Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

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

"… ons, where the battle has turned negative.  …"

"… ct. 13, more than any other non-party group in the country, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. …"

'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 "Scott Walker":

"… obviously coordinated efforts prompted a criminal probe of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in Florida, such coord …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gibraltar":

"… e established online companies based in exotic locales like Costa Rica and Gibraltar. One casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, a prominent backer of conservative pol …"

"… rally partnered with other companies, including overseas operators such as Gibraltar-based Digital Entertainment, to run the websites. The casinos, …"

"… line poker companies. The couple, both born in California, were living in Gibraltar at the time, and their company eventually entered into a “non-prosecutio …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… and universities during 2012. Recipients include Princeton University in New Jersey ($249,150) and Yeshiva University in New York City ($106,350), according t …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… Hillary can trace its origins to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which helped paved the way for political action committe …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Education Association":

"… eppered the list of the 10 largest super PAC donors in 2013, including the National Education Association (No. 4), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (No. 5), the AFL …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… oper, according to recent polls by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling. Arkansas, where Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is stepping down due to term limits …"

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama bundler named to top arts post

By Michael Beckel

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama campaign bundler Laura Ricketts named Kennedy Center trustee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… 00 this year to Democratic candidates and groups, including $32,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee, according to a Center fo …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Cantor":

"… ame.” Its president, John Murray, a former aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., earned about the same amount in compensation: $630,000. Michael B …"

'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 "Democratic Party":

"… es of outside cash. In New Hampshire, for instance, the DGA gave the state Democratic Party nearly $3 million, which mostly went to helping Hassan. Analyzing outside …"

"… how you feel about raising prices on Arkansas families.” The state’s Democratic Party tried to fight back against the group by producing a TV ad starring Democr …"

"… t,” says Kathy Sullivan, the Hassan advisor and former head of the state Democratic Party. The money is “gross” and so is the lack of disclosure, she says. Sul …"

Why 'McCutcheon' won't stop the influx of cash into politics

By Bill Buzenberg

Even if the FEC wins its Supreme Court case, super PACs and other groups will still be allowed to spend big in elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… uper PACs last year. For example, the No. 1 super donor was casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican who spent about $100 million, including some $40 million in …"

Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' case could aid GOP

By Michael Beckel

Conservative donors who maxed out during the 2012 election far outnumbered liberals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alabama Republican Party":

"… ted about $30,000 to Republican Party committees, including $20,000 to the Alabama Republican Party. He furthermore gave more than $300,000 to two super PAC operations with w …"

Top Democratic donor breached aggregate contribution limit last year

By Michael Beckel

Fred Eychaner, the top Democratic super PAC donor in 2012, gave more money to federal candidates than legally allowed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… d not include Eychaner by name. Eychaner is the president and CEO of Chicago-based Newsweb Corp., a business that specializes in printing alternative, …"

"… nder individuals. Eychaner is also a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. I …"

"… of Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. In 2010, Obama appointed him to serve on the board of trustees of the Joh …"

Big Labor: still a political force

By Michael Beckel

Despite falling union membership, labor groups are major players in the super PAC arena.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ely gave super PACs about half as much money as billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson, who ranked as the top super PAC donors.   …"

New super PAC on Arkansas' horizon

By Michael Beckel

Newly registered 'Arkansas Horizon' super PAC could play pivotal role in contentious Senate race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… il lost to Republican challenger Andy Harris. Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were major bankrollers of both the Republican Jewish …"

The slow deaths of presidential super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Once mighty political committees are failing to reinvent themselves in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… f millions of dollars by the mega-donor likes of Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Democratic media mogul Fred Eychaner, have in some cases dwindled into …"

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Honeywell":

"… nation's thousands of registered PACs, including perennial PAC powerhouses Honeywell and National Beer Wholesalers Association, have donated so much cash so ea …"

Funds from Adelson-backed super PAC boost Georgia nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Virginia super PAC wills its funds to nonprofit in Georgia for reasons unknown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… eached for comment.     …"

"… he U.S. tax code. It received nearly $42,000 on April 30 from Independence Virginia PAC, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Ahe …"

"… the Federal Election Commission. Ahead of the 2012 election, Independence Virginia PAC spent approximately $5 million attempting to boost Republican George A …"

"… contributed more than $93 million to GOP-aligned super PACs. Independence Virginia PAC’s donation to Rise and Shine America was first reported by Roll Call …"

Sheldon Adelson's anti-cancer campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Nation's top super PAC donor also quietly funneling millions to medical research.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… by many funding organizations," it states.     …"

"… ng has waned, dropping to $4.2 million in 2010 before inching up in 2011. Sheldon Adelson's office in Las Vegas directed questions to Kenneth Fasman, the found …"

GOP super donor's foundation leans left

By Paul Abowd and Dave Levinthal

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… to an arch political foe of Republicans, Planned Parenthood, and its North Texas affiliate, IRS records show. Simmons’ foundation also bolstered several …"

"… ro-Newt Gingrich Winning Our Future and $1.1 million to pro-David Dewhurst Texas Conservatives Fund. (Dewhurst, the state’s lieutenant governor, lost a p …"

"… $1 million to Make Us Great Again, a short-lived super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid. Simmons’ seemingly contradictory …"

"… old Simmons Foundation grant recipients are the Human Rights Initiative, a Texas-based organization focused in large part on political asylum, violence aga …"

FEC chairwoman warns of super PAC corruption

By Michael Beckel

Ellen Weintraub sounds off about the proliferation of candidate-specific super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… t group helped keep afloat the candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who personally thanked the Adelsons for their financial support when he d …"

Adelson takes exception with Center blog post

By Paul Abowd

Top super PAC donor unhappy with report on pro-Israel charitable giving.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israeli":

"… e organization’s revenue. Birthright Israel is in part sponsored by the Israeli government. In Gaza, Israel prohibits the import and export of many goods …"

Super PAC patron Sheldon Adelson pours riches into pro-Israel groups

By Paul Abowd

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has directed hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-Israel organizations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… ing groups. Adelson first bolstered the candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who most notably entered the Israel-Palestine fray by declaring Palestini …"

Las Vegas Sands PAC no Sheldon Adelson

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee for casino company owned by Sheldon Adelson thin on cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… 1:00 pm ET.  …"

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… day." On Sunday, the New York Times further reported that GOP super donor Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., has been directly rea …"

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… nors, visit this page on our website. …"

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 "Humana":

"… ural giant Monsanto, credit card company Visa and health insurance company Humana were large donors to both the RGA and DGA — each giving about $100,000 t …"

Last-minute mega-donations fueled super PAC attacks

By Michael Beckel

Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg among eleventh-hour donors to unlimited spending groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ,”  said Stabenow spokesman Cullen Schwarz. …"

Californian spends $44 million, loses ballot initiative fight

By Paul Abowd

Failed ballot initiatives attracted millions in spending from siblings with differing political views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wal-Mart":

"… on from Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Alice Walton, of the Wal-Mart family fortune, sent $1.7 million from Bentonville, Ark., according to the …"

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… onors to super PACs in 2012 did not fare well — casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the No. 1 super PAC contributor with more than $53 million in giving, bac …"

"… s Rundown:(Giving to candidate-specific super PACs in the federal election)Sheldon Adelson, Republican, $53.7 million*Mitt Romney — lossConnie Mack (Florida Senate …"