Daily Media Links 3/22: Nonprofits Dive Into PAC World, Romney’s super PAC still outraising his rivals’ , and more…

March 22, 2012   •  By Joe Trotter   •  
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Independent groups

Roll Call: Nonprofits Dive Into PAC World  
by Eliza Newlin Carney
As politically active tax-exempt groups draw scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators, leaders in the sprawling nonprofit sector are torn between circling the wagons and joining in calls for reform. 

Washington Times: Romney’s super PAC still outraising his rivals’ 
by Luke Rosiak
Fifty wealthy persons and companies gave at least $100,000 each to affect American politics last month, overwhelmingly to Republican super PACs, making the attack-ad weapons far stronger than that of their Democratic counterparts, new disclosures show.  

Politico: American Crossroads cash: $23.5M 
by Dave Levinthal
Conservative mega-super PAC American Crossroads’ mountain of cash just keeps growing and growing.   


Roll Call: Senate Democrats Unveil Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill
by Eliza Newlin Carney
A task force of Senate Democrats today introduced a stripped-down campaign finance disclosure bill,  reviving legislation that fell one vote short of enactment in the previous Congress.

The Hill: Senate Dems push ‘Disclose Act 2.0’ 
by Kevin Bogardus and Rachel Leven
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said the legislation is needed to reverse the “spectacle” of campaign spending by super-PACs.  

Politico: Senate Dems: More sunshine on big campaign bucks
by Scott Wong
Call it DISCLOSE Act 2.0.  

Candidates and parties

Roll Call: NRCC Names First Female to Lead Independent Expenditure Arm  
by Shira Toeplitz
House Republicans are appointing three top operatives to manage the vast majority of their campaign spending this fall, including the first woman to run a GOP Congressional committee’s independent expenditure unit. 


District of Columbia –– Associated Press: Amid federal probe,  DC mayor says comprehensive campaign finance reform may be necessary
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says it’s time to consider comprehensive changes to the way political campaigns are funded in the district.

Joe Trotter