September 18, 2012 |
A U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Tuesday overturned a decision requiring organizations that run election-related television ads to reveal their funders, saying a lower court erred in finding that Congress intended to require such disclosure - a victory for some of the biggest groups participating in the 2012 campaign. In an unsigned decision, the three-judge panel wrote that it was “doubtful” that Congress anticipated how campaign finance rules would change and sent the case back to the lower court for further review.
September 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Conservative groups pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2012 campaign won a reprieve Tuesday when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington overturned a decision requiring organizations that run election-related television ads to reveal their donors. In an unsigned decision, a three-judge panel said a lower court erred in finding that Congress intended to require such disclosure. It sent a case brought by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) against the Federal Election Commission back to the district court and called on the FEC to defend its regulations or issue new ones.
September 4, 2012 |
Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama's reelection bid, raised $10 million in August, its most lucrative month of the campaign so far. The haul was first reported by the New York Times and confirmed to the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau by strategist Bill Burton, one of two former White House aides running the group. Burton did not specify any notable donors who stepped up in August; those names will be revealed Sept. 20 when the group files its monthly finance report with the Federal Election Commission.
August 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON-- Republican uber-strategist Karl Rove joked about murdering a Missouri Senate candidate who made controversial remarks about rape and revealed his strategy for persuading independent voters to turn against President Obama in a private briefing for top GOPdonors that was infiltrated by a Bloomberg reporter. Rove's remarks, part of a briefing Thursday at the Tampa Club during the Republican National Convention, provided a window into the secretive political operation of the conservative “super PAC” American Crossroads and its sister nonprofit group, Crossroads GPS, both co-founded by the former Bush advisor.
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.
August 24, 2012 |
One of the largest conservative advocacy groups announced Friday that it was pouring an additional $6 million into television ads that explicitly call for President Obama's defeat, testing the limits on the political role of nonprofit social welfare organizations. Americans for Prosperity, which has been backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, said it planned to put as much as $27 million by the first week of September into commercials that expressly call for voters to deny Obama a second term.
August 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Another ominous sign for embattled Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin: the heavyweight conservative groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are pulling out of the state and halting their advertising against Akin's opponent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. “The act speaks for itself,” Crossroads spokesman Nate Hodson said Monday. Akin caused a furor Sunday after suggesting in a television interview that women who have experienced “legitimate rape” can biologically prevent a pregnancy.
August 15, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at the bottom for details. On Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new Web ad touting its positive relationships within the world of electronic dance music. But over at Spin , noted dance-music critic Philip Sherburne points out that one side effect of the boom in EDM in Las Vegas casino-clubs is a windfall for at least one major Republican donor. Wynn Resorts Limited, which counts the Wynn and Encore hotels in its stable, has become one of the major players in EDM's conquest of Vegas.
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August 9, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Sam Blakeslee said he was putting personal ambition aside. The maverick GOP lawmaker from San Luis Obispo announced he would leave politics to run a nonprofit bankrolled by a big donor. His only aim at the California Reform Institute would be to promote common-sense solutions to big policy problems vexing Sacramento. An early "Strategic Plan" for the nonprofit reviewed by The Times, however, lays out a different goal: "Devise and execute a plan that makes Blakeslee a politically viable candidate for Republican statewide office in 2014.
August 1, 2012 |
A hard-hitting new TV spot by the conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS is scheduled to air within 30 days before the Democratic National Convention, a buy that should force it to disclose its donors. But the organization is counting on confusing guidance from the Federal Election Commissionto get it off the hook. The new commercial -- which opens with a clip of CBS News anchor Scott Pelley saying, “This is the worst economic recovery America has ever had” -- began running Tuesday in nine battleground states.