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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ons, where the battle has turned negative.  …"

"… ct. 13, more than any other non-party group in the country, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. …"

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 "George Soros":

"… ecretive nonprofit whose funders include the likes of billionaire investor George Soros* and author, horticulturalist and philanthropist Amy Goldman. As a 501(c) …"

"… ontributions the FEC has ruled that 501(c)(4) nonprofits must disclose. * George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundations, which provides funding fo …"

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 "Michigan":

"… who align with unions. Among these union-supported candidates in 2012 was Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, an incumbent who ran against fellow incumbent Re …"

"… cher in the Detroit Public Schools, Tlaib received the endorsements of the Michigan Education Association and the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Stapleton, …"

"… ib received the endorsements of the Michigan Education Association and the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Stapleton, on the other hand, backed charter schoo …"

"… t poured $195,000 in outside spending supporting Stapleton. Meanwhile, the Michigan Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Education Association and several oth …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… eppered the list of the 10 largest super PAC donors in 2013, including the National Education Association (No. 4), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (No. 5), the AFL …"

'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 "Democracy Alliance":

"… ts of the Colorado model have been replicated on a national scale with the Democracy Alliance, a clearinghouse for liberal causes that coordinates giving from 100 or so …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… combined $940,000 to four organizations that tried to boot Republican Gov. Scott Walker and several other GOP lawmakers out of office. America Votes, which aims …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… he re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Likewise, American Crossroads, the behemoth co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gille …"

"… oma-based Rooney Holdings ($150,000). Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman of American Crossroads, predicted that “enthusiasm about the opportunity to win control of the …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… utions. It also refuses lobbyist money, but accepts cash from unions. The National Education Association is one union that donated early this year, giving the pro-Obama nonprofit …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… on of Teachers is the nation’s second-largest teachers union next to the National Education Association. The AFT claims 1.5 million members, and it represents K-12 teachers and s …"

'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 "president":

"… n has in store, other than to say that the group will continue to push the president for more spending cuts.“If we don’t see the negotiations moving in tha …"

"… continue to advocate in that direction,” he said. “At this point, the president isn’t coming forward with a balanced approach that has any kind of meani …"

"… commission that spearheaded a plan to save about twice as much as both the president’s plan and the Republicans’ plan through a combination spending cuts a …"

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 "Wal-Mart":

"… on from Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Alice Walton, of the Wal-Mart family fortune, sent $1.7 million from Bentonville, Ark., according to the …"

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 "Dow Chemical":

"… bsp;Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $35 million on political …"

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 "Contran Corp.":

"… super PAC American Crossroads in September. Simmons, his wife Annette and Contran Corp., which he controls, have given $21.9 million thus far this election cycle. …"

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 "Vice President":

"… sclosure Monday.The organization, which released a Web video implying that Vice President Joe Biden was on drugs during last week’s Vice Presidential debate, gave …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… running for U.S. Senate in Virginia.The political action committees of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the National Education Asso …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… ndependent expenditures of any kind, the roadblocks are no longer there.” …"

"… imits on campaign spending.The two groups have spent roughly $3 million in North Carolina — nearly as much as candidates Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton co …"

"… r seen before” according to the Raleigh-based Free Enterprise Foundation.North Carolina law caps donations to the candidates at $4,000 and prohibits donations fro …"

"… e their money was being spent that way and denied having any stance on the North Carolina race.The DGA, meanwhile, is funneling large sums through a state political …"

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 "Cola":

"… tion: AT&T Inc., Bank of America, Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, US Airways and law …"

"… ttee in Tampa for last week’s Republican National Convention.“The Coca-Cola Company believes we have a role to play in the political process and that …"

"… includes helping to make the political conventions a success,” said Coca-Cola spokeswoman Nancy Bailey.For John Sebree, the senior vice president of pub …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… three largest public unions — the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — have ch …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… oups this election, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records.Rounding out the top 10 are two labor unions and a physicians’ m …"

"… the first presidential election following the landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, decided in January 2010. The conservative majority of U.S. Supreme C …"

"… few months later, a federal court cited this rationale in SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission. That decision led directly to the creation of super PACs. It said that ou …"

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 "Senate":

"… ent up yesterday in Colorado by the NEA Advocacy Fund, blasting Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck for his views on education funding.An arm of the 3.2 mi …"

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… once stated “I have no better friend in labor than AFSCME [the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees].” With the possible exception of the Teamsters, this is true; with at l …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… CIO, cheered last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — a landmark decision seemingly allowing unlimited campaign advertising …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… om Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, who served as a lobbyist for the National Education Association from 2006 to 2008.• Eric Holder, the Attorney General-designate, who lob …"

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 "Democrats":

"… ublican State Leadership Committee, to help with state party finances, the Democrats got help from more 527s at the state level."My guess is that the Democrats …"

"… Democrats got help from more 527s at the state level."My guess is that the Democrats have not succeeded in building a list of small to moderate donors like Rep …"

"… gn finance expert at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.Grassroots Democrats, one of these 527 groups, gave more than half a million dollars to state p …"

"… in Florida, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.Another 527 group, 21st Century Democrats, gave nearly $400,000 to state parties, primarily in Minnesota. While help …"

Industry donors

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top industry donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… list of education interests' political contributions, followed closely by New York. With the nation's largest number of public school students as well as the …"

Consultants

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Dukakis":

"… greco, partner—worked for presidential campaigns of Gary Hart (1984) and Michael Dukakis (1988); Terry Walsh, partner—campaign manager for Rep. Frank Giglio (D-I …"

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 …"

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