By CJ Ciaramella“The rules cover a lot more than that,” Keating said. “You can’t have people who work for the campaign come over to a Super PAC. You can’t have the internal plans or strategies of the campaign you’re trying to help, etc.”
By Jason FarrellNew York City Councilman Larry Seabrook, whose adventures in brazen corruption were chronicled in our report “Clean Elections and Scandal: Case Studies from Maine, Arizona and New York City”, was convicted yesterday on nine counts of funneling public money to shady non-profits run by his family members, doctoring receipts, accepting kickbacks for public contracts and laundering money, according to the New York Post.
By Dave LevinthalWhen it comes to campaign donations, corporations that suddenly find themselves crosswise with Congress know the playbook.
By Phil HirschkornWith less than 100 days to go in the presidential race, nine single-candidate “super” PACs — political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited sums on political expression – have spent $125 million advocating and advertising for their preferred candidate, a CBS News analysis of Federal Election Commission reports shows.
By Glenn GreenwaldAs I noted the other day when writing about the Chick-fil-A controversy, I was happy to see that almost every liberal commentator condemned the actions by city officials in Boston and Chicago to punish that business due to the distasteful views on homosexuality expressed by its President (see, for instance, Mother Jones‘ Kevin Drum and Adam Serwer, The American Prospect‘s Scott Lemieux, Digby, The Nation‘s Richard Kim, John Cole, Amanda Marcotte, and Atrios). Today, though, The Nation‘s Lee Fang became the first progressive writer I know of to defend these state actions against the restaurant chain. Ignoring all those commentators, Fang singles out me and Adam Serwer and says that we are “leading the contrarian charge” (given how isolated Fang is among liberals on this question — to say nothing of the ACLU, which denounced the constitutional violations here as “clear cut” — Fang has a very strange understanding of what “contrarian” means).
By Paul Blumenthal and Howard FinemanWhen asked why, they prefer to offer lofty motives. The billionaire Koch brothers speak about libertarianism and the need to save free enterprise. Casino magnate Adelson talks in equally apocalyptic terms about preserving the security and Jewish identity of Israel. Institutions such as the AFL-CIO and the National Education Association tend to stress liberal agenda items such as expanded health care and progressive taxation.
Candidates and parties
By Kim StrasselWhat’s the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out.
By Justin Sink“He’s now been to two countries and he’s had two countries where he has made a series of fumbles,” deputy campaign press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday during a meeting with reporters as the president flew to New York for a fundraiser.
In the hunt for campaign money, no distance is too far to travel, especially when the race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is tight and likely to stay that way into the fall.
By Juan WilliamsOn a recent conference call with potential donors, President Obama said: “If things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign.”