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Hauling Cash: 2012 Fundraising Off to Historic Pace

Most. Expensive. Campaign. Ever. That's what we'll see during the 2012 election cycle. Politico reported on Friday on President Obama's end-of-second-quarter push for campaign cash, which is expected to be record-breaking.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How to Call the Fat Cats Fat

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 20-24, 2011.

Romney Backers Launch "Super PAC" Run By a Lobbyist

The Washington Post reports that ”a group of prominent Mitt Romney backers has quietly launched a ‘super pac’ to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of his bid for the White House, according to organizers and others involved in the effort.”

Hsu Let the Dogs Out

Now that the Norman Hsu story has lifted the veil on the criminals past, present, and potential filling out the donor rolls of presidential contenders the Washington Post takes the opportunity to point to a few familiar, nefarious names giving big to Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and John Edwards among others. As for the candidates, they're stuck choosing between a credible campaign and question-free cash.

Outside and Inside Chances

The Politico delves into Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign finance disclosures and comes up with a list of bundlers from the business sector and the lobbying sector. Though positioned as an outsider to Washington politics, Romney appears to have made fast friends with some of K Street's big names.

 

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.

 

All Who Glitter Have Gold

The Hill's frontpage article today sniffs around the fundraising activities of top Republican presidential contenders and finds them cleaning up among the "glitterati" on the K Street lobbying corridor, who are more than happy to trade a bundle of checks now for a bundle of favors later. I wouldn't call them the glitterati though (this is Washington "Hollywood for Ugly People" DC after all). Maybe "donorati"?

 

DeLay's Negative Coattails

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) appeared at a DC fundraiser this week to give a speech ad to further the speculation about his presidential ambitions. While there, he gained a friend, but one who understands that he's a little radioactive, to say the least: