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 "Tennessee":

"… rned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, among other …"

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 "American Future Fund":

"… identified candidate for federal office,” which would have required the American Future Fund, a conservative nonprofit, to disclose information about its donors.The 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 "Pat McCrory":

"… In gubernatorial races, Republicans picked up North Carolina, where Pat McCrory won easily. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Bev Purdue, did not seek re-ele …"

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 "Humana":

"… years, the largest insurers — Unitedhealth, WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna and Humana — have reported record profits, even during the quarters when enrollment …"

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 "Joe Biden":

"… In a rousing double-header, Democratic delegates heard Barack Obama and Joe Biden both accept renomination on their convention’s final night. And we heard …"

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 "CNN":

"… costs, raise the retirement age and throw seniors into an Rx donut hole.”CNN reported the online ads cost around $50,000. Romney has yet to endorse Rya …"

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 "Romney":

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

"… the law partisan and, echoing Turzai, said its purpose is “to elect Mitt Romney.”The News21 database shows one of the rare instances of voter-impersonat …"

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 "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families":

"… bility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996” that created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.The welfare overhaul was designed to help move unemployed A …"

"… the federal government and states have spent $406 billion on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and about 40 percent of that came from the states, according to t …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… argue that Romney bears some responsibility for the plant’s closing — Bain Capital bought it and loaded it with debt while he was in charge of Bain. But the …"

"… for the downfall of the company was a tough call.With Romney at the helm, Bain Capital invested in the small Kansas City steel mill called GST Steel Co. in 1993. …"

"…  in 2002. “But I didn’t manage these companies. Our philosophy at Bain Capital was to support management teams in companies where we saw potential for gr …"

"… ten repeatedly in the past, Romney left day-to-day operations at Bain Capital in early 1999 to head up the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee, and we h …"

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 "Montana":

"… tual winner — Bill Clinton. In some states that Clinton carried, such as Montana and Nevada, Perot won more than a quarter of the vote.Earlier this year, R …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… f women under the president.– Eugene Kiely …"

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 "White House":

"… anks with the most unpopular stuff possible.This is not the first time the White House has employed what the Washington Post once dubbed the “Washing …"

"… to make a point about budget cuts. As we previously wrote, the Obama White House used this political tactic when warning of the dire consequences if the Re …"

"… dict what exactly would occur.– by Eugene Kiely and Lori RobertsonSourcesWhite House. “Remarks by the President at the Associated Press Luncheon.” 2 Apr 20 …"

"… e of Rep. Paul Ryan. “Path to Prosperity.” Mar 2012.Farley, Robert. “White House Displays ‘Washington Monument Syndrome.‘” 16 Dec 2011 …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… the law firm.One of them: the World Wrestling Federation. That’s right, Newt Gingrich may be using Hulk Hogan’s iconic ring entry song, “Real American,” a …"

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 "New York":

"… uture has held fundraising events held at several elite locales, including New York’s Waldorf Astoria and the Beverly Hills Hotel in the acclaimed Californi …"

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 "Waste":

"… etime “hero” rating by the anti-pork group Citizens Against Government Waste, and was consistently rated better than most of his Republican peers by th …"

"… gain, these facts paint an incomplete picture. Citizens Against Government Waste told us that Santorum left the Senate in 2006 with a lifetime rating of 80 …"

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 "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 "Arizona":

"… established a federal Commonwealth PAC and four state Commonwealth PACs in Arizona, Iowa, Michigan and South Carolina. Once the PACs were set up, the Bain fu …"

"… lost to John McCain in 2008, and immediately threw his support behind the Arizona senator. But Romney was already gearing up for another run and the Commonw …"

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 "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 "Mitt Romney":

"… irical TV spot that the Stephen Colbert “super PAC” is running against Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Romney didn’t bump off the companies that the ad joki …"

FACT CHECK: New Hampshire debates, take 2

By FactCheck.Org

Fact-checking the second GOP debate of the weekend

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC News":

"… ertson, Robert Farley and D’Angelo Gore …"

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 "Hedge fund":

"… to be a deliberate effort to hide his identity in violation of the law.” …"

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 "Montana":

"… didates for U.S. Senate, released ads in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Indiana and Montana:“Education” supports Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and opposes businessman To …"