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 "Democratic Party":

"… st, pitting two extremely well-funded candidates against one another. The Democratic Party has rallied behind Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light Foundation an …"

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 "Fred Eychaner":

"… Action's top donors included hedge fund manager James Simons, media mogul Fred Eychaner, trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and sev …"

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 "consultant":

"… t 2 percent of the vote in a 15-way primary race. Fortes then worked as a consultant for Republican Scott Brown during his initial 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, w …"

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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.

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 "Virginia":

"… bank teller at a Wells Fargo branch in Mechanicsburg, was banned from the Virginia Tech campus last year because of an incident in which a court found h …"

"… ncident in which a court found him guilty of trespassing.   The Virginia Tech Police Department initially arrested Fauber in August for “threaten …"

"… “threaten[ing] bodily harm,” according to the department's crime log. Virginia Tech police declined to provide further information regarding the arr …"

"… o provide further information regarding the arrest when contacted Monday. Virginia court records indicate Fauber then faced a charge of extort …"

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 "White House":

"… ampaign arm is charging a half-million dollars for a meeting over near the White House," McConnell said, referencing the new nonprofit Organizing for Action, who …"

"… ng quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House," the New York Times reported last month. White House and  …"

"… gs at the White House," the New York Times reported last month. White House and OFA officials have dismissed the idea that the nonprofit is selli …"

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.
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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.

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 "Rick Santorum":

"… "helped keep Romney competitive," especially between April, when GOP rival Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential primary race, and the Republican National …"

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

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 "Faneuil Hall":

"… ts in the air. Excited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… illion on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative groups account for 62 percent o …"

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.

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Realtors":

"… EstateRank: 4Total: $23 millionFavorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: National Association of Realtors, Harlan Crow and Crow Holdings, Gary Morse and various Morse-owned corpora …"

"… - and Freddie-backed loans.Industry’s interests: Similar to those of the National Association of Realtors.HomebuildersRank: 5Total: $22 millionFavorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop do …"

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 "Limited Government":

"… ontrast it with charges that he dropped the ball in Benghazi.Americans for Limited Government’s “Obama Campaign Has Its ‘Perfect Storm’” and Campaign for Amer …"

"… “maximum resources” to state and local first responders.Americans for Limited Government, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that functions like a super …"

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 "U.S. Census Bureau":

"… sehold income in 2011, by way of comparison, was $50,054, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Donations from large, publicly traded corporations have been relatively ra …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… rector. When Crossroads GPS went up with an ad last week accusing Democrat Tim Kaine of wanting to raise taxes, it wasn't the first time he'd heard that claim …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… ing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United,” the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 that lifted restrictions on corporate and union electione …"

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 "Syria":

"… t some of their statements and how they compare with the facts: ROMNEY on Syria: "What I'm afraid of is we've watched over the past year or so, first the …"

"… CTS: Under Obama, the United States has taken a lead in trying to organize Syria's splintered opposition, even if the U.S. isn't interested in military int …"

"… ganized dozens of meetings in Turkey and the Middle East aimed at rallying Syria's political groups and rebel formations to agree on a common vision for a …"

"… rebel formations to agree on a common vision for a democratic future after Syrian President Bashar Assad is defeated. And Secretary of State Hillary Rodham …"

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 "Huffington Post":

"… han 600 comments since my column was published last Monday here and by the Huffington Post. Many were written by folks who just wanted to express an opinion about Mr …"

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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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… THE FACTS: Romney's claim is based on an analysis by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that examines the amount of debt that has accumulated on Obama's watch and …"

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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.
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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 "Dan Lungren":

"… strict, which pits physician Ami Bera, a Democrat, against Republican Rep. Dan Lungren. The race has attracted $5.3 million.Ohio’s rejiggered 16th District, wh …"

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 "Medicare":

"… can have.” Not true. The board only recommends cost-saving measures for Medicare, and is legally forbidden to ration care or reduce benefits.Obama said 5 m …"

"… less or underemployed. And he again said Obama “cut” $716 billion from Medicare, a figure that actually reflects a 10-year target for slowing Medicare spe …"

"… rom Medicare, a figure that actually reflects a 10-year target for slowing Medicare spending, which will continue to grow.AnalysisThe debate was held Oct …"

"… g. As the Washington Post reported, experts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that many lost employer-sponsored insurance whe …"

Daily Disclosure: Let the debate spin begin

By Rachael Marcus

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

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 …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Energy Information Administration":

"… ice for regular gasoline was $3.88 in mid-September, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a bit more than double the $1.84 average on the week Obama was sworn in. …"

"… loyer Health Benefits: 2011 Annual Survey.” The Kaiser Family Foundation.U.S. Energy Information Administration. Weekly U. S. Regular All Formations Retail Gasoline Prices.Released …"