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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… financially supported America Votes in the past, according research by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of tax filings maintained by Citi …"

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 "Education":

"… rican Federation for Children, 50CAN, Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform . The organizations flooded states across the country with independ …"

"… ing up to the city’s November 2013 school board election. Democrats for Education Reform was among the committee’s backers, as were local wealthy figures …"

"… he Detroit Public Schools, Tlaib received the endorsements of the Michigan Education Association and the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Stapleton, on the oth …"

"… ng Stapleton. Meanwhile, the Michigan Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Education Association and several other labor groups contributed directly to Tlaib …"

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 "Senate election":

"… global warming during the Virginia gubernatorial race and the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. This stands in stark contrast to the 2012 election cycl …"

"… . It was also active in a U.S. House race in Illinois and the special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey. Bloomberg has said the super PAC is designed to support mo …"

'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 "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… re’s only so much you can do,” says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax nonprofit. “More of the important decisions — the whole c …"

"… at the state level. So we’ve been more interested in focusing there.” Americans for Tax Reform spent at least $440,000 targeting state legislative races in seven states …"

"… ndicate $460,000 in spending, including just over $230,000 by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and the 60 Plus Association wer …"

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 "Bob Casey":

"… $47,000 worth of phone calls in support of President Barack Obama and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. Its super PAC spent $84,000 on canvassing and mailers. The group …"

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 "Gabriel Gomez":

"… rry’s seat. (It spent $1.4 million on advertisements opposing Republican Gabriel Gomez who ultimately lost to Democrat Ed Markey by 10 percentage points.) Senat …"

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 "AARP":

"… ut, states must make up the difference, often by cutting education budgets.AARP is also defending Social Security and Medicare in a big way — a seven-fi …"

"… Congress has the potential to impact the lives of older Americans,” said AARP spokesman Joshua Rosenblum. An AARP survey of 50-years-and-older Amer …"

"… the lives of older Americans,” said AARP spokesman Joshua Rosenblum. An AARP survey of 50-years-and-older Americans conducted just after the …"

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 "Michigan":

"… s to fund political activities. It was rejected by 56 percent of voters.In Michigan, the owner of North America’s busiest international crossing spent nearl …"

"… econd, government-funded bridge across the Detroit River, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.Billionaire Manuel Moroun’s DIBC Holdings Inc., …"

"… ole funder of referendum Number 6 called “Let the People Decide.” When Michiganders went to the polls, 60 percent favored the new bridge.Another subsidiar …"

"… billionaire Harold Simmons, who gave nearly $81 million through Oct. 17.In Michigan, a ballot initiative to put collective bargaining rights in the state cons …"

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 "Congressional Leadership Fund":

"… ion to a super PAC close to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has aired a bevy of ads attacking Democratic House candidates.Oxbow …"

"… ary campaign; Hamburger chain White Castle, which gave $25,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund; Defense contractor B/E Aerospace, which gave $50,000 to Restore Our …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… lthy liberals round out the Center’s list of the top 10 super donors.The National Education Association (No. 5, $8.8 million), Service Employees International Union (No. 8, $6 mi …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… ge 21st Century Foundation, a nonprofit that does not disclose donors, the National Education Association and top Democratic donor Barbara Stiefel.America’s Next Generation, prim …"

"… ll donors and union treasury funds:NEA Advocacy Fund, the super PAC of the National Education Association was funded entirely by the union itself, to the tune of $3.3 million;UAW E …"

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 "administrative law judge":

"… tate limits on corporate contributions.But the RGA appealed and in 2005 an administrative law judge reversed the board’s ruling. The RGA acknowledged that its ads in the st …"

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 "UnitedHealth Group":

"… , Bank of America, Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, US Airways and law and lobbying firm McGuireWoods.T …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… most public employees, the nation’s three largest public unions — the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCM …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… tions to the pro-Rick Santorum super PAC, the Red, White and Blue Fund.The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, was fourth at $3.6 million. It gave $3 mill …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… Center. Their letter can be 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 "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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… here."To support expensive media buys on their side of the aisle, the Republican Governors Association shifted $1.8 million to the Missouri Republican Party for the 2004 cy …"

Industry donors

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top industry donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arnold Schwarzenegger":

"… NEA study, the Golden State has become a battleground for education. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has broadcast radio ads to counter criticism by NEA's largest state affili …"

Consultants

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… identPlaces: An established Democratic media firm, MSR has offices in Denver, Colo., and Fairfax, Va. MSR helped elect Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wi …"

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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