$125 the price President Obama’s campaign paid for a slot of ad time in Ohio
$900 the price a conservative super PAC paid for the same amount of ad time in the same state source
A rarely-discussed fact about super PACS: Under federal law, they’re charged a substantially higher rate for ad time than candidates’ campaigns. One implication of this is that candidates who are supported primarily by super PACS get a lot less bang for their buck than candidates who pay for ads with their own campaigns. This excellent chart, courtesy of Paul Blumenthal at Huffington Post, says it all:
Keep in mind that Florida is a must-win state for Mitt Romney, yet for all of his supposed financial advantages, he’s buying less ad time there than Obama (h/t Jon Chait).
$313 spent at Chic-fil-A by Mitt Romney’s campaign in August
$152 spent at Dunkin’ Donuts by President Obama’s campaign the same month
Normally, we’d chalk an article like this up to a slow news week, but it hasn’t really been a slow news week. Anyway, if you’re interested in the fast food spending habits of the two major parties’ presidential campaigns, Politico has you covered. source
Fighting back against “Citizens United:” Senate Democrats, led by Tom Udall, have introduced a constitutional amendment meant to blunt the effects of Citizen’s United, the Supreme Court decision that paved the way for unlimited, undisclosed campaign contributions by corporations. The amendment wouldn’t directly overturn CU, but rather give congresses—both federal and state—the authority to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures. Like most proposed constitutional amendments, it probably won’t get anywhere close to ratification, but hey, it rallies the base, right? source
It’s here already folks. The thing is probably their side’s RSS and Tumblr’s receiving end’s RSS thing isn’t synching very well. Al Jazeera Tumblr is stuck with 3 days old entires - past several hours. Needs a repair to make it completely up-to-date.
Actually, the banner links to the ajenglish Tumblr already. What we’re pushing/hoping for is them to move their daily liveblog here, since in many ways Tumblr is well-suited to what they already do. Since their content is already ad-free and released via Creative Commons already, it wouldn’t hurt their advertising or anything like that. But either way, we hope they’re interested in coming to Tumblr on a more permanent basis.
Every year, Rivers Cuomo swears that he’s changed, and that their new album is the best thing that he’s done since “Pinkerton,” and what happens? Another pile of crap like ‘Beverly Hills’ or ‘I’m Your Daddy.’ This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now.Weezer hater James Burns • Explaining why he started a campaign to convince the band to break up, with the help of $10 million in forthcoming donations. Why would he do that, you ask? Because he hates Weezer, and did even when they were artistic titans. “But this isn’t about me,” he writes. “This is about the Weezer fans. They are our brothers and sisters, our friends, our lovers.” How much support does this guy have, anyway? $160. No zeroes after that. $160. From six people. That’s it. We don’t see this happening. source (via)