June 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - During their long campaign to loosen rules on campaign money, conservatives argued that there was a simpler way to prevent corruption: transparency. Get rid of limits on contributions and spending, they said, but make sure voters know where the money is coming from. Today, with those fundraising restrictions largely removed, many conservatives have changed their tune. They now say disclosure could be an enemy of free speech. High-profile donors could face bullying and harassment from liberals out to "muzzle" their opponents, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
June 25, 2011 |
President Obama's reelection team has launched an invigorated effort to draw money from wealthy donors, buttressing the campaign against a potential decline in contributions from the everyday supporters who helped fuel his massive take in 2008. A new program called Presidential Partners asks supporters to commit $75,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint project of the campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That would put Democratic contributors at the maximum they are allowed to give national party committees for the entire 2012 cycle — leaving then unable to donate to the party's congressional fundraising entities.
May 23, 2012 |
A presidential campaign is never just two people slugging it out on the national stage. It is always a battle of narratives, and the struggle, when all is said and done, is over which candidate can craft the most persuasive story. For Mitt Romney, the story is about a businessman with sterling credentials and a profound knowledge of how jobs are created, facing off against a nice guy who is in over his head, has no idea how to fix the economy and is spending the country into oblivion.
September 2, 2011 |
American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, pulled in $2.6 million in less than two months, fueled in large part by a single mega-donor. The group now has more than $5.6 million cash on hand, according to Federal Election Commission filings . All told, American Crossroads and affiliated group Crossroads GPS -- a nonprofit 501(c)4 that does not have to disclose its donors -- have raised nearly $25 million through Aug. 31, spokesman Jonathan Collegio said.
August 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- "Super PACs" and other outside groups have reported spending more than $119 million on the presidential campaign since Mitt Romney unofficially clinched the Republican nomination in early April, a sum that underscores the profound impact independent political groups are having on the 2012 presidential race. Two-thirds of that money has gone into television ads and other efforts opposing President Obama's reelection and backing Romney's bid, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by the Times Data Desk.
July 11, 2012 |
Today's topic: the billions (yes, with a "b") that will be spent on advertising in this year's presidential and congressional campaigns, and what kind of messages that money is sending. Like jazz, blues and musical comedy, the political ad is a uniquely American contribution to the arts, only less uplifting. Some turn into classics, like Ronald Reagan's 1984 " Morning in America " ad or the 2008 will.i.am music video based on Barack Obama's "Yes we can" speech. Whatever your politics, you had to admire their artistry.
September 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the escalating money race for the White House, Mitt Romney was supposed to have an advantage: a cavalry of outside groups that could collect unlimited sums and flood the airwaves with advertisements on his behalf. "Super PACs" such as the pro-Romney Restore Our Future and nonprofit groups like Crossroads GPS lambasted President Obama on air as early as last winter and will probably continue until election day. FOR THE RECORD: Campaign money: An article in Section A on Sept.
November 26, 2013 |
Way too late to avert scandal, the Internal Revenue Service has set forth new guidelines defining political activities by nonprofits. These are activities for which donations aren't eligible for tax exemptions or donor confidentiality. What scandal, you ask? It's not the bogus scandal about the IRS targeting "tea party" and "patriot" groups for special scrutiny. It's the real scandal that these groups or any others were trying to get tax breaks and anonymity for political donations in the first place. Unsurprisingly, conservative groups instantly put up a big squeal about the IRS rules; after all, they're the ones who have exploited the murky old rules most assiduously.
September 9, 2011 |
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, perhaps the most prodigious fund-raiser the GOP has ever seen, will be joining forces with politically powerful Crossroads groups, the independent campaign organization that helped tilt several congressional races to the GOP in 2010. In announcing his arrival, the organization also disclosed its plans to double its previously announced fund-raising goal for 2010, meaning it hopes to raise over $200 million. The news is yet another sign that independent political groups that can raise unlimited sums from corporate, individual and union donors will play a bigger role than ever in the upcoming election, possibly overshadowing traditional campaign and party organizations in some races.
July 13, 2011 |
The chairman of the Republican National Committee brushed off President Obama's record-fundraising announcement Wednesday, saying no amount of money can make up for the president's shoddy economic record. Reince Priebus, who inherited a national party machine deep in debt earlier this year, said despite the fact that Obama and the Democratic National Committee outraised all the GOP presidential contenders combined, there's little doubt that the eventual GOP nominee will be able to compete.