The NRCC’s Non-Coordination Coordinating With SuperPACs

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 1:07 pm

The campaign finance system in this country is so self-evidently broken. As Steven Colbert brilliantly pointed out in his year-long satire of the SuperPAC process, “illegal coordination” is so easily skirted that the rules might as well be meaningless. We saw more evidence of this today. Politico unearthed a document from the NRCC, the Republican [...]

Politicians in a SuperPAC World Won’t Be the Ones to Stop SuperPAC Spending

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 10:00 am

The new report that campaign spending in the 2012 cycle will reach $6 billion has come as depressing news to many despairing over the purchasing of our democracy. Some have held out hope that the sheer numbers will provide a wake-up call to all Americans that something must be done to take this democracy back. [...]

Failure of California’s Prop 30 Would Mean More State-Level Austerity on a Grand Scale

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 2:44 pm

Hopes that we are at the end of the cycle of state budget cutbacks dragging on overall growth may be dashed if Proposition 30, a measure that would increase taxes mostly on the wealthiest Californians making over $250,000, fails at the ballot box in two weeks. And two polls out today find support tanking for [...]

SuperPACs More Effective Downballot Than in Presidential Races

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 7:35 am

Jonathan Chait wonders why the expected campaign finance imbalance between the Presidential candidates hasn’t panned out. It turns out that Obama has out-advertised Romney in the swing states, which is not quite the same as outspending him. One of the reasons is a little-known campaign finance law which mandates that political campaigns get the lowest [...]

FL-26: Fake Candidate Admits Rep. Rivera Bankrolled His Campaign

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 8:15 am

Justin Lamar Sternad has admitted to the FBI what was obvious all along – that he was indeed a fake candidate put up by Rep. David Rivera with seed money to take down his Democratic challenger, Joe Garcia.

MO-Sen: Akin Officially on the Ballot; McCaskill Immediately References Legitimate Rape Comments in New Ad

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:55 am

Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement [...]

FL-25: “Envelopes Stuffed With Cash” Turn Up in Rivera Fake Candidate Scandal

By: Saturday September 22, 2012 1:54 pm

I’ve mentioned the saga of Rep. David Rivera once before. He’s the South Florida Republican Congressman who paid for mailers for a fake Democratic “candidate” in the hopes that he could either drive up the negatives or defeat his likely opponent, Joe Garcia. Investigators, including the FBI, have already discovered a bounty of evidence showing [...]

Romney Borrows Primary Money Against Banked General Election Dollars, Shows the Value of Borrowing

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 10:12 am

When Mitt Romney started raising serious money for his Presidential run throughout the summer there was one hitch. He was getting checks from a lot of big money donors that were back-loaded. The donors maxed out for the primary election and the general election, which meant half of their money couldn’t get spent until he [...]

American Bankers Association Creates Slush Fund for Secret Campaign Spending

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 1:59 pm

The American Bankers Association, a trade group for thousands of banks headed by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, voted to start a legal entity for this federal campaign cycle, adding millions of dollars into an already overstuffed election. The ABA entity would reportedly donate to existing Super PACs, so that the member banks can keep [...]

Inside a SuperPAC Fundraiser With Karl Rove

By: Friday August 31, 2012 9:44 am

Aside from the death threats to Todd Akin, the insider account of a Karl Rove fundraiser was enormously revealing. First of all, you get an eye into the Crossroads strategy, and since it promises to have $300 million behind it, it’s a heavy part of the strategy to recapture the White House: Then came the [...]

FL-25: Rep. David Rivera Paid for Mailers for Fake Dem Candidate

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 9:35 am

Here’s a pretty incredible story out of South Florida. David Rivera, a Congressman who already has an impressive history of corruption, paid the bills for a fake Democratic primary candidate for his House seat. Fueled with $43,000 in secret money, Republican Rep. David Rivera helped run a shadow campaign that might have broken federal laws [...]

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