'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 "Barack Obama":

"… tes. Markell and Reed join several other politicians, including President Barack Obama, Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who …"

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 "Kay Hagan":

"… s released by the Environmental Defense Fund specifically single out Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. …"

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 "527 groups":

"… a far cry from the $23.7 million Soros donated during the 2004 election to 527 groups — the predecessors of super PACs — when he ranked as the top …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… ion it sank into the presidential election wasn’t enough to oust Obama. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the super PAC and nonprofit co-founded by GOP strategi …"

"… Karl Rove, ranked second and third, respectively, among outside spenders. American Crossroads spent nearly $105 million on the 2012 election, including more than $91 mi …"

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 "Bill Nelson":

"… ublican Rep. Connie Mack lost his challenge to the popular Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who won with 55 percent of the vote. Adelson gave $2 million to the pro-M …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… n "CBS This Morning," she said that those who voted for her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, sent a message that people want lawmakers to work together and "I heard t …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… e campaign, with about $155 million aiding Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.The total is more than 40 percent of spending by super PACs, nonprofits an …"

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 "American Future Fund":

"… nearly $23 million, almost entirely opposing Obama.In a distant second was American Future Fund, a conservative nonprofit, which reported spending $7.9 million, most of i …"

"… t ads are not required to ever be disclosed.In other outside spending news:American Future Fund also released “Tomorrow” opposing Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who is …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

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

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 "George Soros":

"… rk Pincus, the CEO of Zynga, the online game maker, hedge fund billionaire George Soros* and LinkedIn founder Reid Garrett Hoffman.Restore reported $24.2 million …"

"… in the state’s 26th District.Michael Beckel contributed to this report.*George Soros is the chairman of Open Society Foundation, which provides financial suppo …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… Genuinely Cares” and “Better” Wednesday. Conservative super PAC American Crossroads reported spending $11.3 million on ads supporting Romney and opposing Obam …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… e Institute for Energy Research has also received funding in the past from ExxonMobil, National Public Radio reported in 2008, as well as other foundations affi …"

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 "Labor Day":

"… llion *Third-party candidates make up the remainder.   …"

"… ender in the race and the primary source of anti-Romney ads.Overall, since Labor Day, super PACs, nonprofits and other Citizens United spenders have spent $217 …"

"… ring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb in a race that has drawn $12.8 million since Labor Day.In Ohio, Republicans are desperate to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown …"

"… , has been the second-most expensive House race for outside spenders since Labor Day, bringing in $4.6 million. And Pennsylvania’s 12th District race — Dem …"

Nonprofit profile: League of Conservation Voters Inc.

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the nonprofit group

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… s attacking GOP Senate nominee Heather Wilson, a former congresswoman from New Mexico, for her voting record on the regulation of MTBE — a water contaminant.E …"

"… esswoman and GOP Senate candidate Heather Wilson to water contamination in New Mexico.A wild West-themed ad attacked Rep Francisco Canseco, R-Texas.Last updated …"

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 "Paul Ryan":

"… ed by Politifact, point out that Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan also cuts $700 billion. The difference is in where the s …"

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 "NRA Institute for Legislative Action":

"… stickers, plus the occasional low-budget TV or radio buy.But thanks to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, the powerful gun rights group has stepped up its game. A $420,000 ad buy …"

"… onvincing fair- and rodeo-goers to vote against President Barack Obama.The NRA Institute for Legislative Action’s new ads, released Monday, attack the records of Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fl …"

"… t of the Democratic National Committee’s agenda when he was chairman.The NRA Institute for Legislative Action is the lobbying arm of the NRA, according to its website. The institute wa …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… n Heinrich, D-N.M., Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.The first of the ads targets Baldwin and began airing in Wisconsin last we …"

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 "League of Conservation Voters":

"… weights the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS, Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit business trade association, spen …"

"… e Democratic side, the Democratic super PAC Majority PAC and the nonprofit League of Conservation Voters attacked Kaine’s opponent.“Worked for them,” which was jointly produ …"

"… eaks for companies that outsource jobs.The Chamber, Crossroads GPS and the League of Conservation Voters are nonprofit organizations and are not required to reveal their donors to …"

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 "Bob McDonnell":

"… u have no rights,” Aguilar said.Unlike Branstad and Scott, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has made voting rights restoration easier. He campaigned on a promise to p …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… ependent expenditures. In Virginia's high-stakes contest between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, Senate Majority PAC invested more than $6 mil …"

PAC profile: American Crossroads

By Aaron Mehta

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Nelson":

"… cycle included several incumbent senator and Senate candidates, including Bill Nelson of Florida, Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Tammy Baldwin …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

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

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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