Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… ernors Association. “The millions reassured prospective donors that the Republican Party wasn’t going to have a flash in the pan here, that he was going to be in …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… . First, there are the tea party-affiliated organizations. Super PAC FreedomWorks for America, for example, is campaigning against Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss …"

"… t because he's a Republican," Russ Walker, national political director for FreedomWorks for America, told the Center for Public Integrity. "I don't worry about th …"

"… atives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America by spending $342,000 to skewer McDaniel. Another is Texans fo …"

GOP megadonor Harold Simmons bankrolled liberal causes

By Dave Levinthal

The charitable foundation of the late Harold Simmons contributed big bucks to Planned Parenthood, other left-leaning causes in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… Society, each also received $1 million.    …"

"… crats — particularly Obama — through its political arms. In 2012, the Harold Simmons Foundation — which was headed by Simmons and funded by his wealth, but c …"

"… g special interest money in American politics," received $350,000 from the Harold Simmons Foundation for a "campaign finance reform project." It's due another $250, …"

"… Simmons' design, his politically liberal daughter, Lisa Simmons, runs the Harold Simmons Foundation's operations and serves as its president. Another daughter, Ser …"

American Crossroads revs up attacks on Dems

By Michael Beckel

Karl Rove's deep-pocketed group kicks into action after largely dormant 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Contran Corp.":

"… orted about $2.7 million in the bank. Its largest donor last year included Contran Corp., the company of Texas billionaire Harold Simmons who died in Dec …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… s was Restore Our Future, the super PAC that attempted to boost Republican Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential race, that gave it $100,000. Texas bill …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… $1 million to the group last year while tobacco company Reynolds American, Koch Industries and health insurer Wellpoint each contributed more than $500,000, accordin …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pfizer":

"… ted $325,000. Health insurer Aetna gave $300,000 and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer gave $275,650. Other top donors included hedge fund billionaire environmen …"

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… GA in 2013 include David Koch and deceased Republican donors Bob Perry and Harold Simmons, all of whom contributed at least $1 million, according to the organizatio …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… role of big special interest money in American politics.”     …"

"… the Center's biography of Simmons: For a man worth more than $9 billion, Harold Simmons has had his share of problems. The owner of Contran Corp. nearly lost …"

"… lic Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service documents indicates. The Harold Simmons Foundation in 2011 most notably contributed a combined $600,000 to an arch …"

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama bundler named to top arts post

By Michael Beckel

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama campaign bundler Laura Ricketts named Kennedy Center trustee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… st three other Republican super donors gave more to super PACs: Bob Perry, Harold Simmons and Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund, …"

Before death, Bob Perry gave to tea party hero Cruz

By Michael Beckel

After spending $600,000 toward his 2012 defeat, Texas super donor backed Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Dewhurst":

"… opposing last year. Cruz assumed office in 2012 after defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bruising GOP primary fight — during which Perry contributed $600,00 …"

GOP super donor's foundation leans left

By Paul Abowd and Dave Levinthal

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… ost Kevin James ahead of the city’s March primary. …"

"… Integrity review of new Internal Revenue Service documents indicates. The Harold Simmons Foundation in 2011 most notably contributed a combined $600,000 to an arch …"

"… mment for this story, as did Contran representatives and Simmons himself. Harold Simmons’ family life has been notoriously turbulent, fraught with divorces, laws …"

"… in a rare interview. "Just never to Democrats." But Planned Parenthood, a Harold Simmons Foundation grantee, used its political action committee to donate more tha …"

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 "527 groups":

"… a far cry from the $23.7 million Soros donated during the 2004 election to 527 groups — the predecessors of super PACs — when he ranked as the top …"

Californian spends $44 million, loses ballot initiative fight

By Paul Abowd

Failed ballot initiatives attracted millions in spending from siblings with differing political views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… or the 2012 election, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, who gave nearly $81 million through Oct. 17.In Michigan, a ballot initiat …"

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ddition, Adelson's contributions to super PACs backing U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey were also for nau …"

"… immons and Perry gave a combined $255,000 to the group.The hotly contested Senate race in Virginia attracted $2.5 million from Adelson and Perry, both givin …"

"… New Jersey-specific super PAC supporting the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Joe Kyrillos, and the Republican candidate for U.S. House in the state’ …"

"… enough to help Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst win the GOP primary for Texas Senate earlier this year, a cause to which gave at least a quarter-million dollar …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… its part, the Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $ …"

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 "The Wall Street Journal":

"… g the regulatory reach of government, according to an interview he gave to The Wall Street Journal in March. Many of Contran’s subsidiaries are subject to environmental re …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

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

"… sonal injury lawsuits against Valhi subsidiary NL Industries, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.Industry’s interests: Keeping the costs of environmental and saf …"

House candidates draw one-campaign super PACs

By Russ Choma

Super PACs devoted solely to supporting a congressional candidate spent $28 million in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "primaries":

"… Fund, a tea party-aligned super PAC that targeted moderate Republicans in primaries in other states.The Texas Conservatives Fund's top donors are a roll call …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… Spanish-language broadcast company Univision; $1 million from super donor Harold Simmons; $1 million from real estate mogul Edward St. John; and $1 million from he …"

Ameritrade founder, auto union among top super PAC donors

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Top donor to 'Ending Spending' super PAC shows no signs ending spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… illion to super PACs in September, including $2 million to pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future. Perry ranks No. 3 at $20.5 million.Second is fellow Texan Harold Simmons, …"

Daily Disclosure: Pro-Obama super PAC outpaces GOP counterpart

By Rachael Marcus

Pro-Obama super PAC outraises counterpart for second month in a row.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… llion will be directed toward helping Romney, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month.Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, who shows no signs of closing his …"

Stealth spending on the rise as 2012 election approaches

By John Dunbar

Outside spending as likely to come from nonprofits as super PACs, records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… or Never super PAC, which shifted from backing unsuccessful tea party and Sarah Palin-backed candidate Sarah Steelman for Republican nominee for U.S. Senate fro …"

Pro-GOP donor one-upped by boss's support of Democratic PAC

By John Dunbar

Pro-GOP donor one-upped by boss's support of Democratic PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… , having donated $10 million along with wife Miriam.The No. 2 spot goes to Harold Simmons, a Texas billionaire who has given nearly $19 million, $8 million of …"

Donor profile: Steve and Amber Mostyn

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… 2 million in donations to super PACs is modest compared with fellow Texans Harold Simmons ($30.9 million) and Bob Perry ($23.5 million), the cash is still …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS charges into congressional race

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS is now active at all levels of the national election

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… get Senate races in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as New York’s 1st Congressional District, where Republicans have become adamant abou …"

"… onsin.”“Judgment” opposes Rep. Tim Bishop, the Democrat representing New York’s 1st District. Bishop is being challenged by Republican businessman Ran …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "TRT Holdings":

"… llion to American Crossroads (pro-Republican), including $2.5 million from TRT Holdings$100,000 to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney)$35,000 to Texas Conservati …"

"… 2010)$100,000 to Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general (2002)Corporate name: TRT Holdings, Inc.Corporate subsidiaries: Gold’s Gym, Tana Exploration Co. and Omni H …"

"… sRobert Rowling, the president, chairman and CEO of corporate conglomerate TRT Holdings, reached super donor status in August 2012 thanks to two $1 million contri …"

"… million in 1989. The proceeds of that sale were used to create and develop TRT Holdings, which now owns the Omni hotel chain, Gold’s Gym and Tana Exploration Co …"

Texas Senate race attracts $13 million in super PAC spending

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Texas Senate race features battle of the super PACs, tea party underdog versus favorite.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… y supporting Cruz reflects the national trend that helped tea party-backed Richard Mourdock of Indiana defeat six-term Republican incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in that st …"

Daily Disclosure: Republicans run with out-of-context Obama quote

By Rachael Marcus

An out-of-context Obama comment is pounced on by Republican ad makers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… ne with $31.5 million in cash on hand. Its top funders include businessman Harold Simmons and his company Contran Corp., Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, and former Uni …"

Daily Disclosure: Texas Senate race gets uglier and uglier

By Rachael Marcus

Super PACs making Texas GOP Senate runoff one of the nastiest races in the nation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… nes.The Texas Conservatives Fund is bankrolled by a handful of big donors. Harold Simmons, the CEO of Contran Corp. and one of the biggest donors to super PACs in t …"

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