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 "Politics":

"… nsored tweets. David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which favors increased deregulation in elections, sees this as a positive …"

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 "media outlets":

"… al Sen. John E. Sununu. For example, after Smith’s campaign chided media outlets last week for ignoring a concert event it hosted — “the media was …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… discussed “how to fix the states.” Lobbying firm executive and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP stra …"

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 "executive":

"… r Obama bundlers on the Kennedy Center board, including UnitedHealth Group executive Anthony Welters, television journalist and entrepreneur Giselle Fernandez …"

Expenditure Profile: American Media and Advocacy Group

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago Cubs":

"… super PAC run by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs. Despite its high-profile clientele, American Media toiled in relative ob …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… ons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, (No.4), also bet on Romney. Collectively, the trio gave $13.4 millio …"

"… ential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossJoe Ricketts, Republican, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred Eychaner, Democrat, $1 …"

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 "Renaissance Technologies":

"… ment industry’s top donors are Robert Mercer, a co-CEO of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, who gave $1 million to Restore Our Future and $600,000 to Club for Growth …"

"… uper PACs, according to the Center's analysis.James Simons, the founder of Renaissance Technologies, and George Soros*, the chairman of the hedge fund Soros Fund Management, …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… d various Morse-owned corporations in The Villages retirement community in FloridaDonors’ interests: The NAR wants to preserve the mortgage interest deduct …"

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 "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 "TRT Holdings":

"… 5 million in the bank. Texas mega-donor and billionaire Robert Rowling’s TRT Holdings, a private holding company that includes Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym, gav …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… raska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about the role businessman Joe Ricketts played in helping underdog state Sen. Deb Fischer secure the GOP nominatio …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… raska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about the role businessman Joe Ricketts played in helping underdog state Sen. Deb Fischer secure the GOP nominatio …"

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 "Chicago Cubs":

"… . The Ricketts family also holds a 95 percent controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, which it acquired in 2009 through a family trust. Tom R …"

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 "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 …"