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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… esearch dropped from $185 million to $173 million. See here for more. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… together, Chinese hackers picked their moment to attack. They waylaid the Federal Election Commission’s networks. They crashed computer systems that publicly disclose how bil …"

HealthCare.gov disaster symptom of larger problem

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… ongress has no technical brains” and hasn’t since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got rid of the Office of Technology Assessment in 1995. The Office of Tec …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… site, or some such," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. Former FEC Associate General Counsel Kenneth Gross concurred: "If the fo …"

"… her committees naming themselves after candidates they oppose, Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center cites the 1995 case of the NewtWatch PAC. In it, the FEC ruled that NewtWa …"

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 "MSNBC":

"… story: Who doesn't the bombastic preacher and civil rights activist-turned-MSNBC program host owe? That might be the better question to ask of Sharpto …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… ce of their role as policy leaders.” The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowed nonprofits to accept unlimited donations from corporation …"

"… tributed the funds to three Christian groups focused on unseating Iowa’s Supreme Court justices who had ruled unanimously in 2009 in favor of gay marriage rights …"

"… ser, a conservative candidate who won his re-election bid to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2011.  Both the RGA and DGA fueled a ballot initiative in Ohio to …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… or the Center’s journalistic work.     …"

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 "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… ber of the Likud Party, and is on the board of directors for the nonprofit Republican Jewish Coalition, which produced a slew of anti-Obama ads in 2012. Since establi …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… than $16 million into a super PAC that supported former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s failed bid for the Republican nomination for president. He and his wi …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… bsp;backing U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey were also for naught.He was not the only conservative billionair …"

"… his writing.The casino billionaire’s $1 million to Patriot Prosperity, a New Jersey-specific super PAC supporting the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Jo …"

"… rida’s 18th) — too close to call, but leaning toward lossJoe Kyrillos (New Jersey Senate) — lossShmuley Boteach (House, New Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt G …"

"… oward lossJoe Kyrillos (New Jersey Senate) — lossShmuley Boteach (House, New Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid De …"

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 "China":

"… most lucrative holdings are in Macau, a special administrative region in China.Super PACs like Restore Our Future can accept unlimited contributions from …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… y $38 million. Adelson, who single-handedly kept former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination alive, has shifted his s …"

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 "Jim DeMint":

"… mann was the favorite of the anti-tax Club for Growth and influential Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), while Hovde, a political neophyte, won the backing of former Hou …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ion. …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Tax Reform

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Tax Reform, supporting Republicans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wyoming":

"… d in Congress to such a degree that former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming called him “the most powerful man in America” in May 2012, during the …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… groups that never publicly disclosed their funders, the joint analysis of Federal Election Commission data found. Another $8 million came from groups that only partially reveal …"

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 "Dorchester":

"… f the 10 races in which these super PACs were active. Adelson was born in Dorchester, Mass., and attended City College of New York for some time before droppin …"

Donor profile: Peter Thiel

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… n PAC (2008) Notable state-level contributions (see here): $25,900 to California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (2010) $21,200 to former California G …"

"… o California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (2010) $21,200 to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003) $70,000 to California ballot measure Ye …"

"… $21,200 to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003) $70,000 to California ballot measure Yes on 19 — Tax Cannabis 2010 (2010) Corporate name: Cl …"

"… Thiel later contributed more than $25,000 to then-CEO Meg Whitman’s 2010 California gubernatorial run). He was an early investor in Facebook, fronting $500,00 …"

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 "NEA Advocacy Fund":

"… nion, was fourth at $3.6 million. It gave $3 million to its super PAC, the NEA Advocacy Fund, which has yet to spend any money on advertising this year. Ranked eighth …"

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 "Newsweek":

"… ibbe said. “We set it up clearly to adhere to what the law stipulates.”Newsweek's Daniel Stone contributed to this report. A previous article about Freedo …"

"… rt. A previous article about FreedomWorks was produced in partnership with Newsweek.   …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… PAC.And this isn’t just a speech — the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania and GOP presidential contender is hosting a $1,000-a-head fundraiser to he …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… reg and daughter-in-law Merle.Sembler and Fox were both ambassadors in the George W. Bush administration.Meanwhile, Adelson is now weighing requests for financial a …"

"… se to Rove since his days as the top political adviser to former President George W. Bush, provided the lion’s share of the $30 million raised in 2008 by Freedom …"

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 "Politics":

"… a collaboration between iWatch News and the Center for Reponsive Politics. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… .Santorum’s recent financial surge has been aided by Wyoming businessman Foster Friess, who donated $600,000 to the pro-Santorum Red, White and Blue Fund in Febr …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… e). Open up drilling in continental shelf, drill in North Dakota, drill in Oklahoma and Texas.'"Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said on the Senate floor last w …"

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