Clips round up for 5/25/2012
What are you doing over the holiday weekend? Sens. Mike Enzi and Jeff Sessions will head to the Casa Marina resort in Key Largo for a fundraiser. Me, I'll be at a wedding in West Virginia. Clips will resume Tuesday morning.
In today's clips: Mitt will raise money in Vegas with Newt and Trump, the Obama campaign is walking a fine line with their Wall Street donors, appeals court candidates in NC qualify for public financing, and yet another poll shows voters really don't like our big money political system.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Roll Call: Support urged for campaign finance disclosure bill
"Amid speculation that Senate Democrats will bring up a campaign finance disclosure bill as early as June, the League of Women Voters has launched a $90,000 radio ad campaign calling on four GOP Senators to “tell us you support full disclosure." Listen to the ad.
National Journal: Potter: Current campaign finnce system could depress voter turnout
"If campaign spending remains unregulated and uncontrolled, it will lead to a surge of negative campaign ads that in turn will hurt voter participation, Trevor Potter, the Campaign Legal Center president and former member of the Federal Election Commission, said in a speech Wednesday. "
Politico: FEC delays donation-by-text decision
Update from yesterday's FEC hearing: "After a lengthy hearing, the Federal Election Commission today delayed voting on a case that would legalize political donations by text message. But most of the six commissioners appeared supportive — in principle — to the idea"
The Hill: Time is right for real rules reform in the US Senate
CWA's Larry Cohen writes about the need for filibuster reform: "Our nation faces enormous difficulties that our political system seems incapable of addressing. Senate rules reform is an essential step to ensure that we have the means, in addition to the will, to live up to the challenges of our time."
Mother Jones: Dear Scotus: We heart Citizens United!
Gavin Aronsen looks at the people hoping the Court upholds Citizens United in the Montana case. And an editorial in Wisconsin calls on the state to join the 23 other AGs.
Marietta Times: W.Va. campaign finance limits challenged in court
"A political group formed to aid West Virginia incumbents this November won a partial victory Thursday after suing over the state's limits on campaign contributions and a policy addressing corporate spending."
Public Campaign: The Unofficial Senate Calendar for May 24th: 11 DC Fundraisers
"The U.S. Senate has a busy day with amendments to an FDA bill, but members of the Upper Chamber will still find time to raise money, according to invitations provided by the Sunlight Foundation’s PoliticalPartyTime website. Eleven Republican Senators will attend events to raise money for nine different members today."
NYT: Strategy on rival's career holds pitfalls for president
Good example of what's wrong with our political system: Attacking Bain is a fine line for Obama if he wants to keep getting Wall Street money.
BuzzFeed: Bill Clinton to host Beverly Hills fundraiser for Democratic convention
For just $25,000 per couple, you can have an "intimate lunch with the former president."
Toledo Blade: Mandel gives back donations that are target of FBI investigation
"Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has returned $105,000 in campaign contributions that are under investigation by the FBI for possible campaign finance violations." Will Rep. Renacci also return that money?
Rolling Stone: Right-wing billionaires behind Mitt Romney
Rolling Stone looks at Restore Our Future's backers. "But now, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that upended decades of limits on campaign donations, financing a presidential race is the exclusive domain of the kind of megadonor whose portfolios make Mitt Romney look middle-class."
Reuters: Most Americans think campaign money aids rich
"Most Americans, no matter what their political party, believe there is too much money in politics and reject the idea that people should be allowed to spend what they want, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday."
NaJo: Can Romney's few beat Obama's many?
"Is it better to have many donors who give a little, or a few donors who give a lot? It's a question that the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney are now wrestling with. And both candidates, says an analysis by the Campaign Finance Institute, have issues they need to address." Here's that CFI analysis.
WaPo: Why running against the Supreme Court just might work for Obama
Citizens United, health care reform, immigration. "But, regardless of the reasoning, the declining favorability of the Court does give Obama a potential opening if both the health care and immigration rulings go against him."
Democracy 21: Watchdog groups submit new information to IRS showing Crossroads GOP not entitled to section 501c4
"In a letter sent to the IRS today, Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, submitted new information to the agency showing that Crossroads GPS is not entitled to tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization."
Bloomberg: Pro-Romney super PAC jewelry shopping: $26,000 to the Queen
Haha, what? "Restore Our Future, a super-PAC backing Romney’s presidential bid, has paid a prominent Washington jeweler almost $26,000 for “donor gifts” and “donor collateral” since November, Federal Election Commission reports show."
Newsmax: Trump to Newsmax: I'm mulling own super PAC to defeat Obama
"Billionaire businessman Donald Trump tells Newsmax he is seriously considering launching his own super PAC to produce anti-Obama ads showing how Washington is allowing outsiders to 'absolutely suck the blood out of this country.'" He better wait until after the fundraiser he's having with Mitt Romney or this one he's having with Mitt and Newt.
Dallas Morning News: Romney to get Rick Perry blessing in joint call with Perry donors
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stepping up efforts to help the GOP nominee, will join Mitt Romney on a call Thursday morning with his own top donors in Texas and around the country."
Politico: Super PACs shoot rapid fire in air war
"Millions of dollars in political ads are flooding Florida TV, including two spots Wednesday by President Barack Obama’s campaign and an anti-Obama ad from a super PAC, the new breed of political action committee powered by unrestricted donations."
SF Chronicle: Occupy the country club?? "99 percent" protesters get creative with GOP Rep. Dan Lungren
My favorite line from this story about another Dan Lungren fundraiser protest: "the crowd marched peacefully through the historic Spanish style building as patrons looked on aghast, causing more than a few of the GOP donors and golfers in the clubhouse to do a double take — and to to clutch their wine glasses in surprise."
Roll Call: Justice Department urges suspensions for misconduct in Stevens case
"Two Justice Department prosecutors who engaged in 'reckless professional misconduct' that derailed the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will be suspended without pay, a disciplinary unit within the agency announced this week."
CRP: Sunscreen lobby limits regulatory burn
"Public health advocates are not happy about the way sunscreen bottles are labelled, and for years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has considered updating and revising rules about just what sunscreen manufacturers can claim on those labels. The manufacturers -- yes, there is a 'Big Sunscreen' lobby -- have fought long and hard to keep changes from coming. "
Politico: Fundraising off Barney Frank's coming out
"Barney Frank’s having a coming out party — and Democrats are hoping to capitalize on it. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), another openly gay member of the House, sent out the fundraising solicitation to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s donors on Thursday morning." I just had a rainbow cake for my 10th.
Reuters: House Democratic super PAC raised $1 million since March
"House Majority PAC, a "Super PAC" aimed at helping elect Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives, raised $1.1 million in the past six weeks, according to disclosure documents released on Thursday."
News and Observer: Appeals court candidates all qualify for public financing
"All eight candidates for the N.C. Supreme Court and the N.C. Court of Appeals will receive public financing for their campaigns. The campaign finance watchdog group Democracy N.C. hails it as good news at a time when super PACs and candidates are raising increasingly more money.
Times-Picayune: River Birch landfill company funneled campaign contributions illegally, ethics board lawsuit alleges
"The parent company of the embattled River Birch landfill illegally funneled campaign contributions to two dozen candidates through seven 'straw man entities' controlled by indicted landfill executive Dominick Fazzio, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Board of Ethics."
State Integrity: Campaign finance transparency bill advances in Pennsylvania
"Campaign finance reports in Pennsylvania finally could be entering the digital age. Candidates for all statewide offices and the General Assembly may have to submit their campaign finance reports electronically, a move that advocates say would reduce the time between filing deadlines and when the public can access the information."
NaJo: Led by Walker, Republicans winning Wisconsin ad spending battle
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies have outspent Democrat Tom Barrett and supportive groups more than 3-1 on TV ad buys during the three months leading up to the June 5 recall election, according to a Hotline On Call analysis."