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 "Congressional Budget Office":

"… nter, the deputy director of Google Ideas; Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office; and Turki Al-Faisal, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United St …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… don't think appointing new commissioners will be an early priority for the Obama administration, nor should it be,” he said.Many campaign finance reformer advocates, th …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… In the battle for the Senate, Elizabeth Warren turned Republican Scott Brown out of office in Massachusetts, and Rep. Joe Donnelly captured a seat from …"

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 "Paul Ryan":

"… , which will eventually eliminate the overpayments, and who voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to further privatize Medicare.Under Ryan’s plan, seniors would …"

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 "Social Security":

"… eware: The Obama and Romney campaigns are making false claims about taxing Social Security benefits:Vice President Joe Biden told seniors in Florida that Romney’s …"

"… d seniors in Florida that Romney’s tax plan “would raise taxes on your Social Security.” But that’s not part of Romney’s tax plan. It’s the Oba …"

"… Committee falsely claim that Biden “repeatedly voted for higher taxes on Social Security benefits.” Obama and Biden repeatedly opposed attempts to cut the tax on …"

"… benefits.” Obama and Biden repeatedly opposed attempts to cut the tax on Social Security benefits for higher-income seniors, but that’s not a vote for raising ta …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… e than $1 trillion in savings over the next 10 years from our drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.”In February, when Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget, …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… mpaign spending had been $2,400 in support of Rep. Mark Crtiz, R-Penn., in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary which, thanks to redistricting, pitted him against …"

"… y, and a $50,000 Olympics-themed mailer sent to 250,000 mailboxes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin at the start of the Olympics, Politco reported.Wor …"

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 "Romney":

"… th corporate lobbyists.  …"

"… s “America’s Comeback Team.”The “comeback” is not a reference to Romney’s recent slip in the polls, but to the assertion that the pair will retu …"

"… positivity, featuring a sunrise, uplifting music and inspiring quotes from Romney and Ryan during Saturday’s surprise announcement in Virginia.Romney made …"

"… from Romney and Ryan during Saturday’s surprise announcement in Virginia.Romney made a gaffe by introducing Ryan as “the next president of the United St …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… d the disabled.In a video that went viral in June, Republican Mike Turzai, Pennsylvania’s House majority leader, spoke approvingly at a Republican State Committ …"

"… new voter ID law "which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done."His spokesman said Turzai meant that Pennsylvania’s election w …"

"… n the state of Pennsylvania — done."His spokesman said Turzai meant that Pennsylvania’s election would be fair and free of fraud because of the new ID law. De …"

"… ant the law, signed in March, would suppress Democratic votes.According to Pennsylvania’s Department of State and the Department of Transportation, as many as 7 …"

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 "Government":

"… erproductive to helping people find jobs, as documented by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office in a 2010 report. GAO’s welfare experts were …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… W. Bush. Gillespie and Karl Rove, another Bush adviser, helped launch American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two political groups that aim to raise $240 million to …"

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 "Washington":

"… ible.This is not the first time the White House has employed what the Washington Post once dubbed the “Washington Monument Syndrome” in honor of t …"

"… e House has employed what the Washington Post once dubbed the “Washington Monument Syndrome” in honor of the national parks director who …"

"… if costs grow faster than that cap of GDP plus 0.5 percentage points. Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein argues that lawmakers “could” …"

"… Path to Prosperity.” Mar 2012.Farley, Robert. “White House Displays ‘Washington Monument Syndrome.‘” FactCheck.org. 16 Dec 2011.Congressional Budget O …"

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 "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 "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 "White House":

"… nts, and that the average has increased to 4.4 points since he entered the White House. But, they noted, the gap has been trending ever so slightly downward in 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 "Romney":

"… . …"

"… aign for president isn’t a corporation at all, but a former executive of Romney’s old employer, Bain & Co., and his wife, according to records.Super …"

"… a former executive of Bain & Co., the management consulting firm that Romney helmed during the early 1990s. Rogers worked for 16 years at Bain where he …"

"… p until 2000.Between 2004 and 2011, Rogers and his wife donated $88,000 to Romney's presidential campaigns and state and federal level political action comm …"

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 "Romney":

"… s none have a greater potential return than the one they have made in Mitt Romney.Current and former Bain executives and their relatives have given about $4 …"

"… latives have given about $4.7 million to organizations dedicated to making Romney the next president of the United States, according to a Center for Public …"

"… y haven’t just come around lately.Some Bain associates have been filling Romney’s campaign coffers since 2004 when the former Massachusetts governor had …"

"… n early primary states — some without contribution limits — to both of Romney’s presidential campaigns and to federal “leadership PACs” controlled …"

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 "Romney":

"… grich super PAC that takes the personal attacks to a new level, suggesting Romney was associated personally with “illegal activity” in a massive Medicar …"

"… illegal activity” in a massive Medicare fraud in the 1990s. The fact is Romney was never accused of wrongdoing in that case.Another ad from the same grou …"

"… used of wrongdoing in that case.Another ad from the same group claims that Romney “thinks judges can overrule parents on abortions.” But it rips Romney …"

"… Romney “thinks judges can overrule parents on abortions.” But it rips Romney’s words out of context. He was actually arguing against allowi …"

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 "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 "Romney":

"… .5 million. …"

"… ffort to reward big fundraisers who have joined its “Medalist Program.”Romney, who ran the host committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake …"

"… or silver and $250,000 to score the gold, according to a campaign document.Romney raised $18.25 million in the second quarter, a total considerably lower th …"

"… ion that some of his big fundraisers predicted earlier in the spring.While Romney’s take wasn’t what his fundraisers hoped for, it still was way ahead o …"

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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