North Carolina's state of political hate

By Dave Levinthal

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… same seven days. Among other top negative advertisers: the pro-Hagan American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ political arm (1,165 TV ads), pro-Tillis nonprofit Crossroads GPS& …"

Eyeballs burn in North Carolina, Iowa ahead of U.S. Senate elections

By Michael Beckel

Last week, North Carolina, Iowa residents saw three political ads focused on contentious Senate elections every five minutes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… ar Media/CMAG. A range of conservative groups — including the NRSC, the National Rifle Association and a super PAC called the Freedom Partners Action Fund, which has ties to …"

Daily Disclosure: FreedomWorks for America releases deluge of ads

By Rachael Marcus

Contested Senate races hit with ad onslaught by tea party-aligned FreedomWorks for America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… s over the weekend targeting hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the U.S. Sen …"

"… t George W. Bush’s surgeon general and is now running for U.S. Senate in Arizona against Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican;“A Proven Leader” supports Flake …"

"… itive. Florida and Ohio lean Democrat and both have Democratic incumbents. Arizona and Indiana, both open seats, lean Republican. Virginia, also an open seat …"

Chamber spends early, often on GOP congressional candidates

By Peter H. Stone

The nation's largest business lobby taps corporate giants in an attempt to recapture Senate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… n on “issue advocacy” ads late last year — in Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.In February, the pro-business behemoth poured …"

"… urance, health care and Wall Street firms.Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, for one, has been targeted by the Chamber with almost $2.5 million worth …"

"… rgets — especially Sherrod Brown.“Perhaps a pollster somewhere thought Ohioans were averse to a public servant with a beard,” said Justin Barasksy, …"

"… ksy, a campaign spokesman who defended his boss’s position. “Like most Ohioans, Sen. Brown believes it’s more important to stand up for our middle c …"

CREW challenges tax status of GOP political organization

By Peter H. Stone

Watchdog group asks IRS and FEC to investigate Republican political organization

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate contests":

"… spend as much as $25 million to help Republicans defeat Democrats in a few Senate contests and about 20 House races.In its call for the IRS to look into possible vio …"

Campaign cash: The independent fundraising gold rush since 'Citizens United' ruling

By Peter H. Stone

For many powerful GOP operatives and allied fundraisers, the luncheon last April felt like one part reunion and one part strategy summit for

Excerpts from this story referencing "fundraiser":

"… It’s our democracy itself.” …"

"… ttee under Chairman Michael Steele. Those woes have given major donors and fundraisers heartburn and prompted many to put their political and financial chips el …"

"… ymity is attributable to several factors, say campaign finance lawyers and fundraisers, but arguably the most important is that the Supreme Court decision was c …"

"… ay sources familiar with the group. Singer has also been a hefty donor and fundraiser for several GOP candidates and campaign committees this election season.Da …"

Karl Rove, GOP heavyweights find sugar daddies for groups influencing elections

By Peter H. Stone

Despite having no official position, former President Bush adviser Karl Rove remains a potent, behind-the-scenes operative doing his utmost

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Singer":

"… een quite successful,” says a GOP fundraiser familiar with Rove’s work.Paul Singer, founder and chief executive officer of the $17 billion dollar hedge fund …"

527 Fundraising Nets a Record Haul

By Derek Willis

Independent political groups have raised $391 million for the 2004 election

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

"… a record $391 million during the 2003-2004 election cycle, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of filings with the Internal Revenue Service.Just under half of t …"

Montana an unlikely target for out-of-state campaign cash

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2000 — Montana might not seem like the logical setting for a full-scale brawl over a U.S. Senate seat, but with the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Common Sense":

"… neys waded into the debate by running ads via several groups.Montanans for Common Sense Mining Laws, funded primarily by trial lawyers, ran three ads in Montana e …"

"… the same message and using the same media consulting firm as Montanans for Common Sense Mining Laws. Friends is a Helena-based group and is also supported in part …"