'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… eral groups that spent millions of dollars in attempts to defeat President Barack Obama, new disclosures indicate. A 2012 tax return filing, obtained today by th …"

IMPACT: Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor forward tainted donations to charity

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

IMPACT: D.C. man's donations to Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor given to charity following Center story.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… resident Barack Obama, Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who have donated or returned portions of campaign contributions ti …"

Clinton supporter suspected of illegal donations

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Clinton's 2008 campaign received $50,000 from "assembly line of illegal campaign contributions."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… ion since 2001, according to USAspending.gov. D.C. Chartered Health was a Medicaid managed-care organization that contracted with the city to provide health …"

Funds from Adelson-backed super PAC boost Georgia nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Virginia super PAC wills its funds to nonprofit in Georgia for reasons unknown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… publican George Allen in his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid against Democrat Tim Kaine. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson accounted for $4 million of the group’s …"

Environmental nonprofit makes big ad buy thanking senators

By Michael Beckel

Environmental Defense Fund shows gratitude to senators with a new six-figure ad campaign.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… nvironmental Defense Fund specifically single out Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Mark Warner, …"

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bloomberg":

"… broke the $20 million mark. Billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, No. 9, was a new addition to the list. Bloomberg gave more than $10 milli …"

"… City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, No. 9, was a new addition to the list. Bloomberg gave more than $10 million to a group he launched called Independence USA …"

Spending by outside groups topped $1 billion by Election Day

By Michael Beckel

Super PACs and other groups broke the billion-dollar mark in spending in 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… lion aiding Republican George Allen, who was narrowly defeated by Democrat Tim Kaine. Allen was also assisted by a super PAC called Independence Virginia PAC, …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… Future super PAC, with $20 million in donations. Romney lost to President Barack Obama. In addition, Adelson's contributions to super PACs backing  …"

"… an, $12.9 million*Mitt Romney — lossFred Eychaner, Democrat, $12 million*Barack Obama — winTuesday marked the first presidential election under the new campai …"

Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

By The Associated Press

Democrats solidify their Senate rule but Republicans will still run House in 2nd Obama term

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Lieberman":

"… two years she has lost a Senate race. The seat had been long held by Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucused with Democrats and was the Democratic vice pr …"

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 "general election":

"… , nonprofits and other organizations in the presidential contest since the general election began and is more than any other three-week period in the race.Since Oct. …"

"… s about half all money spent by outside groups backing Mourdock during the general election race to date.Mourdock beat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in the pr …"

"… de spending groups have spent more than $10 million over the course of the general election and more than $5 million in the final three weeks.Polls now show Donnelly …"

Daily Disclosure: Obama slammed with $37 million in attack ads

By Rachael Marcus

Obama is hit with $37 million in attack ads, Romney with less than $1 million

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… opposing Flake.The Senate race in Virginia between former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and former Republican Sen. George Allen attracted $1.7 million. More than …"

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 "Senate":

"… expenditures, all of it during the Texas GOP primary battle for U.S. Senate.The money was spent in opposition to Ted Cruz, the tea party candidate, in …"

"… to Independence Virginia PAC, a super PAC targeting Virginia's Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine, with $2.5 million — the group has only raised $2.6 …"

"… on advertising in support of Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who is running for Senate. Perry has given the group $250,000 while Rick Santorum-backer Foster Frie …"

"… l.End the Gridlock targeted Deb Fischer, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Nebraska. She faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, who is trying to get …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… Energy Virginia” opposes President Barack Obama and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for U.S. Senate.“Distorting” opposes Sen. Bob Kerrey, …"

"… ommerce reported spending $3 million and released two new ads: “What’s Tim Kaine’s Plan for Virginia?” opposing the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senat …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… rector. When Crossroads GPS went up with an ad last week accusing Democrat Tim Kaine of wanting to raise taxes, it wasn't the first time he'd heard that claim …"

Daily Disclosure: Chevron gives $2.5 million to conservative super PAC

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Oil company's donation one of only a handful from Fortune 500 companies to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connie Mack":

"… ived $1 million from the Adelsons. So did Freedom PAC, which supports Rep. Connie Mack’s quest for U.S. Senate in Florida.Adelson is also helping former Virgin …"

Daily Disclosure: Adelson spends big on Virginia U.S. Senate race

By Rachael Marcus

Senate race in Virginia tops in spending for super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… pending $1.5 million on ads opposing the Democratic candidate, former Gov. Tim Kaine.Two weeks ago, casino magnate and super donor Sheldon Adelson, who lives i …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-funded groups attack Obama for 'war on coal'

By Rachael Marcus

Billionaire-backed nonprofits press defense of coal industry with ads knocking president's policies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… lars and is running for two weeks in the coal-producing states of Ohio and Virginia.The ad accuses President Barack Obama of wanting to bankrupt the coal indu …"

"… voting against Obama and the Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Ohio and Virginia, Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.One American Commit …"

"… unning for U.S. Senate in Ohio and Virginia, Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.One American Commitment radio ad accuses Obama and Brown of …"

"… g $2.5 million opposing Obama and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia, Wisconsin and North Dakota. The super PAC Planned Parenthood Votes r …"

Daily Disclosure: Union-funded ads slam Allen in Virginia Senate race

By Rachael Marcus

Tight Senate race in Virginia draws $2.25 million ad blitz from labor unions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia Gov":

"… refuse to cover contraceptives for “moral reasons.”Allen faces former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ji …"

Mitt Romney

Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending

By Rachael Marcus

Since Labor Day, super PACs and nonprofits have favored Romney over Obama by a large margin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… tion.In Virginia, tops among Senate races in outside spending, former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and former Sen. George Allen, a Republican, are aiming to rep …"

Nonprofit profile: League of Conservation Voters Inc.

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the nonprofit group

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… group took a particular aim at Republican George Allen, who faced Democrat Tim Kaine in Virginia’s tight U.S. Senate contest. The League unleashed more …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS charges into congressional race

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS is now active at all levels of the national election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… S released a $2.5 million wave of ads hitting Democrats Berkley in Nevada, Tim Kaine in Virginia and Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, as the Daily Disclosure report …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS makes $2.5 million ad buy in three Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS, the pro-Republican nonprofit, takes aim at Senate races in three states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… other ads, “Questionable” and “Teeth,” oppose former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for Senate on the Democratic ticket. Separate versions of …"

Daily Disclosure: NRA goes after Democrats in contested Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's powerful gun lobby has stayed relatively quiet, but is now spending big on ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… , attack the records of Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who are both running for U.S. Senate — and Federal Election Commission …"

"… u back anti-gun judges,” the ad says.“Stand for Freedom, Stand against Tim Kaine” says that Kaine received a grade of “F” from the NRA for making gun …"

"… tion of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, Tim Kaine in Virginia, Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, U.S. House candidate Christie Vil …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

By Alexandra Duszak

Non-disclosing nonprofit conservative organizations continue to blanket airwaves with attack ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… paign are Ohio, New Mexico, Florida and Montana. …"

"… and began airing in Wisconsin last week, according to a press release from Americans for Prosperity.“Tammy Baldwin: Stop Wasteful Spending,” features a handful of Wiscons …"

"… onsin, especially how to tighten their belts and balance the budget.”The Americans for Prosperity ad also points out Baldwin’s vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act, w …"

"… ate from the $25 million ad campaign targeting President Barack Obama that Americans for Prosperity announced in early August.Americans for Prosperity is not required to disc …"

Daily Disclosure: Virginia politics is for haters, not lovers

By Rachael Marcus

Heavyweight outside spending groups jumped into the U.S. Senate race in Virginia this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… ormer U.S. Sen. George Allen, a Republican, against former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine to decide who will replace U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, who is not runn …"

State laws vary widely on voting rights for felons

By Maryann Batlle and Carl Straumsheim

A convicted felon in Maine can vote from prison, while a felon in Florida may never vote again.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… al votes at stake.A patchwork of restrictions in every state but Maine and Vermont keep about 5.85 million Americans with felony convictions off voting rolls …"

PAC profile: Senate Majority PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Democratic Senate members and candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connecticut":

"… used its efforts on Senate races in several key states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. I …"

"… tling executive Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. The ad was jointly paid for with Connecticut's Future PAC. The super PAC …"

"… candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. The ad was jointly paid for with Connecticut's Future PAC. The super PAC spent millions to aid embattled Sen. Claire M …"

PAC profile: American Crossroads

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… Florida, Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and Tim Kaine of Virginia. All of those Democrats …"

Tucson shooter was troubled, but could still buy a gun

By Kimberly Leonard

The months-long pattern of bizarre behavior by alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner has once again raised questions about what sort of

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia Gov":

"… ation to improve their reporting. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, both Democrats, signed executive orders to improve record subm …"

The “soft underbelly” of development?

By Amy Reinink

Diana Johns had just moved into her four-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot Leesburg, Virginia, home in 2002 and was thrilled with its elegant pilla

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… head of public health,” he said. Gordon Hickey, a spokesman for Governor Tim Kaine, said the governor currently does not have a position on the issue.The lan …"

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