Last week Dr. Benjamin Carson created a new super PAC called USA First -- a self-described grassroots organization aimed at supporting conservative policies and candidates -- and this week he is already hinting at a presidential run in 2016, according to an email sent today through the PAC.
A new super PAC aims to weigh in on political candidates who oppose the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an unusual political development for a niche agency that has recently found itself in the political crosshairs.
"The next two months will be much harder because of this first misstep. I should have understood that more clearly."
In 1974, Congress enacted limits on contributions to candidates to prevent corruption. Today, these contribution limits are in danger of being wiped out by individual-candidate Super PACs. The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010 unleashed the world of Super PACs into our elections. Show More Summary
Lobbyist. Scott Brown is under attack from the Mayday Super PAC, which has endorsed Brown's primary challenger specifically over Brown's big, dark money ties. The Mayday PAC is the brainchild of Harvard professor and progressive activist Larry Lessig. Show More Summary
Welp. It seems that the Koch machine isn't feeling too confident about their chances in Oregon, so they've pulled the plug on a big ad buy there for the month of October. The Register-Guard reports: Freedom Partners’ super PAC, the Virginia-based...Show More Summary
"I actually think of the irony as a virtue. This is the age of Colbert. So hacking the super PAC to end the super PAC is a completely viable and obvious strategy that everybody is happy to get behind." Lawrence Lessig on his plan to raise $700 million for a PAC to end SuperPacs. Show More Summary
The super PAC to end all super PACs just picked the candidates it believes can end all super PACs
The Washington Post has a long profile today on Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who shot to fame in conservative circles in 2013 after he criticized ObamaCare in front of the president. It seems that Carson is seriously considering a run in 2016, and he has the financial support to boot. Show More Summary
The questionnaire essentially tells prospective aldermanic candidates, 'you're either with us or against us.' [ more › ]
Elizabeth Warren really wants the world to know, she is not running for president in 2016. She has now put that message into writing, formally disavowing the Ready For Warren Super PAC, which has been raising money for her non-existent presidential run. Elizabeth Warren’s lawyer, Marc E. Elias, wrote to the Federal Election Commission saying,
California's Prop 2, approved with 63.5 percent of the statewide vote, has already had a big impact even though its does not go into legal effect until January 2015. Related Stories Missouri’s Right-to-Harm Amendment Super PAC Forms to Promote Animal Abuse Poultry Slaughter Rule Still in (Fowl) Play
This is how seriously Rick Perry is taking his indictment for coercion and abuse of his office: His super PAC is selling t-shirts with his mugshot on them: Screenshot of current front page of RickPAC. Hunter Schwarz at WaPo writes:"Wanted...Show More Summary
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) lawyer disavowed a super PAC that formed to draft Warren to run for president in 2016. The Ready for Warren PAC has had a presence at left-wing conferences like Netroots Nation, but Warren's lawyer, according...Show More Summary
Washington (CNN) - Elizabeth Warren is not Ready for Warren. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Warren fully disavowed herself of Ready for Warren, a super PAC with the explicit goal of encouraging the liberal Massachusetts senator to run for president in 2016. "The senator has not, and does not, explicitly or […]
Karen Lewis said she'll announce a mayoral run when she's ready. Maybe some heavy campaign contributions will speed up the timetable. [ more › ]
Both Mayday and Counterpac -- who are raising super PAC money to elect politicians who'll vote against taking money from super PACs -- have released new campaign videos that beautifully lampoon the kind of political discourse we get from dark-money elections. Read the rest
Dark money has been plaguing politics even since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The subsequent Super PACs, fueled by shadowy donations from millionaires and billionaires, have brought unwelcome influence into elections and made political parties more polarized. Show More Summary
Seven-figure political contributions are a regular feature of politics this decade, but only outside groups like super PACs are allowed to accept such large checks. Contributions to candidates and party committees are still subject to strict limits, which makes gathering the huge sums that it takes to run competitive campaigns difficult and extremely time-consuming. For…