Clips Round-up for 7/6/12
With today's jobs report showing only 80,000 jobs added last month, June might not have been a great month for people looking for jobs—but it certainly was for Romney's fundraising team. Between Romney's campaign and a joint fundraising committee with the RNC, the Republican candidate took in over $100 million in June. GOP National Political Director Rick Wiley announced the total on Twitter, telling Jim Messina to "check this out bro." He then tweeted "I'm assuming u & Axe will need beers 2night bro."
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Huffington Post: Citizens United: California Becomes Sixth State To Call For Amendment Against Ruling
“California joins Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland and New Mexico in calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.”
Sunlight Foundation: Broadcasters petition FCC to stay online posting of political ad files
Right on cue: “The nation's broadcasters are trying another method to stop the Federal Communications Commission from putting information about political ads online.”
St. Andrews Patch: Watchdog Considers Legal Challenge to DeMint Super PAC
Sen. Jim DeMint is formally distancing himself from his Senate Conservatives Fund to allow it to form a super PAC which can accept unlimited contributions. Non-partisan campaign finance watchdog the Campaign Legal Center has said it is looking into challenging this move with the FEC, charging that DeMint would in essence be illegally raising soft money.
USA Today: Editorial: Disclose secret campaign finance
USA Today comes out in favor of the DISCLOSE Act: “A corrupting influence in any campaign, secret money is even more dangerous in less expensive races, where it can buy a seat in Congress or a state legislature, without voters knowing who the buyers are or what their agenda is.”
The Guardian: Seattle Occupy group drops $5,000 from hotel to protest money in politics
#MicCheckWallStreet, a group related to the Occupy Wall Street movement, took this July 4th to “declare independence from Citizens United” by—how else—throwing $5,000 off of a building.
ABC News: Pro-Romney Super PAC Going for Gold
“The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future announced Thursday they are launching a $7.2 million ad buy to run during the London Olympics later this month.” Obama’s camp took out a $5.5 million ad buy during the Games last week.
Talking Points Memo: Despite Conservative Media Claims, Outside Money Does Not Favor Obama
“Bottom line: If it strikes you as implausible that Democrats are winning the outside money race, it’s because they aren’t.” Benjy Sarlin points out that, contra National Review the hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent on sham issue ads by secretive 501(c)4 groups might be relevant to who’s winning the outside money game. Jim Geraghty at National Review responds that he left out 501(c)4 spending because it’s really hard to measure. Forgive me, but isn’t that one of the arguments in favor of the DISCLOSE Act?
Huffington Post: Anti-Eric Holder Democrats Receive Major Financial Aid From DCCC
“The 17 House Democrats who voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt last week have received more than $1.3 million in financial aid from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee since the start of 2009.” (That’s about one ninth of the DCCC’s spending). Check out Public Campaign’s analysis from last week of the 32 Democrats who received money from the PAC of the NRA, which encouraged members to hold AG Holder in contempt of Congress.
Roll Call: DSCC Raised $2.5 Million After Supreme Court Ruling
One thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on about the recent health care ruling: it’s great for fundraising. Similar to the Romney campaign ($5.5 million) and the DCCC ($2.3 million), the DSCC reported taking in $2.5 million in the days after the decision was released.
Washington Post: Rangel opponent files for re-vote in increasingly tight primary
“State Sen. Adriano Espaillat this week filed with the state Supreme Court seeking either a recount or a highly unusual redo of his June 26 primary with Rangel. Espaillat has lodged accusations of voter suppression and has pointed to faulty administration and vote-counting by New York City elections officials.”
Center for Responsive Politics: Lawmakers Who Took Sweetheart Loans Also Benefited From Countrywide Campaign Cash
A recent report from the House Committee on Oversight alleged that Countrywide offered VIP loans to members of Congress in an attempt to curry influence. CRP adds to that analysis and finds that “the members of congress named as beneficiaries of special mortgage deals also received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the mortgage giant.”
The Nation: A Case Study in How Kris Kobach's Cabal Aims to Remake Election Law
“This week, Michigan Governor Snyder blocked the Kobach wave in his state, disregarding the voter fraud lies of his secretary of state. But will the other governors do the same?” A look into the Interstate Cross Check Project, a pro-voter ID group orchestrated by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobac and based on a severe disregard for the facts. More on the Michigan veto of restrictive voter ID laws from the American Prospect.