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 "co-founder":

"… rchases made with a consulting firm in Towson, Md. Restore Our Future’s co-founder, Charlie Spies, has lately been focusing his efforts on other super PACs w …"

"… y a surprise for Priorities USA Action, as several of its top staffers — co-founder Bill Burton, spokeswoman Marcy Stech and Compliance and Operations Directo …"

"… ty, which supported Republican Ron Paul and was funded primarily by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, only had $13,637 left to its name through June. After c …"

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… sident. Nor are any other notable White House prospects, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.  Bu …"

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 "Henry Cuellar":

"… 0 during his successful U.S. House bid. And Peter Holt gave $2,500 to Rep. Henry Cuellar, who is now in his fifth term. By contrast, the political candidates and …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… t group helped keep afloat the candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who personally thanked the Adelsons for their financial support when he d …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… ised more than $117 million during the 2012 election cycle, second only to Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. Cros …"

"… h it planned to do "good work to help good people get elected to office." Restore Our Future, which spent more than $42 million on helping Romney win the GOP’s presi …"

"… “We're not discussing future plans at this point,” Carl Forti, one of Restore Our Future’s leaders, told the Center for Public Integrity. Priorities USA Action, …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… ion it sank into the presidential election wasn’t enough to oust Obama. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the super PAC and nonprofit co-founded by GOP strategi …"

"… Karl Rove, ranked second and third, respectively, among outside spenders. American Crossroads spent nearly $105 million on the 2012 election, including more than $91 mi …"

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 "CEO":

"… t the only conservative billionaire who had a bad night.Contran Corp. CEO Harold Simmons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritr …"

"… omney’s failed bid.The super donor winner of the night was Newsweb Corp. CEO Fred Eychaner (No. 5). Eychaner gave $3.5 million to pro-Obama super PAC P …"

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 "National Association of Realtors":

"… real estate at about $23 million thanks to seven-figure donations from the National Association of Realtors and Harlan Crow and Crow Holdings. The NAR favors access to credit an …"

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 "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 "Restore Our Future":

"… illion to super PACs in September, including $2 million to pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future. Perry ranks No. 3 at $20.5 million.Second is fellow Texan Harold Simmons, …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… ontributions.After being contacted by the Center on Tuesday, John Andrews, director of the university-affiliated Centennial Institute, said the payment was a …"

"… y engage in political campaign activity, according to Marcus Owens, former director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service. More …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… nbsp;election cycle, including $1 million to pro-Republican super PAC American Crossroads and $1 million to pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.Super PACs …"

"… PACs, including $8 million to Restore Our Future and $6.5 million to American Crossroads.The top two donors remain the same.Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson&nbs …"

"… ire who has given nearly $19 million, $8 million of which has gone to American Crossroads.For a complete list of the most prolific donors, a set of super …"

Donor profile: Robert Mercer

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance regulations":

"… p started by GOP lawyer Jim Bopp, who has made a career out of challenging campaign finance regulations. Mercer's $439,000 accounted for two-thirds of the money that Bopp's super …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… rom TRT Holdings$100,000 to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney)$35,000 to Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst)Federal hard money and 527 contribu …"

"… Republican National CommitteeNotable state-level contributions:$113,000 to Texas judges and politicians (2012)$103,000 to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, …"

"… dges and politicians (2012)$103,000 to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (2010)$129,000 to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)$100,000 to Greg …"

"… to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (2010)$129,000 to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)$100,000 to Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general (200 …"

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 "president":

"… on filed Monday.Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, brought in $7.5 million in July, finishing with an …"

"… ibutions.In other outside spending:Restore Our Future tries to refocus the presidential debate on the economy after Medicare dominated the headlines in recent …"

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 "Nevada":

"… will air in the battleground states of 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 "Mitt Romney":

"… mpic team. It could also be described as a corporate sponsor of Republican Mitt Romney’s candidacy.It’s a sponsorship that comes with some unwelcome baggage …"

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 "Salt Lake City":

"… governor’s tenure with Bain Capital.The ad depicts footage from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, which Mitt Romney has been credited with saving, and some creati …"

"… s. (The opening ceremonies are Friday.)"There’s Mitt Romney, who ran the Salt Lake City Games, waving to China — home to a billion people. Thousands owe th …"

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 "Nevada":

"… days in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, according to news reports. American Crossroads has not …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… as been recently running scathing ads of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.Requests for comment from t …"

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 "White House":

"… the perception that a large, grassroots group of Americans want him in the White House. Romney's campaign said that about 94 percent of 571,000 donors gave those …"

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