Posts tagged 2014
Posts tagged 2014
“The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen Senate races, large contributions to and big spending by independent super PACs and nonprofits have featured as key topics in candidate debates.”
Every Voice’s David Donnelly on why this might be: “It’s an issue that appeals to conservatives as well as to progressives. It’s smart politics not just to blast money in politics but to say what you’re for.”
(and that only includes the donations that are disclosed)
President Bill Clinton criticized Sen. Mitch McConnell on Sunday for his comments at a recent Koch brothers donor retreat, specifically highlighting the Senator’s comment the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law was the “worst day” of his political life.
From the speech:
“When I look back on my life in politics, after all those decades and fights and all those campaigns, if the worst thing that ever happened to me was an attempt to limit black bag campaign contributions. What about 9/11? What about the financial meltdown? What about the farm crisis in the 1970’s and what about the middle of the country’s manufacturing base hollowing out in the 1980’s? And what about in his native Kentucky, where 70% of the coal miners losing their job before the EPA said a word with no way to put them back to work in other ways? How could you possibly say the worst thing that happened to you was not being able to black bag unlimited amounts of money. in politics when all of these things have happened to Americans?
“For almost all Kentuckians, the free and open system championed by their senior senator seems closed, corrupt and corrosive to the democratic process.”
You’ve heard about the Koch Brothers, but what about the Koch Sisters?
From the Washington Post:
In a departure from the ominous attack ads and fiery rhetoric (see Reid, Harry) that have dominated the anti-Koch playbook this year, the AFL-CIO is launching a lighter, more positive campaign featuring the “Koch sisters” — two women whose last names really are Koch. Their goal: Serve as a friendly counterbalance to the policies the other Kochs have championed.
"We’re just two average women who’ve raised families and worked hard all our lives," says Karen Koch in a 30-second TV ad that launches Thursday. Joyce Koch adds, “We don’t have billions to spend on political campaigns.”
“An explosion of spending on political advertising on television – set to break $2 billion in congressional races – is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wrestling control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.” http://nyti.ms/1thEgQs
What kind of influence would $100 million buy in Congress?