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  • EXCLUSIVE: Read the Secret Emails of the Men Who May Run Hillary Clinton's Campaign

    11/14/2014 2:18:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/14/14 | Rick Klein
    For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for friends and associates that carries a provocative name: the “Mook Mafia.” The listserv, which one member said reaches more than 150 fellow campaign veterans, has been a means for Robby Mook and a close friend Marlon Marshall to stay connected with many of the operatives who would likely populate a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. Mook and Marshall have both been mentioned as possible Hillary Clinton campaign managers. Copies of a cache...
  • Two Hidden Factors in the 2014 Campaign

    11/11/2014 9:15:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Looking back on the 2014 election cycle, I see two largely unnoticed turning points that worked against Democrats and in Republicans' favor. The first came in response to the October 2013 government shutdown. This was blamed, as shutdowns usually are, on Republicans, partly because of their skepticism about big government, and partly because media professionals tend to fault the GOP in any partisan fight. The shutdown occurred because about 40 Republican House members refused to support a continuing resolution funding the government without a proviso defunding Obamacare. Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz had been barnstorming the country arguing that this...
  • It’s Shocking How Little Was Spent on the Midterms

    11/08/2014 6:31:17 AM PST · by rogerantone1 · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 7, 2014 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    The “most expensive election in history.” Our democracy is being “bought and sold.” This election, “debased by money, shames us all.” These are some of the recent expressions of outrage about what the Center for Responsive Politicsestimates to have been $3.67 billion spent for federal offices during the 2014 midterms. Two days before the election on “Face the Nation,” CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked viewers to name one item whose costs have gone up as much over time as campaigns. That’s easy. While campaign spending soared to $3.67 billion this year from $1.6 billion in 1998, federal government spending rose 5%...
  • Midterms, for Clinton Team, Aren’t All Gloom (NY Times LOL Hillary puff piece)

    11/06/2014 11:00:27 PM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | Amy Chozick
    In the coming weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton will stop delivering paid speeches. She will embark on an unofficial listening tour to gather ideas from the business community, union leaders and others. And she will seek advice from such far-flung advisers as an ad man in Austin, Tex., behind the iconic “Don’t Mess With Texas” campaign and a leading strategist at a Boston-based public affairs consulting firm with ties to the Kennedys. The Democratic debacle in Tuesday’s midterm elections has put new urgency on Mrs. Clinton’s efforts to create a blueprint for a 2016 presidential candidacy, including exploring White Plains as...
  • President Obama will be missing in action on the campaign trail day before pivotal midterm elections

    11/02/2014 3:39:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/02/14 | Francesca Chambers
    President Barack Obama will remain at the White House on both Monday and Tuesday as voters head to the polls to determine whether to oust his political party from power in the Senate. A copy of his public schedule reveals that the president will return to Washington, D.C. tonight after campaign events in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and stay there through Election Day. Tomorrow Obama will sit down with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The following day he'll take other meetings at the White House instead of barnstorming the country, campaigning for endangered Democrats. While the president will be out of...
  • Rep. Sandra Williams charged with misusing campaign funds (D: OH)

    11/02/2014 9:17:16 AM PST · by FunkyZero · 6 replies
    www.cleveland.com ^ | October 31, 2014 at 1:41 AM | Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Rep. Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, was charged Thursday with illegally spending $2,255 in campaign funds in 2010 for two Ohio State football season tickets. Williams, an eight-year House veteran who is running for state Senate, is accused of then selling the tickets and pocketing the money, according to charges filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.
  • 'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections (Husseincare never mentioned)

    10/31/2014 1:46:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/30/14 | Steve Holland
    PORTLAND Me. - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending. Obama seized on government figures that said the U.S. economy grew at a rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter to suggest his policies are working and that electing Democrats will help the middle class. **SNIP** "We've created more jobs here in the United States over the last six years than Japan, Europe and all...
  • Delaware TV gets the hottest U.S. Senate campaign ad: Chris Coons Ebola Zone!

    10/30/2014 5:55:58 PM PDT · by Moseley · 17 replies
    Dr. Rich Swier ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dr. Rich Swier
    Kevin Wade's campaign ad (titled "Ebola Zone") begins airing on Delaware television Thursday, October 30, on broadcast TV and cable. The ad can also be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkNzyGDy7AM Incumbent Democrat Freshman Chris Coons is the Chair of the Africa Subcommittee in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate. Thus, Republican Kevin Wade accuses Coons of failing to perform his job for Delaware and the nation over the preceding year since the Ebola outbreak began in the Fall of 2013. Wade alleges that Senator Coons is the Democrats' and Senate's #1 voice on Africa as well as eyes and ears. On a question of...
  • Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

    10/21/2014 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 48 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | Jordan Michael Smith
    ... Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover...
  • Obama Makes a Rare Campaign Appearance, but People Leave

    10/19/2014 10:10:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/10/14
    President Barack Obama suffered a bit of an embarrassment on Sunday, when he made a rare appearance on the campaign trail but attendees chose to leave as he spoke. According to Reuters, Obama’s appearance came at a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the November 4 midterm election. Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because...
  • Fed-backed Twitter study draws fire (gov to study pol "smear" and adoption of ideas)

    10/19/2014 9:23:48 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Oct. 18, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission is warning about a government-backed study that “seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.” Commissioner Ajit Pai — one of two Republicans on the five-member commission — warned in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday about a National Science Foundation study of people's communications on Twitter, which he said amounted to government monitoring of people’s speech. ADVERTISEMENT “In the United States, the government has no business entering the marketplace of ideas to establish an arbiter of what is false, misleading or a political smear,” he wrote. “The federal...
  • Tom Cross - "A Different Kind of Republican" former Minority Leader IL HOUSE supports leftist causes

    10/14/2014 10:03:24 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 14 replies
    Tom Cross got the name "Double Cross" while he was Minority Leader in State House the Democrats ran everything but the Republicans would always help with votes like Civil Unions, Same Sex Marriage, Tax Increases. There would always be 3-5 Republicans that would vote in favor of the Democrats and they would pass a bill by a couple of votes.
  • ABC News: President Obama Has Been to Zero Campaign Events This Cycle

    10/13/2014 10:18:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/13/14 | Breitbart News
    Editor's Note: ABC News published an astonishing admission today, revealing that President Barack Obama has not attended a single public campaign event for a Democratic candidate as the party heads into a white-hot election season. Just three weeks to go until the midterm elections and with control of the Senate hanging in the balance, candidates are scrambling toward the finish line. One key figure, however, has been largely absent: President Obama. President Obama has appeared at zero public campaign events this cycle, opting instead to tap into his fundraising prowess to boost Democratic candidates behind closed-doors. Obama’s absence on the...
  • Can’t quit Mitt: Friends say Romney feels nudge to consider a 2016 presidential run

    10/13/2014 3:55:50 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 119 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2014 | hilip Rucker and Robert Costa
    -SNIP- Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and now the tacit head of the Republican Party, visited Iowa as part of a feverish nationwide tour designed to help the GOP take control of the Senate. -SNIP- Romney is grappling with this question: If drafted, would he answer the party’s call? -SNIP- Former aides and senior Republicans say Romney appreciates the GOP masses crowing that he was right about issues such as Russia and health care. But what really intrigues him, they said, are the vulnerabilities among top-tier candidates in the Republican field. If Romney moves toward a race, it would...
  • Obama visit sparks a Paltrow neighborhood feud

    10/11/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-11-14 | Michael S. Schmidt
    As gossip websites buzzed about Gwyneth Paltrow and President Obama — her “you’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly” is already being mocked unmercifully — her Los Angeles neighbors lashed out Friday that the Paltrow-hosted presidential fund-raiser had come at their expense. Traffic stood still, children were stranded at school, residents could not leave their own driveways. That’s not the way life is supposed to be lived in Mandeville Canyon. In a post on the Nextdoor Mandeville Canyon website, a private social network for area residents, Bret Lewis said that the neighborhood did not need people like Ms. Paltrow...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu feels so good about her reelection, she just fired her campaign manager

    10/09/2014 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Things are just humming right along: In what appears to be a significant October campaign shakeup, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is replacing her campaign manager and hiring her former chief of staff as a senior adviser.The Democrat has pushed Adam Sullivan out of the manager role and replaced him with Ryan Berni, who ran her brother Mitch’s reelection campaign as New Orleans mayor. Berni is a former aide to Clintonista and Louisianan James Carville.Polls show Landrieu falling short of the 50 percent she needs to avoid a December runoff, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has a slight lead in...
  • SATIRE Reporter “Creeped Out” by Michelle Obama Campaign Rally

    10/07/2014 8:29:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Meg Kissinger, a long-time reporter for the politically liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, attempted to cover a Milwaukee campaign speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. She was stunned to discover that she was prohibited from talking to members of the audience. Michelle’s aide Mary Burke explained that “it is important that the message the First Lady is trying to communicate not be confounded by inappropriate crowd comments to any reporters. This is, after all, her event. She has a right to control how it is perceived and reported.” “To say that I was creeped out is an understatement,” Kissinger said. “We...
  • Michelle Obama Won’t Campaign For Democrats Because She’s Mad Over Letter About Potatoes

    10/06/2014 10:43:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-6-14 | Eric Owens
    First lady Michelle Obama believes that Democrats running for Congress eagerly desire her presence on the campaign trail during the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. However, she has avoided helping some Senate Democrats because she’s mad at them for failing to show adequate support for her deeply unpopular attempt to change people’s diets. The Daily Caller is not making this up. The New York Times has reported it. The first lady has expressed frustration with Senate Democrats because they didn’t do enough to fight Republican attempts to weaken the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” explains the Times. The 2010 law...
  • Money in Politics: What's the Problem? (video)

    10/06/2014 8:51:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    Prageruniversity.com ^ | 10-6-2014 | George Will
    Is "campaign finance reform" a good way to regulate money in politics? Nationally syndicated, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author George Will shows that, despite the innocent name given by its proponents, campaign finance reform is really a euphemism for controlling free speech. If the goal is to get money out of politics, the real solution is to get politics out of money. In other words, shrink government. In five minutes, learn the truth.
  • Burke’s cut-and-paste economy (WI)

    09/25/2014 1:01:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    On hearing Friday’s news that Mary Burke’s job-creation plan was plagiarized from other Democrats running for governor, in Delaware, Tennessee, and elsewhere we thought, well…there are think tanks whose business is to share such ideas. But Burke reacted less calmly, firing the consultant responsible for the cut-and-paste job. Why? For duping her into thinking she had a jobs plan? More intriguing than Burke snatching ideas that may be interchangeable among Democrats is her apparently scant familiarity with what she is proposing. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel quoted her saying “This is my plan on how to drive Wisconsin’s economy forward,” later adding...
  • Astorino for NY Govenor Signs: If You Want Them, I Got "Em

    09/24/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 1 replies
    If you need Rob Astorino signs and you live in Wayne, Ontario and Seneca counties, I have some for you as well as window stickers.
  • Democrats Urge Michelle Obama to Hit the Trail

    09/22/2014 5:45:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Colleen McCain Nelson
    As the midterm campaigns heat up, Democratic candidates are turning to the White House for help and an injection of star power. But it is the first lady, not President Barack Obama, —who in some places is emerging as the more sought-after campaigner. Some Democrats contend that Mr. Obama's sagging popularity limits where he would be helpful this election cycle. Bringing higher approval ratings and a less-partisan pitch, Michelle Obama already has hit the trail, appearing earlier this month in Georgia with Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Next month, the first lady's campaign travel will include a visit to Iowa, where...
  • Oops: Landrieu's Campaign Pays Back $33,000 to Taxpayers for Inappropriately Billed Flights

    09/15/2014 9:13:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    townhall ^ | 9/15/14 | Cortney O'Brien
    Senators are not permitted to use Senate cash to fly to fundraisers - but that didn’t stop Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu from taking 43 trips on her Senate office account. The Perkins Coie law firm reviewed Landrieu’s travel from her 18 years in the Senate: The report found that Landrieu's official office paid $33,727.02 -- about 11 percent of the total amount her official office paid for chartered flights during that time -- should have been prorated and paid by her campaign. Landrieu blamed the mistakes on "sloppy bookkeeping" in a written apology. Her constituents, however, may not be...
  • Obama tells leaders he doesn´t need their vote for ISIS campaign

    09/09/2014 5:05:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/9/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Monday he wouldn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists. The president offered the assurance at a private White House meeting one day before a primetime address he’s scheduled to give to the nation. Wednesday’s address is a pivotal moment for the president just months before a midterm election in which the Senate’s majority hangs in the balance. Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has...
  • Michelle Obama warns Republican wins ‘bad’ for Washington

    09/09/2014 9:54:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    First lady Michelle Obama is warning Democratic voters that Washington will “be even worse” if they let Republicans win in November. “Instead of leaders coming together on behalf of hardworking families and finding consensus on the issues that matter most, we’ll just see more conflict and more obstruction,” Mrs. Obama said at a voter registration rally Monday night in Atlanta. She said Republican victories in places like Georgia would result in “more lawsuits and talk about impeachment, more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or even shut the government down — behavior that just wastes time and wastes taxpayer...
  • Inside the Strangest Job on the Campaign Trail

    09/04/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/4/2014 | Emma Roller
    Inside the Strangest Job on the Campaign Trail "What about your gaffes?" Campaign trackers make sure candidates can't escape slipups.By Emma RollerKelli Farr remembers running through a cornfield after getting yelled at by a crowd of Sarah Palin fans.It was 2008, and Farr was working as a campaign tracker—someone employed by an opposing political party to follow a candidate on the campaign trail, documenting his or her every move, in hopes of capturing a slipup......Farr is now the vice president and director of tracking at American Bridge, a Democratic organization that is sisters with Media Matters and Correct the Record,...
  • ‘All hope is lost’: Worried Dems cry desperation in new fund-raising tactic

    08/29/2014 4:07:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would like you to donate. Right now. The campaign organization, hoping to lead Democrats to control of the House come November, has spent the past week sending out a series of strongly-worded, seemingly desperate, fundraising e-mails trying to get supporters to donate. "All hope is lost," reads the subject of one such e-mail. "We're in serious trouble," it continues. "Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are massively outspending us...If we get blown out right now, we might as well give up hope until 2016." Another e-mail says Democratic campaigners weren't ready for Republican attack ads....
  • Can Anybody Find the GOP Campaign?

    08/28/2014 6:47:19 AM PDT · by iowamark · 39 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There was a story -- I intended to already be into my media Stack here 'cause it's great, but something just struck me. I didn't go into detail on it yesterday. I intended to, I just didn't get to it. There's another thing I didn't get to yesterday. There's a bunch of polling data out, and I saved it for today, that American people and African-Americans think race relations are worse today than since Obama was elected, and even an Obama pollster is admitting this, and I've got the sound bites. But there was another story yesterday that I...
  • Where Did Sandra Fluke Get $100K?

    07/30/2014 8:19:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/30/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is it just me or does this look a little bit like campaign finance fraud? Liberal darling and free-birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke is her own biggest donor in her state Senate race, according to official California campaign finance reports.Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions. While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot, Fluke also loaned her campaign $100,000.Where does a 2012 law school grad working as a social justice attorney get a loan that size? Her campaign never responded to a Washington Examiner inquiry, so we’re left to speculate. The Examiner piece by Ashe Schow...
  • Hillary Team Calls for Media Blackout of Anti-Clinton Books

    07/25/2014 11:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-25-14 | Alexander Marlowe
    Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary. The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices. “With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill...
  • Democrats use impeachment talk to gin up donations

    07/11/2014 6:35:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | July 14, 2014 | Brian Tau
    Republican threats to impeach President Barack Obama are guaranteed to generate two things: Democratic outrage and Democratic cash. Sarah Palin this week joined a long line of Republican firebrands in raising the specter of impeachment against the president, writing in a Breitbart.com op-ed: “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.” And like clockwork, the Democratic outrage machine sprang to life — using her comments to mobilize grass-roots supporters and raise small dollar campaign donations from Obama die-hards. The result was a flood of grass-roots...
  • IRS worker suspended for pro-Obama activities

    07/10/2014 11:13:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Stephan Dinan
    An IRS employee was suspended for 100 days for using his job at the agency’s help line to try to convince callers to vote for President Obama, a government watchdog agency announced Thursday. The employee, whose name wasn’t mentioned in the announcement from the Office of Special Counsel, admitted to using his job for political purposes and agreed to the settlement that involved a 100-day suspension. “OSC’s complaint alleged that, when fielding taxpayers’ questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to re-elect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling...
  • Whiteface Vandalism of (Black) Republican Candidate’s Sign

    07/01/2014 12:20:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | JUNE 30, 2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    Racist attack on GOP House challenger Glo Smith follows recent pattern of hate toward black Republicans.A Florida Republican congressional candidate’s campaign sign was vandalized with whiteface paint last week in a district with overwhelmingly Democratic voter registration. The attack follows a string of bias incidents against black Republicans. Glo Smith, who reports that she has also had a number of signs stolen, tells National Review Online she became aware of the racist defacement of an eight-foot-by-four-foot sign Tuesday. The sign was situated on private property in view of Interstate 10 in Jacksonville. The vandal sprayed white paint over the face...
  • Clinton's bumpy road to the White House

    06/15/2014 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Two gaffes bookended Clinton’s week: Comments that she and former President Bill Cilinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House took hold of the coverage of her book tour on Monday, and a contentious exchange with NPR’s Terry Gross on gay marriage again derailed the focus of her memoir “Hard Choices” on Thursday. The rollout drew criticism not just from Republicans, but also nonpartisan reporters that have covered her for years. Mark Halperin, part of the reporting team that produced “Game Change,” an in-depth look at the 2008 campaign, said the one-time candidate was “very rusty.” The book...
  • Gardner 'Grows' as a candidate.

    06/05/2014 7:40:19 PM PDT · by x1stcav · 14 replies
    DENVER — Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Thursday he supports granting citizenship to people who enter the country illegally and serve in the U.S. military. Photo - Rep. Cory Gardner is challenging Democratic Sen Mark Udall and has been criticized for not favoring a broader path to citizenship for people living in the country illegally. (Denver Post file) + caption The Republican is challenging Democratic Sen Mark Udall and has been criticized for not favoring a broader path to citizenship for people living in the country illegally. Gardner's statements, in an interview with The Associated Press, came a day...
  • Minnesota campaign donor restriction blocked by federal judge

    05/19/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-19-14 | doug belden
    A federal judge on Monday blocked Minnesota officials from enforcing a state campaign finance law on donations. The Minnesota law's days were numbered, observers say, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a separate case last month. That ruling, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, struck down aggregate contribution limits in federal campaigns. About a week after it was announced, a group of Minnesota candidates and donors filed a First Amendment challenge to the state's "special sources" limit, which says no more than 20 percent of the total raised by a candidate can come from political action committees, lobbyists and...
  • Quinn Campaign: We Didn’t ‘Thoroughly’ Read Controversial Nazi Story Must have skipped over part

    04/25/2014 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    free beacon ^ | 4/25/14 | Adam Kredo
    Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says that his campaign did not actually read a controversial article comparing black Republicans to Jewish Nazi collaborators before tweeting it several times to the public. Quinn has been under heavy fire from the Jewish and black communities since the Washington Free Beacon first reported that his campaign had tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read a Chicago Sun Times article that compared conservative black voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Quinn—who would not address the controversy during a Holocaust memorial event yesterday evening—had his campaign issue a statement claiming that...
  • The One Word Democrats May Not Utter During the Campaign (Nope, it's not "Obamacare")

    04/20/2014 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    The One Word Democrats May Not Utter During the Campaign Posted By Rick Moran On April 19, 2014 @ 11:26 am In Politics | And it’s not “Obamacare.”As important as Obamacare is to the Republicans in the midterm elections, the economy still tops everyone’s list as the number one issue facing the country.Some Democratic political consultants are advising candidates to avoid using the term “recovery” when describing the economy — for obvious reasons. This Fox News poll from January shows that 74% of Americans still think we’re in a recession. Any Democrat uttering the word “recovery” is likely to...
  • Houston businesswoman rejects plea deal in case involving NY Congressman

    04/15/2014 3:28:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Stewart Powell
    A Houston businesswoman has rejected prosecutors’ efforts to get her to testify against Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., in exchange for a deal on the campaign fundraising charges against her, setting the stage for a trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to her lawyer. Attorney Stuart Kaplan said federal prosecutors were expected to seek a new indictment against Diana Durand, after cancellation of a scheduled court appearance on Monday to discuss the status of plea negotiations.
  • Sniffing Out the Conservative Rat PACs

    04/09/2014 12:18:15 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 21 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 04/09/2014 | Jordan Long
    The philosopher Eric Hoffer once remarked that “every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Is this the current trajectory of the Tea Party and the conservative movement more broadly? People who care about liberty, opportunity, and preserving the constitutional system bequeathed to us by the Founders are frustrated with the path American politics is treading. They want a course correction. Since Barack Obama’s assumption of the presidency, and all the dreadfulness that has entailed, lots of organizations have gain prominence promising to take action against the administration and its enablers on...
  • Pelosi and Schumer: Read the Constitution

    04/08/2014 10:39:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 9, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    Democrats are hyperventilating over a U. S. Supreme Court ruling on April 2, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claims the ruling will turn politics into a "money war." Sorry, that happened a long time ago. For the past two decades, unions have poured massive amounts into super PACs and other legal vehicles for advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts, which favor Democrats. What's got Pelosi and other Democrats worried is competition. Last week's high court ruling could mean more money for Republican candidates, even tea party activists. The Supreme Court split 5-4 on the hot-button issue of...
  • Sowell: A Halo for Selfishness (Campaign finance)

    04/07/2014 10:01:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says — free speech for everybody. When the Supreme Court declared in 2010 that both unions and corporations had a right to buy political ads, that was considered outrageous by the left. President Obama called the decision "devastating" and said it "will open the floodgates for special interests." Those unfamiliar with political rhetoric may not know that "special interests" mean people...
  • Fewer Limits on Campaign Contributions Strengthens America

    04/07/2014 4:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Star Parker
    The Supreme Court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, eliminating the total limit that an individual can contribute in an election cycle to candidates and party committees, amounts to a shot of adrenalin to American democracy. The court ruled that such limits violate First Amendment free speech protection. Limits remain on the total funds that an individual can contribute to a given candidate in an election cycle. But the limit on the total contributions that an individual can make are now gone. The principle involved - that participation in elections and supporting candidates of one’s choice is...
  • Reid Contributor Hopes to Toss Remaining Campaign Finance Limits (Whittemore to get prison)

    04/06/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/04/14 | Niels Lesniewski
    A man convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would like to make a nightmare of one of the Nevada Democrat’s top lieutenants come true — by eliminating all campaign contribution limits. **SNIP** In a bit of irony perhaps, the same day that the Supreme Court issued the decision in the McCutcheon case, attorneys for Nevada developer and lobbyist Harvey Whittemore filed an appellate brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of the Appeals, seeking to overturn a federal conviction on illegal campaign contributions. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that Wednesday was the deadline for Whittemore’s filing....
  • Worried about Senate, (exempt) Obama calls 2014 his last campaign

    04/03/2014 2:58:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/14 | Jeff Mason
    CHICAGO - On a politically focused trip aimed at revving up his base and raising cash, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged supporters to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate and declared this year to be his last campaign. Buoyed by good news over his signature healthcare program, Obama touted proposals to raise the minimum wage and spur job creation that have little chance of passage in Congress during a rally with students in Michigan. Later at a fundraiser in Chicago he underscored Democratic worries about their political vulnerabilities in the Senate and House of Representatives in November...
  • Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Limits

    04/02/2014 7:17:50 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 85 replies
    Twitter ^ | 04-02-2014 | SCOTUSblog
    Breaking: scotus strikes down aggregate campaign contribution limits 5-4 per Chief Justice Roberts in McCutcheon case.
  • CA Democrat's Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels

    03/27/2014 4:06:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/27/2014 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The 137-page, FBI-sworn affidavit against California State Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat who is also running for Secretary of State, and over two dozen other individuals reads like a crime thriller. Beyond the widely reported stories of alleged wire fraud, money laundering, corruption, and bribery, the affidavit contains tales of alleged murder-for-hire plots involving a political consultant close to Yee, as well as large international weapons trafficking operations.Indeed, while the media have fixated on the hypocrisy of a gun-control advocate--Yee sponsored legislation against detachable magazines, for example--alleged involvement in gun smuggling, few reports delve into the kind of weapons with which...
  • California State Sen. Leland Yee charged with promising guns, missiles from Muslim group...

    03/27/2014 2:58:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/26/14 | Adam Edelman, Michael Sorrentino
    A California state senator has been arrested for promising shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles from a Muslim separatist group to an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign donations, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. In San Francisco, FBI agents have charged California State Sen. Leland Yee with conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud. The allegations were outlined in an FBI affidavit against Yee and 25 others. The allegations against Yee include a number of favors he requested in exchange for campaign donations, as well as performing "official acts" in exchange for donations to get himself out of a...
  • Congress doesn't work for us

    03/21/2014 5:04:32 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 90 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 3/21/14 | Steve Berman
    The United States Congress does not work for us. As in you and me. I have come to this somber conclusion after reading enough articles, blogs, facts, and budget numbers to make an actuary cross-eyed. And I feel more at peace now because I can say “wow, that explains a lot. That explains everything.” I won’t inflict blindness on you by citing every possible statistic here. Here’s a few: ⁃ Starting Congressional Base Salary $174,000 ⁃ Average First Year Attorney Salary - Washington DC: $160,000 ⁃ Total Congressional Pay + Expenses (not including office expenditures): $233,000,000 ⁃ Estimated Total Campaign...
  • House ObamaCare vote sets stage for new campaign attacks (delay tax penalty for five years)

    03/14/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/14/14
    The Republican-run House of Representatives on Friday approved a bipartisan deal to spare doctors from a looming Medicare pay cut but included a provision to undermine Obamacare, which critics said was a non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote was 238-181, with most House Democrats refusing to swallow what they called an Obamacare “poison pill,” a provision to delay for five years the tax penalty that most Americans must pay under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law if they decline to sign up for insurance. **SNIP** Hundreds of thousands of doctors who participate in traditional Medicare face a 24 percent pay...