Clips Round-up for 3/13/12
Yesterday, "A coalition of more than a dozen progressive groups announced plans today for an aggressive campaign to pressure corporations and big donors to stay out of politics." Americans United for Change is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone that can provide documentation of secret corporate giving too. More at The Nation, LA Times, McClatchy, Sunlight Foundation, Huffington Post, The Hill, Epoch Times, and a less than charitable take from Dana Milbank.
And, if you thought we had it bad here, check out this headline: "REPORT: Sarkozy Received $66 Million For His Last Election Campaign From Muammar Qaddafi."
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Syracuse Post-Standard: Put voters in charge with public funding
Former Rep. Michael Arcuri writes on the need for public financing for New York State.
NPR: Low-profile super PAC targets powerful incumbents
Another look at the Campaign for Primary Accountability. I think Financial Services Committee Chair Spencer Bachus could lose tonight--and if he does, his Wall Street ties and ethical issues will be why. More from Politico, Roll Call, and The Hill.
WaPo: 2012 contest shaping up to be the cheapest race in years
"Lost amid all the talk about millionaires influencing the 2012 election is a striking fact: The Republican primaries are shaping up as the cheapest and most financially depressed presidential nominating contests in years."
Bloomberg: Republicans rely on super PACs for 91 percent of ads as fundraising tight
"Television advertisements in Alabama and Mississippi promoting rival Republican presidential contenders have been paid for almost entirely by independent political action committees instead of the candidates’ campaigns."
PCAF: Five NFL team owners have donated to Romney's campaign
Like his friends that are NASCAR owners, Mitt Romney said yesterday that he had some friends that were NFL team owners. Five are donors to his campaign.
US News: Obama's super, super PAC
"President Barack Obama's Priorities USA Action, along with the Democratic Senate's Super PAC, Majority PAC, and the Democratic House Majority PAC are combining to form the country's first-ever joint fundraising Super PAC — Unity 2012"
WaPo: Poll: Voters want super PACs to be illegal
7 of 10 voters think super PACs should be illegal.
Roll Call: Republican donors in limbo
"The extended Republican presidential primary has left many GOP donors paralyzed — unsure of whether to invest in the upcoming battle against President Barack Obama or focus on Congressional races." Oh, "invest."
Politico: George Allen gets a super PAC
"Republican operative Paul Bennecke formed Independence Virginia Political Action Committee with the Federal Election Commission Friday with the sole intention of electing Allen to the U.S. Senate in Virginia over Democrat Tim Kaine."
Politico: Al Gore at SXSW: "Our demoracy has been hacked
Al Gore says our "democracy has been hacked" and that "To fix what he called a no-longer functional U.S. government, Gore urged the audience to begin a new 'Occupy Democracy' movement. He pushed for the creation and implementation of digital tools and social media to 'change the democratic conversation.'"
BuzzFeed: Romney's spending dominance in one chart
"Pro-Romney spending makes up 63 percent of all television dollars."
NaJo: Priebus hosting birthday fundraiser
"Reince Priebus, the chair of the Republican National Committee, is marking his big 4-0 with a birthday fundraiser for the RNC March 21."
Nashville City Paper: Lincoln Davis sues state, claims he was "unlawfully purged" from voter rolls
Good for him: "Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis showed up at his Fentress County polling place on Super Tuesday to cast a vote but was turned away because his name was no longer on the voter roll. Today, Davis filed a class-action lawsuit against state officials, accusing them of violating federal voting laws, including the 14th Amendment."
AP: Justice Department bars Texas voter ID law
"The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new law in Texas that requires voters to show a photo ID, drawing fierce criticism from Republicans who say the move was aimed at boosting President Obama’s reelection prospects." PCAF statement.
Journal-Sentinel: Judge rules Wisconsin's voter ID law unconstitutional
Lots of voting rights news yesterday. In Wisconsin, a second judge declared the state's new voter ID law unconstititutional. From th decision: "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote - imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people. It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 does with its photo ID mandates." NYT editorial.