Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… Yankees, supported Romney is 2012 but is currently uncommitted. Texas developer Harlan Crow, a major donor in 2012 to Restore Our Futu …"

"… yone out’ Gaylord T. Hughey Jr., a prominent campaign cash bundler from Texas, said he has heard from and met with “several” potential presidential …"

"… ,000 for Romney’s 2012 campaign. He also raised money for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another possible 2016 presidential candidate, when Perry …"

"… 2004 campaign. Hughey has also contributed to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is also reportedly eyeing a presidential run. Asked about the number …"

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"…  to fuel its pro-Clinton operations. More recently, Bush, the former Florida governor, created both a "leadership PAC," which may raise limit …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… endent Women’s Voice spent about $160,000, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission, aiding Republican Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, du …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… same sources, going through different vehicles.” …"

"… AG. The phenomenon stems in part from a new campaign finance law that the Florida Legislature passed last year. The change made it easier for independent po …"

"… n Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in Florida, such coordination is not only legal, but the norm. “The idea that ther …"

"… ion,” said Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida. Without firewalls, though, limits on how much money candidates can raise …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… with coordination laws.” …"

Judge who stopped Wisconsin campaign finance probe tied to Koch-funded junkets

By Chris Young

Federal judge who attended Koch-funded conferences halts campaign finance investigation into Wisconsin group with Koch ties.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… nd to an investigation into possible illegal campaign coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups during two recent recall electio …"

"… Judge Rudolph Randa of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ordered prosecutors to immediately halt its long-running investigation int …"

"… ation into the campaign spending and fundraising activities of Walker, the Wisconsin Club for Growth and other conservative groups. Prosecutors were trying to …"

"… g campaign strategies at the time of the 2011 and 2012 recall elections in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Club for Growth spent millions on ads during Wisconsin’s …"

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 "Bob Corker":

"… er Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Tester":

"… n a seat in the U.S. Senate. Additionally, the organization endorsed Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Mike Simpson, R- …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… fortune trying to influence elections, a prominent story line of the 2012 presidential campaign. Some of the same prominent donors to federal super PACs also …"

"… ed government, there’s only so much you can do,” says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax nonprofit. “More of the im …"

"… d American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jankowski, is a former insurance and tobacco lobbyist. ‘Tort ref …"

"… coffers of big political consulting firms — many of which are active in presidential and other federal races. Firms based around D.C. were paid nearly $59 …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jan Brewer":

"… etting business do business The Arizona Commerce Authority is one of Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature achievements, but its public face has been Jerry Colangelo, …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State":

"… million during the unions' 2012 fiscal years, including $810,000 from the American Federation of State, Municipal, County Employees (AFSCME) and $376,000 from the National Educa …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… te. And in Virginia, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are vying for the state’s top job. In 2014, 36 …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Walsh Bradley":

"… firm that helps employers keep their workplaces “union-free.” Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s husband is Mark J. Bradley, a lawyer for Ruder Ware, a Wisconsin-based …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… nprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multim …"

Donor profile: AFSCME

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… er the failed AFSCME-backed effort to unseat Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. The contest attracted nearly $64 million in outside …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… came in 2010. The North Carolina win and the failed effort to recall Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor, in June, were high points for the GOP.In …"

Redistricting credited for GOP success in Wisconsin congressional races

By Bill Lueders and Kate Golden

Enigma out of Wisconsin as GOP controls more seats than votes cast in their favor would predict

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democrats":

"… te.How else can anyone explain a group of voters who simultaneously picked Democrats Barack Obama for president and Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate while preserv …"

"… largely in secret by the Republicans who controlled the state Legislature. Democrats accused the GOP of using this opportunity to cement its electoral advantag …"

"… with data showing that if uncontested races were included in the analysis, Democrats actually received 200,000 more Assembly votes than Republicans. Most uncon …"

"… s won six of 11 contested races, including two seats that had been held by Democrats. The Republicans now have a 17-15 advantage in the state Senate, which wil …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… he state. They included $1 million from hedge fund managers Paul Singer of New York, Steven Cohen of Connecticut and Ken Griffin and wife Anne from Chicago. T …"

"… x couples to marry. He has a gay son who married in Massachusetts, and The New York Times reports he gave $425,000 to back New York’s gay marriage bill. Co …"

"… in Massachusetts, and The New York Times reports he gave $425,000 to back New York’s gay marriage bill. Corbett ran as a staunch opponent of gay marriage …"

National unions and Chamber of Commerce face off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… uence than its unsuccessful attempt to remove union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office earlier this year.“The eyes of the nation will be on Michiga …"

PAC profile: Ending Spending Action Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… presidential race and $2 million on congressional races, according to the Wall Street Journal.The super PAC was founded alongside the 501(c)(4) nonprofit Ending Spendin …"

Drought now grips more than half of the nation

By The Associated Press

New report shows drought gripping US has expanded to cover widest area since drought of 1956

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Some state governments are stepping in, too. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in 42 counties last week to speed up the iss …"

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Governors put off health care questions, for now

By The Associated Press

Concerned about costs, governors put off decisions on health care law until after Election Day

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… told The Associated Press. "So yeah, I'm a little gun-shy."Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall election in June, said in an interview that governo …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ating” the tea party movement. The group emerged in 2004 as a spinoff of Citizens for a Sound Economy, an organization founded in 1984 by the Koch brothers.AFP supports “cutt …"

Wachdog 6/7/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… tants."But many a modern lawmaker seems to abhor that prescription. At the Center for Public Integrity, we've been busy tracking legislative action in the wake of our massive St …"

Walker wins Wisconsin recall election flooded with outside spending

By Paul Abowd

Record campaign spending followed by record turnout in Wisconsin recall vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ial election.  …"

"… nion-led recall challenge by Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett.The Wisconsin vote captured national attention, and a flood of out-of-state money. Of th …"

"… $45 million came from Walker’s campaign and supporters, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. The record spending total was made possible thanks to …"

"… Supreme Court decision — which had the effect of invalidating Wisconsin’s century-old ban on independent expenditures by corporations and u …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Union Facts":

"… Commerce, known as “Wisconsin’s Business Voice,” and the anti-union Center for Union Facts have made roughly 75 percent of those purchases. Greater Wisconsin has spe …"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grants significant access to companies, donors

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon


Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… the governor without contributing, to be blunt,” Heim said.Mike McCabe, executive director of the nonpartisan watchdog Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, disagreed, notin …"

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s conservative media appearances pay off as he raises millions from out-of-state donors

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national conservative media appearances have helped him to raise millions from out-of-state donors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… lkercalendars. Coming Sunday, May 20: Who got access to Walker? …"

"… and scores more hours he spent building credentials with conservatives in Wisconsin and across the nation.The governor granted more interview time to the nati …"

"… eeking comment.Walker’s time with media was tallied using a database the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism created from Walker’s calendars.Kath …"

"… s.Katherine Cramer Walsh, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the Center’s findings matched her own assessment of Walker …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… dison or its affiliates. …"

"… groups outside the state.On Jan. 28, 2011, two weeks before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan to slash public employee unions’ powers, he dined at t …"

Donor profile: National Education Association

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… The group was part of the coalition that failed to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state’s June 5 special election. The NEA's super PAC also gave $ …"