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November 17, 2008 The game is over. Some won, some lost, and a lot of people laid down their money.
October 21, 2008 Barack Obama clearly has the financial advantage over John McCain when it comes to hard campaign funds. But in the less transparent world of independent groups, conservative
October 17, 2008 It's not everyone who gets accused by a presidential candidate of "maybe destroying the fabric of democracy."
October 10, 2008 The question is ever-present in the background of independent political groups, and this year is no different.
October 7, 2008 Some questions were left hanging when we broadcast and blogged last month on the Clarion Fund, the 501(c)(3) charity that distributed its DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's
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October 5, 2008 Political strategists have always understood that independent groups can deliver messages that the campaigns don't want to touch themselves. And that's the way it's been this year -- up till now.
September 30, 2008 New ads and new groups burst onto TV screens in September. Independent groups bought about $23 million worth of election-oriented airtime during the month, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group. Let's
September 23, 2008 The ideal independent-ad buy has two elements: a big splash in press coverage, which is free, and just a few bucks expended buying airtime.
September 4, 2008 My esteemed co-blogger has had a couple of broadcast pieces, on Tuesday's ATC and today's Morning Edit
August 26, 2008 In the independent-group battle over the presidency, the anti-Obama American Issues Project is outspending liberal groups trying help Obama by more than two to one.
August 22, 2008 The new ad that links Barack Obama to a one-time 1960s militant turns out to be funded by one man, someone who's spent plenty of time and money playing in
August 22, 2008 An unusual number of conservative groups this week put up attack ads in Senate races around the country. Among them: the American Future Fund,
August 19, 2008 Democrats are in agony over the question of how -- or for some, even whether -- to run attack ads against John McCain.
August 19, 2008 If you want attack ads by independent groups, Senate races are where it's at right now.
August 18, 2008 UPDATE: Associated Press reports that McCain raised $1.75 million at the Atlanta fundraiser. Just before the event began, Reed's spokeswoman said he was planning to attend "as far as I know." But he apparently did not.
August 14, 2008 Jerome Corsi may be getting all the attention right now for his anti-Obama attack book, but there's another veteran political operative who has been toiling away to take down
August 12, 2008 When it comes to independent ads targeting presidential candidates, MoveOn.org has had the airwaves to itself for the past week, according to the latest numbers from the
August 11, 2008 Mark Udall, meet Bob Perry.
August 11, 2008 Though Barack Obama has asked his supporters to refrain from giving to outside political groups, one advocacy organization is going to help whether he wants it or not.
August 8, 2008 A liberal strategist doesn't try to match conservative deep pockets.
August 8, 2008 First things first: We don't actually have any secret money. That Benjamin in the picture was a prop, and they made us give it back.
August 5, 2008 What is the Secret Money Project?The Secret Money Project is a joint investigation by NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting, tracking the hidden cash i
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