June 15, 2012 |
President Obama's much-anticipated speech about the economy Thursday was supposed to distinguish his vision of the future from presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's, and it did. As I wrote in my last post , Obama made a case for spending more -- on education, infrastructure, research and other pursuits that benefit the country in the long run -- and taxing more to pay for it. Not surprisingly, he prefaced that message with yet another recap...
June 14, 2012 |
Virginia's heavyweight Senate match between two former governors could be one of the clearest tests of a Republican campaign strategy of tying Democratic candidates to President Obama this fall. In the race for Virginia's open Democratic Senate seat, Tim Kaine, a close Obama ally and the president's first Democratic national chairman, is facing Republican George Allen, who lost the seat in 2006 after a campaign gaffe that captured the rise of YouTube as a political weapon. Allen secured the Republican nomination this week against light primary opposition.
June 4, 2012 |
Apparently, it just feels like really negative campaign. Media watchers at Kantar Media have been counting ads in the presidential race and their tally shows a surprising near-even split between positive and negative ads. Elizabeth Wilner at the firm's Campaign Media Analysis Group notes that 51% of the 63,793 general election spots were positive, while 49% were negative. The group tracked ads aired from April 10, when Mitt Romney became the presumptive GOP nominee, to May 24. “The results defied the [conventional wisdom]
May 29, 2012 |
President Obama's reelection campaign for weeks has been portraying Mitt Romney as a heartless profiteer who enriched himself in corporate buyout deals that spawned bankruptcies and thousands of layoffs. On Tuesday, Romney and his allies struck back. In twin Web videos, Romney and American Crossroads, a “super PAC,” blame Obama for layoffs at renewable energy firms subsidized by the government. Romney's video cites job losses at Solyndra, First Solar and SunPower.
May 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The 2012 campaign air battle grew more intense Wednesday with the news that Crossroads GPS, the cash-flush conservative advocacy group, is pouring another $25 million into television ads castigating President Obama for “broken” promises. The massive ad buy matches the $25 million that Obama's reelection campaign announced last week it would be spending on a month of TV airtime. The first new spot from Crossroads GPS begins airing Thursday in 10 presidential battleground states.
April 20, 2012 |
Washington -- Priorities USA Action, the "super PAC" supporting Obama's reelection, raised $2.5 million in March, ending the month with just over $5 million in the bank. Its biggest benefactor was Amy P. Goldman, a New York-based writer and philanthropist who gave the group $1 million. Comedian Chelsea Handler gave the group $100,000. The pro-Obama group, which has struggled to raise money, nevertheless got more in March than American Crossroads, the heavyweight GOP super PAC that was founded in part by Karl Rove.
April 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Crossroads GPS, a conservative nonprofit group that is one of the most prominent critics of President Obama, raised nearly $77 million in its first 19 months from a small cadre of secret donors, including two dozen who wrote checks of $1 million and more. The organization, founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Rove, received two single donations worth $10 million each between June 1, 2010 and the end of 2011, according to newly filed tax documents the group released Tuesday.
April 9, 2012 |
The presidential race is about to get nasty. American Crossroads, the “super PAC” in Mitt Romney's corner, is about to unleash a campaign that aims to unseat President Obama. If money truly buys power, the super PAC may end up being more persuasive over voter opinion than Romney himself. “American Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican 'super PACs,' is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest,” reports the New York Times . In February, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez described super PACs like this: On the national scene, already more than $322 million has been raised in support of candidates for president, with $56 million of that going into “super PACs.” Do you know what a Super Political Action Committee is?
March 20, 2012 |
A "super PAC" supporting Mitt Romney has won the backing of another corner of the financial sector: payday lenders. Seven payday loan companies donated a total of $162,500 to Restore Our Future in February, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. All the donations were recorded in the first week of the month, in increments ranging from $2,500 to $35,000. Restore Our Future declined to comment on the donations and their timing. A spokesman for the largest payday lender also declined to comment.
March 19, 2012 |
A longstanding ban on political spending by federal contractors has not stopped some from giving money to a “super PAC” backing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as The Times reported Monday , despite questions about the legality of such donations. Other federal contractors have found an easy way around the ban to support their favorite candidates. Election law attorneys said that the Federal Election Commission has historically viewed companies and their subsidiaries as separate corporations, allowing the parent company of a federal contractor to donate to a super PAC. “The FEC differentiates subsidiaries from parent corporations, so even if the FEC were to confirm that the government contract ban on expenditures applies to independent expenditures and to super PACs, there are other ways to get around such a ban,” said attorney Jan Baran, who heads the election law group at the firm Wiley Rein.