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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

The SuperPAC Superdonors

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson attend the opening ceremony of Four Seasons Hotel in Cotai Strip in Macau, Aug. 28, 2008.

October 23, 2012 More than two dozen people or groups have donated at least $1 million each to the new superPACs, which can raise unlimited funds to help a candidate — although without technically coordinating with that campaign. Here are those giving the most money, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's All Politics

Obama, Romney On Track To Spend $1B By Election Day

October 21, 2012 President Obama and the Democratic Party's grand total is just north of $900 million dollars for the current cycle, while Mitt Romney and the Republicans topped $800 million. The numbers don't include dollars raised and spent by superPACs or from tax-exempt groups.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Simon Says

Beware Election-Year 'Scam PACS'

October 20, 2012 The Center for Responsive Politics says that 942 superPACs have raised more than $403 million during this election season. A beguiling pitch aimed at people eager to contribute to a political campaign can also have some of the makings of a classic con.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's All Politics

Negative Ads Reign In Maine Senate Race

Former Maine Gov. Angus King, an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, greets potential voters Oct. 1 in Bath, Maine.

October 18, 2012 MPBNThe race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat has been dominated by three things: an independent former governor, third-party spending and a barrage of negative television ads. Among the casualties of the campaign have been the candidates' positions on the issues.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

It's All Politics

Study: Secret Donors Significantly Fueling Pro-Romney TV Ads

Costumed demonstrators on Oct. 3 in Denver, before the first presidential debate.

October 15, 2012 Most of the TV ads supporting Mitt Romney have come from outside groups, not from Romney's own campaign. And those groups raised more than half of their money from secret donors, a much higher proportion than the secret donors backing President Obama, according to a new analysis.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

It's All Politics

Latest Fundraising Picture Shows Strong Month For Obama

September 21, 2012 Fundraising reports filed last night by the presidential campaigns show President Obama with a slight advantage in monthly fundraising last month, while Republican Mitt Romney has the edge by some other measures.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Two-Way

Romney Campaign Borrowed $20M, Is $11M In Debt

September 18, 2012 The money was borrowed in August to pay for expenses before the Republican's presidential campaign can tap into general election dollars. The campaign collateralized the debt with $20 million of general election funds already in its bank account.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's All Politics

Rove's Crossroads GPS Gets Explicit In Anti-Obama Air War

Karl Rove co-founded the Republican superPAC Crossroads GPS.

September 12, 2012 Crossroads GPS, an anti-Obama group co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, is shifting its ad strategy. It's going from so-called issue ads that purportedly educated voters on why the president was wrong on issues to directly urging for voters to vote against him.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Shots - Health News

Mitt Romney's Shifting Stance On Health Care

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling near the U.S. Capitol in Washington in late June.

September 10, 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday that he might not want to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act after all. He said he supports the provision that assures people with pre-existing health conditions can get coverage.

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Obama Campaign Tops Team Romney In August Fundraising

September 10, 2012 The president edged out the GOP hopeful in raising crucial campaign cash for the first time in four months.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Who Benefits In Money Game, Democracy Or Donors?

September 9, 2012 The 2012 elections are expected to be the costliest ever, with some estimates topping $6 billion spent on campaigns all across America. But what impact does that money really have — especially on the presidential race — and who really benefits?

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Friday, September 07, 2012

It's All Politics

It's 60 Days Until The Election, And Ad Rules Change

September 7, 2012 A tax-exempt group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers on Monday wraps up a monthlong, $26 million series of television ads that explicitly tell viewers to vote against President Obama — raising the question of what happens next with so-called dark money in the fall campaign.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's All Politics

End Of The 'Tell President Obama' Ads?

August 30, 2012 Remember the command from TV ads through the spring and summer? "Tell President Obama to" stop spending, or increase oil production, or whatever. Those three little words are now largely gone, and for the same reason they were ever used: so groups running the ads can keep their donors secret.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's All Politics

Both Sides Can Claim Some Money Advantage In Presidential Race

Air Force One is parked at John F. Kennedy International Airport before President Obama's July 30 departure from New York City, where he was attending a private fundraiser.

August 21, 2012 New reports from the presidential campaigns show that Republican Mitt Romney last month widened his cash advantage over President Obama. But the numbers reported to the Federal Election Commission paint a more complex picture of the race and the vast amounts of money fueling the campaign.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

Melons, Squash, Cash: A Million-Dollar Donor Sprouts

Amy Goldman, known for her gardens and her illustrated coffee-table books about plants, has donated $1 million to a pro-Obama superPAC.

August 14, 2012 Until recently, Amy Goldman, the author of lavish books about heirloom fruits and vegetables, didn't have much interest in politics. But her concern about women's health led her to donate $1 million to a pro-Obama superPAC — and another million to Planned Parenthood's political arm.

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