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 "Scott Walker":

"… sey Graham of South Carolina, as well as Govs. Mike Pence of Indiana, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Chris Christie of New Jersey. If Romney hopes to wi …"

American Future Fund: No election, little cash

By Carrie Levine

American Future Fund's income plummeted in 2013 — a non-election year — after massive haul in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… k a massive dive during 2013, according to new tax filings reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The group’s cash flow fell from $67.9 million in 2012, when it spent a …"

"… rganization didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from the Center for Public Integrity. In terms of expenses, American Future Fund in 2013 reported $7 million i …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… hers in total ads with more than 9,300. Other big groups — including the American Chemistry Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA …"

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 "Maine":

"… Bruce Rauner, along with contributions to Republican groups in Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Kansas. So far this cycle, the DGA has put up ads in Mi …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… erican Crossroads, which was co-founded by party strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, spending about $470,000. All the while, Democratic-aligned groups, inclu …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… 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. Senate away from Demo …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… on which officials announced his plant’s closure (after Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, bought it) was like building his “own coffin.” Priorities USA paid B …"

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 …"

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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 "Mitt Romney":

"… joint fundraising committee led by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has yet to return a seemingly illegal Election Day campaign donation from …"

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 "Utah":

"… my philosophy after Jon Huntsman,” Fauber said, referring to the former Utah governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Fauber said he has n …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… ederal Election Commission filings maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. The donations were split roughly evenly between Obama's two presidential …"

"… ly supported Democratic candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… disclosure requirements for groups that run political ads.     …"

"… ," McConnell said. "It says you can't abridge speech period." In the U.S. Senate, McConnell has successfully blocked the Democrats' proposed DISCLOSE Act, …"

Super PAC caters to Catholics

By Michael Beckel

Catholic-oriented super PAC mixes politics and religion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… t of that money aiding Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The goal of'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marco Rubio":

"… k the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. …"

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.
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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.

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 "Paul S. Ryan":

"… spinoffs is more about “optics” than skirting coordination rules, said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. Under current …"

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

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

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

"… candidates.*As of Oct. 17, 2012 for the 2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

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 "Mexico":

"… ctures and signs scrolled by saying that his companies had shipped jobs to Mexico and China, that Massachusetts state jobs had gone to India while he was go …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… the real waste,” says the David Nasse, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Rachael Marcus contributed to this report. …"

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.

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

"… g network of politically active, conservative nonprofits, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.By Oct. 30, more than $840 million in outside money had poured into the 20 …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Singer":

"… Total: $94 million*Favorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Ken Griffin, Paul Singer, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, Joe RickettsDonors’ interests: Most favor …"

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 "activist":

"… from Campaign for American Values PAC, headed by conservative evangelical activist Gary Bauer, shows a clip of Obama speaking after the hurricane saying, “ …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… which supports Richard Tisei, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in Massachusetts’ 6th District.Conservative nonprofits Let Freedom Ring and Independent W …"

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 Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… bsp; This claim has been made in anti-Renacci ads from Sutton herself, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.The statement is true, …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… for a staggering $8 million of that.This week, spending by Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, Patriot Majority and other nondisclosing groups broke $200 million. Almos …"

"… rvative groups.The three groups doing the most spending -- Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- are all conservative, and the sums the …"

Dark-horse presidential candidates berate role of money in politics

By Michael Beckel

Common ground comes despite vast ideological differences

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance reform":

"… enger, Mitt Romney, heartily disagree about the role of money in politics, campaign finance reform was never breached in any of the three presidential debates this month.But …"

"… ted.The Republican Party platform additionally calls for the repeal of the campaign finance reform law authored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and …"

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney 'genuinely cares'

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

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

"… ide spenders are hoping to change that. “Genuinely Cares” from the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and “Mitt and David” from the c …"

"… ads GPS tell the stories of two individuals who received support from Romney.They are a sharp departure from both groups’ standard attack ads. Restor …"

"… tional Guard Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq War veteran, telling about how Gov. Romney took an interest in him when they met while Damon was recovering from an a …"

OPINION: Voices of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

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

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 "Madeleine Albright":

"… d Obama’s home state of Illinois. Notable additions to the list include Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton and …"