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 "Koch":

"… ;Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit linked to the billionaire Koch brothers, a super PAC. Salon made the same mistake, calling American …"

"… Salon made the same mistake, calling Americans for Prosperity “the Koch brothers’ personal super PAC.” Reuters got it wrong, too, callin …"

Singularity University disavows super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Court of Appeals":

"… mmittees intend "to make independent expenditures, and consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in SpeechNow v. FEC, it ther …"

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 "Alaska":

"… nd former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, declined to comment. Put Alaska First, a super PAC that aims to back “candidates that place Alaska’s i …"

"… Put Alaska First, a super PAC that aims to back “candidates that place Alaska’s interests ahead of partisanship,” sent nearly a quarter of its rough …"

"… pass-through” costs not retained by the firm, Lottsfeldt said. “Put Alaska First had just started …. Like with a business, start-up costs versus re …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… on and spent $609 million during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. These groups already have spent tens of millions of dollars more during t …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… the special election that spring for the seat of longtime Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania who died in February 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… like that prescription. “It’s unfortunate that groups like Crossroads GPS have given c4 organizations a bad name because 501(c)(4) advocacy organiza …"

"… 0 on political ads this year to the FEC, while the conservative Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by Karl Rove, has not spent a dime — although both …"


By Ben Wieder

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… rom out-of-state donors and whether national political groups, such as the Republican Governors Association or Democratic Governors Association, were among the donors. Groups were c …"

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.

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 "attorney general":

"… he Republican Governors Association donated $1 million to Ken Cuccinelli's attorney general campaign account. That money instead went to Cuccinelli's gubernatorial ca …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… ns trader Jeffrey Yass, who also sits on the board of the Cato Institute. Washington, D.C., entrepreneur Philip Harvey donated an additional $50,000 to Purple PAC, w …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Independent":

"… sted special elections aren't home to political consultants. For example, Independent Women’s Voice,  a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, paid Illinois f …"

State campaign contribution limits on the rise

By Adam Wollner

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

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 "Chairman":

"… ent expenditures” supporting the re-election of House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., in 2012. And the group also reported spending about …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Singer":

"… been cast in Tuesday’s special election. Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer has been the driving financial force behind the American Unity PAC, which …"

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.

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 "New Hampshire":

"… na, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tenness …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… si," the highest ranking House Democrat who hails from San Francisco. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the deep-pocketed super PAC known as House Majority PAC, which backs H …"

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.

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ndidates. Bonds' candidacy was endorsed by the D.C. Democratic Party, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union and several local political heavyweights, including Marion Bar …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… “areas of mischief” regarding politically active nonprofits, known in Internal Revenue Service parlance as 501(c)(4) organizations. Several such organizations spent int …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

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 "House races":

"… w Hampshire Scott Peters of California Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona These House races are again expected to be some of the most competitive electoral contests. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ral elections. According to the report, 32 nonprofits registered with the Internal Revenue Service under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code were active throughout the Empir …"

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

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 "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… tures on behalf of won.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee had more mixed results.The GOP managed to retain control of the U.S. House …"

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 "Bob Kerrey":

"… blican candidate for U.S. Senate from Nebraska. She faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, who is trying to get his old job back. Kerrey has a money edge over Fisch …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… duced marketing materials for the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, both of which count billionaire businessman an …"