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  • Video: Howard Dean admits labor unions are "Super PACs that Democrats like"

    02/07/2016 4:07:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Does this qualify as a “gaffe” when defined in classic Washington terms? Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean sat down with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to talk about the New Hampshire primary and seems to have lost control of his better partisan senses for a moment. Mitchell was quizzing him about all the money that Hillary Clinton has taken from special interest groups though her Super PACs and her paid speaking engagements, relating these bits of history to recent attacks coming from Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Dean is one of Clinton’s most vocal (and frequently incomprehensible) supporters and he didn’t take kindly...
  • Soros Tops Individual Donors as $100 million floods Presidential Super PAC

    02/06/2016 8:15:13 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    The bipartisan Open Secrets blog reported that a small number of Americans, led by George Soros, donated $100 million to Presidential Super PACs in the second half of 2015. Federal Election Commission filings of 21 different Super PACs supporting the top 13 major party candidates show "29 individuals or organizations who gave $1 million or more" for a total of $99.4 million collected in a six-month period. Adding in the 13 campaign committees, to total raised in the second half of 2015 was $260 million. Democrat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pocketed the largest individual single Super PAC donation...
  • Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: 'Labor Unions Are Super-Pacs Democrats Like'

    02/06/2016 10:55:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/05/2016 | Stephen Kruiser
    Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should not boast about his freedom from super-PACs given his ties with organized labor. 'I don't hear anybody asking Bernie Sanders for transcripts of some speech he made for a labor union,' he told host Andrea Mitchell on "MSNBC Live." "For Bernie to say he doesn't have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs. Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don't go after labor unions."
  • Cruz Super PACs, Watching Trump, Make Biggest TV Play Yet

    01/19/2016 8:38:14 AM PST · by Isara · 10 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to a crowd gathered at Prime Time Restaurant in Guthrie Center, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (Photo by Rebecca F. Miller) A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is making its biggest investment yet in television advertising, reserving $2.5 million of airtime in Iowa and South Carolina with less than two weeks until the first nominating contests begin. The effort also comes as the U.S. senator from Texas wades deeper into a battle with billionaire Donald Trump that is expected to grow more contentious in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses — and possibly require...
  • Upset Republican donors: Have we wasted our money?

    01/13/2016 12:07:56 PM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/13/16 | Jonathan Swan
    Major GOP donors and fundraisers are wondering whether they're wasting their money on super-PACs. They say they're not ready to abandon the super-PACs, but they're starting to look for ways to make them more effective during a presidential cycle that has challenged conventions about how to spend political donations.
  • 5 donors you've never heard of who could shape the 2016 race

    01/02/2016 10:41:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 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...
  • Paula Dwyer: Billionaires got few dividends in presidential race

    01/02/2016 10:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | January 3, 2016 | Paula Dwyer
    Throughout 2015, we kept hearing warnings that wealthy individuals would dominate the presidential election, and perhaps even influence the outcome, all because of court-made changes in campaign-finance law that allowed unlimited contributions and spending. So why did Big Money in politics end up to be a big bust in 2015? Super PACs -- political action committees that can accept unlimited amounts from just about anyone but can't coordinate with the candidate -- have been spending money, yet have little to show for it. Other dark-money sources -- essentially nonprofit social-welfare groups that don't have to disclose their donors -- had...
  • Ted Cruz Explains Why His Position on H1-B Visas Has Changed (VIDEO)

    12/23/2015 7:45:48 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 34 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/23/2015 | Leon Wolf
    I had the opportunity to sit down yesterday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% at a campaign event in Nashville and ask him several questions. One of the questions I asked was whether Senator Cruz still supported expanding the H-1B visa program, as he has in the past. Senator Cruz indicated that he no longer does, and you can see his explanation here: Transcript: RedState: Senator, I think the path to legalization issue has been beaten to death and I won't go over it again. One of the things you have supported in the past is raising the ceiling on...
  • Secret Recordings of Cruz Shows Nothing Secret At All

    12/23/2015 7:37:29 AM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | December 23rd, 2015 | Amanda Carpenter
    Oh, I could hear the balloon deflating all the way from the Politico headquarters.Phllloooooooopppphhtt.Last week, on the day of the highly-watched GOP presidential debate, someone gave Politico’s Mike Allen an enticing piece of catnip to put in his insidery morning email. Secret audio tape would soon be published on a conservative news site supposedly showing that Ted Cruz talks much differently to NYC moderates than Iowa evangelicals. “These leaks are designed to undermine Cruz’s authenticity,” Allen wrote.The prospect of a juicy secret recording flew around the Internet. People reported on the prospect of the audio tape, before ever hearing a...
  • GOP Establishment Trains More Fire on Trump

    11/20/2015 12:40:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 140 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, we know The Politico's where the Republican establishment goes to leak. The Politico, that's where the Republican Party establishment leaks their plans. That's where they leak their intentions. That's the mainstream. The Republican establishment has chosen The Politico as their jumping-off point to have people in the establishment know what they're doing, as opposed to leaking it to me, as opposed to leaking it to, take your pick of a conservative, they go to the Politico. So here it is, the headline: "GOP Group Plans Most Aggressive Anti-Trump Campaign Yet." And there is a companion story...
  • RNC/GOPe Changing Delegate Distribution Rules.(Important Read on Superpacs and Trump)

    10/13/2015 3:26:13 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 15 replies
    This is an ACTION ALERT for those of you following the RNC/GOPe road map and actively engaged in following the maneuvers within the Republican Party. Previously we shared the RNC rule changes which modified all primary elections between March 1st and March 14th 2016 to make delegate distributions Proportional based on a percentage of the vote. All contests held on or after March 15th 2016 were then winner-take-all (or some assembly therein). The construct of the 2014/2015 rule changes were specifically created to make the pathway for Jeb Bush and block any candidate who was able to garner a movement...
  • Who Owns Your Candidate?

    10/03/2015 5:17:02 PM PDT · by amorphous · 14 replies
    The Anti Media ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Jake Anderson
    Its a new era of American politics. With regard to campaign finance, the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling and the arguably worse McCutcheon v. FEC ruling opened the doors to unrestricted corporate funding of our national elections. The primary mechanism in place facilitating this flood of private money is the super PAC. Youve probably heard of super PACs and how theyve essentially taken over the role traditionally filled by individual campaign donors in Political Action Committees (PACs). But super PACs arent the end of it. There are puppet political non-profits, business associations, and now, single-candidate dark money outfits...
  • Dog Days of Summer

    07/16/2015 7:07:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The ancient Romans coined the phrase "dog days" based on the period of time that the brightest star (Sirius, the Dog Star) rose and set in conjunction with the sun. The Romans believed that Sirius radiated heat to the Earth, causing the hottest part of the year as it traveled with the sun. The date range for the annual "dog-day" period varies based on the source. The Old Farmer's Almanac refers to the 40-day period that begins July 3 and ends August 11. The 1552 Book of Common Prayer refers to the period from July 6 to August 17. Many...
  • Jeb Bush is destroying our laughable campaign finance laws

    05/14/2015 3:10:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | May 13, 2015 | Taegan Goddard
    We've seen a flurry of presidential campaign announcements over the last several weeks: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee. Oh my. But there's still at least one big notable absence. Jeb Bush, the first candidate to actually declare he was exploring a presidential bid, seems in no hurry to formally launch one. Instead, Bush has put in motion a plan that's effectively wrecking what's left of our flimsy campaign finance laws. Bush is taking the time before his formal announcement to build a super PAC that Politico says "would be...
  • Totally Eye-Popping [Cruz's fundraising]

    04/11/2015 10:11:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 12, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that a presidential candidate demonstrates an ability to raise enough money to effectively reach the inhabitants of America with his political message? On Friday, National Public Radios The Diane Rehm Show took a further drag on our tax dollars to take incredulous note of the fact that four Super PACs supportive of Republican Ted Cruzs campaign for president declared having collected, collectively, $31 million. One of Dianes guests, Neal King, Jr., with the Wall Street Journal, explained that all four PACs associated with the Cruz effort sport the Keep the Promise...
  • 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...
  • Illinois Senate Make Efforts for a Federal Constitution Convention

    04/11/2014 1:49:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CBS St. Louis ^ | April 9, 2014 12:43 PM | Jim Anderson, Illinois Radio Network
    Some Illinois lawmakers are calling for a federal constitutional convention to amend the Constitution in order to allow laws that limit the influence of money in politics. When the Supreme Court of the United States rules that money is a protected speech and that ordinary people cannot pass common-sense laws because they might dilute the influence of the super-rich, its time to change the game, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins of the 16th District says.
  • GOP super PACs gear up to fight tea party

    11/08/2013 8:59:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/8/13 4:17 PM EST | Byron Tau and Anna Palmer
    Republican operatives want to help establishment candidates fend off tea party challenges with a new weapon: unlimited cash. Consultants and attorneysincluding the co-founder of the pro-Mitt Romney super PACare laying the groundwork or have already filed paperwork for dozens of super PACs organized to support individual candidates running next year. The effort is the biggest re-evaluation of the Republican Partys outside money strategy since the dawn of the super PAC erabringing traditional big dollar donors into the primary races that pulled the party in a direction that alienated those donors in the first place.
  • Meet Obamas Million Dollar Muslim Donor

    10/14/2012 6:22:36 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    frontpagemag.com/the-point ^ | October 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Free Beacon has a brief profile of Kareem Ahmed from TPM, one of the few million dollar donors to Obamas SuperPACs. Youd be forgiven if you dont recognize Ahmeds name. Before this year, his political giving was limited to a few four-figure checks to California candidates. Several veteran California politics watchers contacted for this story had no idea who Ahmed was, either. But heres the thing: so far in 2012, Ahmeds contributions to Obama, Democrats, and the outside spending groups that support them have totaled more than $1.1 million. Ahmeds wife, Tayyaba Farhat, has contributed another $75,000. At...
  • Mike Duncan: Undecided Voters Will Choose Romney Late in Campaign

    09/21/2012 10:52:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Mike Duncan, chairman of the powerful super PAC American Crossroads, tells Newsmax.TV that undecided voters will make up their minds late in the campaign and elect Mitt Romney as the next president. He also says he is confident that Republicans will retain control of the House and are within striking distance of winning the Senate. (VIDEO AT LINK) Duncan served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2007 to 2009, and on the campaigns of five presidents. He is also the president and CEO of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. His political action committee American Crossroads, backed...
  • Obama Knocks Republican Super PACs in Colorado(video at link)

    08/09/2012 10:40:28 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | AUG 9, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    As the super PAC aligned with Barack Obama is coming under fire for suggesting Mitt Romney might have been responsible for a woman dying of cancer, President Obama knocked Republican super PACs in a speech today in Colorado: "Now, I have to tell you that we have less than three months left in the election," Obama said. "Less than three months. Time's flying. and over the next three months, you will see more negative ads, more money spent than you have ever seen in your life. I mean, these super PACs, and these guys are writing $10 million checks and...
  • Gibbs Refuses To Criticize Romney-Responsible-For-Woman's-Death Ad

    08/08/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In one of the more loathsome displays of this election season, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, appearing on today's Morning Joe, refused to criticize an ad from an Obama-endorsed Super PAC that accuses Mitt Romney of being responsible for a woman's death from cancer. The former Obama press secretary used every tired dodge in the book to evade criticizing the commercial. Gibbs variously claimed that: he hadn't seen the ad; wasn't familiar with the specifics of the woman's case, and didn't want to announce a general policy on denouncing false Super PAC ads. His evasions were too much not only...
  • Pres_ent Obamas Fund- raising Machine Is Sputtering

    08/06/2012 10:10:14 AM PDT · by kingattax · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8-5-12 | Andre Tartar
    It is now accepted political reality that Romney and the wildly successful Republican super-PACs will out-raise Obama, and outspend him on the airwaves. Despite that, the president was always expected to at the very least match his record-breaking 2008 numbers enough to keep his unparalleled ground game humming along. That may be increasingly unlikely, reports the New York Times, after perusing the president's reelection finances.So far, the Obama campaign has spent over $400 million (a fifth of that went to advertising), with another $52 million on payroll and benefits. For the first time ever, the president and the Democrats...
  • Dough-Faced -- Liberal fat cats wimp out.

    06/22/2012 6:07:19 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 22, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Published on The New Republic (http://www.tnr.com) Dough-Faced Liberal fat cats wimp out. Alec MacGillis June 22, 2012 | 12:00 am IN EARLY JUNE, a small group of Barack Obama's top fund-raisers gathered for an urgent meeting in a bar on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. They had been summoned to town for a briefing from campaign manager Jim Messina to the several dozen moneyed men and women who make up Obama's finance committee. But, in a classic example of Citizens United-era subterfuge, a handful of the attendees slipped away from the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in the South Loop and headed to...
  • Super-PAC ads look to tie Obama to Wall Street and turn off his supporters

    05/28/2012 1:42:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/12 | Niall Stanage
    Conservative super-PACs are attempting to gin up disillusionment among President Obama's supporters and keep their turnout low in November's election, in part by highlighting his ties to Wall Street.Within the past month, three separate ads two from the American Future Fund and one from Crossroads GPS have assailed Obama from broadly comparable perspectives. Especially striking are the American Future Fund ads which make the kind of anti-Wall Street argument heard largely on the left. The outside groups' message contrasts with the one being pushed by Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, who has called the Obama's "the most anti-business...
  • The Soros Summit -FB exclusive:Inside the secret Miami meeting-George Soross liberal conspiracy

    05/15/2012 8:58:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5-15-12 | Andrew Stiles
    Complete Title: The Soros Summit - Free Beacon exclusive: Inside the secret Miami meeting of George Soross liberal conspiracy ### A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections. The location of the conference had been kept a closely guarded secret by the members and guests of Democracy Alliance (DA), a collection of ultra-wealthy liberal donors formed in 2005, and is reported here in a Washington Free Beacon exclusive. Attendees roamed the grounds at the 150-acre tropical resort on their way...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Biased Media Should Register as Obama Super PACs

    03/08/2012 5:12:49 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 8th | Michelle Lopata
    The Associated Press and other mainstream media are so biased in favor of President Barack Obama that they should register with the Federal Election Commission as Obama super PACs, Rush Limbaugh says.
  • Romneys $55 Million Negative Attack Machine Now Targets Santorum

    02/22/2012 10:34:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 22, 2012 | Jim Meyers
    Mitt Romney and his supporters are spending more than $4 million in the battle for next Tuesdays must-win Michigan primary, funding a barrage of negative attack TV ads aimed at Republican presidential rival Rick Santorum. But the spending spree is nothing new for the Romney campaign, which spent $18.8 million in January, while a pro-Romney super PAC dished out nearly $14 million in Florida, 20 times the amount spent by any other group mostly for attack ads against Newt Gingrich. Overall, the Romney campaign has spent more than $55 million as of early February, with negative advertising accounting for...
  • Republican donor expected to shell out $10 million to Gingrich super PAC

    02/17/2012 8:26:56 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17th, 2012 at 09:36 AM ET | Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) - In a move that could again dramatically shake up the Republican primary race, billionaire and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is expected to donate an additional $10 million to the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, a source with knowledge of the donation told CNN. That contribution is expected soon, before the end of the month, the source said. The timing is important because Gingirch, whose campaign has been lagging, is hoping to do well in several of the upcoming Super Tuesday states that vote on March 6 to boost his effort. His allies will...
  • 2007 Obama: You cant be against Super PACs one day and for them the next (VIDEO)

    02/08/2012 2:56:26 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | February 8, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    Considering Obama is now supporting Super PACs when he was against them just last week, this is brutal. In 2007 Obama went on and on about the fact that you cant be against these outside groups one day and then for them the next day only when its convenient. He says that candidates cant just talk the talk, that voters have to look at how candidates act when it isnt convenient, when its hard: VIDEO
  • Super Freaks!

    02/08/2012 10:06:01 AM PST · by ednoonan7
    Obama Ballot Challenge ^ | 2-8-12 | George Miller
    Super Freaks! Posted by By GeorgeM at 8 February, at 02 : 05 AM Print Heres an article about the rising use of Super PACs and our Article II Super PAC is in it. Pretty good for an organization whose ink on the charter is barely dry! Any publicity is useful, as long as they spell the name and URL correctly. I guess that means were on the map now. The New York Times has a major story today on President Barack Obama reversing his long-held opposition to Super PACs and dispatching surrogates to help fundraise for the pro-Obama pac,PrioritiesUSA....
  • For Gingrich, it's all math

    02/05/2012 11:11:09 PM PST · by VinL · 29 replies
    Concrode Monitor ^ | 12-6-12 | Garnder
    In a meeting room at the Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas over the past week, Newt Gingrich mapped out a detailed strategy that would keep him in the presidential race all the way to the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. The crux of the former House speaker's new plan is math: a complex analysis of each state's delegates, how they're awarded and how many, reasonably, Gingrich can expect to win... The winning candidate needs 1,144 delegates to claim the nomination..... Gingrich's team has studied the convoluted rules. Using targeted phone lists and targeted mail and focusing on more...
  • Super PACS outspend their own GOP candidates

    02/02/2012 7:53:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/2/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Hell is paved with good intentions," George Bernard Shaw wrote, "not bad ones." And Shaw never wrote about the unintended consequences of American campaign finance law or the Florida GOP primary, which provide ample proof that the more good-government types try to regulate money and politics, the more convoluted campaign finance becomes. Mitt Romney won 46 percent of the vote in Florida; Newt Gingrich 32 percent. Campaigns that support Romney outspent pro-Gingrich groups $15 million versus $4 million. According to Politico, the pro-Romney PAC Restore Our Future spent more ($8.5 million) on ads than the Romney campaign ($7 million). The...
  • Mitt Romney Outspends Newt Gingrich On Ads Ahead of Florida Primary [Ratio 4: 1]

    01/27/2012 8:58:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 27, 2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    Mitt Romney Outspends Newt Gingrich On Ads Ahead of Florida Primary Romney takes lead in polls but is accused of dishonesty and negative campaigning as Republican nomination battle heats up Ewen MacAskill in Cape Canaveral 27 January Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is outspending his main rival Newt Gingrich by almost four to one in advertising in Florida, having spent a staggering $13.8m so far. ABC reported that Romney had spent $5.6m and his super-political action committees $8.2m. Gingrich and his super-PAC has so far spent only $3.9m. On television stations from Jacksonville in the north to Key West in...
  • Campaign finance games begin in Iowa

    01/03/2012 11:47:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/3/12 | Editor
    It's not too early to project one set of winners from today's Iowa caucuses: the strategists and advertising whizzes of the political industrial complex who are taking advantage of a Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance to collect and spend unlimited donations from wealthy individuals and special interests to become a force in the presidential race. In Iowa, the candidate who appeared to receive the biggest boost from an ostensibly independent political action committee was Mitt Romney. A group called Restore Our Future reportedly spent nearly $3 million on broadcast advertising aimed at lifting Romney's stature in Iowa - and,...
  • Andrea Mitchell Scolds Romney For Negative Super PAC Ads

    12/30/2011 11:22:42 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Has Andrea Mitchell appointed herself hall monitor of the 2012 elections? On her MSNBC show today, Mitchell asked Mitt Romney whether he had "an apology to make to the voters" for the negative ads against Newt Gingrich being run by Romney-friendly Super PACs. For good measure, Mitchell scolded: "is that the kind of campaign you want to run: a negative campaign?" View the video here.
  • Bundlers on target in deficit committee

    09/18/2011 6:55:14 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/18/11 | ANNA PALMER & MANU RAJU
    Every special interest wants a piece of the congressional supercommittee, but an elite group of lobbyists has already staked its ground, sitting at the nexus of campaign cash and access to powerful lawmakers on the deficit-slashing panel. Over the past year, more than two dozen of these bundlers companies and lobbyists who cut big checks and pile up scores of smaller donations have directed $1.6 million to several members of the supercommittee and the House and Senate campaign arms, according to federal records. What makes these bundlers stand out above other lobbyists in Washington is the sheer size...
  • New 'super PAC' aims to raise $55 million for Rick Perry

    09/18/2011 11:18:06 AM PDT · by libh8er · 28 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 9.18.2011 | Maria Recio
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP presidential front-runner, may be leading the pack in the money game as well, as a new "super PAC" supporting him gears up to raise $55 million or more - a potential game changer for the 2012 race. The new pro-Perry political action committee, Make Us Great Again, is one of the emerging "super PACs" that started springing up after last year's groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling in Citizen's United v. FEC, which allowed unlimited cash from individuals and corporations for PACs that are separate from a candidate's campaign. "These are new vehicles for vast sums...
  • Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry

    08/22/2011 1:48:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | August 22, 2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Americas trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred and fear as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor. And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him. Thats a potential financial boon to a president who has unsettled trial lawyers with...
  • Politico: Trial Lawyers Prep for War on Perry

    08/22/2011 9:30:20 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8-22-2011 | Bryan Preston
    Politico: Trial Lawyers Prep for War on Perry Bryan Preston August 22, 2011 Trial lawyers really don’t like Rick Perry, and one whose name should be familiar to PJ readers is gearing up to go after Perry as he runs for president: Democratic Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn — who, along with his wife, Amber, donated nearly $9 million to Texas candidates and party committees in the 2010 cycle — said he’s in the process of forming “some federal PACs” to take on Perry. That will likely include a federal super PAC that could take in the kind of massive...