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 "Tammy Baldwin":

"… oups also spent more than $7.4 million in Wisconsin, where Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin bested former Gov. Tommy Thompson; more than $7 million in Nevada, where i …"

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 "Judy Biggert":

"… Illinois, as well as another freshman, Robert Dold and seven-term veteran Judy Biggert, a social moderate. Other GOP casualties included Rep. David …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… oubt helped Romney in his fight with his better-funded opponent, President Barack Obama — the Romney campaign reported about $53 million in the bank through Oct …"

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 "cancer":

"… s loses,” linked Romney to the death of a woman who lost her battle with cancer.Another of the super PAC’s most memorable ads featured a worker describi …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… for a staggering $8 million of that.This week, spending by Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, Patriot Majority and other nondisclosing groups broke $200 million. Almos …"

"… rvative groups.The three groups doing the most spending -- Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- are all conservative, and the sums 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.
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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ted  Supreme Court decision has benefited Mitt Romney, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.More than $106 million of the $117 million spent on the Obama-Rom …"

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 "board member":

"… .The Emergency Committee for Israel’s website lists William Kristol as a board member. Kristol is the founder and editor of the conservative magazine The Weekly …"

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.
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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican strategist":

"… he candidates is the most important thing" in a race, said Terry Nelson, a Republican strategist who had a senior position in President George W. Bush's re-election campai …"

"… in President George W. Bush's re-election campaign. Another Republican strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid offending the campaign, said …"

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

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 "Texas":

"… ernor’s last presidential run.The beneficiary-turned-opponent of Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, got $10,000 from Romney’s federal PAC in May 2010 when …"

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'

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 "Massachusetts":

"… s have been filling Romney’s campaign coffers since 2004 when the former Massachusetts governor had early aspirations to become president, and long before he off …"

"… e the first moves to run for president in 2003, barely six months into his Massachusetts governorship. The Boston Globe has reported that long-time Bain associate …"

PAC profile: Citizens for a Working America PAC

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Romney

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 …"

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

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

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