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 "Andrew Cuomo":

"… candidate this election. Meanwhile incumbent New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo spent $14.75 for each vote in his successful bid to retain the governorshi …"

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 "Jack Kingston":

"… cans, meanwhile, nominated self-funding businessman David Perdue over Rep. Jack Kingston in a July runoff vote. The primary is a major reason why more than 36,100 …"

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.

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… estore Our Future to support the presidential ambitions of Republican Mitt Romney. In fact, every candidate during the Republican presidential primary  …"

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 "Florida":

"… utions to super PACs backing U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey were also for naught.He was not the only&nbs …"

"… , which ended Oct. 17, according to Federal Election Commission records.In Florida, Republican Rep. Connie Mack lost his challenge to the popular Democratic …"

"… elson also invested in the re-election of Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., in Florida’s 18th District, who was trailing in his battle with Democratic newcomer …"

"… heldon Adelson, Republican, $53.7 million*Mitt Romney — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate) — lossGeorge Allen (Virginia Senate) — lossAllen West (House, …"

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 "Income tax":

"… they earn the money then pay U.S. Income tax when they bring profits home. Income taxes paid to the foreign government are deducted from the U.S. Income tax whe …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… gaining and automatic dues check offs — as they have in Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona and Michigan.McCabe says the unions better bank on a ground game, because …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Yasmin Lukatz":

"… ons, taxes, banking, aviation. Family: Wife Miriam Adelson, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Adelson, four other children (on …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Perenchio":

"… -runner Mitt Romney.Wealthy donors like Bob Perry, Philip H. Geier Jr. and Jerry Perenchio collectively provided much of the $6.4 million in contributions last month …"

Weekly Watchdog 3/8/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… 010 mid-term election. To date, super PACs associated with one of the 2012 White House hopefuls spent more than $66 million. Notably, the pro-Mitt Romney super P …"

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

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 "White House":

"… tates and the District of Columbia since his unsuccessful 2008 bid for the White House.More than $500,000 was spent on Republican candidates in the first 13 stat …"

Weekly watchdog 2/23/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington Mutual":

"… Writers and Editors for our coverage of mortgage fraud at Countrywide, GE, Washington Mutual and other banks. …"

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 "hedge fund manager":

"… Liberty," $1.7 million — more than 70 percent — came from Peter Thiel, hedge fund manager, co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor. That’s on top of the …"

"… ey campaign, which brought in $6.5 million. The PAC's top donor is retired hedge fund manager Julian Robertson of Tiger Management LLC, who gave $250,000 in January to …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… s managed to raise an extraordinary amount of money - even if casino owner Sheldon Adelson and family's expected $20 million in contributions to the pro-Gingrich sup …"

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 "George Soros":

"… up Americas.Democratic fundraisers however are not counting on billionaire George Soros, who gave over $20 million in 2004 to two outside groups spearheaded by Ic …"

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12


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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… f any of Romney’s GOP opponents.The Center for Public Integrity reviewed Federal Election Commission documents filed by super PACs that spent money to support or defeat a pres …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… ave to disclose its donors that’s chaired by former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Coleman has said that his group will focus heavily on keeping the House R …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… 1 million in 2011, according to a report filed Tuesday night with the Federal Election Commission.The group is best known for its top patron, casino owner and billionaire S …"

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