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 "Louisiana":

"… far aired in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire and South Dakota, according to a …"

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 "Haley Barbour":

"… to fix the states.” Lobbying firm executive and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP strategist Karl Rove ta …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… during the previous election cycle. Similarly quiet were GOP mega-donors Joe Ricketts, Robert Rowling and William Koch, the lesser-known brother of billionaire …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… government and balancing our nation's budget.”     …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… Future super PAC, with $20 million in donations. Romney lost to President Barack Obama. In addition, Adelson's contributions to super PACs backing  …"

"… an, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred Eychaner, Democrat, $12 million*Barack Obama — winTuesday marked the first presidential election under the new campai …"

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 "Income tax":

"… they earn the money then pay U.S. Income tax when they bring profits home. Income taxes paid to the foreign government are deducted from the U.S. Income tax whe …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… al process, according to the National Association of Home Builders.Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, Federal E …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ping Republicans in Congress.The UAW backs Democrats, especially President Barack Obama, who authorized an $81 billion bailout of Chrysler and GM in 2008. Obama w …"

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 "Ben Nelson":

"… ormer U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson in the Republican-leaning state.End the Gridlock was established in April …"

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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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… , was the group’s top donor last month at $100,000.TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ right-leaning Ending Spending Action Fund received no direct contributi …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… PAC took in $2.9 million in July and finished the month with $2.4 million.Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, gave Ending Spending Action Fund, the conservat …"

Watchdog 5/24/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Buzenberg":

"… this funding and what the donors are looking for in return.Until next week,Bill BuzenbergExecutive Director Obama, Dems dominate GOP in April fundraisingThe Ob …"

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 "Tim Pawlenty":

"… t. And with his checkbook, he has spread his loyalty.Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was the first GOP presidential candidate to win Ricketts’ financial supp …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… ance report. At that time, the super PAC had less than $2,000 cash on hand.Joe Ricketts, the founder of the financial services giant now known as TD Ameritrade, i …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… t Obama and $2 million to bankroll Republicans in congressional races, the Wall Street Journal reported. In 1975, Ricketts founded Omaha First Securities, a small inves …"

PAC profile: Ending Spending Action Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… 0Website: endingspendingfund.comSocial media: YouTube channelPrincipals:J. Joe Ricketts (founder): Ricketts is the founder of brokerage firm TD Ameritrade and his …"

"… Public Integrity reported.The campaign by the super PAC marked founder J. Joe Ricketts’ entrance into the 2012 election, leading to worry by watchdogs that Ric …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… iving.Profile:Ricketts founded the nonprofit in 2010 as "Taxpayers Against Earmarks," but when Congress officially banned Earmarks a few months later, the gr …"