Tech super PAC startups could tap billions

By Dave Levinthal

A for-profit university co-founded by noted futurist Ray Kurzweil is mulling whether to spend big on political campaigns.

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

"… on. Randi Willis, an official at Singularity University, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that leaders at her institution will later this year begin determining how …"

"… 40,000 to these three super PACs combined since early 2012, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal campaign finance records. Michael Beckel contributed to …"

The slow deaths of presidential super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Once mighty political committees are failing to reinvent themselves in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… king the likes of Democrat Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Like Priorities USA Action and Restore Our Future, the formerly pr …"

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 "PayPal":

"… tal gains tax.Other top donors include TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who now runs an investment firm, Paul Singer of El …"

Donor profile: Peter Thiel

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… eldon Adelson and Foster Friess, who gave generously to super PACs backing Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. But unlike Gingrich and Santorum, Paul has never met hi …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… rum also raised $4.5 million, more than twice the amount of the super PAC."Restore Our Future," which supports Romney, raised $6.6 million, slightly more than the Romne …"

"… with the $1 million he gave last year.Despite the Adelsons’ generosity, Restore Our Future still dwarfs the other outside spending groups. The super PAC has raised a …"

"… ich super PAC Winning Our Future, and $100,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.This story has been updated.Michael Beckel contributed to this story.  …"

PayPal co-founder gives $1.7 million to pro-Ron Paul super PAC in January

By John Dunbar

A super PAC supporting Ron Paul receives big boost from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel

Excerpts from this story referencing "PayPal":

"… for the Republican presidential nomination, but he's first in the heart of PayPal founder and hedge fund manager Peter Thiel.With a $1.7 million donation in …"

"… sion disclosure records released Monday.In 1998, Thiel was a co-founder of PayPal, the online payment service that revolutionized the way commerce is conduc …"

"… merce is conducted online. EBay Inc., the Internet auction service, bought PayPal for $1.5 billion in Ocotober 2002, making the technology pioneer a very we …"

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 …"