GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… an exclusive, “off-the-record” retreat. GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budg …"

Gridlocked election commission awaits action by Obama

By Michael Beckel

Despite a high court ruling leaving campaign finance rules up in the air, partisan FEC fails to act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… at the campaign finance laws would be enforced,” Wertheimer said. “The White House needs to address it or else must bear responsibility for this campaign-fin …"

"… ACs that served as attack dogs during the long slog of the election.Former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney created the pro-Obama super PAC Priorit …"

"… materials.Nor could it reach consensus on whether using the phrases “the White House” or “the administration” in negative ads ahead of Election Day refer …"

"… oesn’t see the nomination of new commissioners as a top priority for the White House.“With Benghazi to answer for, treaties to consider and spending cuts to …"

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… athered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by. W …"

"… 06 margin in the competition for the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, the count that mattered most. Remarkably, given the sour economy, he lost …"

"… y's, rather than a simple referendum on the economy during his time in the White House. Unemployment stood at 7.9 percent on Election Day, higher t …"

"… other's religion were never major factors in this year's campaign for the White House, a race dominated from the outset by the economy. Over and o …"

OPINION: Who wins with Medicare Advantage?

By Wendell Potter

Medicare Advantage plans are profit centers for private insurance companies because of government incentives to participate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… dicare.Over the past several years, the largest insurers — Unitedhealth, WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna and Humana — have reported record profits, even during the …"

FACT CHECK: Social Security scare tactics

By FactCheck.Org

Both campaigns make misleading claims about potential changes to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… ling the 1993 tax hike.– Eugene Kiely  …"

"… al Security benefits:Vice President Joe Biden told seniors in Florida that Romney’s tax plan “would raise taxes on your Social Security.” But that’s …"

"… raise taxes on your Social Security.” But that’s not part of Romney’s tax plan. It’s the Obama-Biden campaign’s latest misrepresentation …"

"… did the analysis disputes the campaign’s interpretation of its work.The Romney campaign and the National Republican Committee falsely claim that Biden …"

FACT CHECK: Breaking down Obama and Biden's convention speeches

By FactCheck.Org

Which facts were spun by the president and vice-president as they accepted renomination?

Excerpts from this story referencing "AP reporter":

"… e website Townhall obtained from the Romney campaign, offers more context:[AP reporter ] Liz Sidoti: Why haven’t we caught bin Laden in your opinion?Romney: I …"

Daily Disclosure: AFL-CIO targets Romney, Ryan and Nevada’s Heller

By Rachael Marcus

Union super PAC goes after Romney and Ryan in ad buy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… online advertisements attacking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.The new ads, which focus …"

"… The ad will be distributed to 100,000 mailboxes and is intended to counter Romney’s campaign appearance at a coal facility in Ohio later in the week.In ad …"

"… ign appearance at a coal facility in Ohio later in the week.In addition to Romney and Ryan, the online ad, to be displayed on the website of the Las Vegas S …"

"… e John Ensign and is in a contested race to keep his job. It claims the “Romney-Ryan-Heller plan” will “double seniors’ costs, raise the retirement …"

Daily Disclosure: RNC, nonprofit group pump up Romney’s veep pick

By Rachael Marcus

Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as running mate prompted a spate of new ads touting 'America's Comeback Team.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… re, Daniel Lungren of California, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Nan Hayworth of New York, James Renacci of Ohio, Mike Coffman of Colorado, and Raymond “Chip” C …"

Election-fraud not as common as recent voter ID laws suggest

By Natasha Khan and Corbin Carson

The first in a multi-part voting rights investigation by college journalism students from across the country.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… e Department denied the Texas voter-ID law — which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder likened to a poll tax — on the grounds that it would disproportionately …"

"… ct on turnout."One of the criticisms I would have of the attorney general (Eric Holder) and others who have made this a big deal,” he said, “is, by raising t …"

FACT CHECK: Does Obama’s plan ‘gut welfare reform?’

By FactCheck.Org

A new ad from the Romney campaign claims Obama will gut welfare reform. Will it?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… fare reform.”– Eugene Kiely, with Rina Moss,  …"

"… t be paid beyond an allotted time, whether the recipient is working or not.Romney’s ad also distorts the facts when it says that under President Obama’s …"

"… have unilaterally changed the work-requirement rules. But Haskins said the Romney claim that Obama’s plan will “gut welfare reform” is “very mislead …"

"… That prompted Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican who supports Romney, to issue a July 17 press release “defending Utah’s waiver r …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… id it certainly didn’t help. Others blamed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, t …"

"… stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, particularly Asia, have resulted in record levels of imported steel products into the domest …"

Perot Jr.’s company gives $100,000 to pro-Romney super PAC

By Michael Beckel

The family of political maverick H. Ross Perot donate heavily to Romney bid for presidency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… firm founded and headed by Ross Perot, Jr. — donated $100,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future on May 14, two weeks ahead of the Lone Star S …"

"… ay 14, two weeks ahead of the Lone Star State’s GOP presidential primary.Romney prevailed in that contest with more than two-thirds of the vote. (Rep. Ron …"

"… -thirds of the vote. (Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the only other serious rival Romney faced at the time finished a distant second with about 13 percent.)Questio …"

"… a and Nevada, Perot won more than a quarter of the vote.Earlier this year, Romney invoked Perot’s name as a reason to unify around his candidacy.“You ha …"

FACT CHECK: A new front in the ‘war on women’

By FactCheck.Org

Romney's senior campaign advisor makes inaccurate statements on President Obama's economics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… ying the economic plight of women under the president.– Eugene Kiely …"

"… lower than the percentage of uninsured men, which was 17.9 percent in 2010.Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, recently appointed& …"

"… groups that aim to raise $240 million to help Republicans this fall.It was Romney who first attacked the president’s economic policies as a “war on wome …"

"… rance because of the law by 2019 — if it is not repealed, as proposed by Romney.‘Hostile workplace?’Gillespie uses the health insurance and poverty st …"

FACT CHECK: President Obama, Romney both distort the facts

By FactCheck.Org

Budget spin, senior scare and more in a preview of the upcoming fall showdown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… etes Patients.” Health Affairs. Jan 2012.  …"

"… l services in some places, and “ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”Romney says that’s just “rhetorical excess” and accuses the president of …"

"… n budget in an April 3 speech to newspaper editors. A day later, Romney spoke to the same group of editors and was asked about the presi …"

"… ;to the same group of editors and was asked about the president’s speech.Romney, April 4: As I look at what the president said, there were just so many th …"

FACT CHECK: Wrestling with the truth on Santorum’s lobbying

By FactCheck.Org

Though he vehemently denies ever being a lobbyist, the presidential candidate had certain lobbying connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… ompany” and “should qualify as a lobbyist.”– Robert Farley …"

"… a charge that Santorum is being untruthful about his lobbying history.The Romney campaign claims to have caught Santorum being “at odds with the facts” …"

"… t odds with the facts” when he told CNN, “I was not a lobbyist.” The Romney camp points to press reports that say Santorum was a lobbyist in Pennsylva …"

"… though he was employed as a consultant by a lobbying firm.On March 8, the Romney campaign issued a press release titled “Lobbyist/Congressman/Senator Ric …"

Restore Our Future raises funds in lap of luxury

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Romney super PAC held fundraisers in the most luxurious of hotels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve Roche":

"… olitical director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 media team; Steve Roche, Romney’s former finance director; and Charles Spies, Romney’s former …"

Pro-Romney super PAC adds $6.6 million to coffers

By John Dunbar

'Restore Our Future,' the pro-Romney super PAC, continues to attract donors at a rapid clip

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… o this report. …"

"… anagers and executives from private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Romney's former employer.There were no seven-figure donations in January, but 25 …"

"… owned hoteliers J.W. and Richard Marriott, who are long-time supporters of Romney. Combined, the two gave  $500,000 to go with $500,000 they gave in 20 …"

"… $375,000 in January.Restore Our Future was founded by veterans of the 2008 Romney campaign. It has been criticized for its negative advertising campaig …"

FACT CHECK: Pro-Romney super PAC hits Santorum with misleading claims

By FactCheck.Org

TV ad from Restore Our Future makes misleading claims about GOP candidate Rick Santorum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… examine the individual parts of the overall record.”– Robert Farley …"

"… r states with a new TV ad making some misleading claims.The ad claims Mitt Romney turned around Massachusetts’ finances without raising taxes, when in fac …"

"… rnment “fees” when he was governor. It also rehashes a boast that Romney issued 800 vetoes, but fails to mention that more than 700 were overridden …"

"… that, Alabama and Mississippi.We dealt with a couple of these claims about Romney’s record when they were raised in a previous Restore Our Futur …"

FACT CHECK: Politicians choose their own definition for 'unemployment'

By FactCheck.Org

As a common talking point for both parties, the U.S. unemployment rate can take on many definitions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… Romney has often boasted of the unemployment rate when he was governor of Massachusetts. Whenever he cites that number, it has always been the U-3 figure, never t …"

Another Bain exec revealed as man behind corporate donor to pro-Romney super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Mystery corporate donor to super PAC supporting Romney is former Bain executive

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… eport. …"

Bain execs spent nearly $5 million on Romney’s White House runs, records show

By Anne Farris Rosen

Current and former Bain Capital execs and family spend nearly $5 million to help Romney win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Compuware Corp.":

"… to the PACs.In another instance, Peter Karmanos Jr., executive chairman of Compuware Corp., a Detroit-based company that Bain considered acquiring but declined …"

Pro-Romney 'super PAC' brings total haul to $30 million for year

By John Dunbar

Outside spending group 'Restore Our Future' raises most money among presidential super PACs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… a major role in elections this year.Aaron Mehta contributed to this report. …"

FACT CHECK: The Gingrich counterattack in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

The Gingrich side has finally begun to fight back with TV attack ads of its own in Florida

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… 2 Boston Globe report. Romney personally collected $473,000 when Bain Capital, which Romney once headed, sold the Damon Corp., to Corning Inc. in 1993. …"

FACT CHECK: Mitt the Ripper?

By FactCheck.Org

Stephen Colbert's 'Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow' PAC bring comedy into presidential nominee race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stephen Colbert":

"… get the joke. But there’s a problem with the satirical TV spot that the Stephen Colbert “super PAC” is running against Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Romney d …"

FACT CHECK: New Hampshire debates, take 2

By FactCheck.Org

Fact-checking the second GOP debate of the weekend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… , job creation, gasoline prices and environmental regulations.Gingrich vs. Romney on Attack AdsFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed The Washingto …"

"… irtually nothing accurate” in a TV spot attacking him, produced by a pro-Romney group. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ticked off a number of statem …"

"… acking him, produced by a pro-Romney group. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ticked off a number of statements from the ad that he said were true.Romne …"

"… omney ticked off a number of statements from the ad that he said were true.Romney is mostly correct, and Gingrich is wrong. We found that ad had a few false …"

Loophole lets big political donors wear multiple fundraising hats

By Peter H. Stone

Big fundraisers take advantage of loopholes to make multiple donations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… illionaire John Paulson is upping the ante on his already huge bet on Mitt Romney, opening his palatial Southampton home for a late August fundraiser.Paulso …"

"… on to Restore Our Future PAC, a super PAC created by three top allies from Romney’s abortive 2008 campaign to help him cement the 2012 nomination. The PAC …"

"… legally required to operate separately from the campaign.A big bundler for Romney’s campaign, Paulson — who made billions betting on the decline of the …"

"… he campaign and the super PAC appear to overlap and may benefit each other.Romney has shown his appreciation for the super PAC by attending several of its f …"

Mitt Romney to reward bundlers with "gold, silver and bronze"

By Peter H. Stone

In Olympic riff, Romney to honor big bundlers with gold, silver and bronze

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… ounded in 1984. Romney bought his house in Wolfeboro in 1997 before he was Massachusetts governor for a reported $3 million and a decade later the Boston Globe sai …"

Little house(s) and the veepstakes: Part two

By Aaron Mehta

Last week, after John McCain had trouble remembering how many homes he owned, PaperTrail took a look at the number of houses owned by the to

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… 1,000 a year in rent.And then there’s former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, our runaway winner. During the Republican primary, Romney was frequently …"

"… s Governor Mitt Romney, our runaway winner. During the Republican primary, Romney was frequently attacked by his rivals on account of his vast personal weal …"

"… an $10 million.-A ski lodge in Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.-A house the Romneys purchased in June of this year in La Jolla, California, worth $12 million …"

"… f this year in La Jolla, California, worth $12 million.But there’s more: Romney’s real estate portfolio apparently puts to shame even McCain’s eight p …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… tell us what the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… ide spenders are hoping to change that. “Genuinely Cares” from the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and “Mitt and David” from the c …"

"… ads GPS tell the stories of two individuals who received support from Romney.They are a sharp departure from both groups’ standard attack ads. Restor …"

"… tional Guard Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq War veteran, telling about how Gov. Romney took an interest in him when they met while Damon was recovering from an a …"