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 "Politics":

"… ondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. “It’s preferred to have the outside group doing the really brutal st …"

'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 "Florida":

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

"… ;             Florida’s law allows candidates to raise money for and work with outside groups. …"

"… nterpart — launched a Spanish-language ad in April. The ad features Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaking directly to the camera. “I’m not an expert i …"

"… g college on scholarships. It then boasts of his ability to create jobs in Florida. Scott was in the clear because the ad did not explicitly tell viewers to …"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 "Connecticut":

"… outside spending groups. Fifteen states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon …"

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 "presidential election":

"… s Teddy Goff and Zac Moffatt worked for warring candidates during the 2012 presidential election, but they both agree that successful politicians going forward will fully …"

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.

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

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.

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 "Lawyer":

"… ed in with a series of “Pants on Fire” ads calling Barr a “Lobbyist. Lawyer. Convicted criminal.” Barr said those ads went too far because they were …"

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 "Obama":

"… e House.Democrats have little worry about the top of the ticket. President Obama has a decent shot at raising as much as $1 billion for his re-election rac …"

"… des, Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, are launching another group to focus on Obama’s re-election.“Democratic donors are in a fighting spirit. Rove and hi …"

"… said Laska Nygaard, 40, a stay-at-home mom in St. Paul, Minn., who gave Obama $75 in 2008. “It seems like a tsunami of money.”Campaign finance refor …"

"… he presidential and congressional elections.”The presidential money chaseObama’s re-election campaign and his GOP rivals are already courting the “bu …"

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 "general election":

"… netary and otherwise — to Obama’s campaign during both the primary and general election campaigns. The two million-member union endorsed Obama in February 2008 an …"

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 "media adviser":

"… paigns speak to voters through professionally scripted television ads, the media adviser (along with the pollster) helps candidates decide which issues to emphasiz …"

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 "general election":

"… e and Senate candidates from the two major parties who participated in the general election. However, one filing from an Independent candidate was included because he …"

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 adviser":

"… ng 51 percent lead over his opponent, Republican Alan Keyes, Obama and his media adviser launched an expensive television campaign.The chances of Keyes winning wer …"

"… illion to book airtime for an ad campaign that started in late October.His media adviser, Axelrod, says they didn't know whether Keyes would raise funds to adverti …"

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 "general election":

"… ribute up to $5,000 to a candidate for each campaign (primary, runoff, and general election). PACs also may donate up to $15,000 annually to any national political pa …"

"… mission. Their purpose is to raise and spend money on primary, runoff, and general elections.Political Party Committees are organizations officially affiliated with a …"

Cautious about hard money

By Neil Gordon

County party organizations shying away from federal activities

Professional advice

By Alexander Cohen

State parties spend hundreds of millions on consulting