A liberal super PAC and an advocacy group founded by San Francisco billionaire and climate-change activist Tom Steyer.
Who are the people and groups behind the TV ads in the 2014 federal elections? Below is a list of organizations that have been active or are expected to be active in raising and spending money to influence voters in 2014. Click on the links to read profiles of each organization. The groups were selected based on the amounts they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or the media attention they have attracted. It is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.
Many of these groups may legally raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. They are known as super PACs and must register with the Federal Election Commission. Others may legally raise unlimited donations and avoid disclosing their donors. Those groups do not file with the FEC, but register rather with the IRS under Section 501(c).
This is our third year providing a guide to groups seeking to influence federal elections. Our 2010 Players Guide and 2012 Players Guide are still available, although they have not been updated since those elections ended.
A Democratic super PAC supporting Martin O’Malley for president.
A super PAC that supports Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, aiming to put them back in the majority.
A Democratic super PAC devoted to regaining a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.
A Republican super PAC supporting Mike Huckabee for president.
A Republican super PAC supporting Jeb Bush for president.
A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC that was founded by David Brock, the creator of the liberal website Media Matters.
A Democratic super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton for president.
A Republican super PAC supporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for president.
A Republican super PAC supporting Dr. Ben Carson for president.