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September 9, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, perhaps the most prodigious fund-raiser the GOP has ever seen, will be joining forces with politically powerful Crossroads groups, the independent campaign organization that helped tilt several congressional races to the GOP in 2010. In announcing his arrival, the organization also disclosed its plans to double its previously announced fund-raising goal for 2010, meaning it hopes to raise over $200 million. The news is yet another sign that independent political groups that can raise unlimited sums from corporate, individual and union donors will play a bigger role than ever in the upcoming election, possibly overshadowing traditional campaign and party organizations in some races.
December 5, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
One of the biggest outside spenders in the 2012 election has turned its focus to the "fiscal cliff" debate. Crossroads GPS, the conservative nonprofit founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Rove, released a new ad Wednesday slamming President Obama's opening bid in the negotiations to avert year-end tax increases and spending cuts. The spot says the president's plan -- which closely hews to his 2013 budget proposal -- offers "a huge tax increase" and "no real spending reforms.
October 23, 2010 | By Kim Geiger and Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau
Voters in seven congressional districts and the state of Washington will see new ads on the airwaves by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is among a handful of conservative groups with plans to spend heavily in the final days of the midterm campaign. Armed with millions of dollars but facing a shortage of airtime in many television markets, the Chamber will spend $1 million on radio and Internet advertising in support of Dino Rossi, the Republican candidate challenging incumbent Washington Sen. Patty Murray.
May 10, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
The race to fill a vacant House seat in New York’s 26th Congressional District heated up Tuesday as American Crossroads, the conservative group co-founded by Karl Rove, announced plans to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising in the final two weeks of the campaign. The group has bought $350,000 worth of Web ads and TV spots that will run in the Buffalo and Rochester markets, said spokesman Jonathan Collegio. And more is likely, according to Democratic media trackers who say the group has reserved an additional $300,000 in air time.
August 20, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - Another ominous sign for embattled Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin: the heavyweight conservative groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are pulling out of the state and halting their advertising against Akin's opponent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. “The act speaks for itself,” Crossroads spokesman Nate Hodson said Monday. Akin caused a furor Sunday after suggesting in a television interview that women who have experienced “legitimate rape” can biologically prevent a pregnancy.
February 20, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
Restore Our Future, the independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid, raised $6.6 million last month, ending January with $16.3 million in the bank, according to filings submitted Monday to the Federal Election Commission. The group also spent almost $14 million in the first month of nominating contests. In all, the "super PAC" -- which can take unlimited donations from individuals and corporations -- has raised $36.8 million for the election cycle. This month's haul marks an acceleration in the group's fundraising pace, but unlike in months past, did not collect any million-dollar checks.
November 7, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
President Obama has attended twice the number of fundraisers as his predecessor and has made over a dozen more trips to key battleground states this year. Obama visited battleground states 46 times and attended 58 fundraisers for his reelection campaign since January, according to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau and Brendan Doherty, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy. By comparison, President George W. Bush visited battleground states just 30 times and attended 29 fundraisers for his reelection campaign in the first 10 months of 2003.
June 28, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
The Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan immigration reform bill Thursday that should be cause for celebration. The legislation offers much-needed changes to existing laws, including overhauling an outdated and dysfunctional visa system to allow more high-skilled and low-skilled workers to come to the United States. The bill would also create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who are already here and working in an underground economy.  The bill is far from perfect.
August 1, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
With no contribution limits standing in their way, Hollywood bigwigs and finance executives shelled out top dollar to outside political groups that are looking to make a big impact in the coming election cycle. In the first half of the year, 91 “super PACs” - committees that can raise unlimited money from individuals, corporations and labor unions, but must work independently from candidates and political parties - raised $26 million, the Sunlight Foundation notes . But the vast majority of that total was raised by a just a handful of groups, whose filings reveal some noteworthy names.
December 5, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
It all started when Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat facing a potentially tough reelection fight next year, appeared in TV and radio ads discussing issues such as Social Security and the national debt. The ads, it turned out, cost the Nebraska Democratic Party more than $600,000 -- well above the limit of what a political party committee can spend on a “coordinated” expenditure. The Nebraska Republican Party called foul in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, arguing that Nelson and Democratic officials exceeded the limits for “coordinated” spending and failed to properly disclose how the ads were paid for. Democrats have contended that the Nelson ads don't fall within the narrow definition of a “coordinated” expenditure, and instead termed them “issue” ads, which are not subject to the spending limits.  That assertion was mocked last month by television satirist Stephen Colbert, who has made a personal crusade of pointing out the absurd complexity of campaign finance rules.
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