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 "Massachusetts":

"… heen will likely face former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, who briefly represented Massachusetts and has now gone north to the Granite State in a bid to reclaim his politi …"

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 "Thom Tillis":

"… idates, including those such as McConnell, Simpson and U.S. Sen. candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina who faced, or are facing, competitive primaries. Chambe …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… er threat of corruption to democracy than multi-candidate super PACs, Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub asked Friday at a Willamette Law School sy …"

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 "chemical manufacturing":

"… e and his company. Contran Corp. controls several subsidiaries involved in chemical manufacturing, waste disposal and other businesses.Topping Simmons’ agenda is minimizi …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… running for U.S. Senate.House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democratic U.S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. Hous …"

"… .S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. House races:“Opportunity” opposes Georgia state Rep. Lee Anderson in Georgia …"

"… released:“Chance” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District;“Luchando por Nuestro Futuro” and “Luc …"

"… eleased “Chances” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District, “Nice” opposing Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev …"

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.

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 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wyoming":

"… fourth at 8 percent.Santorum’s recent financial surge has been aided by Wyoming businessman Foster Friess, who donated $600,000 to the pro-Santorum Red, W …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… to a key Republican political organization founded by political strategist Karl Rove have boosted their financial support for front-runner Mitt Romney.Wealthy …"

Weekly Watchdog 3/8/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… pefuls spent more than $66 million. Notably, the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future accounts for almost 50 percent of this spending. The Romney super PAC has …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… answer will come in eight months.By Associated Press writer Steve Peoples. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… re” dominated spending among the main groups aiding the former Massachusetts’ governor’s primary rivals: Santorum’s “Red, White and Blue Fund …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "America PAC":

"… ical battleground state.Funds came from Romney’s federal Free and Strong America PAC, which amounted to a little more than $1.5 million, as of the most recent …"

Weekly watchdog 2/23/12


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 "Sunlight Foundation":

"… going to be on speed dial,” said Bill Allison, editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation, an organization that promotes transparency in government.Stories have sho …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… onism, and his willingness to support large government expansions like the Medicare prescription drug bill and the 2005 Highway Bill.” But Romney’s record …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… competitive again. Gingrich has fallen behind the two frontrunners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, in national polls …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "CBS News":

"… who listen to talk radio personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.CBS News first reported the $10 million donation.Adelson’s largesse — which inc …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… have struggled to catch up to much better funded Republican groups such as American Crossroads, are aimed at helping Obama win re-election, preserve the Democratic major …"

"… ffiliated non-profits raised a combined raised $19.6 million. In contrast, American Crossroads and its non-profit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, pulled in $51 million.Priori …"

"… they want to raise $100 million. They have pulled in $6.7 million in 2011. American Crossroads and its non-profit arm, launched in early 2010 by GOP consultants Karl Rov …"

"… ed worries about their negative impacts.Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, in a statement called the new policy a “brazenly cynical move by Barack …"

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12


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 "Restore Our Future":

"… in early 2010.The top recipient among these so-called “super PACS” was Restore Our Future, which raised $30.2 million to assist the candidacy of former Massachusett …"

"… ering all super PACs in 2011, total contributions were almost $100 million.Restore Our Future, which has close ties to the Romney camp, has spent at least $17.5 million …"

"… and put candidates on a spectrum. It informs voters.”The pro-Romney PAC Restore Our Future got a big boost from wealthy investors, records show. Of the nearly $18 mi …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Norm Coleman":

"… that doesn’t have to disclose its donors that’s chaired by former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Coleman has said that his group will focus heavily on keepin …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… rted.The group ended the year with a healthy $1.2 million in the bank. It spent heavily in January, to little effect, apparently. Gingrich …"

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

Super PAC roundup

By iWatch News

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foster Friess":

"… . Leaders for Families received $50,000 from Wyoming billionaire Foster Friess, who has been bankrolling Red, White and Blue Fund, the larger of Santorum …"

"… um raised only $730,000. Of that, $331,000 came from billionaire Foster Friess, an investor from Jackson, Wyoming.Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorr …"