Will new super PAC turn urban voters Republican?

By Michael Beckel

Republican Robert L. Fortes, a former Boston city council candidate and charter school lobbyist, has formed a novel super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… on exit polls showed that President Barack Obama dominated Republican Mitt Romney in urban areas, winning about 69 percent of the vote in big cities and abo …"

"… sly, Fortes had worked on “lead advance and operations” for Republican Mitt Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile. When R …"

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Did powerful Egyptian illegally donate to Romney?

By Dave Levinthal

FEC questions former GOP presidential nominee about contributions from Egyptian billionaire.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… joint fundraising committee led by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has yet to return a seemingly illegal Election Day campaign donation from …"

Expenditure profile: Mentzer Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… xpenditures made to the firm in the 2012 election cycle as reported to the Federal Election Commission. …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fannie Mae":

"… ts: The NAR wants to preserve the mortgage interest deduction, restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and raise the cap for credit union lending and Fannie- and …"

Daily Disclosure: Let the debate spin begin

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic and Republican spending groups attack presidential candidates' debate performances.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… $367.4 million in outside spending, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.In the week before the debate, $28.4 million in outside spending went to i …"

Romney balancing act on undocumented youth getting harder

By Susan Ferriss

A Romney adviser files suit, on eve of convention, to stop Obama's youth program for temporary reprieve from deportation and work permits.

FACT CHECK: Romney Hijacks Credibility

By FactCheck.Org

A new RNC ad claims a Republican operative's editorial is real news

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… same columnist later softened his “war on religion” opinion after the president modified the mandate.We’ve seen plenty of this sort of thing, from both …"

"… nd to note an endorsement of Romney by Lech Walesa, the former Polish president who helped defeat communism in the country. The ad doesn’t make clear th …"

"… ior aide to president George W. Bush, a speechwriter for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign, and policy director for Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana. …"

"… after the modified policy was announced, Gerson still was critical of the president, but said that “an indirect requirement is less aggressive and humiliati …"

Daily Disclosure: Man links wife's cancer death to Bain buyout

By Alexandra Duszak

A Democratic super PAC continues to hammer Romney's history with Bain Capital, this time over health insurance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… ominee Mitt Romney, condemning his actions when he was chairman and CEO of Bain Capital and linking the private equity firm's buyout of a steel company to a woman …"

Former Olympians praise Romney in ad — and pony up contributions

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC ads backing Romney feature Kristi Yamaguchi, also a contributor to the candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… paid for by the conservative super PAC Restore Our Future. She admires the presidential candidate so much that she’s also given his campaigns nearly $5,000.I …"

"… ve given money.Yamaguchi donated the legal maximum of $2,300 to Romney’s presidential campaign four years ago, as did her husband Bret Hedican, a retired Nat …"

"… es. Additionally, last summer, Yamaguchi gave $2,500 to Romney’s current presidential campaign.Parra also gave the legal maximum of $2,300 to Romney’s unsu …"

"… arra also gave the legal maximum of $2,300 to Romney’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid and has donated $1,000 in the current election.Shea, meanwhile, con …"

Pro-Romney super PAC donor part of Olympic scandal

By Michael Beckel

Donation to pro-Romney super PAC comes from company touched by scandal in 2002 Salt Lake games.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brittany Gross":

"… mmediately respond to requests for comment. Restore Our Future spokeswoman Brittany Gross said the group does not discuss its donors. …"

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Documents conflict on when Romney left Bain

By The Associated Press

Romney adviser Gillespie charges Obama campaign making false charge against former governor

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… outsourcing pioneer" who invested in companies that shipped jobs to China, India and elsewhere overseas. But Romney, who has made his business experience t …"

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Romney faces NAACP, booed for hitting 'Obamacare'

By The Associated Press

Mitt Romney to make pitch to black voters at NAACP annual convention

Romney visits food bank in fire-stricken Colorado

By The Associated Press

Mitt Romney visits food bank in southern Colorado, visits with fire victims

Veepstakes include leaks, lies, auditions

By The Associated Press

Leaks, lies, auditions and trial balloons are all part of the big veepstakes sideshow

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cheney":

"… til they're ready to announce a choice.When George W. Bush settled on Dick Cheney in 2000 more than a week before his running mate was to be announced, aide …"

"… or the GOP ticket."We'd gotten what we needed: a little breathing room for Cheney's announcement," Rove wrote in his memoir.Too much secrecy, though, can pr …"

Romney calls Obama's health care requirement a tax

By The Associated Press

Romney says Obama health care mandate is a tax, maintains that Mass. mandate is not a tax

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican candidate":

"… family vacation. And even though the family patriarch is now the presumed Republican candidate for president, many of their normal routines haven't changed. They've atte …"

Scandalized DOE loan program has Romney connection

By Michael Beckel

Scandalized federal loan program was lobbied by Romney fundraiser.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… lients include PhRMA, drug-maker Pfizer, Chevron, Visa, US Airways and the American Petroleum Institute. The other is T. Martin Fiorentino, Jr., of the Fiorentino Group, who has …"

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 …"

Romney flip-flops on use of earmarks

By The Associated Press

Romney the presidential nominee is anti-earmark, but as governor, Mass. had many 'high priority projects'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston Globe":

"… ill moved through Congress. Young netted more than $50,000, according to a Boston Globe story at the time.During his campaign, Romney plays up his anti-earmark vi …"

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 "president":

"… donor to an outside spending group supporting Mitt Romney’s campaign for president isn’t a corporation at all, but a former executive of Romney’s old emp …"

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

"… 0 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and $2,500 to failed GOP presidential candidate former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, according to the Center f …"

"… e Politics.Rogers also contributed the legal maximum of $2,500 to Romney's presidential campaign last year, as did Melinda and their daughter Jennifer.Neither …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… .The state-level contributions have at times gone to local officials, like South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who received $62,500 from Romney-connected state and fed …"

"… from Romney-connected state and federal PACs, and who endorsed him in the South Carolina primary.But a greater percentage of funds raised at the state level went t …"

"… campaign finance regulators. (Contributions made from 2004 to 2007 to the South Carolina PAC were not available.)Giving early and oftenCurrent and former Bain exec …"

"… wealth PAC and four state Commonwealth PACs in Arizona, Iowa, Michigan and South Carolina. Once the PACs were set up, the Bain funds started pouring in.In a single …"

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 "speaker":

"… means.”As for Gingrich’s claim that he “helped reduce spending” as speaker, it’s true that he worked to slow the rate of spending growth. But as&nb …"

PAC profile: Our Destiny

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Huntsman

PAC profile: Restore Our Future

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on 2012's top super PAC, supporting Mitt Romney

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Santorum":

"… llies and helped carry Romney to victory over Gingrich and former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum, who were both substantially aided by super PACs during the extended prima …"

S.C. governor got $62,500 from Romney-affiliated PACs

By Rachael Marcus

South Carolina governor endorsed Romney after accepting contributions

FACT CHECK: Mitt the Ripper?

By FactCheck.Org

Stephen Colbert's 'Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow' PAC bring comedy into presidential nominee race

FACT CHECK: Gingrich makes a French connection

By FactCheck.Org

Ad brings up a donation Romney gave to the Democratic party in 1992.

FACT CHECK: Facts Strained in ‘King of Bain’

By FactCheck.Org

Pro-Gingrich super PAC offers one-sided, distorted view of Romney’s years at Bain Capital in a 28-minute 'doc'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ampad":

"… Ampad debt grew even faster. The Globe reported that by 1999 “Ampad’s debt reached nearly $400 million, up from $11 million in 1993, accordi …"

"… ts.” Wall Street Journal. 9 Jan 2012.Abundis, James and Robert Gavin. “Ampad: A controversial deal.” Boston Globe.  Undated, accessed 13 Jan 201 …"

"… unces New Board of Directors.” 10 Sept 2003.Esselte. “Esselte acquires Ampad.” 8 Jun 2010. …"

FACT CHECK: Gingrich’s ‘baloney’-filled attacks on Romney

By FactCheck.Org

New ad and web video from Gingrich make misleading claims about the GOP front-runner

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… eve. “Romney oversaw millions in fee hikes as Massachusetts governor.” Associated Press. 28 Aug 2007.Moody, Chris. “Gingrich’s latest Romney slam: He taxed th …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s shaky job claims

By FactCheck.Org

Former Mass. governor used unproven, misleading facts to hail his job creation prowess

And now, left-wing Mitt Romney, out of context and in French

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A new political ad, entitled 'French Mitt Romney,' shows a video of the presidential candidate speaking in French, poorly

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… s actually quoting an aide to his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.Many of the quotes are lifted from Romney’s 1994 and 2002 Massachusetts …"