Weekly News Roundup #6 - 10/26


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Republican Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel refuses to condemn Mourdock's offensive comments about rape

"Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock made headlines whenhe offensively said that pregnancies that result from rape are a “gift from God.” Many in his party immediately moved to condemn him, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

But Ohio Senate Republican candidate Josh Mandel is refusing to take the same step."

Sketchy dark money group spends millions on AZ and CA campaigns

"A political group tied to a handful of mostly small-time Arizona Republicans has made a splash in California, by dropping $11 million into the fight over a pair of ballot initiatives in the Golden State."

Rape Panels - by Cenk Uygur

"Republicans so far have referred to legitimate rape, forcible rape, easy rape, honest rape, emergency rape, enjoyable rape and now gift-from-God rape. Check out this unbelievable Republican Party Rape Advisory Chart for all of the direct quotes from Republicans on this issue.

They're not saying all of this because they just keep slipping up with words. They're stating whole theories on rape. That's not misspeaking; that's accidentally telling us what you really think."

U.S. Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage Loans To Fannie And Freddie

"The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan filed a lawsuit today that alleges Bank of America Corp. cost American taxpayers more than $1 billion when it sold toxic mortgages — originally issued by Countrywide Financial — to the government controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

PAC Track

“Two federal court rulings in 2010 paved the way for the ascent of “super PACs,” political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political races, as long as they don’t coordinate with a specific candidate. And so far, they’re spending heavily on the Republican race. This app, part of our long-term investigation into "dark money," keeps track of where super PACs are spending and raising their cash to influence the presidential race.”

Get Toxic Spending Out of Politics Now!

“The Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976 to protect Americans from dangerous and untested chemical products, is in dire need of an update. Unfortunately, as a new Common Cause report details, that’s unlikely so long as the chemical industry is free to spend millions of dollars on politics, encouraging elected officials to put their needs ahead of ours.”

Dark Money and Citizens United: What Obama and Romney Would and Wouldn’t Do About It

“With campaign finances limits renderednearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?”

Mauled by Attack Ads, Incumbents Weigh Tighter Rules

“An onslaught of negative political advertisements in Congressional races has left many incumbents, including some Republicans long opposed to restrictions on campaign spending, concluding that legislative measures may be in order to curtail the power of the outside groups behind most of the attacks.”

Corporate, union and nonprofit giving to super PACs tops $167 million

“Organizations including corporations, nonprofits, labor unions and political action committees have given more than $167 million to super PACs, about 30 percent of the money donated to them, the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show.”



“Hans von Spakovsky, a Republican lawyer who served in the Bush Administration, has promoted strict voter-I.D. laws.”

Presidential debate: 5 things to watch Monday

“Obama needs to keep Romney from looking like an acceptable alternative as president, as Romney has — to varying degrees — in the last two debates. Romney needs to narrow Obama’s edge on foreign policy and national security with voters, and to argue that the president’s policies in the Mideast have failed.”

Inside the Dark-Money Group Fighting Reform in Montana and Beyond
“The secretive American Tradition Partnership has ushered in a new era of "funny money with no legal constraints" in Big Sky Country. And it's just getting started.”


“The Roberts Court's campaign finance jurisprudence has one over-arching theme: morphing the First Amendment into a tool for powerful interests and wealthy individuals to use to dominate the political process. This has tied the hands of advocates and policymakers working to curb the influence of big money.”

Breaking Out the Triple Threat of Presidential Fundraising: Candidate, Party and Super PAC

“The presidential campaigns' fundraising efforts this election cycle clearly have been unfolding as three-part harmonies between the campaigns, the national parties, and the primary outside groups supporting each of the candidates.”

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