Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

By Liz Essley Whyte

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… ing clubs, is trailing behind, with only about $58,000 spent. In North Dakota, the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society, among others, have lent t …"

"… ould dedicate some of the state’s oil tax revenues to land preservation. North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks has ponied up nearly $485,400 for ad …"

Democrats embrace 'McCutcheon' decision

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Ahead of high-stakes battle for the Senate, Democrats create massive fundraising group blessed by contentious 'McCutcheon' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… the territory opened up in April after the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling. That decision eviscerated the so-called “aggregate” camp …"

"… nancially support at the maximum level. Paperwork recently filed with the Federal Election Commission indicates 26 Democratic candidates and party committees stand to benefit f …"

"… inst” McCutcheon and the 2010 campaign finance ruling Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations to make unlimited expenditures for or against …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., ahead of the November 2012 election. When the Federal Election Commission asked for additional information about the donors who helped bankroll thes …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Family Foundations":

"… g those receiving support, according to a document posted on the Koch Family Foundations & Philanthropy website. While the document doesn’t include dollar f …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

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

"… Hillary can trace its origins to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which helped paved the way for political action committe …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… endent funding his own issue-driven super PAC. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed $8.7 million to super PACs last year, mostly to his own Indepe …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bridge":

"… se Majority PAC raised $7.8 million. Additionally, the Democratic-aligned American Bridge 21st Century super PAC — which specializes in opposition research, the t …"

"… 000. Liberal billionaire George Soros, meanwhile, contributed $500,000 to American Bridge in December, earning him the top spot among that group’s 2013 donors. S …"

"… sing, which specializes in opposition research, much like the Democrats’ American Bridge, raised about $478,000. One of its top donors was Restore Our Future, the …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… enter for Responsive Politics, the American Energy Alliance, led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle, told the Internal Revenue Service that it did not "e …"

"… rofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, who lead Koch Industries. And Politico reported last year that the American Energy Alliance — an …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… es of outside cash. In New Hampshire, for instance, the DGA gave the state Democratic Party nearly $3 million, which mostly went to helping Hassan. Analyzing outside …"

"… how you feel about raising prices on Arkansas families.” The state’s Democratic Party tried to fight back against the group by producing a TV ad starring Democr …"

"… t,” says Kathy Sullivan, the Hassan advisor and former head of the state Democratic Party. The money is “gross” and so is the lack of disclosure, she says. Sul …"

Soros charitable foundation sometimes leans right

By Adam Wollner

Liberal political benefactor's charitable foundation sometimes donates to socially conservative organizations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… s, visit this page on the Center's website.)     …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… re forms, or about 11 percent of the more than 1,700 federal judges in the United States. Two schools — George Mason University, located in Virginia just outsid …"

"… ench. Those concerns quieted in 2007, when the Judicial Conference of the United States, a group of senior circuit judges who oversee the U.S. Courts, implemented …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… onors Trust, Ball was the director of development for the libertarian Cato Institute, which Charles Koch was instrumental in founding. “We think they’re g …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… . The group was co-founded by Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire investor George Soros*, David Donnelly of Public Campaign Action and Ilyse Hogue, who was named …"

"… ntly joined public affairs firm Global Strategies Group as an executive. *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… te home outside of Knoxville, Tenn. Both were registered with the state of Tennessee in late September, and neither have websites. Rose, after intense press s …"

Donor profile: George Soros

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… otable federal hard money and 527 contributions: Between 2004 and 2008, George Soros contributed $32.2 million to a variety of Democratic-aligned 527 committee …"

"… ros and Gregory Soros Biography: Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, a well-known and prolific donor to liberal causes, took it easy in 2012, …"

"… Tamiko Bolton, who is 42 years his junior. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ish people.”He was also once one of the biggest backers of AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But Adelson broke off relations with the group in 2007 when it supported …"

Daily Disclosure: Chevron gives $2.5 million to conservative super PAC

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Oil company's donation one of only a handful from Fortune 500 companies to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… , the bulk of the giving has come from individuals — like casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Adelson and wife Miriam gave at least $14.5 million in the first 17 days …"

Big donors give far and wide, influence out-of-state races, issues

By Evelyn Larrubia

Their money is spread far and wide, influencing races in other states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… andidates and causes in that time, from President Barack Obama to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, to candidates running for the Colorado state house.All …"

"… into Georgia. Donors in all seven states examined for this report gave to Governor Walter Scott’s successful campaign to beat a recall election this summer …"

"… n though they are close to prominent state politicians like former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.By comparison, Missouri’s top donor, St. Louis financier Rex …"

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group goes after Dems in Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

A conservative nonprofit with mysterious origins goes after Democratic Senate candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… rding to its website.The group is a vehement opponent of liberal financier George Soros* and has been tied to alleged voter suppression laws.American Justice Part …"

U.S. Chamber, GOP block election ad transparency bill

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Bill would force underwriters of attack ads to come out of the shadows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… ce from a $1 million contribution in early May from hedge fund billionaire George Soros.*GOP opposes DISCLOSEDISCLOSE 2012 has gone nowhere.Senate Minority Leader …"

"… w our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter.* George Soros is the chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations, which is a fi …"

Democratic operatives seeking million-dollar checks for super PACs

By Peter H. Stone

Obama is accused of hypocrisy for White House backing of super PAC fundraising effort

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… up Americas.Democratic fundraisers however are not counting on billionaire George Soros, who gave over $20 million in 2004 to two outside groups spearheaded by Ic …"

FACT CHECK: Fact or fiction?

By FactCheck.Org calls out some of the biggest poliical lies of the year

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… fer a bipartisan plan that is a modified version of the GOP plan Ryan authored earlier. And the New York Times noted Nov. 28 that there is growing supp …"

"… at her ovarian cancer was considered a preexisting condition. But in 2011, author Janny Scott published a biography, “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story o …"

"… th insurance provider did, in fact, cover most of the medical expenses.The author had access to Dunham’s letters to her insurance company and reported tha …"

Obama groups raise $4-5 million in first two months

By Peter H. Stone

Democratic groups already collecting millions in unlimited contributions for Obama re-election

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… Another challenge facing the Democrats this year is convincing billionaire George Soros to open his checkbook wide. To date, he has only given $75,000 to the Hous …"

Democratic donors and operatives talk money at posh Laguna Beach resort

By Peter H. Stone

Democratic donors and consultants talk money for the 2012 campaigns at exclusive Laguna Beach hotel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… second term; Rebecca Lamb, a veteran strategist for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who will help spearhead Majority PAC; Ali Lapp, a former top official at t …"

Obama pep talk to donors

By Peter H. Stone

President aims to raise a cool $1 billion for his re-election campaign; GOP will build on 2010 success....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… were late to recognize the avalanche of unregulated money unleashed by the Supreme Court ruling in January 2010, letting Rove, former White House adviser Ed Gilles …"

"… money men write the new script for a Wild West era of campaign finance.The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission gave the green li …"

Democrats desperately seek their own Rove

By Peter H. Stone

For chastened Democrats, ‘a lesson and a beating’; Republicans hone tactics that brought in secretive millions last year...

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… . We have a lot of work to do.”Democrats also hope to lure millions from George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and hedge fund titan who sat out 2010. For …"

Time to update SEC disclosure requirements, agency official says in defending budget

By Julie Vorman

Senior Securities and Exchange Commission officials today defended the agency’s request for a $264 million budget increase in fiscal 2012, s

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… ling to monitor the 13F forms submitted by sophisticated investors such as George Soros, John Paulson, and others that detail their market-sensitive stock picks. …"

Not my job: SEC ignores quarterly stock picks by big funds

By Julie Vorman

The Securities and Exchange Commission is not monitoring the quarterly reports submitted by big investors such as George Soros, John Paulson

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… eir actual value to help two non-governmental organizations (OIG)  …"

The Abstinence Lobby’s Lone Wolf

By Joe Eaton

Most rich people hoping to influence federal policy are content to write checks to fund political campaigns or shuffle cash to advocacy grou

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Rogers":

"… y and probably don’t even know who he is. The senator, however, may know Ed Rogers, Robert Wood, and Jennifer Larkin Lukawski, the BGR lobbyists who push Rud …"

Stealth campaigns

By Sara Fritz

Their names roll off the tongue with a patriotic cadence: Freedom’s Watch, Democracy Alliance, Citizens United, Progress for America, Founda

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… groups may not be so independent. During the 2004 presidential election, a Washington Post reporter witnessed what seemed to be evidence of collusion between a …"

"… d both for a presidential campaign as well as an allied independent group. Washington attorney Ben Ginsburg was forced to resign when it was learned that he was …"