While the polls have demonstrated that America is just not taken with Romney’s choice of a youngish gentleman with both Reagan and Rand fetish, that doesn’t mean it is worthless. For one thing, it will make the coffers fill up again from a cadre of deep-pocketed yet shallow donors.
|By: masaccio Tuesday August 14, 2012 5:08 pm|
As we move into heavy campaigning season, let us reflect on Citizens United. Perhaps the silliest statement in the opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy is the one in which the majority concluded that corporate campaign contributions to no corrupt or create an appearance of corruption. In fact there are many studies that show the do corrupt.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 12, 2012 8:15 am|
After the victory in Wisconsin, many wondered where conservative interests would strike next to finish off unions and permanently alter the power relationship between labor and capital. It appears the next step is California. In November, voters will decide on an initiative, Prop 32, that would “eliminate unions from having any voice in politics whatsoever,” according to one labor official.
|By: David Dayen Monday June 25, 2012 12:40 pm|
In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not suprise anyone.
|By: David Dayen Monday June 25, 2012 8:04 am|
There will be no ruling on the Affordable Care Act today, per the fine folks at SCOTUSBlog. However, three other consequential rulings did get announced, including important rulings on Arizona’s immigration law and the Montana challenge to Citizens United.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 15, 2012 12:20 pm|
John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for President and an endorser of Mitt Romney, has launched a broadside against Romney’s new patron, Sheldon Adelson, alleging that Adelson is using foreign money for his SuperPAC donations to help Republicans win the White House in 2012.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday June 14, 2012 8:00 pm|
After pissing away $25 million or so on Newt Gingrich’s “candidacy,” billionaire cuckoo person Sheldon Adelson just grandly announced that he’s going to pony up another $100 million to elect Mitt Romney President. Since the guy’s got another $24.9 billion where that came from, that’s no idle threat; geezer that he is, he can go ahead and buy every political office available between now and his death, and still never come close to running out of money. That’s nice.
But then what will be left for all the other obscenely rich crazy people we’ve nurtured so obsequiously to buy?
|By: cocktailhag Thursday May 31, 2012 8:00 pm|
By any objective measure, Republican dominance in either state or local government ends in failure. Deficits, cronyism, declining services and economic malaise are always the result, conveniently leaving in their wake increased public cynicism about the value of government at all. But that leaves out the curious paradox that it precisely when government is so thoroughly trashed, rich people are more eager than ever to buy it. Why? For the same reason they love to buy “troubled” companies and fixer-uppers; somewhere, someone has left money on the table, and they’ve got to get their paws on it.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 30, 2012 9:25 am|
If different campaigns and Super PACs are to be believed, a billion dollars of outside money is going to be spent in this cycle just to help elect Republicans according to Politico.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 21, 2012 12:05 pm|
The Supreme Court overturned a number of campaign finance laws in the Citizens United ruling over two years ago. And since that time, we have seen the corrosive power of runaway campaign spending, and who it benefits. In fact, the orgy of spending has become so embarrassing, that it has led some to believe that the Supreme Court may reassess their ruling. A Montana case gives them a chance to do that, or duck for now.