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 "Barack Obama":

"… ue. …"

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 "Florida":

"… D.C.-based group has given $2.5 million directly to a committee supporting Florida’s Republican incumbent, Rick Scott, and $1.5 million to a committee …"

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 "Montana":

"… sum, about $137,000 went toward television ads critical of John Walsh, the Montana Democrat who will be sworn into office Tuesday to replace Max Baucus, the …"

"… y this fall, Republicans need to pick up six new seats, and the contest in Montana could be one of the determining races. Ahead of the 2010 and 2012 election …"

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.
Mitt Romney

Did powerful Egyptian illegally donate to Romney?

By Dave Levinthal

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

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… political campaign before, but volunteered for GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain during the last two elections. Fauber is not the only twe …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

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.

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 "Virginia Gov":

"… e nation's leading lobbyists — BGR Group Chairman Ed Rogers.  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will serve as the ceremonial host of the Christie fund …"

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.

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 "attorney":

"… rules, including the common vendor rules,” said Jim Kahl, the group’s attorney, “and they have procedures in place to comply with them.” In Ohio, Am …"

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 "Boston":

"… ey made a brief, graceful concession speech before a disappointed crowd in Boston. He summoned all Americans to pray for Obama and urged the night's politic …"

"… xcited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they p …"

"… ne for a second term. Republican running mate Paul Ryan was with Romney in Boston, although he kept one eye on his campaign for re-election to the House fro …"

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 "Virginia":

"… ents in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative groups account for 62 percent of the spending, …"

"… n up spending” and endorsed “defense cuts that could kill over 200,000 Virginia jobs,” according to one attack ad.Meanwhile, VoteVets Action Fund, a Dem …"

"… len has repeatedly “turned his back” on veterans, a key voting bloc in Virginia.“If George Allen thinks veterans’ programs are a waste, maybe voting f …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… amblingRank: 2Total: $55 millionFavorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Sheldon Adelson and familyDonors’ interests: Keeping taxes low on overseas profits that …"

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

By Rachael Marcus

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

Daily Disclosure: Tennessee congressman targeted in ads over alleged affair

By Rachael Marcus

Ad targets Rep. Scott DesJarlais over sex scandal.

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

By Rachael Marcus

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… arty will appear on the ballot in 16 states, including the swing states of Colorado and Florida.During the 90-minute debate, both Stein and Anderson promoted …"

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 "bank":

"… ble to get us back on track.”Restore Our Future had $16.6 million in the bank at the end of September. Crossroads GPS has reported spending $21 million …"

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.
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 "Nassau County":

"… paying more. When the president took office, the price of gasoline here in Nassau County was about $1.86 a gallon. Now, it's $4.00 a gallon. The price of electrici …"

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.

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