Clips Round-up for 6/29/12
- Huffpost: Health Care Ruling Comes After Massive Spending to Influence Congress, Public
- Romney Campaign Fundraises Off the Decision
- Americans for Prosperity is Launching a $9 Million Ad Campaign on Obamacare Ruling
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Bloomberg: Judge ruling reinstates criminal penalties for campaign finance allegations
"While the Supreme Court has opened a floodgate of contributions to committees promoting or opposing candidates, a federal appeals court says the prohibition against corporations contributing directly to candidates remains."
-More from Rick Hasen, Chicago Tribune
The Daily Tribune: Ex-DeLay Top Aide Pleads in Campaign Finance Case
"The former chief political aide to former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign contribution as the echoes of an investigation of DeLay continues to resonate."
HuffPost: From Inconsistency to Incoherence
The Brennan Center's Jonathan Backer writes on Sen. Mitch McConnell's flip-flopping on disclosure.
The Hill: Lobbyists Brace for Flood of Regulations After Campaign Finance Ruling
"K Street had been preparing for the health law’s individual mandate to be stripped from the law, a scenario that insurance companies warned would create chaos for their industry."
Politico: Adelson Pledges $10 Million to Koch Effort
"Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson this week pledged $10 million to the Koch brothers’ 2012 efforts, cementing a potent alliance of two of the biggest spending forces in conservative politics."
Washington Post: Energy Ads Flood TV in Swing States
"The disconnect between what voters say they care about and what they’re seeing on TV lies in the money behind the ads, much of it coming from oil and gas interests. Those funders get the double benefit of attacking Obama at the same time they are promoting their industry."
Open Secrets: Making Sense of the Presidential Fundraising Numbers
Open Secrets looks at the numbers.
Sacramento News & Review: Money=Wins
"Thanks to judicial decisions over the last two years that radically altered federal campaign-finance rules, the fate of the nation lies in the hands of about 100 wealthy Californians—or, to be more precise, in their checkbooks."
The Republic: Some Hope to Revive Conn.'s Failed Election Bill
"We don't have the transparency laws we need to find out who is trying to buy our elections," said Karen Hobert Flynn, vice president for the national Common Cause organization.
Salon: Female Political Fundraising
"Women Dominate Do-Gooder Nonprofit Fundraising Jobs, But They're Forfeiting An Avenue For Political Power."