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 "CEO":

"… mic Council; and National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander. Apple CEO Tim Cook; Scott Carpenter, the deputy director of Google Ideas; Doug Elmen …"

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 "GPS":

"… eanwhile groups that didn’t disclose their donors — such as Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove — reported spending at …"

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 "India":

"… given the sour economy, he lost only two states that he captured in 2008, Indiana and North Carolina. Florida, another Obama state four year …"

"… in Massachusetts, and Rep. Joe Donnelly captured a seat from GOP hands in Indiana. Deb Fischer picked up a seat for Republicans in Nebraska, …"

"… hipped jobs to Mexico and China, that Massachusetts state jobs had gone to India while he was governor and that he has personal investments in Switzerland, …"

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 "Toyota":

"… k to No. 2 and is headed for third place in global sales this year, behind Toyota and Volkswagen.Biden said “the experts” concluded Romney’s corporate …"

"… It took back the top spot in global sales in 2011 after being surpassed by Toyota in 2008. Prior to that, GM had been No. 1 for more than 70 years. But for …"

"… d been No. 1 for more than 70 years. But for the first six months of 2012, Toyota, with 4.97 million vehicle sales, regained the lead from GM, with 4.67 mil …"

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 "Vermont":

"… VTDigger.com reported the super PAC spent at least $100,000 on air time in Vermont for an ad supporting Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell.The group ha …"

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 "Brennan Center for Justice":

"… e ballot can be pressured or coerced.Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, a public policy group that oppos …"

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, Factcheck.org  …"

"… 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

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 "David Gregory":

"… .Women and health insuranceIn his interview with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, Gillespie also cited the growing number of women who are without health i …"

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 "Larry McCarthy":

"… s former aides, including Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 media team; Steve Roche, Romney’s former fi …"

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 "Larry McCarthy":

"… nts Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.Among the super PAC's founders is Larry McCarthy, known for the infamous “Willie Horton” ad that helped sink …"

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 "Rick Santorum":

"… – Robert Farley …"

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 "David Gregory":

"… ly different tack with his comments. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host David Gregory noted that unemployment was at 8.3 percent in February 2009, then went to …"

"… h point of 10 percent in October 2009, but now is back down to 8.3 percent.David Gregory, Feb. 5: "How is it that you can say this administration has not led econo …"

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 "Larry McCarthy":

"… 's former aides, including Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 media team; and Charles Spies, Romney’s chi …"

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 "managing partner":

"… Commonwealth PACs. Stemberg is now with Highland Capital, a company whose managing partner joined with a Bain managing partner to buy the Boston Celtics basketball t …"

"… with Highland Capital, a company whose managing partner joined with a Bain managing partner to buy the Boston Celtics basketball team. Stemberg and his wife eventuall …"

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 "Romney":

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

"… ent industry was far and away the most generous donor to the pro-Romney campaign. Donors included included several buddies from his old emplo …"

"… e the group $500,000.Restore Our Future was co-founded by Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director. It also employs Charles Spies as treasurer,&n …"

"… 2008 political director. It also employs Charles Spies as treasurer, Romney’s chief financial officer and counsel in 2008.The organization was creat …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… their own decisions about whether to get an abortion. She noted that under Massachusetts law, 16-year-old girls either needed one parent’s consent for an abortio …"

"… n.Romney disagreed.Romney, 2002: "I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws. And with regards to this issue of age of consent, it i …"

"… ng, one can go to a judge or justice to get that permission. And so far in Massachusetts history when a young woman has gone to a judge, not one single time has th …"

"… rich’s campaign ad goes after Romney for raising “fees and taxes” in Massachusetts.The ad says Romney “refused to support” the Bush tax cuts when he was …"

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 "Rick Santorum":

"… ifferently (some more than others). For former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, it was that he didn’t think the Ryan plan went far enough to …"

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 "Larry McCarthy":

"… the PAC are Carl Forti, who was Romney’s political director in 2008, and Larry McCarthy, who was a member of Romney’s media team.The $12.2 million raised by Res …"

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 "Tim Pawlenty":

"… est rivals for the nomination have reported to date. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s campaign has said it raised just $4.2 million in the same three-month …"

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 …"

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