Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' case could aid GOP

By Michael Beckel

Conservative donors who maxed out during the 2012 election far outnumbered liberals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… al limit — $47,200 — to 14 Democratic politicians, including President Barack Obama. After questions from the Center for Public Integrity, Eychaner, who was …"

Supreme Court plaintiff McCutcheon exceeded campaign contribution limit

By Michael Beckel

Lead plaintiff in upcoming Supreme Court campaign finance case gave Alabama GOP more money than federal law allows, records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… review of campaign finance records maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. He had already contributed the legal maximum of $10,000 to the party’s …"

7-Eleven takes political big gulp

By Michael Beckel

The high-profile retailer that made a corporate super PAC donation last year has launched a new company PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… lection cycle since the 1992 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Jones predicted that 7-Eleven would no longer make super PAC contributio …"

Super PAC caters to Catholics

By Michael Beckel

Catholic-oriented super PAC mixes politics and religion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… ood, Mich., Autocam and Autocam Medical. Last year, Kennedy sued the U.S. government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

Club for Growth touts lawmakers, ranks politicians with new scorecards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… being the lone U.S. senator to earn a score of zero from the conservative Club for Growth in its latest congressional scorecard, released today. The five-term …"

"… ing contest. During the 2012 election cycle, the Club's super PAC, called Club for Growth Action, spent nearly $17 million on advertisements that expressly advocate …"

"… idate who has announced her intentions to seek Rockefeller's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris C …"

"… r's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued a statement critizing Capito for having an …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… logically driven super PACs are also preparing for new electoral battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubli …"

"… al battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubling its efforts to “elect fiscally conservative candidates to …"

"… d 15 Democratic candidates last year, 12 of whom won on Election Day. The Club for Growth, too, enjoyed significant electoral victories in 2012. Its preferred candi …"

"… e, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $422,000 in the bank, and the League of Conse …"

Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Super PAC American Crossroads goes 3-10, nonprofit Crossroads GPS goes 7-17

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… isive in a lot of races,” said Kyle Kondik, an analyst at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “Candidates matter too.”Despite the Cro …"

Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

By The Associated Press

Democrats solidify their Senate rule but Republicans will still run House in 2nd Obama term

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… ana and Massachusetts while Republicans snatched a lone Democratic seat in Nebraska. And in Montana, Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester held on to beat GOP …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Menendez":

"… Hutchison. Cruz will become the third Hispanic in the Senate, joining Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. In Florida, Democratic Sen. …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… s dominated the airwaves in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Tampa, Fla., the study found. Democratic groups, led by the Obama campaign, enjo …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ney trail ends.Sometimes the chain is longer, but with a similar result.In Pennsylvania, a super PAC called Freedom Fund for America's Future spent $175,000 attac …"

Daily Disclosure: 'Young Guns' target Democratic House candidates

By Rachael Marcus

A super PAC supported by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spends $2 million on House races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief of staff":

"… port shows. Cantor has denied control over the super PAC.Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, John Murray, founded the super PAC and serves as its treasurer. Murray al …"

Arizona primary latest example of Club for Growth's clout

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group Club for Growth is top outside spender in U.S. Senate primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… f their party in primaries across the country, the deep-pocketed, anti-tax Club for Growth has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.If heavily favored Rep. Jeff …"

"… lion on independent expenditures in Republican Senate primaries this year, Club for Growth ranks No. 1, having spent more than $10 million, according to a Center for …"

"… supporting Flake through its nonprofit, political action committee and its Club for Growth Action super PAC — that’s about 70 percent of the $1.5 million spent b …"

"… t trailed Flake by 22 percentage points in a recent poll.Notably, the Club for Growth’s PAC has also steered about $885,000 in bundled contributions into Flak …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… hannel, Twitter profile, Facebook page (all accounts jointly operated with Club for Growth Inc.)Principals:Chris Chocola (treasurer, president): Chocola runs the Clu …"

"… wth Inc.)Principals:Chris Chocola (treasurer, president): Chocola runs the Club for Growth network. Previously, he was CEO at CTB, a manufacturing corporation in Ind …"

"… s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.Profile:Club for Growth Action is the sister super PAC to free-market nonprofit Club for Growth In …"

"… le:Club for Growth Action is the sister super PAC to free-market nonprofit Club for Growth Inc., which was founded by economist Stephen Moore in 1999.The Club for Gr …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… hannel, Twitter profile, Facebook page (all accounts jointly operated with Club for Growth Action)Finances:For the group's fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2009, th …"

"… orm 990 filing: 2009Principals:Chris Chocola (president): Chocola runs the Club for Growth network. He was CEO at CTB, a manufacturing corporation in Indiana and he …"

"… ngressmen, including Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who was once president of the Club for Growth.Stephen Moore (founder): Now on the Wall Street Journal editorial board, M …"

"… ation and the Cato Institute, both libertarian think tanks. He founded the Club for Growth and served as its president until 2004. He also founded the Free Enterpris …"

Texas Senate race attracts $13 million in super PAC spending

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Texas Senate race features battle of the super PACs, tea party underdog versus favorite.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… he Center for Responsive Politics.The top spender on behalf of Cruz is the Club for Growth Action Fund at just over $5 million. Also supporting him is FreedomWorks f …"

"… ary election. Hatch won easily earning two-thirds of the vote in that race.Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America advocate for limited government, defic …"

"… deficit reduction, tax cuts and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Both Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks have run ads that paint Dewhurst as an “establis …"

"… n contrast to Cruz, a “true conservative” and strict constitutionalist.Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said the anti-tax group has tried to make people a …"

US Senate Race: Can passion push Cruz to victory?

By The Associated Press

Grassroots fervor carried Cruz to US Senate runoff; can it topple mainstream choice Dewhurst?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… the lake than they are going to vote." …"

"… " or two. The tea party favorite for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas has come a long way since he kicked off his campaign more than a year ago …"

"… cle — the solid base of support the 66-year-old Dewhurst has built among Texas conservatives during his 13 years in politics, including nine overseeing t …"

"… can possibly communicate with 25 million people spread across the state of Texas," Cruz, 41, said in a recent interview, reflecting on his efforts to becom …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential primary":

"… a candidate but stop short of urging a yes or no vote.During the 2012 GOP presidential primary, Ending Spending reported one electioneering communication, for their vide …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… ana’s hotly contested Republican primary in early May.Anti-tax super PAC Club for Growth Action has spent $2.5 million on ads, mostly opposing Dewhurst, the lieute …"

"… r solicitor general.“Moderate, tax-raising David Dewhurst,” is how one Club for Growth Action attack ad described him. This and other ads focused on his support …"

"… port of a state income tax and other “moderate” positions he has taken.Club for Growth’s single biggest donor, Virginia James, is New Jersey-based investor who …"

"… which have ties to tea party funders Charles and David Koch.Another major Club for Growth Action donor is the campaign committee of tea party heavyweight Sen. Jim D …"

Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC spending again plays major role in Senate contest, this time in Nebraska.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… and.Joe Ricketts, the founder of the financial services giant now known as TD Ameritrade, is the super PAC’s sole individual donor. (Ending Spending, Inc., where …"

Watchdog 5/10/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry Branstad":

"… lobbyist status.Governor cites Center integrity investigationIowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill last week creating the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine …"

Super PACs outspend favorite candidate in Indiana Senate race

By Michael Beckel and John Dunbar

Tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock's campaign spent less on his primary bid than outside groups supporting him.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House race":

"… groups such as super PACs can be more influential in a U.S. Senate or U.S. House race than they can be at the presidential level.“Voters get tons of free news …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks Inc.":

"… cy analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy.Dick Armey (now ex-chairman of FreedomWorks Inc.: A leader in the tea party movement, Armey is a former Republican House Ma …"

"… arch, nearly half the super PAC's receipts were from its sister nonprofit, FreedomWorks Inc. April's report to the Federal Election Commission revealed that the super …"

"… it, with $155,000 out of $345,000 (44 percent) raised in April coming from FreedomWorks Inc. in the form in in-kind contributions for staff, overhead and travel.The tr …"