Clips Round-up for 10/1/12
Public Campaign Action Fund and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner are having a press call at 10 AM EDT today on some new polling on $$ in politics issues in top battleground Congressional districts. Here's the info.
Huffington Post: "Overall, super PACs have raised $374 million in the 2012 election cycle, and donors who gave $500,000 or more make up 68 percent of the total. "
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
MoJo: Citizens United is the right's new go-to excuse for labor bashing
Kevin Drum on the corporate support for Prop 32 in California: "You could refloat the Titanic with the crocodile tears on display here. I can't help but admire their chutzpah."
NYT: Supreme Court faces weighty cases and a new dynamic
This quote from Pam Karlan on SCOTUS's new term: "It will be interesting to see if the justices worry half as much about the emerging restrictions on voting as they worried about restrictions on political spending."
AP: Obama, Romney focus on fundraising
Friday's campaign schedule: "For a day, the presidential contest was almost all about money -- money to wage the presidential contest, that is. Mitt Romney promised to help Americans earn more, but he and President Barack Obama focused mostly on private fundraisers."
Politico: Clinton will join Obama at private fundraiser, not on trail
"President Obama is continuing to lean on Bill Clinton for help in the final weeks before Election Day, and part of that is heavily promoting its latest small donor raffle prize: a chance to 'meet President Obama and me on the campaign trail,' as the latest email sent by the campaign under Clinton’s name put it on Friday."
Sacramento Bee: Small donors' dollars add up for Obama
Dan Morain's latest column on Obama's small donor army: "Elections turn on which campaign can mobilize its base of voters, and small dollar donors help with that. They not only give money. They volunteer and push their friends to turn out."
Boston Globe: As super PACs link arms, mega-donor's clout increases
Boston Globe editorial on Sheldon Adelson and big money: "When a donor becomes so big a part of either party’s fund-raising that any official scrutiny of his or her business interests can be dismissed as a political vendetta, it undercuts the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to do their jobs. Likewise, if Romney were to be elected and the Justice Department were to abandon its probe of Adelson, many Democrats would cry foul."
HuffPost: Chamber Of Commerce Launches Voter Mobilization Effort
"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads to help boost Republican congressional candidates, launched an extensive effort on Monday to mobilize voters. "
Politico: DeMint, Graham, Coburn, Inhofe host fundraiser for Todd Akin
Lindsay Graham is sort of a surprising member of this list: "Lightning-rod Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is getting a fundraising assist next week from four members of the U.S. Senate." Akin actually has 3 events scheduled this week--so K Street doesn't seem to be too bothered by his comments.
Hartford Courant: In Connecticut Stops, Ryan Promises Donors Their Money Will Help 'Cut Through The Clutter'
"Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan thanked a crowd of more than 300 well-heeled donors at a country club Sunday, telling them that their money would help finance presidential candidate Mitt Romney's TV commercial blitz during the campaign's final month." Looks like protesters showed up too with signs like "It's an auction, not an election" and "$enate for $ale."
The Hill: "Dark money" flowing back to issue ads
"Some political non-profit groups that don't disclose their donors are redirecting their spending in the wake of a decision that has shaken up campaign finance law."
Boston Herald: Cha ching! Mitt Romney drop$ in
"A cavalcade of Bentleys, Beamers and packed shuttle buses dropped off hundreds of well-heeled donors at a Mitt Romney fundraiser held at the Chestnut Hill mansion of Reebok founder Paul Fireman and his wife last night..."
Sunlight: Party crash fail: No sunlight at Mitt's fundraiser
Sunlight tried to get into another Romney fundraiser, with no luck - but some donors outside were chatty.
Miami Herald: GOP poll: Embattled David Rivera trails Joe Garcia
Maybe being mired in a corruption scandal isn't a good look for voters: "Rivera, under separate federal criminal investigations into his personal and campaign finances, trails Democratic challenger Joe Garcia by nine percentage points in a Democratic poll and he’s behind by 10 points in the Republican survey — just outside the poll’s error margin."
Haaretz: Netanyahu and Romney share ideology--and donors
"In fact, a Haaretz investigation found that 19 of Netanyahu's wealthiest American donors, each of whom gave thousands of dollars to his campaign to defeat Moshe Feiglin in January's Likud party leadership primary, have also given to Romney, the Republican Party, and/or other Republican candidates."
Sunlight: Spending in Wisconsin spikes before debate
"As Rep. Tammy Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson prepare for the first of three debates tonight in a race that will help determine control of the Senate, their campaigns and outside groups are bombarding Wisconsin with advertising to sway the hearts and minds of undecided voters." At the debate on Friday, Baldwin repeatedly criticized Thompson for his special interest ties, including this quote: "I have taken on powerful interests on behalf of ordinary citizens. My opponent has taken on powerful special interests as clients."
The Hill: Banks, retailers ready to go another round over credit card swipe fees
"Retailers are pushing for changes to credit card swipe fees nearly a year to the day after they triumphed in one of the biggest lobbying battles ever."
Journal News: Entergy PAC gave $250,000; N.Y. incumbents among receivers
"The political arm of the owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan has given almost $250,000 to federal candidates since last year, and Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are among its top recipients."
NYT: Political and class issues complicate a Colorado land dispute
Interesting story about Bill Koch (the other brother) and a land dispute he's part of in Colorado.
WSJ: Is your political donation tax deductible?
"For example, which donations to political causes and campaigns are tax-deductible? Which ones will be disclosed on the Internet—or reported to the Internal Revenue Service—and which will remain secret? Which could trigger a 35% gift tax?"
AP: Energy interests fueling Gov. Tomblin's run
"The coal industry and other energy interests are helping to fuel West Virginia's governor's race, contributing both to Republican Bill Maloney and the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the latest campaign finance reports show." Though, to be clear, none of his ads have involved shooting a bullet into a climate bill.
Miami Herald: Billionaire Koch brothers try to buy state's court
"The new stealth campaign against three Florida Supreme Court justices is being backed by those meddling right-wing billionaires from Wichita, Charles and David Koch."