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 "federal election law":

"… ited signaled to these groups that, “the sort of psychological impact of federal election law was lessened and the way was clear for more corporate-oriented money to fl …"

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 "Senate primary":

"… fundraising — only the second time this has occurred in a U.S. Senate primary since the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Poli …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… on campaign contributions, according to David Mitrani, an attorney at the Washington, D.C.-based firm Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb. Aggregate contribution limit …"

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 "Fred Wertheimer":

"… ken by the IRS as “an important step further.” Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer further encouraged the agency to “seize this opportunity to end the scan …"

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 "Senate primary election":

"… ic mayor of Newark, N.J., who cruised to victory Tuesday in a special U.S. Senate primary election — supports a requirement that senators file their campaign finance repor …"

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 "Steve Lonegan":

"… also entered the race. On the Republican side, former Bogota, N.J., Mayor Steve Lonegan and physician Alieta Eck are running. The Pallone campaign has repeatedly …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… a similar fate. Bennett’s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majori …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy and Environment":

"… that ATP had registered a “sham organization” called the Coalition for Energy and Environment and vastly under-reported its activity. The PAC’s reported spending, sai …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ’s the tea party versus unions in the race to determine who will control Pennsylvania’s redrawn 12th Congressional District. Democratic Rep. Mark Critz, backe …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… day in this season’s most expensive congressional race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.The top spender on behalf of Cruz is the Club for Growth Action Fund at ju …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arlington":

"… Number: 75-3148958Supports: Conservative candidatesFounded: 2004Location: Arlington, Va.Website: americansforprosperity.orgSocial media: Twitter pro …"

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 "legislator":

"… ative ethics panel that is looking into whether she illegally lobbied as a legislator.At issue is what Haley did for more than $40,000 in consulting income from …"

Super PACs play major role in California House contests

By Michael Beckel

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

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 "Washington":

"… l agenda, although not without the occasional scrape with party members in Washington, D.C.Politics: In 2002, with the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 20 …"

"… DGA directed a majority of its contributions in 2003-2004 to Missouri and Washington, both of which featured extremely close gubernatorial races.American Feder …"

"… lic funding. The organization boasts of its political action operations in Washington, D.C., and state capitals with a contingent of full-time lobbyists, massiv …"

"… tributions in the 2003-2004 cycle to three states—Missouri, New York and Washington. Missouri and Washington featured gubernatorial contests between solidly p …"

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

Bloomberg super PAC targets Jackson's former seat

By Dave Levinthal

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