energy and dispute the reality of …"

"… e energy usage and targeted climate scientists in academia.The libertarian Koch brothers, Charles and David, have become better known in recent years with …"

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 "Dan Liljenquist":

"… moved to the right on the political spectrum to defeat tea party candidate Dan Liljenquist in the state’s May 8 primary election. Hatch won easily earning two-thir …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… s a Patient’s Bill of Rights. The HBC allied with the conservative group FreedomWorks to demonize the legislation, which, among other things, would have expande …"

"… re denied coverage for doctor-ordered care. Using the HBC’s messaging, FreedomWorks warned in a 1999 press release that the legislation “would only take mon …"

"… payments they were due. Parroting a tactic employed by Porter Novelli and FreedomWorks, the coalition APCO created for its clients—America’s Health Insurers …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… ng spending by a gaggle of outside organizations — some with few ties to Mississippi, a state of fewer than 3 million people — that have dominated the race. …"

"… illion, Team McDaniel about $6.5 million. Most of the outside spending in Mississippi's Senate primary — $5.26 million — benefited McDaniel, with tea party …"

"… is month — 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 …"

"… l records indicate. The incumbent's most generous air cover came from the Mississippi Conservatives Fund super PAC, the mainstream Republican-backing U.S. Chamb …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… ers. This includes $500,000 against Cochran primary challenger McDaniel in Mississippi and $200,000 against attorney Bryan Smith, who’s battling incumbent Rep. …"

"… ary, a super PAC formed by Cochran supporters and calling itself Mississippi Conservatives has spent $600,000 on ads pummeling McDaniel. The YG Networ …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… mmittees are also blasting other Republicans. A prime example is the Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Act …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… e IRS by Friday. Alan Suderman contributed to this report.     …"

"… mation in 2004 through 2011. During its previous eight years of existence, Americans for Prosperity spent a combined $72 million, a review of Internal Revenue Service records …"

"… to engage on our issues, we go all-in," said Levi Russell, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity. "You can expect that to continue." Organized as a “social welfare” no …"

"… “social welfare” nonprofit under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, Americans for Prosperity advocates for “a limited government and free markets.” While these non …"

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 "Politics":

"… es and groups during the 2012 election, according to Center for Responsive Politics data. The group’s biggest donor is Aspen, Colo., resident Tatnall Hillm …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… ord's election or Colbert Busch's defeat. Sanford-aligned groups included FreedomWorks, Independent Women’s Voice and the National Right to Life Committee. So …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… e public. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

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 "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 "FreedomWorks":

"… AC finished the month with $2.6 million on hand.The conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for America, led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, took in $3.2 …"

"… kind contributions from the super PAC’s non-disclosing sister nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc.FreedomWorks for America finished September with $703,000 cash on hand …"

"… s from the super PAC’s non-disclosing sister nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc.FreedomWorks for America finished September with $703,000 cash on hand.In other outside …"

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 "Jay Rockefeller":

"… to the super PAC in August, with each group giving $250,000. Notably, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., also gave the super PAC $200,000.The Democratic super PAC finish …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ve focused on alleged outsourcing to China (“Shanghai” from the DCCC), Medicare (“Not on Our Side” from SEIU COPE) and his legal representation of the …"

"… it is unfair to call him a “millionaire Wall Street lawyer.” And as to Medicare, Rothfus opposes the Affordable Care Act and supports Rep. Paul Ryan’s …"

"… e back from Washington with “strange ideas” like “ending the current Medicare system.” Former Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, is challenging him for his …"

"… s Republican U.S. House candidate Rodney Davis for his support of Ryan’s Medicare plan. Davis, a congressional aide, faces physician Rodney Gill in Illinois …"

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 "America":

"… ionaire investor Ira Rennert, which gave $1 million.Conservative super PAC American Crossroads brought in $7.1 million finishing the month with $29.5 million …"

"… Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym, gave $1 million. TRT also gave $1 million to American Crossroads in February. Rowling personally gave $1 million to the super P …"

"… hand. Its top contributor last month was the super PAC Working for Working Americans, which gave $1 million.House Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC aimi …"

"… ished 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 million on hand. …"

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 "Texas":

"… en its preferred candidates prevail in GOP Senate primaries in Indiana and Texas, where politicians favored by the party establishment were beaten handily. …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… athan Neerman, a Dewhurst supporter and past chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, referring to the lieutenant governor's network of support. "But that doe …"