Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

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

"… ad of candidate campaigns. Thanks to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and subsequent rulings, there is no limit to what a person, corporation o …"

Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… of more than $45 million, fueled by labor unions and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg. The groups wer …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lincoln Chafee":

"… ierce Democratic primary contest on Sept. 9 for the seat opened up by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is not seeking re-election. Gina Raimondo defeated and outspent Prov …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… ame that year. The group’s biggest donor this election cycle is the Republican Governors Association, which gave $9 million since January 2013, according to state filings. Th …"

"… ince January 2013, according to state filings. The Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association is a political powerhouse that spends tens of millions of dollars on gover …"

"… Adelson and hedge fund manager Paul Singer, according to IRS filings. The Republican Governors Association also gave $225,000 to the Republican Party of Florida in December, and the …"

Bush bundlers boost pro-Gillespie super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Co-chairman of U.S. Senate candidate's finance committee also helps bankroll supportive super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… treasurer is attorney Michael G. Adams, who also serves as counsel to the Republican Governors Association and Republican Attorneys General Association. Paul Bennecke, a Georgia-bas …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… Work” political committee — a group whose second-largest donor is the Republican Governors Association (RGA), the DGA’s counterpart — launched a Spanish-language ad in …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… is in August. The RGA has also targeted races with ads in Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Separately the D.C.-base …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… the industry pressed Christie to veto the bill. David Satz, Caesars’ top lobbyist, was a member of Christie’s transition team in 2009 and helped write&nbs …"

"… gs on the issue. The Rational Group, the firm that owns PokerStars, hired lobbyists in at least six states last year, including New York, where the company …"

"… n at least six states last year, including New York, where the company’s lobbyist met with an adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November, according to a repor …"

"… s of thousands of dollars to Pennsylvania candidates last year, though the lobbyists represent many other clients as well. Pennsylvania lawmakers say that bec …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine":

"… epublican governor) Charlie Crist to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Maine’s GOP Gov. Paul LePage, meanwhile, faces a three-way race without a clea …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… a significant fundraising advantage over its Democratic counterpart. The Republican Governors Association, the biggest outside spending group at the state level, outraised the Demo …"

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… to resign his position with the political organization.     …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… on to the Republican State Leadership Committee and $1 million each to the Republican Governors Association and the Florida Jobs PAC. YG Network, the nonprofit arm of the “Young G …"

Methodology

By Ben Wieder

'Puppet states' project required collection of data from 38 states, plus extensive analysis.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… rom out-of-state donors and whether national political groups, such as the Republican Governors Association or Democratic Governors Association, were among the donors. Groups were c …"

Was the glut of outside spending in 2012 state races just the start?

By Bill Buzenberg

You can expect more money — and ads — pouring into state races next year based on new Center analysis of 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… e most prolific source of funds used in outside spending campaigns was the Republican Governors Association (RGA). The RGA was responsible for at least $34 million of the $209 millio …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ove, former political strategists for President George W. Bush, co-founded American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jank …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… sed Monday shows McAuliffe with a 6 point lead. Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, has attempted to paint McAuliffe as a carpetbagger, backed by out-of-stat …"

"… request for comment. The impact of national groups extended to the state attorney general’s race. Of the $4.5 million raised by Republican candidate Mark Obensha …"

"… s well as Koch Industries. Similar to McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Herring received help from Bloomberg and an out-of-state party associ …"

"… r comment. Virginia governors are limited to a single four-year term. The attorney general is often looked at as the next gubernatorial candidate, thus the race has …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona Diamondbacks":

"… ic face has been Jerry Colangelo, the former owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks. Colangelo is widely praised for helping transform Phoenix into the sprawl …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… bility to help fill the campaign coffers of gubernatorial candidates. The Republican Governors Association has given a massive sum of money — nearly $5.7 million — to Virginia A …"

"… v. 5. Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the Republican Governors Association donated $1 million to Ken Cuccinelli's attorney general campaign account. …"

Before death, Bob Perry gave to tea party hero Cruz

By Michael Beckel

After spending $600,000 toward his 2012 defeat, Texas super donor backed Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Dewhurst":

"… opposing last year. Cruz assumed office in 2012 after defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bruising GOP primary fight — during which Perry contributed $600,00 …"

IRS fails to release political groups' financial filings

By Ben Wieder and Kytja Weir

Agency fails to explain why normally accessible political disclosures are being withheld.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… ally among the largest spenders nationally on gubernatorial elections: the Republican Governors Association, which reported taking in more than $29 million in the same period last ye …"

Embattled McDonnell benefactor also boosted RGA

By Alan Suderman

Republican Governors Association got cash from embattled donor to Bob McDonnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "vice chairman":

"… was previously a fundraiser for McDonnell’s campaign. McDonnell became vice chairman of the RGA in November 2010 and took over as chairman from Texas Gov. Rick …"

Funds from Adelson-backed super PAC boost Georgia nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Virginia super PAC wills its funds to nonprofit in Georgia for reasons unknown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… eached for comment.     …"

"… he U.S. tax code. It received nearly $42,000 on April 30 from Independence Virginia PAC, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Ahe …"

"… the Federal Election Commission. Ahead of the 2012 election, Independence Virginia PAC spent approximately $5 million attempting to boost Republican George A …"

"… contributed more than $93 million to GOP-aligned super PACs. Independence Virginia PAC’s donation to Rise and Shine America was first reported by Roll Call …"

How governors' associations keep donations secret

By Paul Abowd

Political groups led by state executives increasingly raising undisclosed cash through nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… by the Center for Public Integrity on Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association together have poured tens of millions …"

"… , gubernatorial seats. The two nonprofit groups — the RGA’s Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee and the DGA’s America Works USA — are not …"

"… West Virginia and Missouri, according to IRS records. The RGA nonprofit, Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee, promised the IRS it would spend only 20 percent o …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… void disclosing the identity of their donors. The Washington, D.C.,-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association are the most prolific outside spendin …"

"… donors public. Their nonprofit affiliates, however, are not. The RGA’s Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee nonprofit spent $1.3 million between 2005 and 2009 …"

Sanford gets late boost from N.Y. millionaire

By Michael Beckel

School choice advocate Howard Rich gives Mark Sanford's congressional campaign a late boost.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… e tough times." In 2009, Sanford resigned from a leadership role with the Republican Governors Association amid a scandal stemming from an affair with an Argentinean mistress. He an …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… ontinue to churn. Between late November and the end of December, the Republican Governors Association pulled in nearly $2.7 million, while the Democratic Governors Association …"

Expenditure profile: Crossroads Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… roads GPS Americans for Job Security Cooperative of American Physicians Republican Governors Association Susan B. Anthony List Republican National Committee National Republican …"

"… level of elected government. Some of her most notable clients include the Republican Governors Association and the Republican National Committee. Crossroads Media lies at the cente …"

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate races":

"… Adelson ramped up his giving to GOP-aligned super PACs active in House and Senate races. In Virginia alone, Adelson invested $4 million into a super PAC that ran …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… port. …"

Outside spending makes big difference in state-level races

By Paul Abowd and Chris Young

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… nor of Montana in a race that had not been determined at this writing. The Republican Governors Association used a super PAC, created in the wake of Citizens United, to support Hill. …"

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