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 "Apollo Group":

"… st for-profit education company to wade into the world of super PACs. The Apollo Group — the parent company of the University of Phoenix — has itself financi …"

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 "PayPal":

"… e Liberty, which supported Republican Ron Paul and was funded primarily by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, only had $13,637 left to its name through Jun …"

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 "George Soros":

"… nter's analysis.James Simons, the founder of Renaissance Technologies, and George Soros*, the chairman of the hedge fund Soros Fund Management, have given a combi …"

"… presidential race, the return on investment is more than 2000 percent.”*George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

Donor profile: Peter Thiel

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "PayPal":

"… Tax Cannabis 2010 (2010) Corporate name: Clarium Capital; co-founder, PayPal (sold) Corporate subsidiaries: None Total spent on federal lobbying (200 …"

"… ron, according to Slate. Thiel made his fortune as the founder and CEO of PayPal, taking the company public and selling it to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion …"

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 "president":

"… illion it raised in January, $1 million came from Louisiana energy company president William J. Doré and $669,000 came from retired mutual fund executive Fost …"

"… outside spending groups. Most of the corporate giving to super PACs in the presidential race has been from wealthy individuals or limited partnerships, not pub …"

"… gain,” a super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s unsuccessful presidential bid. Simmons also cut a $100,000 personal check to another pro-Perry su …"

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 "PayPal":

"… ed $1 million in 2011 with $900,000 coming from Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, which was later sold to eBay. Revolution PAC, another pro-Paul super PAC …"