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Excerpts from this story referencing "R. Allen Stanford":

"… : Amount of money the Obama campaign pocketed from convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford — and refused to give back $1,000: Amount by which GOP businessman Shau …"

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 "Democratic primary":

"… -Mass., signed such a pledge during their election last year, and Booker's Democratic primary opponent, Rep. Frank Pallone, had unsuccessfully pushed for one. Booker's …"

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 laws":

"… on Partnership — the Colorado-based group pushing to rewrite Montana’s campaign finance laws — and that’s just the way the secretive nonprofit wants it.A 2010 fund …"

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 "Dick Lugar":

"… cked Richard Mourdock of Indiana defeat six-term Republican incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in that state’s May primary.In Utah, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch spent h …"

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 "Wendell Potter":

"… heir hard earned money for on the “true marketplace.”News analyst Wendell Potter, a former insurance company executive, is the author of Deadly Spin: …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… al races thanks to the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations, nonprofits, unions and special interests to r …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… ong-shot primary bid to unseat House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and win North Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary. But they still sought to find a silver lining. …"

"… ttorney Woody White, who lost Tuesday to former state Sen. David Rouzer in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District GOP primary. It’s also spend another $3. …"

"… ng those such as McConnell, Simpson and U.S. Sen. candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina who faced, or are facing, competitive primaries. Chamber officials didn …"

"… tor, R-Va., spent $50,000 on phone calls and mailers opposing White in the North Carolina. Super PAC American Crossroads, founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Ro …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… from the time show. Then, political groups were just making sense of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that the Supreme Court dropped in late January 2010. It allowed c …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… nternal — and financial — troubles. After the November 2012 election, Dick Armey, the former Republican House majority leader who has long served as Freedo …"

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 "UPS":

"… servative StrikeForce super PAC, which lists its address as a mailbox at a UPS store in northern Virginia, hauled in $14,000 from eight non-Missouri resi …"

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 "America":

"… butions to super PACs: $12.1 million* $12.1 million to FreedomWorks for America (pro-conservative) Federal hard money and 527 contributions: $0 Corpora …"

"… merly known as Specialty Group, Inc.); Kingston Pike Development, LLC; and Americana RoseCraft, LLC Total spent on federal lobbying (2007-2012): $0 Lobbyin …"

"… ributed nearly $5.3 million to the conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for America. By Election Day, that amount increased to almost $10.6 million. Sixty-on …"

"… ent, 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 Rose regist …"

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 "energy":

"… ired a bevy of ads attacking Democratic House candidates.Oxbow Carbon, the energy company owned by billionaire William Koch, the lesser-known brother o …"

"… in making contributions to super PACs, and none have given as much as the energy giant.Caesar’s Entertainment Corp., for instance, ranked by Fortune at N …"

"… 15 million, “general business sector” firms gave about $14 million and energy sector companies contributed more than $11 million, according to the analy …"

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 "Indiana":

"… urdock, his tea party-affiliated opponent. He was helped by a group called Indiana Values Super PAC, which spent $459,000 opposing Mourdock.The super PAC rec …"

"… uper PAC received $137,000 of its funds from a 501(c)(4) group also called Indiana Values, based out of the office of a lobbying firm on K Street in Washingt …"

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… om House Majority PAC and SEIU COPE, the political action committee of the Service Employees International Union, as part of a $2.4 million campaign in the region.The ad shows what appear …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… , was the group’s top donor last month at $100,000.TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ right-leaning Ending Spending Action Fund received no direct contributi …"

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 "Dick Armey":

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

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 "Pittsburgh":

"… about Bank of New York Mellon arguing that it employs 7,500 people in the Pittsburgh area, and as such, it is unfair to call him a “millionaire Wall Street l …"

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 "U.S. House":

"… se Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC aiming to elect Democrats to the U.S. House, reported bringing in $764,000 in July. It closed the month with $4.6 mill …"

"… e.” Quayle is the father of Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., who is running for U.S. House in Arizona’s 6th District. “Q-U-A-Y-L…” the narrator in the new ad …"

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 "primary":

"… in the Republican Party, Thompson may not even make it through Tuesday’s primary, much less win the general election.Thompson’s main primary rivals are f …"

"… Tuesday’s primary, much less win the general election.Thompson’s main primary rivals are former Rep. Mark Neumann, the favored candidate of the increasi …"

"… th and its financial backers.A week ago, Rep. Todd Akin won the GOP Senate primary in Missouri, beating out candidates who suffered from damaging super PAC-f …"

"… moderate choice in the Nov. 6 general election.Ahead of Wisconsin’s GOP primary, Democratic super PACs Majority PAC and Women Vote! have both taken aim at …"

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 "insurance":

"… , Cruz represented Mericle in a civil suit over breach of contract with an insurance company, which was refusing to pay to help settle civil claims resulting f …"

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 "Texas":

"… per PACs continue to pour money into the U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff in Texas, with some groups spending to support establishment favorite David Dewhurs …"

"… tea party-backed Ted Cruz.On May 29, Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas, failed to secure 50 percent of the vote in the GOP primary. Cruz, the sta …"

"… y $2,000 on pro-Cruz online ads between July 14 and July 17.Meanwhile, the Texas Conservatives Fund, a pro-Dewhurst super PAC, on Wednesday reported a $1.3 …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… they are going to vote." …"

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