Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… reshman Rep. Tom Cotton, an attorney who’s a veteran of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both Pryor and Cotton have been prolific fundraisers. P …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… s better positioned to defeat Democrats in November’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 m …"

"… er’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 million into attacks on several incumbent Republic …"

"… sborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer who’s running for U.S. Senate. Club for Growth Action seeks to involve itself in contests “we feel that our resources c …"

Gingrich committee again targeted by FEC

By Dave Levinthal

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

FEC chairwoman warns of super PAC corruption

By Michael Beckel

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

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

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

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 …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ated $21.5 billion. His casino empire extends across the United States and Asia, and the company’s annual report shows more than $9.4 billion in revenue …"

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.

The super PAC cavalry

By Michael Beckel

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

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

Is big GOP money finally flowing to Mitt Romney?

By The Associated Press

February's political donations were, again, predominantly to conservative groups or candidates

Weekly Watchdog 3/8/12

Watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential contest":

"… n the GOP primary and there’s no doubt this will play a huge role in the presidential contest as well.Until Next Week,Bill BuzenbergExecutive DirectorSuper PACs, super …"

ANALYSIS: Romney losses show disgruntled GOP base

By The Associated Press

Can a Republican challenger beat a Democratic incumbent without the GOP base being energized behind his candidacy?

Romney 'Death Star' outguns opponents down South

By iWatch News

Pro-Romney super PAC spent considerably in Alabama, Mississippi, but he couldn't clinch a win

Romney campaign directs more than $1.7 million to state officials

By Corbin Hiar

Presidential hopeful directed more funds to early contests than Super Tuesday states

Weekly watchdog 2/23/12

Watchdog

Super PACs out-raise candidates, thanks to super donors

By John Dunbar

Super donors mean super PACs raise more money than the candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "PayPal":

"… an 70 percent — came from Peter Thiel, hedge fund manager, co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor. That’s on top of the $900,000 he gave last …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s ‘fiscal conservative’ whopper

By FactCheck.Org

Romney alleges that Rick Santorum is no 'fiscal conservative,' but he'd struggle to back up the claim

Casino king provides 84 percent of funds for pro-Gingrich super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Gambling mogul's family gives $11 million to pro-Gingrich PAC, more may be on the way

Pro-Romney super PAC adds $6.6 million to coffers

By John Dunbar

'Restore Our Future,' the pro-Romney super PAC, continues to attract donors at a rapid clip

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… f hedge fund managers and executives from private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Romney's former employer.There were no seven-figure donations in January, …"

"… contribution and dissolving soon after, was discovered to belong to former Bain Capital executive Edward Conard. iWatch News was first to report&nb …"

Adelson expected to give another $10 million to pro-Gingrich super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul pledges $10 million more to pro-Gingrich super PAC, say sources

Democratic operatives seeking million-dollar checks for super PACs

By Peter H. Stone

Obama is accused of hypocrisy for White House backing of super PAC fundraising effort

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12

Watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… e group. Supporters included several buddies from Romney’s old employer, Bain Capital, who gave a combined $750,000. Restore our Future has spent $17.5 million …"

Presidential super PACs raise $49 million through December

By John Dunbar

Average super PAC donor gave $33,500 to outside spending groups, while an individual can only give $2,500

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… the nearly $18 million it raised in the second half of 2011, friends from Bain Capital, the private equity firm where Romney served as CEO, gave at least $750,00 …"

Adelsons attend Koch Brothers conference for mega donors

By Peter H. Stone

Billionaire casino mogul's attendance at Koch donor event could be indication of big conservative support to come

Pro-Gingrich super PAC reports $2.1 million in contributions

By Aaron Mehta

A super PAC favoring Newt Gingrich collected big donations from casino owner's family

Pro-Romney 'super PAC' brings total haul to $30 million for year

By John Dunbar

Outside spending group 'Restore Our Future' raises most money among presidential super PACs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… aign. Donors included included several buddies from his old employer, Bain Capital, who gave a combined $750,000.The top donors were Julian Robertson of …"

Super PAC roundup

By iWatch News

iWatch News sorts through the most surprising — and the most predicted — details from the Jan. 31st disclosure deadline

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