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thepoliticalfreakshow:, a new Super PAC registered with the Federal Election Commission this week, makes no bones about its aim. It intends to run an attack ad that it says will hit President Barack Obama for “his disturbing, yet crystal-clear pattern of tacitly defending black racism against white folks before and since being elected president.”’s founder and treasurer is Stephen Marks, a well-known Republican opposition researcher whose 2008 book Confessions of a Political Hitman detailed his work in what he called “the dark side of politics.” In 2000, he launched an attack ad under the misleading name “Americans Against Hate,” attempting to tie Al Gore to controversial comments by Rev. Al Sharpton. Another Marks spot in 2004 attempted to link John Kerry to convicted murderer Willie Horton. He was forced to retract a claim in the book about then-Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), acknowledging that “the information was not accurate.”

A two-minute version of the new spot is already available on the group’s website, though the group promises a one-minute version is forthcoming. In it, he says:

The Obama administration has injected race into the presidential campaign. Obama Attorney General Eric Holder recently said – with no argument from the president – that their white critics are motivated by race. Implying whites are too stupid to have honest disagreements with the president without being racist is in-and-of-itself racist against whites, reinforcing Mr. Obama’s disturbing pattern of tacitly defending black racism. …

Obama’s attorney general said pursuing the New Black Panthers does a great disservice to whose “who risked all, for my people.” So it’s okay for his people to commit racial crimes? In 2009, President Obama defended his friend Henry Louis Gates after a racist altercation with police, telling a white officer he wouldn’t speak to him but would speak to his mama. Mr. Obama’s response? “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” …

Mr. President, you ran as the candidate of change. But one thing has not changed—your tacit defense of racism against white folks, despite receiving nearly half the white vote to win the presidency.

Beyond the obvious race-baiting, the ad is riddled with factual errors. Holder’s March 2011 statement was criticizing a Congressman for equating an a 2008 New Black Panther Party incident with the much more violent assaults against voting rights advocates in the 1960s – not about “pursuing the New Black Panthers.”

And what this group terms a “racist altercation with police” involved a Harvard University professor being stopped by police for trying to enter his own home. Even conservative Fox News legal analyst and former New Jersey state Judge Andrew Napolitano called it an “improper arrest.”

In 2008, Marks said that he was “retiring from politics.” Sadly, he’s back to his old tricks — using an Orwellian name to inject racism into yet another campaign through smears.

“While we’re at it, we’re gonna hire some Klansmen to make us some nice uniforms.”

Good job, Republicans.

Oh my fucking God. This is for real.


Truth: Your PAC’s dollars at work: In 40 minutes of Olympics coverage, four times as many Romney ads


In the 40 minutes between 6:25 PM and 7:05 PM (Mountain Time), I counted eight pro-Romney ads and two pro-Obama ads. That’s an average of one pro-Romney ad every five minutes. Pro-Romney ads ran back-to-back in two of the six commercial…



Karl Rove’s conservative super PAC, Crossroads Generation, released an ad attacking President Obama’s health care reform law. Its fast-talking narrator tries to mislead young Americans by making several false claims about the law and how it helps them access affordable, quality health insurance.

Here are the facts about what health reform does for young people and what they could lose if Romney repeals Obamacare:

  • The Affordable Care Act enables young Americans to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they’re 26 years old. The ad falsely dismisses this popular provision by arguing that states already allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance before the law was enacted. The facts, however, tell a different story. While some states had pre-existing laws on the books, broad-based restrictions—including age limits, requirements for student status, and exclusions for married young adults—rendered the majority of young adults ineligible for coverage. In fact, the pre-existing state laws did not even apply to the 60 percent of U.S. workers who rely on private self-insured plans. President Obama’s health care reform eliminated these restrictions and extended coverage to 3.1 million young people who would otherwise be uninsured. As a result of the law, the proportion of insured adults ages 19 through 25 has increased to nearly 75 percent.

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It’s Morning in Westeros: Imagining Game of Thrones Super PAC Attack Ads

Let’s just call Game of Thrones for what it is: A sexy political campaign featuring two years and twenty episodes of people making empty promises to the masses, and power plays for one dumb job. The only thing missing were attack ads, and thanks to Mother Joneswe now have them.

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Well played, MoJo. Well played.


Newt Gingrich benefactor billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have contributed $10 million to Mitt Romney’s super PAC Restore Our Future and now Forbes reports that the couple is willing to spend a “limitless” amount or more than $100 million to help defeat President Obama in…

(via bostonreview)


Tweets are not often profound…

… but we’re still picking our jaws up from the floor after seeing this one today (Wednesday) from NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Casino magnate and political super donor Sheldon Adelson donated $10 million to pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, the media learned today, reminding us that his goal to spend $100 million on this presidential election is certainly in sight.

Our own quick calculations confirm the tweet’s math is accurate, though exact figures for the average family comparison can range from $300-400 based on where you find your numbers (The Atlantic Wire concurs).

Read more about the gravity of Adelson’s $10 million donation from Mother Jones.

(via inothernews)


She’s Back! Stephanie Cutter: Get the facts on Karl Rove’s BS

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Stephanie Cutter shares the facts against the latest ad put out by Karl Rove and his Super PAC: Crossroads.


Dogs Return Fire in Political Media War

Hot on the heels of a vicious attack ad that slams canines, a PAC known as the Committee to Elect Dogs fired back with its own that paints the “fat cats on Wall Street” as greedy opportunists, out of touch with traditional American values.

“When Navy Seals went to take down Osama bin Laden, did they take a cat with them?” the ad asks rhetorically. “No. They took a dog.”

As the media firestorm around Decision 2012 heats up, which animal party has your vote? Nominate your own pet today on

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If the oil and gas industry doesn’t get its way this November, it won’t be for lack of trying.

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Trevor Potter, former Federal Election Commission chairman and legal advisor to Stephen Colbert, breaks down common misconceptions about super PACs.

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Good question: Now here’s my burning question: What if there’s a man and a woman, married in heterosexual matrimony, who just really dig sodomy of all kinds? Is that then a sodomy-based marriage? Or does God give them a Mulligan since it’s not two dudes?


Ah yes, trying to campaign on disgust and fear. It’s been done, y’all:

Ooh, they even have a voter pledge too!

One of the PAC’s co-founders, Mike Heath, is fond of statements like this one:

“We should also seriously consider forcing Maine government to end it’s [sic] regulatory franchise over marriage, and give marriage back to individuals and the church. It would be better if our government and political class would choose agreement with Jesus. If this isn’t possible then they must choose neutrality. Some Maine people argue for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. This costly venture is likely to produce nothing positive.

And by continuing our focus on political and government solutions to this threat we are probably giving the devil what he wants. Jesus warned us about power and money. There is no place in Maine where power and money are more concentrated than in our state government. We would be naive to trust it… Both political parties have made themselves irrelevant. Maine will not long survive without strong families.

He’s also Ron Paul’s former Iowa campaign director.

Now here’s my burning question: What if there’s a man and a woman, married in heterosexual matrimony, who just really dig sodomy of all kinds? Is that then a sodomy-based marriage? Or does God give them a Mulligan since it’s not two dudes? I’M SO CONFUSED! Does God have a preference on giving and receiving? Help me, internets!


Tomorrow: a look at the impact of SuperPACs on the Presidential campaign


  • Trevor Potter, an expert on campaign finance issues and Stephen Colbert’s advisor on his SuperPAC
  • James Bopp Jr., the lawyer behind the landmark Citizen’s United Supreme Court case that opened the doors to SuperPACs

(FEC Form 99 via Colbert SuperPAC)


Occupy Wall Street Now Has a Super PAC

Embracing Occupy Wall Street means embracing the language of the 99 percent—even when you’re filing for a super PAC. Today, an election lawyer tipped us off to a Federal Election Commission filing for a brand new super PAC: The Occupy Wall Street Political Action Committee. It’s the type of document that’s typically stuffy and technical, but less so when the treasurer of the super PAC is an Occupy organizer. Note the mailing address.

It looks like a high school prank but the committee’s treasurer John Paul Thornton promises us it’s anything but. ”We’re utterly serious,” he says. A data technician in Decator, Alabama, Thornton says he’s an active member in his state’s Occupy movement, contacting state representatives and city council-members, participating in weekly general assembly meetings, and saying active in his local branch’s private and public online forums.

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Stephen Colbert Hunts Down Jon Stewart, Retrieves His Super PAC

The power hungry Jon Stewart no longer owns The Super PAC known as Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. After a haunting rendition of the monologue from Taken and an epic foot race, it has been returned to its rightful owner: Stephen Colbert.