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 "Texas":

"… est number of donations to candidates from the mega-donors so far are Texas, where individuals and political action committees can give candidates as …"

"… butions this cycle. Six-figure donations are the norm in marquee races in Texas. This cycle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican running for …"

"… Six-figure donations are the norm in marquee races in Texas. This cycle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican running for governor, received …"

"… him at least $350,000. Such large-scale giving does not carry a stigma in Texas of trying to buy access, according to Mark P. Jones, a political scie …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thad Cochran":

"… AC FreedomWorks for America, for example, is campaigning against Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who faces a tough GOP primary fight with state lawmake …"

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 "Texas":

"… the "most dangerous American alive." And ahead of the 2012 election, the Texas billionaire who died in December had gained notoriety for personally bankr …"

"… Parenthood Federation of America $200,000 and Planned Parenthood of North Texas $101,750, IRS filings show. The foundation also approved $800,000 in futu …"

"… renthood Federation of America and $300,000 to Planned Parenthood of North Texas, records indicate. Furthermore, Public Campaign, a nonpartisan outfit "de …"

"… e patently conservative causes Simmons himself favored. Among them: The Texas Tribune, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit news organization that's routine …"

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 "Texas":

"… e bank. Its largest donor last year included Contran Corp., the company of Texas billionaire Harold Simmons who died in December, which gave $1 m …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… e Conservative Victory Project, two super PACs connected to GOP strategist Karl Rove, each reported comparatively paltry receipts in 2013. American Crossroads, …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… to step down, Christie may have trouble matching the Midas touch of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who raised a staggering $87 million to help the party …"

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 "International Association":

"… nies, according to filings submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. The International Association of Firefighters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal …"

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 "mayor":

"… nor’s race, the election of Democrat Annise Parker, a lesbian, to be the mayor of Houston and the enactment of marriage equality legislation in Illinois, …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… Leadership, which is supporting the re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the Center for Public Integrity previously noted.     …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… r, lost a primary fight for U.S. Senate to tea party favorite and now-Sen. Ted Cruz.) Contran Corp. also contributed $1 million to Make Us Great Again, a sho …"

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 "Politics":

"… of the total, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. By contrast, President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raised nea …"

"… sp;Center’s analysis of data from the FEC and Center for Responsive Politics. Ninety-one individuals gave at least $1 million to super PACs and collect …"

"… as the top 527 committee financier, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Despite fears to the contrary, donations from blue-chip corporations wer …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… state.Adelson and his wife, Simmons and the No. 4 federal super PAC donor, Joe Ricketts, sent $2.6 million combined to Michigan to stop public employee unions’ …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… ons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, (No.4), also bet on Romney. Collectively, the trio gave $13.4 millio …"

"… ential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossJoe Ricketts, Republican, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred Eychaner, Democrat, $1 …"

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 "University of California":

"… e out in front giving publicly,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine. “They want to have influence over elections and elected official …"

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 "Congress":

"… said he is willing to spend $100 million electing Romney and a Republican Congress. The spending has made him newsworthy.Adelson’s steadfast and occasional …"

"… tion of one-third of all offshore earnings, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.Experts predict a territorial system would have a si …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… t RomneyTop donors: Ken Griffin, Paul Singer, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, Joe RickettsDonors’ interests: Most favor limited regulation of financial markets and …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… low Texan Bob Perry, the No. 3 overall donor to super PACs, gave $600,000. Sheldon Adelson, the top donor to super PACs, chipped in $250,000.Both Adelson and Perry h …"

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 "Virginia Gov":

"… e Mack’s quest for U.S. Senate in Florida.Adelson is also helping former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen in the state. Allen lost a close race to Sen. Jim W …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… and more profiles please go here.Andrea Fuller contributed to this report. …"

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 "Bank":

"… ative nonprofit, released “B” opposing Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., and “Bankrupt” opposing Rep. Ben Chandler, Ky.-6.Who paid for that political ad? Y …"

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 "Governor":

"… Campaign Committee (since 2008) $400,000 to the Democratic Governors Association to boost former Houston Mayor Bill White’s unsucc …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… he Daily Disclosure reported.American Crossroads’ biggest donors include Harold Simmons and his chemical company Contran Corp., homebuilder Bob Perry, former Univ …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… Dewhurst in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate against tea party candidate Ted Cruz.Rowling was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1953. He earned his bachelor …"

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 "Barney Keller":

"… rue conservative” and strict constitutionalist.Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said the anti-tax group has tried to make people aware that Dewhurst “is …"

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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