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 "Mitt Romney":

"… 15 federal candidates, including contributions to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Ohio Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel and Indiana Republi …"

"… the then-$46,200 aggregate limit — to 16 Republican candidates including Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McCo …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… 15 federal candidates, including contributions to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Republican U.S. Senate candidates Josh Mandel of Ohio and Richard Mour …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… n's website. Last year, CatholicVote.org — which is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a social welfare organization under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code …"

"… nd life, faith and family,” according to documents it has filed with the Internal Revenue Service. In 2011, the group raised about $1.4 million and its 501(c)(3) nonprofit …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shelley Moore Capito":

"… efender of Economic Freedom Award." So far, West Virginia Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is the only GOP candidate who has announced her intentions to seek Rockefe …"

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 "Senate":

"… p is “planning a vigorous effort to elect conservative candidates in the Senate and hold control of the House.” The GOP juggernaut, co-founded by strat …"

"… ant electoral victories in 2012. Its preferred candidates prevailed in GOP Senate primaries in Texas, Arizona and Indiana. While Republican Richard Mourdock …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… g anytime soon,” Backer said.Andrea Fuller contributed to this report. …"

"… lead-up to November ensured that we would not only be able to compete with Karl Rove and the Koch brothers on the air in Democratic seats, but also bring the f …"

"… ”Conservative attorney Dan Backer, too, predicts Rove is here to stay.“Karl Rove is not retiring anytime soon,” Backer said.Andrea Fuller contributed to …"

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 "Senate":

"… mraum. …"

"… it's time to put politics aside and work together to find solutions," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who may have a slightly bigger working …"

"… In terms of the general partisanship and political divide on Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the voters did not endorse th …"

"… ners to contribute more to reducing the deficit." In the new Senate, Democrats would hold a 55-45 advantage if two independent senators chose …"

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 "Josh Mandel":

"… onslaught of outside spending, some $30 million, to defeat state treasurer Josh Mandel. In Pennsylvania, Democratic Sen. Bob Casey survived a late scare from bus …"

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 "Senate":

"… e designed to aid.The advertising surge included several high-profile U.S. Senate races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Se …"

"… te races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats.In Indiana, allies of Richard Mourdock have poured at …"

"… ervative groups sunk at least $1.8 million into the Missouri race for U.S. Senate, where they hoped to defeat incumbent Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill.McCa …"

"… ps have spent nearly $70 million on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative …"

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 "Senate":

"… lled Freedom Fund for America's Future spent $175,000 attacking Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith during the primary.At least $165,000 of that money cam …"

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 "aide":

"… he super PAC’s first major campaign since it helped former congressional aide Richard Hudson win a tight GOP runoff in North Carolina against Rep. Scott …"

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 "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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… or Growth Inc. has spent money in favor of tea party candidates, including Richard Mourdock, who beat longtime incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. The group als …"

"… llion debt. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC, ran ads opposing Lugar. Richard Mourdock defeated the longtime moderate senator in Indiana’s GOP Senate primary. …"

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 "David Dewhurst":

"… nt groups, according to Federal Election Commission records.Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has raised nearly $30 million for the race against former state solicitor …"

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 "Dallas":

"… sts," said Jonathan Neerman, a Dewhurst supporter and past chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, referring to the lieutenant governor's network of …"

"… ley Hutchison. Dewhurst and Cruz are campaigning hard in the Dallas area to win over supporters of the third place finisher, former Dallas May …"

"… the Dallas area to win over supporters of the third place finisher, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, who hasn't endorsed either. But getting voters to the p …"

"… g voters to the polls at all will be a challenge, said Neerman, the former Dallas GOP chairman. "In the summer in Texas," he said, "folks are …"

Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… Ricketts himself put up the full $357,500, according to a report from the Federal Election Commission. The series of videos shows 10 presidential candidates responding to quest …"

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

Watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… fluencing legislation. But in three states — South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado — it turns out that ALEC has quietly, and by name, been specifically exe …"

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 "Indiana Pacers NBA":

"… ’s ambassador to Belgium ($25,000); and Jim Morris, the president of the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team ($25,000).Meanwhile, the top donor to the Indiana Values S …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… ica became especially active in the U.S. Senate GOP primary in Texas where Ted Cruz, the tea party favorite, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was preferred by …"

"… er for Public Integrity discovered.Tea party-aligned U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, garnered support from FreedomWorks, which ran ads cal …"