Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… of dollars to win the White House in 2016, and by that measure, Republican Mitt Romney is off to a rough start. The 2012 Republican nominee is struggling to sec …"

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… ep. Tom Cotton, an attorney who’s a veteran of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both Pryor and Cotton have been prolific fundraisers. Pryor raised near …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… on which officials announced his plant’s closure (after Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, bought it) was like building his “own coffin.” Priorities USA paid B …"

Will new super PAC turn urban voters Republican?

By Michael Beckel

Republican Robert L. Fortes, a former Boston city council candidate and charter school lobbyist, has formed a novel super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… on exit polls showed that President Barack Obama dominated Republican Mitt Romney in urban areas, winning about 69 percent of the vote in big cities and abo …"

"… sly, Fortes had worked on “lead advance and operations” for Republican Mitt Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile. When R …"

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Did powerful Egyptian illegally donate to Romney?

By Dave Levinthal

FEC questions former GOP presidential nominee about contributions from Egyptian billionaire.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… National Republican Senatorial Committee and Republican state parties from Vermont, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Idaho. Through June 30, Romney Victory Inc. …"

Super PAC leader undeterred by criminal conviction

By Adam Wollner

Pennsylvanian convicted of crime, banned from Virginia Tech campus wants to make political waves.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… the Keystone State. But Fauber, who currently works as a bank teller at a Wells Fargo branch in Mechanicsburg, was banned from the Virginia Tech campus last yea …"

McConnell tries to paint Democrats as party of the rich

By Michael Beckel

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell touts self as defender of First Amendment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… s for groups that run political ads.     …"

Marco Rubio's leadership PAC offers VIP treatment at CPAC

By Michael Beckel

Rising star Rubio offers supporters a chance for VIP access to him at CPAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ollar contributors. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, conducted numerous contests throughout the 2012 presidential campaign. R …"

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Filings reveal previously unknown Romney bundlers

By Michael Beckel

Nearly six-dozen lobbyists raised more than $17 million for the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Beckel":

"… an important year for campaign finance? Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel will answer that, and many other questions about the money-in-politic …"

Spending by outside groups topped $1 billion by Election Day

By Michael Beckel

Super PACs and other groups broke the billion-dollar mark in spending in 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… White House — nor was it enough for Republicans to wrest control of the Senate away from the Democrats, despite the proliferation of Senate and House can …"

"… ontrol of the Senate away from the Democrats, despite the proliferation of Senate and House candidate-specific super PACs. The Center for Public Integrity …"

"… million on the presidential race and more than $12 million on high-profile Senate races. Crossroads GPS reported spending about $71 million, 55 percent on S …"

"… e races. Crossroads GPS reported spending about $71 million, 55 percent on Senate races, 14 percent on House races and 31 percent on the presidential contes …"

Analysis: Obama wins but Washington unchanged

By The Associated Press

Analysis: Obama wins big on voter trust in his vision, but a divided Congress awaits again

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… : no higher taxes. Obama will still have his firewall in the Senate, with Democrats likely to hang onto their narrow majority. But they don't …"

"… lar vote showed the nation he leads — split right in half. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed Obama with both arms folded. …"

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… as re-elected. Neither Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada nor GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was on the ballot, but each had high stakes in the outcome. …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… rly $70 million on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative groups account fo …"

Daily Disclosure: Last-minute efforts from a shadowy group favor Romney

By Rachael Marcus

Last-minute ad spending by outside groups favor the GOP challenger.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Times":

"… measures —culminated yesterday with the group disclosing its donors, the Los Angeles Times reported.The disclosure wasn’t particularly illuminating — the nonprof …"

"… which gave money to Americans for Responsible Leadership, according to the Los Angeles Times.The original donors to Americans for Job Security are unknown.California …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… sonal injury lawsuits against Valhi subsidiary NL Industries, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.Industry’s interests: Keeping the costs of environmental and saf …"

Daily Disclosure: Conservative outside ads spin Obama’s Sandy response

By Rachael Marcus

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… attack on the American consulate in Libya.Obama was “openly working with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during hurricane recovery,” the ALG ad begins. Chris …"

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dean Heller":

"… ted spending $6.5 million on ads, more than half of which has opposed Rep. Dean Heller, the Republican who is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada.Not all secret mo …"

Secret money thrives in presidential, high-profile congressional contests

By Viveca Novak and Robert Maguire

The presidential contest and most high-profile Senate races are attracting big spending from groups that don't disclose their funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dean Heller":

"… o-Republican: The share of the total shadow money spent on Mitt Romney and Dean Heller -- the only two Republicans in the top 10 -- that went to support them is …"

Dark-horse presidential candidates berate role of money in politics

By Michael Beckel

Common ground comes despite vast ideological differences

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… political ads. …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

Daily Disclosure: Bauer-backed super PAC assails president

By Rachael Marcus

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer back in the political limelight.

FACT CHECK: Missteps in final presidential debate

By The Associated Press

A look at some of their statements from the final presidential debate and how they compare with the facts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday …"

OPINION: Voices of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

A flood of reaction to Mitt Romney's comments on getting care from the emergency room.
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FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… cause global demand is reaching new heights as the developing economies of Asia use more oil. Other energy prices have fallen during Obama's …"

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Lobbyists rake in $14 million for Romney

By Michael Beckel

Elite fundraisers make it rain for Mitt Romney, bringing in millions for the GOP nominee, according to new filings.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… raisers, unlike former GOP presidential candidates George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Romney’s fundraising network extends well beyond those lobb …"

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Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending

By Rachael Marcus

Since Labor Day, super PACs and nonprofits have favored Romney over Obama by a large margin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… a absorbing more than $80 million in attacks, according to the analysis of Federal Election Commission data.By way of comparison, the Obama campaign has spent $346 million over …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… raise taxes on upper-income persons only to the “rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president.” Actually, many high-income persons would pay more than t …"

"… ealth care costs is at a 50-year low for the past two years.President Bill Clinton used this statistic, correctly, in his speech at the Democratic Natio …"

"… ck to where they were during economically prosperous times under President Bill Clinton. But those making over $250,000 a year would actually pay more than they d …"

"… over $250,000 a year, that we should go back to the rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president, when we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to s …"

Daily Disclosure: Let the debate spin begin

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic and Republican spending groups attack presidential candidates' debate performances.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ntial race, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity of Federal Election Commission. Of that, more than $21 million went toward opposing Obama.The biggest spe …"

OPINION: Citizen$ United

By Rob Tornoe

A cartoon by Rob Tornoe

Donor profile: Steve and Amber Mostyn

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… 2 million in donations to super PACs is modest compared with fellow Texans Harold Simmons ($30.9 million) and Bob Perry ($23.5 million), the cash is still …"