'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 "Tim Kaine":

"… d Carmona. American Commitment also spent some of its money to oppose Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Obama. American Commitment Founder and President Phil Kerpen i …"

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 "New York City":

"… 000 in 2005 to Steve Westly’s failed bid to be California’s governor. New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson Jr. received several donations worth more …"

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 "Senate Majority Leader":

"… an presidential candidate Sen. John McCain ($13,800 in the 2008 cycle) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ($9,600 in 2009). Thompson himself made political contribution …"

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 "George Soros":

"… nded get-out-the-vote efforts. Liberal billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros* made it on the list, donating about $2.8 million split among four Democra …"

"… wspaper. "I don't cry when I lose. There's always a new hand coming up." *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… r PAC Winning Our Future was not enough guide former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich to a Republican presidential nomination, though it is credited with keepin …"

"… Jersey Senate) — lossShmuley Boteach (House, New Jersey’s 9th) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossDavid Dewhurst (GOP primary, Texas Sena …"

"… (Florida Senate) — lossRick Santorum (GOP presidential primary) — lossNewt Gingrich (GOP presidential primary) — lossRick Perry (GOP presidential primary) …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… ost earlier this year in a GOP primary to tea party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. The race had been rocked by the Republican candidate's controversial comm …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… oubt helped Romney in his fight with his better-funded opponent, President Barack Obama — the Romney campaign reported about $53 million in the bank through Oct …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… top donors are a roll call of super donors. The largest source of cash was Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire who owns Contran Corp. Simmons, the No. 2 donor to …"

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 "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 "Harold Simmons":

"… Spanish-language broadcast company Univision; $1 million from super donor Harold Simmons; $1 million from real estate mogul Edward St. John; and $1 million from he …"

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 "CEO":

"… e Foundation. Pyle is also the institute’s president.Robert Bradley, the CEO of the institute called those who are concerned about global warming “cl …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

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

"… o replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, to whom Allen lost in 2006.“Tim Kaine’s friends have reached a new level of desperation,” Allen spokeswoman …"

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 "Advocacy Fund":

"… Responsive Politics has identified that the Green Tech Action Fund and the Advocacy Fund, two other nonprofits, are among its financial supporters.Advertisements:A …"

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 "Nevada":

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

"… al ads will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, according to Politico.Crossroads is also paying more a …"

"… roads GPS 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 Disclo …"

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 "David Koch":

"… nprofit status, but is connected to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Koch-backed organizations plan to spend an estimated $400 million on the …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… Eychaner of NewsWeb Corp., James Simons of Euclidean Capital and union the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.Virginia is the third most expensive outside-spending Senate race in the c …"

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 "Ohio":

"… including Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. In each of those states, Senate Majority PAC spen …"

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 "Jared Lee Loughner":

"… s.” …"

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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