Outside spending makes big difference in state-level races

By Paul Abowd and Chris Young

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

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.

Bad day for super donors

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

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

Video: Talking super PACs with PBS NewsHour

By John Dunbar

The Center for Public Integrity's John Dunbar discusses the impact of super PACS on the 2012 election.

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.

Issa committee accused of making 'sham' campaign ad

By Rachael Marcus

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

N.C.'s public financing system drowned out by outside spending

By Chris Young

State supreme court elections vulnerable to outside spending by ideological groups.

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

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

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Daily Disclosure: Conservative outside ads spin Obama’s Sandy response

By Rachael Marcus

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

Right-wing groups attempt to dislodge justices in Florida, Iowa

By Chris Young

Supreme court justices in two states are under siege from groups that oppose their rulings.

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Daily Disclosure: Bloomberg’s super PAC backs candidates in both parties

By Rachael Marcus

A super PAC created by the mayor of New York spends big in three states.

Daily Disclosure: Super PACs aim to spook voters with Halloween ads

By Rachael Marcus

Super PACs release negative ads with a Halloween twist

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

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.

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Outside groups outspend candidates in 26 House races

By Viveca Novak

Out-of-town parties and super PACs are outspending candidates in some House races, numbers show.

Daily Disclosure: Tennessee congressman targeted in ads over alleged affair

By Rachael Marcus

Ad targets Rep. Scott DesJarlais over sex scandal.

Daily Disclosure: Congressman gets help from Chevron-powered super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Corporate donation helps super PAC spend big in Ohio congressional race.

Donor profile: Republican Governors Association

By Alexandra Duszak and John Dunbar

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

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.

Mystery deepens over origins of nonprofit battling Montana spending limits

By Paul Abowd

A secretive foe of campaign finance rules can't explain IRS filing noting $300,000 donation.

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.

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.

Dark-horse presidential candidates berate role of money in politics

By Michael Beckel

Common ground comes despite vast ideological differences

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Writers and editors

John Dunbar

Deputy Executive Editor, Managing Editor, Politics, Finance The Center for Public Integrity

John is director of Consider the Source, the Center's ongoing investigation of the impact of money on state and federal politic... More about John Dunbar

Ben Wieder

CAR Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Ben Wieder is the Computer Assisted Reporter for the Consider the ... More about Ben Wieder

Michael Beckel

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Michael Beckel joined the Center for Public Integrity as a politics reporter in February 2012, where his focus is on super PACs, politica... More about Michael Beckel

Reity O'Brien

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Reity O’Brien is a reporter for the Center's "Consider the Source" money-in-politics coverage, and was the Center’s 16th James R.... More about Reity O'Brien

Chris Young

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Chris Young is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project, where he covers Washington, D.C.’s “misinformation industry.” Bef... More about Chris Young

Dave Levinthal

Senior reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Dave Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its Consider the Source project team investigating the influence ... More about Dave Levinthal

Alison Fitzgerald

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Alison Fitzgerald is a finance and investigative reporter who joined the Center in April 2013 to lead its financial and business reportin... More about Alison Fitzgerald

Daniel Wagner

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Daniel Wagner came to the Center in 2013 from The Associated Press in Washington, D.C.... More about Daniel Wagner

Kytja Weir

Project Manager The Center for Public Integrity

Kytja Weir joined the Center in 2013, where she is project manager and reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team.... More about Kytja Weir

Erin Quinn

James R. Soles Fellow The Center for Public Integrity

Erin Quinn is the Center’s 17th James R. Soles Fellow.... More about Erin Quinn

Rachel Baye

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Rachel Baye is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project.... More about Rachel Baye