Zombie super PACs face termination

By Dave Levinthal

Federal regulators put hundreds of obscure political committees on notice for disclosure failures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… nterviews today, FEC Chairman Lee Goodman, a Republican, and Vice Chairman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, said the agency would also seek to dispatch super PACs that d …"

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The odd debts presidential candidates still owe

By Dave Levinthal

Race car drivers, student newspapers and Twitter among White House hopefuls' curious creditors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… egic consulting/travel" to a group run by fellow GOP presidential also-ran Herman Cain. Republican Rick Santorum's presidential committee still owes NASCAR …"

Herman Cain super PAC on 'list support'

By Dave Levinthal

Former presidential candidate sells supporters' information to make ends meet.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… nnections PAC, a super PAC led by former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and administered by his cigarette-smoking right hand man Mark Block, …"

'Occupy Obamacare' PAC attacks health care plan in bizarre videos

By Michael Beckel

Bizarre videos proves super PACs don't need big money to produce creative political theater.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… mmons a bolt of lightning to strike down former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain as he urges the crowd to repeal the president’s health care plan.“I’ …"

PAC profile: Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Cain

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colbert Super PAC":

"… w, Tomorrow transferred nearly $774,000 of its remaining funds to the Colbert Super PAC SHH Institute, a nonprofit Colbert had started, according to the super PAC …"

Cain the candidate or Cain the super PAC-man?

By Rachael Marcus

Candidate's super PAC — 'Cain Connections' — raises legal questions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… s — what he calls a “solutions revolution.”Even though Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich over the weekend, he told radio host Neal Boortz Jan. 4 that Cain Connecti …"

Colbert's super PAC raises serious money from 'donors' with silly names

By Aaron Mehta

Late-night comedian's super PAC, others, file contribution reports

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… ep!” Colbert’s group is supporting a candidate — or ex-candidate — Herman Cain, who has started his own super PAC, “Cain Connections.”Meanwhile, othe …"

PAC profile: Cain Connections

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Cain

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… GOP presidential primary race, Cain personally endorsed his one-time rival Newt Gingrich.Advertisements:An odd ad released in March had a rabbit, supposedly r …"

PAC profile: 9-9-9 Fund

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Cain

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… status.Last updated: Jan. 14, 2013 …"

"… .Profile:After spending more than $400,000 advocating for the selection of Herman Cain in the GOP presidential primary, the 9-9-9 Fund went silent after Cain dro …"

Presidential candidates outspending 'Super PACs'

By Josh Israel

'Super PACs' are unhindered by campaign finance limitations, but candidate committees still spend far more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… , Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy  Roemer, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain combined amounted to $74 million. That’s according to a Center for Publ …"

ANALYSIS: Rick Perry dodges questions on health care, as Texas falls behind

By Wendell Potter

Despite studies showing low-quality health care in Texas, Rick Perry dodges questions on his record

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… e been limited to Republicans running for president. Last month, both Herman Cain and Ron Paul spoke to the caucus. Newt Gingrich was the guest of honor las …"

Odd couples: Gingrich casts wide net to evangelicals, Tea Party and K Street lobbyists

By Peter H. Stone

Gingrich courts evangelicals, Tea Party, and K Street lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ’s cachet with the Tea Party may collide with his long track record as a Washington insider in the decade after he left Congress. From 2001 through 2010, two …"

"… o are hosting a money bash Wednesday night at the Occidental restaurant in Washington.Former aides in the lobbying trenches are bullish about Gingrich’s new m …"

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates proving to be factually challenged

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts large and small trip up Republican presidential candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… sidency. Rick Perry got the voting age and the date of Election Day wrong. Herman Cain didn't realize the president does not sign amendments to the Constitution. …"

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Egypt":

"… on’s economic output than it really does.Gingrich overstated U.S. aid to Egypt by a factor of two, and he claimed Obama repudiated former president Mubar …"

"… s WTO threat than he would have viewers believe.Gingrich Wrong on Aid to EgyptGingrich was wrong when he said Egypt receives $3 billion a year in foreign …"

"… wers believe.Gingrich Wrong on Aid to EgyptGingrich was wrong when he said Egypt receives $3 billion a year in foreign aid from the U.S. It actually receiv …"

"… countries $7 billion a year. So you start off — or — or in the case of Egypt $3 billion a year."The Congressional Research Service said in a June …"

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates misstate taxes and federal government pay

By FactCheck.Org

Republican debate featured mistakes on how many people pay taxes and how much they spend on tax prep

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… nter projects that about two-thirds of that group are workers who will pay Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, for one thing. The rest are nearly all either …"

"… workers for two years.Gingrich ‘Off Budget’Gingrich (again) said that Social Security should be “off budget” as it once was, before Lyndon Johnson changed t …"

"…  "In 1968, in order to fake a balanced budget, Lyndon Johnson brought Social Security in the general budget. And ever since, politicians have hid behind Social …"

"… ecurity in the general budget. And ever since, politicians have hid behind Social Security. Now it’s going to become a disadvantage to do so. I think the first ste …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Phillips":

"… lew to Washington, courtesy of Prosperity USA, late last year to meet with Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, and David Koch.Koch’s family …"

FACT CHECK: Herman Cain’s pattern of evasion and misdirection

By FactCheck.Org

GOP candidate contradicts himself on abortion, 9-9-9 and now, on allegations of sexual harassment

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… Cain’s False Attack on Planned Parenthood.” FactCheck.org. 1 Nov 2011. …"

"… f “genocide” and concentrating abortion clinics in black neighborhoods.Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, revels in being an unconventional …"

"… f of staff declaring that “America has never seen another candidate like Herman Cain,” and then taking a long drag on a cigarette and blowing smoke.But as he …"

"… misunderstanding him.– by Eugene KielySourcesMartin, Jonathan et al. “Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior.” Politico. 31 Oct 2011. …"

ANALYSIS: Herman Cain's historic health reform histrionics

By Wendell Potter

Rigged insurance industry panel put candidate on a path to stardom

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… have no inside information about the nature of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s relationship with two women who claimed Cain made unwelcome advances t …"

"… ia satellite from Omaha, where Godfather’s is based, was none other than Herman Cain.Before a live television audience of millions of Americans, Cain charged t …"

FACT CHECK: Herman Cain’s false attack on Planned Parenthood

By FactCheck.Org

Presidential contender said founder of Planned Parenthood wanted to keep "black babies from being born"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… p’s “census of all known abortion providers.”– Lori Robertson  …"

"… s into the black communities because they wanted to kill black babies – "Herman Cain: "Yes."Scheiffer: " — before they were born. Do you still stand by that? …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… anes, iPads and other items, according to financial documents cited by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.Cain’s campaign disclosure reports fail to li …"

"… ights and $15,000 for a trip to Atlanta, according to records cited by the Milwaukee paper.Before Cain’s campaign launched, Block was the Wisconsin state lea …"

How candidates' tax plans would affect one struggling family

By Amy Biegelsen and John Aloysius Farrell

Republican presidential candidates' ambitious tax plans don't help working class

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… nd corporations.Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s proposal for a new flat tax, and Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, offer more radical change.Perry wants to slash taxes on in …"

FACT CHECK: GOP tackles the 9-9-9 tax plan, immigration in Las Vegas debate

By FactCheck.Org

Western debate between Republican presidential nominees grows feisty

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… innesota, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. …"

GOP candidates in foreclosure capital say government not the solution to crisis

By Michael Hudson

Republican candidates in Nevada say foreclosure mess will go away if government stays out of it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ight course is to let the markets work,” said former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had the most impassioned response …"

FACT CHECK: Fanciful ‘facts’ at Fox News debate

By FactCheck.Org

Candidates play fast and loose with facts about each other, history

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ine candidates took part: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speake …"

FACT CHECK: Bachmann, Perry butt heads on STD vaccine

By FactCheck.Org

Republican candidates disagree on a wide range of topics: STD vaccines to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… bid.Social Security: He Wrote, He WrotePerry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took turns jawing at each other for what they said about Social Security i …"

Eight views on climate change: A guide to the Republican candidates

By Evan Bush

From calls to curtail greenhouse gases to assertions climate change is an invention to justify regulation, GOP hopefuls span spectrum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… y that we have any major crisis or threat when it comes to climate change."Newt GingrichGingrich famously worked on a campaign against climate change with Al Gore …"

Potential 2012 GOP slow to enlist big-dollar lobbyist bundlers for federal accounts

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

One strong sign of a politician’s interest in the presidential race is always the amount of early money raised. New rules for identifying lo

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… cal action committees during the last election cycle. These include former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Sarah PAC), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (Free …"

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