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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… f millions of dollars by the mega-donor likes of Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Democratic media mogul Fred Eychaner, have in some cases dwindled into …"

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 "USA Today":

"… (Update, Aug. 15, 2013, 4:27 p.m.: Ken Sunshine, Midler's publicist, told USA Today that the singer's donation through her foundation was "an accounting mista …"

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 "David Dewhurst":

"… the Texas Conservatives Fund, the super PAC that supported Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s failed U.S. Senate bid. The Holts also donated more than $90,000 to t …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… asking, "Who are we going to get to start our super PACs?" Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, notably combined to provide $20 million of the $23.9 …"

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 "Club for Growth Action":

"… logically driven super PACs are also preparing for new electoral battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubling its …"

"… e, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $422,000 in the bank, and the League of Conservation …"

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 "David Dewhurst":

"… expected. Nor were Adelson’s contributions enough to help Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst win the GOP primary for Texas Senate earlier this year, a cause to which g …"

"… w Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossHarold Simmons, Republican, $26.9 mill …"

"… residential primary) — lossRick Perry (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossOrrin Hatch (GOP primary, Utah Senate) …"

"… ack (Florida Senate) — lossRick Perry (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossJoe Ricketts, Republican, $12.9 millio …"

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 "Politics":

"… r for Public Integrity’s analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission.With no limits on giving, economi …"

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 "Arizona":

"… sing Republican candidates for the upper chamber.Of the U.S. Senate races, Arizona attracted the most outside money over the weekend — $1.8 million for the …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ney trail ends.Sometimes the chain is longer, but with a similar result.In Pennsylvania, a super PAC called Freedom Fund for America's Future spent $175,000 attac …"

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 "Politics":

"… and $5.3 million so far this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Chevron becomes at least the fifth Fortune 500 company to give to sup …"

"… n Unity PAC, a conservative super PAC, released “Putting People Ahead of Politics,” supporting Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and “Politics Aside,” suppo …"

"… People Ahead of Politics,” supporting Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and “Politics Aside,” supporting Andrew Roraback in Connecticut’s 5th District and f …"

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 "Politics":

"… ors to super PACs, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and analyzed by Center for Public Integrity.The amount is equal to about 9 …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… California’s 36th District;“Board” opposes attorney Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania’s 12th District;“Cloud” opposes Rep. Jim Renacci in Ohio’s 16th Di …"

"… uper PAC supporting Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, released ads in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Indiana and Montana:“Education” supports Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… EASE tell us what the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… s, a well-funded super PAC, and Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit, in his corner.Restore Our Future brought in $7 million in August.Most of the major super PACs had until Sat …"

"… gave $3.5 million to super PACs in September, including $2 million more to Restore Our Future. The donation brings his total giving to more than $10 million to the supe …"

"… op super PAC donor, came through with $500,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC.Restore Our Future finished September with $16.6 million cash on hand, far more than Prioriti …"

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 "Richard Nixon":

"… as senate president. He also worked for the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.On Oct. 12, Jan PAC reported spending ab …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… a $1 million donation in mid-August from reinsurance company OdysseyRe of Connecticut, a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of Canadian insurance and investment mana …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… 2 million to American Crossroads (pro-Republican) $1 million to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney) $920,000 to Prosperity First (pro-Republican) $61 …"

"… naissance donors. In July, he gave $1 million to the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future and another $1 million to American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by co …"

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 "Peter Thiel":

"… od of Electrical Workers with $350,000.Former Ron Paul fan and super donor Peter Thiel gave another $1 million to the conservative super PAC Club for Growth Acti …"

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 "Florida":

"… $7 million media buy and will air in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania …"

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 "Montana":

"… y. And Jet Set Sports President Mark Lewis is working in his home state of Montana as a co-chair of Romney’s finance team.Lewis and both Dizdarevics have a …"

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 "CEO":

"… Stryker Corp. — $750,000Actor Morgan Freeman —$1 millionEychaner, the CEO of Newsweb Corp., has given $3.8 million to Democratic candidates, parties …"

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 "Alpha Natural Resources":

"… Restore Our Future, American Crossroads has also drawn Fortune 500 backing.Alpha Natural Resources gave $100,000 to the group in October. Alpha owns Massey Energy, the owner …"

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 "Ken Salazar":

"… nt funds,” Issa wrote.According to the Center report, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Tra …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… of corporate money and super PACs.Republican-aligned super PACs, including Restore Our Future and American Crossroads, plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars thi …"

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 "Florida":

"… amp; Co. and is a well-known corporate buyout specialist. Sun Capital is a Florida-based private equity company.The second-biggest donor to the super PAC was …"

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