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 "George Soros":

"… ecretive nonprofit whose funders include the likes of billionaire investor George Soros* and author, horticulturalist and philanthropist Amy Goldman. As a 501(c) …"

"… ontributions the FEC has ruled that 501(c)(4) nonprofits must disclose. * George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundations, which provides funding fo …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… and universities during 2012. Recipients include Princeton University in New Jersey ($249,150) and Yeshiva University in New York City ($106,350), according t …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… lary continues to win over grassroots donors, it is helping mainstream the Democratic Party’s embrace of super PACs. Even as Bremer Muggli — a die-hard Democrat …"

"… h the firm Rising Tide Interactive LLC, which is largely staffed by former Democratic Party campaign operatives. The super PAC also aided Democrat Terry McAulif …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… eppered the list of the 10 largest super PAC donors in 2013, including the National Education Association (No. 4), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (No. 5), the AFL …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… sey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Republican congressman …"

"… Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. That phenomenon is already unfolding in Kentucky, Mississippi and South Carolina — and a host of other states from Alaska …"

"… ae Joo “Helena” Park also contributed $100,000. Then there’s We Are Kentucky, a super PAC that is backing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is vyin …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… Energy Alliance — says the messages weren’t designed to aid Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama. In a new tax return filed Fr …"

'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 "Louisiana":

"… y, a federal appeals court judge for the 5th Circuit which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the Distri …"

"… seminar was U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier, the Eastern District of Louisiana jurist presiding over a high-profile BP civil trial, which is being held w …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… oard member Rudie Martinson, a former assistant state director for AFP’s North Dakota’s chapter, and Franklin’s vice president of strategic initiatives …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… logically driven super PACs are also preparing for new electoral battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubli …"

"… al battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubling its efforts to “elect fiscally conservative candidates to …"

"… d 15 Democratic candidates last year, 12 of whom won on Election Day. The Club for Growth, too, enjoyed significant electoral victories in 2012. Its preferred candi …"

"… e, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $422,000 in the bank, and the League of Conse …"

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 "George Soros":

"… nded get-out-the-vote efforts. Liberal billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros* made it on the list, donating about $2.8 million split among four Democra …"

"… wspaper. "I don't cry when I lose. There's always a new hand coming up." *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

Donor profile: George Soros

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "London":

"… ountry. After emigrating to England in 1947 and earning a degree from the London School of Economics, Soros found work as a merchant banker in London. He m …"

"… m the London School of Economics, Soros found work as a merchant banker in London. He moved to New York City in the mid-1950s to pursue a career in finance …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… Sands the first year, according to a study from a liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress.Adelson himself, as majority owner, stands to benefit.“By a reasonable b …"

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 "George Soros":

"… rk Pincus, the CEO of Zynga, the online game maker, hedge fund billionaire George Soros* and LinkedIn founder Reid Garrett Hoffman.Restore reported $24.2 million …"

"… in the state’s 26th District.Michael Beckel contributed to this report.*George Soros is the chairman of Open Society Foundation, which provides financial suppo …"

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 "George Soros":

"… oney moves across states.In the 2012 election cycle, New York billionaires George Soros and Michael Bloomberg and Chicago billionaire Nick Pritzker, whose family …"

"… o repeal California’s Death Penalty.“Criminal justice is an issue that George Soros had been concerned about for many years,” said his spokesman Michael Vac …"

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 Enterprise Institute":

"… egislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Center for Individual Freedom, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation, according to its website.The group is a vehem …"

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 "Brennan Center for Justice":

"… e Senate bill’s 44 co-sponsors is Republican.Adam Skaggs, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, which advocates for campaign finance reform, said that since the 2012 bil …"

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

FactCheck.org calls out some of the biggest poliical lies of the year

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… be poorly paying jobs at that).Republicans aren’t proposing to “end” Medicare (and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has signed onto a modified version of the G …"

"… mp; Dishonest’? Nov. 22Democratic Whopper: Republicans Would ‘End Medicare’First the truth: The budget plan that Republicans pushed through the Hou …"

"… Republicans pushed through the House in 2011 would have radically changed Medicare in the future — for workers now under age 55.  Starting in the year …"

"… age 55.  Starting in the year 2022,  the GOP plan called for new Medicare beneficiaries to purchase private insurance with the help of federal subsi …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… of the bigger GOP allied groups have set as goals for this election cycle. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two groups that have relied heavily on fundraising hel …"

"… ttleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the first six months of this year has reported raising $3.8 mil …"

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 "George Soros":

"… rp. Also on hand were Michael Vachon, the political adviser to billionaire George Soros, and Marge Tabankin, who advises Hollywood celebrities such as Barbra Stre …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… , 324 bundlers raised at least $100,000 apiece for Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. For John McCain, 301 bundlers raised more than $100,000.Historically, big …"

"… lf of the nominees,” explained Sheila Krumholz, who runs the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.To jump start the 2012 fundraising marathon, Obama will try to inspire som …"

"… e liberal leaning organizations spent just $92.7 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Tens of millions more were spent by unions and some conservative groups t …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… National Abstinence Education Association.“It’s very uncommon,” said Craig Holman, an expert at Public Citizen on the impact of money in politics, of Ruddy …"

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 "George Soros":

"… f their big funders. The most generous donors include billionaire investor George Soros, a contributor to liberal Democratic organizations; Bob Perry, a conservat …"

Arizona’s Million-Dollar Man

By Jim Morris

Pro-207 forces rake in more money from the Howard Rich machine.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… .” …"

"… ent-domain and regulatory-takings ballot initiative.Records filed with the Arizona Secretary of State show that Chicago-based Americans for Limited Governmen …"

"… w that Chicago-based Americans for Limited Government gave $100,000 to the Arizona HomeOwners Protection Effort (HOPE) on September 21 and $125,000 on Octobe …"

"… nment and another Rich-led organization, the Fund for Democracy, had given Arizona HOPE a total of more than $1.15 million, accounting for more than 99 perce …"

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