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 …"

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 "Center for Competitive Politics":

"… om campaign finance reform opponents. David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said the proposal went “seriously off track” by including “election …"

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 "Frank Lautenberg":

"… Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the special election shortly after Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died in June. Aside from Booker — the favorite to win the seat …"

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 "Congress":

"… ntributions from the pharmaceutical industry than any other member of Congress in the 2011-2012 election cycle, some $448,000, according to the Center fo …"

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":

"… ions with national tea party groups funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.This election, ATP has vowed to keep Attorney General Steve Bullo …"

"… for wind power and natural gas-fueled vehicles. The letters were signed by Koch-funded groups including Americans for Prosperity and tea party boosters Fr …"

"… the American Tradition Institute, which works in tandem with a network of Koch-funded think tanks  to oppose wind energy and dispute the reality of …"

"… e energy usage and targeted climate scientists in academia.The libertarian Koch brothers, Charles and David, have become better known in recent years with …"

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

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Armey":

"… er PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Club for Growth, a free-market, conservative nonprofit.The seat is co …"

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.

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… name on it,” Crangle told Loftis, gesturing to Rose.Crangle was the only lobbyist for South Carolina's last ethics overhaul bill, which passed in 1991.Ethic …"

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 "Congress":

"… in several Congressional districts, including California’s 30th and 31st Congressional Districts.In both of these races, super PACs and other outside groups …"

"… to stand down any time soon.Thanks to redistricting in California’s 30th Congressional District, two Democratic incumbents — Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard …"

"… t was geared toward November.”The Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman, which was launched in December with the primary purpose of supporting …"

"… ieves that its efforts were effective at raising voter awareness regarding Congressman Berman and his contributions to the local community," said super PAC tr …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… Krishnamoorthi and his opponent Tammy Duckworth, both rising stars in the Democratic Party, are facing off in a primary in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. Th …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… (GAO) …"

"… .The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Illinois regulators shut Broadway Bank on April 23, 2010, three months after ordering the Bank to raise capital, …"

"… no sign of political influence by the administration or Congress. Broadway Bank’s collapse cost the FDIC’s insurance fund about $394 million.Alexi Gia …"

"… ion.Alexi Giannoulias was a senior loan officer at his family’s Broadway Bank before he was elected Illinois state treasurer in 2006. Some polls show Gi …"

Organizational donors

By Neil Gordon

Profiles of the top organizational donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ernatorial candidates throughout the country. The DGA also helps shape the Democratic Party's national agenda, although not without the occasional scrape with party m …"

"… Politics: AFSCME has long been one of the leading contributors to the Democratic Party. They were the first national union to back Bill Clinton when he ran for P …"

"… rio Cuomo for Governor, served as political director of the New York State Democratic Party in 1996Places: With more than 1.8 million members and more than 300 l …"

"… directly to Musgrove's campaign, far more than it gave to the Mississippi Democratic Party.National Education Association (NEA) Web site: www.nea.orgP …"

Kerry almost doubles Bush's recount funds

By The Center for Public Integrity

Primary campaign funds give Kerry the edge

Excerpts from this story referencing "Al Gore":

"… raised $13.82 million for recount activities and Vice President Al Gore raised $3.46 million.During that dispute, both campaigns used so-called 52 …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal elections":

"… site.Labor's spending covers more than just activity designed to influence federal elections, and in fact it's tough to tell how much of labor's spending was intended …"

"… gh it is impossible to determine whether a given 527 is targeting state or federal elections (or both), it is clear that these organizations are active at all levels i …"

"… erate 527 committees, with some restrictions on activity that could impact federal elections. One of BCRA's most contentious provisions bans broadcast advertisements w …"

Bloomberg super PAC targets Jackson's former seat

By Dave Levinthal

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