As the GOP nominating process grinds down to its ultimate end, the Romney campaign has turned savage in its efforts to end the process early. Open conventions and caucuses where people actually get to vote are apparently their worst nightmare. In some state conventions fake “unity slates” are promoted, with appeals to Santorum and Gingrich delegates to join them in electing delegates that they promise represent the three campaigns proportionately but will shut out Ron Paul. The ”unity slates” are actually all Romney delegates.
In other states “Romney Rules” help make up for the candidate’s unenthusiastic support. In Idaho, for example, where Romney has a Mormon base and won 61% of the vote in a statewide beauty contest, it was nevertheless feared that the candidate would not win a single precinct election in the delegate process. In almost each of the elections, it was feared that Ron Paul supporters would have a plurality. Read the rest of this entry →
Jeb Bush, right, with his brother President George Bush at an Orlando fundraiser in 2006. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters
Former Florida governor was critical of current field in a speech this week, prompting rumours he could be a surprise contender.
Speculation that a late challenger might still emerge in the increasingly bitter race for the Republican presidential nomination is set to surge after former Florida governor Jeb Bush made remarks criticising the current field.
Bush, who is the brother of President George W Bush and son of President George Bush Sr, is a beloved figure among many conservatives who see him as a strong and charismatic leader who is popular in the must-win swing state of Florida.
Fifty organizations presented letters to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Tuesday requesting hearings this year on the need to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited independent campaign spending and gave rise to the infamous Super PAC.
So far in the 112th Congress, lawmakers have introduced 13 constitutional amendment resolutions of varying scope, and dozens more have been introduced in state legislatures. Hearings in the Judiciary Committees would be the next step in moving Congress toward proposing an amendment.
“As activists have mobilized and protested across the country,” the letter states, “it is time for Congress to explore in earnest the range of resolutions that have been introduced to undo the harmful effects of the court’s decision.”
Super PACs and other groups doing outside spending in this election cycle have stolen most of the spotlight in campaign finance, but several “inside” organizations are more than holding their own financially, as well.
The fact that Republicans took control of the House at the beginning of 2011 was the game-changer for this group. The NRCC’s receipts for last year totaled $54.5 million — an increase of 51% over 2009 totals. Read the rest of this entry →
Due to the citizen’s United ruling of 2010, Corporations now have the same rights under the constitution as actual human beings. This also means that their money is equivalent to Free Speech when it comes to influence over politicans. Super PACs are getting contributions for candidates at never before seen levels, begging the question, who is buying our democracy?
Any resemblance between democracy and U.S. Presidential politics has become, in our new super PAC era, purely coincidental. The only mystery: Why aren’t billionaires making even bigger bets?
Life sometimes imitates art. Life also sometimes imitates political cliché. The cliché in this case: the notion that tunnel-vision political reporting has reduced campaigns for American public office to nothing more than mere “horse races.”
The super PAC run by Romney cronies has collected $1 million from 10 men of immense means.
This year, in the struggle for the Republican Presidential nomination, that “horse race” analogy has essentially become a literal reflection of reality.
Washington – Forget about the poor, the unemployed and the sinking middle class participating in the democratic process.
The race for the presidency is increasingly being bankrolled by “1 percenters” — those among the richest of Americans.
Year-end campaign finance reports show that many of the nation’s wealthiest individuals and their companies have written huge checks to Republican and Democratic “super committees” that are exempt from the usual $5,000 campaign donation limits.
Texas businessman Harold Simmons and his Contran Corp. have donated $7.5 million to two GOP committees. Las Vegas hotel casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his family have poured more than $10 million into a so-called super political action committee backing Newt Gingrich. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg gave $100,000 to one of several committees aiding Obama.