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Pro-Romney Super PAC Pulls Negative Ads From YouTube

Apr 30, 2012, 5:42 pm EDT
Pro-Romney Super PAC Pulls Negative Ads From YouTube

After helping Mitt Romney bury his Republican foes during the GOP primary season, it looks like the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future is burying the hatchet.

Restore Our Future has apparently pulled all of its ads attacking Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum from its YouTube account. The account now has just two advertisements that are publicly visible: one that attacks President Barack Obama’s ability to create jobs and one that rehashes a 2008 advertisement about Romney’s efforts to save a young girl who went missing in New York City. The old negative ads from the Republican primaries have been made private by the YouTube account’s manager.

With Romney having sewn up the GOP nomination in all but delegates, efforts are now underway for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate to bring his former foes into the fold. Romney is expected to meet with Santorum this week to discuss an endorsement from the former Pennsylvania senator, and Newt Gingrich is expected to formally leave the race this week.  Pulling the old attack ads will further heal the wounds from a bruising GOP primary, and help the party unite to defeat Barack Obama in the fall. Read 

Romneyize Your House

Apr 30, 2012, 5:19 pm EDT

How many average American homes can fit in 1 Romney mansion?

Last August, Romney submitted plans to quadruple the size of his $112 million oceanfront home in La Jolla, California. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Romney plans to knockdown a 3,009-square-foot beachfront house and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot structure. Read 

Obama Campaign Raising Money for Hillary Clinton

Apr 27, 2012, 5:48 pm EDT
Obama Campaign Raising Money for Hillary Clinton

Four years after President Barack Obama’s campaign defeated Hillary Clinton, it is now extending her an olive branch. The campaign is asking donors and fundraisers to give money to Clinton’s old presidential campaign committee to help her retire $245,00 in debt from 2008.

The efforts came about as a result of promised efforts by former president Bill Clinton to raise money on behalf of Obama and Obama’s Super PAC. In exchange, it appears that the Obama apparatus will assist Hillary Clinton in clearing her debt. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton cannot engage in political activity or fund-raise on her own behalf.

This sort of tit-for-tat deal isn’t uncommon between candidates that win nomination and those that are defeated. Mitt Romney, for instance, paid off the debts of Tim Pawlenty’s campaign after Pawlenty left the nomination race and endorsed Romney. For Hillary Clinton and Obama, though, it is a bit more unusual. Clinton left the 2008 campaign with nearly $20 million in debt and loans, and not all of Obama’s supporters at the time heeded his call to help defray her expenses, citing the fractious primary fight as their reason for not helping. Read 

Five Facts You Might Not Know About Rubio

Apr 26, 2012, 6:38 pm EDT
Five Facts You Might Not Know About Rubio

With general election season approaching fast, and political pundits waiting with bated breath to see who Mitt Romney will select as his vice presidential candidate, attention will return yet again to one of the Republican Party’s rising stars: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. And while he has denied interest in being VP, that will do little to quell speculation. Neither will the fact he has a biography forthcoming.

There is quite a bit that many people don’t know about the politician, though. Here are five of the more interesting facts, as gathered by Politico: He hates disco music

Rubio has been quoted as saying the ’70s were a “very frightening time” where “we had to overcome disco, and bell bottoms, and the Bee Gees.” Read 

Michelle Obama Trip to Spain Cost Taxpayers $467,000

Apr 26, 2012, 6:07 pm EDT

A watchdog group obtained federal records that showed a 2010 trip by Michelle Obama to Spain cost taxpayers $467,000 in travel and security expenses.

The First Lady, her younger daughter Sasha, two of Michelle’s friends and four of their daughters took the summer vacation two years ago. At the time, some criticized her for taking such a lavish vacation in the midst of tough economic times.

The White House said that Michelle Obama and her friends had paid for their rooms, food, and transportation. As it turned out, though, the cost of flying a government plane exceeded what the First Lady reimbursed. In addition, Secret Service protection for Michelle and Sasha was covered by the government, as was additional government transportation while in Spain and the cost of bringing over aides to support the First Lady while visiting King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. Read 

Colbert Super PAC Out-Fundraises Ron Paul’s

Apr 25, 2012, 6:32 pm EDT

Colbert’s Super PAC maybe a joke, but very few would deny it has some serious fundraising chops. Among those who might agree are the forces behind Ron Paul’s Super PAC.

In documents filed with the Federal Election Commission in March, Colbert’s Super PAC raised $44,000 in March, and is currently sitting on $794,000. In contrast, Ron Paul’s Super PAC, Take Endorse Liberty, raised only $13,000 in March and has just $54,000 in its accounts currently. This even after starting with a $1.7 million donation from PayPal (now an eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) subsidiary) founder Peter Thiel.

The amount of money Colbert’s Super PAC has brought in pales in comparison to what other presidential candidate Super PACs have raised, though. Restore our Future, Mitt Romney’s Super PAC, has $16.5 million cash-in-hand, while President Barack Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA Action, has $5 million in the bank. Last month, Gingrich’s Super PAC, Winning Our Future, received $5 million. Read 

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