Tag Archives: super pacs

  we are all libertarians now

Hillary Clinton Super PAC Makes Early Bid For Worst Campaign Song Of 2016

Oh for sure man
Here is your terrible, face-melting Hillary Clinton Super PAC ad/generic CMT music video. And here is a list of actual theories about its provenance that we have been tossing around in the chat cave because the Washington Post’s story on it is too boring. Read more on Hillary Clinton Super PAC Makes Early Bid For Worst Campaign Song Of 2016…
  Rules Were Made To Be Broken

Oh Hey GOP, Whatcha Doin’? Breakin’ Some Laws?

No, honey, the rats are just playing a little rough.
You guys are not going to believe this, but CNN broke a story, and it’s got everything — political malfeasance, coded tweets, Karl Rove! It’s a story that once again reinforces how crappy Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning in Citizens United was, and like most of Yr Wonket’s favorite stories, it appears to have come to light only because one group of professional ratfuckers decided to tattle to the press about another group of professional ratfuckers. First, let’s go over the facts as they’re being presented by CNN’s Chris Moody. Read more on Oh Hey GOP, Whatcha Doin’? Breakin’ Some Laws?…
  clipbait

The Colbert Curriculum: Stephen Colbert’s Viewers Know More Stuff About Things (Video)

Stephen Colbert took a victory lap Wednesday in response to a recent study showing that viewers of The Colbert Report were better informed about campaign finance laws — especially the Citizens United decision — than people who got their news elsewhere. “That’s right. I did a better job informing the public about campaign finance reform than every other news organization — and CNN.” The researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, whose name is too long for easy tweeting, said that Colbert’s success came from his project of setting up and raising funds for his own super PAC, which gave him the chance to mock the system’s absurdity. The stunt included regular consultations with former Federal Election Commission chair Trevor Potter, who advised Colbert on what he needed to do to stay marginally within the law, and so, according to lead researcher Bruce Hardy, viewers could “see the process, as opposed to a news source where they would just give you the inverted pyramid kind of structure and tell you, ‘This is the way it is.’” Read more on The Colbert Curriculum: Stephen Colbert’s Viewers Know More Stuff About Things (Video)…
  ban money

Trusty Surrogate John McCain Talks About All That ‘Foreign Money’ Funding Romney Campaign

His lordship St. John McCain is all over the place this week, yelling about popcorn and pigs, on Twitter, demanding leak investigations, whining about how Obama never called him, and, well, how about a little rant about campaign finance now to top off the week? What does McCain, a top Mitt Romney surrogate, think about Sheldon Adelson, the guy footing the bill for Mitt Romney this year? “Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign.” Ha ha, he just suggested that Romney’s candidacy is built on foreign money. How does John McCain have so few friends? Sorry, he wasn’t finished: “…We have to have a limit on the flow of money and corporations are not people.” Ohhhhhhhh Walnuts! Read more on Trusty Surrogate John McCain Talks About All That ‘Foreign Money’ Funding Romney Campaign…
  the underdog rich

Superrich Donors Simply Don’t Understand Why People Are Mean To Them

Everyone, stand at attention right now, for the billionaires have another complaint: Why are we so mean to them when they donate millions of dollars to political causes that we may despise? It is a primitive, mob mentality, practiced by primitives. Why must outspoken donors — because, remember, money is speech! — even be known by the public? It hurts their personal lives, it hurts their businesses. This is what things were like in the Dark Ages, these public humiliations. No, really, one megarich megadonor actually said that. Read more on Superrich Donors Simply Don’t Understand Why People Are Mean To Them…
  and you have nothing

Karl Rove Has $200 Million To Screw Around With

Oh man, Karl Rove. Here we all were in 2008 thinking that he’d finally leave the highest ranks of presidential politics and probably go to jail or pick his nose under the railroad tracks all day or something. Instead, here we are with the 2012 presidential election and Rove is running the Republican side yet again, only this time with more money at his disposal and no boss to report to — because, of course, Super PACs are not allowed to and would most certainly never coordinate with actual campaigns. Read more on Karl Rove Has $200 Million To Screw Around With…
  c'mon now

Super PAC Turns Some Dude Who Didn’t Campaign Into Winner, For Laughs

The Democratic primary result in Ohio’s 2nd District this week presents us with another fine case study in how the federal campaign finance code, post-Citizens United, is now just a scribbled one-line note reading “just do whatver who cares haw haw.” The winner was William R. Smith, who narrowly defeated a candidate, David Krikorian, who’d run twice before. The thing about Smith: no one knows who he is or has ever seen him, and he didn’t spent any time or money campaigning. Sounds like we’ve got another Alvin Greene to play with, people. Except Smith has a SuperPAC, about which there is no public information, spending all the money and campaigning for him! Isn’t that so charitable of them? It’s like one of those many hundred neo-feudalistic reality shows nowadays where the rich people throw a few bucks at one poor family and declare themselves heroes, but with more democracy-destruction and no heroes. Read more on Super PAC Turns Some Dude Who Didn’t Campaign Into Winner, For Laughs…
  how quaint

Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown Look Down Their Noses at Super PACs

The Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Scott Brown kind of did the opposite of heat up Monday, with both the candidate and incumbent saying very lovely, faux-humble things about how they hope to compete on the basis of their own ideas (money) rather than the ideas (money) of super PACs. Just when super PACs were starting to get fun! Warren says she actually wants to get rid of them altogether and “set an example for the rest of the country.” What a drag. Read more on Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown Look Down Their Noses at Super PACs…
  logical progressions

Colbert Super PAC: Mitt Romney Is a Serial Killer

Stephen Colbert’s super PAC released an attack ad in South Carolina this weekend that makes the brilliant connection between Romney’s “corporations are people” comment and the number of jobs he killed while working at Bain Capital. Duh, that would make him A SERIAL KILLER by his own admission, if he ever admitted to anything. The ad (narrated by John Lithgow!) dubs Romney “Mitt the Ripper” and pleads with the people of South Carolina to vote “Not Mitt Romney” in Saturday’s primary. Read more on Colbert Super PAC: Mitt Romney Is a Serial Killer…
  comedians are corporations are people too

Stephen Colbert Is ‘Exploring’ Running for President

Stephen Colbert announced on Thursday night’s show that yessireebob, he is running for president! Again! That is to say, to bow to tradition, he’s exploring running for president, and spent basically the entire show minus the interview segment learning from his lawyer (and former Federal Election Commission chairman) Trevor Potter about the very uncomplicated exploratory process and how he might hand over control of his super PAC — which, by the way, is both the second and third results for “super pac” on Google — to someone else. That someone else being his close personal friend and “business partner” Jon Stewart. Ah, so that’s how both experienced ex-robbers and windbags from congressional obscurity get to be presidential candidates that people truly vote for and sometimes nurture into actual presidents. Read more on Stephen Colbert Is ‘Exploring’ Running for President…