Clips Round-up for 5/23/12
The Hill reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner has been a powerhouse fundraiser this cycle: "House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has raised more than $70 million for Republicans since winning the Speaker’s gavel, easily topping his fundraising haul for the previous two years in the minority." That includes money for himself, the NRCC, and members and candidates.
And this is great: protesters disrupted a Michigan House hearing as lawmakers approved voter ID legislation. They yelled, "Respect our vote!"
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
WaPo: More shareholders call on companies to disclose their political spending
"One of the most polarizing fights over money in politics has been unfolding this spring at annual corporate meetings, where shareholders are mounting an intensifying effort to push companies to disclose the money they spend on lobbying and political campaigns."
Republic Report: Corporate lobbying group asks Supreme Court not to use "empirical evidence" when reconsidering Citizens United
Lee Fang catches a fun line in the U.S. Chamber's brief in the Montana case: "But even if the Court were inclined to reconsider Citizens United based on empirical data, which it should not, there is no evidence in the record of this case detailing the level of spending on political speech since Citizens United was decided."
HuffPost: Steve Bullock, Montana Attorney General, takes a stand in Citizens United sequel
Mike Sachs talks to Montana's AG about the case. And this article looks at how Bullock's current race is being "rocked" by out of state corporate spending.
AP: Move against Citizens United
In Massachusetts: "A total of 56 cities and towns from across the state have passed resolutions on the issue, with more expected to vote on similar resolutions in the coming weeks."
Sunlight: Broadcasters sue to keep political ad files offline
"The nation's broadcasters sued the Federal Communications Commission Monday over a rule that requires them to post political ads bought at some stations online."
WaPo: Senators put federal regulators, not JPMorgan, on the hot seat
Dana Milbank on yesterday's JPMorgan hearing in the Senate: "[Ranking Member Richard] Shelby’s performance was worth every bit of the $72,950 JPMorgan Chase and its employees have given him in the past five years, making the bank his second-largest source of campaign cash."
Bloomberg: Few witnesses to Obama, Romney as they raise $1.5 billion
"Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are on track to raise more than $1.5 billion to finance their presidential campaigns, and only an elite segment of the electorate will see them do it: their own donors."
AP: Romney oil adviser also a big super PAC donor
The AP looks at Harold Hamm, the Romney super PAC donor that is Romney's top energy advisor. Election lawyer Larry Noble: "Given the idea that super PACs were supposed to be independent, it seems odd when you've got someone working for the campaign who turns around and gives large contributions to the independent group. That's not what most people's idea of what independent is."
Politico: Tech world cools to President Obama
Romney and Obama are competing from Silicon Valley money.
Roll Call: Facebook friends U.S. Chamber, NFIB
Facebook is so good at politics: "But the campaign, promoted as a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, is also giving the two powerful business lobbies prominent billing at no charge."
CRP: Obama's Bain backers
"Employees of Bain Capital and Bain & Company have given more than $152,000 to Obama's campaign and the joint fundraising operation he runs with the Democratic National Committee."
HuffPost: The small donors behind Obama and Romney's wealth-driven super PACs
"While super PACs are overwhelmingly fueled by the political whims of the very well-off, a sliver of their funding comes from small contributions. Those donors have no illusions that their money makes a tangible difference: if anything, it's more like a drop in the lake than a drop in the bucket. But they give anyway -- sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of custom, and sometimes out of a desire to partake in a bit of partisan warfare."
PC Blog: Obama tops $1 billion
President Obama has now raised over $1 billion for his federal campaigns for office.
Weekly Standard: The rise of Rubio
Another look at possible VP candidate Marco Rubio and the trouble embattled Rep. David Rivera might bring him.
Sunlight: Super donors provide bulk of money to super PACs
"About 37 percent of super PAC contributions so far has come from these wealthy few."
SF Chronicle: Big politico starring at Bay Area fundraisers; protests will follow
It's not just President Obama heading west. John Boehner will join Dan Lungren at a Bay Area event at the home of billionaire Tom Siebel. Or, as the Sacramento Bee reports, CA is a "donor heaven."
The Hill: Romney opens wallet for GOP lawmakers
"Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC) will help Republicans in tough House and Senate races with fundraising, a contrast with a refusal from President Obama’s campaign to make any cash transfers to House and Senate Democratic committees."
Roll Call: Outside money flows to California
"Rather than excavate wealth from the Golden State, third-party groups are dousing California with dollars ahead of its June 5 primaries. Some $2.4 million in independent expenditures has been spent on Golden State House primaries so far this cycle, according to Federal Election Commission records."
KPBS: Super PAC launches TV ads on defense spending
Ha, really? "Organizers of the Fight 4 America super PAC unveiled three television commercials that focus on what they believe is deficient defense spending."
NaJo: Roscoe Bartlett: The man who wasn't there?
On a funny fundraising voicemail from Roscoe Bartlett.
HuffPost: Dems ask US Chamber if firms that bribed are behind its push to weaken anti-bribery law
ohhh: "Two Democratic congressmen are investigating whether the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's tenacious attack on a key anti-bribery statute has less to do with high-minded economic principles and more to do with the fact that nearly one in four board members of the Chamber's "legal reform" arm represents a company that has been caught up in a bribery investigation itself."
Politico: Advocate for legalizing prostitution donated $40k to Obama
"A California lawyer who donated $40,000 to the president’s reelection efforts is also a vocal advocate for legalizing prostitution."
The Hill: Grassley: White House catered to lobbyists on LightSquared review
"In a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) accused the White House and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of catering to the lobbyists of the now-bankrupt wireless company LightSquared and of stonewalling his investigation into the case."
USA Today: Researchers dig deeper for dirt on political opposition
USA Today looks at the democratic super PAC, American Bridge.
HuffPost: DSCC warns super PAC donors to "wake up"
The DSCC says rich liberals need to wake up. Guy Cecil: "The money. Our allies need to wake up. Our allies need to understand that the majority in the Senate is in danger and that everything from jobs and the economy and women's health and Supreme Court justices, Wall Street reform -- all the things that they have worked so hard for -- will be for naught if we lose the Senate."
MyCN2: Massie says he could have won without supee PAC
A Republican primary winner in Kentucky "downplayed the effect of the Liberty for All Super PAC, which spent more than $542,000 on TV ads backing him, by pointing to poll results from late March — before that group’s involvement — that showed him up by 10 points." NYT.
Politico: Realtors launch Capitol Hill lobbying blitz
"Another downside of the market troubles from the housing bubble’s collapse: Capitol Hill lobbying has gotten a whole lot harder for Realtors."
The Hill: Senior HELP committee staffer moves to nonprofit lobby firm
"Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee staff director Dan Smith will start at The Sheridan Group next month. Smith will be a principal at the nonprofit advocacy organization."