Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Let the Whatever Billion Dollar Rumpus Begin! (McCutcheon v. FEC Edition)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision letting big-bucks political donors go all in, here’s the bad news by the numbers. From the NBC News digest First Read: Political spending from outside groups — … Continue reading

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Boston Firms Rally For Same-Sex Marriage

In the run-up to this week’s Supreme Court bakeoff on gay marriage (which includes a call to strike down both California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act), a group called the Respect for Marriage Coalition has launched an advertising … Continue reading

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Let The $5 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Media Execs Say Yay! Edition)

Over the past year the hardguessing staff has reported any number of estimates of the overall spending for the 2012 election: $4 billion, $6 billion, $9.8 billion, and etc. Now comes the latest guesstimate, via AlterNet: Advertising on Television Rockets, … Continue reading

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Call It Obama’s “Wealthcare” Reform Act

Sign o’ the (New York) Times: Distaste for Health Care Law Reflects Spending on Ads Nut graf: In all, about $235 million has been spent on ads attacking the law since its passage in March 2010, according to a recent … Continue reading

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Why Did The GOP Lie When The Truth Was Apparently Worse?

The other day the hardworking staff noted that the Republican National Committee had, according to Bloomberg News, “altered the audio of U.S. Supreme Court (1000L) oral arguments in an attack on President Barack Obama’s health-care law.” In a web ad circulated this week, the … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Paul Ryan And Mitt Romney Are An Item Edition)

Once around the PAC, James, and don’t spare the horses. Item: Paul Ryan Hearts Mitt Romney First there was the Democratic National Committee’s web video highlighting the man-love between Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R-You Got My Good Side?) and presidential hopeful … Continue reading

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The Weekly Standard Pimps Out Its Cover (II)

Because the hardworking staff is a noodnik, we failed to note in a previous post about the Weekly Standard’s leasing its March 26 cover to the National Federation of Independent Business, that the NFIB is lead plaintiff in the lawsuit (National … Continue reading

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WSJ Tracks Super PACs

As the hardworking staff has relentlessly chronicled, Super PACs are driving the GOP presidential primary in a way no one (Paging the Supreme Court . . . paging the totally clueless Supreme Court) could have imagined. But at least someone … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (FEC Go To Hell Edition)

Bad news on the political advertising front from Thursday’s News York Times: Democratic Senator’s Ads May Break New Ground WASHINGTON — A new series of political advertisements on behalf of an embattled Nebraska senator could open the door to a … Continue reading

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The Atlantic Outs Elena Kagan As Heterosexual

From Sex and the Married Politician in The Atlantic’s October edition: Last year, when Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was falsely suspected of being gay, some journalists called for her to reveal more about her sex life, arguing that her … Continue reading

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