The Electoral-Industrial Complex: Fortunes Made by Consultants on Campaign Spending

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:50 am

It’s been amusing to see the Republican base recognize that they’ve been had in this election, their money stolen by big-talking operatives. I think Rick Perlstein put it best in his story in The Baffler that conservatism has become an elaborate mail-order scam, directed at the target demographic for such scams, gullible seniors. When the [...]

The House in 2012: Dark Money Still Works at the District Level

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 8:30 am

The more important point is that dark money does work. It works in the House. SuperPACs and independent expenditure groups wasted historic amounts of money running into a demographic brick wall at the national level. Even at the statewide level, Democrats could withstand the attacks. But in the House, late money that poured into a discrete number of seats had a real impact. Winnable seats turned sour, even in places where Democrats did well.

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. [...]

NRSC Comes Crawling Back With Funding for Ads in Todd Akin’s Senate Race

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 9:15 am

Even as the National Republican Senatorial Committee – the campaign arm of Republicans in the Senate – swore up and down they would never return to help Todd Akin in his Missouri Senate race, most observers thought that, when things got tight, they would give in. And sure enough, that’s what’s happening, as they are [...]

Jeep Auto Workers Fear for Their Jobs After False Romney Ads in Ohio

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:19 pm

Mitt Romney’s latest play for Ohio – which remains the touchstone of the entire election, desperate plays for Minnesota and Pennsylvania aside – apparently involves straight-up lying about the intentions of Chrysler to “build Jeeps in China,” to the extent that Jeep factory employees are calling their managers wondering if they still have a job. [...]

Obama Ad About Big Bird Cannot Find One Prominent Wall Street Criminal Prosecuted By Administration

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 7:00 am

This is an amusing ad by the Obama campaign, poking fun at Mitt Romney’s comment in the first debate about eliminating funding for PBS and Big Bird. President Obama has been getting good traction on the stump with the line about Romney looking out for Wall Street while fighting Sesame Street, and so they turned [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Anti-Union Ads in Chicago Paid for By Hedge Funds, Billionaires

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 6:17 am

I wish I had known about this before the Chicago Teachers Union suspended their strike and returned to work, but it may shed some light on the timing of the suspension. At the least, it provides a little more context for what teachers unions have to deal with on the ground. Apparently the above anti-union [...]

Paul Ryan Puts Up Ads for His House Election; A Sign of Trouble?

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 1:47 pm

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan will begin running ads in the race for his House district in Wisconsin, a potential sign of uneasiness about his re-election, which will probably be interpreted more broadly as a lack of confidence in Mitt Romney’s chances in the Presidential election. Contracts formalized Tuesday with at least one Milwaukee [...]

Akin, Staying in MO-Sen Race, Appeals to Missourians for Forgiveness in New TV Ad

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 6:14 am

When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make [...]

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