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Post by mimi » Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:21 pm

Coming soon: A campaign run entirely by super PACs





By Philip Bump July 28 at 2:33 PM Follow @pbump


Three-quarters of the money spent on behalf of Chris McDaniel's failed bid for the Republican nomination for Senate in Mississippi came from outside political action committees (PACs). That money, from groups like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, accounted for 36 percent of the funds spent by both sides combined.





We're obviously a few miles down the road from the days when candidates for elected office stood on wooden platforms. But we are perhaps further than you might think. In fact, there is nothing in federal law that would prevent a super PAC or group of PACs from picking out a candidate and taking care of his or her entire campaign. And we're starting to get a glimpse of what such a campaign might look like.





In order to win an election, you, first, need a candidate. You need to let people know about your candidate, so you need TV ads and radio ads and ads on Facebook. You need direct mail, and you need people to knock on doors and talk to voters. But, really, that's it. With the right combination of those things, you can win pretty much any political race in the country.





Until recently, candidates' campaigns controlled that activity, in the way that employees work for a CEO. Senior-level staff and consultants facilitated buying media and mail and knocking on doors. Over the past few election cycles, though, PACs have started to figure out the extent to which they can help augment this work by themselves. Unions have run out-of-the-box field programs for a long time; now they're joined by money-soaked PACs that can blanket districts with mail as they hose them down with TV spots.remainder:





[/break1]washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/28/coming-soon-a-campaign-run-entirely-by-super-pacs/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the ... uper-pacs/





Frightening. And I don't know why this should be legal.



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Post by mimi » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:57 pm

One GOP Consultant, Two Campaigns and a Snarl of Outside Groups


by Russ Choma on July 28, 2014





Bruce Rauner is a Chicago billionaire who has never held political office, yet this spring he mowed down a crowd of rivals and claimed the GOP nomination to be Illinois’ next governor. David Perdue is a wealthy former executive who also has never been elected to public office, yet he too knocked off a string of far more experienced Republican opponents to win the party’s Senate nomination in Georgia.





Despite never having endured a run for office, both men battled through crowded fields studded with much more campaign-savvy candidates, digging into their own wallets to heavily finance their bids. In a primary season defined by the insider-vs-outsider story line, in both cases the new-guy-with-money pushed by the insiders and outsiders and got the win.





The pair are seeking very different offices in very different states, and don’t seem particularly ideologically aligned. But their campaigns have had two common elements, aside from their success thus far.





First, both benefited from large ad buys by a mysterious Ohio nonprofit that hides its donors and has no obvious interest in Rauner or Perdue’s campaigns. The ads have harshly attacked the two men’s rivals.





Second, they both employed a political consultant named Nick Ayers.There's more, and worth a read:


[/break1]opensecrets.org/news/2014/07/one-gop-consultant-two-campaigns-and-a-snarl-of-outside-groups/]http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/07 ... de-groups/





The PACs come and go, but the names remain the same, and the donors remain secret.





I don't think this is the way it was meant to be.



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Post by Suranis » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:14 am

Found this site that tracks political contributions. Would it surprise you that the NRA has ALREADY spent over nearly a million dollars on this election?And over 400.000 on individual contributions?https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summar ... D000000082


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