Clips Round-up for 8/27/12
Are you ready to party, Tampa, Florida? Well, you're in luck: "Lobbyists and trade groups, virtually all with business before Congress and federal agencies, are paying for a nonstop schedule of beach parties, concerts and cocktail hours."
And the Wall Street Journal writes about the treatment Romney bundlers will get in Tampa without once mentioning the campaign hasn't released a list of who those people are. If you are a bundler, here's your schedule.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Politico: Romney absolutely would return to public funding in '16
Ok Mitt Romney: "Mitt Romney would like to return to the public fundraising system if he's running for a second term in 2016." Public Campaign Action Fund will have more on this a little later this morning.
TNR: Republicans heart union bosses
This is really something: The FEC found last week that it was acceptable for a union in Hawaii to force its members to campaign on behalf of Colleen Hanabusa and what it could mean for corporate politicking. "And just as the lifting of spending restrictions ends up meaning much more for corporations than for unions—since corporations have a lot more money to spend—any lifting of restrictions on compelled political activity would mean more for corporations as well, since there are a lot more people working at big companies than in the shrinking ranks of unionized workers."
Reuters: US Court to test South Carolina voter ID law
"South Carolina this week will try to convince a United States federal court its new voter identification law doesn't discriminate against black voters, contrary to a finding by the federal government." Trial begins today. Bloomberg.
Nation: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted withdraws from True the Vote summit
"Today we learned that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has pulled out of his scheduled appearance as a featured speaker at the True the Vote Ohio State Summit. Husted’s withdrawal comes after Voting Rights Watch 2012 released an investigative report about the dangerous far-right-wing network that True the Vote built itself into, and its record of drawing voter intimidation complaints."
WaPo: The people should know who's paying for the "people's convention"
Washignton Post editorial dings Democrats for secrecy around convention donors. "There’s nothing illegal about this; the Democrats will still be complying with the guidelines of the Federal Election Commission. But they will have broken their own promise. Although various corporate sponsors adorn the Republicans’ convention Web site, they’re also not filing until Oct. 15. The Democrats, however, have claimed for themselves the moral high ground."
PCAF: Not just super PACs: Shel Adelson's Many 2012 donations
Shel Adelson will be in Tampa. Miriam Adelson is getting a pavilion named after her. So, how much influence do they have? We run down the nearly 20 candidates, party committees, and PACs the two have given to this cycle.
Roll Call: Convention contributions down and more discreet
On convention donors: "This year, the political costs of making a big splash in Tampa seem to outweigh the benefits, according to more than a dozen lobbyists and consultants representing major outfits." The Hill. And you know who won't be donating this time like they did in '08? Freddie Mac and AIG.
Yahoo: Super PACs see GOP convention in Tampa as a fundraising opportunity
"Not surprisingly, the super PACs and other outside political groups seeking to influence the election this November intend to capitalize on the occasion. Dozens of donor meetings, parties and forums await the thousands of delegates, candidates, activists and Republican benefactors who are thronging the convention's host city."
HuffPost: Mitt Romney's energy plan favors big donors in oil, gas and coal industries
More on Romney's energy plan and the donors that would benefit
AP: Clooney aids Obama campaign with Geneva fundraiser
"President Barack Obama supporter George Clooney raised almost $15 million for the re-election campaign at the actor’s Los Angeles home in May. For his second act, Clooney is set to arrive Monday in Geneva, a center for international organizations and business."
Bloomberg: Obama outpaces Romney in small dollar donations
"The BGOV Barometer shows that 37 percent of the money Obama raised through July 31 for the pre-convention period came in amounts of $200 or less, according to the Campaign Finance Institute, a Washington-based research group that analyzes donations. For Romney, it was 17 percent."
Daily Caller: Obama donor's SEC fines are ten times more than Obama gifts
Obama's re-election committees have "accepted just under $25,000 in donations since 2008 from business executive David Zilkha, according to Federal Election Commission records. Zilkha, though, paid 10 times as much — $250,000 — in fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after he was found to be involved in an insider-trading scheme last year."
Union Leader: Ryan headlines city fundraiser at the Radisson today
Last Friday in New Hampshire, "Wisconsin Congressman and likely Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan returns to New Hampshire today to host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign."
The Nation: JPMorgan begins buying Congress again
"But in a clear indication that JPMorgan’s seat has already cooled considerably, the bank is once again doling out the cash."
TPM: Study: Political campaigns in Florida raise nearly $13 million in one week
"Florida political campaigns — for candidates on both the state and national level — raised a staggering $12.8 million in one week, according to a new study from the Tampa Bay Times."
LA Times: Americans for Prosperity steps up campaign against Obama
"One of the largest conservative advocacy groups announced Friday that it was pouring an additional $6 million into television ads that explicitly call for President Obama’s defeat, testing the limits on the political role of nonprofit social welfare organizations." More at USA Today.
LA Times: Romney made lasting supporters with 2002 Olympics supplements deal
On Mitt Romney's relationship with supplement companies, who have become loyald donors to his campaigns.
American Banker: Bank super PAC considers targeting Elizabeth Warren
That new bank super PAC is considering going after Elizabeth Warren. It's unclear if they don't know about the outside spending agreement or just don't care.
Politico: GOP groups blanket Tampa airwaves with ads
"Americans for Prosperity, 60 Plus Association, American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS and Restore Our Future have spent at least a combined $430,000 on ad buys on Tampa’s ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates for the week of the convention."
Newsday: Mitt Romney's top NY donors among RNC delegation
"New Yorkers have given $13.5 million to Romney's presidential campaign committee, second only to Californians, and some of New York's biggest campaign donors are going to Tampa as delegates."
Politico: Romney transfers $3M to NRSC, NRCC
"Romney’s biggest grossing committee last month steered at least $3 million to boost GOP congressional candidates who will share the ballot with him, according to finance reports filed last week."
Politico: John Boehner's big money August
In August, John Boehner "raised roughly $4 million for Republican congressional candidates, his political operation announced Sunday."
Omaha World-Herald: Kerrey tops Fischer in out-of-state money
"Independent analysis of the latest campaign finance reports shows that Democrat Bob Kerrey retains a clear lead in out-of-state donations over his Republican opponent, Deb Fischer, in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race despite Fischer’s efforts to snag donations from other parts of the country."
The Hill: Clients part with K Street's Ogilvy after departure of star lobbyists
"Ogilvy Government Relations has lost clients and another lobbyist following the departure of star talent earlier this summer. The firm filed termination forms last week for at least a half-dozen clients, including Hilton Worldwide."