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Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… the Fix the Debt Coalition calls for dramatic reforms to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. tax code — positions that might be objectionable …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… Sometimes, the FEC threatens action only to take none. Take the case of Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign. The former House speaker’s committee has …"

HealthCare.gov disaster symptom of larger problem

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… nside the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which was given the responsible of building HealthC …"

Legal fight brewing over 'Stop Pelosi PAC'

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee is pushing legal limits by naming itself after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… ed that NewtWatch must change its name to not reference then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but could use "NewtWatch" as a "project name."     …"

Gingrich committee again targeted by FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Federal agency again accuses Gingrich presidential committee of numerous disclosure failures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… esent.     …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… idential debts earlier this year.     …"

"… filed with the Federal Election Commission: 1.) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Election year: 2012 Debt: $4,595,394 The back story: For a momen …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… American Leadership, a nonprofit founded by former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. It is “dedicated to renewing America through the restoration and appli …"

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit rakes in cash

By Michael Beckel

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… as contributors or fundraisers. Recent presidential candidates including Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum operated nonprofit organizations prior to launching thei …"

Campaign deep in debt, Lautenberg calls it quits

By Dave Levinthal

Retiring senator is owed more than $1 million by own campaign committee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… a slew of former presidential candidates, from the recent — Republicans Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — to those from campains of yore, such as Democrats Jo …"

FEC chairwoman warns of super PAC corruption

By Michael Beckel

Ellen Weintraub sounds off about the proliferation of candidate-specific super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… t group helped keep afloat the candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who personally thanked the Adelsons for their financial support when he d …"

Super PAC patron Sheldon Adelson pours riches into pro-Israel groups

By Paul Abowd

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has directed hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-Israel organizations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… ing groups. Adelson first bolstered the candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who most notably entered the Israel-Palestine fray by declaring Palestini …"

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… invested $4 million into a super PAC that ran attack ads against Democrat Tim Kaine in the final days of the election. His million-dollar contribution to a s …"

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… porting former Republican Sen. George Allen. His opponent, Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, won the seat with 52 percent of the vote.Adelson also invested in the re- …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that.Adelson’s support was linked to a shared stance wit …"

OPINION: Myths of the healthy uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Insurance firms manipulate stats to pretend there's no problem.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… cians have pointed this out over the years, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said this last year on Meet the Press:"A large number of the uninsure …"

Pro-GOP donor one-upped by boss's support of Democratic PAC

By John Dunbar

Pro-GOP donor one-upped by boss's support of Democratic PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… nbsp;election cycle, including $1 million to pro-Republican super PAC American Crossroads and $1 million to pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.Super PACs …"

"… PACs, including $8 million to Restore Our Future and $6.5 million to American Crossroads.The top two donors remain the same.Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson&nbs …"

"… ire who has given nearly $19 million, $8 million of which has gone to American Crossroads.For a complete list of the most prolific donors, a set of super …"

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… y GOP leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. But Neumann and Hovde challenged his conse …"

Casino mogul gives $1M to new 'super' PAC

By The Associated Press

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson gives $1M to new Fla. 'super' PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… Most of that cash went to a super PAC working to get former House Speaker Newt Gingrich elected president. The contribution was first reported Monda …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Tax Reform

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Tax Reform, supporting Republicans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… nd the American Conservative Union.  In 1994, he helped House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., draft the GOP’s Contract with America, a legislative strategy fo …"

Nonprofits outspent super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel

Increasingly active nonprofit groups act just like super PACs but don't reveal donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… about $9.6 million. Crossroads GPS is the sister organization of super PAC American Crossroads, and both were co-founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, the former a …"

"… so known for this type of spending.By November, Crossroads GPS, along with American Crossroads intends to spend between $240 million and $300 million, according to the g …"

Study: Super PACs aired more ads than candidates

By Michael Beckel

Outside groups made possible by court decisions aired more ads than GOP candidates in presidential primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… and broadcast television that featured Romney and opponents Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman Jr.The pro-Huntsman super PAC, called Our Destiny PAC, ai …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… is from his wife $16.5 million to Winning Our Future (pro-Newt Gingrich), including $7.5 million from his wife and $1.5 million from other family …"

"… phy: After bankrolling the main super PAC supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's failed presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson pivoted to support GOP presiden …"

Donor profile: Peter Thiel

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… eldon Adelson and Foster Friess, who gave generously to super PACs backing Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. But unlike Gingrich and Santorum, Paul has never met hi …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… all of it was spent in a fruitless effort to elevate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the GOP presidential nomination through donations to the pro-Gingrich s …"

Tea party leader Dick Armey gets first-class treatment

By Rachael Marcus

Chief of nonprofit backing populist tea party movement enjoys big salary, other perks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… mWorks Foundation, was House Majority Leader from 1995 to 2003. Along with Newt Gingrich, who was about to become Speaker of the House, he was an author of “Cont …"

Rick Santorum hopes to sweeten campaign pot with Jelly Belly visit

By Aaron Mehta and Michael Beckel

Rick Santorum's cash-strapped campaign seeks boost from maker of Ronald Reagan's favorite confection.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… v. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner, as well as $1,000 to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.Now, it seems, it’s Santorum’s turn.  …"

Casino billionaire expected to move millions to GOP groups

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul hosts private dinner for GOP bigwigs in Las Vegas digs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert McDonnell":

"… tor of Virginia, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Gov. Robert McDonnell of Virginia who runs the Republican Governors Association.The RJC has held …"

The super PAC cavalry

By Michael Beckel

Where would candidates be in the presidential race without their super PAC allies?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… gally prohibited from coordinating on expenditures with Restore Our Future.Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, has been aided by a super PAC called “Winning Our Future,” …"

Pro-Romney super PAC reports more cash on hand than Romney campaign

By John Dunbar

Pro-Romney forces enjoy cash advantage in primaries, but badly trail Obama

FACT CHECK: More U.S. drilling didn't drop gas prices

By The Associated Press

AP looked at 36 years of gas prices, and found no reliable connection to level of domestic drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… The statistics directly contradict the title of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's 2008 book "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less," as well as the campaign-tra …"

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