Anti-Romney SuperPAC Ad Actually Highlights Policy Ambiguity in Affordable Care Act

By: Friday August 10, 2012 11:00 am

Seeking a rebound, the Romney campaign has charged that a new ad from an Obama-supporting PAC, Priorities USA, contains misleading information and falsehoods. The ad features Joe Soptic, a steelworker at a company taken over by Bain Capital, who lost his job in the aftermath. Later, his wife succumbed to cancer, as the family did [...]

Chamber of Commerce Finds Loophole Around Campaign Spending Disclosure

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 7:47 am

An important ruling earlier this month appeared to pave the way for independent expenditure campaigns to have to declare their donors. However, the US Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest groups affected by this, believes they have found a way around it that would keep their donors secret. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, [...]

WI-Gov: Signs of a Tightening Recall Race

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 9:35 am

There has been a split between the public polling and the internal polling in the recall of Scott Walker. As you can naturally expect, internal polling on the Democratic side shows a closer race. And that continues today with a poll from Celinda Lake showing a dead heat between Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, [...]

Appeals Court Denies Stay, Independent Expenditure Groups Would Have to Disclose Donors Under Current Ruling

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 12:27 pm

A federal appeals court panel declined to stay a ruling on donor disclosure for so-called “electioneering” advertising, which could lead to the largest independent expenditure campaigns in America having to reveal their donor networks for the 2012 cycle. Conservative groups wanted to stay the ruling pending appeal, which won’t be heard until September. In a [...]

Wisconsin Dems Angered By Lack of Support for Recall From DNC

By: Monday May 14, 2012 2:14 pm

It’s more than a little unnerving that, at a time when Wisconsin Democrats could be talking about Scott Walker’s failed jobs record or his assault on working people, they’re spending time trying to pass the blame for potential failure onto the state and national parties. Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — [...]

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 [...]

FCC Poised to Pass New Local TV Disclosure Requirements for Political Ads

By: Monday April 9, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s some potentially good news. I wrote back in January about an FCC proposed rule that would force local TV stations to put the results of the political ad spending on their airwaves online, rather than in an obscure filing room at the station that few people ever see. This would increase the transparency of [...]

Walker Won’t Contest Signatures in Wisconsin, Recall Virtually Assured

By: Monday February 27, 2012 11:42 am

Scott Walker has decided not to challenge any of the over one million signatures for his recall, meaning that an election will likely be held in the spring. That leaves only a review by state elections officials standing between the Republican governor and only the third recall election for a governor is U.S. history. An [...]

The Dark Money Election

By: Monday February 6, 2012 11:35 am

What we’ve learned so far in the short primary season is that political advertising still has a major impact. Newt Gingrich was obliterated in Iowa and Florida by a negative ad attack, and that also played a role in Mitt Romney losing his grip on South Carolina. While polling indicates that the President has benefited [...]

Old News: Money Still Matters in Politics

By: Monday January 30, 2012 11:00 am

It appears that Mitt Romney will win the Florida primary going away, as polls show a double-digit lead or more. Newt Gingrich has downplayed the loss already and vows to take the fight to Super Tuesday and all the way to the convention if necessary. Gingrich’s problem is that there aren’t 10 Sheldon Adelsons willing [...]

Warren, Brown, Sign Pact Banning Third-Party Ad Spending in MA-Sen

By: Monday January 23, 2012 2:21 pm

Antonin Scalia thinks that everyone should be blamed but him for the hash that the Citizens United decision, among other things, has made of the campaign finance system. Super PACs have raised more than $30 million just three races into the 2012 presidential race, according to the website opensecrets.org, run by The Center for Responsive [...]

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