'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 "Club for Growth":

"… egislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t disclose its donors. The Center for Individ …"

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 "CEO":

"… Thompson’s old firm released a statement last month saying its “former CEO may have violated federal campaign law by giving directions to reimburse, …"

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 "campaign finance":

"… n” that federal prosecutors say helped get Gray elected. An analysis of campaign finance records provided by the Center for Responsive Politics found that Tho …"

"… campaign records do not indicate the donor’s employer. Federal and D.C. campaign finance laws limit how much an individual can contribute to a candidate’s campai …"

"… hose donations, Norman Hsu and William Danielczyk, were later convicted of campaign finance violations. Most of the donations from employees of Thompson’s accounti …"

"… ontrolled by Thompson at the time, gave $13,500 to Clinton on those dates, campaign finance records show. And several others with financial ties to Thompson — his h …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… se 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, D-Va. as worthy of thanks …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… mmittee” received $500,000 from the Adelsons as it touted incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and criticized Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in telepho …"

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 "Nevada":

"… . Tammy Baldwin bested former Gov. Tommy Thompson; more than $7 million in Nevada, where incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller prevailed over Democratic cha …"

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 "House Majority Leader":

"… tributions to the super PAC Winning Our Future was not enough guide former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich to a Republican presidential nomination, though it is credit …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… one Democratic incumbent apiece in Kentucky, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; they picked up one open seat each in Arkansas, California, Indiana, North …"

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 "presidential contest":

"… rcent of spending by super PACs, nonprofits and other organizations in the presidential contest since the general election began and is more than any other three-week per …"

"… r PACs Restore Our Future, which spent more than $45 million on ads in the presidential contest since Oct. 17 and American Crossroads, which spent $35 million.Restore Our …"

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 "Bob Kerrey":

"… blican candidate for U.S. Senate from Nebraska. She faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, who is trying to get his old job back. Kerrey has a money edge over Fisch …"

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 "Ohio":

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

"… hing his freshman term, faces Rep. Betty Sutton, a three-term Democrat, in Ohio’s newly redrawn 16th District, which has attracted more outside spending …"

"… ts his challenger, Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer, a Republican.“Energy Ohio” opposes Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.House Majority PAC reporte …"

"… er, a Republican.“Energy Ohio” opposes Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.House Majority PAC reported spending $1.9 million and released three new a …"

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 "Ohio":

"… of overall negative shadow money -- behind Obama, Kaine, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), all Democrats.More …"

"… e ads that don't run close to an election date, isn't reported to the FEC. Ohio's Democratic Senate candidate Sherrod Brown, for instance, was the target …"

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 "natural gas":

"… practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a means of extracting natural gas from shale deposits.The company spent $9.5 million lobbying the federal go …"

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 "Democratic candidate":

"… an candidate, reported Wednesday spending $1.5 million on ads opposing the Democratic candidate, former Gov. Tim Kaine.Two weeks ago, casino magnate and super donor Sheld …"

"… 00 was dedicated to ads opposing former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, the Democratic candidate in California’s 10th District. Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting …"

"… eleased “Wrong Prescription for Florida,” which opposes Al Lawson, the Democratic candidate running for U.S. House against Southerland in Florida’s 2nd District.&nb …"

"… ca, a conservative nonprofit, released 11 news ads: seven oppose Obama and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… bsp; …"

"… Its president, Thomas Pyle, is the former director of federal affairs for Koch Industries and former lobbyist for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Associatio …"

"… on. Board member Wayne Gable the a managing director of federal affairs at Koch Industries and has held leadership positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Amer …"

"… ed by the trio and other conservative groups).William Koch, the brother of Koch Industries’ Charles and David, owns the energy company Oxbow Carbon and is one of t …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… e race for outside spenders since Labor Day, bringing in $4.6 million. And Pennsylvania’s 12th District race — Democratic Rep. Mark Critz versus attorney Keit …"

"… lifornia’s 7th District, $5.3 millionOhio’s 16th District, $4.6 millionPennsylvania’s 12th District, $4.5 millionMost expensive Senate races since Labor Day …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… Barack Obama.Crossroads GPS’ ads target Senate races in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as New York’s 1st Congressional District, where Re …"

"… dable Care Act and her ethics investigation.“Your Vote” opposes former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate agai …"

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 "Florida":

"… Brown, D-Ohio, is the next target.“Bill Nelson Needs to Go” notes the Florida senator’s approval of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said in …"

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 "Governor":

"… has faced in recent months.In other spending news:The nonprofit Republican Governors Association began airing an ad targeting Montana Attorney General Steve B …"

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 "Sherrod Brown":

"… “No Dice” opposes Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.“Doing” opposes Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.“Cost You” opposes Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.“With a T” oppo …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… nnsylvania felons can register to vote when they are released from prison. Kentucky felons must apply to the governor.Reform advocates see voting as a symboli …"

"… ove they’ve “turned over a new leaf.”The governors in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia have the last say when determining who that might be.After ta …"

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 "Arizona":

"… y PAC focused its efforts on Senate races in several key states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and …"

PAC profile: American Crossroads

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… onnelly of Indiana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and Tim Kaine of Virginia. All of those Democrats were victorious on Election Day, with …"

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 Tech":

"… al background check system.This issue came into sharp focus after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, when it was revealed that the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, had essent …"

"… records in summer 2010, up from 402,047 in January 2008, it said.Since the Virginia Tech shootings, the release said, a dozen states have passed legislation to imp …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… al landfills. Kennedy said the manufacturer eventually hauled the waste to North Carolina, where it was neutralized and used as fertilizer, but only after Kennedy p …"