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 "Politics":

"… t, according to campaign finance data tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. The group also spent more than $360,000 on broadcast TV ads to boost Rep …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… e in 2012 to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Although Brown is expected to the Republican Party’s nominee next week, he nevertheless faces a pair of plucky challengers …"

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 "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… g about $470,000. All the while, Democratic-aligned groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and several left-leaning super PACs, have pummeled Jolly. These organizati …"

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 "bank":

"… Heading into 2014, American Crossroads reported about $2.7 million in the bank. Its largest donor last year included Contran Corp., the company of Texas …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ue last year — from four unnamed donors, new disclosures obtained by the Center for Public Integrity indicate. Priorities USA used the big-money contributions to advocate for …"

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.

Super PAC leader undeterred by criminal conviction

By Adam Wollner

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

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… n's website. Last year, — which is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a social welfare organization under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code …"

"… nd life, faith and family,” according to documents it has filed with the Internal Revenue Service. In 2011, the group raised about $1.4 million and its 501(c)(3) nonprofit …"

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 "defense contractor":

"… ng Affiliated Computer Services, pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline, defense contractor Raytheon, energy giant Southern Co., Xerox and the governments of Kur …"

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 "Senate":

"… oups — including Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democrats running for Senate, and the League of Conservation Voters. The Huffington Post rep …"

"… rat Richard Carmona in his unsuccessful bid for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat. Majority PAC hired Waterfront to purchase airtime for ads supporting …"

"… ing Rep. Connie Mack, the unsuccessful Republican candidate in the Florida Senate race. Freedom PAC released an ad containing some of the same fo …"

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 "Texas":

"… ce longer than expected. Nor were Adelson’s contributions enough to help Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst win the GOP primary for Texas Senate earlier this …"

"… tions enough to help Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst win the GOP primary for Texas Senate earlier this year, a cause to which gave at least a quarter-million …"

"… t Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossHarold Simmons, Republican, $26.9 million*Mitt Romney — …"

"… Rick Perry (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Senate) — lossOrrin Hatch (GOP primary, Utah Senate) — winBob Perry, R …"

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 "Mark Critz":

"… chul out of office in New York, as well as Larry Kissel in North Carolina, Mark Critz in Pennsylvania and Ben Chandler in Kentucky. In gubernatori …"

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 "Senate":

"… e designed to aid.The advertising surge included several high-profile U.S. Senate races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Se …"

"… te races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats.In Indiana, allies of Richard Mourdock have poured at …"

"… ervative groups sunk at least $1.8 million into the Missouri race for U.S. Senate, where they hoped to defeat incumbent Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill.McCa …"

"… ps have spent nearly $70 million on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative …"

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 "Florida":

"… d various Morse-owned corporations in The Villages retirement community in FloridaDonors’ interests: The NAR wants to preserve the mortgage interest deduct …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… on the president for his response, which was seen as a hit to GOP nominee Mitt Romney.“Obama didn’t react to terrorist attacks in Libya the same way he reac …"

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 "Tommy Thompson":

"… ational Rifle Association, released an ad supporting former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the state, and an ad supporti …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… ery. Shadow money organizations like Crossroads GPS -- which GOP operative Karl Rove helped start, and for which he still raises funds and strategizes -- have …"

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 "Florida":

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

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.

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 "Florida":

"… who raised at least $200,000; and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, who raised at least $100,000 and spoke at the Democratic National Convent …"

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 "Benghazi":

"… OBAMA: The day after last month's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the …"

"… cord, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror." OBAMA: "Get the transcript." …"

"… ." THE FACTS: Obama is correct in saying that he referred to Benghazi as an act of terrorism on Sept. 12, the day after the attack. From the Ros …"