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Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's All Politics

Billionaire Donor Joe Ricketts: From Behind The Scenes To Center Stage

Joe Ricketts, whose American Film Company produced The Conspirator, arrives at the film's premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

May 17, 2012 TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts became front-page news Thursday because of a report he was considering a $10 million ad campaign that would attack President Obama over his former pastor. But Ricketts has been quietly funding conservative political causes for the past few years.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

Head Of Shrek's Studio Puts Millions Behind Obama

Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, shown at CinemaCon 2012, has donated $2 million to the pro-Obama superPAC Priorities USA Action.

May 11, 2012 Some two dozen Americans have given $1 million or more to superPACs in the 2012 presidential campaign. The vast majority of them have been Republicans, but Jeffrey Katzenberg, the head of DreamWorks Animation, has chipped in $2 million to help out the superPAC supporting President Obama.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Obama Lures Donors With A Hollywood Sweepstakes

President Obama talks with actor George Clooney during a White House meeting about Sudan in 2010. The president is attending a fundraiser at Clooney's house Thursday, along with a few sweepstakes winners.

May 10, 2012 President Obama is attending a fundraiser at the California home of actor George Clooney, along with about 150 guests. Almost anyone can attend, if they pony up $40,000. But for a few sweepstakes winners, the price of admission is about $3. It's the latest innovation in political fundraising.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Romney's Big-Dollar 'Bundlers' Stay Anonymous

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters in Aston, Pa., on April 23.

April 30, 2012 Since 2000, every presidential nominee has revealed the names of influential supporters known as "bundlers" who persuade others to give money to a candidate. But this year, Mitt Romney's campaign is not identifying its bundlers.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

FCC To Vote On Putting TV's Campaign Ad Data Online

April 27, 2012 TV stations are already compelled to keep records about the campaign ads they air in public files. The FCC's chairman says it's time to make that information available on the Internet. But the stations are resisting.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's All Politics

Some Campaign Donors Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Isn't

April 26, 2012 Much of the attention on money in politics this election cycle has been focused on the new superPACs and their wealthy donors. But publicity-shy donors have an alternative: politically active nonprofit organizations, where they can give all they want without disclosing their identity.

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Planet Money

On The Million-Dollar Trail Of A Mystery SuperPAC Donor

Some superPAC donors are hiding from public scrutiny.

April 26, 2012 The superPACs raising money to support the presidential candidates have few restrictions. But they do have to reveal who donated money. So what happens when a donation comes from someone trying to avoid public scrutiny?

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Campaign Finance Disclosures Mark A Turning Point

Mitt Romney may like to say the president is out of ideas, but Obama's re-election campaign is definitely not out of money.

April 21, 2012 We have a new look at the fundraising contest being waged by President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney may like to say the president is out of ideas, but Obama's re-election campaign is definitely not out of money.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

It's All Politics

Presidential Fundraising Numbers Poised To Skyrocket

April 20, 2012 Numbers in for March show GOP candidate Mitt Romney raised $12.6 million and President Obama's re-election effort raised $53 million. But the race is changing, now that Romney is finishing up the GOP primary season. He's also just starting to solicit his primary donors to give again.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

Betting Big On Santorum, Donor's Motives A Mystery

In a video from the Horatio Alger Association, William Doré tells of a tense and abusive childhood.

April 8, 2012 While some of the mega-donors to the presidential superPACs have understandable self-interest or are frequent political givers, Louisiana businessman and oil industry executive William Doré is an enigmatic figure. He's given $1.5 million to the superPAC supporting Rick Santorum, but why?

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

A Wyoming Millionaire Places His Faith In Santorum

Foster Friess introduces Rick Santorum at the 2012 CPAC Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10 wearing a sweater vest embroidered with the candidate's name.

March 31, 2012 Recently, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has shown strong fundraising numbers. But earlier in the contest, the campaign was relying on donations to a pro-Santorum superPAC and its vocal and generous benefactor — multimillionaire Foster Friess.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

Bill Maher's Obama SuperPAC Donation Causing Stir

Bill Maher, shown here at a 2011 event in Los Angeles, gave $1 million to the superPAC supporting President Obama's re-election bid.

March 28, 2012 The comedian's $1 million check to the superPAC supporting President Obama is the first seven-figure donation to the group since Obama gave his tacit endorsement of the fundraising strategy. Conservative women upset by Maher's remarks about them say the superPAC should give back the money.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Interactive: February 2012 Day-To-Day Fundraising

Interactive: February 2012 Day-To-Day Fundraising

March 21, 2012 Mitt Romney and the superPAC supporting him continued to set the pace in GOP fundraising in February. But Rick Santorum also did well, raising $9 million, while the superPAC supporting him raised nearly $3 million. President Obama raised the most of all candidates for the month.

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Romney, SuperPAC Outspend Rivals Combined

March 21, 2012 Financial reports filed at the Federal Election Commission show that in February, Mitt Romney and a superPAC supporting him yet again spent more than all of his GOP opponents combined. But none of February's GOP contests translated into a fundraising bounce for the candidates.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Million-Dollar Donors

For A Personal Cause, Casino Owner Bets On Gingrich

Sheldon Adelson speaks at the 2008 "Facing Tomorrow" Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.

March 20, 2012 One of the defining elements of the 2012 presidential campaign is money. Two dozen wealthy Americans have put in at least $1 million each. And one of the biggest donors is Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has almost single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat.

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