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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… n the first nine months of this year, but reports filed Wednesday with the Internal Revenue Service show that the gap is narrowing. Though the Republican Governors Associati …"

'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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… date participation in any governor’s race in the country, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from media tracking service Kantar Media/CMAG. The pheno …"

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 "Republican State Leadership Committee":

"… lican Party. Casinos have also given more than $850,000 since 2010 to the Republican State Leadership Committee, a national group that distributes money to state politicians. In 2012, th …"

"… to candidates and to the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Jill Bader of the Republican State Leadership Committee said in an email that her group has created a “segregated account” for …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… Officials representing the various Koch foundations, as well as those at Koch Industries Inc., did not respond to phone and email requests seeking comment about th …"

"… ne Studies’ board of directors and a Mercatus Center board member. Koch Industries Executive Vice President Richard Fink is a Mercatus Center and Institute f …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… al tools so often wielded by billionaires such as Republican casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson. “Super PACs can be anything,” she said. “Until we have a change in …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… ing down its operations." Super PACs became a household term following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. Unlik …"

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 "Illinois":

"… overning magazine. The most vulnerable Democrats, meanwhile, appear to be Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to recent po …"

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.

'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 "ExxonMobil":

"… gas industry, has more than 500 members including BP America, Chevron and ExxonMobil. Americans for Prosperity, backed by oil moguls David and Charles Koch, p …"

'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 "Kentucky":

"… three split state legislatures in the country — Iowa, New Hampshire and Kentucky. The last time the number was so low was 1944, according to the Natio …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… n cycle — a record amount. That mark was set in part because of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that reversed …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… candidates during the 2012 election cycle, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics at the request of the Center for Public Integrity. About 45 percent gave …"

"… — combined to give about $34 million to 975 candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That was about 1 percent of all money all candidates raised during the t …"

"… ribution limit on donations to national party committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which was $70,800 during the 2012 election. Again, the GOP made out bett …"

"… cording to a Center for Public Integrity review of data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Additionally, Adelson gave a combined $44,500 — just shy of the then-$ …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… or Public Integrity review of campaign finance data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. "This was an inadvertent error, and a refund has already been requested, …"

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 "Adelson":

"… 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.   …"

"… ch 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 "Senate race":

"… rance about the new Arkansas Horizon super PAC but predicted that the U.S. Senate race would see a flood of spending by big-money groups. “There’s going to …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… has previously reported.     …"

"… OCHPAC, which had nearly $1 million in cash reserves at the end of May. A Koch Industries representative could not immediately be reached for comment, but spokesman …"

"… k among the country's most prominent influencers of elections and policy. Koch Industries, for example, has spent more than $62 million on federal lobbying efforts …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ril 30 from Independence Virginia PAC, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Ahead of the 2012 election, Independence Virginia PAC spent approximatel …"

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 "Adelson":

"… funding organizations," it states.     …"

"… , he quietly funded warfare on a decidedly apolitical enemy: cancer. Adelson and his wife personally fueled their little-known private foundation —&n …"

"… eir little-known private foundation — The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation — with about $4.3 million during 2011, accor …"

"… led with the Internal Revenue Service. The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation in turn disseminated most of the money to more …"

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 "John Kerry":

"… t Boat Veterans for Truth, which ran the now-famous ads attacking Democrat John Kerry during his presidential bid. The Simmons’ daughters declined to comment …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… asking, "Who are we going to get to start our super PACs?" Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, notably combined to provide $20 million of the $23.9 …"

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 "Adelson":

"… from earlier this week from the Center for Public Integrity about Sheldon Adelson's charitable giving clearly touched a nerve with the casino magn …"

"… asino magnate, the nation's top donor to super PACs in the 2012 election. Adelson, currently listed as the world's 14th wealthiest man, generally avoids spe …"

"… iest man, generally avoids speaking with the press. The analysis detailed Adelson’s nine-figure financial support for pro-Israel organizations, most notab …"

"… ntributions? I would like to see how mucy (sic) you give. Sheldon G. Adelson Adelson’s personal assistant, Betty Yurcich, confirmed by phone that Ad …"

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 "United Nations":

"… or Israeli-occupied lands their home. Israel has defied a decades-old United Nations Resolution 194 providing millions of Palestinian refugees the “right to …"

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 "Mark Udall":

"… The group’s ads are targeting Colorado’s two Democratic senators — Mark Udall and Michael Bennet — as well as Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mark Pryor, …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… mmittee” received $500,000 from the Adelsons as it touted incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and criticized Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in telepho …"

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… cipal Employees topped the DGA donors list, giving about $1.3 million. The Service Employees International Union gave about $1.1 million while the American Federation of Teachers gave at …"

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 "Senate race":

"… on Adelson gave $1 million to a super PAC active in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race during the campaign’s final days, a fact unknown to voters until long af …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… two top donors to federal super PACs for the 2012 election, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, who gave nearly $81 million through …"

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 …"

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