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 "American Petroleum Institute":

"… litical players like the Chamber, America's Health Insurance Plans and the American Petroleum Institute. Meanwhile, about 14 percent went to social welfare nonprofits such as th …"

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 "White House":

"… vernment with technology, and former Presidential Innovation Fellow in the White House. First of all, Johnson says it’s clear from the Congressional reaction …"

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 "Dan Backer":

"… writes Paul Stoetzer, a senior campaign finance analyst for the FEC. But Dan Backer, the PAC's treasurer, says it has no plans to ditch the "Pelosi." "The co …"

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 "driver":

"… 500 to Front Row Motor Sports as part of its sponsorship of driver Tony Raines' NASCAR car. Santorum, a vocal advocate of a federal …"

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 "New York":

"… S. senator, have called on the Internal Revenue Service to investigate and New York’s attorney general has proposed new disclosure rules for nonprofits that …"

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 "Douglas Forrester":

"… mpaign committee during 2002 when he beat a better-funded Republican, Douglas Forrester. Had Lautenberg sought another term, he would have likely faced popular N …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ;can be found here: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… nors, visit this page on our website. …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… candidates.*As of Oct. 17, 2012 for the 2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission 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 "Bain Capital":

"… mocratic super PACs.Romney himself was a private equity man in his days at Bain Capital, which he co-founded.“They view [Romney] as one of them,” said David K …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… super PAC American Crossroads and $1 million to pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.Super PACs can accept unlimited contributions from corporations, billionai …"

"… y's, who has given $16 million to super PACs, including $8 million to Restore Our Future and $6.5 million to American Crossroads.The top two donors remain the same …"

"… acy for the GOP presidential nomination alive, has shifted his spending to Restore Our Future, having donated $10 million along with wife Miriam.The No. 2 spot goes to …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… nd Human Services, was backed by GOP leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. But Ne …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… example, known for backing a super PAC that supported former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s failed presidential bid, has indicated he would give $35 million …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… t is likely continue as Republican Mitt Romney faces off against President Barack Obama in the fall.Created in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens Uni …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… 3.3 million* $20 million to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney), half of which is from his wife, Miriam Adelson $23 million to American …"

"… fe $1 million to Hardworking Americans Committee (pro-Peter Hoekstra; pro-Mitt Romney) $500,000 to America 360 Committee (pro-Scott Brown), half of which is fr …"

"… f which is from his wife $380,000 to Hispanic Leadership Fund Action (pro-Mitt Romney) $250,000 to Conservative Renewal (pro-David Dewhurst) $250,000 to …"

"… sidential bid, Sheldon Adelson pivoted to support GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his primary super PAC. Adelson has also reportedly funneled tens of mi …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… e given to six different super PACs this cycle, but the conservative group American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, is b …"

"… pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and $2.5 million has gone to American Crossroads.The other individual donors in the top 10 are:Peter Thiel (fifth), a liber …"

"… .A. Jerrold Perenchio (sixth), gave $2.6 million, with $2 million going to American Crossroads. He is a longtime GOP donor and former owner of Spanish language network U …"

"… the creation of super PACs. It said that outside spending groups — like American Crossroads, for example — could accept unlimited contributions from corporations, u …"

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 "Politics":

"… deral political causes, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That includes a $10,000 donation to Club for Growth Action, a pro-free ma …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… s to Republican-allied groups and possibly a super PAC backing frontrunner Mitt Romney, according to fundraisers with ties to the casino owner.Adelson along with …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… efited from super PACs, but no group has collected more money than the pro-Mitt Romney “Restore Our Future” super PAC, which raised more than $43 million thr …"

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 "PAC":

"… with $4.5 million in January. The “Red, White and Blue Fund,” a super PAC supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum, raised $3 million, 41 percen …"

"… 12 million in February, nearly doubling its January total, while the super PAC supporting the ex-Massachusetts Gov., “Restore Our Future,” brought in …"

"… tive William Dore, who gave the group $500,000 last month.The pro-Santorum PAC also received a $1 million contribution last month from Annette Simmons, w …"

"… mily donated to each of the top three GOP presidential candidates’ super PACs in February, with Harold giving $100,000 to Restore Our Future and anothe …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… from the GOP presidential candidates.Earlier this month, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney said of his solution to higher gas prices: "I can cut through the baloney …"

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