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 "Bob Corker":

"… er Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …"

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 "Romney":

"… is campaign-finance scandal continuing.”As both Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns, long-time alli …"

"… weeney created the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, while former Romney campaign advisers Carl Forti, Charles Spies and Larry McCarthy created the …"

"… fficials even appeared at fundraising events for the super PACs, including Romney himself.Meanwhile groups that didn’t disclose their donors — such as C …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ace, Obama won in the reliably Democratic Northeast and on the West Coast. Pennsylvania was his, too, despite two late campaign stops by Romney. Rom …"

"… against for more than a year. Earlier, he raced to Ohio and Pennsylvania for Election Day campaigning and projected confidence as he flew home to M …"

"… fice in New York, as well as Larry Kissel in North Carolina, Mark Critz in Pennsylvania and Ben Chandler in Kentucky. In gubernatorial races, Republ …"

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 "Romney":

"… ans in 2023 if Ryan’s plan became law.Insurers would fare better under a Romney-Ryan administration in another important way: Romney says he would restore …"

"… d fare better under a Romney-Ryan administration in another important way: Romney says he would restore the bonuses to Medicare Advantage plans that Obamaca …"

"… ses to Medicare Advantage plans that Obamacare would gradually eliminate.A Romney-Ryan victory likely would be the equivalent of winning the lottery for the …"

"… urance company stock. Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald predicts that should Romney win and the GOP take the Senate, the value of health insurers’ shares wo …"

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 "Tax Policy Center":

"… enefits by 58 percent. That comes from an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center of “a revenue-neutral individual income tax change that incorporate …"

"… , hasn’t said which tax exclusions he would eliminate or reduce. So, the Tax Policy Center made some assumptions. Its analysis listed the partial exclusion for Socia …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… plan a “gimmick.”Vice President Biden quoted GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as saying “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth” to catch Osa …"

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 "American Federation of Teachers":

"… nting both direct treasury and PAC contributions) include the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, UNITE HERE (representing women in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufa …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… f its biggest non-DAGA donors is Poseidon LLC, a corporation registered in South Carolina. It is not certain what line of business Poseidon is in.Pro-Mitt Romney su …"

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 "senior counsel":

"… the person casting the ballot can be pressured or coerced.Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law …"

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 "Hatch":

"… en Sebelius wrote a July 18 letter to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah saying the department’s “goal is to accelerate job placem …"

"… tioned whether the administration has the authority to issue waivers. Hatch, the state’s senior senator, has asked the GAO to determine if the …"

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 "Romney":

"… pot says his wife contracted cancer and died “a short time after” Mitt Romney closed the steel plant that employed him and left “my family” without …"

"… coverage after that.And as we’ve reported before, when the plant closed Romney was running the 2002 Winter Olympics.It’s fair to argue that Romney bear …"

"… osed Romney was running the 2002 Winter Olympics.It’s fair to argue that Romney bears some responsibility for the plant’s closing — Bain Capital bough …"

"… , and die earlier than those who have coverage.We’ll also note that what Romney supporters object to most strenuously about this ad is opinion, not fact. …"

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 "Ron Paul":

"… ney prevailed in that contest with more than two-thirds of the vote. (Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the only other serious rival Romney faced at the time finished a …"

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 "Crossroads GPS":

"… arl Rove, another Bush adviser, helped launch American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two political groups that aim to raise $240 million to help Republicans t …"

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 "Ron Paul":

"… se wasn’t exactly airtight either. As we wrote when Texas Rep. Ron Paul called Santorum “a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D.C.,” during …"

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 "Romney":

"… akes money to make money. And supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential bid have shelled out more than $20,000 to hold fundraisin …"

"… ampaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.The pro-Romney super PAC called “Restore Our Future” has raised more than $36.8 milli …"

"… f 90210.Restore Our Future was founded by — and is run by — several of Romney’s former aides, including Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director …"

"… nd is run by — several of Romney’s former aides, including Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 m …"

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 "Bain Capital":

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

"… contribution and dissolving soon after, was discovered to belong to former Bain Capital executive Edward Conard. iWatch News was first to report&nb …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… other 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 …"

"… mbraced earmarks.As Santorum tries to seize the tea-party mantle and paint Mitt Romney as the ultimate establishment candidate, the reality is Santorum became th …"

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 "Romney":

"… ate in January dipped to a three-year low of 8.3 percent, Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich threw a wet blanket on the announcement. Romney said the …"

"… ans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich threw a wet blanket on the announcement. Romney said the “real unemployment rate” was actually 15 percent, and Gingric …"

"… Is the unemployment rate not the real unemployment rate?Neither Romney nor Gingrich put things quite right. But they are referring to legitimate …"

"… rom this menu of options, or distort them, to suit their political message.Romney said, “If you take into account all the people who are struggling for wo …"

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 "Private Equity Council":

"… a benefit for investment firms like Bain. Bain Capital was a member of the Private Equity Council, which in 2010 opposed legislation to change the tax treatment of carried …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… aign. Donors included included several buddies from his old employer, Bain Capital, who gave a combined $750,000.The top donors were Julian Robertson of …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… Mitt the Ripper” a “serial killer” because of his record as head of Bain Capital. There’s even a brief shot of a human body being dragged away as the ann …"

"… riticism of a video by a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, Romney had left Bain Capital before the demise of either of those companies. In fact, Bain purchas …"

"… tcy.Also featured is a headline from the Kansas City Star — “Bain Capital Tied to Bankruptcy.” That news story refers to GST Industries Inc., a st …"

FACT CHECK: New Hampshire debates, take 2

By FactCheck.Org

Fact-checking the second GOP debate of the weekend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lisa Jackson":

"… during congressional testimony in March 2011, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that while the EPA was conducting the required review, it had no inte …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… f his wealth, much of which came from his years at the private equity firm Bain Capital which he founded in 1984. Romney bought his house in Wolfeboro in 1997 bef …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… hevy Chase, Maryland, worth $1,684,452. (Nexis)Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut owns:-A condo in Stamford, Connecticut, worth $402,500. (Nexis)-A row hous …"

"… (Nexis)Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut owns:-A condo in Stamford, Connecticut, worth $402,500. (Nexis)-A row house in Washington, D.C., worth $1,276,650 …"

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… s working to clinch the nomination, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data. Romney’s own campaign committee ra …"

"… full 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and President Barack Obama’s campaign committee raised $715 million for …"

"… a co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign, recently told Bloomberg Politics he was “not happy” with Romney’s re-emergence as a potential 2016 ca …"

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 "House":

"… ammy” opposes Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for U.S. Senate.House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democratic U.S. House candidates, releas …"

"… ng for U.S. Senate.House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democratic U.S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. Hous …"

"… ouse candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. House races:“Opportunity” opposes Georgia state Rep. Lee Anderson in Georgia …"

"… sed:“Chance” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District;“Luchando por Nuestro Futuro” and “Luc …"

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