Ron Paul ran one of the more transparent and fiscally responsible presidential campaigns, carefully reporting expenditures and focusing his spending on insane TV ads instead of wasting it on consultants. The same can't be said for some of his Super PAC "supporters." The first warning sign should have been when not a single solicitation asked for the donations to be made in gold…
Revolution PAC raised $1.2 million by pitching itself as a booster for Texas Representative Ron Paul's run for president. Under the direction of Gary Franchi, the group spent $1 million, 83 percent of its cash, on administrative expenses, including about $153,000 for himself and his companies. A $1,766 monthly fee for "office rent" went to a Franchi company whose address is a mailbox at a Northbrook, Illinois, UPS Store. Franchi said in an interview there is a physical location for the companies, declining to give its address "for privacy reasons."
This is part of a broader phenomenon: the behavior of the Super PAC reflects the personality of its founders. The "We are the 99% Movement" Super PAC? Their last FEC report showed them $10,000 in debt, appropriate in so many ways. Sheldon Adelson-funded PACs? Ignored the odds, bet everything on red and wasted millions.
Trust a PAC run by an especially conspiratorial libertarian who also happens to be a 9/11 Truther? Don't be surprised if Randian ethical egoism inspires him to steal all your money.
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Tags: Money, Ron Paul, Super PACs
I know Super PACs aren't supposed to coordinate with campaigns, but I really think American Crossroads should have checked with the Romney campaign to make sure they wanted to remind people that Clint Eastwood existed…
Tags: American Crossroads, Clint Eastwood, Mitt Romney, Super PACs
SuperPACs are the convenient evil twins of presidential campaigns. "It wasn't me! It was the guy who looks just like me who has no ethics!"
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) August 9, 2012
Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, Republicans, Super PACs, Tweet Untweet
Zach Galifianakis knows politics like he knows the skin on the back of his lily white thighs. In his and Will Ferrell's upcoming film The Campaign, Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play right-wing political donors named the "Motch Brothers." This led some savvy smartypants to suggest that the movie was poking fun at the Koch brothers. Bingo. It's almost like you can't fool some of the people all the time anymore.
Then Galifianakis confirmed the correlation…
"I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It's not freedom what they are doing," Galifianakis said.
Yikes. Only someone who knows what it's like to be punched by Mike Tyson would dare take such a swipe at two of the most influential industrialists this country has ever seen. You may think the Koch brothers are too busy huffing fossil fuel and throwing darts at Obama's photograph to be concerned with what liberal Hollywood thinks of them, but never underestimate the amount of free time billionaires have to Google themselves and have their spokesman give a statement…
"Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it's laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok," said Philip Ellender, referring to a scene from the movie "The Hangover Part II."
It's even worse than I imagined. The Koch brothers also have enough time to watch The Hangover Part II. Maybe if Galifianakis keeps making sequels to that franchise, liberals can distract them enough to indoctrinate everyone with their political and moral message. God knows a man who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok is less moral than a man who obscenely puts a dog on a car all along the Eastern Seaboard.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Koch, David Koch, Mitt Romney, Super PACs, Will Ferrell