Republican Billionaires Pushing Consultants Aside In Post-Citizens United World

By: Monday March 3, 2014 11:39 am

He who has the gold makes the rules. And so it is under the new campaign finance system that those funding politicians have increasingly decided they want their influence to extend to campaign strategy. Without the old restraints campaign consultants and strategists have no choice but to heel to a donor-centric campaign system that puts [...]

Karl Rove Provided Inaccurate Information On Dark Money Group

By: Monday November 25, 2013 10:13 am

In 2012 Karl Rove stated to the IRS that his group, Crossroads GPS, was a social welfare organization and would use part of the money the group raised for grants to assist other social welfare groups for non-political purposes – “not for political expenditures, consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt mission.” But new evidence, according to [...]

Obamacare Demand Causing Divisions In GOP

By: Monday September 23, 2013 5:59 am

Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama. But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted [...]

Tea Party Sends Out Picture Of Karl Rove In Nazi Uniform

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 5:58 am

In the past the Tea Party has been fond of featuring President Obama as Hitler.  But now one prominent Tea Party group has dolled up one of America’s most prominent Republicans  in fascist regalia: A top tea party group is taking its clash with Karl Rove to a new level, sending out a fundraising email [...]

Karl Rove Causing Unrest In GOP

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 9:23 am

Karl Rove could have called it a day after successfully re-electing George W. Bush in 2004. It could have been the capstone on one of the most successful and substantive careers in modern American politics. Rove would have left a master strategist feared by his enemies, admired by his friends, and mythologized by observers of [...]

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 [...]

With Akin Staying In, NRSC Says They’ll Withhold Funds

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 11:12 am

Just to carry over from the last post, Todd Akin will stay in his Senate race in Missouri, saying that he’s received “tremendous grassroots support” over the last 48 hours. That will have to suffice for the time being, however. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been leading efforts to force Akin out, said [...]

SuperPAC Organizer Rove to Speak at Candidate Romney’s Donor Event

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 1:41 pm

This really makes minced meat of our campaign finance laws. Mitt Romney is holding a “Victory Leadership Retreat” this weekend in Utah. It sounds like a fine affair, if your idea of a good time is listening to former secretaries of state James Baker and Condoleezza Rice, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Sen. John McCain, [...]

MA-Sen: Another Poll Shows Warren In the Lead

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 6:14 am

I’m not sure I should be paying this much attention to polls with almost a year to go until the election, but given that the Elizabeth Warren-Scott Brown race incorporates all the themes of contemporary politics in the 21st century, particularly the 1% vs. the 99%, it’s worth pointing out that this message is resonating [...]

Banks Should Fear Revelations of Massive Errors in Mortgage Documentation

By: Friday May 20, 2011 11:49 am

Karl Rove jumped into the foreclosure fraud debate yesterday, as Marcy points out. But how should we judge his entry? I think it’s a sign that the banks know they’re slipping and need to look for reinforcements. Rove focuses on the AG settlement, but that’s a red herring, as Marcy points out: But again, why [...]

NY-26: Outside Money Pours In as Hochul Vows to Protect Safety Net

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 7:55 am

Both sides have gotten off the sidelines and started to spend money in the surprisingly close NY-26 special election between Republican Jane Corwin, Democrat Kathy Hochul and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis. After polls showed the race in the red district within reach for the Democrat, thanks to the third party effort of Davis taking [...]