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 "Republican governor":

"… face-to-face — with protestors critical of policies passed by the Republican governor and legislature. But it wasn’t long before the new group shifted focus …"

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 "conservative":

"… other states. One group called the Alliance for Freedom, a Virginia-based conservative nonprofit, sponsored ads touting Brownback’s accomplishments as governor …"

"… nding — and allegations that the agency was disproportionately targeting conservative groups with its audits — resulted in the resignation of a high-ranking & …"

"… ng 2010 have reappeared in 2014. For example, American Future Fund, a conservative group based in Iowa, aired ads in attorneys general races in Ohio, Iowa an …"

'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 "Law":

"… ent conservative nonprofits leading up to 2011 and 2012 recall elections. Laws vary widely when it comes to how tight candidates can be with political b …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign finance":

"… ding with candidates. Why are some people so concerned about McCutcheon? Campaign finance reform advocates are concerned about a sort of systemic corruption that ma …"

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 "Democratic National Committee":

"… nt against the group. But Joseph Birkenstock, former chief counsel of the Democratic National Committee, said the ad appeared to fit squarely within the state’s electioneering …"

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 "California":

"… Other Obama bundlers — including David Shaw of New York, Nicola Miner of California and Imaad Zuberi of California — also rank among the donors who gave Org …"

"… ing David Shaw of New York, Nicola Miner of California and Imaad Zuberi of California — also rank among the donors who gave Organizing for Action at least six …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… can-aligned Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by former Bush strategist Karl Rove, to the pro-Democratic Patriot Majority USA — as well as for ideological …"

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 "politician":

"… was running for president in 2008, Obama pledged to be a different kind of politician and stressed his “commitment to changing the way business is done in Was …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… mpshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming. States were graded on a 100-point scale, based on how much i …"

Political strategists praise power of online fundraising

By Michael Beckel

Former Obama and Romney campaign staffers dish about online fundraising strategies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… bruary about drinking from a water bottle during his rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, turned a potential gaffe into an online fu …"

Barack Obama

Obama bundlers closely tied to influence industry

By Michael Beckel

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

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

"… year since 2007 on federally reportable lobbying efforts, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. UnitedHealth spent at least $2.5 million annually in the same period. No …"

"… bundlers for Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. However, Welters’ wife, Beatrice, raised between $200,000 and $500,000 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Beckel":

"… vid Dewhurst in a run-off election, which will be held on July 31.Reporter Michael Beckel contributed to this report. …"

Nonprofit profile: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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 "George Soros":

"… ce from a $1 million contribution in early May from hedge fund billionaire George Soros.*GOP opposes DISCLOSEDISCLOSE 2012 has gone nowhere.Senate Minority Leader …"

"… w our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter.* George Soros is the chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations, which is a fi …"

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 "bank":

"… tee, Bluegrass Committee, contributed $5,000 to Barr in 2010.Crossroads’ bankerAmerican Crossroads also looked to central Kentucky for its banking needs …"

"… roads’ bankerAmerican Crossroads also looked to central Kentucky for its banking needs. It deposits its money in Forcht bank, one of Kentucky’s larges …"

"… g needs. It deposits its money in Forcht bank, one of Kentucky’s largest bank groups, founded by Terry E. Forcht, a Louisville native whose business is …"

"… Committee and chairman of American Crossroads, who himself owns community banks in Kentucky.American Crossroad spokesman Jonathan Collegio said that, bec …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign finance":

"… n’s donation can make a difference,” Geno added. “It’s so scary.”Campaign finance experts said it is too early to predict the involvement of small donors in …"

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 "Tim Pawlenty":

"… s Barbour, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, have built fundraising machines to pull in millions as they test the wate …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ellen Weintraub":

"… . If confirmed by the Senate, Sullivan would fill the slot of Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat.Sullivan, a $560 donor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, has been as …"

New Media Communications

By Chris Landers

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Services Administration":

"… n-led committees.In 2002 and 2004, GovTech received authorization from the General Services Administration that allowed federal agencies to purchase services directly from the compa …"

"… urement process."Between October 2002 and the first half of this year, the General Services Administration reported more than $800,000 paid to GovTech by federal agencies. The compa …"

A wealth of advice

By Sandy Bergo

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… he study.The study, sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, found that:About 600 professional consultants were paid …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… on political campaigns.These organizations, termed “committees” by the Federal Election Commission, exist for House, Senate and presidential candidates, as well as for polit …"

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 "media markets":

"… t from campaign finance expert Herbert E. Alexander, who says that because media markets do not match the boundaries of states or districts, it's common to see tel …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance":

"… tion campaigns. They say it is a necessary evil, though critics of current campaign finance laws say the rules allow widespread abuse and corrupt practices. Here's a …"

Cautious about hard money

By Neil Gordon

County party organizations shying away from federal activities

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… 'm afraid to spend it," said Conni Brunni, of the Kern County, California, Republican Party. "The rules don't always reconcile with our distinct state law, and it has …"

"… attempts to comply."John Munger, the chairman of the Pima County, Arizona, Republican Party, agrees that compliance has been especially difficult this election cycle. …"

"… question about it, we don't do it," Munger told the Center.The California Republican Party was by far the biggest source of hard money, transferring more than $338,0 …"

Professional advice

By Alexander Cohen

State parties spend hundreds of millions on consulting

Excerpts from this story referencing "political scientist":

"… arties could no longer campaign the way they used to," said David Dulio, a political scientist now at Oakland University in Michigan, who studied political consultants w …"