campaign finance

  1. The period of time that remains is going to be totally supercharged in terms of fundraising. It’s an absolute blizzard. A tsunami. It’s completely and utterly intense.”

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    - Democratic lobbyist Larry O’Brian on the flurry of last-minute Congressional fundraising heading into Election Day. Via Roll Call. (via campaignmoney)

    On a similar note, a Colorado ballot initiative, Amendment 65, hopes to turn state legislators and future legislation against the Citizens United decision and limit campaign contributions to political races. A campaign to support the amendment has raised $551,700 to date.

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ANALYSIS: 2012 election will cost $5.8 BILLION — our most expensive yet | OpenSecrets.org

The 2012 presidential and congressional elections will be the most expensive on record, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates. The Center predicts, based on data from 18 months of fundraising and spending, that the elections will cost $5.8 billion, an increase of 7 percent from the 2008 cost of $5.4 billion. 
So far overall in the first 18 months of the 2012 cycle, $2.2 billion has been spent, compared with $2.4 billion in 2008.
The presidential race by itself will cost about $2.5 billion, the Center predicts, in funds laid out by the candidates, Democratic and Republican party committees and outside spending groups.

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    ANALYSIS: 2012 election will cost $5.8 BILLION — our most expensive yet | OpenSecrets.org

    The 2012 presidential and congressional elections will be the most expensive on record, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates. The Center predicts, based on data from 18 months of fundraising and spending, that the elections will cost $5.8 billion, an increase of 7 percent from the 2008 cost of $5.4 billion

    So far overall in the first 18 months of the 2012 cycle, $2.2 billion has been spent, compared with $2.4 billion in 2008.

    The presidential race by itself will cost about $2.5 billion, the Center predicts, in funds laid out by the candidates, Democratic and Republican party committees and outside spending groups.

    (via opensecretsdc)

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  3. Although the Supreme Court last month shot down Montana’s bid to undo the Citizens United ruling at the state level, the debate over the court’s 2010 campaign finance decision is going to remain hot topic this election.

    A group of students at the University of Colorado at Boulder are working with the I-News Network to create a tool similar to California’s Rainmaker tracker to monitor campaign contributions to and from Colorado.

    Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) co-sponsored an unsuccessful resolution in 2011 to amend the U.S. Constitution contributions and expenditures section. People for the American Way provides a list of state and local resolutions that have passed as antitheses to the ruling.

    Before Republican Mitt Romney made his “corporations are people" gaffe last summer, he more expressed his support Citizens United by turning the rhetoric on President Obama. Romney painted Obama as a sore loser in the ordeal in this 2010 speech, saying that labor and media corporations cannot be the only groups with a right to free speech.

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    “One of the largest states in the nation took an official stand Thursday against the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that government restriction of corporation or union spending on political campaigns violated the First Amendment right to free speech.

    “California joins Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland and New Mexico in calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.”

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  4. Photo by Amy Gardner for #2012Unfiltered: ’Umbrellas for Obama. In front of Franklin Institute in Philly, four hours before he gets here.’ 
President Obama held six fundraisers on Tuesday, including three at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. Is that too many? 

    Photo by Amy Gardner for #2012Unfiltered: ’Umbrellas for Obama. In front of Franklin Institute in Philly, four hours before he gets here.’ 

    President Obama held six fundraisers on Tuesday, including three at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. Is that too many

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