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 "Insurance":

"… time marijuana legalization advocate from Ohio and chairman of Progressive Insurance, who died in 2013. Another backer is the Drug Policy Alliance, an anti-dru …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… a few billionaires.” All the while, the DSCC’s sister committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said this of the McCutcheon decision: “Every voice in America deserves …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ded. Several state-specific partners are also named. Tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight …"

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 "Virginia":

"… niversities, including big-name schools such as George Mason University in Virginia, Southern Methodist University in Texas, West Virginia University, Florida …"

"… Mason University in Virginia, Southern Methodist University in Texas, West Virginia University, Florida State University, Utah State University, Kansas State …"

"… nt for “general operating support” to Donors Trust, a tax-exempt, Virginia-based charity that in turn funds pro-free market think tanks throughout th …"

"… Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas ($626,000), the Bill of Rights Institute of Virginia ($246,000), the Kansas State University Foundation ($149,000) and the Gild …"

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 "George Soros":

"… donors who hit the self-imposed ceiling of $25,000. Billionaire investor George Soros*, Salesforce.Com CEO Marc Benioff and philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… like those that last year aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The latest iteration is the single-issue vanity super PAC — a group ba …"

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 "Kay Hagan":

"… e only ones getting in on the action. Allies of embattled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina recently launched a group called Wolfheel PAC, and Sen. …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… d Friday that the American Energy Alliance received $15,000 last year from Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, w …"

'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 "American Crossroads":

"… ove, former political strategists for President George W. Bush, co-founded American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jank …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… million to Democratic candidates and groups, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Additionally, Democrats received $1.1 million in contributions last cycl …"

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 "Cato Institute":

"… conomic liberty” which regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to …"

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 "George Soros":

"… Defense Council. Since 2010, the foundation has received $10 million from George Soros’ Foundation to Promote an Open Society, which has assets of $2.2 billion …"

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… s GOP rival, Mitt Romney. Rounding out the top five: the super PAC of the Service Employees International Union, which reported $3.2 million on hand; Fair Share Action, which reported $1 …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… million of all super PAC contributions, and almost $27 million comes from Harold Simmons, his wife Annette and his company. Contran Corp. controls several subsidia …"

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 "Florida":

"… rity analysis of corporate giving, and by far, the largest. Others include Florida-based Fidelity National Information Services (425th), which gave the pro-M …"

"… Coast Jobs Coalition, a super PAC supporting Republican Rep. Allen West in Florida’s 18th District, received $1 million from the Adelsons. So did Freedom P …"

"… Freedom PAC, which supports Rep. Connie Mack’s quest for U.S. Senate in Florida.Adelson is also helping former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen in the …"

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 "Vermont":

"… en to political parties and campaigns in Tennessee and Indiana. Money from Vermont has flowed into Wisconsin, from Colorado into Pennsylvania, from Massachus …"

"… from California, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The data do not include so-called “dark money” contributions to 501(c …"

"… .The list of top donors to state campaigns and causes in Massachusetts and Vermont would be different from the list of top donors in those states to federal …"

"… etson, who together with his wife and daughter is the heaviest donors from Vermont this political cycle, said his personal friendships often motivate his don …"

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 "American Future Fund":

"… the Center’s list of donors here. …"

"… ervative super PAC Club for Growth Action and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.American Future Fund’s “1979” attacks Nelson’s tenure, noting “Bill Nelson’s been i …"

"… nprofit and does not release its donors.Among some of the other funders of American Future Fund:The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) gave the …"

"… to the Center for Responsive Politics. Rastetter and his company, like the American Future Fund, are based in Iowa.The Center to Protect Patients’ Rights gave $11.7 mil …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… ichita Independent Business Association, whose board of directors includes Koch Industries’ vice president of government and public affairs, Mark Nichols.The bill …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… have struggled to catch up to much better funded Republican groups such as American Crossroads, are aimed at helping Obama win re-election, preserve the Democratic major …"

"… ffiliated non-profits raised a combined raised $19.6 million. In contrast, American Crossroads and its non-profit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, pulled in $51 million.Priori …"

"… they want to raise $100 million. They have pulled in $6.7 million in 2011. American Crossroads and its non-profit arm, launched in early 2010 by GOP consultants Karl Rov …"

"… ed worries about their negative impacts.Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, in a statement called the new policy a “brazenly cynical move by Barack …"

FACT CHECK: Fact or fiction?

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… er claim — circulated by gun fanciers –  that liberal billionaire George Soros was behind an investment company that has been buying many companies that …"

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 "Orin Kramer":

"… as Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, Wall Street hedge fund executive Orin Kramer and Washington lobbyist and strategist Harold Ickes.Priorities USA Action …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… help them.It will strive to compete with deep pocketed GOP groups such as American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, which together roped in $71 million last year with the …"

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 "George Soros":

"… ocrats: Obama’s independent Democratic allies hope to lure millions from George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and hedge fund titan who sat out 2010. For …"

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 "New School in New York":

"… hedge fund; and former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, president emeritus of the New School in New York.Messina’s New York meetings were part of a choreographed effort in sever …"

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 "George Soros":

"… is not monitoring the quarterly reports submitted by big investors such as George Soros, John Paulson, and others that detail their often market-sensitive stock p …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… Tommy Thompson, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush. Lukawski led House relations at the Heritage Foundation and served as exe …"

"… zation and has close ties to Republican power brokers and former President George W. Bush, a strong abstinence-only ally. In addition to direct lobbying, Ruddy is a …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… he single-minded activists who obsessed on the alleged misdeeds of Senator Hillary Clinton. Yet while they were quick to delve into any real or imagined political sc …"