The slow deaths of presidential super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Once mighty political committees are failing to reinvent themselves in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… Republican challenger Mitt Romney vanquished, groups such as conservative Restore Our Future and liberal Priorities USA Action could have easily enshrined themselves i …"

"… for the most perfunctory of expenses, such as legal and consulting fees. Restore Our Future, which raised $153.7 million during the 2012 election cycle — the most a …"

"… edia buy refunds off purchases made with a consulting firm in Towson, Md. Restore Our Future’s co-founder, Charlie Spies, has lately been focusing his efforts on oth …"

"… 000 to help fund state-level efforts of EMILY’s List. Officials at both Restore Our Future and Priorities USA Action did not respond to messages seeking comment. Th …"

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

By Michael Beckel

Bette Midler's family foundation broke rule banning charities from giving to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… ABBY GIFFORDS SPEAKS, AND SHE IS FURIOUS!!” Midler wrote as she touted a New York Times opinion column authored by the former Arizona Democratic congresswom …"

"… operating officer of GreenPoint Financial Corp. He currently serves on the New York Institute of Technology’s board of directors and is the board chairman o …"

Spurs owner brings the heat in political money game

By Michael Beckel

San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt brings the heat in the political money game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… iferated in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. Super PACs have no limits on the amount of money they m …"

FEC chairwoman warns of super PAC corruption

By Michael Beckel

Ellen Weintraub sounds off about the proliferation of candidate-specific super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… for instance, created Priorities USA Action, while GOP operatives launched Restore Our Future to support the presidential ambitions of Republican Mitt Romney. In …"

"… 2012 when a company wholly owned by a Canadian firm donated $1 million to Restore Our Future. "It's an area that we really ought to do a rulemaking on," she said. …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bridge":

"… $3.2 million on hand; Fair Share Action, which reported $1.8 million; and American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic-aligned super PAC that specializes in oppositio …"

Expenditure profile: Mentzer Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… Year founded: 1991 Principals: Bruce Mentzer (founder) Clients: Restore Our Future Americans for Prosperity American Future Fund Crossroads GPS American …"

"… able customers during the 2012 election were the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and the conservative super PAC American Crossroads, which was co-founded b …"

Spending by outside groups topped $1 billion by Election Day

By Michael Beckel

Super PACs and other groups broke the billion-dollar mark in spending in 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… of all spending by outside groups, according to the Center’s analysis. Restore Our Future, the super PAC founded by Romney allies to aid his presidential quest, spe …"

"… $140 million — more than any other outside group. While the $40 million Restore Our Future spent during the GOP primary played a pivotal role in helping Romney win t …"

"… super PACs won't be going away anytime soon. "Everybody's going to want a Restore Our Future or a Priorities USA Action," Biersack said. "Everybody's going to want tha …"

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… candidate for U.S. Senate, Joe Kyrillos, and the Republican candidate for U.S. House in the state’s 9th District, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, also did not pay off …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congressional Research Service":

"… tion of one-third of all offshore earnings, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.Experts predict a territorial system would have a similar effect.“I thin …"

Daily Disclosure: Obama slammed with $37 million in attack ads

By Rachael Marcus

Obama is hit with $37 million in attack ads, Romney with less than $1 million

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… ed Up” and “Delphi” debuted Friday.The primary pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, reported spending $4.4 million opposing Obama. It released the ad “Flat …"

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Devon Energy":

"… nthony Ferate. Ferate is also an in-house lobbyist for natural gas company Devon Energy.He denied there was anything improper about the setup, and said in an inte …"

Daily Disclosure: Chevron gives $2.5 million to conservative super PAC

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Oil company's donation one of only a handful from Fortune 500 companies to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Eychaner":

"… s of Oct. 17.Democratic donors also kept their checkbooks open in October. Fred Eychaner, the CEO of Newsweb Corp., gave $2 million to House Majority PAC, which su …"

Ameritrade founder, auto union among top super PAC donors

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Top donor to 'Ending Spending' super PAC shows no signs ending spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Eychaner":

"… heir super PAC giving during the last month.Meanwhile, Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner (No. 6 at $7.8 million) and James Simons (No. 7 at $7.5 million), the foun …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… running for U.S. Senate.House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democratic U.S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. Hous …"

"… .S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. House races:“Opportunity” opposes Georgia state Rep. Lee Anderson in Georgia …"

"… released:“Chance” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District;“Luchando por Nuestro Futuro” and “Luc …"

"… eleased “Chances” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District, “Nice” opposing Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev …"

Daily Disclosure: Pro-Obama super PAC outpaces GOP counterpart

By Rachael Marcus

Pro-Obama super PAC outraises counterpart for second month in a row.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… also gave big to House Majority PAC, which supports Democrats running for U.S. House. Eychaner came through with $1 million and Simons with $500,000. The Ameri …"

"… ota and New York. It released an ad opposing two Democratic candidates for U.S. House in Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema and Ann Kirkpatrick. The NRA Institute for …"

Christian college asks for refund of donation to super PAC

By Andrea Fuller

A Christian college in Colorado says a $5,000 donation to a super PAC was a bookkeeping error, asks for it back.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… mailing opposing Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for a new U.S. House seat in the state. Charities run the risk of losing their exempt stat …"

Canadian-owned firm's mega-donation to super PAC raises ‘legal red flags’

By Michael Beckel

Foreigners are prohibited from spending money on U.S. elections, law not so clear on foreign corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chairman and CEO":

"… 5, 6:35 p.m.): This story was updated to include comment from Prem Watsa, chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings. …"

Pro-GOP donor one-upped by boss's support of Democratic PAC

By John Dunbar

Pro-GOP donor one-upped by boss's support of Democratic PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restore Our Future":

"… super PAC American Crossroads and $1 million to pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.Super PACs can accept unlimited contributions from corporations, billionai …"

"… y's, who has given $16 million to super PACs, including $8 million to Restore Our Future and $6.5 million to American Crossroads.The top two donors remain the same …"

"… acy for the GOP presidential nomination alive, has shifted his spending to Restore Our Future, having donated $10 million along with wife Miriam.The No. 2 spot goes to …"

Donor profile: Robert Mercer

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Bishop":

"… t $1.1 million in Altschuler's race, though he ultimately lost to Democrat Tim Bishop. It also spent about $23,000 on ads against New York Democratic House cand …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Dewhurst":

"… store Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney)$35,000 to Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst)Federal hard money and 527 contributions:$95,000 to the Republican Nationa …"

"… ure and Texas Conservatives Fund, the super PAC that backed Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate against tea party candidate Ted Cruz …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP super PACs' fundraising leaves Dems in dust

By Rachael Marcus

As super PACs carpet bomb the airwaves with negative ads, Republicans hold the financial advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Perry":

"… on in the bank. Top contributors include Texas homebuilder and super donor Bob Perry, who gave another $2 million.Perry was already top donor to the group and …"

Former Olympians praise Romney in ad — and pony up contributions

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC ads backing Romney feature Kristi Yamaguchi, also a contributor to the candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kristi Yamaguchi":

"… hire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. …"

Pro-Romney super PAC donor part of Olympic scandal

By Michael Beckel

Donation to pro-Romney super PAC comes from company touched by scandal in 2002 Salt Lake games.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Beijing":

"… win prestigious contracts for the Olympic Games ever since.During the 2008 Beijing games, Jet Set Sports reportedly netted $70 million, although Dizdarevic h …"

Daily Disclosure: Olympic ads accuse Romney of outsourcing jobs

By Rachael Marcus

A pro-Obama super PAC is using the Olympics as a backdrop to beat up on Romney.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Hampshire":

"… dered up for grabs in November: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The ads will …"

Big business prefers GOP over Democratic super PACs

By Michael Beckel

Corporations have made big contributions to super PACs with conservative groups the biggest benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cincinnati":

"… Scotts gave $200,000 to Restore Our Future. Meanwhile, the privately held, Cincinnati-based car dealer Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, Inc. gave $50,000 to Americ …"

Daily Disclosure: American Crossroads’ $8 million buy

By Rachael Marcus

Conservative super PAC's ad buy one of the largest during the cycle so far, after having its best fundraising month ever.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… ess record as a smokescreen.“Smoke” is airing for 11 days in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, …"

Issa wants to know if Dems are raising dollars for super PACs

By Michael Beckel

The House's chief investigator wants details of Obama officials campaign activities following Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… nor to a super PAC that backed his campaign.Democratic Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Al Franken of Minnesota and John Kerry of Massachusetts have all penned f …"

Romney bests Obama donations with help of rich few

By The Associated Press

Romney and GOP outraise Obama by millions in June, thanks to help of high-dollar contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Park City":

"… ing events Romney has held since earlier this spring, in tony locales like Park City, Utah; Aspen, Colo.; and the Hamptons. Just this weekend, an evening dinne …"

Obama, Dems dominate GOP in April fundraising

By John Dunbar

April was a tough month for the GOP fundraisers while Obama continued to pile up cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chairman and CEO":

"… Marc Leder and Rodger Krouse, co-CEOs of Sun Capital Advisors Inc. Ross is chairman and CEO of WLRoss & Co. and is a well-known corporate buyout specialist. Sun C …"

"… t donor to the super PAC was oilman and Romney energy advisor Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources Inc. of Oklahoma City. Hamm gave $985,000 accordi …"

"… n candidates, raised $1.8 million. Super donor Harold Simmons, billionaire chairman and CEO of Contran Corp., was responsible for $1 million of the total. The group r …"

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