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 "Senate races":

"… million on the presidential race and more than $12 million on high-profile Senate races. Crossroads GPS reported spending about $71 million, 55 percent on Senate …"

"… e races. Crossroads GPS reported spending about $71 million, 55 percent on Senate races, 14 percent on House races and 31 percent on the presidential contest. Th …"

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 "Angus King":

"… ng former Sen. Bob Kerrey. In Maine, independent former Gov. Angus King was elected to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has not yet sai …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… s to wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats.In Indiana, allies of Richard Mourdock have poured at least $7 million into the race during the past three weeks, …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… on which officials announced the plant’s closure, after it was bought by Bain Capital, was like building his “own coffin” and made him “sick.”Eighty-eig …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… running for U.S. Senate.House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democratic U.S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. Hous …"

"… .S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. House races:“Opportunity” opposes Georgia state Rep. Lee Anderson in Georgia …"

"… released:“Chance” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District;“Luchando por Nuestro Futuro” and “Luc …"

"… eleased “Chances” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District, “Nice” opposing Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev …"

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.

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

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 "Bain Capital":

"… d” Wednesday, blasting the former Massachusetts governor’s tenure with Bain Capital.The ad depicts footage from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, which Mitt R …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… of making some headway. Yet GOP strategists hasten to add that the former Massachusetts governor has ample time to counter, particularly with recent signs of a st …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… ire walk in a July Fourth parade with Romney? Why did Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota turn up in Ohio and Pennsylvania …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… ore favorable view of federal pork-barrel spending when he was governor of Massachusetts.Under his leadership, Massachusetts sought tens of millions of dollars in …"

"… arrel spending when he was governor of Massachusetts.Under his leadership, Massachusetts sought tens of millions of dollars in earmarks for transportation projects …"

"… y wanted included as earmarks in the transportation bill to members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation as the measure moved through Congress, said Rep. …"

"… mark for it after sending a request letter and form to the House committee.Massachusetts sorely needed money for long-neglected major road and bridge repairs durin …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "nonprofit":

"… y came from New Models and Citizens for a Working America Inc., which is a nonprofit registered under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code. The 501(c)(4) non …"

"… fit registered under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code. The 501(c)(4) nonprofit group also made a $475,000 Christmas Eve ad buy supporting Romney in Iowa, …"

"… id the group is “very definitely pro-Romney.” He would not say who the nonprofit group’s donors are.Before the 2012 election was over, the Citizens for a …"

PAC profile: Restore Our Future

By Rachael Marcus

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

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign spokesman":

"… m both parties, including Sen. McCain and President Bush, did so,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an email. Romney set off a flurry of criticism Tue …"

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