Gerrymander, SuperPAC Cash Saved GOP’s Bacon in the House, Where They Got Less Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 7:45 am

Just a brief postscript to the House elections, which as I said were really decided in Republican state legislatures in 2011 during the redistricting process. It turns out that, on a vote-by-vote basis, more Americans voted for Democrats than Republicans for Congressional seats, currently by about half a million votes. That’s subject to change once [...]

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.

Was All That Campaign Money Ineffective?

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 8:35 am

One big question in the aftermath of this election will be whether the power of big money will be seen as impotent. We’ve heard these stories of SuperPAC money migrating into safe red and blue states at the end of the election because there was literally no time left on the air in the swing [...]

California Agency Releases Evidence of Money Laundering in Right-Wing Campaign Spending on Ballot Measures

By: Monday November 5, 2012 11:09 am

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission forced a mysterious $11 million donor to two ballot measures to reveal its secret funding sources today, and the result showed how most of these independent ex

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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