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 "director":

"… s here to stay,” says political science professor Erika Franklin Fowler, director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which monitors political advertising. No U …"

"… the incumbent’s record.” But Michael Malbin, co-founder and executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… nline ads and some supportive phone calls. Compare that to Senate races in Kentucky and Mississippi, for example, where tea party groups shoveled millions int …"

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 "Ken Mehlman":

"… publican causes in Michigan; former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman; TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, a major GOP donor whose son, Pete Ric …"

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 "treasurer":

"… Federal Election Commission. One clue does exist, though: The name of its treasurer, Nancy Watkins — the only person named on its FEC filing — suggests th …"

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 "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ntributed in 2013. This year, LPAC has supported the election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, the election of Democrat Annise Parker, …"

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 "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 "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 "The New York Times":

"… rt from a super PAC funded by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.The New York Times rates the Nebraska seat a “likely, though not surefire” pick …"

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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 "Barack Obama":

"… USA Action, the primary super PAC supporting the re-election of President Barack Obama, took in $10.1 million through the end of August. That’s up from just $4 …"

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 "PAC Club for Growth Action":

"… super donor Peter Thiel gave another $1 million to the conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action. The super PAC took in $2.9 million in July and finished the month with $2 …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… nomination. 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 …"

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 "Major League Baseball":

"… itrade, Ricketts is the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team, which is currently seeking government assistance to renovate its Wri …"

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 "financial services":

"… per PAC had less than $2,000 cash on hand.Joe Ricketts, the founder of the financial services giant now known as TD Ameritrade, is the super PAC’s sole individual don …"

Donor profile: Joe Ricketts

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… t Obama and $2 million to bankroll Republicans in congressional races, the Wall Street Journal reported. In 1975, Ricketts founded Omaha First Securities, a small inves …"