Tales from the Trail

“Outside” spending for 2012 election already beats 2010

September 24, 2012

 

There are still six weeks before Election Day on Nov. 6, but spending by Super PACs and other outside groups has already hit $465 million, more than all of the entire 2010 campaign season, with Republican-aligned groups spending well over twice as much as those backing Democrats.

Outside campaign groups can coordinate – with each other

June 25, 2012

 

Super PACs and other outside campaign organizations are barred from coordinating with the candidates they support or political parties, but there is nothing keeping a Super PAC from coordinating with another Super PAC, or several Super PACs. And indeed, some of them do.

Lawyer behind Super PAC ruling launches his own

April 11, 2012

The lawyer behind the case that opened the door to U.S. "Super PACs" and more campaign cash now has one of his own. Thousands of U.S. dollars are seen here in this November 3, 2009 file photo at a Westminster, Colorado bank. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Big campaign bucks don’t always spell victory

September 1, 2011

Expectations for massive fund-raising in the 2012 election may obscure one point — big bucks don’t always lead to victory. And in fact, too much spending — especially in the form of too many advertisements — can turn off voters.

Romney still hasn’t decided on a White House run … right?

February 1, 2011

USA-POLITICS/ROMNEYMitt Romney hasn’t decided whether to run for president. But of course that doesn’t mean he’s not.

Supreme Court votes 6-3 on attending Obama’s speech

January 25, 2011

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Six U.S. Supreme Court justices plan to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, the same number as last year when Obama criticized the court’s corporate political spending ruling.

Feds unlikely to launch campaign finance probe anytime soon

October 26, 2010

For weeks, leading Democrats have castigated pro-Republican special interest groups involved in the current election campaign for what they describe as secretive fundraising practices. USA/

Politicians score big in the NFL — campaign contributions

September 18, 2009

Politicians have hit pay dirt in the National Football League, with some teams providing far more fertile turf than others.