Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… during the previous election cycle. Similarly quiet were GOP mega-donors Joe Ricketts, Robert Rowling and William Koch, the lesser-known brother of billionaire …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… rom TRT Holdings$100,000 to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney)$35,000 to Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst)Federal hard money and 527 contribu …"

"… Republican National CommitteeNotable state-level contributions:$113,000 to Texas judges and politicians (2012)$103,000 to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, …"

"… dges and politicians (2012)$103,000 to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (2010)$129,000 to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)$100,000 to Greg …"

"… to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas (2010)$129,000 to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)$100,000 to Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general (200 …"

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 "U.S. House":

"… se Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC aiming to elect Democrats to the U.S. House, reported bringing in $764,000 in July. It closed the month with $4.6 mill …"

"… e.” Quayle is the father of Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., who is running for U.S. House in Arizona’s 6th District. “Q-U-A-Y-L…” the narrator in the new ad …"

More than half Crossroads' cash comes from three Texas tycoons

By Michael Beckel

Three extremely wealthy Texas businessmen are responsible for 54 percent of conservative super PAC's donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… PAC either personally or through their corporate accounts, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission filin …"

"… rossroads has raised about $14.6 million from corporations, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the FEC. That …"

"… for Responsive Politics – a feat the group could repeat this year.As the Center for Public Integrity has previously reported, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS plan to ra …"

"… 2011, Crossroads GPS alone raised $77 million from unnamed sources, as the Center for Public Integrity has reported.  …"

Crossroads political machine funded mostly by secret donors

By Michael Beckel

Karl Rove-linked political nonprofit releases tax returns, out-raises super PAC sister.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… . Earlier this year, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that the Republican Jewish Coalition gave Crossroads GPS $4 million, and the Center for Public Integrity previo …"

"… to the conservative nonprofit American Action Network and $250,000 to the Republican Jewish Coalition. These grants are accompanied by a letter stating that “the funds are t …"

PAC profile: American Crossroads

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… several incumbent senator and Senate candidates, including Bill Nelson of Florida, Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsi …"

Campaign cash: The independent fundraising gold rush since 'Citizens United' ruling

By Peter H. Stone

For many powerful GOP operatives and allied fundraisers, the luncheon last April felt like one part reunion and one part strategy summit for

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Shelby":

"… ble, a group comprised of some 100 leading integrated financial firms, and Rick Shelby, the top lobbyist with the American Gas Association.GOP groups mimic liber …"

Chamber of Commerce, other biz lobbies drill big oil for new cash gusher

By Peter H. Stone

What do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have i

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil executives":

"… ise millions of new dollars to help elect pro-business candidates, leaving oil executives deluged with funding requests.The Chamber is seeking extra funding – bey …"

"… this year is unknown, but two industry sources note that Donohue has asked oil executives to open their wallets very, very wide. “Donohue always shoots high,” q …"