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 "Mississippi":

"… discussed “how to fix the states.” Lobbying firm executive and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP stra …"

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 "Charles Spies":

"… C Priorities USA Action, while former Romney campaign advisers Carl Forti, Charles Spies and Larry McCarthy created the Restore Our Future super PAC to boost the f …"

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 "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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… t lists six times when Biden voted against repealing the 1993 tax hike.– Eugene Kiely  …"

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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… ey paid under Clinton, depending.)– Lori Robertson, with Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Robert Farley and Ben Finley …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "GS Industries":

"… ClosingWe first looked into Romney and Bain’s involvement with GS Industries when the company was used in an Obama attack ad in May. We found that assi …"

"… merged the company with another in Georgetown, S.C., renaming the company GS Industries and issuing another $125 million in bonds.Bain also reinvested an addition …"

"… pension payments.Romney has tried to distance himself from the problems at GS Industries.“I take personal responsibility for making the investment,” Romney tol …"

"… gh the steel company declared bankruptcy in 2001, the debt was incurred at GS Industries under Romney’s leadership.Was it the debt load that doomed the company? …"

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 "Charles Spies":

"… ’s 2008 media team; Steve Roche, Romney’s former finance director; and Charles Spies, Romney’s former chief financial officer and counsel, as iWatch News has …"

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 "hedge fund manager":

"… relatively small number of wealthy donors, including a large contingent of hedge fund managers and executives from private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Romney …"

"… bringing their total contributions to the super PAC to $1 million. Retired hedge fund manager Julian Robertson of Tiger Management LLC gave $250,000 to go with the $1 m …"

"… e $1 million he gave last year, making him the PAC's top donor.Billionaire hedge fund manager, David Tepper, president of Appaloosa Management LLC, gave $375,000 in Jan …"

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 "NBC":

"… October 2009.Gingrich took a slightly different tack with his comments. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host David Gregory noted that unemployment was a …"

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 "Charles Spies":

"… ical director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 media team; and Charles Spies, Romney’s chief financial officer and counsel in 2008.Through the end of …"

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 "Highland Capital":

"… ntributed at least $39,000 to four Commonwealth PACs. Stemberg is now with Highland Capital, a company whose managing partner joined with a Bain managing partner to b …"

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 "Charles Spies":

"… ed by Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director. It also employs Charles Spies as treasurer, Romney’s chief financial officer and counsel in 2008. …"

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 "Romney":

"… l 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 …"

"… Colbert “super PAC” is running against Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Romney didn’t bump off the companies that the ad jokingly claims he did.For tho …"

"… rleston all the way to North Charleston.”The 60-second spot pokes fun at Romney’s statement that “corporations are people,” saying that makes “Mit …"

"… even a brief shot of a human body being dragged away as the announcer says Romney bought companies and “got rid of what he couldn’t use.”But Romney wa …"

FACT CHECK: New Hampshire debates, take 2

By FactCheck.Org

Fact-checking the second GOP debate of the weekend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Administrator":

"… imits.But even during congressional testimony in March 2011, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that while the EPA was conducting the required review, i …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… or “straw donors.”The next day, Ed Conard, a former top executive with Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Romney, told Politico that he was the …"

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 "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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