campaign fundraising

Horse-trading in Washington: Big Money Mitch Shows Us the Way

How do you turn a $15,000 wager into a $126 million tax break? Bet on Big Money Mitch!

As heated negotiations continue in the U.S. Senate over deficit reduction, last week Roll Call reported on an effort to eliminate a huge tax break, authored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), that many view as a "boondoggle" to a well-connected interest.

2012 Fundraising Arms Race: Dems Seek General

The Huffington Post has a story on the 2012 campaign fundraising arms race that is well under way, and how the Democratic Party is pursuing someone who can play the role of Karl Rove. Not as a political operative, mind you, but as someone who can raise huge amounts of unregulated money to be spent by outside groups in hopes of matching the right wing machine that flexed its muscles in 2010.

Only You Can Stop Fundraising Fires

The Philadelphia Inquirer isn't willing to let presidential public financing go down without a fight, imploring the 2008 contenders to opt into the system for the general election to put the skids on the anticipated $1 billion election pricetag -- and the parade of articles that treat money as the proxy for viability in the race.

 

Mitch on the Money Trail

Well, well. Sen. Mitch McConnell (aka Big Money Mitch) perhaps the most ardent opponent of any kind of campaign finance reform in Congress is out there breaking fundraising records for his 2008 re-election bid. Eighteen months out from election day and he's already got $6 million in his campaign war chest.

The Man With the Golden Funds

For shear number of alarming quotes, it'd be hard to beat this New York Times article on presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's fundraising operation. Romney is looking to leverage the deep pockets of a few major contributors into the office on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

 

Roundly Rebuked

The first quarter campaign finance disclosures from the Presidential field draws a trio of critical editorials on the subject of the "wealth primary" from The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and the The New York Times.