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 "Iowa":

"… used TV ads that have so far aired in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire and …"

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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… n Voters’ election arm has spent almost $400,000 to do the same. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just launched a multimillion-dollar ad blitz blasting Brown’s record dur …"

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 "United States":

"… et Office; and Turki Al-Faisal, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, were also featured at the forum, according to event documents. So, too, …"

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 "Democratic Party":

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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 "Harold Simmons":

"… e only conservative billionaire who had a bad night.Contran Corp. CEO Harold Simmons, (No. 2), homebuilder Bob Perry (No. 3) and TD Ameritrade founder Joe …"

"… ential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossHarold Simmons, Republican, $26.9 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 "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ish people.”He was also once one of the biggest backers of AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But Adelson broke off relations with the group in 2007 when it supported …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… s his total giving to more than $10 million to the super PAC. Fellow Texan Harold Simmons, another top super PAC donor, came through with $500,000 to the pro-Romney …"

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 "president":

"… icized for spending the past 10 years in New York, where he served as president of The New School.In other outside spending news:The super PAC Nation …"

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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 "media reports":

"… ublican National Committee by a nearly 2-1 margin in April, which counters media reports that indicate the two camps are running even. The Obama campaign raised $2 …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… now-presumptive nominee, to dark horse candidate Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who has since been become the Libertarian Party’s presidential …"

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 "president":

"… nal Republican Congressional Committee (2012) $2,500 to Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2011) $2,500 to Republican presidential candid …"

"… ian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2011) $2,500 to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (2011) $100,000 to Citizens Club for Growth (2 …"

"… a 54-page proposal submitted to Ricketts’ super PAC that would link the president to his provocative former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts pl …"

"… million in independent expenditures this election cycle — attacking the president, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In one effort, the group …"