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 "mayor":

"… of more than $45 million, fueled by labor unions and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg. The groups wer …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… o provide some insight into the social welfare nonprofit’s funding. The National Education Association, for instance, reported giving America Votes more than $1 million between …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… tion. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, Business Leaders for Michigan and Right to Life Michigan all funded outsi …"

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 "Arkansas":

"… e industrialists Charles and David Koch — was rampant. And in Arkansas, outside groups helped flip the state legislature to GOP control for the f …"

"… as 1944, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arkansas was another Southern state victory for Republican-supporting outside group …"

"… . Judging by mailers and ads, outside groups were extremely active in the Arkansas election, though you can’t tell from official state filings. Reports ind …"

"… der is the prominent social conservative political consultant Ralph Reed. Arkansas’ lax disclosure laws allowed these groups to avoid having to disclose ho …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ederal elections were $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 m …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ed after an error was discovered in the data provided to the Center by the Federal Election Commission. Democrats have become the kings of super PACs. With Congress fighting o …"

"… ording to a Center for Public Integrity review of filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Their conservative counterparts, meanwhile, collectively raised about $2 …"

"… organizations following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that led to their creation. During the first six months of 2011, f …"

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 "Chairman":

"… . Among other top donors: Orin S. Kramer of Englewood, N.J. ($75,000): Chairman of hedge fund Kramer Spellman LP and former Clinton administration transit …"

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 "president":

"… AFT president Randi Weingarten urged teachers to support Obama, saying GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a “binder of bad ideas” for public educat …"

'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 "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 "University of California":

"… e out in front giving publicly,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine. “They want to have influence over elections and elected official …"

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 "Florida":

"… erity is a political committee with backing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, among others.Florida Freedom PAC, a liberal super PAC focused on Florida …"

"… ommittee with backing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, among others.Florida Freedom PAC, a liberal super PAC focused on Florida races for Congress and …"

"… Florida, among others.Florida Freedom PAC, a liberal super PAC focused on Florida races for Congress and helping Obama, received all $2.9 million of its thi …"

"… ird-quarter support from the Service Employees International Union.A third Florida-specific super PAC, Treasure Coast Jobs Coalition, took in $1.1 million. T …"

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":

"… cts of former Sen. George Allen, the Republican running for U.S. Senate in Virginia.The political action committees of the American Federation of State, Count …"

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

"… eswoman Emily Davis said in an emailed response to the Washington Post. “Virginians know scare tactics when they see them, and they know George Allen has a …"

"… unions.Joint ads have been largely absent from Republican outside spenders.Virginia is the second-most expensive U.S. Senate race for independent spending, ha …"

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 "Coca-Cola":

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

"… committee 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 …"

"… 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 "Massachusetts":

"… to bolster We are Wisconsin, which has paid for union staff from Alaska to Massachusetts to boost the ground game.“This election is going to boil down to a turno …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… lion reported by the outside spending groups this election, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records.Rounding out the top 10 ar …"

"… onprofit, through the end of 2011 came from mystery donors, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of tax and campaign finance records.So there may indeed be a floo …"

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 "judge":

"… t reform opponent Richard Scruggs against charges of conspiracy to bribe a judge — though Keker himself does not appear to have been actively involved wi …"

"… praised Pelosi for supporting a proposal to raise the salaries for federal judges. They have worked together on projects over the years, including a 2002 b …"

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 "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 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 "Jon Kyl":

"… eloper might run for election against Arizona's junior senator, Republican Jon Kyl, in 2006. NAR has broader goals, such as keeping banks out of the real est …"

Consultants

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top consultants in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Midwest":

"… Majority Strategies, a Republican direct-mail firm, is not limited to the Midwest. The group sent out mailers for Rep. Bobby Jindal's failed 2003 campaign f …"

"… ff under Bill Clinton, who helped run the Media Fund for the 2004 election.Midwest Communications & MediaPeople: Patty Russell, president; Neil Clar …"

"… tor; Bob Clegg, senior vice presidentPlaces: Based in Columbus, Ohio, Midwest is one of the largest Republican media buyers in the country. With their h …"

"… paigns can really have a big impact on that."Politics: Through Clark, Midwest is connected to one of the state's most powerful lobbying firms, State Str …"

Anatomy of a lobbying blitz

By John Dunbar

Cable industry enlists diverse crowd in high-level influence campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "fewer systems":

"… .Towns contends that some channels would disappear if they were located on fewer systems because they would be unable to generate advertising revenue. Programmers …"

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