Mississippi's super PAC-dominated Senate slugfest not over yet

By Dave Levinthal

Cochran and McDaniel prepare to square off again June 24 as outside groups spend millions in GOP's contested Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… al races thanks to the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations, nonprofits, unions and special interests to r …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… s better positioned to defeat Democrats in November’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 m …"

"… er’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 million into attacks on several incumbent Republic …"

"… sborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer who’s running for U.S. Senate. Club for Growth Action seeks to involve itself in contests “we feel that our resources c …"

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 "Senate races":

"… itical animal roaming on the Montana plains, where one of the hottest U.S. Senate races is brewing. A super PAC called the “Big Sky Freedom Fund,” based in B …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… cused on the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts that Republican Scott Brown ultimately won. This year, groups have spent about six times that amount …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… e IRS by Friday. Alan Suderman contributed to this report.     …"

"… mation in 2004 through 2011. During its previous eight years of existence, Americans for Prosperity spent a combined $72 million, a review of Internal Revenue Service records …"

"… to engage on our issues, we go all-in," said Levi Russell, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity. "You can expect that to continue." Organized as a “social welfare” no …"

"… “social welfare” nonprofit under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, Americans for Prosperity advocates for “a limited government and free markets.” While these non …"

Tea party-aligned FreedomWorks fueled by elite donors

By Michael Beckel

Four unnamed contributors provided most of the $15 million raised last year by the tea party-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "board member":

"… ity company that was reportedly a conduit for Stephenson, the FreedomWorks board member. FEC records show the FreedomWorks for America super PAC spent roughly $2 …"

Shutdown takes focus off Obamacare glitches

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans can't take advantage of problems surrounding launch of health care plan due to shutdown.

Marco Rubio backs conservative super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Sen. Marco Rubio gave $30,000 to a prominent super PAC ahead of immigration reform push.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… tion, and in 2010, it donated $25,000 to the super PAC of the conservative Club for Growth.     …"

Sarah Palin PAC takes fundraising nosedive

By Adam Wollner

Former Alaska governor's political committee is raising significantly less money these days.

Mystery money in Missouri election not local

By Adam Wollner

Super PAC exclusively used out-of-state cash to influence Missouri special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… practices. Two of Conservative StrikeForce’s donors also cut checks for FreedomWorks for America, the super PAC arm of a nonprofit group formed by conservative …"

"… 00 to Conservative StrikeForce in April following a $9,800 contribution to FreedomWorks for America last fall. San Diego retiree Edward Wong, who donated $725 to …"

"… ong, who donated $725 to Conservative StrikeForce, also gave $9,000 to the FreedomWorks super PAC in 2012. The lone corporation to contribute to the Conservative …"

New super PAC forms in contested Calif. district

By Michael Beckel

New group forms in one of California's most contentious congressional districts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… p; …"

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

Numerous candidates, committees fundraising off agency's targeting of conservative groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… ave the resources to take this fight to the highest levels possible." The National Republican Congressional Committee, for its part, has set up a page featuring a large photo of House Speaker …"

Terrorism, disasters can't stop political fundraising

By Dave Levinthal

Terrorism, disasters can't stop lawmakers from fundraising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marco Rubio":

"… rlink to a contribution form. Sponsors of an upcoming fundraiser for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Thursday emailed potential attendees to "cordially invite" the …"

Political strategists praise power of online fundraising

By Michael Beckel

Former Obama and Romney campaign staffers dish about online fundraising strategies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marco Rubio":

"… sidential candidate Mitt Romney’s digital director, points to Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., as candidates with particular online fundra …"

FACT CHECK: Conservative Political Action Conference

By FactCheck.Org

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Sarah Palin stretch the truth at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… tes and 20 seconds into the recording): Cruz: [Obama is] one of only two presidents, post-World War II, to face double-digit unemployment. And for the last f …"

"… ex. And far from cutting debt, Reagan borrowed more heavily than previous presidents. In Reagan’s first term, debt owed to the public increased by nearly 91 …"

"… White House tours for student groups.) Paul, March 14: So what I ask the president, if he wants to let the school children back in the White House, what abou …"

"… s money. Palin made a similar claim in April 2012, but said it was the president who was in violation of the Constitution, not Congress. Article I, Sectio …"

Michele Bachmann uses liberal super PAC attack to raise funds

By Michael Beckel

Tea party favorite Michele Bachmann hopes to turn liberal super PAC attack into campaign fundraising gold.

Sarah Palin PAC still flush with cash

By Dave Levinthal

Sarah Palin fades from public view while PAC still flush with cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… utions, its reporting shows. …"

Donor profile: William S. Rose (Specialty Group)

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… office.” Business records show that Specialty Group registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State on Sept. 26. On Nov. 28, the company changed its name t …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GlaxoSmithKline":

"… is a partner at a lobbying firm whose clients include PhRMA and drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline, though both Hatches have maintained that Scott does not lobby his father …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chrysler":

"… Indiana voters for his decision to sue to stop the federal auto bailout of Chrysler, which means jobs building transmissions to thousands in Kokomo. And he al …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… ans.Facts about Specialty Group Inc. are scant.Records filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office show it registered on Sept. 26, listing Rose …"

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… mWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennessee shell corporation.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its …"

Outside groups outspend candidates in 26 House races

By Viveca Novak

Out-of-town parties and super PACs are outspending candidates in some House races, numbers show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… party committees: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee together have spent more than $4.5 million as of Oct. 30, the vast majorit …"

Daily Disclosure: Tea party PAC turns Democratic attack on its head

By Rachael Marcus

A new attack ad from a tea party-aligned PAC say President Barack Obama treats the presidency as "spring break."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Media and Democracy":

"… Joe Wierzbicki, another tea party activist, is the executive director.The Center for Media and Democracy has criticized the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama for using its money to …"

"… t was heavily involved in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. The Center for Media and Democracy filed a complaint with the Wisconsin election board against the PAC for no …"

Daily Disclosure: FreedomWorks for America releases deluge of ads

By Rachael Marcus

Contested Senate races hit with ad onslaught by tea party-aligned FreedomWorks for America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… the election, follow our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… utside ads’ criticisms of Rothfus have focused on alleged outsourcing to China (“Shanghai” from the DCCC), Medicare (“Not on Our Side” from SEIU …"

"… ority PAC).The Rothfus campaign released an ad Wednesday responding to the China allegations that says, “The attacks are wrong. The closest Keith Rothfus …"

"… at says, “The attacks are wrong. The closest Keith Rothfus has been with China was when he has ordered takeout for his family.”Rothfus also released a …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

By Alexandra Duszak

Non-disclosing nonprofit conservative organizations continue to blanket airwaves with attack ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Future Fund":

"… faces current Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat.The conservative nonprofit American Future Fund announced yesterday that it spent $600,000 on two ads opposing Rep. Shelle …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth Action focuses on Wisconsin

By Rachael Marcus

Fresh off its victory in Texas, Club for Growth Action, a super PAC supporting tea part candidates, is targeting Wisconsin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… ed Cruz beat establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — super PAC Club for Growth Action shifts its focus to the GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin.The conserv …"

"… ger Eric Hovde and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, both Republicans. Club for Growth Action supports former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann in the Republican primary.Th …"

"… he is ranked “Wisconsin’s most conservative congressman in decades.”Club for Growth Action has not reported the cost of the ad to the Federal Election Commiss …"

"… 2,000, part of which went to ads opposing Hovde and Thompson.Top donors to Club for Growth Action are private equity CEO John Childs ($1.1 million), libertarian Pay- …"

Texas Senate race attracts $13 million in super PAC spending

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Texas Senate race features battle of the super PACs, tea party underdog versus favorite.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ly 12 study from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in North Carolina, showed Cruz enjoying a 49 percent to 44 percent lead over Dewhurst, and a …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth and FreedomWorks fuel Texas GOP Senate fight

By Rachael Marcus

Conservative super PACs are pumping cash into the GOP primary runoff in the Lone Star state.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… per PACs continue to pour money into the U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff in Texas, with some groups spending to support establishment favorite David Dewhurs …"

"… tea party-backed Ted Cruz.On May 29, Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas, failed to secure 50 percent of the vote in the GOP primary. Cruz, the sta …"

"… y $2,000 on pro-Cruz online ads between July 14 and July 17.Meanwhile, the Texas Conservatives Fund, a pro-Dewhurst super PAC, on Wednesday reported a $1.3 …"