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 …"

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 "campaign finance records":

"… oup. The gift came from Midler’s private family foundation, according to campaign finance records. Before the second quarter ended in June, another family foundation — t …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… o Restore Our Future, the super PAC that backed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a $100,000 donation to the Texas Conservatives Fund, the super PAC th …"

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 "Ellen Weintraub":

"… cy than multi-candidate super PACs, Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub asked Friday at a Willamette Law School symposium on political money …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… in the bank through the end of 2012, all support Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of campaign finance reports released Thursday. The United Auto W …"

"… w president of NARAL Pro-Choice America in mid-January. Donnelly told the Center for Public Integrity that Friends of Democracy is seeking to create “state-level programs to …"

"… Share Alliance. Brad Martin, the super PAC's executive director, told the Center for Public Integrity that it was "too early" to predict which races the group would be involved …"

"… this point,” Carl Forti, one of Restore Our Future’s leaders, told the Center for Public Integrity. Priorities USA Action, too, is being coy about its future, declining to …"

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 "Income tax":

"… they earn the money then pay U.S. Income tax when they bring profits home. Income taxes paid to the foreign government are deducted from the U.S. Income tax whe …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… opposing Flake.The Senate race in Virginia between former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and former Republican Sen. George Allen attracted $1.7 million. More than …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… ith the tea party network and with former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.The donations make Specialty Group the fifth-largest organization contribu …"

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 "Texas":

"… $4 million contribution from super donor Simmons and $1 million each from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry and oil man and hedge fund chief T. Boone Pickens, a …"

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 "CEO":

"… million) and James Simons (No. 7 at $7.5 million), the founder and former CEO of Long Island-based hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, are the only two …"

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 "Montana":

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

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… fall, gave a whopping $11.5 million to the group. Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, was the only donor to the PAC, which finished the month with $5.9 million …"

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 "Jan Brewer":

"… last month to “Jan PAC,” the super PAC of Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission …"

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 "Warren Buffett":

"… bute to the super PAC,” Lovell said. Watsa has been called the Canadian Warren Buffett and his companies have flourished. On its website, Fairfax boasts that it …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… uper PACs — organizations that formed in the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision — filed reports with the Federal Election Commission last week. …"

Donor profile: Robert Mercer

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… e fund manager, according to Forbes. Renaissance Technologies is based in New York City, with additional locations in London and East Setauket, N.Y., where Mercer …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Corpus Christi, Texas":

"… r the U.S. Senate against tea party candidate Ted Cruz.Rowling was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1953. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas a …"

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 "Ending Spending Inc.":

"… per PAC also got a $24,000 in-kind contribution from its sister nonprofit, Ending Spending Inc., which does not disclose its donors. The super PAC brought in $400,000 in …"

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 "Sports":

"… Restore Our Future’s only ties to the Olympics.New Jersey-based Jet Set Sports, a company that provides luxury hospitality packages for the games, along …"

"… officials in hopes of securing a hospitality contract.Furthermore, Jet Set Sports President Mark Lewis is the co-chair of Romney’s finance team in Montana …"

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 "American Financial Group":

"… t coal mining disaster in the United States since 1970.In 2010, Ohio-based American Financial Group, another Fortune 500 firm, donated $400,000 to the conservative super PAC. …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… Cs are prohibited from coordinating their expenditures with campaigns, the Federal Election Commission has ruled that federal candidates and office holders may ask for donations …"

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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