Ad war winners take governors' mansions

By Ben Wieder, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… outspent their opponents by more than $1 million. In some states, such as Florida, the successful candidates and their supporters outspent their rivals by h …"

"… former Gov. Charlie Crist and his allies. The heavy spending also made the Florida contest the most expensive TV ad war in the country this election. Scott …"

"… yer, helped knock out Corbett in Pennsylvania but didn’t find success in Florida or Maine where it supported Democrats. Meanwhile former New York City May …"

"… sp;But it struck out in Maryland, where it backed Brown, the Democrat. In Florida, Scott won re-election with help from more than $10 million in ads sponsor …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… ep. 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. Pryor raised near …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… ers. This includes $500,000 against Cochran primary challenger McDaniel in Mississippi and $200,000 against attorney Bryan Smith, who’s battling incumbent Rep. …"

"… ary, a super PAC formed by Cochran supporters and calling itself Mississippi Conservatives has spent $600,000 on ads pummeling McDaniel. The YG Networ …"

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 "speaker":

"… 's presidential committee with legal trouble, saying the former U.S. House speaker's 2012 campaign is flouting federal law by failing to disclose numero …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… ons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, (No.4), also bet on Romney. Collectively, the trio gave $13.4 millio …"

"… ential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossJoe Ricketts, Republican, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred Eychaner, Democrat, $1 …"

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 "The Wall Street Journal":

"… g the regulatory reach of government, according to an interview he gave to The Wall Street Journal in March. Many of Contran’s subsidiaries are subject to environmental re …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Totals include contributions from individuals, family members and …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… sident Barack Obama calling him a “socialist” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal and “the most dangerous American alive … because he would eliminate fr …"

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 "bank":

"… s to no serious primary opposition, still counts nearly $85 million in the bank. Furthermore, last month, Obama gave his blessing to a super PAC called "P …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… Rick Santorum was too little and too late to slow the far-better financed Mitt Romney, who coasted to an easy victory in the Illinois Republican presidential pr …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… tributions last month to the pro-Romney "super" political action committee Restore Our Future, mostly from Perry's $3 million contribution, according to campaign record …"

"… delegates and was aided by more than $29 million worth of ads paid for by Restore Our Future.That $29 million figure is higher than spending by any other Republican su …"

"… te on state organizations and get-out-the vote efforts. Such an effort for Restore Our Future requires big cash from wealthy financiers, who last month were newcomers, …"

Weekly Watchdog 3/8/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Public Integrity":

"… s doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives, a Center for Public Integrity and ABC News investigation found.Venezuela emerges as new source of ‘con …"

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 "Rick Santorum":

"… to this summer's GOP nominating convention seemed forgotten for a night as Rick Santorum reveled in twin victories handed to him by conservatives and evangelicals …"

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


Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ce its founding last year.Center wins award for mortgage fraud coverageThe Center for Public Integrity has been named a 2012 winner by the Society of Business Writers and Editor …"

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 "Texas":

"… illion in the bank.Not all the top donations went to pro-candidate groups. Texas billionaire Harold C. Simmons, owner of Contran Corp., wrote a check to co …"

"… onated $1 million to “Make Us Great Again,” a super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s unsuccessful presidential bid. Simmons also cut a $100 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… PAC’s latest filing shows the next largest donation in January came from Texas mega-GOP donor Harold Simmons, who gave $500,000, bringing his total contr …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… pulled in more than $233 million. By comparison, the leading GOP contender Mitt Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee pulled in only $144 mil …"

"… Department to ask for an investigation of the super PACs backing Obama and Mitt Romney.“We believe that these super PACs are merely arms of the presidential ca …"

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… om investorsRestore our future, the super PAC backing presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, received nearly $30 million in donations in 2011. The investment industry …"

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 "Texas":

"… ve $1 million.Chris Shumway of Shumway Capital gave $750,000. Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder with deep pockets for GOP causes , also gave the group $500,00 …"

"… among the presidential super PACs was Make Us Great Again, which supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It raised $5.5 million with more than $1.3 million coming …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… the pro Gingrich super PAC was vastly outspent by a pro Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, and the Romney campaign.The Adelsons’ $10 million donation to Winning O …"

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 …"