Center wins first Pulitzer!

Black lung investigation honored

Get more award-winning investigations:

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… ed Tuesday. Late Republican super donors Bob Perry and Harold Simmons provided much of the organization's funding. Florida's 19t …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… of the RGA’s most reliable and generous donors — Texans Bob Perry and Harold Simmons — died in 2013. Perry was the RGA’s most generous benefactor, contribu …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… avid Koch and deceased Republican donors Bob Perry and Contran Corp. owner Harold Simmons, each of whom contributed $1 million. The two organizations, ba …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "Harold Simmons":

"… nd Charles Koch, and Contran Corp., the business of Republican super donor Harold Simmons of Texas, have both steered significant sums to the coffers of super PACs. …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "Harold Simmons":

"… s his total giving to more than $10 million to the super PAC. Fellow Texan Harold Simmons, another top super PAC donor, came through with $500,000 to the pro-Romney …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "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 …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… eived a $100,000 infusion from Pitcock and $500,000 from Texas super donor Harold Simmons.Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s super PAC, FreedomWorks for Am …"

Pages