It’s almost a year until the next election, and Super PACs and special interest groups are already airing ads all over the country. As we inch closer to election day, they’re going to get worse.
Citizens United is threatening to reduce our elections to a game of “who has the biggest wallet.”
Our campaign finance system can’t take another hit — and with the McCutcheon case looming, ready to strike another blow to our campaign finance safeguards, we all need to take action. Tell Congress to take action to reverse the effects of Citizens United.
The only way we can win this fight is if we continue to work together.
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went into damage control mode after giving $25,000 to a super PAC devoted to defeating incumbent House members.
The news of Rep. Cantor’s contribution to the Campaign for Primary Accountability took party leaders by surprise.
By Friday evening, Rep. Cantor launched an outreach effort to quell the damage caused by his donation to the super PAC that has tried to unseat members of both parties. The Virginia Republican had begun phoning colleagues who the Campaign for Primary Accountability targeted to smooth over hurt feelings.
Rep. Cantor’s contribution came during last month’s primary between Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Don Manzullo, a contest where Rep. Manzullo was targeted with more than $200,000 in CPA spending. The super PAC ran TV ads against Manzullo, a twenty-year-incumbent who was drawn into the same district as the freshman Rep. Kinzinger, whom Cantor supported.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is out with a hard-hitting ad today on the destructive influence of Stephen Colbert.
“Stephen Colbert used to be my friend,” Ms. Pelosi says in the narration. “I even signed the poor baby’s cast when he hurt his hand. But since the day he started his super PAC, taking secret money from special interests, he’s been out of control.”
He used the PAC to attack “my friend Newt Gingrich,” Ms. Pelosi says with a wink that you have to imagine yourself.
Then comes the last blow to Colbert: “And if that weren’t enough I hear he doesn’t even like kittens,” she says.
At the end of the ad, Pelosi plugs a Facebook page supporting the Disclose Act, which seeks to curb unlimited, secret campaign donations.
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A wealthy backer of Newt Gingrich will inject $5 million into a super PAC supporting his Presidential bid.
Dr. Miriam Adelson, is the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a longtime Gingrich patron who already contributed $5 million to the super PAC. Dr. Adelson’s check will bring the couple’s contributions to $10 million, a figure that could neutralize the millions of dollars already spent in Florida by a super PAC supporting Mr. Romney.
Mr. Adelson’s initial check financed a barrage of ads against Mr. Romney in South Carolina. Those attacks, which focused on Mr. Romney’s wealth and private equity career, drew condemnation from many conservatives.
In making the couple’s second $5 million contribution, Dr. Adelson expressed a wish to Winning Our Future that the money be used “to continue the pro-Newt message,” and not attack Mr. Romney.
The Adelsons’ contributions illustrate how rapidly an era of unlimited political money is reshaping the rules of Presidential politics and empowering individual donors.
The Silicon Valley social media company Facebook has formed a political action committee it will use to distribute cash to candidates in the coming elections.
Companies like Facebook are moving to increase their influence in Washington amid increasingly complex legislative debates about monopolies, patents, and privacy.
Other media organizations are getting into politics, as well. Recently, Google co-sponsored a Republican Presidential debate with Fox News. On Monday, Facebook held a town-hall meeting featuring House Republicans just hours after LinkedIn held a similar meeting with President Barack Obama.
Facebook executives declined to say to which races it would give.
Facebook hired its first District of Columbia employe in 2007; the office now has more than a dozen people, including one federally registered lobbyist.