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 "Texas":

"… in states other than New Hampshire. Mayday PAC is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Shaheen’s campaign itself, at last count Aug. 20, had nearly four time …"

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 "California":

"… o break the list of the top 10 super PAC donors in 2013 was John Jordan, a California vintner who ranked ninth overall after contributing $1.7 million to a supe …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… 00 this year to Democratic candidates and groups, including $32,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee, according to a Center fo …"

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 "California":

"… t a proposal to raise revenue for schools and early childhood education in California, according to the California Secretary of State.Seventy-two percent of Cal …"

"… for schools and early childhood education in California, according to the California Secretary of State.Seventy-two percent of California voters rejected Propo …"

"… nia, according to the California Secretary of State.Seventy-two percent of California voters rejected Proposal 38, which was backed by the Pasadena civil r …"

"… a billion-dollar lawsuit over inequitable school-construction practices in California.Munger’s millions equal 5 percent of all federal Head Start money Califo …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… candidates.*As of Oct. 17, 2012 for the 2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… mocratic super PACs.Romney himself was a private equity man in his days at Bain Capital, which he co-founded.“They view [Romney] as one of them,” said David K …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… lders.Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, Federal Election Commission.*Totals through Oct. 17, 2012.  …"

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 "Senate":

"… ober he gave $1.5 million to a super PAC backing Republican George Allen's Senate bid in Virginia and $190,000 to the Hispanic Leadership Fund, which has fo …"

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 "Jay Rockefeller":

"… to the super PAC in August, with each group giving $250,000. Notably, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., also gave the super PAC $200,000.The Democratic super PAC finish …"

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 "America":

"… ionaire investor Ira Rennert, which gave $1 million.Conservative super PAC American Crossroads brought in $7.1 million finishing the month with $29.5 million …"

"… Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym, gave $1 million. TRT also gave $1 million to American Crossroads in February. Rowling personally gave $1 million to the super P …"

"… hand. Its top contributor last month was the super PAC Working for Working Americans, which gave $1 million.House Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC aimi …"

"… ished the month with $218,000.Tea-party aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America brought in $539,000 in July and closed the month with $1 million on hand. …"

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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 "today’s primary":

"… $440,000 for the race, including $35,000 of her own money.But heading into today’s primary, conservative outside groups have spent more than $2 million on advertisin …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

PAC profile: Ending Spending Action Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… ard, the Wisconsin fund spent $245,000 on an ad supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.Unlike super PACs, 1.91 groups do not disclose their donors, so it is not …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ending Spending Inc.":

"… ress officially banned earmarks a few months later, the group was renamed "Ending Spending Inc." and shifted its focus to the national debt and government spending.Ending …"

"… rd of a controversial ad was leaked to the New York Times.See more data on Ending Spending Inc. at OpenSecrets.org.Advertisements:Rather than call out particular candidat …"