Crucial point in Nick Confessore's analysis of 2012 outside spending in the New York Times: "In virtually every respect, the growth of unlimited fund-raising and the move of outside groups to the mainstream of politics have magnified the already outsize role of money in political campaigns.Nov09
Friends of Democracy super PAC had a good cycle: "Friends of Democracy, formed to support candidates who favor limits on big money in politics, says that at least six of the eight candidates it supported won their races.Nov08
While the conventional wisdom seems to be gelling around "look, super PACs don't matter," the reality for voters and for candidates is much different. When facing an avalanche of outside spending, candidates had to spend even more time raising money, less time with their constituents, and small donors voices were drowned out. Voters despise the non-stop negative ads from billionaire-backed super PACs. Candidates fear them and are forced to depend on deep-pocketed donors to keep up. These are not insignificant impacts.Nov05
AP story on donors and diversity: "Americans living in predominantly wealthy, white neighborhoods account for nearly all the sizable campaign contributions in this year's presidential election, according to an Associated Press analysis, even as the presidential candidates have aggressively courted Hispanics."
Stat of the day from Paul Blumenthal at HuffPo: "Sixty-seven percent of all super PAC donations have come from just 209 donors, or groups of related donors, giving $500,000 or more."
Stat #2 of the day from USA Today: "Five individuals and couples have contOct26Oct25
Over at Roll Call, Janie Lorber has some details on the presidential campaigns fundraising by text message. "The fees — a percentage of the total amount raised via text — suggest that Obama outdid the former Massachusetts governor by a more than 500-to-1 ratio among texting donors."Oct23
In their second debate, Mitt Romney hit President Obama for attending a fundraiser the day after the Benghazi attack. This time, it was President Obama's turn: "And when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors, I didn’t attend fundraisers, I went to Yad Vashem, the — the Holocaust museum there, to remind myself the — the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable."Oct22
Important New York Times story on efforts to push for Fair Elections in New York State: "With two weeks remaining before Election Day, advocates for creating a system of public financing for state elections are preparing to funnel at least $600,000 into two State Senate races in an effort to make money in politics a more prominent campaign issue." The Caravan of