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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… financially supported America Votes in the past, according research by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of tax filings maintained by Citi …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… s attacking President Barack Obama, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In all, Americans for Prosperity spent $122 million during 2012&nbs …"

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 "House race":

"… s winning 2013 bid to be Virginia's governor. It was also active in a U.S. House race in Illinois and the special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey. Bloomberg …"

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 "Lindsey Graham":

"… ans The potential targets include Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. …"

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 "Sierra Club":

"… ers to responsible energy development." Environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club, have argued that the Ryan budget is "straight out of the polluters’ pla …"

'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 "South Carolina":

"… tside spending in the states is difficult due to weak disclosure rules. In South Carolina, for instance, outside groups are not required to report a dime …"

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 "Bridgeport":

"… m the foundation. They include the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., and various schools and churches throughout Connecticut, New York …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… ne Studies, which received $3.7 million from the Koch foundations, and the Mercatus Center, whose board of directors includes Charles Koch. Officials from the Charl …"

"… nsumer credit. He is a senior scholar at the school’s conservative Mercatus Center, and has ties to the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank, and th …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… ended up is a mystery, though some Donors Trust recipients, including the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies based at George Mason University in V …"

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 "Nuclear Regulatory Commission":

"… s ventures includes a site in West Texas built to store nuclear waste. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is currently debating rules that could result in sizeable contracts for Si …"

Donor profile: George Soros

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… onor to these political committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Jonathan Soros and his wife Jennifer gave more than $880,000 to federal …"

"… ies during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Alexander Soros contributed at least $348,500 to federal candidates, PAC …"

"… ies during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Notable state-level contributions (see here): $1.4 million in suppor …"

"… to these organizations since then, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Soros, who with a net worth of $19 billion is the 22nd richest man in th …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… bution from super donor Simmons and $1 million each from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry and oil man and hedge fund chief T. Boone Pickens, another Texan.American …"

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 "Candice Nelson":

"… at wealthy individuals influencing laws in states where they don’t live, Candice Nelson, chair of the Department of Government at American University and an exper …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… concluded, Baldwin faced a slew of attack ads from conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.American Future Fund’s “1979 …"

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":

"… 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 …"

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 "Penny Pritzker":

"… come up as potential candidates for $5 million or larger donations include Penny Pritzker, an heir to a hotel fortune, who was finance chief for Obama’s 2008 camp …"

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 "Colorado":

"… he first ads will start June 27 and run in key battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the …"

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 "Pat Stryker":

"… eeting drew the likes of Rob McKay, the heir to the Taco Bell fortune, and Pat Stryker, whose family founded the medical giant Stryker Corp. Also on hand were Mi …"

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 "Robert Perry":

"… ts got a head start in 2010 from big donors including Houston home builder Robert Perry, who gave $7 million to American Crossroads. Multi-billionaires David and …"

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 "Robert Perry":

"… ts got a head start in 2010 from big donors including Houston home builder Robert Perry, who gave $7 million to American Crossroads. Multi-billionaires David and …"

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 "Congress":

"… nd other information gathering. The book collection of the U.S. Library of Congress, by comparison, is the equivalent of 20 terabytes of data. …"

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 "USD":

"… were not accurate or reliable because of poor management (GAO).EnvironmentUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service may be wasting some of its $14 …"

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 "Rogers":

"… own money on the influential Washington lobby firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers, now known as BGR Group, to push federal abstinence-only sex education fun …"

"… nd 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 …"

"… , the BGR lobbyists who push Ruddy’s agenda. Prior to starting the firm, Rogers served as a deputy assistant to President George H. W. Bush. Wood was chie …"

"… ganization of conservative Republicans in the House.On May 8 of this year, Rogers donated $1,500 to Hatch, according to Center for Responsive Politics data. …"

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 …"

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 …"

527 Fundraising Nets a Record Haul

By Derek Willis

Independent political groups have raised $391 million for the 2004 election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… a record $391 million during the 2003-2004 election cycle, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of filings with the Internal Revenue Service.Just under half of t …"

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