As spending by outside groups financed by anonymous donors has escalated in election campaigns, some Republican lawmakers are rethinking opposition to legislation requiring organizations that run political advertisements to identify who’s paying for them.
Louisiana energy executive William Doré wrote a $1 million check last month to help Rick Santorum win the U.S. Republican presidential election -- a contribution that came out of the blue, according to the former Pennsylvania senator’s other major donor.
The American Petroleum Institute, the largest oil and gas industry trade group, will start backing political candidates this year as the U.S. considers repealing $46 billion in subsidies and imposing pollution rules.
Newt Gingrich’s network of businesses and policy groups that laid the groundwork for his presidential bid harken back to those that got him into ethics trouble and led to the biggest monetary penalty imposed on a U.S. House speaker.
Republican-leaning political organizations, including Karl Rove ’s American Crossroads, spent $167 million on the U.S. midterm elections and came out on the winning side of almost twice as many races as they lost.