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.

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

"… per PACs. The Center for Public Integrity analyzed spending data from the Center for Responsive Politics, gathered from the Federal Election Commission. David Keating, the presid …"

"… g his “own coffin.” According to Bob Biersack, a senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics, the phenomenon of candidate-specific super PACs won't be going away anyti …"

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 "Mark Critz":

"… chul out of office in New York, as well as Larry Kissel in North Carolina, Mark Critz in Pennsylvania and Ben Chandler in Kentucky. In gubernatori …"

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 "Dayton":

"… between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.GOP groups dominated the airwaves in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Tampa, Fla., the study found. Democratic gro …"

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 "Center for Competitive Politics":

"… hairman of the Federal Election Commission who co-founded the conservative Center for Competitive Politics.“[Super PACs] have helped to level the playing field between Romney and …"

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 "researcher":

"… published by the Center for Responsive Politics, where Robert Maguire is a researcher and Viveca Novak is the editorial and communications director. When Crossr …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

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

"… r seriously wounded veterans. Damon says he received one of the homes."The Mitt Romney I know cares deeply about people who are struggling," Damon tells the came …"

"… ow cares deeply about people who are struggling," Damon tells the camera. "Mitt Romney helped make a huge difference in my life."The ad, along with the anti-Obam …"

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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 "Senate":

"… ees not organized as PACs or super PACs, individuals and corporations.U.S. Senate races attracting the most attention are in the battleground states of Virg …"

"… to take control of the upper chamber this election.In Virginia, tops among Senate races in outside spending, former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and former S …"

"… ct, $4.6 millionPennsylvania’s 12th District, $4.5 millionMost expensive Senate races since Labor Day:Virginia, $12.8 millionOhio, $11.1 millionWisconsin, …"

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.

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… San Francisco, registered with the FEC.  …"

"… ogressive Jewish organization, also released an ad Thursday, “Where Does Mitt Romney Stand?” It calls on Romney to side with past Republican leaders, includi …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… a super PAC, released “Romney’s Gold” Wednesday, blasting the former Massachusetts governor’s tenure with Bain Capital.The ad depicts footage from the 2002 …"

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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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… two other states. The Obama campaign also has advertised in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, on both bro …"

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

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… re, lies are being told.Somewhere, amid all of the shenanigans, Republican Mitt Romney is considering his choices for a running mate, one of the most significant …"

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 "America PAC":

"… ical battleground state.Funds came from Romney’s federal Free and Strong America PAC, which amounted to a little more than $1.5 million, as of the most recent …"

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 "Cambridge":

"… novate the historic Longfellow Bridge that spans the Charles River between Cambridge and Boston. The landmark is seen in many movies and television shows.Romne …"

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 "Nikki Haley":

"… tributions have at times gone to local officials, like South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who received $62,500 from Romney-connected state and federal PACs, and wh …"

PAC profile: Citizens for a Working America PAC

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Romney

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… y with Langdon Law in Cincinnati who has made a number of contributions to Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, on whose Senate campaign Jeremy Hughes (see below) o …"

"… Nevada and has previously been active in politics in Ohio, Mississippi and Kentucky.Profile:Restore Our Future was the big-name super PAC supporting Republica …"

"… e independent expenditures in a handful of U.S. House races in Indiana and Kentucky.See more data on Citizens for a Working America PAC at OpenSecre …"

PAC profile: Restore Our Future

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… presidential nominee Michael Dukakis in 1988. The group ran attack ads in Iowa that were widely credited with undermining former Republican House Speaker …"

"… popularity and boosting Romney to a very close second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.In fact, during the GOP presidential primaries, more than 93 perc …"

"… ctCheck.org.Advertisements:Restore Our Future’s anti-Gingrich ad, ran in Iowa just before the primary.The "Right Experience" ad attacked Santorum with s …"

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

By Rachael Marcus

South Carolina governor endorsed Romney after accepting contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Candice Nelson":

"… ave said her endorsement won’t make a difference to Romney’s campaign, Candice Nelson, the director of American University’s Campaign Management Institute, sa …"

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 "Romney’s spokesman":

"… d in October 2011 with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.When we asked Romney’s spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, about this claim, he said the three deals we mentioned w …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… nt, by 17 points.John Dunbar contributed to this report. …"

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 "Romney":

"… ill sound asleep or just going to bed, an army of top fundraisers for Mitt Romney will start dialing for dollars with an eye toward raising millions for his …"

"… ter, is shooting to corral between $2 million and $3 million, according to Romney fundraisers.The day’s fundraising begins at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time to hi …"

"… . Pacific time to hit up East Coast donors early. It will include big-name Romney bundlers from around the country. Among those expected to be on hand are: …"

"… mong those expected to be on hand are: John Rood, the Florida chairman for Romney and an ambassador to the Bahamas under George W. Bush; John Rakolta Jr., a …"