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 "PAC":

"… ly about half of these ads. Nominally independent groups — such as super PACs and politically active nonprofits — are responsible for most of the res …"

"… ation. On the left, the TV ad wars have been dominated by Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and Patriot Majority USA, a nonprofit led by a longtime ally …"

"… e left, the TV ad wars have been dominated by Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and Patriot Majority USA, a nonprofit led by a longtime ally of Senate Ma …"

"… d “dark money” abounds: Of these five groups, only the Senate Majority PAC must regularly disclose its donors to the Federal Election Commission. The …"

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 "president":

"… t all.     …"

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 "Mother Jones":

"… cans running for office, according to Center for Responsive Politics data. Mother Jones previously reported that Ramsey helped initially fund the group with $890, …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… Action, whose donors will reportedly get special access to President Barack Obama. McConnell delivered his comments in a speech today at the annual Co …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… politicians to raise money from small-dollar contributors. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, conducted numerous contests through …"

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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 "Barack Obama":

"… for their efforts with perks and special access. Romney, unlike President Barack Obama, did not voluntarily release a list of major bundlers. But because of …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… lion aiding Republican George Allen, who was narrowly defeated by Democrat Tim Kaine. Allen was also assisted by a super PAC called Independence Virginia PAC, …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… me. America may not be filled with hope anymore, but it told Mitt Romney to keep his change. And voters sure didn't shake up the rest of Washington …"

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 "Nancy Pelosi":

"… ly even gain ground, no matter Romney's fate. House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California campaigned aggressively, as well, and faced an uncertain pol …"

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 "Senate races":

"… e designed to aid.The advertising surge included several high-profile U.S. Senate races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Senate a …"

"… ps have spent nearly $70 million on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative group …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… million was spent supporting GOP nominee Mitt Romney or opposing President Barack Obama while $34,000 was spent in support of the president, according to Federal …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… amblingRank: 2Total: $55 millionFavorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Sheldon Adelson and familyDonors’ interests: Keeping taxes low on overseas profits that …"

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 "director":

"… ericans Behind” follow the line of attack launched by Michael Brown, the director of FEMA under George W. Bush, who was widely criticized for botching the r …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… roups combined — including the top GOP super PACs Restore Our Future and American Crossroads and conservative nonprofits Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity.Su …"

"… store Our Future's spending went toward negative ads, as did 95 percent of American Crossroads' expenditures.Many of these ads have criticized Obama’s handling of the …"

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 "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… races -- Rove's Crossroads GPS in the 25th, spending $866,000 so far, and Americans for Tax Reform in the 21st, laying out $834,000 as of Oct. 25 -- are among a collection o …"

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 "campaign finance reform":

"… enger, Mitt Romney, heartily disagree about the role of money in politics, campaign finance reform was never breached in any of the three presidential debates this month.But …"

"… ted.The Republican Party platform additionally calls for the repeal of the campaign finance reform law authored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… sm.” He ran for president in 2000 before dropping out and endorsing Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.He is also on the board of the hawkish Emergency Committee for Isr …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… ush administration had negotiated with the Iraqi government. Actually, the Obama administration tried for many months to win Iraqi agreement to keeping several thousand A …"

OPINION: Voices of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

A flood of reaction to Mitt Romney's comments on getting care from the emergency room.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… et someone to listen.That was the case following my column last week about Mitt Romney’s contention that uninsured people don’t have a problem getting the ca …"

"… m lucky. I could afford to pay it. Most folks just can't afford it.”Does Mitt Romney know any of these people? I doubt it. Does he even know anyone like this? …"

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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 "Natural gas":

"… production is expected to soon exceed its pre-spill levels. Natural gas production from federal areas has been declining for years because driller …"

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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 "George W. Bush":

"… ation about his top fundraisers, unlike former GOP presidential candidates George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Romney’s fundraising network extends w …"

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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 "Jim Renacci":

"… trict, where Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton squares off with Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, has been the second-most expensive House race for outside spenders since …"

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 "Independent Payment Advisory Board":

"… ise “ration” care, or restrict benefits.What’s officially called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, made up of appointed health care experts, medical professionals, and cons …"

"… Feb. 2010 vs. Aug. 2o12. Accessed 3 Oct 2012.Ebeler, Jack, et. al. “The Independent Payment Advisory Board: A New Approach to Controlling Medicare Spending.” Kaiser Family Foundat …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… s:  $5.2 million* $3 million to Priorities USA Action (pro-Barack Obama) $1.05 million to House Majority PAC (pro-Democratic), all of w …"

"… ies USA Action, the super PAC founded to help re-elect President Barack Obama, while Perry donated $10 million to the main super PAC supporting Republic …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Energy":

"… acity than they are using, according to a study produced for the U.S. Department of Energy by EnSys Energy & Systems Inc. of Lexington, Mass., in December 2010. …"

"… imes. 06 Sep 2012.Keystone XL Assessment. Prepared by Ensys Energy for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Policy & International Affairs. 23 Dec 2010.U.S. Chamber of …"