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  • EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz confidantes file super PAC papers, setting the stage for 2016 presidential run

    11/12/2014 11:24:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2014 | David Martosko
    * 'Stand for Principle PAC' isn't officially connected to the Texas senator * But his friends' establishment of a financial juggernaut to help him in 2016 is the biggest sign yet that he's running for president * Georgia business consultant filed papers with the FEC on Friday * Group can raise unlimited amounts of money as long as it doesn't coordinate its activities with any candidates * Former Cruz college roommate, considered his closest friend, chose the group's nameIf Ted Cruz isn't running for president, his closest friends are setting up a super PAC for nothing. The 'Stand for Principle'...
  • China installs buoys in Pacific Ocean, report says

    10/22/2014 12:04:26 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    China has installed 17 sets of submerged buoys in "key marine areas" of the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, a move that could exacerbate territorial tensions in the region. The mission carried out by the Chinese research vessel Kexue "marks the first time that China has put an array of submerged buoys on such a big scale", the official Xinhua news agency reported late Tuesday.
  • Ben Carson Takes Major Step Toward Presidential Campaign

    08/01/2014 12:09:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | John Solomon
    Ben Carson Takes Major Step Toward Presidential Campaign Former neurosurgeon launches PAC, names national chairman By John Solomon-August 1, 2014 Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative sensation, is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee and selecting the man who would run his campaign, The Washington Times has learned. Emerging from two-days of meetings with supporters in Palm Beach, Fla., Dr. Carson told the Times on Friday morning he has selected Houston businessman Terry Giles to be his 2016 campaign chairman should he run and approved the formation of a PAC...
  • FEC PROBES PRO-COCHRAN BARBOUR-RUN SUPER PAC

    07/02/2014 6:57:24 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 2, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a pro-Thad Cochran Super PAC, called Mississippi Conservatives, to provide additional information about what the newspaper Roll Call said “appears to be campaign finance violations.” At issue are last-minute expenditures made by the PAC in the days before the initial June 3 primary. The FEC “Request for Additional Information” says the PAC does not appear to have disclosed some of its spending in a timely manner. The FEC notes in the letter sent to treasurer Brian Perry that failure to “adequately respond” by Aug. 1 “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”...
  • Washington Post: Tea Party PACs spend most of their cash on themselves

    04/28/2014 12:49:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    As Matea Gold points out in her report, this makes Tea Party PACS somewhat similar to other PACs in the political arena — but “business as usual” isn’t the point of the Tea Party, either. In the Washington Post analysis of contributions and expenditures from Tea Party-related PACs, less than half of the intake goes to candidates or independent expenditures on races and issues. Most of the money ends up funding the organizations and their consultants: Out of the $37.5 million spent so far by the PACs of six major tea party organizations, less than $7 million has been devoted...
  • Save our Healthcare

    03/19/2014 7:19:57 AM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 2 replies
    American Legacy PAC ^ | 19 March 2014 | areukiddingme1
    When I spoke just feet away from President Obama about the dangers of political correctness at last year’s National Prayer Breakfast, many were surprised. After all, my background is medicine, not politics. But it doesn’t take a brain surgeon like me to see that America is facing serious problems. And right now, the number one problem is Obamacare. Dropped coverage, failing websites, skyrocketing premiums - the list goes on and on. I wish I could snap my fingers and make Obamacare disappear tomorrow, but we both know that won’t happen. That’s why we’re launching Save our Healthcare - a national...
  • Just How Desperate Are They?

    02/13/2014 11:00:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    In a story not filed with The Onion, Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC is defending fellow Democrats up for election in 2014 by, wait for it, bashing Obamacare. That’s right. The same big government set that promised they’d run on the unpopular law and “stand tall” in its electoral headlights are now railing on the law for political survival. Were it not so ridiculous, it’d be funny. Their latest crock of an ad seeks to defend Rep. Joe Garcia in Florida. “He took the White House to task for the disastrous healthcare website,” it says in part. Of course, he...
  • Most troubled PAC in history flies under radar, squanders Democratic donors' cash

    02/13/2014 10:46:13 AM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | february 13, 2014 | luke rosiak
    The fly-by-night group has tried to represent itself as something more official by presenting a list of respected Democrats as its "advisory board," complete with fabricated quotes, when they hadn't even heard of the organization, theWashington Examiner found. 21st Century says it was founded by Sen.Tom Harkin of Iowa in 1985 and was previously known as the official-sounding "Democrats 2000." Its web site names no staff and instead lists an "advisory board" including former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, former Labor secretary Robert B. Reich, and David Wilhelm and Don Fowler, former Democratic National Committee chairmen. In reality there is nothing official...
  • Democratic Super PAC Tops $1 Million for Hagan (RAT period) in North Carolina

    12/08/2013 1:53:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/08/13 | Kent Cooper
    **SNIP** The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic-oriented super PAC, reported to the Federal Election Commission that it had spent $406,952 last week on independent expenditures supporting Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. The PAC reported paying Waterfront Strategies $351,500 for media buys; paying SKDKnickerbocker $52,952 for an estimate of production costs; and paying Bully Pulpit Interactive $2,500 for online advertising.
  • Dem super-PAC defends Kay Hagan on ObamaCare (Has she signed up for Husseincare 21.2 yet?)

    12/05/2013 5:07:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The Senate Majority PAC is up with another big ad buy on behalf of Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), a top GOP target in 2014. The ad focuses on stressing Hagan's support of aspects of ObamaCare — without once mentioning the law by name — and criticizing her most likely opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), on healthcare issues. "North Carolina can count on Kay Hagan. She protects my Medicare and Social Security. She took on drug companies to lower the costs of prescriptions for seniors, voted to cut waste and fraud in Medicare, forced insurance companies to cover...
  • Stop Pelosi PAC doesn’t care what feds say

    11/09/2013 10:25:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/07/13 | Joe Garofoli
    Looks like there’s an election law showdown about to happen — and it involves House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and who can use her name. The conservatives behind the new political action committee called Stop Pelosi PAC launched their campaign against the San Francisco Democrat on Wednesday — despite federal election officials telling them that there was something wrong with their PAC. It uses the name “Pelosi.”
  • Big-time Obama bundler bankrolling Libertarian in Virginia gubernatorial race.

    11/05/2013 8:34:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 11/5/13 | Moe Lane
    A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race. Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot. Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama. So why...
  • Sarvis A Libertarian? Nope (Pinging all Virginians)

    11/05/2013 6:00:27 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 9 replies
    national review online ^ | 11/3/13 | Charles W. Cooke
    In polite society at least, questioning the fundamental claims that people make about themselves is rather frowned upon. If a person says that he is a Catholic, then one is expected to believe that he is a Catholic, even if there is no evidence for this whatsoever. If a person says he is a conservative when he clearly agrees with not a single conservative position, we are likewise expected to smile and nod grimly. “No, you’re not!” is not a socially acceptable response to erroneous self-description, alas. There is some virtue in this convention, I suppose, even if it is...
  • Revealed: Obama Campaign Bundler Helping Fund Libertarian in VA

    11/05/2013 6:10:23 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 20 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 11/5/13 | Meredith Jessup
    A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race. Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.
  • Head of centrist Republican PAC: Let’s go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries

    10/24/2013 5:31:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2013 | AllahPundit
    Dude, they’re feeling it. The RINOs are ready to charge.Assuming they’re successful and a bunch of tea-party incumbents get bounced from the House, it’s pretty much third-party time for grassroots conservatives, right? From Alabama to Alaska, the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 midterm election from turning into another missed opportunity. This will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in the...
  • Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

    09/19/2013 1:00:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | 09/19/2013 | Frank James
    Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee. The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state. "The Freethought Equality Fund will work to elect the nones ... in addition to those who will work for our rights so we can finally have the representation in Congress we deserve," said Maggie Ardiente of the American Humanist Association, at a Washington news conference Wednesday where the new...
  • Legal fight brewing over 'Stop Pelosi PAC'

    09/17/2013 3:00:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Public Integrity ^ | 9/16/13 | Dave Levinthal
    A new conservative political committee that’s clearly no fan of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has nevertheless incorporated her name in its title — and federal regulators are pushing back. In a letter to Stop Pelosi PAC, an Alexandria, Va.-based hybrid political action committee that officially formed Sept. 5, the Federal Election Commission tells the group it must remove the "Pelosi" from its name unless its an authorized committee of the congresswoman herself. It is not. Stop Pelosi PAC's "failure to adequately respond" by Oct. 17 could lead to an "audit or enforcement action," writes Paul Stoetzer, a senior...
  • EXPLICIT: Stop Hillary PAC alerts FBI to vulgar threats

    08/14/2013 4:06:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/14/13
    An anti-Hillary Clinton political action committee says they have alerted federal and local law enforcement about a particularly vulgar and threatening message left on the voicemail of the organization’s chairman. The caller threatens Ted Harvey, a Republican state senator in Colorado and leader of the PAC, and calls him a
  • MADD Silent on Amnesty Law That Rewards Drunk Drivers

    06/18/2013 3:10:41 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 18, 2013 | Judicial Watch
    As preposterous as it may seem, illegal immigrants with drunk-driving, domestic violence, aggravated assault and child abuse convictions will qualify for amnesty under the immigration bill pending in the U.S. Senate unless an amendment introduced by a Texas lawmaker is adopted. Incredibly, groups that would normally be vocal on these sorts of issues have remained silent. For instance, the nation’s largest organization working to stop drunk driving and support victims of the violent crime—Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)—refuses to criticize the proposed law even though it will essentially reward those convicted of driving dunk. Through a spokeswoman, MADD said it...
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg launches political group

    04/11/2013 9:28:25 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 4/11/13 | BARBARA ORTUTAY
    NEW YORK (AP) — Teaming up with other Silicon Valley leaders, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research.
  • Newt on Rove: 'No 1 Person is Smart Enough/Has a Moral Right to Buy Nominations Across the Country'

    '...the system of Tammany Hall and the Chicago machine' Weighing-in on PAC-man Karl Rove's semi-declared war on constitutional conservatives, former House Speaker Gingrich made clear in a Human Events column what the discredited RINO-pumper is attempting to do with his so-called 'Conservative Victory Project': basically crush the TEA Party wing and centralize Republican Party power in favor of 'Rockefeller Republican', Big Government RINOs- an effort Newt described as 'repungnant' and alien to GOP principles: _______________________________________________________________________________ It is appalling how little some Republican consultants have learned from the 2012 defeat. It is even more disturbing how arrogant their plans for the future...
  • Blowback From the Grass Roots (How Steve King Learned to Love Karl Rove)

    02/08/2013 6:07:06 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    If there is only one grassroots conservative in the country who is happy about the rollout of Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, it’s Representative Steve King of Iowa. Allies of the conservative potential Senate candidate are practically chortling about how the swings taken at King by Steven Law, president of the Conservative Victory Project, are boosting King’s prospective candidacy. “Steve King hadn’t done anything to Karl Rove, so they fired the first shot, but I guarantee it won’t be the last,” vows Chuck Laudner, a former King adviser. The Conservative Victory Project has done “nothing but encourage Steve King, and...
  • Former Rep. Walsh forming super-PAC to counter Rove

    02/06/2013 4:07:54 PM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/05/13 | Daniel Strauss
    Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is starting his own super-PAC to counter a group conservatives fear will protect establishment candidates from primary challenges. The tweet by Walsh, the outspoken former congressman, is in response to the creation of the Conservative Victory Project, a super-PAC being launched by Karl Rove, formerly a top adviser to President George W. Bush. The founders of the Rove super-PAC intend to engage in GOP primary races and back the most electable candidate. The group argues that a number of untested conservative candidates made it through 2012 primaries, only to lose in the general election. The...
  • There Is A Brutal Civil War In The GOP, And It Looks Like Karl Rove Will Be The First Casualty

    11/12/2012 5:10:42 PM PST · by Kevmo · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | |Nov. 10, 2012 | Grace Wyler
    Grassroots Republican operatives and Movement conservatives are quickly turning against the GOP Establishment in the wake of the party's expensive defeat this election cycle. Republicans we spoke to this week voiced a near-universal disgust with the national Republican Party leaders and Washington political class, who are seen as having put their personal financial interest above winning the election. As this internecine struggle gathers steam, the first target appears to be Karl Rove, the former Bush campaign mastermind who has dictated much of the GOP's strategy over the past decade. In the wake of the party's 2012 losses, however, Rove and...
  • Soros donates $1.5 million to pro-Obama super PACs

    09/27/2012 3:45:20 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2012 | Dan Eggen
    George Soros, the liberal billionaire investor who has largely laid low during the 2012 elections, announced $1.5 million in pledged donations Thursday to a trio of super PACs backing President Obama and congressional Democrats, PAC officials said. Soros, who became nationally prominent in 2004 when he spent more than $20 million on independent groups supporting Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), will give $1 million to Priorities USA Action — which is supporting Obama — and $500,000 to Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, which are running ads on behalf of Democratic candidates for Congress. The move could signal a softening of...
  • Cuba-related donations are down this electoral cycle (for Obama and democrats)

    09/17/2012 4:52:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 16, 2012 | Juan O. Tamayo
    ....John Henry Cabańas, the pro-Castro Miami businessman who donated $75,000 to President Barack Obama’s coffers in 2008 and $14,400 to Joe Garcia’s bid for a U.S. congressional seat in 2010, has given them nothing this year. ...Although the number of Cuban Americans traveling to the island spiked after Obama lifted virtually all restrictions on such trips in 2009, Cabańas said increased competition has cut his profits to the nub. Cabańas, 70, also strongly denied campaign whispers that Obama campaign officials asked him not to contribute this year because of his very public support for Fidel Castro. He once called the...
  • Banker Plan Would Fund Super-PACs to Sway Senate Races

    09/05/2012 5:20:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | September 5, 2012 | Robert Schmidt and Phil Mattingly
    Link only as per Bloomberg requirements Gist of Article: American Banking Association, led by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, is setting up a huge PAC with secret bank donors to sway senate elections with the hope of killing Dodd-Frank, among other things. Most of the money will probably headed toward the GOPe.
  • Was ‘Understands’ Coordinated? - anti-Romney ad might violate campaign-finance laws

    08/16/2012 2:37:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 16, 2012 | Stephen M. Hoersting
    The “Understands” ad, by Obama super PAC Priorities USA, insinuates that Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of the wife of former GST Steel employee Joe Soptic, five years before she died, simply because Soptic lost his job (and thus his health insurance) at a plant owned by Bain Capital. Conventional wisdom has it that the ad is both despicable and false. The question to be answered is: Was it coordinated with either the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee? Federal law typically treats a super-PAC ad coordinated with an official campaign or political party committee as an...
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro goes out on a limb with political donation

    08/09/2012 3:23:34 PM PDT · by BRL · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 8, 2012 | T.W. Farnam
    In an election year filled with secret campaign money, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has made the unlikely choice to go public with a big political donation. The Ohio-based company, familiar as the producer of a ubiquitous plant fertilizer, is now a political player, donating $200,000 in June to the Restore Our Future super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
  • New SuperPAC exposing Obama administration's racism

    08/03/2012 8:21:43 PM PDT · by bfkirk · 8 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | August 3, 2012 | Josh Israel
    One of the fears that may instill the occasional bout of night terror among American pols is the possibility that “friendly” SuperPACs who don’t agree with the strategy, tactics, or message they ostensibly support will fall into a giant vat of unregulated cash and do something stupid and counter-productive. We may be about to see how effectively Republicans can keep that from happening, via a new Super-PAC created by the shady oppo researcher Stephen Marks that’s already released a web ad which is a small masterpiece of racism-posing-as-anti-racism. As ThinkProgress’ Josh Israel reports: FightBigotry.com, a new Super PAC registered with...
  • Follow The Money! KS PAC Funds Investigation.

    08/03/2012 2:57:12 PM PDT · by 1pitech
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 08-03-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    On this episode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program host Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson talks with researcher Earl Glynn of Kansas Watch Dog about the KS PAC funds moving around the state.
  • Special Operations Veterans Join Forces to Oppose Obama, Fight Continued Release of Secret Documents

    07/24/2012 4:38:19 PM PDT · by lward99 · 14 replies
    SpecialOperationsSpeaks.com ^ | July 24, 2012 | Larry Bailey, CAPT (SEAL), USN (Ret.),
    A nationwide group of decorated Special Operations veterans today announced the formation of a political action committee -- Special Operations Speaks PAC-- to oppose the reelection of Barack Obama and mount an aggressive effort to halt the continued divulging of top-secret documents for “political reasons.” In its founding documents, the group says, “Breaches in OPSEC (Operations Security) by the White House, members of the Cabinet, the press, and the movie industry have, ostensibly for political reasons, divulged to the public details of Special Operations personnel identities, methods, tactics, techniques, and procedures that result in new or improved countermeasures being developed...
  • Vanity - A email I sent to Romney's "Super Pac"

    07/14/2012 11:15:10 AM PDT · by MarkL · 11 replies
    My Place | 7/14/2012 | MarkL
    To Whom it may concern, This was the only email address I could find on your website, and given the way Obama's attack ads are starting, and his long history of character assassination against his political opponents, I felt I needed to take this idea to you, since I don't believe there's any way that Mr. Romney would allow his own campaign to run these sort of ads. It's no secret that Obama is going after the illegal alien "vote", as well as the Hispanic vote, by claiming that Eric Holder is protecting Hispanic voting rights. Obama is holding up...
  • Pro-lesbian Super PAC hopes to raise $1 million to support gay and women's issues

    07/11/2012 1:22:03 PM PDT · by st.eqed · 6 replies
    new York daily news ^ | 07-11-2012 | Kristin Lee
    Pro-lesbian Super PAC hopes to raise $1 million to support gay and women's issues New York Daily News - 57 minutes ago A new pro-lesbian Super PAC launched on Wednesday with plans to raise $1 million for political candidates around the country who support women's reproductive rights and LGBT families, Politico reported.
  • Jesse Jackson Confirms NYT Launched 'Pre-Emptive Strike' On Anti-Obama Super PAC

    05/23/2012 12:12:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/23/12 | John Nolte
    Late last week, in two separate Breitbart News' pieces (here and here), I openly accused the New York Times and its many mainstream media toadies of launching a coordinated attack of intimidation against Joe Ricketts, a wealthy Chicago businessman and private citizen whose super PAC had received a proposal to wage a multi-million dollar advertising campaign linking President Obama to his 20 year mentor/pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Today, in the pages of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jesse Jackson has confirmed my allegations: [emphasis added] Jackson said he met privately with the Cubs chairman after a New York Times story
  • Super PAC adds more Texas lawmakers to target list

    04/08/2012 5:46:58 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 5 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 8 April 2012 | Gary Martin
    A Houston-based Super PAC targeting congressional incumbents from both major political parties is drawing a bead on Texas lawmakers. The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a non-ideological political action committee, is working on behalf of underfunded challengers without the financial wherewithal to defeat entrenched incumbents. It's part of the PAC's stated goal of educating voters and diminishing the power of incumbency. Earlier this year, the super PAC announced its intention to help challengers defeat Democratic Reps. Silvestré Reyes of El Paso and Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas. This week, the super PAC expanded its list of targets to include Republican Reps....
  • Democratic senators seek to curtail 'harmful impact' of super-PACs (Even the Occupy freeloaders?)

    03/13/2012 4:09:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/13/12 | Rachel Leven
    Democratic senators seek to curtail 'harmful impact' of super-PACsBy Rachel Leven - 03/13/12 05:14 PM ET Seven Democratic senators have created a task force aimed at mitigating the impact on elections of a 2010 Supreme Court decision, the senators announced Tuesday. The senators formed the group last year in response to the high court's ruling in the Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Citizens United, which allows certain political action groups to accept unlimited contributions from corporations and unions. The court decision led to the creation of so-called super-PACs, which have the right to make unlimited expenditures for or against political...
  • Obama super-PAC head: Maher remarks ‘vulgar,’ but not comparable to Limbaugh

    03/09/2012 2:35:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/12 | Justin Sink
    Obama super-PAC head: Maher remarks ‘vulgar,’ but not comparable to LimbaughBy Justin Sink - 03/08/12 04:39 PM ET Bill Burton, the head of the super-PAC supporting President Obama’s reelection effort, said Thursday that while some of comedian Bill Maher's comments "were vulgar and inappropriate" he did not believe they were similar in tone to controversial statements last week by radio host Rush Limbaugh. Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time," recently announced a $1 million donation to the Priorities USA group helmed by Burton. But conservatives have argued the group should return the donation because some of the comedian's past statements...
  • Winning Freedom Super PAC Formed to Back Newt Gingrich Presidential Bid

    03/02/2012 4:58:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 168+ views
    Market Watch ^ | March 2, 2012 | Press Release
    AUSTIN, Texas, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Brandon Todd, a prominent Texas entrepreneur and Tea Party Leader, today announced the formation of a new Super PAC (Political Action Committee) to support the Presidential bid of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Winning Freedom also announced the formation of two websites www.winningfreedom.org and www.newtgingrich360.com . Mr. Todd stated: "This is the most important election of our lifetime. It will have a profound impact on man's quest to rule itself and live in this world as a free people. "We as Americans will make the choice this year to...
  • Occupy Organizers Call on Super PAC to Change Name or Disassemble (freeloaders with loot)

    02/18/2012 5:41:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/16/12 | John Hudson
    Occupy Organizers Call on Super PAC to Change Name or DisassembleBy John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire – 16 hrs ago The formation of an Occupy Wall Street super PAC by an activist in Decatur, Alabama is sparking a backlash from the movement's organizers in Washington, D.C. and New York City. This week activist John Paul Thornton opted to fight fire with fire, filing paperwork with the FEC to establish The Occupy Wall Street Political Action Committee, allowing it to raise unlimited corporate funds for federal candidates pledging to get money out of politics. The irony was not lost on...
  • Rick Perry seeks OK to create super PAC

    02/16/2012 2:36:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | February 16, 2012 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    It’s not unusual for candidates to use leftover cash from aborted campaigns to form political action committees. But traditionally politicians have opted for so-called leadership PACs that allow them pay for political staff, travel the country and dole out contributions to favored candidates – all of which helps them keep themselves in the political spotlight and curry favor for potential future runs. Super PACs, which were spawned by a 2010 federal court ruling, could be used to maintain a political staff and fund a politician’s travel, but not to make donations to candidates. On the other hand – unlike leadership...
  • Obama Cabinet Secretaries Say They Will Appear At Super PAC Fundraisers…

    02/13/2012 7:56:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 2/13/12 | zip
    And to think, up to one week ago Obama was vehemently opposed to super PACs. Via The Hill: Four Obama administration cabinet members suggested an openness to appearing at pro-Obama super-PAC events. iWatch News at the Center for Public Integrity reports that spokesmen for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Energy Secretary Steven Chu suggested that their bosses would be willing to raise money for the super-PACs. A week earlier, after previously criticizing the legal ability of super-PACs to raise unlimited amounts money for their candidates, President Obama signed off on some...
  • Fareed Zakaria Asks George Soros 'Will You Create a Super PAC to Help President Obama?'

    02/12/2012 9:26:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/12/12 | Noel Sheppard
    As hard as it may be to believe, CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday actually tried to raise money for the reelection of the current White House resident. Speaking with billionaire George Soros on the program bearing his name, Zakaria asked, "Will you create a Super PAC to help President Obama?" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
  • Comedy Central's Stephen) Colbert's super PAC has raised over $1 million

    01/31/2012 10:47:06 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1-31-12 | Jake Coyle
    Stephen Colbert's sway in the U.S. presidential election might be a joke, but he's got some real financial muscle. The comedian disclosed Tuesday that his Americans for a Better Tomorrow "super" political action committee has raised a staggering $1.02 million. PACs were required to submit their financial reports to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. In a letter to the commission, Colbert was quoted as saying, "How you like me now, FEC?" Colbert raised the money by asking for donations from viewers of "The Colbert Report." He has used the PAC to highlight what he considers the absurdity of campaign...
  • Gov. Haley Received $36,000 Campaign Donation from Romney PAC before Endorsement

    01/10/2012 3:32:07 AM PST · by NoPrisoners · 72 replies
    Posner Politics ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rob Groce
    Gov. Nikki Haley announced her endorsement of Mitt Romney in mid-December. The Republican presidential candidate, regarded to be somewhat moderate, earned her Tea Party support because “he knows how the private economy works, how to fix it, and most importantly how to solve problems,” Haley said in her announcement. The fact that Romney knows how to donate to campaigns might have more to do with it, though. His “Free and Strong America” political action committee donated $36,000 to Haley’s campaign in 2010. And she’s not alone, either. Romney has, to date, received 35 endorsements from politicians his PAC donated to...
  • I Suppose All Tall Massachusetts Men Look Alike…

    01/04/2012 3:24:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    In the Washington Times, Charles Hurt writes, “Both Mr. Kerry and Mr. Romney look like they should be cast as president in a made-for-TV movie. But in reality, both are hopelessly out of touch, calculating wax figurines. They both even speak French! In the end, Mitt Romney is John Kerry without the war medals.” Oh, come on, that’s not true. For starters, Kerry doesn’t have his war decorations anymore, since he threw them away. But I know John Kerry. John Kerry’s a blog target of mine. And Mitt Romney is no John Kerry. David Harmer is a California lawyer who...
  • Union PACs should raise their own money

    12/27/2011 9:07:47 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/22/2011 | Paul Kersey
    The Michigan Legislature is poised to consider a two-bill package that would prohibit unions from using local government payroll systems to collect PAC funds. This is a step that is long overdue. House Bills 5085 and 5086 passed in the state House Thursday. While the dollar amounts that flow through union PACs are not as huge as those that flow through unions themselves, government union PACs still pack a wallop. According to reports filed with the Secretary of State, the MEA PAC collected more than $500,000 in donations and spent $1.2 million on its political programs in 2010. In spite...
  • Super PAC ad touts Gingrich as Reagan conservative

    12/19/2011 7:40:36 AM PST · by TBBT · 26 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 12/19/2011 | Brian Montopoli
    In the face of attack ads casting Newt Gingrich as less than a true conservative - spots that may be eroding his support - a super PAC supporting Gingrich has released a new spot deeming the former House Speaker a "proven conservative leader." The spot, from the newly-formed Winning Our Future, is not officially affiliated with the Gingrich campaign, and it cannot coordinate with the campaign. But like many super PACs, it has strong ties to the candidate. Winning Our Future is led by Becky Burkett, a onetime official with a now-defunct group American Solutions for Winning the Future that...
  • Cain left with millions after withdrawing from presidential race

    12/06/2011 8:18:22 AM PST · by NoPrisoners · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 5, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    Mr. Cain raised more than $5 million through September. Information on the financial activity since that time won’t be disclosed until January, but the campaign said it raised $9 million over a few weeks alone. The funds allowed Mr. Cain and associates to dine and travel in style, using $350,000 on private chartered air in a few weeks, spending thousands at hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons, and eating largely steak dinners, records show. One of the campaign’s top recipients was T.H.E New Voice, a company set up to sell Mr. Cain’s books and motivational talks, which...
  • Cain Sexual Harrassment?

    11/01/2011 3:32:54 AM PDT · by MacMattico · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Me
    I'm just watching the interview with Herman Cain on Greta. If I understand him right, he says the only women of the two he even remembers by name worked in the government/PAC dept. of the restaurant association. Interesting. I don't know, but wondering-- would she be in a position to represent restaurant and service workers unions interests in the PAC? Cain said the first woman was dismissed and the accusations were deemed "baseless" and that she left with what was the equivalent of her owed severance package . Now this women shows up and Cain says he doesn't even believe...