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 "Apple":

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

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 "Texas":

"… ff New York, Illinois and California, while Obama made no attempt to carry Texas, much of the South or the Rocky Mountain region other than Colorado. …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… on Social Security benefits to the 1983 level, as established by President Ronald Reagan. But that would have cut taxes for higher-income seniors; it would not hav …"

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 "Osama bin Laden":

"… ney as saying “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth” to catch Osama bin Laden. Actually, Romney said he’d target more than just “one person.”The p …"

"… moving heaven and earth, and spending billions of dollars” to catch Osama bin Laden.The claim, which Republicans disputed, fails to include the rest of Romney …"

"… see “a very insignificant increase in safety” if al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught because another terrorist would rise to power. “It’s not wo …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… OP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.The new ads, which focus on Medicare, coal and worker safety, mark the uni …"

"… hemed mailer sent to 250,000 mailboxes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin at the start of the Olympics, Politco reported.Workers’ Voice had $1.9 m …"

"… g Republican Reps. Raymond “Chip” Cravaack of Minnesota, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Charles Bass of New Hampshire and Dan Lungren of California. This adds to …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… s week’s hottest race, the Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin set for Tuesday.The ad “Changed,” which supports Republican hedge fund …"

"… ding to the FEC filing. It has yet to be posted online. The GOP primary in Wisconsin on Aug. 14 pits Hovde against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thomspon and for …"

"… online. The GOP primary in Wisconsin on Aug. 14 pits Hovde against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thomspon and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.In other outside spe …"

"… Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, Daniel Lungren of California, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Nan Hayworth of New York, James Renacci of Ohio, Mike Coffman of Colorado …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… e considered 62 ID bills since 2010.Nine states — South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama — pa …"

"… e that they didn’t have voting rights, as in the case of Derek Little in Wisconsin, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The database shows the case w …"

"… ancement Project, a civil-rights group challenging voter-ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The Justice Department denied the Texas voter-ID 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 "president":

"… st this backdrop that the Obama administration acted.On Feb. 28, 2011, the president broadly directed his administration to work with state, local an …"

"… governor is on record as welcoming a rule that his party’s candidate for president says will “gut welfare reform.”– Eugene Kiely, with Rina Moss, Factc …"

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 "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 "president":

"… store Our Future on May 14, two weeks ahead of the Lone Star State’s GOP presidential primary.Romney prevailed in that contest with more than two-thirds of t …"

"… andidate H. Ross Perot — had been leading in some polls of the three-way presidential race.During his 1992 presidential campaign, the elder Perot spent more …"

"… n leading in some polls of the three-way presidential race.During his 1992 presidential campaign, the elder Perot spent more than $65 million of his own money …"

"… 0 to the campaign and his wife Margot has given $1,000.During the 2008 GOP presidential race, both Perot men donated the legal maximum of $2,300 to Romney’s …"

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 "White House":

"… tile workplace for women under President Obama.” Gillespie also said the White House itself was a hostile workplace for women under the president, citing the r …"

"… pt. 20, 2011: One of the most striking quotes in the book came from former White House communications director Anita Dunn, who was quoted as saying that, “this …"

"… d told the Post on Friday that she told Suskind “point blank” that the White House was not a hostile work environment.Suskind allowed the Post to l …"

"… weren’t for the president” phrase only modifies the statement that the White House would be sued, not the subsequent sentence saying that the White House “ …"

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 "transportation":

"… ” in budget parlance) — such as $787.7 billion in budget authority for transportation over 10 years. But it provides no requirements and little guidance about h …"

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 "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 "Michigan":

"… he overall record.”– Robert Farley …"

"… enate.With much of the political focus on upcoming Republican primaries in Michigan and Arizona, the ad from Restore Our Future sets its sights further down t …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… e it's happened before.In August, Ed Conard, a former managing director at Bain Capital, which Romney co-founded in 1984 along with two other Bain & Co. execu …"

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 "Michigan":

"… ederal Commonwealth PAC and four state Commonwealth PACs in Arizona, Iowa, Michigan and South Carolina. Once the PACs were set up, the Bain funds started pour …"

"… he year for the largest amount of contributions to the PACs, especially in Michigan and Iowa. In a single week in 2006, former Bain executive Fraser Bullock a …"

"… Commonwealth PACs. A month after one of those contributions landed at the Michigan PAC, Karmanos became a member of its steering committee. Scott Romney, Mit …"

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 "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 "ABC News":

"… idacy partly by mounting large advertising drives nearer the GOP primaries.ABC News has reported that over $6 million of the $12.2 million raised by the Super …"

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 "San Diego":

"… loss in 2008 for a reported $12 million. Located in La Jolla, in northern San Diego, Romney’s 3,000 square foot beach side home was once owned by actor Clif …"

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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