Get Ready for the Billion Dollar Flood of Outside GOP Money

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 11:42 am

If different campaigns and Super PACs are to be believed, a billion dollars of outside money is going to be spent in this cycle just to help elect Republicans according to Politico. Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and [...]

Obama Follows GOP into the Super PAC Swamp

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 12:15 pm

Despite having criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the rise of Super PACs, President Obama’s re-election campaign has decided to fully endorse the use of their own allied Super PAC. From Jim Messina at the Obama campaign: The President opposed the Citizens United decision. He understood that with the dramatic growth in opportunities [...]

Pro-Romney Super PAC Gets $1 Million from a Dummy Company

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 12:15 pm

This is a frightening look at how much more corrupt our politics will become in the post Citizens United era. A secret shell corporation was created, it made a huge political donation, and then was dissolved soon after. From MSNBC: A mystery company that pumped $1 million into a political committee backing Mitt Romney has [...]

Campaign Finance Reform and Revisionist History

By: Monday June 20, 2011 10:28 am

Democrats aren’t just playing by new big donor friendly rules that have been totally forced on them. They are playing by new rules they actively let happen despite publicly denouncing. Remembering the actual history is critical to fully understanding Feingold’s criticism of the new Democratic Super PACs.

Government Contractors Will Fight for Right to Secretly Use Tax Dollars to Campaign for More Tax Dollars

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 12:24 pm

A government contractor’s entire business model is based on trying to convince the politicians in power to give it large sums of taxpayer money. It should be evident to everyone that the potential for corruption is as enormous as the possible profits. Contractors clearly have a massive incentive to take some of the taxpayer money [...]

GOP’s Political Warfare: Long-Term and Virtually Unopposed

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 9:45 am

Wisconsin is more than just ground zero in a fight over the future of public sector unions, it is the embodiment of the Republican Party’s commitment to bare-knuckle political warfare; their willingness to push the law to its limits to gain long-term political advantage for the party. While it is most evident in Wisconsin, this [...]

GOP Attacks on Unions are Bad Short-Term Politics, But is There a Long-Term Goal?

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 5:10 pm

With several new polls out about the fight in Wisconsin, the verdict is clear that recent Republican efforts to take away labor unions’ collective bargaining rights is very bad short-term politics for them. Polling confirms that an overwhelming majority of Americans opposes taking away public employees unions’ collective bargaining rights: CBS News/NYT poll: 60% oppose, [...]

Prognosis for 2012: Even More Secretive Corporate Campaign Spending

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 1:17 pm

In this post Citizens United era, expect the 2012 election to experience even more large scale corporate campaign spending by secretive groups than we saw in 2010. Karl Rove hopes to raise $120 million for this election cycle, almost twice as much as he did last year. From the Hill: Two outside conservative fundraising groups, [...]

PA-Sen: Toomey Wrote the Book (Literally) on Shadowy Campaign Spending

By: Wednesday October 27, 2010 9:00 am

This ad has been credited for helping to bring Joe Sestak back into the Senate race in Pennsylvania. The latest poll, from Reuters-Ipsos, shows a dead heat, after Sestak trailed for months. Just like in his primary victory over Arlen Specter, Sestak stormed back in the final stages and now could pull off the upset, [...]

Can Bulging War Chests Save Endangered Democrats in 2010?

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 6:08 pm

Traditionally, a large fundraising advantage was a strong indicator that an incumbent was safe. Being able to outspend your opponent on campaign ads and staff is clearly a big advantage. Strong fundraising is also a decent, all be it imperfect, indicator of a candidate’s (and the opponent’s) level of commitment to the campaign. An analysis [...]

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