Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… onfirms he’s backing Rubio. Randy Levine, the president of the New York Yankees, supported Romney is 2012 but is currently uncommitted. …"

"… r prospective candidates, including Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Add Graham, the U.S. senator from South Carolina, to …"

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… s this: Potential candidates with any semblance of support have, in a post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission political environment, discarded the traditional playbook for ea …"

Chattanooga wants feds to pre-empt broadband ban

By Allan Holmes

Tennessee city seeks to expand municipal broadband service, pre-empting industry-backed state ban.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… ion. Senators including Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wrote a letter warning Whee …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… e law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, the former GOP governor of Arkansas, suggested …"

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… have been developed by the same company that built websites for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other tea party leaders. "Stop the …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bankers Association":

"… ctions,” Justice Department lawyer Peter Kadzik wrote in a letter to the American Bankers Association and Electronic Transfer Association. …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

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

"… ring a 21-hour talk-a-thon in September: 5 ½ Number of hours per day the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recommends embattled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 Amount of campaign cas …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… rs to as the “Prodigal Son Project” to woo back companies like Amazon, Coca-Cola, GE, Kraft and McDonald’s that have dropped their membership. Another …"

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 "BuzzFeed":

"… 01(c)(4) nonprofits to identify their funders. According to a report from BuzzFeed earlier this month, FreedomWorks’ fundraising has plummeted since Armey …"

"… ly where we anticipated being for the year,” but she declined to provide BuzzFeed with fundraising figures. Bodnar did not immediately respond to requests …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans overplayed their hand, just as WellPoint did in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… t was then the nation’s largest health insurance company, the for-profit WellPoint Corporation. In early February, the Los Angeles Times and other media beg …"

"… early February, the Los Angeles Times and other media began reporting that WellPoint had notified many policyholders in California that it planned to increase …"

"… investigation into the rate hike. He and other lawmakers sent a letter to WellPoint’s then-CEO, Angela F. Braly, asking her to testify before Waxman’s com …"

"… was so urgently needed. He told reporters during a briefing that the WellPoint rate increase “is just a preview of coming attractions” in the absence …"

Wall Street favorite Rep. Garrett flirts with default

By Alison Fitzgerald

Will investment firms that deal in U.S. Treasury securities regret their support of GOP congressmen who are flirting with default?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… ek, Toomey, an anti-tax crusader, tried to extract a promise from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that the U.S. would pay interest on Treasury securities before ma …"

'Stand with Rand PAC' takes a stand

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee tells federal regulators to take a hike when prompted to change its name.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… t amendment freedom of expression in political campaigns commensurate with Congress' regulatory authority." Stand with Rand PAC's website features photo …"

Before death, Bob Perry gave to tea party hero Cruz

By Michael Beckel

After spending $600,000 toward his 2012 defeat, Texas super donor backed Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… re he died in April, Bob Perry donated to the re-election campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a man the wealthy Houston home builder spent a small fortune opp …"

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ugh June. That includes $1.8 million from the AFL-CIO; $1 million from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and $500,000 from UNITE HERE, which primarily represents workers …"

Pro-Rand Paul super PAC's name may violate law

By Michael Beckel

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… Senate, including $457,000 during the first quarter of 2013, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Federal law, in most cases, only permits political committees au …"

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

By Michael Beckel

13 Republican senators urge FCC to implement no new disclosure rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Political action committee":

"… DISCLOSE Act, one vote shy of threshold needed to break a GOP filibuster. Political action committees, including super PACs, are required to disclosure their donors to the Fed …"

Dem senator: Campaign finance laws a 'mockery'

By Reity O'Brien

Sheldon Whitehouse spars with Justice officials, Ted Cruz over political money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… of these organizations as an end-run around contribution limits.” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas — the only other committee member present — provided conserva …"

Pro-Rand Paul PAC to amplify conservative message

By Dave Levinthal

New group aims to amplify conservative message, founder says

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 1 prompted the creation of hybrid PACs in federal court case Carey v. Federal Election Commission. DB Capitol Strategies is charging clients $695 through its MyPAC service …"

"… ACs in operation today, according to a running list maintained by the Federal Election Commission.     …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… d scholars doubt a court would agree with her. – Lori Robertson …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

Club for Growth touts lawmakers, ranks politicians with new scorecards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… ission. That sum included more than $5.6 million on ads aiding Republican Ted Cruz during the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary in Texas. The money&n …"

GOP super donor's foundation leans left

By Paul Abowd and Dave Levinthal

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… to Make Us Great Again, a short-lived super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid. Simmons’ seemingly contradictory giving patterns …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth Action":

"… logically driven super PACs are also preparing for new electoral battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubling its …"

"… e, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $422,000 in the bank, and the League of Conservation …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… that the party had been favored to win, while Fischer and tea party-backed Ted Cruz of Texas prevailed in their races. In a sober statement, Sen …"

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… argeted donors from 2009 obtained by Frontline includes representatives of oil, gas, and mining interests. It also lists Asbjornson as a “top priority …"

House candidates draw one-campaign super PACs

By Russ Choma

Super PACs devoted solely to supporting a congressional candidate spent $28 million in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Mercer":

"… roup $250,000 while Rick Santorum-backer Foster Friess and hedge fund boss Robert Mercer have also chipped in.Super PACS dedicated to a single candidate have fough …"

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 "Florida":

"… 11 new ads over the weekend targeting hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the …"

"… ie Mack, R-Fla., who is challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson;“Failing Florida” opposes Nelson;“Handpicked by Obama” opposes Democrat Richard Carmo …"

"… U.S. Senate races targeted over the weekend are particularly competitive. Florida and Ohio lean Democrat and both have Democratic incumbents. Arizona and In …"

"… , yard sign “blitzes” and door-to-door outreach. The tour will stop in Florida in October.In other outside spending news:The Congressional Leadership Fun …"

Arizona primary latest example of Club for Growth's clout

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group Club for Growth is top outside spender in U.S. Senate primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… dacy of Richard Mourdock, who bested moderate incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana’s Republican Senate primary.Only in Wisconsin did an establishment candi …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… Dewhurst in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate against tea party candidate Ted Cruz.Rowling was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1953. He earned his bachelor …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… enate primaries.The group showered millions on Texas GOP primary candidate Ted Cruz, who ultimately won the U.S. Senate primary there after a runoff against e …"

"… Dewhurst for not being conservative enough. Club for Growth Action favored Ted Cruz, who won the primary runoff.“Only Worse” attacked former Wisconsin Gov …"

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 …"