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 "Illinois":

"… g the 2012 election cycle, including hedge fund executive John Canning and Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein, a major donor to conservative causes such as …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… inflation, is currently set at $123,200. The Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case — oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday — will determine wheth …"

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 "Chris Chocola":

"… Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued a statement critizing Capito for having an "anti-growth record," 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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… . Crossroads headed into 2013 with $1.2 million in the bank, according to Federal Election Commission documents. One of the most visible super Democratic super PACs at the sta …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… enter for Public Integrity review of spending records, Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads, went 3-10 during the 2012 election cycle, while Crossroads GPS, its nonpr …"

"… for Democrats to compete in the fundraising arms race against groups like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity, which has ties to conservative billionaire b …"

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 "presidential hopeful":

"… did win another term to his Wisconsin House seat. Former GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was narrowly re-elected. …"

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 "Delaware":

"… he House to the GOP. In 2010, three tea party Senate candidates in Nevada, Delaware and Colorado cost Republicans seats they were favored to win. On Tuesday, …"

"… eldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island, Ben Cardin in Maryland and Tom Carper in Delaware were all re-elected. Also cruising to another term were Democratic Sens. D …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ion to $20 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records collected by the Sunlight Foundation.“Memories are short,” sai …"

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 "Aetna":

"… s to the political organizations from unidentified donors in this election.Aetna’s oopsOccasionally, the veil is lifted on the secrecy of these groups, s …"

"… ed on the secrecy of these groups, sometimes inadvertently.Insurance giant Aetna accidentally disclosed to insurance regulators earlier this year that in 2 …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… which resulted in the moderate Lugar being ousted in favor of tea partier Richard Mourdock.YG Action Fund’s new ads appear to be the super PAC’s first major camp …"

"… Action, a conservative super PAC, reported $792,000 in new ads supporting Richard Mourdock, the tea party Republican running against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for …"

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 "Arizona":

"… , but its favored politician prevailed in the Republican Senate primary in Arizona.It also participated in numerous House races and spent about $10,600 on ad …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Chocola":

"… s: $4.6 millionNet assets: $2.3 millionIRS Form 990 filing: 2009Principals:Chris Chocola (president): Chocola runs the Club for Growth network. He was CEO at CTB, …"

"… s a member of the leadership council and has had Club for Growth President Chris Chocola on his show several times.Like the super PAC, Club for Growth Inc. has spe …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… lub for Growth Action Fund at just over $5 million. Also supporting him is FreedomWorks for America. The group has spent more than $450,000 on behalf of Cruz’s …"

"… 450,000 on behalf of Cruz’s campaign this year, according to FEC records.FreedomWorks spokesman Ryan Hecker said without the momentum of “grassroots activism …"

"… ily earning two-thirds of the vote in that race.Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America advocate for limited government, deficit reduction, tax cuts a …"

"… and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Both Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks have run ads that paint Dewhurst as an “establishment politician” and …"

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 "Indiana":

"… down some mainstream Republicans in conservative states, most recently in Indiana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richa …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… , who ran — and won — in Indiana's U.S. Senate race against Republican Richard Mourdock.Ending Spending has an affiliated super PAC, Ending Spending Action Fund, …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… GOP U.S. Senate primary election in Indiana, where six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar lost to Richard Mourdock, a tea party favorite.The Club is again flexing i …"

Watchdog 5/10/12

Watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, a tea party favorite who enjoyed huge backing from super PACs. According …"

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 "president":

"… re 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 coverage about the presidential c …"

"… the presidential level.“Voters get tons of free news coverage about the presidential candidates,” he said. “But often their only frequent sources of inf …"

"… ter-in-law is a lobbyist for a retail trade association on whose board the president of 7-Eleven also sits.7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris said Lugar “ …"

"… nt George W. Bush’s ambassador to Belgium ($25,000); and Jim Morris, the president of the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team ($25,000).Meanwhile, the top don …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… primaries, throwing its support behind Republican candidates Adam Hasner, Richard Mourdock and Donald Stenberg. The group also spent money opposing incumbent Sens. B …"