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.

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… n $500,000 during the 2012 election cycle. That includes $250,000 given to Restore Our Future, the super PAC that backed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a $ …"

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 "Indiana":

"… eferred candidates prevailed in GOP Senate primaries in Texas, Arizona and Indiana. While Republican Richard Mourdock, which the Club supported, lost his bid …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… eight losers at this writing.Adelson was top backer of the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future super PAC, with $20 million in donations. Romney lost to President Barack …"

"… .4), also bet on Romney. Collectively, the trio gave $13.4 million to Restore Our Future, and Ricketts’ super PAC, Ending Spending Action Fund, spent an addition …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… e to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, giving the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future $20 million.With Romney as president, Adelson, the billionaire chairman an …"

"… ngs are in Macau, a special administrative region in China.Super PACs like Restore Our Future can accept unlimited contributions from billionaires, corporations and uni …"

"… vesting” — hedge funds and private equity firms.Among the 26 donors to Restore Our Future who have given $1 million or more, 11 are in the hedge fund or private equ …"

"… co-CEO of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, who gave $1 million to Restore Our Future and $600,000 to Club for Growth Action, which favors eliminating the capit …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… s in an office building in downtown Provo, Utah, contributed $1 million to Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney.The suite number given for both corpora …"

"… e have gone on to contribute a combined $1 million, in their own names, to Restore Our Future.The extended money trailTaking money from hard to track shell corporations …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… nal Information Services (425th), which gave the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future $75,000; CONSOL Energy (399th), which donated $150,000 to the group;& …"

"… ome stretch with $8.7 million in the bank.The Adelsons gave $10 million to Restore Our Future over the reporting period, bringing the organization’s receipts to a who …"

"… pping $20.2 million, more than it raised for the entire month of September.Restore Our Future also benefitted from $1 million from Jerry Perenchio, former owner of Span …"

"… l Edward St. John; and $1 million from hedge fund pioneer Julian Robertson.Restore Our Future’s fundraising easily eclipsed that of Priorities USA Action, the super P …"

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 "National Education Association":

"… lthy liberals round out the Center’s list of the top 10 super donors.The National Education Association (No. 5, $8.8 million), Service Employees International Union (No. 8, $6 mi …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… g to change that. “Genuinely Cares” from the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and “Mitt and David” from the conservative nonprofit Crossro …"

"… Romney.They are a sharp departure from both groups’ standard attack ads. Restore Our Future has spent a little more than $99 million thus far this election, with 86 p …"

"… nd their needs. I think he’s going to be able to get us back on track.”Restore Our Future had $16.6 million in the bank at the end of September. Crossroads GPS has …"

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.

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… he controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision to new criticism. Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Republican Mitt Romney’s run for president, re …"

"… s Canadian parent company had “no role” in the decision to donate to Restore Our Future. Peter Lovell, general counsel of OdysseyRe, likewise said the firm’s co …"

"… ads in critical media markets. It also represents one-seventh of the money Restore Our Future collected in August. Watsa told industry analysts in a conference ca …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… oads (pro-Republican), including $2.5 million from TRT Holdings$100,000 to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney)$35,000 to Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst)F …"

"… with two other $1 million donations to Crossroads and smaller donations to Restore Our Future and Texas Conservatives Fund, the super PAC that backed Texas Lt. Gov. Dav …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ng, according to reports from the Federal Election Commission filed Monday.Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, …"

"… finished the month with $4.2 million on hand, about a fifth as much as the Restore Our Future juggernaut.Major July contributions include $1 million from Mel Heifetz, a …"

"… utor, providing $67,000 in in-kind contributions.In other outside spending:Restore Our Future tries to refocus the presidential debate on the economy after Medicare dom …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… Republican Mitt Romney in a new ad paid for by the conservative super PAC Restore Our Future. She admires the presidential candidate so much that she’s also given hi …"

"… ge to be used in any political ad, positive or negative.”The new ad from Restore Our Future does not feature footage, but does show photos from the games.These campai …"

"… s from the games.These campaign donors-turned-celebrity endorsers aren’t Restore Our Future’s only ties to the Olympics.New Jersey-based Jet Set Sports, a company t …"

"… nce team in Montana.According to The Hill, the new Olympics-themed ad from Restore Our Future is part of a previously announced $7 million media buy and will air in the …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ic Games for three decades, is one of more than 100 companies to donate to Restore Our Future, the main super PAC backing Romney’s presidency. It donated $100,000 to …"

"… and chairman Sead Dizdarevic and his wife Margaret each donated $50,000 to Restore Our Future in January. And Jet Set Sports President Mark Lewis is working in his home …"

"… d the Romney campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Restore Our Future spokeswoman Brittany Gross said the group does not discuss its donors. …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… iaPost reported. No word yet on the content of the ad.Pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future has reserved $7.2 million for ads during the Olympics to air in 11 states …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ourt decision two years ago.The top two super PACs — the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads — have raised nearly $24 million i …"

"… re than 100 companies have collectively donated more than $14.2 million to Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC started by aides of the GOP presidential nominee …"

"… al Information Services became the second Fortune 500 company to donate to Restore Our Future, giving $75,000. The first was CONSOL Energy, which donated $150,000 to th …"

"… e super PAC last July.Other publicly traded companies that have donated to Restore Our Future include Colorado-based Hallador Energy Co. ($100,000); Arizona-based Apoll …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… the same firm that created the negative ads for pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.American Crossroads posted “Build” on YouTube Friday, an ad attacking …"

"… erican Crossroads, in June he gave $1 million to pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and to conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action.McCaw, who is worth $ …"

"… ry Trust has made a political donation.Mercury Trust also gave $425,000 to Restore Our Future in June.In other outside spending newsArizona’s 5th Congressional Distri …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ndraising events.Romney, himself, has attended at least one fundraiser for Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing his candidacy, as the Center for Public Integrity p …"

"… tion as Romney’s vice presidential pick — were scheduled to speak at a Restore Our Future fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel in New York City.While supe …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… contributions made by former peers to a super PAC supporting his candidacy.Restore Our Future reported $4.6 million in contributions for April, including $1 million fro …"

"… uper PAC $250,000 in March of last year bringing his total contribution to Restore Our Future to $500,000.Other donors tp Restore Our Future from the investment world i …"

"… g his total contribution to Restore Our Future to $500,000.Other donors tp Restore Our Future from the investment world included billionaire Wilbur Ross Jr. who gave $1 …"

"… ast month, the Center for Public Integrity reported that half of Restore Our Future’s funds have come from the finance industry, with the largest contributi …"

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