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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… king the likes of Democrat Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Like Priorities USA Action and Restore Our Future, the formerly pr …"

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 "Leslie Aycox Foundation":

"… itt Romney super PAC Restore our Future accepted $100,000 from the Rod and Leslie Aycox Foundation in July 2011. That money, too, was ultimately returned. …"

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 "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 "campaign finance reports":

"… support Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of campaign finance reports released Thursday. The United Auto Workers’ super PAC, launched last Se …"

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 "Tammy Baldwin":

"… oups also spent more than $7.4 million in Wisconsin, where Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin bested former Gov. Tommy Thompson; more than $7 million in Nevada, where i …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… ons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, (No.4), also bet on Romney. Collectively, the trio gave $13.4 millio …"

"… ential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossJoe Ricketts, Republican, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred Eychaner, Democrat, $1 …"

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 "Congress":

"… said he is willing to spend $100 million electing Romney and a Republican Congress. The spending has made him newsworthy.Adelson’s steadfast and occasional …"

"… tion of one-third of all offshore earnings, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.Experts predict a territorial system would have a si …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… mWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennessee shell corporation.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its …"

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 "Virginia Gov":

"… e Mack’s quest for U.S. Senate in Florida.Adelson is also helping former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen in the state. Allen lost a close race to Sen. Jim W …"

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 "Joe Ricketts":

"… and more profiles please go here.Andrea Fuller contributed to this report. …"

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 "Romney":

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

"… ide spenders are hoping to change that. “Genuinely Cares” from the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and “Mitt and David” from the c …"

"… ads GPS tell the stories of two individuals who received support from Romney.They are a sharp departure from both groups’ standard attack ads. Restor …"

"… tional Guard Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq War veteran, telling about how Gov. Romney took an interest in him when they met while Damon was recovering from an a …"

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 "Bank":

"… ative nonprofit, released “B” opposing Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., and “Bankrupt” opposing Rep. Ben Chandler, Ky.-6.Who paid for that political ad? Y …"

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 "Republican Congressional Committee":

"… the subject of more than $900,000 in negative ads paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Parker has been hit by m …"

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 "Korea":

"… fter Democratic Party fundraisers accepted millions of dollars from China, Korea and other foreign sources. And ahead of the 1994 election, then-chairman o …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… , having donated $10 million along with wife Miriam.The No. 2 spot goes to Harold Simmons, a Texas billionaire who has given nearly $19 million, $8 million of …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… Dewhurst in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate against tea party candidate Ted Cruz.Rowling was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1953. He earned his bachelor …"

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 "International Association":

"… the month with $4.6 million on hand. The month’s top donors include the International Association of Firefighters with $250,000 and the International Brotherhood of Electri …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… d” Wednesday, blasting the former Massachusetts governor’s tenure with Bain Capital.The ad depicts footage from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, which Mitt R …"

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 Crossroads":

"… wo super PACs — the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads — have raised nearly $24 million in contributions from companies so far …"

"… Meanwhile, about two-dozen companies have combined to give $9.4 million to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by top GOP strategists Rove and Ed Gillespie, wh …"

"… uper PAC co-founded by top GOP strategists Rove and Ed Gillespie, who left American Crossroads in April to become a senior adviser to Romney’s presidential campaign. T …"

"… Apollo Group plays in American higher education."Like Restore Our Future, American Crossroads has also drawn Fortune 500 backing.Alpha Natural Resources gave $100,000 t …"

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 "Obama":

"… ection so far, spending nearly $8 million on ads opposing President Barack Obama, the group reported to the Federal Election Commission Friday.Co-founded b …"

"… .American Crossroads posted “Build” on YouTube Friday, an ad attacking Obama’s position on small business, and “Smoke” on Thursday, which blames …"

"… ’s position on small business, and “Smoke” on Thursday, which blames Obama for not fixing the economy and frames Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s …"

"… e” on Thursday, which blames Obama for not fixing the economy and frames Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record as a smokescreen.“Smoke …"

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 "Marco Rubio":

"… egrity previously reported.And last month, Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — both of whom may be under consideration as Romney’s vice pre …"

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 "Tim Pawlenty":

"… g on the president in terms of cash left in the bank.Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Romney surrogate, said June's contributions point to an increasing gras …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… anager and $250,000 from Stephen Zide, a former colleague of Romney’s at Bain Capital.The real total, however, appears to be $3.9 million — the super PAC repo …"

"… nearly $2 billion in assets. Stephen Zide has been a managing director at Bain Capital since 2001 and an employee since 1997, according to the company’s websit …"

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