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 "PayPal":

"… of the X PRIZE Foundation, is Singularity University's other co-founder. PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who last election cycle contributed $2.6 million …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… Republican challenger Mitt Romney vanquished, groups such as conservative Restore Our Future and liberal Priorities USA Action could have easily enshrined themselves i …"

"… for the most perfunctory of expenses, such as legal and consulting fees. Restore Our Future, which raised $153.7 million during the 2012 election cycle — the most a …"

"… edia buy refunds off purchases made with a consulting firm in Towson, Md. Restore Our Future’s co-founder, Charlie Spies, has lately been focusing his efforts on oth …"

"… 000 to help fund state-level efforts of EMILY’s List. Officials at both Restore Our Future and Priorities USA Action did not respond to messages seeking comment. Th …"

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 "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… economic aid to Palestinians.Adelson shifted his financial support to the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he sits on the board. The politically active nonprofit has reported …"

Arizona primary latest example of Club for Growth's clout

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group Club for Growth is top outside spender in U.S. Senate primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… dacy of Richard Mourdock, who bested moderate incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana’s Republican Senate primary.Only in Wisconsin did an establishment candi …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP super PACs' fundraising leaves Dems in dust

By Rachael Marcus

As super PACs carpet bomb the airwaves with negative ads, Republicans hold the financial advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks Inc.":

"… e month with $1 million on hand. Its affiliated, non-disclosing nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc., was the super PAC’s biggest contributor, providing $67,000 in in-kind c …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth Action focuses on Wisconsin

By Rachael Marcus

Fresh off its victory in Texas, Club for Growth Action, a super PAC supporting tea part candidates, is targeting Wisconsin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Neumann":

"… ompson, both Republicans. Club for Growth Action supports former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann in the Republican primary.The ad attacks Hovde for supporting the bailout …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… h and Ron Paul raised a combined $21.1 million for the month, according to Federal Election Commission records, while the four primary super PACs backing them raised $22.1 milli …"

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 "Florida":

"… s spent at least $17.5 million so far this campaign, nearly $11 million in Florida, where Romney won handily Tuesday night.The $49 million total does not inc …"

PAC profile: Revolution

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Paul

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ost the Republican party's nomination contest to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.See more data on Revolution at OpenSecrets.org.Advertisements:One of …"