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 "bank":

"… 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 cont …"

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 "Senate Minority Leader":

"… an $118,000 on advertisements and related expenditures primarily attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Cochran.  “Our ultimate goal is to pass …"

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 "PAC":

"… na plains, where one of the hottest U.S. Senate races is brewing. A super PAC called the “Big Sky Freedom Fund,” based in Billings, Mont., isn't ind …"

"… r other clients includes the likes of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s leadership PAC, former Ambassador John Bolton’s super PAC and TD Ameritrade founder Joe …"

"… chele Bachmann’s leadership PAC, former Ambassador John Bolton’s super PAC and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund supe …"

"… nd TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund super PAC. Watkins — who, along with her husband, also raised at least $100,000 f …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democrats":

"… 8. Liberal political groups, in contrast, didn't spent a dime roughing up Democrats during this time, focusing their efforts exclusively on promoting Democrat …"

"… emocrats during this time, focusing their efforts exclusively on promoting Democrats or bashing Republicans. In all, conservative groups spent more than $2.3 …"

"… organizations spent just $1.92 million in January and February of 2010, as Democrats and Republicans fought for control of Congress, much of which focused on t …"

"… ns currently control the U.S. House of Representatives, and at this point, Democrats must win 17 new seats to regain control of it. Democrats, for their part, …"

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 "Indiana":

"… ade just one grant to another nonprofit organization last year: $30,000 to Indiana Right to Life, an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, which …"

"… liate of the National Right to Life Committee, which is seeking to “make Indiana inhospitable to abortion on demand.” The revelations about FreedomWorks …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Wendell Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… se abortion. He also contributed $5,000 to a super PAC called Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC, a group some Republicans have called decepti …"

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

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

"… s goal “is to organize, motivate and mobilize the conservative voters of America to help elect and support candidates who share our same goals and values. …"

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.

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 "Sarah Palin":

"… retch At the Conservative Political Action Conference, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that the Senate was “in violation of Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 …"

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 "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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Orrin Hatch":

"… , but they should have known about it.” …"

"… his article for more.) Freedom Path is a “front group set up to protect Orrin Hatch,” said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and gras …"

"… FreedomWorks’ vice president of political and grassroots campaigns. “Orrin Hatch has always worked hard for the drug lobby,” Walker said. “He has alway …"

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 "Deb Fischer":

"… ly after midnight. The only pickup for the Republicans was Nebraska, where Deb Fischer denied former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey's bid to return to the Capitol. …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… revealed it had paid for nearly $800,000 in radio ads targeting President Barack Obama on his energy policy and the funds came thanks to a donation from Las Vega …"

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 "CBS":

"… sh’s 243 vacation days at the same point in his presidency, according to CBS White House reporter Mark Knoller.The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama has …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… primaries, notably Indiana and Texas, where former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz bested Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.The five U.S. Senate races targeted over th …"

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 "The New York Times":

"… corporating the left-leaning Johnstown, Critz’s hometown, into the fold, The New York Times reported. Critz won the Democratic primary in a surprise outcome against 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 "Montana":

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

"… he nonprofit Republican Governors Association began airing an ad targeting Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock on Wednesday. “The Real Steve Bullock” …"

"… orney general has been endorsed by “extreme environmentalists” — the Montana Conservation Voters, which calls itself “the political voice of Montana' …"

"… Montana Conservation Voters, which calls itself “the political voice of Montana's conservation and environmental community.” The ad also derisively cite …"

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 "Texas":

"… p; …"

"… can Sen. Jon Kyl’s seat. The super PAC’s founder and primary backer is Texas student John Ramsey, who inherited his grandfather’s banking fortune, ac …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… ent Sen. Dick Lugar in that state’s May primary.In Utah, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch spent heavily and moved to the right on the political spectrum to defeat t …"

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.

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