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 "Mississippi":

"… ng spending by a gaggle of outside organizations — some with few ties to Mississippi, a state of fewer than 3 million people — that have dominated the race. …"

"… illion, Team McDaniel about $6.5 million. Most of the outside spending in Mississippi's Senate primary — $5.26 million — benefited McDaniel, with tea party …"

"… is month — and personally secured a $150,000 loan to his campaign from a Mississippi bank. McDaniel's campaign, meanwhile, generated less than $60,000 in such …"

"… l records indicate. The incumbent's most generous air cover came from the Mississippi Conservatives Fund super PAC, the mainstream Republican-backing U.S. Chamb …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… reenwood, the executive director of the Montana Republican Party, told the Center for Public Integrity that he was unaware of the new super PAC. “I’m afraid I don’t have …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… mmittees are also blasting other Republicans. A prime example is the Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Act …"

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 "American Petroleum Institute":

"… and the Center to Protect Patient Rights. Corporate interests, such as the American Petroleum Institute and tobacco giant Reynolds American, are also among Americans for Prosperi …"

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 "Politics":

"… to previously unpublished documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. The self-described “grassroots service center,” which is based in Wa …"

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 "Congressional Budget Office":

"… Rubio’s legislation would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the bill, if enacted, would significantly reduce the federal de …"

Sarah Palin PAC takes fundraising nosedive

By Adam Wollner

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Begich":

"… icates. If Palin were to run for U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Begich would “cruise” to re-election, the poll states. &nbs …"

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.

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ke the ones in Minnesota did yesterday."     …"

Terrorism, disasters can't stop political fundraising

By Dave Levinthal

Terrorism, disasters can't stop lawmakers from fundraising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… at will first "pressure Sen. Max Baucus this Sunday in seven papers across Montana" as part of holding "the four Democratic senators who voted against backgr …"

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 "America PAC":

"… ottles for a donation of $25 or more, with the cash benefiting his Reclaim America PAC. Today, the first three listings returned from a search on Google for "Ru …"

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 "oil production":

"… em: It’s simply not accurate anymore to say that a lizard is threatening oil production in West Texas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (which is in the Interi …"

"… ls and oil industry representatives warned that such a decision would hurt oil production in the Permian Basin in West Texas. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service …"

"… Gas Association said it was “pleased” with the decision. So, for now, oil production in West Texas is safe from the threat of lizards. However, a new threat lu …"

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.

Donor profile: William S. Rose (Specialty Group)

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

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 "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America":

"… r Public Integrity show that the drug lobby’s main trade group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), gave $750,000 in 2011 to Freedom Path, a nonprofit group that spe …"

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 "Connie Mack":

"… in his bid for a third term, holding off a challenge from Republican Rep. Connie Mack. Republican groups had spent heavily against Nelson early in the race, but …"

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.

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… home owned by Rose.Specialty sent several checks totaling $5.2 million to FreedomWorks for America, a super PAC affiliated with the tea party network and with fo …"

"… super PAC that is the single largest recipient of cash from a nonprofit is FreedomWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennes …"

"… ion.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its own nonprofit, FreedomWorks. That means that although the group has disclosed $15.4 million in donatio …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… e included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the New Prosperity Foundation and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS.The disparities between candidate outlays and outside spe …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… new attack ad from a conservative political action committee.“Sometimes Barack Obama seems to confuse being president with being on spring break,” he continu …"

"… retire the beer-summit, spring-break presidency.”The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama released this new advertisement just after the end second presidential deb …"

"… according to CBS White House reporter Mark Knoller.The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama has spent more than $1.3 million on advertisments known as independent exp …"

"… r.The Center for Media and Democracy has criticized the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama for using its money to pay Wierzbicki’s consulting firm.An analysis of F …"

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.

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 "Pittsburgh":

"… about Bank of New York Mellon arguing that it employs 7,500 people in the Pittsburgh area, and as such, it is unfair to call him a “millionaire Wall Street l …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… ed a $4.2 million ad campaign targeting key Senate races in Ohio, Montana, New Mexico and Florida. Florida — where Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson faces …"

"… sents the first reported negative spending from the Crossroads camp in the New Mexico Senate race, where former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson faces current Rep …"

"… s new ad campaign. The four states that are part of the campaign are Ohio, New Mexico, Florida and Montana. …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… OP U.S. Senate primary and runoff in Texas — in which tea party-favorite Ted Cruz beat establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — super PAC Club fo …"

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.

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… tablishment favorite David Dewhurst and others to support tea party-backed Ted Cruz.On May 29, Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas, failed to secure 50 …"