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Russ Feingold Refuses to Decline Super PAC Money for 2016

Russ Feingold is throwing his hat into Wisconsin's 2016 Senate race against the man who beat him in 2010, [mc_name name='Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)' chamber='senate' mcid='J000293' ]. Feingold is, if you will recall, a champion of so-called...Show More Summary

Super PACs Go Local

National Journal: “Super PACs have made a name for themselves in federal races, where multimillion-dollar behemoths such as American Crossroads and Senate Majority PAC have become almost as important as the campaigns and party committees themselves. They’re expected to play [...]

“Connecting the Dots Behind the 2016 Candidates”

Don’t miss this NYT interactive graphic to accompany the must-read Confessore-Lichtblau piece on super pacs and coordination which I linked to last night. … Continue reading ?

‘Campaigns’ Aren’t Necessarily Campaigns in the Age of ‘Super PACs

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The 2016 contenders are exploiting loopholes and regulatory gray areas to transform the way presidential campaigns are organized and paid for.

“2016 Campaigns, Official or Not, Are Remade by ‘Super PACs’”

Must-read Front-page NYT piece by Nick Confessore and Eric Lichtblau: In this new world, campaigns are not campaigns. And candidates are not actually candidates. Though they sometimes forget it. … Continue reading ?

Bush Donor Network Springs to Life

The Wall Street Journal “identified 326 donors who hosted fundraisers this year for Mr. Bush’s super PAC, based on invitations and news reports compiled by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan government watchdog.” “One in five were either members of the [...]

Amid Super PAC Madness, Clinton and Supporters Find Creative Spending Model

Every election cycle, campaigns stretch the boundaries of political fundraising a little further. In the 2016 race, the campaign finance experiment has centered on Super PACs, a type of fundraising committee that can raise unlimitedShow More Summary

“Cash is not king: Jeb Bush’s Super PAC problem”

Anthony Gaughan has written this piece for The Conversation: Thus, while Jeb Bush’s fund-raising numbers sound impressive by previous standards, his campaign war chest doesn’t scare anyone today. No candidate will monopolize Republican fund-raising in 2016. The flood of money … Continue reading ?

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Bush's super PAC, climate change, infrastructure spending and more

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

We begin our roundup with Eugene Robinson who surveys the GOP primary field: Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a way to cram all the candidates onto the same stage. So far, however, most of the GOP field seems to be in a contest to make the likely Democratic nominee look better. Show More Summary

Start the Bidding for Bolton’s Donors and Money

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton announced today that he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, effectively leaving the foreign policy hawk’s top super PAC donors to look elsewhere for someone to back. Some have already found their candidate — or maybe more than one — though in many cases we don’t…

Why Jeb’s Massive Warchest Didn’t Scare Off His Rivals

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Although Jeb Bush has yet to officially join the increasingly crowded field of Republican presidential wannabes, the former Florida governor’s super PAC has firmly established him as the leading candidate of the Republican establishment in 2016. But super PACs are a double-edged sword for Bush. Show More Summary

3 Libertarians Fuel $7 Million Super PAC In Philadelphia's Mayoral Democratic Primary

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Voters will cast ballots in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia's mayoral race on May 19, but three libertarian donors from the suburbs could really influence the contest. According to city campaign finance records,...Show More Summary

Meet the Man Who Invented the Super PAC

The plaintiff in a landmark campaign finance case wants to loosen regulations even further

“How a super PAC plans to coordinate directly with Hillary Clinton’s campaign”

WaPo on the questions raised about the legality of the Correct the Record arrangement. … Continue reading ?

How a super PAC plans to coordinate directly with Hillary Clinton’s campaign

Correct the Record believes that an Internet exemption carved out by the FEC in 2006 will allow it to avoid the ban on coordination.

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