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 "lobbyist":

"… ity’s honor code and propagating the “flat-out lie” that Brown was a lobbyist. It promised to leave “all our legal options on the table.” In respon …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… discussed “how to fix the states.” Lobbying firm executive and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP stra …"

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 "Congress":

"… ulation. Republicans need to pick up six Senate seats to wrest control of Congress’ upper chamber away from the Democrats this fall — and many hope that …"

"… g." "We expect a lot of dark money groups to try to buy this election for Congressman Steve Daines," she added.    …"

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.

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Expenditure Profile: American Media and Advocacy Group

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… ia time on behalf of the Ending Spending Action Fund, the super PAC run by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs. Despite its hig …"

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 …"

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 "George Soros":

"… nter's analysis.James Simons, the founder of Renaissance Technologies, and George Soros*, the chairman of the hedge fund Soros Fund Management, have given a combi …"

"… presidential race, the return on investment is more than 2000 percent.”*George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… fall, gave a whopping $11.5 million to the group. Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, was the only donor to the PAC, which finished the month with $5.9 million …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… er PACs spent more than $1 million backing Stenberg, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Fischer got a late endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and tri …"

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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 "role businessman":

"… te primary in Nebraska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about the role businessman Joe Ricketts played in helping underdog state Sen. Deb Fischer secure the …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… Spending Action Fund responded to questions for this story.Kim Hillyer, a spokeswoman for TD Ameritrade, stressed that Ricketts retired from the company’s boa …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… and.Joe Ricketts, the founder of the financial services giant now known as TD Ameritrade, is the super PAC’s sole individual donor. (Ending Spending, Inc., where …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

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

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