Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… eferred party win control of the U.S. Senate during the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Democratic Party is defending more than a half-dozen …"

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "online ads":

"… pend less than $29,000 to directly back the former lawmaker, doing so with online ads and some supportive phone calls. Compare that to Senate races in Kentucky …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… of the New York Times; former CNN anchor Campbell Brown; Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal; Bill Kristol, the founder of the Weekly Standard; and Ramesh Ponnuru of t …"

GOP official forms Montana-focused super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Republican accountant registers a new Montana-based super PAC as the state prepares for a heated Senate contest.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… chmann’s leadership PAC, former Ambassador John Bolton’s super PAC and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund super PAC. Watkins …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Committee and $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of FEC records. The Kennedy Center position would not be Ricketts …"

Expenditure Profile: American Media and Advocacy Group

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… e conservative nonprofit run by Norm Coleman, the former U.S. senator from Minnesota, and its super PAC arm, the Congressional Leadership Fund. The firm also …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… bsp;backing U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey were also for naught.He was not the only conservative billionair …"

"… his writing.The casino billionaire’s $1 million to Patriot Prosperity, a New Jersey-specific super PAC supporting the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Jo …"

"… rida’s 18th) — too close to call, but leaning toward lossJoe Kyrillos (New Jersey Senate) — lossShmuley Boteach (House, New Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt G …"

"… oward lossJoe Kyrillos (New Jersey Senate) — lossShmuley Boteach (House, New Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid De …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that.Adelson’s support was linked to a shared stance wit …"

Daily Disclosure: Pro-Obama super PAC outpaces GOP counterpart

By Rachael Marcus

Pro-Obama super PAC outraises counterpart for second month in a row.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… elping Romney, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month.Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, who shows no signs of closing his checkbook, gave $ …"

"… English versions of “Closer Look,” which opposes Rep. Pete Gallego, R-Texas; “Folks,” which opposes Rep. Mike McIntrye, D-N.C., “I Will,” whic …"

Daily Disclosure: Nebraska Senate race targeted by Democratic super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PAC End the Gridlock is pumping money into a race that looks increasingly like a GOP pickup

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Bruning":

"… ne, he contributed $25,000.Fischer’s victory over state Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg in the Republican primary came as a surpr …"

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Daily Disclosure: Democratic super PACs gain ground

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PACs gained ground against GOP counterparts and raised big bucks in August.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… pany Ivy Minerals Inc., was the group’s top donor last month at $100,000.TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ right-leaning Ending Spending Action Fund received …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP super PACs' fundraising leaves Dems in dust

By Rachael Marcus

As super PACs carpet bomb the airwaves with negative ads, Republicans hold the financial advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… in July and finished the month with $2.4 million.Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, gave Ending Spending Action Fund, the conservative super PAC he founded, …"

Watchdog 5/24/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance watchdogs":

"… n the aftermath of last week's Republican U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about the role businessman Joe Ricketts played in helping un …"

Ameritrade founder Ricketts' Nebraska contribution worries watchdogs

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donor Joe Ricketts' eleventh-hour investment in Nebraska primary winner could pay dividends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameritrade":

"… mination.Ricketts, the founder of the Omaha-based online brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, was behind a $250,000 last-minute super PAC ad buy designed to boost Fisc …"

"… is about electing politicians that will benefit his bottom line and the TD Ameritrade lobbyists will know they have a likely champion if she's elected in Novemb …"

"… against a candidate.In addition to being the long-time chairman and CEO of Ameritrade, Ricketts is the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs Major …"

"… nd responded to questions for this story.Kim Hillyer, a spokeswoman for TD Ameritrade, stressed that Ricketts retired from the company’s board of directors la …"

Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC spending again plays major role in Senate contest, this time in Nebraska.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate races":

"… force in the general election, especially in states with competitive U.S. Senate races. Republicans hope to win control of the Senate this November.“This is th …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameritrade":

"… n and Lt. Gov. Ricky Sheehy (2006) Corporate name: Hugo Enterprises / TD Ameritrade  Total spent on federal lobbying (2007-2012): $440,000 Lobbying iss …"

"… e morphed — through four decades of mergers and acquisitions — into TD Ameritrade, Inc., the world’s largest online brokerage. Though he retired from Amer …"

"… rade, Inc., the world’s largest online brokerage. Though he retired from Ameritrade’s board in 2011, Ricketts still owns roughly 9.5 percent of the company, …"