Mary Landrieu abandoned on airwaves

By Dave Levinthal

Republicans bombard Democratic senator ahead of U.S. Senate runoff vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… cording to their most recent round of financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. Two factors have conspired to sink Democrats' enthusiasm for investing i …"

GOP shelves FEC complaint against Van Hollen

By Dave Levinthal

Republicans had threatened a federal complaint against the Democratic congressman, but don't appear to be following through.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… o influence the election, the less you must disclose about your donors." …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ghts and Free Enterprise America, according to tax filings reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce — which has been called “th …"

"… ts of free speech and free association,” Kerpen wrote in an email to the Center for Public Integrity. (Update, 7:02 p.m., Nov. 20, 2014: This story has been updated …"

Hate political ads? Skip morning shows

By Dave Levinthal

'Today,' 'Good Morning America' were top draws for U.S. Senate message machines ahead of the 2014 midterms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… Republicans Senatorial Committee, ran more than 420 ads on "Ellen." Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meanwhile, who's poised to become Senate majority leader, strongly …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… ted by allies of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Crossroads GPS, a social welfare nonprofit co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove. In 20 …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… OP in control of Congress, insurers are in the catbird seat. They know the president won’t allow the law to be repealed or even altered substantially, which …"

Gillespie's rich friends leave him hanging

By Carrie Levine

Consummate GOP insider Ed Gillespie nearly wins Virginia Senate seat, no thanks to his deep-pocketed friends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… rginia’s race like they did in other U.S. Senate contests from Alaska to North Carolina. “Shame on them,” said Howard Leach, one of only six donors to the We …"

"… hould have put some money in Ed’s race.” Reported outside spending on North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, the most expensive in history, was $81.2 million. Th …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… er our democracy,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. Disclosure “helps to ferret out corruption,” Hasen continued …"

Surprise! No. 1 super PAC backs Democrats

By Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal

To the surprise of many, the top-spending super PAC this election backs Democrats, not Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… n and second in Colorado, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas and West Virginia. It’s third in Iowa. Put Alaska First, the Senate Majority PAC funded s …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

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

"… er sources include the Cook Political Report, Federal Election Commission, Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation. Rachel Baye, Carrie Levine, Dave Levinthal, Reit …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… dependent spending groups, having given $14 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A representative for Eychaner declined to comment. On the other side, G …"

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… U.S. Senate race has unexpectedly turned into a dead heat. Conversely, in Michigan, TV viewers have recently received more of a reprieve. There, Democratic R …"

"… cated by retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin. In early and mid-September, Michigan’s U.S. Senate race ranked among the hottest in the country, attract …"

Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ate electioneering following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision for Kentucky Opportunity Coalition’s unexpected rise. Certain t …"

Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dave Levinthal":

"… an hold the candidates and their parties accountable for what they do.” Dave Levinthal contributed to this report. …"

Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Casey":

"… ida have seen more spending on TV ads. Neither Toomey nor Democratic Sen. Bob Casey is up for re-election in Pennsylvania this November.    …"

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.

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… crats proved particularly dominant in the U.S. Senate races being waged in Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, where they bested Republicans by sponsor …"

"… ttee alone sponsored about 6,300 ads last week across nine states — from Alaska to North Carolina — buoyed by a nearly $25.3 million cash rese …"

"… ncluding millions from groups that need not disclose their donors. In both Alaska and Louisiana in particular, embattled Democratic senators continued to le …"

"… mary challenger is GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, who has led in recent polls. In Alaska, meanwhile, about 60 percent of the 3,000 TV ads aired last week were spon …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… icials rush to prioritize resolution of minors’ applications, members of Congress are aggressively attacking the current asylum system as well as children …"

"… orporations and law schools. In September, as part of the budget process, Congress rejected a White House request for $64 million to hire more immigration ju …"

"… errified to hand over records. Under current federal law — laws some in Congress now want changed — minors who arrive on their own must be released from …"

"… ala have some of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. A Congressional Research Service paper issued in July took note of a United Nati …"

Eyeballs burn in North Carolina, Iowa ahead of U.S. Senate elections

By Michael Beckel

Last week, North Carolina, Iowa residents saw three political ads focused on contentious Senate elections every five minutes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… rolling scores of ads targeting down-ballot races that criticize President Barack Obama. In the Tar Heel State, embattled incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, i …"

Senate Democrats lead TV ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee aired more TV ads in key Senate races last week than any other group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… aign aired about 600 TV ads — or about one ad every 17 minutes. In both Alaska and Georgia, meanwhile, the top Democratic ad producers were neck-and-neck …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ees can be traced in part to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided early in 2010. The ruling gave the green light to unions and corp …"

Oops: Republican super PAC misidentifies source of massive donation

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC acknowledges a $300,000 gift came from parents of GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, not a wealth management firm.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… the Federal Election Commission. The group, co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove, listed the Glenmede Trust Company as giving it $300,000 on Aug. 29, part …"

Iowa, Michigan bombarded with political ads

By Michael Beckel

Open-seat Senate battles in Iowa and Michigan have attracted a flurry of TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… ust so expensive to get on TV,” he said. …"

"… . That’s nearly one ad every two minutes. The Senate races in Iowa and Michigan — both are open-seat contests because Democratic incumbents are retiring …"

"… st six seats in November to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats. In Michigan, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters is facing off against former Secretary of Sta …"

"… erm. Nevertheless, Land’s campaign was not the top sponsor of TV ads in Michigan’s Senate race from Sept. 9 through Sept. 15. That distinction belongs t …"

Mitch McConnell revs ad machine

By Michael Beckel

Kentucky’s embattled senior senator has aired roughly one campaign ad every five minutes since Labor Day.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… crats and their allies aired significantly more TV ads in Alaska, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina, according to estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG. In Ark …"

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… both elected her governor and senator, is nonetheless dogged by President Barack Obama’s unpopularity, and her backers are using all the time they have to butt …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove — American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS — have only aired about half as many ads to date as these six Koch-conne …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… a dozen states, with the battlefield stretching from Alaska to Colorado to North Carolina. Democratic candidates and their allies have aired more TV ads to date th …"

"… to date than their GOP rivals in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina, according to data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. Republican candidates a …"

"… nwhile, Democratic incumbents in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina are bracing themselves against strong Republican challengers. And hotly c …"

"… chamber of Congress during the final two years of Obama’s presidency. 1) North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is running for re-election against Republican s …"

Democrats embrace 'McCutcheon' decision

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Ahead of high-stakes battle for the Senate, Democrats create massive fundraising group blessed by contentious 'McCutcheon' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dan Backer":

"… se it to Republicans. The GOP must pick up six seats to win the majority. Dan Backer, the conservative attorney behind the McCutcheon case, laughed when inform …"

Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

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

"… s associated with the securities and investment industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than any other industry. Employees of one hedge fund alone …"

"… . Begich’s largest funder has been the legal industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, whose employees and PACs have given about $670,000, or 8 percent of his t …"

Pat Roberts' merry band of boosters

By Dave Levinthal

Outside groups are using the power of positivity to help save career of Kansas' longtime U.S. senator.

Excerpts from this story referencing "cent":

"… which are each headquartered in or near Washington, D.C., haven't spent a cent on messages that attack Wolf ahead of tonight's primary vote. Why? Succes …"

"… Of the $809,000 they've collectively spent, $588,000 of it — about 73 percent — has funded ads that expressly attack Roberts, federal records show. V …"

"… rget Wolf are sponsored by the Roberts' campaign itself. They include a recent television spot that pans Wolf, a radiologist by trade, for posting X-rays …"

"… PACs and nonprofits: Outside groups supporting Roberts have spent about 41 cents for every dollar spent by groups supporting Wolf or bashing Roberts, fede …"