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 "Michigan":

"… s Independence USA PAC, which backed political moderates, found success in Michigan, where it backed incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.  It also won …"

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 "Michigan":

"… ir allies, meanwhile, have bankrolled more ads in Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Montana. Thanks to retirements of Democratic lawmakers in Montana, We …"

"… engers. And hotly contested open seat races are also underway in Iowa and Michigan, where long-serving Democratic senators have also announced plans to retir …"

"… ugh late August on TV ads from all sources per eligible voter is $3.64. 6) Michigan The open seat Senate race in Michigan pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters ag …"

"… ces per eligible voter is $3.64. 6) Michigan The open seat Senate race in Michigan pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against former Secretary of State Terri L …"

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 "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… rict know best as to who will make the best general election candidate,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said. GOP brass are, however, hardly thrilled wi …"

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 "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 …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ing, backed eight losers at this writing.Adelson was top backer of the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future super PAC, with $20 million in donations. Romney lost t …"

"… er PACs in the federal election)Sheldon Adelson, Republican, $53.7 million*Mitt Romney — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate) — lossGeorge Allen (Virginia Senate …"

"… P primary, Texas Senate) — lossHarold Simmons, Republican, $26.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate) — lossRick Santorum (GOP presidenti …"

"… tch (GOP primary, Utah Senate) — winBob Perry, Republican, $21.5 million*Mitt Romney — lossGeorge Allen (Virginia Senate) — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… million of all super PAC contributions, and almost $27 million comes from Harold Simmons, his wife Annette and his company. Contran Corp. controls several subsidia …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… EASE tell us what the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… r seriously wounded veterans. Damon says he received one of the homes."The Mitt Romney I know cares deeply about people who are struggling," Damon tells the came …"

"… ow cares deeply about people who are struggling," Damon tells the camera. "Mitt Romney helped make a huge difference in my life."The ad, along with the anti-Obam …"

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 "Michigan":

"… onors are out-of-state billionaires, including former Amway CEO and former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, and casino magnate Adelson, who each g …"

"… automatic dues check offs — as they have in Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona and Michigan.McCabe says the unions better bank on a ground game, because they can’t …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Las Vegas Sands Corp.":

"… eally Stupid Idea (2004) Corporate ownership: Controlling interest, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Subsidiaries: Sands China Ltd., Venetian Macau Ltd. Total spent on feder …"

"… n 1995. Though Adelson lost heavily in the Great Recession, shares of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. have climbed from 2008 lows of less than $2 to more than $52 in early 2013 …"

"… y’s annual report shows more than $9.4 billion in revenues in 2011. The Las Vegas Sands Corp. has been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and …"

"… A former executive’s 2010 wrongful-termination lawsuit also alleges that Las Vegas Sands Corp. was involved with Chinese organized crime groups. Sen. John McCain, R-Ari …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… all of it was spent in a fruitless effort to elevate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the GOP presidential nomination through donations to the pro-Gingrich s …"

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 "presidential race":

"… bsp;and the Center for Reponsive Politics. …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ore than his cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, according to Federal Election Commission reports released late Tuesday night.While Romney’s financial position ap …"

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 "insurance industry":

"… used quite a stir when he said at a Las Vegas conference recently that the insurance industry as we know it is, for all practical purposes, a dinosaur on the verge of e …"

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 "Ron Paul":

"… delegates needed to win the nomination. Santorum has 251, Gingrich 131 and Ron Paul 48.With a single victory Tuesday in either Alabama or Mississippi, Romney …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Romney":

"… ormer Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who got a total of $5,000 from Mitt and Ann Romney after he dropped out, has endorsed him.Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann got …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… lectively raised more than the candidates themselves in January.Candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul raised a combined $21.1 million …"

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 "America":

"… on can be found in Cato Institute’s “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors” for 2006, his last year in office. Cato awarded Romney a …"

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

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… y PAC in December and $75,000 to House Majority PAC last May, according to Federal Election Commission records.Notwithstanding their more bullish fundraising prospects, the new …"

Weekly Watchdog 2/2/12

Watchdog

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 "Romney camp":

"… s were almost $100 million.Restore Our Future, which has close ties to the Romney camp, has spent at least $17.5 million so far this campaign, nearly $11 million …"

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 "Crossroads GPS":

"… s familiar with his giving. In 2010, Adelson wrote a seven figure check to Crossroads GPS, a non-profit advocacy group that doesn’t have to disclose its donors pu …"

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 "Winning the Future":

"… fundraising for Gingrich’s defunct nonprofit, “American Solutions for Winning the Future.”Rick Tyler, who served as Gringrich’s campaign press secretary, is a …"

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 "Aaron Mehta":

"… led 'super PACs' appear poised to play a major role in elections this year.Aaron Mehta contributed to this report. …"

Pages