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 "Politics":

"… 2012 election cycle, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics at the request of the Center for Public Integrity. About 45 percent gave …"

"… bout $34 million to 975 candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That was about 1 percent of all money all candidates raised during the t …"

"… tions to national party committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which was $70,800 during the 2012 election. Again, the GOP made out bett …"

"… er for Public Integrity review of data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Additionally, Adelson gave a combined $44,500 — just shy of the then-$ …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… e during the six-term incumbent senator’s contentious primary fight with Richard Mourdock, who ultimately bested Lugar by 20 percentage points. Jones said the comp …"

Super PAC caters to Catholics

By Michael Beckel

Catholic-oriented super PAC mixes politics and religion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… It also spent modest sums aiding the unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidates Richard Mourdock of Indiana, Connie Mack of Florida and Tom Smith of Pennsylvania. All are …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… of ads in Indiana's U.S. Senate race, where the Club supported Republican Richard Mourdock, and about $2.4 million on ads in Arizona's U.S. Senate race, where the Cl …"

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 "NARAL Pro-Choice America":

"… Public Campaign Action and Ilyse Hogue, who was named the new president of NARAL Pro-Choice America in mid-January. Donnelly told the Center for Public Integrity that Friend …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… st effective fundraiser spent more than $175 million only to see President Barack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.Acc …"

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 "Rick Berg":

"… e Democratic caucus. They picked up another seat Wednesday when Republican Rick Berg in North Dakota conceded his loss to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. …"

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 "John Cornyn":

"… f Texas prevailed in their races. In a sober statement, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said t …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… illion on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative groups account for 62 percent o …"

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 "Indiana":

"… urdock, his tea party-affiliated opponent. He was helped by a group called Indiana Values Super PAC, which spent $459,000 opposing Mourdock.The super PAC rec …"

"… uper PAC received $137,000 of its funds from a 501(c)(4) group also called Indiana Values, based out of the office of a lobbying firm on K Street in Washingt …"

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 "Indiana":

"… Republican running against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for U.S. Senate in Indiana.The Safari Club International PAC spent $141,000 supporting 17 Republicans …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… ction in July. And the Club spent seven figures assisting the candidacy of Richard Mourdock, who bested moderate incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana’s Republican S …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… wth network. Previously, he was CEO at CTB, a manufacturing corporation in Indiana, and from 2003 to 2007, he represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional Distr …"

"… anufacturing corporation in Indiana, and from 2003 to 2007, he represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.Profil …"

"… st and an additional $600,000 supporting Cruz.The group was also active in Indiana's GOP Senate primary, which saw tea party-aligned (and Club for Growth-bac …"

"… gar's first contested primary in decades.Hoping to replay its victories in Indiana and Texas, Club for Growth Action was the top outside spender in the Wisco …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Orrin Hatch":

"… Lugar, R-Ind. The group also paid for ads critical of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.The nonprofit's most recent independent expenditure is from July, when the …"

"… na’s GOP Senate primary.“Debt” also appeared to blame Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican, for the debt and for supporting the "Wall Street bailo …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… ent Sen. Dick Lugar in that state’s May primary.In Utah, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch spent heavily and moved to the right on the political spectrum to defeat t …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… diana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, the Texas race illustrates the disadvantages many still face in campaigns …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… n ads critical of Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who ran — and won — in Indiana's U.S. Senate race against Republican Richard Mourdock.Ending Spending has …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… ership PAC has received contributions from the political action committees Koch Industries, AT&T and other major corporations.Club for Growth's traditional PAC s …"

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 "Indiana":

"… Club for Growth spent millions in the GOP U.S. Senate primary election in Indiana, where six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar lost to Richard Mourdock, a t …"

Watchdog 5/10/12

Watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… crats 22 percent. Lugar loses to super PACsIndiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, a t …"

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 "Wal-Mart":

"… ociation of Convenience Stores, the National Retail Federation, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Target.The Indiana Values Super PAC has spent more than $45 …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Senate GOP":

"… was unsuccessful.FreedomWorks for America became especially active in the U.S. Senate GOP primary in Texas where Ted Cruz, the tea party favorite, and Lt. Gov. Davi …"