Daily Media Links 5/31: Are Obama’s campaign aides fooling themselves, Hoyer demurs on notion of anti-incumbent wave, and more…

In the News

Politico: Jail for Edwards over Bunny money?
As the John Edwards jury deliberates,  we should focus not just on his potential incarceration,  but on what a guilty verdict could mean for all campaign finance regulation.


New York Legislators Try Banning Anonymous Internet Speech 
By Joe Trotter
Attempting to unmask all internet commenters is more than just a waste of time; it is an affront to the civil liberties of all New Yorkers.   Disagreeing with an anonymous person on the internet does not entitle one to that person’s personal information,  and for good reason.

Independent groups

Wall Street Journal: A Democratic Tea Party
There is no doubt that the 39-year-old Mr. O’Rourke was helped enormously,  as Mr. Reyes charged,  by heavy spending from an anti-incumbent super PAC. But the more likely reason for his success was his ability to tap into broad dissatisfaction among voters of every stripe who are fed up with the status quo in Washington.

Bloomberg: Senate Democrats Outspent 3 To 1 On Ads By Super-Pacs
By Heidi Przybyla
While the presidential campaign commands the most attention,  Senate Democrats are bearing an early television advertising assault by Republican-leaning groups that is reshaping those races.

Politico: GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz
By Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove,  the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress,  according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.


Roll Call: Campaign Finance Challenge
By Eliza Newlin Carney
As the Supreme Court mulls the first direct challenge to its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling,  reform advocates have lobbied the court to revisit and fully debate the constitutionality of corporate political spending.


Washington Post: Chamber says it will evade disclosure ruling by tweaking ads
By Dan Eggen
Watchdog groups cheered a federal court ruling earlier this year aimed at revealing the secret donors behind many political interest groups,  calling it a bold step in favor of disclosure.

Candidates and parties

Politico: Hoyer demurs on notion of anti-incumbent wave
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) shrugged off the notion that an anti-incumbent wave is under way this year.

Washington Examiner: Are Obama’s campaign aides fooling themselves?
By Michael Barone
“Axelrod is endeavoring not to panic.” So reads a sentence in John Heilemann’s exhaustive article on Barack Obama’s campaign in this week’s New York magazine.

The Hill: Bain,  Solyndra now center stage in Romney,  Obama economic fight, 
By Ben Geman
Solyndra and Bain Capital have become the battleground on which President Obama and Mitt Romney are warring over who would best lead the U.S. economy. 

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