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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… of its officers urged Democrats to avoid “economic populism” in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The piece led Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to fire off …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… tic Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly resigned in February and returned home to Minnesota, where she now works for the state’s Department of Employment and Econom …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… less of whether he makes a White House bid. Super PACs promoting Democrat Hillary Clinton for president have likewise materialized in recent months, most notably Re …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… nprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multim …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… 3.15 million to the committee pushing for the proposal, records show. The Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has also been a major financial b …"

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 "Birthright Israel":

"… gifts by the Adelson Family Foundation is by far a foundation called Birthright Israel. It has received $123 million from Adelson since 2007, IRS filings in …"

"… in 2007, Adelson has made $191 million in contributions through it. Beyond Birthright Israel, his other charitable gifts include: $19.3 million to the American …"

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 "George Soros":

"… nded get-out-the-vote efforts. Liberal billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros* made it on the list, donating about $2.8 million split among four Democra …"

"… wspaper. "I don't cry when I lose. There's always a new hand coming up." *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… r PAC Winning Our Future was not enough guide former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich to a Republican presidential nomination, though it is credited with keepin …"

"… Jersey Senate) — lossShmuley Boteach (House, New Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Sena …"

"… (Florida Senate) — lossRick Santorum (GOP presidential primary) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossRick Perry (GOP presidential primary) …"

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 "Politics":

"… r for Public Integrity’s analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission.With no limits on giving, economi …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… bsp;hedge fund billionaire James H. Simons jumps to No. 8 on The Center for Public Integrity’s list of top donors to super PACs, surpassing his former …"

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 "Florida":

"… y of Health and Human Services, was backed by GOP leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch D …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… onal Democrats such as Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida, who all face contentious re-electi …"

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 "Adelson":

"… Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney), half of which is from his wife, Miriam Adelson $23 million to American Crossroads (pro-Republican), half of which is fro …"

"… l and tourism restrictions, taxes, banking, aviation. Family: Wife Miriam Adelson, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Ade …"

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

"… ting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's failed presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson pivoted to support GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his primary su …"

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 "Utah":

"… ds in the current election cycle, roughly half against Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and a smaller portion against Obama, according to the Center for Responsi …"

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 "campaign finance laws":

"… ame one of the few companies to take advantage of the post-Citizens United campaign finance laws, making a $10,000 corporate donation to Citizens for Economic & Nation …"

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 "president":

"… ultibillionaire Sheldon Adelson and his family, who have kept the flagging presidential candidacy of Newt Gingrich alive, seem poised to send millions to Repub …"

"… e by donating a whopping $16.5 million to a super PAC backing Gingrich for president.A private dinner Adelson hosted on March 22 at his home in Las Vegas drew …"

"… The three men are RJC board members and each has raised big bucks for the presidential drive of Romney, say campaign sources.Berman gave the legal limit of $2 …"

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 "John Grego":

"… on unleaded gas prices. University of South Carolina statistics professor John Grego, New York University statistics professor Edward Melnick and David Peterso …"

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