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Friday, August 03, 2012

Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads

Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, leave a speech by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Jerusalem on Sunday.

August 3, 2012 The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Part Of Romney's Foreign Itinerary: Raising Money

A campaign sticker for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen on a sign for Romney Street in London on Wednesday, as Romney arrived to meet with leaders, hold fundraisers and attend the opening of the Olympics.

July 25, 2012 As campaign budgets keep pushing upward, politicians from would-be congressmen to would-be presidents are looking overseas — especially to London. Republican Mitt Romney plans to hold two fundraisers there on his weeklong trip, along with another in Jerusalem.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Romney Sprints Ahead In Race For Cash

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event in Bow, N.H., Friday. The campaigns have released their monthly financial reports, with Romney showing an advantage over President Obama.

July 21, 2012 President Obama's campaign committee reported more cash-on-hand than Mitt Romney's in Friday's monthly report. But Obama's campaign spending far outstripped fundraising in June. Meanwhile, financial support for Romney has been flowing in from many different places.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

New Romney Fund Highlights Fundraising Muscle

Mitt Romney arrives at the Utah Olympic Park for a private dinner during a donor's conference in Park City, Utah, on June 22.

July 16, 2012 Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign says a recently formed arm of the organization collected $140 million during a three-month period this spring, mostly from high-end donors. The analogous arm of President Obama's re-election drive took more than a year to raise $185 million.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Gay Donors Open Wallets On Both Sides Of The Aisle

President Obama is introduced by singer Ricky Martin at a fundraiser hosted by Martin and the LGBT Leadership Council at the Rubin Museum of Art on May 14 in New York.

July 3, 2012 In politics, money talks. And money from gay and lesbian donors is talking louder than ever in this election cycle. That's partly a result of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, and partly because Republicans are starting to see contributions as well — a huge change from a few decades ago.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Obama Saw Immediate Fundraising Spike After Same-Sex Marriage Announcement

June 27, 2012 An NPR analysis of recently filed financial disclosure reports shows a nearly three-fold increase in donations over the 72 hours following the May 9 announcement that he supports gay marriage.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

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Supreme Court Says Montana Cannot Ignore 'Citizens United' Ruling

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock sought to prevent the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision from being used to strike down a state law restricting corporate campaign spending. On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Bullock's argument, holding that "there can be no serious doubt" that Citizens United applies to Montana law.

June 25, 2012 The justices say a state law cannot supersede its 2010 Citizens United ruling, which let corporations deploy their money to help or attack specific candidates. Montana had argued that a history of corporate-financed corruption in state government should let tough state laws remain in force.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

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New SuperPAC Financial Reports Reveal More Big Spenders

June 21, 2012 The superPAC supporting President Obama attracted three $1 million donors last month. The pro-Romney superPAC also saw some new names popping up on its donor list — and it got a million-dollar donation in three chunks from a return address in Dayton, Ohio.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

'Citizens United' Case Gets Renewed Scrutiny

Critics say U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, shown in 2010, backtracked on previous pledges to give high priority to precedent in the Citizens United campaign finance case.

June 18, 2012 A Montana case could lead the Supreme Court to take a second look at Citizens United, a campaign finance decision that politicians have been fighting about since it was handed down in 2010. Recently, some of the criticism has been aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts and his role in the case.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Hate The Latest Political Ads? Don't Blame 'Citizens United'

June 13, 2012 Unlike superPACs, which must regularly disclose their donors to the public, politically oriented social welfare groups never have to reveal the identities of their donors. That's where much of the recent campaign money is flowing. And the Supreme Court had nothing to do with it.

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Casino Owner Expected To Make $10M Donation To Pro-Romney SuperPAC

Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson watches a performance at the Sands Cotai Central in Macau in April.

June 13, 2012 The reported contribution is coming from a man who previously supported Mitt Romney's GOP primary rival, Newt Gingrich. But Sheldon Adelson has long made it clear that his top priority is defeating President Obama in November. He has said he might spend as much as $100 million on this election.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, greets supporters Tuesday in Racine, Wis.

June 5, 2012 Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of big donations from out of state. He was helped by a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor facing a recall vote bypass political donation limits.

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Friday, June 01, 2012

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NPR Analysis: Crossroads GPS Funded Heavily By $1 Million-Plus Donations

Karl Rove, chief political adviser to former President George W. Bush, founded Crossroads GPS.

June 1, 2012 Think "grass-roots politics," and what's the first thing that comes to mind? How about two dozen multimillionaires with open checkbooks? An NPR analysis of annual IRS filings by Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies shows most of its first $77 million came from donors who gave at least $1 million.

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Why Political Ads In 2012 May All Look Alike

Screen grabs of four separate ads from four different political groups critical of President Obama's handling of Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker. Clockwise from top left, the ads are from: Americans for Prosperity, MittRomney.com, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

June 1, 2012 There's supposed to be a difference between a candidate's ads that are financed by relatively small and disclosed money, and the big-budget, secretly funded ads from outside groups. But this year, those supposed differences don't mean much.

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Campaign Finance 2012: Where Your Money Can Go

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June 1, 2012 Recent court cases have changed the rules about money in federal politics, but there still are rules. Here's a snapshot of fundraising limits and regulations across the political spectrum — ranging from the candidates themselves to the new superPACs.

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