3/7/12 Clips: Battling big money, super Tuesday super spending, and more!
What a night! In Ohio: Dennis Kucinich lost a primary to Marcy Kaptur (she'll face Joe the Plumber in the Fall), Mary Jo Kilroy's comeback bid failed, Jean Schmidt lost her primary, and Romney barely pulled out a win. Occupy Wall Street activist Newt Gingrich said in his speech from Atlanta last night, "Wall Street money can be beaten my Main Street Work."
And, a little bragging here: The Daily Clips reached its 400th subscriber yesterday. Thanks to folks for reading and sending along story tips!
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
The Nation: Battling big money: Vermont town meetings will move to amend
News from Vermont: "At town hall meetings across the state, in a great show of small-'d' democratic determination to renew the promise of the American experiment, thousands of Vermont voters will vote on resolutions urging that the US Constitution be amended to declare that corporations are not people." More from VT Public Radio.
Times-Union: Keep focus on campaign finance reform
NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick writes in the Albany Times-Union, "With all of the attention being given to independent redistricting, let's not lose focus on the related issue of campaign finance reform for New York's elections. New York City's campaign finance system gives us a good road map for ensuring that average New Yorkers are able to participate in political campaigns."
Concord Monitor: Make PACs reveal donors, spending
Editoria on DISCLOSE Act: "New Hampshire's congressional delegation should not just support Van Hollen's bill but champion it."
Boston Herald: Mitt Romney's taking it "day by day"
Romney will hold a fundraiser in Boston today--something important to remember when folks look at FEC reports in a few weeks trying to find fundraising "surges" based off election wins. And he'll be in the Bay Area at the end of the month for fundraising events.
Daily Beast: Clear Channel's directors give big to Romney, who won't criticize Limbaugh
"The directors of Clear Channel, which hosts Rush Limbaugh’s show, have been big donors to Mitt Romney’s campaigns, which might help explain why Romney has been so reluctant to criticize Rush."
WaPo: Settling in to Washington's ways
Dana Milbanks latest column: " Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama has finally overcome his pesky, puritanical aversion to K Street. As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists 'will not run my White House.' But on Monday, the president brought in one of this town’s most prominent lobbyists to run his White House — or at least a nice piece of it. "
AP: Mass Sen. Brown says he'll honor deal with rival Warren after learning of online ads from PAC
A deal's a deal and Brown is holding up his end after a group spent money on online ads to help Brown: "U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign asked a political action committee to stop running online ads on his behalf and said it would make a donation to charity in accordance with a pledge he and his chief Democratic rival made to curb outside advertising in the race for Senate in Massachusetts."
IRS scrutiny of political groups stirs harrassment claims
Buried in this story on IRS scrutiny of c4s: "For instance, individual donations to groups like American Crossroads are not tax deductible as charitable contributions, and most tax lawyers would say company donations should not be deducted either. But in some circumstances, companies could try to justify donations to political nonprofits as a 'necessary' business expense, said Frances R. Hill, a tax law professor at the University of Miami.Tax professionals suspect — but cannot prove — that some donors are tucking their contributions to the groups into their marketing or advertising budgets and deducting them from their taxes, she said."
The Hill: Super PACs a new tool in trade groups' 2012 election arsenal
"Several heavy-hitting trade groups that have millions of dollars in their political action committees (PACs) have armed themselves with super-PACs ahead of the 2012 election."
iWatch: Super Tuesday breings super PAC spending milestone
"Heading into Super Tuesday, spending by super PACs aligned with presidential candidates has surpassed spending by all super PACs in the 2010 mid-term election." Eliza at Roll Call also looks at this today.
WaPo: Super Tuesday's big winner is already settled
Katrina vanden Heuvel's latest: "The polls haven’t closed, but here’s one thing we already know: The big winners of Super Tuesday are the super PACs and big-money politics."
Tennessean: Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis says he was denied right to vote
"Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis said he and his wife Lynda were denied the right to vote Tuesday in his Fentress County hometown." Can you imagine how many other were purged who don't have the benefit of getting publicity for being former MoCs?
The Hill: Tribes rip Abramoff, ethics watchdogs
"Native American tribes are questioning the ethics of government watchdog groups that have partnered with Jack Abramoff since his release from prison."
My Fox DC: FBI raids home, offices of prominent political donor Jeffrey Thompson
DC news: "The FBI has raided the home and offices of a prominent D.C. contractor who is also a major campaign donor, according to the Washington Post."
AP: Ex-Governor to pay $30k campaign fine
"Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to pay $30,000 to the California Fair Political Practices Commission to settle a nearly three-year-old complaint by the campaign finance watchdog agency. "
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Supreme Court hears arguments on campaign fundraising
"A former candidate for Utah lieutenant governor on Tuesday argued to the state’s high court that candidates can’t lawfully use both a political action committee and a personal campaign account to raise money."
AP: Del. man gets 2 years in campaign finance probe
"A Delaware liquor industry executive who pleaded guilty in an illegal campaign finance scheme involving candidates for state and federal office was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison."