Labor Gets Out the Vote, Now Shifts Directly to Organizing Against a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 8:30 am

The Sunlight Foundation did a fascinating report on “return on investment” for outside expenditure groups in this election cycle, and I hope this scares off Republican donors from successfully swamping Democrats with SuperPAC money in the House elections in 2014. But one number sticks out. Worker’s Voice, the SuperPAC created by the AFL-CIO, had an [...]

Wealthy Liberal Donors Opt for Ground Game Organizing in 2012

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:02 pm

We’re finally seeing a response to all that money pouring in on the conservative side into SuperPACs and electoral-focused independent expenditure groups. George Soros and other finders have opened their pocketbooks, but they will orient their spending a bit differently: After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing [...]

LGBT Activists Plot Grassroots Campaign to Confront Obama Over Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Monday April 16, 2012 1:29 pm

Since the White House dropped an expected executive order preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors, I was wondering how the gay rights community would react. They didn’t sit on their hands when the Administration tried to slow-walk Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal past the 2010 elections, and their efforts arguably got the [...]

SOPA Getting a Markup in House Judiciary Committee

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 1:37 pm

The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out [...]

Postscript in Wisconsin: Coming Up Short, But Not Giving Up the Fight

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:10 am

Wisconsin Democrats came up just short last night, flipping two seats in recall elections but not the three needed to take back the state Senate. Currently the Senate will have a 17-16 majority for Republicans; there are two recall elections against incumbent Democrats Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin next Tuesday, August 16. It’s possible that [...]

Obama for America Data Shows Over Half of All Money Collected in Q2 Came from Bundlers

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 9:41 am

On Friday, the Obama for America re-election campaign did a unique thing, publicly disclosing a list of all of its bundlers and their approximate fundraising totals for the second quarter of 2011. No other 2012 candidate has offered this level of transparency, so it should be commended. But while a lot of the commentary so [...]

Obama 2012 Announces Record $86 Million Campaign Haul

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 9:35 am

An AP analysis claimed that Barack Obama’s shift to the right could cost him in campaign dollars and volunteer hours. I think a lot of observers would dispute the word “shift” to the right. And anyway, it doesn’t seem to have affected him yet. In an announcement today, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced an [...]

Obama Announces 2012 Launch

By: Monday April 4, 2011 8:00 am

With a new campaign website and a video featuring ordinary Americans, President Barack Obama announced his bid for re-election in 2012, with a central claim: We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, [...]

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