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What to expect from Mitch Daniels’ State of the Union response

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Popular Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight. Ideas about how best the government might respond to the limping economy and tackle the enormous federal budget deficit are sure to feature prominently in both speeches. Daniels comes to such a discussion with baggage, however, having headed the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, when the country’s projected budget surplus of $236 billion ran down a sink hole where it became a $400 billion deficit. (more…)

Romney’s education agenda based on standardized tests, school choice

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by The American Independent 1 Comment

2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate who edged out an eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses, has a long track record on education that includes standardized testing and accountability, charter schools and school vouchers.


PAC supportive of Bachmann says Perry soft on unauthorized immigration

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A conservative PAC aligned with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid is targeting Texas Gov. Rick Perry on immigration in a spate of radio ads starting Tuesday in South Carolina. (more…)

Facebook, Google help take down privacy bill in Calif. Senate

Posted on: May 27th, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn No Comments

While Google and Facebook launch salvos at each other publicly, in the less conspicuous chambers of the California legislature, they worked side by side to nix a bill that would have given their users greater control over the information the tech giants share.

Part of an internet company coalition that includes Twitter, eHarmony, and the now Microsoft-owned Skype, the two multi-billion dollar companies have successfully blocked Senate Bill 242. The companies lobbied heavily to block the legislation.

The proposed legislation, written by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, failed to exit the floor in a stalled vote of 16-16. Two Democrats crossed the aisle to join the dissenting Republicans.

The bill was already watered down, as demonstrated by the most up-to-date-language that includes cross-outs of personal information users could order the new media sites to take down. Here’s an example:

(b) "Personal identifying information" means a person's name,
address, telephone number, driver's license number, social security
number,  place of employment,  employee
identification number, mother's maiden name, demand deposit account
number, savings account number, or credit card number. "Personal
identifying information" also means information about a person's
current location, including global positioning system coordinates, in
different types of media,  including photographs and videos,
 transmitted to, or over, the Internet.

In recent months, Facebook has bolstered its public affairs staff. A report yesterday said the company brought on two high level officials from the George W. Bush Administration, Joel Kaplan, formerly Bush’s deputy chief of staff, and Myriah Jordan, also from the Office of the Chief of Staff. The move was interpreted as a cozying up to GOP lawmakers who are less likely to go after corporations for privacy violations than Democrats.

Meanwhile, the social networking behemoth has waged a behind-the-scenes smear campaign against chief rival Google, hiring a major PR firm to feed tech journalists unflattering stories of the dominant search engine. The Daily Beast broke that story after a flack asked one of the site’s writers to probe Google’s privacy mishaps.

And unlike most websites with search engine capabilities, Facebook partnered with Microsoft’s Bing, now the second most-used search engine after unseating Yahoo! In September of 2010.

DC: Rove-tied outside groups say they’re here to stay

Posted on: November 1st, 2010 by The American Independent No Comments

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the announcement made by American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS — the sister groups that Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie helped conceive — that they will continue advertising against Democrats after the elections when Congress returns and debates over extending the Bush-era tax cuts and enacting immigration reform resumes. “It’s a bigger prize in 2012, and that’s changing the White House,” Robert Duncan, the chairman of American Crossroads, said. “We’ve planted the flag for permanence, and we believe that we will play a major role for 2012.”

One small fact most commentaries about the announcement are missing is that such a decision for 501(c)(4) groups like Crossroads GPS may not simply be a matter of keeping the positive momentum going — it’s also a means of balancing the group’s ledger so that its “primary purpose” doesn’t look like electing federal candidates by the time the group files its tax returns in 2011. By advocating on issues following the elections, in other words, Crossroads GPS can drive down the percentage of its spending on election activities, a percentage that many watchdog campaign finance groups have complained is well beyond the 50 percent mark now. According to the tax code, section 501(c) nonprofits’ primary purpose can’t be to elect candidates for office.

That said, the announcement also has strategic implications for Democrats, many of whom are already making the worried case that left-leaning groups must quickly create an equally viable outside spending infrastructure in order to compete with Republicans going forward:

The two sides agree that should the donations continue to roll in as Mr. Duncan says he expects, his organization and its allies will be in a position to pummel Mr. Obama and his party with advertisements throughout the Republican primary season.

That would provide a potent first wave of attack while the Republican candidates focus on fighting one another for the right to challenge the president. It would also allow the national Republican Party to hoard its cash for the general election and put pressure on the Democratic National Committee to spend some of its war chest.

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DC: Ten donors funnel 19 million to conservative groups for midterms

Posted on: September 24th, 2010 by The American Independent No Comments

Politico has a story that notes today’s conservative movement is essentially getting bankrolled by ten wealthy donors. Having shied away during the end of the George W. Bush presidency and the failed presidential bid of Sen. John McCain, many of the same Bush-era donors — like Bob Perry and fellow Texan Harold Simmons, who put up big money for the infamous swift boat attack ads against Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 — are back in the business of funding the conservative movement:

Since Obama took office, ten of the most active conservative donors identified by a POLITICO analysis have contributed $19 million to Republican candidates and the political committees that boost them — a pace that far eclipses their giving at this point in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, according to professional fundraisers, as well as anything big Democratic donors have done.

That number includes donor’s personal contributions, as well as contributions from their immediate family members and corporations, but it doesn’t include whatever amount of money they may have given to section 501(c)4 groups like Crossroads GPS and Americans for Job Security, which under current law (and the FEC interpretation of it) aren’t required to reveal their donors.

The top donors include Texas homebuilder Bob Perry ($2.9 million), billionaire investor Harold Simmons ($2.7 million), natural gas billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones ($2.3 billion) and former Univision chairman Jerry Pernchio ($1.8 million). You can see the whole list along with short bios here.

Jeb Bush: ‘I am not running for President’

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 by Luke Johnson No Comments

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush told WHAS news in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday, “I am not running for president.” The answer was in response to a reporter’s question as Bush was going to deliver a speech on education reform for the National Council of State Legislatures. On Monday, he hosted a fundraiser for Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul. (more…)

MN: New Entenza ad attempts to tie Emmer to Palin, Bush

Posted on: July 12th, 2010 by Melissa No Comments

DFL gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza released a new campaign ad targeting GOP-endorsed candidate Tom Emmer. The ad attempts to tie Emmer to Sarah Palin and former President Bush by noting that Emmer was endorsed by Palin earlier this year. The ads are scheduled to begin airing on Monday.

Entenza’s ad is an example of a narrative being pushed by national Democrats: Palin is a liability for GOP candidates this fall. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New jersey, who is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), told the Hill last week that Palin is “helping” Democrats by propping up tea party candidates.

Here’s Entenza new ad:

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