Election ads were about issues, says 'Carolina Rising' chief

By Carrie Levine

'Dark money' nonprofit spends millions backing candidate but says ads are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… run electioneering communications, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. During the 2012 election cycle, 31 groups reported running such ads, down …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… cement Alliance of America, another Virginia-based nonprofit was active in Michigan’s state supreme court and attorney general races in 2010. This time, it …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… same sources, going through different vehicles.” …"

"… AG. The phenomenon stems in part from a new campaign finance law that the Florida Legislature passed last year. The change made it easier for independent po …"

"… n Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in Florida, such coordination is not only legal, but the norm. “The idea that ther …"

"… ion,” said Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida. Without firewalls, though, limits on how much money candidates can raise …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… what’s OK in one state may not be OK in another.  In Florida and Michigan, for example, candidates and supposedly independent groups seemingly work …"

"… interests spend millions of dollars to benefit a campaign. Coordination in Michigan Take a recent ad in Michigan, where a gubernatorial hopeful spe …"

"… enefit a campaign. Coordination in Michigan Take a recent ad in Michigan, where a gubernatorial hopeful speaks directly into the camera as he walks …"

"… uring plant. “I’m Mark Schauer, and there’s a lot we can do to make Michigan’s economy better,” the Democratic candidate says. “Tell Gov. [Rick] …"

The 'McCutcheon' decision explained — more money to pour into political process

By Michael Beckel

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… anization spent its money exists with the Colorado Secretary of State, and Comcast doesn’t have a record of Americans for Prosperity’s advertising purcha …"

"… the file for” issue ads, said Ariana Dobson, who sells political ads for Comcast in the Denver-area. According to Zvonek, the organization didn’t have t …"

Small-dollar donors boost pro-Obama Organizing for Action

By Michael Beckel

Small-dollar donors accounted for the bulk of pro-Obama nonprofit's 2013 receipts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ben Wieder":

"… it has opted to do so for all donors who give at least $250 each quarter. Ben Wieder contributed to this report.     …"

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… Alliance — told the FEC it spent $1.36 million on ads urging viewers in Virginia and Ohio to "stand with coal" and "vote no on Obama's failing energy polic …"

Obama taps Goldman Sachs executive as ambassador to Canada

By Michael Beckel

Goldman Sachs executive is 20th campaign bundler nominated for an ambassadorship by Obama this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… teran Goldman Sachs & Co. executive and major fundraiser for President Barack Obama has been nominated as the next ambassador to Canada — the latest in a pa …"

Lax state rules provide cover for sponsors of attack ads

By Alan Suderman

In 30 states it’s impossible to total how much money outside groups are spending on campaigns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… , Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Penn …"

Political strategists praise power of online fundraising

By Michael Beckel

Former Obama and Romney campaign staffers dish about online fundraising strategies.
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Obama bundlers closely tied to influence industry

By Michael Beckel

Top fundraisers closely tied to lobbying powerhouses despite president's anti-lobbyist pledge.

Daily Disclosure: Koch-backed nonprofit ‘educates’ voters about Obama

By Rachael Marcus

Obama's 'failing agenda' subject of new negative ad blast from big outside-spending nonprofit.

Daily Disclosure: Chamber of Commerce spends big on four-state ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's No. 1 business lobby spends $1.1 million on ads, avoids disclosure of donors.

Nonprofit profile: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… lion, though other estimates peg the number as much lower.According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Chamber has spent more than $900 million on lobbying since 1998 and h …"

"… al ads to the Federal Election Commission, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.Its goal for the 2012 election cycle was to spend $50 million on political …"

"… m $17 million in 1998 to as high as $157 million in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Donohue’s goal as CEO, Business Insider reported, was to “build the bi …"

U.S. Chamber, GOP block election ad transparency bill

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Bill would force underwriters of attack ads to come out of the shadows.

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

"… 2010 election, they outspent super PACs by a 3-to-2 margin, according to a Center for Public Integrity study.Crossroads GPS, co-founded by Republican operative Karl Rove, is one …"

"… the most active nonprofits. In 2010 and 2011, it raised $76.8 million, the Center for Public Integrity has reported, far more than the $46.4 million raised by its sister su …"

"… der of the Open Society Foundations, which is a financial supporter of the Center for Public Integrity. To learn more about the Center’s funders, please go here.Correctio …"

One House seat in Kentucky embodies how outside groups dominate politics — with money

By Anne Farris Rosen

Candidates become mere pawns as big-money groups duke it out with attack ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… mmittees that are growing in number, size and influence since the landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling overturned a ban on corporate and union spending in federal electio …"

Small donors vs. big money in 2012

By Alexis Simendinger

Donors who gave under $200 to Obama are disillusioned by the flood of large contributions that will swamp the 2012 elections.

Democrats desperately seek their own Rove

By Peter H. Stone

For chastened Democrats, ‘a lesson and a beating’; Republicans hone tactics that brought in secretive millions last year...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Varoga":

"… h. They have no Karl Rove. Instead, they have David Brock, Bill Burton and Craig Varoga, none of whom have Rove’s marquee fundraising appeal to fill the coffers …"

"… d veteran strategist Rebecca Lambe.Another key player working with them is Craig Varoga, whose separate Patriot Majority PAC has raised $25 million in the last fe …"

Obama’s first choice for FEC raises questions about stance on 527s

By Josh Israel

A few days ago, President Obama made attorney John Sullivan his first nomination to fill one of the three vacant seats on the Federal Electi

New Media Communications

By Chris Landers

Consultant profile: Major Clients in 2003-2004: George W. Bush (R), Republican National Committee

A wealth of advice

By Sandy Bergo

Nearly $2 billion flowed through consultants in 2003-2004 federal elections

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… vernment."Well, the money has to come from somewhere," says James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American Unive …"

Consultant profile: Hal Malchow (MSHC Partners)

By Chris Landers

Major clients in include Democratic National Committee, Sierra Club Voter Education Fund, and John Kerry

Campaign Consultants methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

How we did it: anatomy of an investigation

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

"… of political consultants in presidential and congressional campaigns, the Center for Public Integrity analyzed 2003-2004 expenditures of the organizations that spend money on p …"

Airtime Is money

By Sandy Bergo, Agustín Armendariz and John Perry

Basing pay on ad spending could create a consulting conflict of interest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Grassley":

"… attached — a contraption he had devised to cut a broader swath of grass."Chuck Grassley is a frugal man and he's well known for that. He figured out a Rube Goldbe …"

Fund-raising groups at a glance

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2006 — Politicians spend much of their time and energy raising money to fund ever-more-costly election campaigns. They

Cautious about hard money

By Neil Gordon

County party organizations shying away from federal activities

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act":

"… y county parties count against the state party's limits and vice-versa. …"

Professional advice

By Alexander Cohen

State parties spend hundreds of millions on consulting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Greer Margolis Mitchell Burns":

"… 51 consulting firms accounted for about $346 million in spending, paced by Greer Margolis Mitchell Burns, a Democratic firm, and GOP consultant National Media Inc. Both worked on …"