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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… dependent spending groups, having given $14 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A representative for Eychaner declined to comment. On the other side, G …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… from the time show. Then, political groups were just making sense of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that the Supreme Court dropped in late January 2010. It allowed c …"

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 "politics":

"… to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics," received $350,000 from the Harold Simmons Foundation for a "campaign fin …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… p. Bill Young. American Crossroads, co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has vowed to help the GOP wrest control of the U.S. Sena …"

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 …"

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 "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 "Bob Perry":

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

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… e, according to a Center for Public Integrity ranking. Bob Perry, another Texas businessman and top GOP donor, died earlier this year. During the last el …"

"… nbsp;Winning Our Future (pro-Newt Gingrich) $1.1 million to the Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst) $1 million to Make Us Great …"

"… federal campaign contribution limits. Simmons was born in 1931 in Golden, Texas, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin. His …"

"… 1931 in Golden, Texas, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin. His first venture was the purchase of the University Pharmacy i …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… 13, the period covered in its most recent campaign finance filing with the Federal Election Commission. Of this amount, about 30 percent has come from Ricketts herself, includin …"

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 "Virginia":

"… 00 to the political action committee of lobbying firm HillCo Partners. And Virginia campaign finance records indicate that Perry gave $1 million to the Republ …"

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 "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 "Bentonville":

"… llen. Alice Walton, of the Wal-Mart family fortune, sent $1.7 million from Bentonville, Ark., according to the Washington Secretary of State.Also in Washington, …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… ad a bad night.Contran Corp. CEO Harold Simmons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, (No.4), also bet on R …"

"… imary, Texas Senate) — lossOrrin Hatch (GOP primary, Utah Senate) — winBob Perry, Republican, $21.5 million*Mitt Romney — lossGeorge Allen (Virginia Sena …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… s giant Chevron donated $2.5 million to a super PAC close to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has aired a bevy …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… llion, again a category dominated by a single wealthy individual — Texan Bob Perry. He has given $21.5 million to conservative super PACs to date.Perry is pe …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Perry":

"… uildersRank: 5Total: $22 millionFavorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Bob PerryDonors’ interests: Promotion of free markets, limitation of damage awards …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… top donors are a roll call of super donors. The largest source of cash was Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire who owns Contran Corp. Simmons, the No. 2 donor to …"

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 …"

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 "Fred Eychaner":

"… heir super PAC giving during the last month.Meanwhile, Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner (No. 6 at $7.8 million) and James Simons (No. 7 at $7.5 million), the foun …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… ording to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month.Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, who shows no signs of closing his checkbook, gave $3.5 million to super P …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… ion Commission records. Its top donor is Texas billionaire and businessman Harold Simmons, who along with his company, Contran Corp., has given $13 million to the g …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… No. 9.Democrats also came up with a counter to pro-Republican homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3 with a bullet), who backed efforts in Texas to pass laws …"

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 "Houston":

"… bsp;to the Democratic Governors Association to boost former Houston Mayor Bill White’s unsuccessful gubernatorial run against Gov. …"

"… und Biography: Not all super donors from Texas are Republicans. Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn have donated millions …"

"… to the Mostyns. According to the Texas Tribune, the Houston couple pledged to spend $1.3 million to boost former Houston Mayor Bill Wh …"

"… une, the Houston couple pledged to spend $1.3 million to boost former Houston Mayor Bill White in the state’s gubernatorial race, while Perry — the …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… sroads GPS’ ads target Senate races in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as New York’s 1st Congressional District, where Republicans have …"

"… Right” opposes Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican. The ad shows Baldwin yelling, “You’ …"

"… ing, “Tired of all the shouting? Tammy Baldwin is just out of touch with Wisconsin.”“Judgment” opposes Rep. Tim Bishop, the Democrat representing New Y …"

"… re,” which opposes Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. Duffy is challenged by former Wisconsin state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, a Democrat. It also ran an ad opposing former Ari …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… rom TRT Holdings$100,000 to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney)$35,000 to Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst)Federal hard money and 527 contribu …"

"… Republican National CommitteeNotable state-level contributions:$113,000 to Texas judges and politicians (2012)$103,000 to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, …"

"… dges and politicians (2012)$103,000 to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (2010)$129,000 to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)$100,000 to Greg …"

"… to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (2010)$129,000 to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)$100,000 to Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general (200 …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… ne of which is backed by heavyweight Texas donor Bob Perry and billionaire Harold Simmons.That’s far less than his campaign has spent, however; the Dewhurst campa …"

"… nations from the state’s GOP establishment, including Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who has contributed $1 million, and homebuilder Bob Perry, who has contri …"

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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