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Harold Simmons

Notorious GOP Megadonor Quietly Backed Liberal Causes

The Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

Republican megadonor Harold Simmons last year declared President Barack Obama the "most dangerous American alive." And ahead of the 2012 election, ...

Paul Blumenthal

Who Are This Year's Biggest Super PAC Donors? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mega-donors remain the biggest source of funds for super PACs so far in the 2014 election cycle, but their share of those donations is d...

Wake up Boehner, John. Morning Bells Are Ringing: The Dems Won

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The vast majority of Americans are willing to do their part to support their country. And they expect no special exemption from that responsibility for the nation's richest. They sent that message Tuesday through their ballot choices. John Boehner must have snoozed through that missive.

Paul Blumenthal

Karl Rove's $300 Million Machine | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The independent group American Crossroads, a super PAC, and Crossroads GPS, a social welfare non-profit, set a goal to raise and spend $...

Paul Blumenthal

The Biggest Donor In Recent History | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, among those whose contributions are disclosed, is far and away the largest donor to independent politica...

Paul Blumenthal

Swift Boat Donors Fuel Rove Group's Final Drive | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove's American Crossroads, the second-largest super PAC, burned through cash fast in October. The group raised $11.6 million in th...

Paul Blumenthal

Pro-Romney Super PAC The First To $100 Million | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, raised a strong $14.8 million in September, making the gr...

Howard Fineman

What Do Mega-Donors Really Want For All That Money? | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Heed their names for they are the country's new power brokers: Sheldon Adelson, David and Charles Koch, Harold Simmons, and Bob Perry,...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Contributions Slump As GOP Primary Fight Ends | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Contributions to super PACs fell in April from the month before as the Republican presidential primary race ended. The unlimited money p...

Top 10 donors make up a third of donations to super PACs

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By John Dunbar and Michael BeckeliWatch NewsContrary to expectations, the much-criticized court decisions that gave us "super PACs" have not led to a ...

Santorum, Gingrich Super PACs Raised Millions In March

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

The super PACs supporting Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, the not-Romney candidates in the Republican presidential race, continued raising money in M...

Big GOP Donor Wants To Fill Dump With Radioactive Waste

Bloomberg | Julie Bykowicz | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Harold Simmons built a West Texas dump for radioactive waste that is bigger than 1,000 football fields and he can't fill it....

When Billionaires Say Stupid, Dangerous Things

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Money can't buy you love. Nor can it buy you maturity or common sense. The latest example is on display on Thursday's front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Donor's Money Sows Chaos In GOP Primary | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire industrialist Harold Simmons is pumping millions into super PACs to fight, in his words, "that socialist," President Barack ...

Obama-Hating Billionaire Throws Millions At Defeating 'That Socialist'

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

The reclusive, super-wealthy Republican donor Harold Simmons sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he explained why he decid...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Are Tool Of The 1 Percent | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tales of super PAC spending in the Republican presidential race talk about the millions of dollars pouring into their coffers. A few spe...

Paul Blumenthal

Worrying Signs Despite $17.2 Million Haul For Rick Perry | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite a late entrance into the Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has reported an impressive $17.2 million in camp...

Jason Cherkis

Under Rick Perry, Former Staffers Raked In Millions As Lobbyists | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has been good for the Austin lobbying business. Forty Perry aides have e...

Rick Perry Sought To Sideline Nuclear Waste Site Critic

Reuters | Chris Baltimore, Peter Henderson & Karen Brooks | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

Texas governor Rick Perry tried to sideline a state commissioner who opposed expanding the scope of a nuclear-waste landfill owned by one of the gover...

What Does a Vote for a GOP Candidate in November Really Mean?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

A vote for the GOP in November will be a vote for the richest one percent of the country at the expense of the rest of us. And it will be a vote for the kind of fear that we, as a country, would eventually come to regret.

Nukes Mess With Texas

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons wants to make Texas the dumping ground for as much of America's nuclear waste as he can.

August May Be "Swift Boat" Health Care Month

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

A "Swift Boat" type effort could well be nigh as the dog days of summer settle in. We saw what happened in August 2004, as John Kerry took time off to gear up for the presidential campaign.

Ayers Attack Funder's Daughter Backs Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tom Matzzie reports on the latest development in Barack Obama Bill Ayers attack ad saga: Irony of ironies. Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire and...

Is the American Issues Project Breaking Campaign Finance Law?

Rick Hasen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Hasen

A Texas billionaire, Harold Simmons, donated nearly $2.9 million to the American Issues Project,Inc., to run ads tying Sen. Obama to a former member of the Weather Underground, William Ayers.

Obama Asks DOJ To Block Terrorist Ad, Investigate Donors

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Check back for updates*** The Politico has the story that Barack Obama has appealed to the Department of Justice in his efforts to fight a Republi...