Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… he Democrats only a half-million shy of the Republican group, which counts energy companies and billionaires David Koch and Sheldon Adelson among its top do …"

"… donors, at $2 million from the Shannons and $1.5 million from Griffin. Two energy companies, Devon energy, at $900,000, and Duke energy, at $775,000, are am …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… as a major player in the U.S. Senate races in Arkansas, North Carolina and Kentucky. America Votes was created ahead of the 2004 election by a group of liber …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… olitical action committees whose major donors included Broad, Hastings and Walmart founder Sam Walton’s granddaughter Carrie Walton Penner. Bloomberg, Hast …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… during the previous election cycle. Similarly quiet were GOP mega-donors Joe Ricketts, Robert Rowling and William Koch, the lesser-known brother of billionaire …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… he biggest beneficiary, however, was in California. Target Enterprises, a Los Angeles media buying firm, collected nearly $19 million and was the preferred vend …"

Big Labor: still a political force

By Michael Beckel

Despite falling union membership, labor groups are major players in the super PAC arena.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… among the biggest super PAC donors, contributing $11.8 million, while the National Education Association ranked eighth and gave $10.8 million. Other big union-givers included: …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patriot Majority USA":

"… e 2012 federal elections — the League of Conservation Voters ($141,000), Patriot Majority USA ($45,000) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($25,000). Additional ma …"

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… aying field,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in California. “This is the political reality.” Twenty super PACs raised more than …"

"… piece from AFSCME, the union-aligned group Working for Working Americans, California developer George Marcus and Priorities USA Action, the super PAC started i …"

Wealthy supporters fuel Obama nonprofit

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Six-figure donations go to 'grassroots,' pro-Obama nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… announced today. Donors from California ($568,215), New York ($363,893), New Jersey ($221,737), Florida ($84,010) and Massachusetts ($75,975) gave the most, a …"

Donor profile: American Federation of Teachers

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of Teachers":

"… as well as issues pertaining to the District of Columbia Biography: The American Federation of Teachers is the nation’s second-largest teachers union next to the National Educa …"

'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 "George W. Bush":

"… sroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, a former aid to Republican President George W. Bush, is one of the heavy-hitting advocacy organizations speaking out …"

Californian spends $44 million, loses ballot initiative fight

By Paul Abowd

Failed ballot initiatives attracted millions in spending from siblings with differing political views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… country. Roughly half came from the Detroit-based United Auto Workers, the National Education Association and its state affiliate. Voters rejected the initiative, which garnered $2 …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… treasuries or political action committees.The top union donors include the National Education Association ($9 million), the United Auto Workers ($8.6 million) and the AFL-CIO ($6.4 …"

Ameritrade founder, auto union among top super PAC donors

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Top donor to 'Ending Spending' super PAC shows no signs ending spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… and more profiles please go here.Andrea Fuller contributed to this report. …"

Daily Disclosure: Smaller super PACs target down-ticket races

By Rachael Marcus

Big donors include the NEA, Bob Perry and Foster Friess.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… g from Texas super donor Bob Perry, who gave $250,000, Wyoming super donor Foster Friess, who gave $50,000, and an organization called Americans for Liberty and Pr …"

Daily Disclosure: Union-funded ads slam Allen in Virginia Senate race

By Rachael Marcus

Tight Senate race in Virginia draws $2.25 million ad blitz from labor unions

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the National Education Association launched “Better” on Wednesday, attacking Allen on Medicare and women …"

Daily Disclosure: Dems looking to pick up Chicagoland seats

By Rachael Marcus

Chicago-area House Republicans hit by negative ads paid for by union, super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… , according to The Washington Post. She also earned the endorsement of the National Education Association, which usually favors Democrats. The NEA backed her with a $546,000 ad buy …"

North Carolina governor's race awash in out-of-state funds

By Paul Abowd and John Dunbar

Two powerful partisan groups are funneling millions of dollars into the North Carolina governor's race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… giving the money to the local PAC.In addition to the DGA contribution, the National Education Association’s super PAC, funded by the nation’s largest public employee union, chi …"

Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

By Michael Beckel

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte Tuesday with plenty of corporate support despite grass roots pledge.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… mercial WorkersAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal EmployeesNational Education AssociationUnited Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe F …"

"… sis of federal records.That year, the SEIU, Laborers' International Union, National Education Association, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the American Federati …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… r Public Integrity report. Though he is known primarily for his support of Israel, Adelson also has an extensive history of bitter disputes with unions who …"

Top 10 donors make up a third of donations to super PACs

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Super PACs have collected $200 million, a third of it from the top 10 contributors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… e given to six different super PACs this cycle, but the conservative group American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, is b …"

"… pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and $2.5 million has gone to American Crossroads.The other individual donors in the top 10 are:Peter Thiel (fifth), a liber …"

"… .A. Jerrold Perenchio (sixth), gave $2.6 million, with $2 million going to American Crossroads. He is a longtime GOP donor and former owner of Spanish language network U …"

"… the creation of super PACs. It said that outside spending groups — like American Crossroads, for example — could accept unlimited contributions from corporations, u …"

Another victory for the status quo: Boehner and Pelosi backed for House posts

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A day after Senate Democrats and Republicans voted to keep their leadership in place for the third straight Congress, House Democrats and Re

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… nors have included the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, AFSCME, the National Education Association, UAW, Laborers’ International, the Sheet Metal Workers’ International …"

Teachers' union spends big bucks to defeat Buck

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A reader in Denver alerted us to an ad that went up yesterday in Colorado by the NEA Advocacy Fund, blasting Republican Senate candidate Ken

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… n Buck for his views on education funding.An arm of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association, the NEA Advocacy Fund filed a Form 1 Statement of Organization on Tuesday …"

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… se in Congress who are supportive of our issues, regardless of party.”4. National Education Association — $128,500With at least $128,500 in PAC contributions, the Nat …"

"… ion — $128,500With at least $128,500 in PAC contributions, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, ranks fourth on the list. Pelosi r …"

Citizens United ruling could tilt playing field against labor, toward corporations

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

The AFL-CIO, cheered last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — a landmark decision seemingly

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

"… found here. …"

No lobbyists in Obama White House? Not quite

By Josh Israel

With the announcement of former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Mark Patterson to serve as chief of staff for Obama’s new treasury secretary, Timothy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… istration include Deputy Health and Human Services Secretary William Corr, Middle East envoy George Mitchell, envoy for climate change Todd Stern, and Department …"

Old parties learn new tricks

By Kevin Bogardus

Finding a loophole, Governors' 527s gave $13.2 million to state parties in 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… Republican Governors Association shifted $1.8 million to the Missouri Republican Party for the 2004 cycle.That money turned out to be well spent. In a fiercely c …"

Industry donors

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top industry donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tort reform":

"… tling Congress' efforts to restrict tort plaintiffs' access to the courts. Tort reform was a prominent issue around the country during the 2004 election season, …"


By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… s for Rep. Bobby Jindal's failed 2003 campaign for Louisiana governor, the Tennessee Republican Party, and John Ashcroft's 2000 losing reelection bid as a Miss …"

Anatomy of a lobbying blitz

By John Dunbar

Cable industry enlists diverse crowd in high-level influence campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… ade magazine, but it was never actually mailed, according to Woolfolk, its author. A series of meetings between cable television representatives and the cau …"

"… n scandal and general public outrage regarding indecent broadcasting. Deal authored an amendment to a bill that would require cable and satellite companies …"