Clips Round-up for 5/10/12
Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly on new polling released yesterday with Democracy Corps: “Money in politics is a ballot-box issue, that voters will be going to the ballot box this fall looking for candidates who support addressing the issue of money in politics. This is a tremendous opportunity and upside for someone from one party or the other to make these arguments and seize that agenda. It is truly up for grabs, and the survey work truly emphasizes that.” Press release, National Journal, Mother Jones, ThinkProgress.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Guernica: America doesn't need another CREEP
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy writes, "The policy options to address today’s money-in-politics problems have been curtailed by five Supreme Court Justices, but there are still constitutional actions state legislators, federal regulators, Congress and the President can undertake to address the issue. This is not the time for a do-nothing government to sit by as elections go dark, and Super PACs become the new normal."
Today's News Herald: Why not Clean Elections?
Nice editorial on Clean Elections in Arizona.
HuffPost: CEOs get served by shareholder sick of political spending
Public Citizen's Lisa Gilbert: "As corporate money continues to flood our democracy in the form of negative campaign ads and robo calls, people are getting mad and are taking action. This week, corporate CEOs are being put on notice as rallies and other actions are planned in relationship to first-time shareholder resolutions being put forth at 3M and Bank of America's annual shareholder meetings."
Roll Call: Ethics panel says it will continue probe of Buchanan
Vern Buchanan isn't out of the woods yet: "The House Ethics Committee said today it would continue reviewing whether Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) offered almost $3 million to settle a lawsuit with a former business partner in exchange for his filing a false affidavit with the Federal Election Commission." NYT, WaPo, The Hill, Bradenton Herald, Politico.
CNN: Dinner with Clooney, Obama nets $15 million
Biggest political fundraiser in history right? "There are bundlers - the mega-fundraisers who collect checks from friends and contacts, then forward them to campaigns - and then there's George Clooney. Clooney did something that few, if any, bundlers have done this year for President Barack Obama's campaign: rake in $15 million dollars." AP, WSJ.
NYT: Obama's new courting of Hollywood pays off
More on his Hollywood fundraising: "But over the last few months, Mr. Obama and his representatives have held a series of meetings and telephone calls with some of the region’s most influential donors and fund-raisers, reflecting Hollywood’s new importance in the president’s re-election campaign. "
WaPo: Same-sex marriage issue shows importance of gay fundraisers
"President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage highlights the importance of the gay community to his re-election effort, which could get a boost in donations as a result." In fact, in the 90 minutes after the announcement, Obama raised $1 million. And more at Politico, Capital New York.
Seattle Times: Obama to attend 2 fundraisers in Seattle
"Fresh off his endorsement of gay marriage, President Obama is set to swing through Seattle for a pair of fundraisers Thursday."
Consider the Source: Meet the bundlers behind the money
CRP has updated its infographic about presidential bundlers.
Roll Call: Private equity group takes on tax reform
"But a multimillion-dollar campaign under way by the Private Equity Growth Capital Council isn’t just about playing defense. The industry has a major stake in corporate tax reform and wants to prime lawmakers and their constituents for its appeals next year."
HuffPost: Mitt Romney's Miami Beach fundraiser hosted by Chairman of Plan B Maker
"Mitt Romney recently slammed the morning-after pill as an "abortive pill," but the Republican presidential candidate will be hobnobbing with its manufacturer while fundraising in Miami Beach next week."
Politico: Mass. Dems file ethics complaint against Brown
"The Massachusetts Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Scott Brown, alleging that Brown has used official resources for campaign purposes."
Daily Kos: Weakening the consumer agency
Elizabeth Warren writes, "Wall Street and the big banks — and their lobbyists and allies in Congress — couldn't stop the new financial watchdog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), but they're doing everything they can to remove its teeth."
Sunlight Foundation: Outspending peers, Club for Growth helps unseeat Lugar
"The primary battle was fueled in part by the biggest outside money dump of any congressional race thus far. Leading the money charge was the anti-tax group Club for Growth, which accounted for about 40 percent of all outside groups' spending."
Republic Report: Top 10 Fortune 500 companies spend 19 times as much on lobbying as bottom 10
On the lobbying spending by the top Fortune 500 companies. "As you can see, individual companies in the top ten like ExxonMobil and General Electric spent more on lobbying themselves than the bottom ten combined."
Roll Call: Former Baucus aide joins Elmendorf Ryan
"Pat Bousliman, a longtime Senate Finance Committee staff member, has joined the Democratic lobby shop of Elmendorf Ryan."
Politico: Republicans find lots to love in PhRMA
"Even though the pharmaceutical trade group was the first industry group to make a deal with the Obama administration to support health reform, Republicans are working hard to fast-track the passage of the industry’s top legislative priority — the reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration “user fee” bill that regulates drug approvals."
Cincinatti Einquirer: Super PAC making presence felt
On a northern Kentucky super PAC: "Armed with iPads and a database of Republican voters, volunteers and staff with Liberty For All will knock on doors and call voters in Northern Kentucky in the next two weeks in support of Thomas Massie’s congressional campaign."
HuffPost: Bank of America protests begin at shareholder meeting
Updates on all the shareholder actions happening down in Charlotte.
ABC: End of campaign means Rick Santorum could grab hold of super PAC
"That’s because the super PAC is becoming Santorum’s PAC, while also remaining his super PAC. Yes, it’s confusing, but it’s a legal change that turns the Red, White, and Blue Fund into a hybrid political action committee that will also work as a traditional leadership PAC to push Santorum’s message, support his political travel, cover administration costs and donate money to candidates he supports with similar views."
CRP: Chesapeake Energy CEO dabbled in politics
"Aubrey McClendon, the embattled CEO of Chesapeake Energy who's embroiled in a corporate governance scandal, has worked to cultivate friends here in Washington. He may need them."