2012

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Fast Facts About Paul Ryan's Special Interest Ties

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was selected today as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, bringing into his campaign someone who has mastered the fundraising game in Washingon, D.C.

Here are some quick facts on Ryan’s fundraising over the years, based on analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Food For Thought (And Government Contracts)

The Republican National Committee sent a cake to the Democratic National Committee today for President Obama’s birthday, with the phrase “you didn’t bake this” on it, as part of Republicans' continued attack on the president's "you didn't build that" remarks.

Report: 748 Lobbyists Donate to Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney’s campaign and joint victory committee with the Republic National Committee have received $1.87 million in campaign contributions from 748 registered Washington lobbyists and dozens of corporate PACs, according to Huffington Post analysis of records filed with the Secretary of the Senate.

Just More Empty Rhetoric

The Romney campaign announced today that it will hit President Obama for what they see as prioritizing fundraising over doing his job.

Elected officials do spend too much time raising money, that's true, but how would a Romney administration address the campaign's new-found concern over fundraising?

Bain Employees Give Big to Romney

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign announced that it is trying to shift the conversation this week away from his time at Bain Capital to one that focuses on cronyism in Washington, something that's hard to do as Bain Capital employees continue writing big checks for the candidate's campaign and surely will receive favored treatment.

USA Today: 25 Percent of Romney's 1200 Bundlers Are From the Financial Sector

In June, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign invited 100 of its top fundraisers to Park City, Utah for a retreat to meet with Romney and his staff and learn about campaign strategy. Those who raised more than $100,000 were expected to attend, according to the Washington Post.

Scott Brown: Subsidies My Big Oil Donors Get Don't Exist

Over the weekend, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said that “Oil companies don’t get subsidies.” That’s, of course, not true.

Big Oil gets billions in subsidies every year and then rewards supportive members of Congress through campaign cash from their PACs and executives—and Brown is a recipient of that largesse.

Why Won't Mitt Romney Release His Bundlers?

Karl Rove, the main strategist behind the outside spending juggernaut American Crossroads, will speak at a donor retreat for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign this weekend. Former Sen.

Josh Mandel Returns to DC for a Series of Lobbyist Fundraisers

Despite a series of missteps and a federal investigation of a major donor to his campaign, Ohio State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel (R) is holding steady, due in part to a mountain of outside money coming to his rescue, Politico reports. "Behold the post-Citizens United era of unlimited outside spending, where even a blunder-prone candidate can stay in the game if there’s sustained firepower trained against his opponent."

Shhhhh! Romney's Big Money Bundlers Remain a Secret

On Saturday, the Washington Post editorialized on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's secret campaign bundlers, noting that "The difference between President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney when it comes to fundraising is not only that Mr.