Republican Super-PACs playing an even bigger role than 2008. Democratic Senator trails all 3 GOP contenders.

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    Jun 26, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/they-pack-wallop_647783.html

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    They Pack a Wallop - The super-PAC juggernaut.
    Jul 2, 2012, By FRED BARNES

    For three weeks in May, Republican super-PACs took turns attacking Democratic senator Claire McCaskill in TV ads. Republicans hadn’t held their primary​—​it’s not until August 7​—​but McCaskill wound up trailing all three of the GOP candidates in polls. Now McCaskill, unnerved, is struggling to recover.

    That’s what super-PACs can do. When they emerged in 2010 and worked in tandem, they were a critical force in the Republican landslide in the congressional elections. This year they’re playing an even bigger role. The size and reach of their efforts dwarf what they did two years ago.

    American Crossroads (AC), the leading super-PAC founded by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has already come to the aid of Mitt Romney, at least tangentially. It has spent $24.6 million on “presidential-level advocacy” since Romney locked up the nomination in April. “Most of the ads have been designed to frame the tax, debt, and health care issues .  .  . with the goal of shifting the policy and legislative conversation two clicks to the right,” says AC’s Jonathan Collegio.

    Romney didn’t need much help. His own super-PAC, Restore Our Future, promoted him lavishly in the primaries and is likely to raise $50 million to $100 million for the general election. Meanwhile, fundraising by the Romney campaign itself has surged.

    What makes the super-PACs so important are three factors. The first is their extraordinary success in fundraising, especially from big-dollar donors opposed to President Obama. Whether they’ll raise and spend $1 billion in 2012, as Politico says, is uncertain. But they’ll come close. Democratic super-PACs are far behind, embarrassingly so.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:33 PM GMT


    "That’s what super-PACs can do."

    ...yes indeed, because it makes elections all about money rather than substance. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    "That’s what super-PACs can do."

    ...yes indeed, because it makes elections all about money rather than substance. icon_wink.gif

    That's the story line from the left when they are behind. When they are ahead, the story changes.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:38 PM GMT


    Both parties have the problem.

    ...and it's happening up here as well.
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Current projection - from the beginning of September on, Republicans will have double the money as the Democrats. State-specific saturation ads.
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    Yay, corporations buy the US Presidency ... another conservative victory!
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    KissTheSky saidYay, corporations buy the US Presidency ... another conservative victory!

    It used to be unions but the tables have turned after the unions did their share leading state and local governments towards bankruptcy.
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
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    KissTheSky saidYay, corporations buy the US Presidency ... another conservative victory!

    It used to be unions but the tables have turned after the unions did their share leading state and local governments towards bankruptcy.


    I'd love to see figures to back that one up.
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    Jun 27, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidCurrent projection - from the beginning of September on, Republicans will have double the money as the Democrats. State-specific saturation ads.


    It will likely be three times as much cash. This is make or break for America.
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    Jun 27, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
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    socalfitness saidCurrent projection - from the beginning of September on, Republicans will have double the money as the Democrats. State-specific saturation ads.


    It will likely be three times as much cash. This is make or break for America.

    Agree. I was being very conservative based on the estimates, but very likely three times as much.