Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Elizabeth Warren":

"… d to reclaim his political fortune. He lost his office in 2012 to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Although Brown is expected to the Republican Party’s nominee next week …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… d $1.5 million to a committee supporting the Republican challenger in Illinois, Bruce Rauner, along with contributions to Republican groups in Texas …"

Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Florida special election

By Michael Beckel

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

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

"… reasingly common in the big-money era following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in January 2010. And the national stakes aren't even that high: …"

American Crossroads revs up attacks on Dems

By Michael Beckel

Karl Rove's deep-pocketed group kicks into action after largely dormant 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… p. Bill Young. American Crossroads, co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has vowed to help the GOP wrest control of the U.S. Sena …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeffrey Katzenberg":

"… media mogul Fred Eychaner, trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and several national labor unions. Fully 100 percent of Priorities USA Ac …"

Will new super PAC turn urban voters Republican?

By Michael Beckel

Republican Robert L. Fortes, a former Boston city council candidate and charter school lobbyist, has formed a novel super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… a 15-way primary race. Fortes then worked as a consultant for Republican Scott Brown during his initial 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, when Brown won an upset vict …"

Mitt Romney

Did powerful Egyptian illegally donate to Romney?

By Dave Levinthal

FEC questions former GOP presidential nominee about contributions from Egyptian billionaire.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… es action at all.     …"

Super PAC leader undeterred by criminal conviction

By Adam Wollner

Pennsylvanian convicted of crime, banned from Virginia Tech campus wants to make political waves.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… n Huntsman,” Fauber said, referring to the former Utah governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Fauber said he has never donated to a political campaign before, but vol …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

IRS employees routinely open wallets for Democratic candidates and liberal groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… dential bids. Ahead of the 2012 election, IRS employees collectively gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about $25,000 — less than half the amount received by Obama. …"

McConnell tries to paint Democrats as party of the rich

By Michael Beckel

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell touts self as defender of First Amendment.

Super PAC caters to Catholics

By Michael Beckel

Catholic-oriented super PAC mixes politics and religion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… idates, with 87 percent of that money aiding Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The goal of CatholicVote.org's PAC is to "provide qualified candidates w …"

Marco Rubio's leadership PAC offers VIP treatment at CPAC

By Michael Beckel

Rising star Rubio offers supporters a chance for VIP access to him at CPAC.

Chris Christie on hunt for D.C. campaign cash

By Dave Levinthal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to rake in campaign riches at home of powerful D.C. lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob McDonnell":

"… ding lobbyists — BGR Group Chairman Ed Rogers.  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will serve as the ceremonial host of the Christie fundraiser, which i …"

Mitt Romney

Filings reveal previously unknown Romney bundlers

By Michael Beckel

Nearly six-dozen lobbyists raised more than $17 million for the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… nbsp; …"

Court opened door to $933 million in new election spending

By Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Supreme Court decision a boon for media outlets, political pros, investigation shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… that Waterfront is an internal branch of GMMB. It was incorporated in Delaware, and its president is listed as Raelynn Olson, GMMB's managing partner. B …"

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Election":

"… ime in the White House. Unemployment stood at 7.9 percent on Election Day, higher than when the president took office. And despite signs of prog …"

"… than a year. Earlier, he raced to Ohio and Pennsylvania for Election Day campaigning and projected confidence as he flew home to Massachusetts. …"

"… s, a reflection of the growing appeal of getting a jump on the traditional Election Day. …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dan Backer":

"… llected by the Sunlight Foundation.“Memories are short,” said attorney Dan Backer, whose clients include several conservative outside spenders. “The more …"

Daily Disclosure: Last-minute efforts from a shadowy group favor Romney

By Rachael Marcus

Last-minute ad spending by outside groups favor the GOP challenger.

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… ts to preserve the mortgage interest deduction, restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and raise the cap for credit union lending and Fannie- and Freddie-backed …"

Daily Disclosure: Conservative outside ads spin Obama’s Sandy response

By Rachael Marcus

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… at the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

Daily Disclosure: Tennessee congressman targeted in ads over alleged affair

By Rachael Marcus

Ad targets Rep. Scott DesJarlais over sex scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House races":

"… ongressional Campaign Committee reported spending $7.5 million on numerous House races.The League of Conservation Voters released “Winners and Losers” with M …"

Daily Disclosure: Congressman gets help from Chevron-powered super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Corporate donation helps super PAC spend big in Ohio congressional race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Future Fund":

"… mmy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for U.S. Senate.Conservative nonprofit American Future Fund released “Hands” and “Real Solutions” supporting Mitt Romney and h …"

Secret money thrives in presidential, high-profile congressional contests

By Viveca Novak and Robert Maguire

The presidential contest and most high-profile Senate races are attracting big spending from groups that don't disclose their funders.

Dark-horse presidential candidates berate role of money in politics

By Michael Beckel

Common ground comes despite vast ideological differences

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

OPINION: Voices of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

A flood of reaction to Mitt Romney's comments on getting care from the emergency room.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… he route to quality health care. …"

"… ay for care because of a system that has come to be controlled by powerful insurance companies. Here, in their own words, are a small number of them. They shou …"

"… the magic cure some of them apparently think it is.“My son couldn't get insurance at any price because a birth defect is a pre-existing condition. So, when …"

"… four times.”“Haven't been to a doctor in five years…Have no health insurance. I don't care about me. It's my 10- and 13-year-old children who have no h …"

Elite fundraisers bring in more than $180 million for Obama

By Michael Beckel

Famous names pepper list of president's top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… lers. Andrea Fuller and Aaron Mehta contributed to this report. …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… more correctly describes the bigger picture. According to an Energy Department study published in the spring, sales of oil from federal areas …"

Mitt Romney

Lobbyists rake in $14 million for Romney

By Michael Beckel

Elite fundraisers make it rain for Mitt Romney, bringing in millions for the GOP nominee, according to new filings.

Excerpts from this story referencing "general election":

"… ng to Politico. Those who raise at least $200,000 between the primary and general election will be honored at the “Stars” level, according to documents obtained …"