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Oct 192012

William Thomas Cain/Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — For the second consecutive month, the main pro-Obama super PAC has outraised its Romney-backing counterpart.

Priorities USA Action raised $15.2 million in September, according to a spokeswoman. The group has not yet officially reported its total to the Federal Election Commission, with Saturday being the deadline.

Restore Our Future, the main super PAC that has backed Romney since the GOP primary, raised $14.8 million in September, according to a disclosure already filed with the FEC.

Restore seems to have become the first super PAC to surpass $100 million in money raised. The other major Republican super PAC, the Karl-Rove-backed American Crossroads, has not yet reached that mark, raising $66.8 million since its inception in 2010. But along with the affiliated 501(c)4 Crossroads GPS, the two groups have surpassed that mark, as GPS raised $76 million in 2010 and 2011, according to tax returns released in April. The FEC lists 773 super PAC filers (including “Zombies of Tomorrow”), many of them small or defunct; it’s unlikely any have surpassed Restore’s total.

Last month, Priorities outraised Restore for the first time ever, taking in $10.1 million to Restore’s $7 million. September was Priorities’ largest fundraising month to date.

Other Democratic super PACs aren’t doing so badly, either. Majority PAC, which focuses on Senate races, announced having raised $10.4 million in September, with another $9.7 million raised through Oct. 17. House Majority PAC, a group dedicated to House races, tells ABC News it took in $5.9 million in September and is on track to double that in October. September was the best fundraising month ever for both groups.

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Sep 172012

Saul Loeb/AFP/J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Potential voters are broadly concerned about so-called “Super PAC” spending in the presidential election, with a general perception it’s doing more for Mitt Romney than for Barack Obama.

Seventy-five percent of registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll express concern about the amount of money being spent on campaign advertising by companies, unions and wealthy individuals. Slightly fewer than half are “very” concerned.

See PDF with full results and tables here.

As to the beneficiary, registered voters by 41-29 percent, a 12-point margin, think Romney, rather than Obama, has mainly been benefiting from this ad spending. That reflects partisan differences: Republicans see Obama as the beneficiary by an insignificant 8-point margin, while Democrats far more broadly think it’s mainly helping Romney, 59-19 percent.

Concern overall is lower among Republicans than others in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats say they’re concerned about outside spending on campaign ads, including 51 percent who are “very” concerned. The numbers are similar among independents, but among Republicans drop to 67 and 38 percent, respectively.

High-level alarm – being “very” concerned – peaks at 63 percent among liberals, compared with 39 percent among conservatives.

METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 7-9, 2012, among a random national sample of 826 registered voters, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4 points, including design effect. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y.

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Apr 212012

Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — Friday was FEC filing day — that day when political campaigns and independent expenditure committees (more commonly known as Super PACs) are required to submit their financial reports for the previous month. Friday’s reports — which covered the month of March — showed that Romney and Obama had good months for fundraising, while Santorum, Gingrich and Paul had less than stellar months. For Santorum, his debt had begun to pile up by the end of March, and looking over the numbers, the logic behind his decision to drop out of the race in mid-April is reinforced.

On the Super PAC end, the group supporting Romney — Restore Our Future — continued to pull in big donations, while Priorities USA, the group supporting Obama, continues to see slightly anemic numbers. Gingrich’s Super PAC continues to be financed almost exclusively by the family of Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, and Karl Rove’s Crossroads is king where fundraising is concerned.

Below are the top line fundraising numbers for each of the respective campaigns and groups for the month of March:

Raised: $12.59 million
Spent: $10.27 million
Cash on Hand: $10 million
They have no debt.
Raised: $8.6 million in March.
Spent: $12.7 million
COH: $10.4 million
No debt.
Raised: $4.9 million
Spent: $5.8 million
COH: $1.8 million
DEBT: $1.99 million
Raised: $2.56 million
Spent: $2.68 million
COH: $262,949
No Debt
Raised: $27 million
Spent: $15.6 million
COH: $104 million
No debt.
OBAMA VICTORY FUND (Joint Fundraising Committee with Obama and DNC)
Raised: $18 million
Spent: $22 million
COH: $3.7 million
No debt.
Raised: $2.4 million
Spent: $318,254
COH: $5 million
No debt.
Raised: $1.6 million
Spent: $2 million
COH: $1.2 million
Debt: $4.3 million
Raised: $5.05 million ($5 million of which was donated by Dr. Miriam Adelson, Sheldon Adelson’s wife.)
Spent: $1.5 million
COH: $5.8 million
No debt.
CROSSROADS (American Crossroads plus its grassroots groups, Crossroads GPS)
Raised: $49 million for January, February, March
Spent: $444,639 in March (for American Crossroads only)
COH: $24.4 million (for American Crossroads only)
No debt.
Raised: $2.6 million — down for the third month in a row
Spent: $2.2 million
COH: $1.8 million

No debt.

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Apr 022012

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Hours after President Obama officially proclaimed Monday World Autism Awareness Day, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown hand-delivered a $35,545 check to the Autism Consortium in Boston.

But while the donation was coincidentally timed, Brown did not choose the charity nor did he name the amount — his Senate election rival Elizabeth Warren did.

After an oil lobbying group ran radio ads on his behalf, Brown was required to donate half the dollar amount spent on the ads to the charity of Warren’s choice under the stipulations of a pledge the two signed banning funding or advertisements from outside groups in their Senate race.

“I am very pleased to donate this money to the Autism Consortium and help support their incredibly important work,” Brown said in a statement. “I am also pleased that we have strengthened and expanded the People’s Pledge to include issue ads.”

The ad in question, which the American Petroleum Institute ran in print and radio ads, asked voters to tell Brown not to vote on a Democratic plan to eliminate subsidies for oil and gas companies. Because it did not specifically ask people to vote for Brown, it was not explicitly covered under the People’s Pledge that Brown and Warren signed in January.

“Closing this loophole is an important step toward keeping outside groups from influencing the Massachusetts election,” Brown said.

This is the second time Brown has paid a fine because of the pledge. In March his campaign donated $1,000 to the same autism charity after the conservative group CAPE PAC ran Google ads supporting him.

Warren has not yet had to pay a fine for violating the People’s Pledge.

The two were the first national candidates to sign a pledge banning out-of-state money following the national controversy over the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which allows businesses and individual donors to give unlimited donations to super PACs, which can support political campaigns but not directly coordinate with them.

Even without the groundbreaking pact, the Massachusetts senate race is expected to be one of the most closely watched races in the country. Brown and Warren are neck-and-neck in the race, one of about a dozen contests that will determine which party takes control of the Senate in 2013.

A Boston Globe survey released Sunday showed Brown, the incumbent senator, in a statistical tie with Warren, a Harvard professor best known for her consumer advocacy work in the Obama administration.

But with more than seven months until the election, the survey found that a quarter of Massachusetts voters are still undecided.

Both candidates have high favorability ratings on their own, but when respondents were asked which candidate was more likable, Brown blew Warren out of the water. Nearly 60 percent of voters said Brown was more likable than Warren, compared to the 27 percent that chose Warren as the most likable.

The Warren campaign blamed this likability deficit on the candidate’s lagging name recognition. According to a December University of Massachusetts Lowell/Boston Herald poll, nearly a quarter of Massachusetts voters said they had never heard of Warren.

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