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Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

Paul Blumenthal

Dark Money Groups Have Already Spent Way More Than You Think | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dark money flowed freely in 2013 and into the new year as social welfare nonprofits and corporate trade associations -- groups that are ...

Paul Blumenthal

What You Need To Know About Obama's Proposed 'Dark Money' Rules | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration proposed new rules Tuesday that would clarify the definition of "political activity" for social welfare nonprof...

Paul Blumenthal

These Ads Have A Hidden Agenda | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When, the lobby group founded by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, launched its first foray into issue advocacy to support im...

Paul Blumenthal

Karl Rove Group Takes Aim At 2014 Senate Races | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 election is barely five weeks behind us, but conservative "dark money" groups are already beginning their 2014 campaign. Crossr...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Campaign Hits Back At Rove Group's Secret Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lawyer for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign has asked the Federal Election Commission to force Karl Rove's non-profit or...

Rove-Created Groups Make Big Move

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-founded super-PAC, and its 501(c)(4) affiliate, Crossroads GPS, announced a $4.6 million ad buy Wednesday hitting s...

Matt Sledge

Michigan Gets 'F' In Corruption | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.19.2012 | Detroit

From the cases of Kwame Kilpatrick to those of Monica Conyers and Robert Ficano, metro Detroit has not wanted for blockbuster political scandals over...

Paul Blumenthal

How 'Issue Ads' Against Elizabeth Warren Keep Donors' Names Secret | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ad released Dec. 8 by the conservative nonprofit Crossroads GPS, which is linked to Karl Rove, paints Democratic Senate candidate Eli...

Warning: Political Ads Make You Stupid

Marty Kaplan | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

It'd be a new day for democracy if political ads were required to include a disclaimer: "The scary music, Photoshopped pictures and misleading sound bites in this ad are tricks intended to manipulate you."

Supreme Court Supports Disclosure Of Issue Ads

The Washington Post | T.W. Farnam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Supreme Court decision this year dramatically altered the regulation of money in politics, and a recent vote by the Federal Election Commission coul...

Jason Linkins

Fox Refuses To Carry VoteVets Energy Independence Ad | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Via Ben Smith, it seems that the internets are a-buzz today because of Fox News Channel's decision to not carry this ad from VoteVets, which "seeks to...

Jason Linkins

Dueling Ads Released As Maine Gay Marriage Battle Draws To Conclusion | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Via Andrew Sullivan come a pair of political ads up in Maine, working both sides of the gay marriage issue as the state prepares to vote on "Question ...

The Beginning Of The End For The Public Option

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, the Senate Finance Committee rebuffed two amendments to include the public option in its health care reform bill. The first amendment, offered ...

Jason Linkins

"Dancing With The Czars": Dems Mock GOP, Glenn Beck Over Czar Obsession | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the past few days, I've written about the wildly outsized claims of czars in the Obama administration undermining the government. Republican Sena...

Jason Linkins

RNC Targets Seniors With New Ad (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican National Committee has a new ad up today, featuring chairman Michael Steele waxing sentimentally about seniors and Medicare and how it ...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Industry Throws Away Money On "Pro-Reform" Ads (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This past weekend, the New York Times's Katharine Seelye took stock of the advertising battle that's been raging over health care reform, to the tune ...

Jason Linkins

NRSC Distorts Franken Video To Make New Senator Look Angry (VIDEO) [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[UPDATED, below.] The GOP is running this ad online, lamenting the fact that the Democrats now have the sixtieth Senate vote in the form of Al Franke...

Jason Linkins

Democratic Opponents Of Public Option Called Out In Ad | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, the public option! The GOP hates it, based on some weird read of free-market philosophy that says even though it will be a terrible and inferior p...

Jason Linkins

NOM's Latest Gay-Marriage Worry: Their Right To Deny Rights Might Be Denied | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey, it's been a while since we've had one of those webvertisements from those panicky, anti-gay marriage, Cavity Creeps known as NOM, but here you go!

Jason Linkins

Conservative Health Care Group Caught Fabricating Ad Controversy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the fight over health care reform heats up, the teevee airwaves have become one of the battlegrounds. And the rivalry between pro-reform Health Ca...