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 "United States":

"… ugh voluntary disclosures filed by the 300 largest public companies in the United States, as ranked by Fortune magazine, most of which covered calendar year 2 …"

"… , a group of shareholders of ExxonMobil, the second-largest company in the United States, failed last year in their attempt to get the company to disclose its spen …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… n whether someone broke a law. In 2002, Congress passed — and President George W. Bush signed — the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which among other reforms b …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… nbsp;remain unresolved. Clinton aides did not return requests for comment. Hillary Clinton? She cleared her once massive 2008 presidential debts …"

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 "527 groups":

"… .4 million. The governors associations still spend far more through their 527 groups. The DGA spent $49 million and the RGA spent $77 million during the 2012 e …"

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 "dropped out of the race":

"… h, who personally thanked the Adelsons for their financial support when he dropped out of the race.  Meanwhile, former Sen. Rick Santorum's cash-poor campaign was …"

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 "Virginia":

"… his giving to GOP-aligned super PACs active in House and Senate races. In Virginia alone, Adelson invested $4 million into a super PAC that ran attack ads ag …"

"… ous races — including battles for U.S. Senate seats in Massachusetts and Virginia. Adelson’s donations to super PACs — which can accept unlimited donat …"

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 "Virginia":

"… super PACs backing U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey were also for naught.He was not the only conserva …"

"… y gave a combined $255,000 to the group.The hotly contested Senate race in Virginia attracted $2.5 million from Adelson and Perry, both giving to Independence …"

"… attracted $2.5 million from Adelson and Perry, both giving to Independence Virginia, the super PAC supporting former Republican Sen. George Allen. His opponen …"

"… ion*Mitt Romney — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate) — lossGeorge Allen (Virginia Senate) — lossAllen West (House, Florida’s 18th) — too close to call …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… y. For a list of Center donors, visit the website. …"

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 "advertising attacking":

"… ds from corporations, unions and individual donors and spend that money on advertising attacking or supporting candidates as long as they aren't coordinated with the candi …"

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 "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 "Fred Wertheimer":

"… erous forms of money are unlimited contributions and secret money,” said Fred Wertheimer, the president of the advocacy group Democracy 21. “History tells us tha …"

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 "Shelley Faye Adelson":

"… e Miriam Adelson, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Adelson, four other children (one deceased). Biography: After bankrolling the ma …"

Donor profile: Peter Thiel

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… n the GOP presidential nomination. The large donations drew comparisons to Sheldon Adelson and Foster Friess, who gave generously to super PACs backing Newt Gingrich …"

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 "Contran Corp.":

"… ted at $9.3 billion. He gave $16.7 million, which includes $3 million from Contran Corp., in which he has a 95 percent interest.Simmons, and his wife, Annette, hav …"

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 "Terry Campbell":

"… They don’t speak for us. We use them as an educational tool,” agreed Terry Campbell, president of the tea party organization in San Angelo, Texas.Armey did no …"

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 "dropped out of the race":

"… a number of candidates. He gave $2,500 both to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner, as well as $1 …"

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 "Virginia":

"… y Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Gov. Robert McDonnel …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… tore Our Future,” brought in $6.4 million, $3 million of which came from Texas homebuilder and Republican super donor Bob Perry of Texas.Romney drew 47 p …"

"… which came from Texas homebuilder and Republican super donor Bob Perry of Texas.Romney drew 47 percent of the vote in Illinois, former Pennsylvania senato …"

"… in Illinois, former Pennsylvania senator Santorum garnered 35 percent, and Texas congressman Ron Paul of Texas drew 9.3 percent while Gingrich lagged in fo …"

"… ia senator Santorum garnered 35 percent, and Texas congressman Ron Paul of Texas drew 9.3 percent while Gingrich lagged in fourth at 8 percent.Santorum’s …"

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 "Lisa Murkowski":

"… ntinental shelf, drill in North Dakota, drill in Oklahoma and Texas.'"Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said on the Senate floor last week, "With oil prices above $100 …"

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