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 "FreedomWorks":

"… a party super PACs Club for Growth Action, Senate Conservatives Action and FreedomWorks for America investing the most. But their often negative ad barrages forc …"

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 "Barney Keller":

"… our resources can make an impact on the outcome of the race,” spokesman Barney Keller said. So far, tea party groups are off to a lousy start. Tea party-backed …"

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.

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… y and February of 2010, as Democrats and Republicans fought for control of Congress, much of which focused on the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusett …"

"… argeting candidates in special elections such as the one in Florida's 13th Congressional District, where Republican David Jolly faces off with Democrat Alex S …"

"… bsp;provided much of the organization's funding. Florida's 19th Congressional District race has also birthed a candidate-specific super PAC that Fo …"

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 "president and chief executive officer":

"… e $470,000 in compensation received in 2012 by Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks’ president and chief executive officer. FreedomWorks, which is organized as a “social welfare” nonprofit und …"

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.

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.

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… ornia saw more non-candidate spending during the 2012 election cycle. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alone pumped nearly $2.7 million into the district in 2012 on advertisemen …"

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… d women. "Scandal-ridden Republican Michele Bachmann is at it again," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee writes today. "That's right: in the midst of a federal investigation …"

Terrorism, disasters can't stop political fundraising

By Dave Levinthal

Terrorism, disasters can't stop lawmakers from fundraising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "political strategist":

"… y lobbyists, such as Sam Geduldig and Dejan Pavlovic, and Charlie Spies, a political strategist who helped run the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future super PAC. The even …"

Political strategists praise power of online fundraising

By Michael Beckel

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

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican House Majority Leader":

"… rough mid-November. When asked about the donations by Mother Jones, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey — who until recently was the head of FreedomWorks — pleaded …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… challenger by an 11-1 margin, but Liljenquist was helped by super PAC FreedomWorks for America, which reported spending nearly $1 million on anti-Hatch ads. …"

"… th is a “front group set up to protect Orrin Hatch,” said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and grassroots campaigns. “Orrin Hatch h …"

"… the group has not solicited money for particular ads. Like Freedom Path, FreedomWorks operates a nonprofit wing that does not reveal its donors. The non-disclos …"

"… s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey. F …"

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 "Bob Menendez":

"… Hutchison. Cruz will become the third Hispanic in the Senate, joining Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. In Florida, Democratic Sen. …"

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 "Aetna":

"… its part, the Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $ …"

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 "Aetna":

"… s to the political organizations from unidentified donors in this election.Aetna’s oopsOccasionally, the veil is lifted on the secrecy of these groups, s …"

"… ed on the secrecy of these groups, sometimes inadvertently.Insurance giant Aetna accidentally disclosed to insurance regulators earlier this year that in 2 …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… ide spending can be attributed to the heavy- hitting party committees: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee together have spent mo …"

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."

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 "Republican House Majority Leader":

"… im Kaine.FreedomWorks for America is the super PAC component of the former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks network. The super PAC supports economically c …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… r. Rothfus also has financial support from the tea party-aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Clu …"

"… Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance f …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… ne of which is backed by heavyweight Texas donor Bob Perry and billionaire Harold Simmons.That’s far less than his campaign has spent, however; the Dewhurst campa …"

"… nations from the state’s GOP establishment, including Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who has contributed $1 million, and homebuilder Bob Perry, who has contri …"

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.