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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… donors. Battling over 36 governorships up for election this year, the two Washington, D.C.,-based groups have used those donations to go head-to-head on the airwaves …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ded. Several state-specific partners are also named. Tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… sco Castillo indicated a 2012 Huffington Post story that named billionaire New Jersey hedge fund manager David Tepper, a major Mitt Romney supporter, among …"

"… l and city council election in Jersey City, N.J., the Better Education for New Jersey Kids, Inc., PAC dumped more than $342,000 into advertising and mailers. Th …"

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

"… ds” that went unreported. Funds from the D.C.-based headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union and the  …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ely gave super PACs about half as much money as billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson, who ranked as the top super PAC donors.   …"

'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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… cutive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. It first registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 527 committee …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… igned super PACs outraised liberal ones nearly 3-to-1. But with President Barack Obama last year offering his tacit approval of big-dollar political giving, Demo …"

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 York City":

"… for Public Integrity analysis. The top donor by far was Philip Munger of New York City who gave $250,000. Munger is a philanthropist, academic and long-time cont …"

"… Maine ($50,000): Prominent hedge fund investor.   Andrew Tobias of New York City ($50,000): Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and gay rights 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 "Medicare":

"… et and appropriations, education, labor and workplace issues, health care, Medicare and Medicaid, retirement, taxes, trade, civil rights and civil liberties a …"

'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 "North Carolina":

"… ging Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Tim Johnson of South Dakota to “stop the spending.”All four senato …"

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

"… t effort garnered roughly $2 million in spending, almost entirely from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.In Washington state, a successful effort to expand charter schools g …"

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 "energy":

"… ired a bevy of ads attacking Democratic House candidates.Oxbow Carbon, the energy company owned by billionaire William Koch, the lesser-known brother o …"

"… in making contributions to super PACs, and none have given as much as the energy giant.Caesar’s Entertainment Corp., for instance, ranked by Fortune at N …"

"… 15 million, “general business sector” firms gave about $14 million and energy sector companies contributed more than $11 million, according to the analy …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ping Republicans in Congress.The UAW backs Democrats, especially President Barack Obama, who authorized an $81 billion bailout of Chrysler and GM in 2008. Obama w …"

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 "Joe Biden":

"… .The organization, which released a Web video implying that Vice President Joe Biden was on drugs during last week’s vice presidential debate, gave 86 percen …"

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 "Virginia Gov":

"… refuse to cover contraceptives for “moral reasons.”Allen faces former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ji …"

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 "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 "Governor":

"… Walker’s deep-pocketed, anti-union friends. They include the Republican Governors Association, which received a $1 million contribution from conservative b …"

"… took a $500,000 donation from AFSCME and $900,000 more from the Democratic Governors Association to fuel a final online, radio, and TV ad push in the week ahe …"

"… must report their donors — except when they can avoid it.The Republican Governors Association has spent roughly $4 million on campaign ads through its Righ …"

"… eld staff. The Walker camp benefited from major spending by the Republican Governors Association, whose Right Direction Wisconsin group made a majority of the …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… the gameThis marks 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 …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… rtgage loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Pelosi was the lead sponsor of the bill, highlighting its provisions to …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… get for the year was $156,576,611. The largest individual labor union, the National Education Association, spent $336,665,226 that year. And the United Auto Workers, who joined Coh …"

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 "527 groups":

"… l to the Center for Public Integrity. "Unlike many upstart or short-lived '527 groups' established to affect specific elections, the RGA is an established organ …"

"… University of Massachusetts at Amherst.Grassroots Democrats, one of these 527 groups, gave more than half a million dollars to state parties in Arizona, Iowa, …"

"… several national unions.MoveOn.org and America Coming Together, brand-name 527 groups since this last election, contributed to state races as well. The two grou …"

Industry donors

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top industry donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Realtors":

"… Group—chair, Arizona Democratic Party; L. Alma (Al) Mansell, president, National Association of Realtors—president of the Utah SenatePlaces: The real estate industry's fund …"

Consultants

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… ssee Republican Party, and John Ashcroft's 2000 losing reelection bid as a Missouri senator, according to media reports. The firm also earned more than $1.3 m …"

Anatomy of a lobbying blitz

By John Dunbar

Cable industry enlists diverse crowd in high-level influence campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston Globe":

"… n by the cable executives. She also penned an op-ed piece published in the Boston Globe and Chicago Sun-Times arguing that "If these would-be regulators succeed, …"

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