2:07 PM, Apr 7, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
During last year's election cycle, the Obama administration criticized conservative 501(c)(4) political action committees. President Obama himself called the existence of such groups a "threat to our democracy." The Democratic National Committee ran an ad speculating that Republicans taking donations from these PACs, since the groups have no legal obligation to disclose their donors, were taking "secret foreign money."
In October of last year, then-White House spokesman Bill Burton said of such groups, "The people who want to keep these donations secret are those with something to hide."
But for the 2012 cycle, Obama allies and other Democrats, including Burton, are looking to form these very groups. The Los Angeles Times reports:
Majority PAC, a new group aimed at electing Democrats to the Senate, and American Bridge 21st Century, which will serve as a research hub, are being organized as so-called super political action committees that can raise unlimited amounts of money from contributors whose donations are reported to the Federal Election Commission. But both are also affiliated with nonprofit 501(c)(4) social welfare groups that can raise money from undisclosed donors and give money directly to super PACs.
The same dual structure is being considered by Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, two former White House aides who are likely to launch their own independent expenditure effort in support of President Obama's reelection, according to people familiar with the plans.
What election?2:19 PM, Mar 30, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In a recent call with liberal college groups (at 6:14 on the podcast), Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, regarding Obamacare: “Now, it’s really disappointing that some in Congress are still trying to repeal the law and argue the results of the last two years.” Hmm. Well, let’s look back at those last two years.
How about politics without politicians?Nov 22, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 10 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
I think we lost the election on November 2. Every race was won by a politician. True, we elected some angry nuts. These are preferable to common politicians. Their anger provokes honesty, and their mental illness prevents honesty from being obscured by charm. (What a loss -Barney Frank would have been as an exemplar of the furious, insane left!) We also elected some amateur politicians. However, politics is like vivisection—disturbing as a career, alarming as a hobby. And we may have elected a few reluctant politicians.
Random thoughts on the passing scene.12:17 PM, Nov 3, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
That sound you hear is my muffled cry -- I'm buried under a mound of electoral data! Rather than somehow dredge a theme out of this mess, here are some impressions:
Couldn't Have Happened to a Meaner Guy. I can't be the only man in America who takes personal satisfaction in Alan Grayson's whopping loss to "Taliban Dan" Webster in Florida 8.
Pot Gets Smoked. It was a bad night for Mary Jane. Prop 19 to legalize marijuana in California lost 54-46. And a medical marijuana initiative in South Dakota lost 62-37.
The Illinois Republican edges out sophomore Democrat.12:01 PM, Oct 22, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
This past spring, a conservative blogger asked Democratic congressman Phil Hare at a townhall meeting in Quincy, Illinois about the constitutionality of the controversial health care legislation. “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest,” Hare said.
It’s the economy, stupid … but not for everyone.7:40 AM, Sep 27, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
CNN released a new survey on Friday that found President Obama’s approval rating hit a new all time low. The network points to the listless economy and ongoing wars as the principal reasons for the public’s dissatisfaction with the White House:
9:52 AM, Sep 24, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fred Barnes in today's Wall Street Journal:
Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove were appalled last winter as they searched out well-funded conservative groups that were preparing to support GOP congressional candidates in the 2010 midterm.
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