Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… d then started referring to it as IE for short,” said Adrian Eddleman, a Tennessee investment adviser who registered a super PAC called Conservatives for Tru …"

Singularity University disavows super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

University disavows super PACs formed in its name by a school official.

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… t want to give money to anybody that’s not doing what they claim to,” Texas resident Abel Balboa said after hearing one of the hybrid PACs he donated …"

Merriam-Webster makes 'super PAC' official

By Dave Levinthal

Merriam-Webster OKs shorthand term for the clunky 'independent expenditure-only committee.'

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

"… have become electoral politics' white-hot stars since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 helped facilitate their creation later that year. Togeth …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… spent?”    …"

"… fits that spent money on politics and did not report their activity to the Internal Revenue Service, as required. “That’s called playing with fire,” Marcus Owens, a fo …"

League of Conservation Voters becoming 'dark money' heavyweight

By Michael Beckel

The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.


By Ben Wieder

'Puppet states' project required collection of data from 38 states, plus extensive analysis.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… national political groups, such as the Republican Governors Association or Democratic Governors Association, were among the donors. Groups were classified as in-state or out-of-stat …"

Booker burying Lonegan in super PAC cash dash

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful has derided outside money but is greatly benefiting from it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… m outside group spending. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., signed such a pledge during their election last year, and Booker …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… ional Committee has received $3.2 million in direct contributions from the Democratic Governors Association’s super PAC, along with a series of in-kind donations for research and o …"

Libertarian-leaning super PAC raising big money

By Adam Wollner

New group is led by the Cato Institute's founder and a former FEC chairman.

D.C.-based groups spent big in special elections

By Dave Levinthal

Special interest super PACs and nonprofits from D.C. region poured millions into special elections.

State campaign contribution limits on the rise

By Adam Wollner

Individual campaign contribution limits are on the rise as states hedge against super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connecticut":

"… ure from outside groups, but lawmakers dropped the language. Democrats in Connecticut were initially reluctant to raise limits. Still, they approved a measure …"

"… aid in a statement after signing the bill into law. “But this bill makes Connecticut a national leader in requiring disclosure and transparency.” Proponents …"

Trade group to FEC: ‘Corporate funds’ financed campaign ads

By Michael Beckel and Adam Wollner

Direct Selling Association tells FEC it used "corporate funds" to bankroll political ads last year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurance":

"… an interview on CNN, adding that “the last thing we need is Big Oil, big health insurance companies, big banks being able to spend unlimited amounts of money from t …"

Groups pump millions into Mass. special election

By Michael Beckel

Political groups dump more than $5 million into ads ahead of special U.S. Senate election.

Stealthy super PAC strikes in Mo. special election

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC launches last-minute effort in Missouri, won't disclose donors before special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott B. Mackenzie":

"… placed today and Tuesday. When the Center for Public Integrity contacted Scott B. Mackenzie, the group’s treasurer, he declined to comment, saying, “I really don …"

Lax state rules provide cover for sponsors of attack ads

By Alan Suderman

In 30 states it’s impossible to total how much money outside groups are spending on campaigns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… he others were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, …"

Negative ad blitz can't stop Mark Sanford in S.C.

By Michael Beckel

Cash from national Democrats couldn't stop Republican Mark Sanford in special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nancy Pelosi":

"… ads made the argument that a vote for Colbert Busch equated to a "vote for Nancy Pelosi," the highest ranking House Democrat who hails from San Francisco. The De …"

Colbert Busch backed by D.C.-based groups

By Dave Levinthal

Nearly all independent expenditures made in S.C. special election come from beltway benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ted outside South Carolina. The others hail from seemingly everywhere but: North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio and California, among others …"

Environmentalists boost ally in Massachusetts special election

By Michael Beckel

League of Conservation Voters goes to bat for Democrat Ed Markey in Massachusetts.

Super PACs invest in D.C. Council race

By Michael Beckel

Two groups boosted Republican Patrick Mara during unsuccessful D.C. Council bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ot coordinated with candidates. Bonds' candidacy was endorsed by the D.C. Democratic Party, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor un …"

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

By Michael Beckel

13 Republican senators urge FCC to implement no new disclosure rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… mendment." The letter also admonishes the FCC not to become an arm of the Democratic Party. "The FCC has a long tradition of being nonpartisan," the letter states. …"

Dem senator: Campaign finance laws a 'mockery'

By Reity O'Brien

Sheldon Whitehouse spars with Justice officials, Ted Cruz over political money.

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… Bolton adviser. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said …"

DCCC's most vulnerable House members reaped millions in 2012

By Michael Beckel

DCCC identifies its most vulnerable House members, politicians the group spent millions to elect in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bobby Schilling":

"… ommittee from taking any chances. Bustos, who defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Bobby Schilling in November, was one of 26 Democratic House members named to the DCCC's "F …"

NYC public advocate: State, local governments must lead efforts to regulate dark money

By Michael Beckel

New York City's public advocate and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending want more regulation of political nonprofits.

Expenditure Profile: Mundy Katowitz Media

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Expenditure profile: Mentzer Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Swift Boat Veterans":

"… sely with McCarthy Hennings Media Inc. Mentzer was the media buyer for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad campaign that helped sink Democrat John Kerry’s 2004 presid …"

Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Super PAC American Crossroads goes 3-10, nonprofit Crossroads GPS goes 7-17

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… sidential contest, where Obama’s campaign outraised his Republican rival Mitt Romney by more than $240 million.In addition, Republican Senate seats in Missouri …"

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 …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.