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 "Barack Obama":

"… ion Day 2012 have all but vanished from national politics. With President Barack Obama re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney vanquished, groups such a …"

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 "Eric Cantor":

"… ow in his 11th term ($10,000); the leadership PAC of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. ($7,000); and the leadership PAC of Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. ($5,80 …"

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 "House Speaker":

"… r Future. That group helped keep afloat the candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who personally thanked the Adelsons for their financial sup …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… . Crossroads headed into 2013 with $1.2 million in the bank, according to Federal Election Commission documents. One of the most visible super Democratic super PACs at the sta …"

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 "Texas Senate":

"… tions enough to help Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst win the GOP primary for Texas Senate earlier this year, a cause to which gave at least a quarter-million dollar …"

"… t Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossHarold Simmons, Republican, $26.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossCon …"

"… Rick Perry (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossOrrin Hatch (GOP primary, Utah Senate) — winBob Perry, Republic …"

"… Rick Perry (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossJoe Ricketts, Republican, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… Sands the first year, according to a study from a liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress.Adelson himself, as majority owner, stands to benefit.“By a reasonable b …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… Ind.’s failed bid for re-election stopped at the primary when he lost to Richard Mourdock, his tea party-affiliated opponent. He was helped by a group called Indian …"

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 "T. Boone Pickens":

"… ion each from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry and oil man and hedge fund chief T. Boone Pickens, another Texan.American Crossroads had $6.4 million in the bank as of Oct. …"

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 "Contran Corp.":

"… super PAC American Crossroads in September. Simmons, his wife Annette and Contran Corp., which he controls, have given $21.9 million thus far this election cycle. …"

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 "Indiana":

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

"… er;“Nine Times” opposes Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.;“Inflict” opposes Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock;“Issues” opposes Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D.Amer …"

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 "Republican National Committee":

"… ther foreign sources. And ahead of the 1994 election, then-chairman of the Republican National Committee Haley Barbour secured a $2 million loan from a Hong Kong businessman for a …"

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 "Ohio":

"… Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, 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 "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 "North Carolina":

"… abs in November: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The ads will air from July 31 …"

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 "John Podesta":

"… ta, the sister-in-law of President Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, John Podesta.The company has lobbied on a variety of energy and environmental issues, s …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… million on ads opposing President Barack Obama, the group reported to the Federal Election Commission Friday.Co-founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, American Crossroads …"

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 "Republican presidential candidate":

"… as Priorities USA Action, which has been recently running scathing ads of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.Requests for co …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… super PAC reported a $750,000 refund of a donation from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry. Perry is still the top donor at $4 million. Overall, though, it was a dis …"

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