August 22, 2012 |
Thanks to apps like Shazam and SoundHound, our smartphones are able to tell us who is behind that song we were rocking out to at the gym, or that we fell in love with on the car radio. Now, thanks to two new apps, our smartphones can also tell us more information about the groups funding political ads on television and the radio. On Wednesday the MIT media lab and the nonprofit, nonpartisan group the Sunlight Foundation both released apps that use audio fingerprinting technology to identify political ads and tell you information about the organization that paid for it. Both apps work the same way: If you are watching television and a political ad pops up, all you have to do is open up the app, let it listen to some of the ad, and the app will tell you what organization made the ad, how much the ad cost, how much money the organization has spent in the campaign so far as well as other information if its available.
August 12, 2012 |
Martin Amis, once dubbed "fiction's angriest writer," continues dissecting the absurdity and excesses of postmodern society in his latest novel, "Lionel Asbo: State of England," which reaches bookstores Aug. 21. The British novelist, 62, recently moved from London to Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, American writer Isabel Fonseca, and their teenage daughters, Clio and Fernanda. The subtitle of your new novel, "Lionel Asbo," is "State of England. " But I think your story of a sociopathic criminal who wins the lottery and becomes a tabloid celebrity could easily have happened here.
July 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama "super PAC," is bringing its anti-Romney message to the Olympics broadcast, the group announced Wednesday. The latest salvo from the liberal group, run by former Obama White House aides, capitalizes on the global nature of the competition to ding Republican Mitt Romney for some of his more politically perilous international business ties. The spot depicts a faux Olympics opening ceremony, with Romney (in video from the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, which Romney ran)
July 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A new organization that aims to fight the role of big money in politics is calling on NBC to decline advertising from “super PACs” and other advocacy groups during the Summer Olympics, arguing that they are “going against the spirit and values of the Olympic Games.” The effort may be unnecessary, however. So far, President Obama's campaign is the only political organization that has purchased network airtime during the London Games. The impetus to target NBC was the news earlier this month that Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney, planned to spend $7.2 million on advertising during the Olympics in 11 states.
July 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican-aligned “super PACs” are headed into the final months of the 2012 campaign having outpaced super PACs on the left in fundraising by nearly three to one, enjoying a cash advantage that's sure to have Democrats spooked. Even after a costly GOP presidential primary campaign, Republican-aligned super PACs ended June with almost $80 million in the bank - more than Democratic super PACs have raised in the entire campaign cycle, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
July 19, 2012 |
Amid the teeth-gnashing about the gusher of big checks shaping this year's campaign, some liberal activists see an opportunity. A new “super PAC” called Friends of Democracy aims to tap into the distaste voters have for money in politics by making that the theme of their attacks against House incumbents in tight races. “You're not going to accomplish the kind of reforms that are needed unless politicians believe there is a consequence to inaction,” said founder Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire liberal financier George Soros.
July 19, 2012 |
Looks like Morgan Freeman has a new million-dollar baby. The Oscar-winning actor contributed $1 million last month to Priorities USA Action, the "super PAC" backing President Obama, helping lift the group to its best fundraising month yet. In all, Priorities USA Action pulled in $6 million in June .Its biggest donation came from Irwin Jacobs, former director ofQualcomm Inc., who, along with his wife, Joan, gave the group $2 million. Freeman urged others to follow his lead with their own donations, saying the money was needed to combat the financial resources of Obama's opponents.
July 13, 2012 |
Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama, raised $6.1 million last month, its co-founder said Friday. Bill Burton, the group's senior strategist, announced on Twitter that June was the best fundraising month yet for the Democratic group, which has been active on the airwaves in slamming GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney's tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital. In an interview on Bloomberg Television's “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” which will air this weekend, Burton said the group has raised $20 million in the cycle so far and also secured $20 million in commitments for future donations.
June 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family have another $5 million to play with. The billionaire casino developer is on track to be the biggest individual player in this year's presidential contest, having boasted that he is willing to spend $100 million or more . He and his wife recently gave $10 million to Restore Our Future , a "super PAC" backing Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Earlier in the campaign, Adelson and his relatives contributed $21.5 million to Winning Our Future, a super PAC supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
June 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's reelection campaign plowed through more than $44.5 million in May as he tried to drown out a fusillade of attacks by outside groups with a massive television ad campaign, a reflection of how independent players are driving the action of this year's presidential race. Obama's team spent three times as much as it did the previous month - largely on $29 million for a television blitz in battleground states - as it tried to fend off conservative advocacy groups that have mounted an early and aggressive push to define his record.