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The Process is Political: A PAC's Home Address
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
'A Veritable Political Action Committee Mill': It takes a specialist to navigate all the various campaign finance filing and reporting requirements, and not everyone who has the money to spend has that expertise. That leads to phenomenon like 610 South Boulevard in Tampa. The Florida Independent takes a look at the modest one-story building, which is the headquarters of conservative political accountants Nancy and Robert Watkins — and the registered address for four Super PACS and 19 PACs registered with the state of Florida, part of the network of the campaign cash groups in Tampa that have directed money to races across the country. (Florida Independent)
What You Get for Your Money: Interested in a pre-lunch VIP clutch for $17,900? Or maybe a $5,000 "Season Pass" to speeches by bold-faced names in the Obama administration? Palo Alto Online has a breakdown of the various ways the president's reelection campaign is trying to pull in some Bay Area dollars during his western fundraising swing this week. That Season Pass speakers series launched last month, and tries to monetize the celebrity factor that comes with modern-day public service. Possible speakers include, the site reports, includes former President Bill Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, or even Warren Buffett. (Palo Alto Online)
After Bloomberg Campaign Aide Verdict, Loopholes to Fill: Bill Hammond at The New York Daily News is urging that the campaign finance story not end with the jury's decision in a grand larceny trial. Bloomberg campaign aide John Haggerty was found guilty of larceny and money laundering while handling a donation the mayor made to the Independence Party during his campaign for reelection in 2009. "In effect, Bloomberg was concealing his payments to Haggerty," Hammond explained, "because those housekeeping transactions did not become public until two months after the election. This was an obvious end-run around laws that are supposed to let the voters know how politicians raise and spend their campaign cash." And without allegations of Haggerty's wrongdoing, Hammond lamented, "the whole sordid story might never have become public at all." (NY Daily News)