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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. It happened just one time — in Arkansas — in 2010. It's easier than …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… n phone calls and mailers opposing White in the North Carolina. Super PAC American Crossroads, founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Rove, has yet to launch negative a …"

"… support while also holding the Democrats accountable for their records,” American Crossroads spokesman Paul Lindsay said of his super PAC’s strategy. In addition to …"

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 "Thad Cochran":

"… AC FreedomWorks for America, for example, is campaigning against Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who faces a tough GOP primary fight with state lawmake …"

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.

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ion it raised in 2011, according to a new annual tax report filed with the Internal Revenue Service. That’s a larger sum than any year on the books, according to a Center …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… n ObamaCare, Medicare, and public Health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. ------------------------- It is possible, maybe even likely, …"

"… lood,” Sabrina Corlette, research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, told me. “It's a sign that millions of Americans are e …"

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 "Arkansas":

"… February; businessman Richard E. Uihlein, who gave $100,000 in March; and Arkansas-based Mountaire Corporation, which donated $100,000 in June. This marks t …"

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.

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tea Party movement":

"… overnment, it is now." He further noted that "the very message of the Tea Party movement has been validated" because of the IRS situation. Then Rubio's pitch …"

Terrorism, disasters can't stop political fundraising

By Dave Levinthal

Terrorism, disasters can't stop lawmakers from fundraising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ors who voted against background checks this week accountable." President Barack Obama's lobbying nonprofit, Organizing for Action, also expressed agitation over …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… bruary about drinking from a water bottle during his rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, turned a potential gaffe into an online fu …"

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 "Congressional Budget Office":

"… economy around. Reagan increased both. Historical budget figures from the Congressional Budget Office show that clearly. Federal outlays (total spending) rose by 40 percent …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… cable law — for at least another 50 years,” he wrote. On Dec. 20, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, two campaign finance reform groups, filed complaints wit …"

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.

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 "Joe Manchin":

"… nd Menendez in New Jersey. In West Virginia, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin won a full term even though his state went heavily for Republican presiden …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… noxville, Tenn., donated nearly $5.3 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11 to FreedomWorks for America, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dic …"

"… rica, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey.FreedomWorks’ super PAC has spent more than $19 million on political advertising  …"

"… y’s money has made a huge impact.After the cash infusion from Specialty, FreedomWorks produced numerous advertisements, including one that blasts Duckworth as a …"

"… r served in President Barack Obama’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.FreedomWorks’ new ad features grainy footage of Duckworth and audio of her saying, …"

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 "Senate":

"… lled Freedom Fund for America's Future spent $175,000 attacking Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith during the primary.At least $165,000 of that money cam …"

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.

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 "U.S. House":

"… ding news:House Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democrats running for U.S. House, released four new ads:“Alzheimers” opposes Republican Rep. Allen West …"

"… n;“Procedure” opposes Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., who is running for U.S. House in California’s 52nd District against economist Scott Peters, a Democrat …"

"… g Priorities,” oppose Rep. Bobby Schilling, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 17th District. “Sack It” from the conservative sup …"

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.

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.

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.