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The super PAC created to assist Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, appears to be missing something: Kentuckians. Of the $1.2 million raised, just $20,000—from two people—came from the Bluegrass state. 
The Courier-Journal lists out who did donate (a list that includes New Yorker Donald Trump).

The super PAC created to assist Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, appears to be missing something: Kentuckians. Of the $1.2 million raised, just $20,000—from two people—came from the Bluegrass state. 

The Courier-Journal lists out who did donate (a list that includes New Yorker Donald Trump).

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There are other new players in the media landscape as well, like super PACs. Did you know that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million of his own money last year on negative ads? You’ve got to really dislike me — (laughter) — to spend that kind of money. I mean, that’s Oprah money. (Laughter.) You could buy an island and call it “Nobama” for that kind of money. (Laughter.) Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. (Laughter and applause.) I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it. (Laughter.) Michelle would have taken it. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking? (Laughter.)

- President Barack Obama during his speech at the 2013 White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

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Salon: Report: SCOTUS naive on super PACs

"A new report from Public Citizen shows just how absurd it is to assume that outside groups are truly independent. Of all the major super PACs and 501(c) nonprofit groups that engaged in the 2012 election, about half backed a single candidate exclusively, effectively making themselves auxiliary organs of the candidate’s campaign, the report found.”

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The image above is based on a a new report from US PIRG and Demos that found:

"The top 32 Super PAC donors, contributing an average of nearly $10 million each, matched all of the money that both President Obama and Mitt Romney raised from small donors combined—that’s $313 million from at least 3.7 million people giving less than $200 apiece.  
"When just 32 super-rich donors can counter the voices of millions in the public square, we can’t say we live in a country of political equals."

(Via American Prospect)

The image above is based on a a new report from US PIRG and Demos that found:

"The top 32 Super PAC donors, contributing an average of nearly $10 million each, matched all of the money that both President Obama and Mitt Romney raised from small donors combined—that’s $313 million from at least 3.7 million people giving less than $200 apiece.  

"When just 32 super-rich donors can counter the voices of millions in the public square, we can’t say we live in a country of political equals."

(Via American Prospect)

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