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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Democratic super PACs reigned supreme through mid-October, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission Thursday. …"

"… , Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire and South Dakota, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking serv …"

"… o-called outside groups have aired more than 51,000 TV ads, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. That’s nearly three of eve …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… to a little-known challenger.  Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts who lost his seat in 2012, is expected to win the New Hampshire's GOP prim …"

"… n wildly different. It’s massive departure from 2012 re-election bid in Massachusetts, as then, Brown cast himself as a novel kind of campaign finance reformer. …"

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 "CEO":

"… mic Council; and National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander. Apple CEO Tim Cook; Scott Carpenter, the deputy director of Google Ideas; Doug Elmen …"

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 "Omaha":

"… in stark contrast to that of her father, Joe Ricketts, the founder of the Omaha-based online brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. The elder Ricketts ranked as o …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… state.Adelson and his wife, Simmons and the No. 4 federal super PAC donor, Joe Ricketts, sent $2.6 million combined to Michigan to stop public employee unions’ …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… m casinos, hotels and shopping, according to its 2011 annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Sands’ most lucrative holdings are in Macau, a special adminis …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Singer":

"… Total: $94 million*Favorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Ken Griffin, Paul Singer, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, Joe RickettsDonors’ interests: Most favor …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… th-hour support from a super PAC funded by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.The New York Times rates the Nebraska seat a “likely, though n …"

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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 "Barack Obama":

"… USA Action, the primary super PAC supporting the re-election of President Barack Obama, took in $10.1 million through the end of August. That’s up from just $4 …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… idn’t fare quite as well.Priorities USA Action, which supports President Barack Obama, brought in $4.8 million in July, a hefty total but well short of the pro- …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ashington there are about 12,000 lobbyists—that's 23 for every member of Congress. This undue influence of money has a corrosive effect on our political sys …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… now-presumptive nominee, to dark horse candidate Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who has since been become the Libertarian Party’s presidential …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ary in Nebraska."Agents of Change” featured 2008 supporters of President Barack Obama explaining why they supported Republican Mitt Romney for president in 2012 …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… ses: $1.2 millionNet assets: $46,000IRS Form 990 filing: 2010Principals:J. Joe Ricketts (founder): Ricketts is the founder of brokerage firm TD Ameritrade and a f …"