Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… at have so far aired in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire and South Dakota, acco …"

"… o is more than 40 percent in the U.S. Senate races in Colorado, Alaska and Kentucky. And in New Hampshire, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is …"

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate races":

"… doing so with online ads and some supportive phone calls. Compare that to Senate races in Kentucky and Mississippi, for example, where tea party groups shoveled …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Corker":

"… er Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… like those that last year aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The latest iteration is the single-issue vanity super PAC — a group ba …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Committee and $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of FEC records. The Kennedy Center position would not be Ricketts …"

Expenditure Profile: American Media and Advocacy Group

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… he Ending Spending Action Fund, the super PAC run by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs. Despite its high-profile clientele, …"

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

"… t effort garnered roughly $2 million in spending, almost entirely from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.In Washington state, a successful effort to expand charter schools g …"

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 …"

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 "PayPal":

"… tal gains tax.Other top donors include TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who now runs an investment firm, Paul Singer of El …"

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 …"

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: Nebraska Senate race targeted by Democratic super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PAC End the Gridlock is pumping money into a race that looks increasingly like a GOP pickup

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… tune as founder of the Jones Apparel Group, known for such brands as Jones New York and 9 West. Majority PAC, a super PAC whose goal is helping Democrats …"

"… rom a super PAC funded by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.The New York Times rates the Nebraska seat a “likely, though not surefire …"

"… e polls. Kerrey has been criticized for spending the past 10 years in New York, where he served as president of The New School.In other outside spen …"

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Daily Disclosure: Democratic super PACs gain ground

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PACs gained ground against GOP counterparts and raised big bucks in August.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… of Public Storage, gave $1 million. So did Clayton Williams Energy Inc., a Texas oil and gas drilling company run by Clayton Williams.And three donors gave …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP super PACs' fundraising leaves Dems in dust

By Rachael Marcus

As super PACs carpet bomb the airwaves with negative ads, Republicans hold the financial advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… c rivals in the latest round of fundraising, according to reports from the Federal Election Commission filed Monday.Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting presumptive GOP pr …"

Watchdog 5/24/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… compared with $23.2 million for the Republicans. Ameritrade founder's Nebraska contribution worries watchdogsIn the aftermath of last week's Republican U …"

"… watchdogsIn the aftermath of last week's Republican U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about the role businessman Joe R …"

Ameritrade founder Ricketts' Nebraska contribution worries watchdogs

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donor Joe Ricketts' eleventh-hour investment in Nebraska primary winner could pay dividends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… eventh-hour endorsement from former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Fischer garnered more than twice as many votes as Stenberg — and beat B …"

Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC spending again plays major role in Senate contest, this time in Nebraska.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… perienced a boon. Instead, Fischer, who was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last week, has seen a last-minute surge.“The top two contenders spent a …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… cycle — attacking the president, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In one effort, the group released a series of 30-second spots titled “W …"

"… ’s campaign committee this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. She personally donated to two Democratic-aligned super PACs: $242,500 to …"

"… n. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

PAC profile: Ending Spending Action Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… 12 million fall advertising campaign — $10 million supporting Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential race and $2 million on congressional races, according …"

"… porters of President Barack Obama explaining why they supported Republican Mitt Romney for president in 2012.For more ads, see Ending Spending Action Fund’s Yo …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate race":

"… of Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who ran — and won — in Indiana's U.S. Senate race against Republican Richard Mourdock.Ending Spending has an affiliated supe …"