Clips Round-up for 7/18/12
Politico: "Almost two-thirds of Americans believe corporations and unions shouldn’t be allowed to spend unlimited cash backing political candidates, according to a poll released Tuesday. The poll, done for the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center, found 63 percent of Americans disagreed with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, while 30 percent agreed and 7 percent were undecided."
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Slate: John McCain explains why he voted against DISCLOSE
Pretty lame excuses from John McCain on why he voted against DISCLOSE. And Romney won't state his position. Mother Jones.
Bloomberg: Disclosure vote leaves trail of broken Republican vows
Tough Bloomberg editorial on Republicans voting against disclosure, quoting several previously in support of transparency. "A charitable interpretation of these statements is that the words have no meaning. A less charitable interpretation is that they convey something important about the speakers."
Plain Dealer: DISCLOSE Act deserved to pass
Editorial on DISCLOSE dings Sen. Rob Portman for voting against it. "The proposal may have an ungainly name, but its purpose is limited and sensible." Charlotte Observer, Albany Times Union.
Roll Call: ID laws signal need for new Voting Rights Act
Norm Ornstein: "I believe it is time for a Voting Rights Act of 2012, a new federal law to make federal elections free and fair, with the goal of enhancing the ability of eligible voters to vote, not the opposite."
WaPo: Study finds costs associated with voter IDs
"New laws in 10 states requiring voters to show IDs could present serious challenges to voters without financial resources and transportation, according to a report released Wednesday."
Hartford Courant: Campaign finance reform is working in Connecticut
"Connecticut's landmark 2006 campaign finance reform law is taking hold, the latest figures from the secretary of the state's office suggest. It's a victory for cleaner politics and more honest government."
NYT: The super PAC that aims to end super PACs
"In the next four months, Mr. Soros and a small team at Friends of Democracy, the new Super PAC, are going to pick 10 to 15 House lawmakers whose records and public statements have not been supportive of what Mr. Soros calls a system of “citizen-led” elections."
Nebraska Watchdog: Kerrey challenges Fischer to oppose super PAC spending
"U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey is calling on his Republican opponent to join him in opposing spending by super PACs in their hotly contested race."
USA Today: Supplement industry boosts Romney campaign by $4.5M
"Executives with companies selling everything from energy drinks to weight-loss pills made from African mango-seed extracts are among the ranks of Republican Mitt Romney's top fundraisers, a USA TODAY analysis shows."
HuffPost: Sheldon Adelson's lawyer threatens to sue DCCC
Heh. "A lawyer for casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has threatened to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for 'maliciously branding Mr. Adelson as a pimp' in statements it made about the deep-pocketed Republican donor's ties to the Chinese mob."
PCAF: Romney campaign charge on Bain money boomerangs
In a weird statement yesterday, the Romney campaign hit Obama for talking bad about Bain and then taking Bain money. David Donnelly: "It seems the Romney campaign has just criticized President Obama for not doing the bidding of his Bain donors. Under that logic, it makes it even harder for Romney to shake off his Bain troubles after benefiting from $5 million in their money so far this cycle."
WaPo: Obama raises campaign cash in deep-red Texas
"President Obama took a rare break Tuesday from campaigning in swing states to visit deep-red Texas, mindful that raising green can be as important as turning a state blue in the most expensive election in history."
BuzzFeed: Obama official was like "a hooker dropped into a prison exercise yard"
"The Republican National Committee is continuing its counterattack on President Barack Obama, releasing emails and videos to bolster Romney's recent claims that the White House's efforts to invest in "green energy" amounted to a form of "crony capitalism."" WSJ, The Atlantic.
The Hill: Obama warns donors he will be "outspent" by Romney campaign
"The Obama campaign personalized its plea for donations, having the president write a first-person fundraising letter to supporters warning them that he could be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent by a challenger."
WaPo: Top Romney aides to hold New York fundraising "call day"
"Many of Mitt Romney’s senior campaign aides and advisers are decamping to New York on Wednesday for a day of fundraising calls at a midtown law firm."
NaJo: Ethics panel reviewing Rep. Rob Andrews
"The House Ethics Committee revealed late Tuesday that it is reviewing a case involving Rep. Robert Andrews, after the lawmaker's spending practices with his campaign funds have come under scrutiny."
Roll Call: OCE won't endorse probe of Michael Grimm
"The independent Office of Congressional Ethics has voted unanimously to recommend the dismissal of an investigation into Rep. Michael Grimm’s fundraising, sources familiar with the investigation said."
WaPo: Military contractors to testify on potential defense cuts
"House Republicans will call on the leaders of major military contracting firms Wednesday to detail how they plan to deal with the roughly $500 billion in defense spending cuts set to take effect over the next decade." Or, Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon's biggest donors.
The Hill: House Ethics panel has track record of leniency
Related: "The House Ethics Committee has not officially punished the vast majority of lawmakers it has investigated as a result of referrals from an independent ethics panel."
Roll Call: Dispute over renting recalled vehicles reaches a crescendo
"Consumer safety advocates may be on the verge of winning a years-long fight to ban rental car companies from renting and selling recalled vehicles."
CNN: Pro-Obama super PAC reserves $2.2 million in ad time
"The super PAC backing President Barack Obama, Priorities USA Action, has reserved $2.2 million in ad time in five key battleground states for commercials to run through September, according to a Republican media tracking source."
Marketwatch: New Yahoo chief a donor to Democrats (and one Republican)
"Yahoo Inc.’s new CEO Marissa Mayer is known for helping to create Gmail, being employee No. 20 at Google and her penchant for cupcakes. She’s also known to Democrats — and one Republican — as a generous donor."
Roll Call: By the numbers: fundraising in member-vs.-member races
"Four down, and just eight more Member-vs.-Member matchups left this cycle. Here’s how the second-quarter fundraising went in the remaining races between two House Members."
NYT: De Blasio reaps big donations from taxi industry he aided
"Mr. de Blasio’s campaign received about $85,000 in the last six months from executives, lobbyists and other affiliates of the yellow taxi industry, slightly more than 10 percent of his receipts for the fund-raising period, according to papers filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board."