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 "Colorado":

"… f state campaign finance records. Coming in third place was a Colorado amendment to expand gambling, which has drawn about $12 million in ad …"

"… by a Rhode Island casino company, Twin River Casino. Competing casinos in Colorado are helping fund $5.7 million in ads opposing the measure through a group …"

"… ugh its opponents did not buy any airtime. Casinos versus casinos In Colorado, casinos are waging the nation’s third-most-expensive ballot fight over …"

"… o offer slot machines, blackjack and other games at a racetrack in Aurora, Colorado. In ads, the committee backed by the company promises $100 million of new …"

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 "George Soros":

"… ll the best as they raise even more money from the likes of Tom Steyer and George Soros*.” Backer added: “There is no fundamental difference between Republic …"

"… etely. Alexander Cohen contributed to this report. * Editor's note: George Soros is chairman of Open Society Foundations, which provides funding …"

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 "Greg Speed":

"… ated needlessly is a wasted dollar," said America Votes Executive Director Greg Speed in a promotional video posted to YouTube last year. (In November, Speed be …"

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 "Dartmouth College":

"… figures, it does indicate that big-name colleges such as Brown University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Syracuse University and Texas Tech University are …"

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 "New York":

"… PAC can already claim financial backers from every U.S. state — although New Yorkers and Californians account for nearly half of the money it raised in 2013 …"

"… rovided to the Center for Public Integrity by the super PAC. Residents of New York combined to give just shy of $1 million last year, as did residents of Cal …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… heir checkbooks for super PACs during this election cycle. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson did not contribute a cent to super PACs in 2013. Nor did his wife Miriam A …"

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 "Indiana":

"… b for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Republican congressman from Indiana, has made it clear that his group is not afraid to go after incumbents. C …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… n mega-donor Sheldon Adelson gave $250,000 to a new super PAC in New Mexico called Reform New Mexico Now. Major Democratic donor Fred Eychaner&nb …"

"… Adelson gave $250,000 to a new super PAC in New Mexico called Reform New Mexico Now. Major Democratic donor Fred Eychaner gave $215,000 to one i …"

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 "finance":

"… 1.1 million to a super PAC his son, Jonathan, founded to push for campaign finance reform. Soros is also a chairman, director, trustee or board member for 1 …"

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 "Virginia":

"… in the United States. Two schools — George Mason University, located in Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., and Northwestern University based in Evanst …"

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 "Congress":

"… e group released a promotional video featuring seven Democratic members of Congress and announced plans to target 10 GOP lawmakers it views as vulnerable. Sp …"

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 "Senate races":

"… Adelson ramped up his giving to GOP-aligned super PACs active in House and Senate races. In Virginia alone, Adelson invested $4 million into a super PAC that ran …"

Donor profile: George Soros

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… s and daughter Andrea Soros Colombel to Friends of Democracy (pro-campaign finance reform) $1 million to Priorities USA Action (pro-Barack Obama) $1 millio …"

"… n London. He moved to New York City in the mid-1950s to pursue a career in finance and started his signature hedge fund, the Quantum Fund, in 1969. Soros is …"

"… lf as an anti-super PAC super PAC, supporting candidates who back campaign finance reform. Jonathan and his siblings accounted for the bulk of the money the …"

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 "National Association of Realtors":

"… real estate at about $23 million thanks to seven-figure donations from the National Association of Realtors and Harlan Crow and Crow Holdings. The NAR favors access to credit an …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… AC dedicated to electing Republicans to the House and Senate.Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, which allowed corporate money to be …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nt spending groups, which favor Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., according to the Center for Responsive Politics.In Wisconsin, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin faces former Gov. Tommy Thomps …"

"… p, also a nonprofit, gave the group $2.4 million in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The group says it is a “legal reform group” that “stands up to gree …"

"… epublican political candidates and committees since 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Rastetter and his company, like the American Future Fund, are based in Io …"

"… ter to Protect Patients’ Rights gave $11.7 million in 2011, according to Center for Responsive Politics. This group is also a nonprofit, so it is unknown where its money comes fr …"

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 "Jim Messina":

"… a conference call to leading donors and fundraisers with campaign manager Jim Messina — could help prod large donors to write seven-figure checks.Democratic f …"

FACT CHECK: Fact or fiction?

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… CCC Dials Wrong NumberJune 13Republican Whopper: Job-Killing ‘Small-Business’ TaxesFor years Republicans have been claiming that raising taxes on hig …"

"… ot the tax rate the owner pays on profits.Boehner’s Big Stretch on Small BusinessNov. 9Keith, Tamara. “GOP Objects To ‘Millionaires Surtax’; Millionai …"

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 "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 "banker":

"… d calm business jitters: the selection of William Daley, the Chicago-based banker, to be his chief of staff, and backing the extension of the Bush tax cuts, …"

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 "director":

"… nts which have remained unchanged for nearly three decades.Meredith Cross, director of the SEC’s corporation finance division, told a House subcommittee hea …"

"… les requiring disclosures by companies of policies related to employee and director hedging activities, as well as disclosures of conflict of interest standar …"

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 Soros":

"… thy people who are politically active either fund advocacy groups or, like George Soros, inject themselves directly into the debate without the help of lobbyists. …"

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 "reporter":

"… e so independent. During the 2004 presidential election, a Washington Post reporter witnessed what seemed to be evidence of collusion between a nonprofit inde …"