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  • Hillary Superpac Has Taken $200,000 In Banned Donations (pay to play with Crooked Hillary alert)

    06/29/2016 10:32:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | June 29, 2016
    These past few weeks have been quite interesting for Hillary Clinton. We learned that Clinton omitted one key email from the State Department, that Hillary's official State Department calendar is missing a lot of entries, and we were reminded that it can be quite lucrative to be a friend of Hillary. Now, courtesy of The Hill, we find that a super-PAC backing Clinton has accepted $200,000 in donations from a company holding multiple contracts with the federal government, despite a ban on such contributions. Said otherwise, the super-PAC is engaged in a pay-to-play deal. According to a review, Boston-based Suffolk...
  • Cruz rally set for Monday (Starring Glenn Beck a.k.a. Cheeto Dust Boy!!!)

    04/30/2016 2:10:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 73 replies
    The Journal Gazette ^ | 4-30-2016 | staff
    April 30, 2016 12:57 PM Cruz rally set for Monday The Journal Gazette Keep the Promise, a political action committee that supports Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, said the Texas senator will be a "special guest" at a public rally it plans in downtown Fort Wayne on Monday. The rally will be at 2 p.m. at Grand Wayne Center, with doors opening at 1 p.m. Also scheduled as speakers and guests are Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert and conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck. The rally originally had been scheduled for Sunday. People wanting free tickets to attend...
  • Trump Nears Nomination

    04/27/2016 6:12:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 27, 2016 | Fred Barnes
    An hour before polls closed in five states last night, Our Principles PAC declared that Donald Trump would sweep all five primaries. No worry, the anti-Trump outfit said. "The path to the nomination does not hinge" on any of these outcomes.
  • Super PACs for Cruz spend millions to sway/bribe/poach delegates from Trump

    04/24/2016 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 164 replies
    RNC Meeting Spring News 2016 and super PAC research | April 24, 2016 | Self - RNC spring convention observation
    In addition to "grass-roots" campaign workers, there are at least eight Super PACs backed by 'shadow elites' who are driven to defeat Donald Trump and they are banking on Ted Cruz. At least one of these super PAC leaders, Katie Packer of OPP, met behind closed doors at the RNC Spring Meeting this week in Florida. Packer states that a republican candidate should "uphold orthodox GOP ideology." This smacks of irony given her past allegiance with Romney/Ryan and Ryan's inability to uphold GOP principles as Speaker of the House. The super PACs are calling, texting, emailing, lobbying, and all-out wining...
  • Trump campaign disavows pro-Trump super PAC

    04/22/2016 7:29:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/22/16 | Jose A. DelReal
    Donald Trump's presidential campaign last month warned a prominent pro-Trump super PAC which has put at least $1 million into advertising for the billionaire that it is not authorized to fundraise on the candidate's behalf in a formal letter sent by the campaign's legal counsel. The letter to the Great America PAC, signed by attorney Donald McGahn of Jones Day, stressed that the campaign believes the organization's efforts run counter to the anti-big money message Trump has emphasized on the campaign trail. It said that the PAC is "using the name, image and slogan of Donald J. Trump...
  • Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump

    04/14/2016 10:36:28 AM PDT · by WENDLE · 84 replies ^ | 4/14/2016 | By KENNETH P. VOGEL and ELI STOKOLS
    "The apparent warming of the American Crossroads super PAC and its sister groups to Trump has become evident in its recent communications with donors, including a Tuesday afternoon investor conference call, according to multiple sources familiar with the outreach. The phone call which featured Rove, Crossroads officials and a pollster laid out swing state polling and electoral map analysis done by the group showing circumstances in which Trump could beat Clinton..."
  • Sketchy Ted Cruz Campaign Fundraiser Recorded Telling Donors They Can Violate Finance Laws

    04/09/2016 7:35:52 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies ^ | April 9, 2016 | Sundance
    Senator Ted Cruz has at least eight Super-PAC's assisting his presidential campaign; and according to a recording obtained by Politico a Cruz's campaign bundler was directing large donors toward one PAC specifically. The "Stand for Truth" PAC. However, the campaign appears to have, yet again, gone into the land of illegality with the following statement (via audio recording): "If you hit your max then we have a table for you that is the unlimited table," Keet Lewis, a bundler for the campaign and co-host of a Dec. 30 fundraiser in Dallas, says on the recording provided to POLITICO. "It can...
  • Mitch McConnells Attorney PAC Stand For Truth, Sending Money To Cruz PAC Keep The Promise III

    04/04/2016 5:56:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | Apr 4, 2016 | Sundance
    Mitch McConnell’s Attorney PAC ‘Stand For Truth’, Sending Money To Ted Cruz PAC ‘Keep The Promise III’… Posted on April 4, 2016 by sundance The amount of money Washington DC is spending to attack Donald Trump and support Senator Ted Cruz is astounding. They’re not even trying to hide the money flow much any more.We previously shared how Mitch McConnell’s attorney, Eric Lycan was heading a PAC called “Stand For Truth”. That PAC was spending money attacking Donald Trump and Supporting Ted Cruz in Jan/Feb, in Iowa and on National Radio Shows – SEE HEREThe eye opener was the revelation that Senate...
  • Mitch McConnells Attorney PAC Stand For Truth, Sending Money To Ted Cruz PAC Keep The Promise

    04/04/2016 5:28:51 AM PDT · by detective · 84 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 4, 2016 | Sundance
    Truncated Title. Full Title: Mitch McConnells Attorney PAC Stand For Truth, Sending Money To Ted Cruz PAC Keep The Promise III The amount of money Washington DC is spending to attack Donald Trump and support Senator Ted Cruz is astounding. Theyre not even trying to hide the money flow much any more. We previously shared how Mitch McConnells attorney, Eric Lycan was heading a PAC called Stand For Truth. That PAC was spending money attacking Donald Trump and Supporting Ted Cruz in Jan/Feb, in Iowa and on National Radio Shows
  • Kasich Super PAC Borrows Lyin Ted Narrative For Super Creepy Attack Ad [VIDEO]

    03/31/2016 10:07:30 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/31/2016 | Christian Datoc
    The latest ad from the pro-John Kasich super PAC “New Day for America” takes a shot at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz  The television commercial — titled “Nose” — opens by noting that “many just call him ‘Lyin’ Ted.'” The ad then accuses the Cruz campaign of using underhanded tactics against both Kasich and Ben Carson. “If Ted Cruz’s mouth is moving, he’s lying.”
  • Trump Gets $1 Million TV Boost From Super PAC

    03/29/2016 5:02:14 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 52 replies
    US News ^ | 3/29/16 | Gabrielle Levy
    A super PAC supporting celebrity billionaire Donald Trump has made its first television buy, spending $1 million on a spot encouraging the Republican Party to unify behind him, -snip- Great America PAC, which was formed and officially registered with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 1, spent $25,000 on radio ads in Iowa in January, but this week's buy marks the group's most significant campaign expenditure to date. The 30-second spot will air ahead of April 26 primaries in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Connecticut. -snip-One of Trump's favorite selling points on the campaign trail is that he's self-funding his...
  • Need Freeper Investigative Help - Direct Cruz link to Nude Melania Ad?

    03/25/2016 3:30:46 AM PDT · by BRK · 223 replies
    Hi folks. Need some help on this for or against, I don't care which, but my mind is blown here. Based on a twitter tip, I looked up the mailing addresses for Carly for America and Make America Awesome, and these both show the SAME address: PO BOX 26141 Alexandria, Va 22313 Now it has just come out that Ted Cruz gave $500,000 to Carly for America and the FEC flagged it and is asking for more information. Turns out one of Ted's ladies works there (a Ms. Pierson) and some are speculating that it is hush money for the...
  • Former Pro-Trump Operative Disavows GOP Frontrunner

    03/24/2016 10:09:15 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 61 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Lachlan Markay | Lachlan Markay
    A former senior aide to a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC disavowed the Republican frontrunner in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, citing what she sees as his rambling, divisive style on the campaign trail.-snip-Cegielski said she initially saw Trump as a positive political force, but that his statements and policy positions, or lack thereof, convinced her that he is unfit to be commander in chief.-snip-When I was with the Super PAC I had hope that he would could [sic] bring a fresh perspective to the political process, she said. Instead, he has brought disruption and an overinflated ego.-snip-I only started [opposing...
  • Pro-Trump PAC hires GOP veteran as strategist

    03/12/2016 8:37:17 AM PST · by beejaa · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | March 11, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    A pro-Donald Trump super PAC has tapped Jesse Benton, a veteran Republican operative with ties to Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, to serve as its chief strategist. The move is the latest indication that the super PAC, dubbed Great America PAC, is developing into a serious organization one looking to buttress Trump in the final stretch of the Republican primary and, potentially, the general election. "There is a growing movement behind Donald Trump, bringing new voters to the GOP in an unprecedented way, Benton wrote in an email. Great America PAC will help grow and harness that movement, unify...
  • DISGUSTING! Marco Rubio PAC Is Running KKK Ads Against Donald Trump in Missouri (VIDEO)

    03/02/2016 9:50:33 AM PST · by blueyon · 104 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/02/16 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought the Republican Establishment couldnt sink any lower. The GOP establishment is desperate And they will run any smear they can against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to take him out.
  • Donald Trump calls out Cubs owners for campaign contributions

    02/22/2016 12:34:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 22, 2016 | Rick Pearson
    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to denounce a super political action committee opposing his campaign that's primarily funded by Marlene Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs. "I hear the Rickets (sic) family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!" wrote Trump ...
  • 2016 Contenders Flock to Nebraska's Open Governor's Race[2014] (donor chasing)

    02/21/2016 11:05:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal
    The Atlantic ^ | May 11, 2014 | Karyn Bruggeman
    One small governor's race has turned into a cattle call for potential 2016 presidential candidates: Nebraska. Specifically, one candidate in the Cornhusker State is getting outsized attention from talked-about Republican presidential contenders. (SNIP) "Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan and Mike Pence, they don't know the difference between Pete Ricketts and Jon Bruning or any of the other candidates in this race," said Bruning campaign manager Jordan McGrain. "They know his last name is Ricketts."
  • Cruz campaign asks stations to stop airing anti-Cruz ad

    02/16/2016 5:25:38 PM PST · by mac_truck · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/16/2016 | Nick Gass
    Ted Cruz's campaign sent a letter to TV stations across South Carolina and Georgia on Tuesday, demanding that they stop airing what it calls "a false attack ad" from the conservative super PAC American Future Fund that goes after the Texas senator on national security. "The ad falsely claims 'Cruz proposed mass legalization of illegal immigrants.' Ted Cruz has never introduced, outlined, or supported any policy that would give legal status to illegal immigrants," wrote Eric Brown, general counsel to the campaign, in the letter shared with the media. "Indeed, quite the opposite, Ted Cruz led the fight in Congress...
  • 5 donors you've never heard of who could shape the 2016 race

    01/02/2016 10:41:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | January 2, 2016 | Jonathan Swan and Harper Neidig, The Hill
    News articles concerning the most influential political donors in America typically list the same names: The Koch brothers, George Soros, Sheldon Adelson and, lately, Tom Steyer. But as we reach the end of 2015, none of these billionaires has spent big in the 2016 contest, at least not at an individual candidate level. In their absence, a number of lesser known donors are shaping up to be major players in 2016. Here are five to watch: 1. The DeVos Family We're cheating by including a whole family in our list, but there is no way of separating out this high-spending...
  • Indian-Americans backing Donald Trump to campaign in New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 9:32:24 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | February 4, 2016 | PTI
    A decision in this regard was taken by the newly formed 'Indian Americans for Trump 2016' - a political action committee - at its meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday. A group of Indian-Americans supporting Donald Trump have decided to campaign and run advertisements in New Hampshire after the Republican presidential front-runner suffered a shock defeat in Iowa. A decision in this regard was taken by the newly formed 'Indian Americans for Trump 2016' - a political action committee - at its meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday. "To turn out Indian Americans in New Hampshire to vote for Donald...
  • Who's funding this pro-Ted Cruz super PAC?

    02/06/2016 1:14:48 PM PST · by Jane Long · 219 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)A super PAC spending millions of dollars to bash Ted Cruz's Republican rivals is shielding the names of many of its top donors and strategists, accepting and directing donations through a particularly high number of hard-to-trace companies, new documents reveal. Stand for Truth, Inc., an emerging player in the orbit of often clashing constellation of pro-Cruz super PACs, recently pledged to air more than $4 million in television ads to back Cruz in Iowa and South Carolina. Super PACs can accept unlimited contributions but are required to disclose their financial backers. The twist here is that Stand...
  • These Indian-Americans want Trump as next US president

    01/27/2016 7:54:27 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies ^ | Thursday, January 28, 2016 | PTI
    A group of Indian-Americans has formed a committee to campaign for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, describing him the best hope for the country. 'Indian-Americans for Trump 2016' -- which was registered as a political action committee on January 21 with the federal election commission -- aims at garnering support of Indian-Americans to have Donald J Trump become the next president of the United States. In a media release, the PAC said A D Amar, a business professor with Seton Hall University in New Jersey has been elected as its president; while New York-based attorney Anand Ahuja as its vice...
  • J Street PAC names Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Top Target in 2016 Elections

    01/18/2016 4:41:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/18/16 | Joe Schoffstall
    The controversial J Street PAC announced it will center its attention on attempting to unseat Republicans who led efforts to oppose President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal and will focus on Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) during the 2016 elections, according to the Times of Israel. They write: J Street will focus this year on unseating Republican senators in Illinois and Wisconsin who led opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. In an interview with JTA on Friday, Ben Shnider, political director of the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, said the organization would focus on defeating Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois...
  • Leaders of the PAC – An analysis of who is benefiting from political action committees

    01/08/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 33 replies
    Political action committees (Super PACs) have become a popular way for candidates to dodge those annoying regulations set up by the FEC when it comes to individual donations. As long as Super PACs don't "coordinate" *wink wink nudge nudge* with the campaigns they support, they can do just about anything they want. Taking a look at the 5 candidates who have a realistic shot of being president, and their PAC money, should help us gain a little insight into who their biggest financial supporters are. This can also tell us what kind of a presidency to expect from them. 1....
  • New Madison Project Video Plugs Cruz as ‘Consistent Conservative’ on All Issues

    12/11/2015 1:13:22 PM PST · by Isara · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 11, 2015 | Michael T. Hamilton
    A new 2-minute video by the Madison Project political action committee plugs presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as a consistent conservative and non-establishment candidate who can "break the Washington cartel."Madison Project Ted Cruz HD (Video)The video comprises television and radio clips of Cruz addressing a half-dozen issues that have controlled mainstream media news cycles and occupied Cruz's grassroots base. These include the Supreme Court's judicial activism in its Affordable Care Act and marriage rulings, the nation's law enforcement and national security crisis caused by illegal immigration, taxes and over-regulation crippling small businesses, and Planned Parenthood performing abortions.Raz Shafer, a...
  • Jeb Bush’s Super PAC has already burned through $50 million, half of "shock and awe" mega-haul

    12/10/2015 8:01:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2015 | AllahPundit
    I used to feel bad for Jeb because he was so overmatched in his war of words with Trump, but Trump doesn’t bother much with him now that he’s faded in the polls. Lately I feel bad for him because no matter how far he falls and how much people goof on his struggles, he and his team seem dead set on staggering on to New Hampshire. His ads may be ineffective and his media appearances may be completely overshadowed by Trump’s, but there’s simply no way Bushworld will accept the humiliation of quitting the race before any votes...
  • Cruz Rips Rubio Over Attack Ad on National Security

    11/28/2015 7:39:31 PM PST · by Isara · 26 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Nov. 28, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 28, 2015, in Iowa as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, far right, looks on. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) LAMONI, Iowa — Ted Cruz and his campaign are offering their harshest and most extensive criticism yet of Marco Rubio since the U.S. Senate colleagues began clashing over immigration and national security issues.Speaking with reporters before a town hall here, Texas' junior senator repeatedly pushed back on a TV ad airing in Iowa that suggests Cruz "voted to weaken America's ability to identify and hunt down terrorists." The spot was produced...
  • SURGING (Courageous Conservatives Ad- Ted Cruz Pac)

    11/25/2015 10:05:13 AM PST · by VinL · 10 replies
    YOU Tube ^ | 11/24/15 | Courageous Conservative Pac
    "Why are Marco Rubio's RINO donors attacking Ted Cruz for fighting Barack Obama's NSA spying? Because Ted Cruz is surging in the polls and Rubio's people are desperate. Desperate because Rubio stood with Obama and Chuck Schumer on his Gang of Eight Amnesty scheme and it's hurting, so Rubio's lashing out..."
  • Blumenthal Calls On Cruz To Disavow PAC Ad

    11/10/2015 11:21:28 AM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | November 10, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” while discussing a new pro-Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) super PAC ad featuring an anti-gun control message that references Presidents Barack Obama’s gun control push after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to disavow the ad.
  • Pro-Amnesty Club for Growth PAC Spends Millions To Attack Candidate Donald Trump…

    11/02/2015 7:24:24 AM PST · by Jane Long · 92 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | sundance
    Pro-Amnesty Club for Growth PAC Spends Millions To Attack Candidate Donald Trump Using Pro-Rubio Media Firm... Similar to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - "Club for Growth" is a Political Action Committee who support: Amnesty, H1B visa growth programs, ObamaCare and the anti-American Trans-Pacific Trade Deal. CfG also has deep connections to Goldman Sachs and former banking executives. Club For Growth only supports candidates who support their "open borders"/ "globalist" objectives: ♦ Amnesty ♦ Comprehensive Immigration Reform ♦ Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Their current favored candidates are Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. From September 1st through September 30th Club For Growth...
  • Tribune Reporter: Ted Cruz declares war on 'liberal media' — so I declare war on Ted Cruz

    10/29/2015 9:18:53 PM PDT · by IncPen · 127 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/29/15 | Rex Huppke
    I am sorry to have to do this, but as a representative of the mainstream media, I hereby declare war on GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. In the media's defense, Cruz started it. Literally. -- snip -- Strap on your boots, Teddy boy. We're comin' for ya now. And we've got the weapon you fear the most: the truth.
  • The Ben Carson Money Machine: Making Millions from White Guilt

    10/24/2015 6:08:37 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 59 replies
    Darth News ^ | October 24, 2015 | true believer forever
    What is only whispered within the Beltway is the Carson candidacy is not so much a serious effort to make him president as a fundraising schemeand a very effective one. A polished team is making millions flogging a hopeless black candidate to guilt-ridden Republicans who are wasting every dollar they contribute. Its a tactic they have perfected with several black long shots. The man who filed the paperwork to set up National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee and is now its political director, Vernon Robinson, made around a quarter of a million dollars in 2014. Mother Jones reports about...
  • First ad from Draft Biden PAC is about, yes, his personal tragedy [Watch Video]

    10/07/2015 1:14:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2015 | AllahPundit
    No, not that personal tragedy. His other personal tragedy. Despite 35 years in the Senate and seven more as VP, this is the very first thing his biggest fans want low-information voters to know about him. I wonder if Biden quietly signed off on this just like he quietly leaked that “do it for Beau” anecdote to Maureen Dowd.But … it’s a good ad, no? However crass you may find this “He’s suffered enough so let’s make him president” campaign pitch, it’s a superb contrast with the RoboClinton. This is exactly the sort of thing the public likes about...
  • Whoopsie Federal Elections Commission Opens Inquiry(Cruz/Carly PACs)

    09/25/2015 8:44:40 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 196 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 25, 2015 | sundance
    The FEC has opened an inquiry (see pdf below) into Ted Cruz Super-PAC (KtP) and Carly Fiorina Super-PAC (CfA). Ill just drop this here as a reminder to what we previously said was going to happen; when you know the splitters you know the most likely scenario... ....Keep The Promise (KtP) Super-PAC is a pro-Ted Cruz PAC run by David Barton. David Barton is also Chairman of Mercury One Charities (Glenn Beck)... ...Carly For America (CfA) Super PAC is a pro-Carly Fiorina PAC. The FEC is asking why would Keep The Promise (Ted Cruz PAC) be giving money to...
  • New web ad from Bush super PAC hits Trump's 'negativity'

    09/15/2015 12:53:50 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 20 replies
    FOX ^ | 9/15/2015 | Serafin Gmez
    The pro-Jeb Bush Right to Rise super PAC is rolling out a new online ad -- exclusively seen by Fox News -- that attempts to ‎contrast Bush's positive message against GOP front-runner Donald Trump's "negativity," according to a source with the super PAC. The video is on top of the group's $24 million TV ad buy, out this week in the three early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The video, which runs a minute, starts with ominous music and the celebrity billionaire saying things like "you're finished," and "very, very stupid people," and "the American dream...
  • PAC Supporting Walker Gets Huge 20-Million Dollar Bump from Donors

    07/22/2015 2:47:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 7-21-15 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker is getting a bump from donors. Unintimidated PAC an independent organization that is supporting Walkers candidacy announced in a press release that it raised more than 20-million dollars from just 300 donors, securing its place among the top-tier outside groups supporting a presidential candidate. According to the press release, Unintimidated PACs fundraising comes in third place out of all Super PACs supporting GOP candidates this quarter. The $20 million haul is even more impressive considering that the dollars were raised before Scott Walker officially entered the race for President. Governor Walkers record...
  • Jeb Bush, Taking His Time, Tests the Legal Definition of Candidate

    06/03/2015 11:55:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Eric Lichtblau And Nick Corasaniti
    Jeb Bush is under growing pressure to acknowledge what to some voters and a number of campaign finance lawyers seems obvious: He is running for president. The lawyers say Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, is stretching the limits of election law by crisscrossing the country, hiring a political team and raising tens of millions of dollars at fund-raisers, all without declaring except once, by mistake that he is a candidate. Some election experts say Mr. Bush passed the legal threshold to be considered a candidate months ago, even if he has not formally acknowledged it. Federal law...
  • Karl Roves Crossroads PAC Is No Longer G.O.P.s Big Dog

    05/22/2015 1:31:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/22/2015 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates. But in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Crossroads among the first outside groups to fully exploit the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision unleashing wealthy donors and corporations has been buffeted by a rapidly changing political landscape that is testing its pre-eminence, and potentially its survival. The nonprofit arm...
  • Inside Scott Walkers Secret Brain Trust

    04/16/2015 3:01:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 16, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    These days behind every great man is a great think tank. And Scott Walker is no exception. The 2011 protests against Gov. Scott Walkers collective bargaining overhaul made for an emotionally challenging day for one intern. The intern in question was working for a conservative think tank called the MacIver Institute, and his superiors sent him up to the capitol with a video camera to tape the protesters at their wackiest. When one protester spotted him and realized who he was with, he gave chase, yelling profanity. I felt bad, said Brett Healey, the president of the MacIver institute, who...
  • Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties

    04/16/2015 2:14:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Six months ago, I would have told you that April 15, the date when campaigns report their first-quarter fund-raising tallies, could be one of the most interesting early milestones of the Republican primary season. I think I even told my boss, admittedly with hyperbole, that the Q1 report of a year preceding a presidential election was the most important fund-raising report in American politics. In 2007, it was when we learned that Barack Obama could match the supposedly inevitable Hillary Rodham Clinton in fund-raising, and that John McCain wasnt a real front-runner for the Republican nomination (although he managed to...
  • What Was Indicted Doctor Hoping to Buy With $100k Donation to Harry Reids Super PAC?

    04/05/2015 4:16:40 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/04/2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In its indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida opthalmologist, the Department of Justice cites Melgens $600,000 donation to Senator Harry Reids (D-NV) Senate Majority PAC in 2012. That money, the feds charge, was earmarked for the successful re-election of Menendez, and was part of hundreds of thousands of dollars and contributions to entities that benefitted MENENDEZs 2012 Senate campaign, in exchange for specific requested exercises of MENENDEZs official authority. The indictment makes no mention of the additional $100,000 Melgen contributed to the Senate Majority PAC a mere two weeks before Reid arranged an August...
  • 50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money (Stunning Disclosure)

    02/17/2015 7:51:04 AM PST · by xzins · 58 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 17 Feb 15 | John Hawkins
    The late, great Eric Hoffer once said that, Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. Some people have started to wonder whether thats happened to groups in the conservative movement and thats understandable. Reports about sleazy activities by conservative groups have not exactly been in short supply over the last couple of years. Damaging stories have popped up on the Daily Beast, Mother Jones, Washington Post, the Politico and at the Daily Caller among other outlets. Additionally, for those of us who have a lot of friends in the Tea...
  • David Brock resigns from Hillary Clinton PAC

    02/09/2015 7:54:02 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/9/2015 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    David Brock on Monday abruptly resigned from the board of the super PAC Priorities USA Action, revealing rifts that threaten the big-money juggernaut being built to support Hillary Clintons expected presidential campaign. In a resignation letter obtained by POLITICO, Brock, a close Clinton ally, accused Priorities officials of planting an orchestrated political hit job against his own pro-Clinton groups, American Bridge and Media Matters. Those groups along with another pro-Clinton group, the super PAC Ready for Hillary had their fundraising practices called into question last week by a New York Times report. It pointed out that veteran Democratic...
  • 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...

    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 years National Prayer Breakfast, many were surprised. After all, my background is medicine, not politics. But it doesnt 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 wont happen. Thats why were launching Save our Healthcare - a national...
  • Just How Desperate Are They?

    02/13/2014 11:00:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 13, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    In a story not filed with The Onion, Nancy Pelosis House Majority PAC is defending fellow Democrats up for election in 2014 by, wait for it, bashing Obamacare. Thats right. The same big government set that promised theyd 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, itd 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...