outside spending

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Will U.S. Chamber spending impact student loan vote?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups sent a letter to Senate leadership yesterday opposing the “pay-for” in a bill that would maintain current interest rates for student loans. That pay-for would cover the cost by subjecting “S Corporations” to payroll taxes, something they currently don’t pay.

Obama v. GOP-backed Super PACs

The first shots have already been fired, but the 2012 super PAC war between Mitt Romney-supportive super PACs and President Obama is only getting started. Politico reports today on how President Obama plans to fight back against the expected huge spending by Republican super PACs, by outing those big money special interests and billionaires who are behind the negative ad's.

Sen. Brown Makes Good on Outside Money Pledge

Back in January, in an effort to mitigate the influence of outside spending in their Massachusetts senate race, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his opponent, Elizabeth Warren, made a deal. The agreement assesses a penalty on the candidate who benefits from outside advertising, equal to 50 percent of the advertising expenditure. The penalty is paid to the charity of the opposing candidate’s choice. In keeping with the pledge, Sen.

Super (PAC) Tuesday

Ahead of today's "Super Tuesday" Republican primaries, super PAC spending (not surprisingly) has been huge. Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing Mitt Romney, has paced the field by shelling out $6.2 million in the 10 Super Tuesday states.

PRESS RELEASE: Watchdog Applauds Warren-Brown Outside Money Agreement

In a press release this morning, Public Campaign Action Fund praised the agreement reached by Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, and urged that the agreement become a model for other races around the country.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How Rep. Darrell Issa Learned to NOT Blame Big Oil

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of May 23-27, 2011.

Special Election in NY-26

The special election to replace former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y) in upstate New York has seen a frenzy of outside spending and self-funding, with Republican money far outpacing Democratic according to news reports and Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of data provided by the FEC.

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Knife to a Gun Fight

On Friday, Democrats launched a new outside spending group, Priorities USA, in hopes of competing with conservative outfits that spent big influencing the 2010 election. Public Campaign Action Fund released a statement on the announcement.

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.