There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Princess":

"… f Cape Coral, Fla., Republican "Ole' Savior" of Minneapolis and "President Princess Khadijah M. Jacob-Fambro" of San Francisco whose party affiliation is  …"

Spending by outside groups topped $1 billion by Election Day

By Michael Beckel

Super PACs and other groups broke the billion-dollar mark in spending in 2012 election.

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ff New York, Illinois and California, while Obama made no attempt to carry Texas, much of the South or the Rocky Mountain region other than Colorado. …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… the election.Thanks to changes to campaign finance law in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling and another federal court decision, nonpro …"

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… tly before a political convention or election.Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of the Court's Citizens United 5-4 opinion, made a point of saying that di …"

Secret money thrives in presidential, high-profile congressional contests

By Viveca Novak and Robert Maguire

The presidential contest and most high-profile Senate races are attracting big spending from groups that don't disclose their funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crossroads GPS":

"… archer and Viveca Novak is the editorial and communications director. When Crossroads GPS went up with an ad last week accusing Democrat Tim Kaine of wanting to rai …"

"… roups whose funding streams are a mystery. Shadow money organizations like Crossroads GPS -- which GOP operative Karl Rove helped start, and for which he still rais …"

"… is responsible for a staggering $8 million of that.This week, spending by Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, Patriot Majority and other nondisclosing groups …"

"… e from shadow money groups.The two biggest spenders in the races -- Rove's Crossroads GPS in the 25th, spending $866,000 so far, and Americans for Tax Reform in the …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… tell us what the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… ide spenders are hoping to change that. “Genuinely Cares” from the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and “Mitt and David” from the c …"

"… ads GPS tell the stories of two individuals who received support from Romney.They are a sharp departure from both groups’ standard attack ads. Restor …"

"… tional Guard Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq War veteran, telling about how Gov. Romney took an interest in him when they met while Damon was recovering from an a …"

Mitt Romney

Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending

By Rachael Marcus

Since Labor Day, super PACs and nonprofits have favored Romney over Obama by a large margin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… e race for outside spenders since Labor Day, bringing in $4.6 million. And Pennsylvania’s 12th District race — Democratic Rep. Mark Critz versus attorney Keit …"

"… lifornia’s 7th District, $5.3 millionOhio’s 16th District, $4.6 millionPennsylvania’s 12th District, $4.5 millionMost expensive Senate races since Labor Day …"

Daily Disclosure: Man links wife's cancer death to Bain buyout

By Alexandra Duszak

A Democratic super PAC continues to hammer Romney's history with Bain Capital, this time over health insurance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… ominee Mitt Romney, condemning his actions when he was chairman and CEO of Bain Capital and linking the private equity firm's buyout of a steel company to a woman …"

Daily Disclosure: Jewish groups run anti-Obama ads as Romney visits Israel

By Rachael Marcus

Republican Jewish groups run anti-Obama ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… action committee and a super PAC. Through the end of June, the most recent Federal Election Commission filings available, all of the super PAC’s contributions had come from th …"

Daily Disclosure: Olympic ads accuse Romney of outsourcing jobs

By Rachael Marcus

A pro-Obama super PAC is using the Olympics as a backdrop to beat up on Romney.

Excerpts from this story referencing "London":

"… not bought Olympics air time, Romney is finishing up his overseas tour in London with two high-dollar fundraising events Thursday — and the Olympics open …"

Barack Obama

Obama spends nearly $100 million on campaign ads

By The Associated Press

Obama spends nearly $100 million on ads, early barrage seeks to define Romney as unfit

Romney bests Obama donations with help of rich few

By The Associated Press

Romney and GOP outraise Obama by millions in June, thanks to help of high-dollar contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Koch":

"… ing dinner at the ocean-front Hamptons estate of billionaire industrialist David Koch cost $50,000 per person or $75,000 per couple.Obama's campaign hosts glitz …"

Veepstakes include leaks, lies, auditions

By The Associated Press

Leaks, lies, auditions and trial balloons are all part of the big veepstakes sideshow

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… be announced, aides worried the secret might not hold. Campaign architect Karl Rove's solution: lie.Rove told a campaign aide who was known to leak informatio …"

Romney campaign directs more than $1.7 million to state officials

By Corbin Hiar

Presidential hopeful directed more funds to early contests than Super Tuesday states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… th Republican governors have lined also up behind Romney, who once led the Republican Governors Association. But endorsements don’t always lead to victory.In South Carolina, conser …"

Romney flip-flops on use of earmarks

By The Associated Press

Romney the presidential nominee is anti-earmark, but as governor, Mass. had many 'high priority projects'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Santorum":

"… his allies have hammered rivals Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker, and Rick Santorum, a former representative and senator from Pennsylvania, as "prolific earma …"

"… ans spent too much money, borrowed too much money, earmarked too much, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have to be held accountable.""Obviously, some of the thi …"

Bain execs spent nearly $5 million on Romney’s White House runs, records show

By Anne Farris Rosen

Current and former Bain Capital execs and family spend nearly $5 million to help Romney win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fraser Bullock":

"… ally in Michigan and Iowa. In a single week in 2006, former Bain executive Fraser Bullock and his wife gave $43,000 to four Commonwealth PACs.Meg Whitman, a former …"

"… ging director, contributed at least $250,000 and David Bullock, the son of Fraser Bullock, contributed at least $100,000.In the most recent disclosures of Restore O …"

PAC profile: Restore Our Future

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on 2012's top super PAC, supporting Mitt Romney

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Dukakis":

"… us “Willie Horton” ad that helped sink Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis in 1988. The group ran attack ads in Iowa that were widely credited with u …"

PAC profile: Citizens for a Working America PAC

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Romney

Excerpts from this story referencing "JSN Associates":

"… FEC filing for that group showing a home base of JSN Associates in Dayton, Ohio. The “JSN” is James S. Nathanson, who said the group i …"

S.C. governor got $62,500 from Romney-affiliated PACs

By Rachael Marcus

South Carolina governor endorsed Romney after accepting contributions

Unlike president, GOP candidates won't release names of top fundraisers

By Aaron Mehta and Fred Schulte

President Obama and former President George W. Bush both released names of top fundraisers, why won't current GOP candidates?

FACT CHECK: Few errors in Myrtle Beach GOP debate

By FactCheck.Org

Myrtle Beach GOP debate surprisingly factual, with a few exceptions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race earlier in the day, endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.Santorum vs. Romney: Felons’ Voting RightsIn a night fi …"

"… uld be allowed to vote again,” Santorum replied that, “in the state of Massachusetts when you were governor, the law was that not only could violent felons vot …"

"… they could vote while they were on probation and parole.” He’s right. Massachusetts is one of 13 states that allow people with felony convictio …"

"… he didn’t try to change that law when he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney said it was “something we discussed” but that the Massach …"

Romney PAC gave trash-talking rival Santorum $10K donation in 2006

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Donation aside, supporter becomes rival in GOP presidential contest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… ist, McCain joined Romney Wednesday to announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor. McCain’s appearance was notable, given how acrimonious things …"

Romney corrals hundreds of fundraisers to dial-for-dollars from Las Vegas

By Peter H. Stone

Fundraisers for Mitt Romney hope to raise up to $3 million in a one-day money marathon

Excerpts from this story referencing "GOP primary":

"… 7-2008, Romney raised more than $60 million in his failed drive to win the GOP primary battle against John McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politic …"