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 "North Carolina":

"… these politically active groups have had to disclose their donors. In North Carolina and Georgia, for example, some of these groups airing political …"

The beautification of Thad Cochran

By Dave Levinthal

Senator's supporters suddenly turn cheery in final bid to save Mississippi mainstay's job.

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

"… p;in a U.S. Senate primary since the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The winner of tonight's runoff faces Democrat Travis Childers, a former …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… nor can financially support. The decision is the most important since the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010, which allowed for unlimited corporate and union spending in …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… r in a surge of political spending by “social welfare” nonprofits, the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail the groups’ ability to influen …"

Booker burying Lonegan in super PAC cash dash

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful has derided outside money but is greatly benefiting from it.

Booker supports e-filing in theory, not in practice

By Michael Beckel

Cory Booker supports an e-filing requirement for campaign finance reports, but he still opts for paper.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Tester":

"… s to the FEC, which then pays an outside firm to perform data entry. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has introduced bipartisan legislation to make e-filing the rule. …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

Front-runner Cory Booker gets boosted — and bashed — by outside groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "treasurer":

"… erwork with the FEC on July 15. The group does not have a website, and its treasurer, Gary Gruver, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The super PAC u …"

"… ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton. The group, which also lists Gruver its treasurer, has not been active in recent elections, but spent nearly $5 million duri …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Hasen":

"… being directly linked to the outside group's expenditure if he'd lost.” Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California-Irvine law school, added that …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries Inc.":

"… recent years with the rise of the tea party. They are principal owners of Koch Industries Inc., the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., with major invest …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Texas Senate race attracts $13 million in super PAC spending

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Texas Senate race features battle of the super PACs, tea party underdog versus favorite.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… ne of which is backed by heavyweight Texas donor Bob Perry and billionaire Harold Simmons.That’s far less than his campaign has spent, however; the Dewhurst campa …"

"… nations from the state’s GOP establishment, including Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who has contributed $1 million, and homebuilder Bob Perry, who has contri …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ating” the tea party movement. The group emerged in 2004 as a spinoff of Citizens for a Sound Economy, an organization founded in 1984 by the Koch brothers.AFP supports “cutt …"

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

Sen. Mike Rose had proposed reforms based on State Integrity Investigation.

Super PACs play major role in California House contests

By Michael Beckel

Golden State's jungle primary creates intra-party contests this November.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Julia Brownley":

"… g over “political minutiae and style.”Elsewhere in the state, Democrat Julia Brownley finished second behind Republican Tony Strickland in California’s 26th C …"

Romney, GOP seek $50,000 for joint fundraising committee

By Peter H. Stone

Now that Mitt Romney has cinched the nomination, he joins forces with RNC, state parties to raise big bucks.

Illinois Democrat gets eleventh hour boost from family-funded super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Family, friends fund super PAC supporting Raja Krishnamoorthi ahead of Tuesday's primary election

IG: No special favors for Illinois bank owned by Senate hopeful’s family

By Julie Vorman

Politics did not delay federal bank regulators’ closing of Broadway Bank in Chicago, an institution owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias

Organizational donors

By Neil Gordon

Profiles of the top organizational donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… lsen, secretary-treasurer—served as a member of President Bill Clinton's White House Strategy Session on Improving Hispanic Education in 2000; Mike Billirakis, …"

Kerry almost doubles Bush's recount funds

By The Center for Public Integrity

Primary campaign funds give Kerry the edge

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act":

"… undations of campaign finance law changed dramatically last November, when Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act took effect. Although the law made few changes specific to 527 committees, …"

Bloomberg super PAC targets Jackson's former seat

By Dave Levinthal

Illinois special congressional election attracting millions in spending by super PACs.