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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… imits at the federal level in April, with its ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.  States such as Connecticut and Wisconsin have p …"

"… paigns. Thanks to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and subsequent rulings, there is no limit to what a person, corporation o …"

"… o given about $8 million to federal super PACs this year, according to the Federal Election Commission. In 2012, he was the largest Democratic donor to independent spending grou …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… of Congress, much of which focused on the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts that Republican Scott Brown ultimately won. This year, groups have spent …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… t donor last year included Contran Corp., the company of Texas billionaire Harold Simmons who died in December, which gave $1 million. Coal industry execu …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… the 2012 presidential race, that gave it $100,000. Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, who died in December, ranked as the top giver to the Congressional Leader …"

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 "Arkansas":

"… oper, according to recent polls by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling. Arkansas, where Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is stepping down due to term limits …"

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 "America":

"… al Revenue Service. The International Association of Firefighters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, donated $400,000 and …"

"… s top lobbying group, the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America, donated $325,000. Health insurer Aetna gave $300,000 and pharmaceutical …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… und (pro-David Dewhurst) $1 million to Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry), all from Contran Corp. $500,000 to Conservative Renewal (pro-Dewhurst) …"

"… $100,000 to Restoring Prosperity Fund (pro-Perry, formerly Americans for Rick Perry) $50,000 to Strong Utah (pro-Orrin Hatch) $25,000 to Women Speak Out PAC …"

"… sp;it was influenced by Simmons’ donations to groups that supported Gov. Rick Perry. Although Simmons' has given tens of millions of dollars to conservative …"

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 "Christmas":

"… se about a dozen times since Obama took office in 2009, including multiple Christmas holiday receptions and an inaugural reception earlier this year. She join …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… s, and Perry was the second-largest donor to the group behind fellow Texan Harold Simmons. Ahead of the 2004 presidential election, both Perry and Simmons gained n …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… to Make Us Great Again, a short-lived super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid. Simmons’ seemingly contradictory giving patterns …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… unions — set a new standard in political giving. Texas businessman Harold Simmons, the billionaire owner of Contran Corp., ranked a distant second among sup …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… e only conservative billionaire who had a bad night.Contran Corp. CEO Harold Simmons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe …"

"… ential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossHarold Simmons, Republican, $26.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… noxville, Tenn., donated nearly $5.3 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11 to FreedomWorks for America, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dic …"

"… rica, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey.FreedomWorks’ super PAC has spent more than $19 million on political advertising  …"

"… y’s money has made a huge impact.After the cash infusion from Specialty, FreedomWorks produced numerous advertisements, including one that blasts Duckworth as a …"

"… r served in President Barack Obama’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.FreedomWorks’ new ad features grainy footage of Duckworth and audio of her saying, …"

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 …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… cturingRank: 3Total: $31 millionFavorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Harold Simmons and his company, Contran Corp.Donors’ interests: Simmons’s companies w …"

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 "Brad Sherman":

"… ncumbent vs. incumbent matchup in California's 30th District, pitting Brad Sherman against Howard Berman, both Democratic House members, a candidate-spe …"

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 …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… tore Our Future. Perry ranks No. 3 at $20.5 million.Second is fellow Texan Harold Simmons, a billionaire businessman who gave $2.5 million to conservative super PAC …"

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 "Ending Spending Action Fund":

"… ’s fundraising activities.Meanwhile, J. Joe Ricketts, whose conservative Ending Spending Action Fund super PAC said it would launch a $12 million ad campaign this fall, gave a …"

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 "Labor Day":

"… made public on a regular basis.It hasn’t quite worked out that way.Since Labor Day, spending by outside groups taking advantage of the high court’s Citizen …"

"… -founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, has spent $33.1 million since Labor Day, according to Federal Election Commission records. Its top donor is Texas …"

"… than $4 million.For the presidential race, independent expenditures since Labor Day total $121 million. Twenty-seven percent was aimed at helping Obama; 71 pe …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… more than $950,000 to advocate for Obama’s re-election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The couple earned their fortune from their legal practice, M …"

"… exas. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… arters from Irving, Texas, to Dallas, home of campaign finance bigwig Harold Simmons. The move — to a site developed by campaign finance heavyweight and comm …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… lub for Growth Action Fund at just over $5 million. Also supporting him is FreedomWorks for America. The group has spent more than $450,000 on behalf of Cruz’s …"

"… 450,000 on behalf of Cruz’s campaign this year, according to FEC records.FreedomWorks spokesman Ryan Hecker said without the momentum of “grassroots activism …"

"… ily earning two-thirds of the vote in that race.Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America advocate for limited government, deficit reduction, tax cuts a …"

"… and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Both Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks have run ads that paint Dewhurst as an “establishment politician” and …"

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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