Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ked among Americans for Prosperity’s donors over the years.    …"

"… raised about $26 million and spent about $18 million. Founded in 2004, Americans for Prosperity is organized as a “social welfare” nonprofit under the U.S. tax code. …"

"… ies — particularly his “ObamaCare” health care reform law. In 2013, Americans for Prosperity spent nearly $22 million on “print, radio and television ads to increase …"

"… ded to a Dec. 6 runoff election against Republican Bill Cassidy. In 2013, Americans for Prosperity also spent nearly $9 million supporting its state chapters, financial docu …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

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

"… According to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, just two Senate contests saw outside groups spend more on elections than …"

"… rted spending about $55 million to the FEC as of Tuesday, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (Party committees also reported spending an additional $14 million.) Sim …"

"… Tuesday — and parties spent an additional $19 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Hagan outraised Tillis by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 and liberals accou …"

Surprise! No. 1 super PAC backs Democrats

By Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal

To the surprise of many, the top-spending super PAC this election backs Democrats, not Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… is a fraction of the close to $700 million the Center for Responsive Politics predicts outside groups will spend on the midterm elections. Overall,  …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… embraced the political spending freedoms created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision of 2010, said John Carroll, a mass communications professor at Bo …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… es the six most active nonprofit groups in the Koch brothers’ coalition: Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy Alliance, Concerned Veterans for America, the Freedom …"

"… alf as many ads to date as these six Koch-connected groups.  In all, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ flagship political operation, alone has aired more t …"

"… “buy health insurance.” And Democrat Gary Peters has been slammed by Americans for Prosperity for supporting Obamacare, which the group contended was “making things w …"

"… r. In an interview with C-SPAN last month, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, acknowledged that “it’s very difficult to beat a sitting United State …"

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… es and GOP-aligned groups, including ads run during Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s primary against tea party challenger Matt Bevin. McConnell would almo …"

Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Singer":

"… ne hedge fund alone — Elliott Management, which is led by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer — have given Sullivan's campaign about $119,000. Sullivan has also been …"

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

By Dave Levinthal

What happens to campaign money of former congressional candidates? It often sits in accounts for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ama’s Secretary of the Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2013. His Senate campaign account had nearly $1.3 million in it as of March 31. “He just …"

Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… Tester’s legislation has 39 cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who signed on earlier this month. Senate Minority Leader Mitch M …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… tive nonprofits, the favored vehicles of the Kochs. Poor showing for GOP American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project, two super PACs connected to GOP stra …"

"… strategist Karl Rove, each reported comparatively paltry receipts in 2013. American Crossroads, which was the top-spending super PAC during the 2010 midterm election, ra …"

"… und, at $200,000. His company, Contran Corp., ranked as the No. 1 donor to American Crossroads last year, having contributed $1 million. American Crossroads spokesman J …"

"… 1 donor to American Crossroads last year, having contributed $1 million. American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio vowed that his group would “make a big impac …"

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Tester":

"… . The disappearance disappointed advocates for the practice, such as Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who has championed e-filing legislation. His stand-alone bill re …"

Sarah Palin PAC takes fundraising nosedive

By Adam Wollner

Former Alaska governor's political committee is raising significantly less money these days.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… Begich would “cruise” to re-election, the poll states.     …"

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat Toomey":

"… e background check amendment — Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican — illustrate some of those complexities. Bot …"

Retiring senators sitting on $10.5 million

By Michael Beckel

Eight retiring senators are collectively sitting on $10.5 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ures, including $3,000 for "website consulting" fees and about $580 to the Internal Revenue Service for federal income taxes. Levin also reported refunding a $10,000 contrib …"

Gay rights lobby courts lawmakers with cash

By Michael Beckel

Human Rights Campaign lobbies Congress, donates to lawmakers, as it makes case for marriage equality.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… $1,000, records indicate. The PAC's top beneficiary in February was Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who on Sunday announced via her Tumblr page, that her views have " …"

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Begich":

"… Democratic senators — Mark Udall and Michael Bennet — as well as Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; and Kay Hagan, D-N.C. …"

'Fiscal cliff' ads target candidates in 2014

By Rachael Marcus

Rove-affiliated nonprofit runs 'fiscal cliff' ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… our senators’ seats are considered up-for-grabs in 2014.Congress and the White House are scrambling to come to a deal on spending cuts and tax increa …"

Another $250 million drink for missile defenses

By Aaron Mehta

An ill-fated program set for termination at the end of 2013 gets new funding

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… e said a key reason for keeping the program going is help project partners Germany and Italy, providing “a meaningful capability” for them and “a possi …"

"… ect began in 1995, the U.S. has contributed 58 percent of the funds, while Germany provided 25 percent and Italy 17 percent. The venture is led by Lockheed M …"

Pentagon balks at report about rare earth metal reliance on China

By Laurel Adams

Pentagon owes Congress a report on China's dominance of the rare earth minerals market and implications for US

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lisa Murkowski":

"… date,” said a January letter signed by Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as well as Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo).The United States has onl …"

The climate change lobby explosion

By Marianne Lavelle

Will thousands of lobbyists imperil action on global warming?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… up only three additional likely votes in November: Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, and Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. The …"