See No Evil

Media avert eyes from Democratic campaign finance hypocrisy
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If a campaign finance story is not about David Koch or Sheldon Adelson, do liberals care? Consider the reaction to Kenneth Vogel’s important report on the winter meeting of the Democracy Alliance, the secretive organization of progressive millionaires and billionaires who finance an extraordinarily byzantine network of liberal foundations and Super PACs that operate with undisclosed “dark money.” What reaction? Exactly. There wasn’t any.

The Reality Check Election

Column: How Romney lost on culture and economics
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Republicans (and I) thought the 2008 election was a fluke. We thought the Obama coalition of minorities, young people, and white liberals had been brought together under unusual circumstances: the unpopularity of the Bush presidency, the war in Iraq, and the recession and financial crisis. The 2010 midterms, in which the Obama coalition did not appear and Republicans had their best performance in decades, supported this assumption. A combination of GOP enthusiasm and a lackluster economy would spell trouble for Obama’s reelection. Obama would not be able to replicate his 2008 performance. His voters would not show up. We were wrong.

Buying the Election

Liberal Super PACs spend $200M to secure Democratic victories
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Liberal Super PACs spent roughly $200 million during the 2012 election cycle on behalf of Democratic President Barack Obama’s reelection effort.

All in the Family

Liberal donor sits on board of foundation with extensive ties to the White House
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Tim Collins and his family give mightily to liberal organizations and political candidates, but Collins’ connections to the liberal establishment run far deeper than mere monetary donations, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

Democracy Alliance Pumps Up Obama Super PAC

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Members of the secretive, liberal network of dark money donors known as the Democracy Alliance gave Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA, a major cash injection in the first half of October. According to the group’s pre-general FEC report, George Soros contributed $1 million, Chris Findlater gave $30,000, and Vin Ryan donated $100,000.

Obama’s Beach Bundler Gives to Super PAC

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Obama’s beach bundler, Marjorie Rawls Roberts, has donated to the Obama-affiliated Super PAC, Priorities USA, according to the pre-general filing with the FEC. Roberts has contributed at least $250 to the group that has suggested Mitt Romney was responsible for a woman’s death from cancer.

Fact-Checking AP’s Top 5 Obama Fundraisers

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Throughout the 2012 cycle, the media has made a concerted effort to frame the difference between liberal donors and conservative ones. Once again, the media elites have inaccurately portrayed Democrat donors. This time, The Associated Press dramatically under-reported the amount of money that Obama’s “Top 5 fundraisers” have contributed.