Washington Post: Most independent ads for 2012 election are from groups that don’t disclose donors

The Washington Post Most independent ads for 2012 election are from groups that don’t disclose donors By Dan Eggen– Nearly all of the independent advertising aired for the 2012 general-election campaign has come from interest groups that do not disclose their donors, suggesting that much of the political spending over the next six months will …

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Al Hunt, Bloomberg News: “Unleashed Spending Floods Americans in Negativity;” LA Times: “Secret donors to ‘C4s’ play behind-the-scenes politics”

Bloomberg News Unleashed Spending Floods Americans in Negativity By Albert R. Hunt Mar 4, 2012  This may come to be known as the Samuel Alito election. The U.S. presidential contest is predominately about Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy and the political-cultural divide in the Republican Party. It’s also about the huge sums of money …

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New York Times-Op-ed: Big-Dollar Individual Campaign Giving and the Tie to Citizens United

By Arthur S. Brisbane Much has been written about Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that enabled corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited sums to support or oppose political candidates, so long as the spending was independent of the campaigns. I won’t undertake to identify the many ways that this ruling has animated passions in …

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New York Times: Fine Line Between ‘Super PACs’ and Campaigns

By Mike McIntire and Michael LuoWhen Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign needs advice on direct mail strategies for reaching voters, it looks to TargetPoint Consulting. And when the independent “super PAC” supporting him needs voter research, it, too, goes to TargetPoint. Sharing a consultant would seem to be an embodiment of coordination between a candidate and an independent …

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Washington Post Editorial: The power of super PACs

Below is an editorial from today’s Washington Post entitled, “The power of super PACs,” that expresses concerns about the role being played by Super PACs in the 2012 presidential campaign. On January 4, 2012, Democracy 21 issued a report that questioned the legality of the presidential candidate-specific Super PACs, which, in essence, are arms of …

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New York Times Editorial: Donors, Secrecy, and That Loophole

The Federal Election Commission ended another abysmal year with its three Republican commissioners blocking an attempt to unmask the secret donors flooding the 2012 hustings with unlimited special-interest money. The three Democratic commissioners favored closing an F.E.C. loophole from 2007 that requires disclosure only if a donor’s stated “purpose” is to electioneer — as if any would-be secret donor …

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