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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.