Posts tagged Super PAC

newsweek:

We’ve got some cool news from the Department of the Future: NewsBeast is super proud to be launching our first Daily Beast Election Ad Tracker!
We’ve partnered with the fine folks at Super PAC App to help track political ads that air over the next 80 days until November 6th. Through our dashboard, you can watch and rate the political ads, read articles about the issues, and learn about the (oftentimes shadowy) groups that are producing these ads.
The end result: you’ll be more informed about all the messages screaming at your brain throughout the entirety of the 2012 election season.
So check it out. Download Super Pac App to your iPhone. Then go play around with the dashboard on the site. The more you know, the more informed you’ll be on election day.

FJP: Neat, excited to play with this.

newsweek:

We’ve got some cool news from the Department of the Future: NewsBeast is super proud to be launching our first Daily Beast Election Ad Tracker!

We’ve partnered with the fine folks at Super PAC App to help track political ads that air over the next 80 days until November 6th. Through our dashboard, you can watch and rate the political ads, read articles about the issues, and learn about the (oftentimes shadowy) groups that are producing these ads.

The end result: you’ll be more informed about all the messages screaming at your brain throughout the entirety of the 2012 election season.

So check it out. Download Super Pac App to your iPhone. Then go play around with the dashboard on the site. The more you know, the more informed you’ll be on election day.

FJP: Neat, excited to play with this.

Primary Season Political Ads Bring New Low to Negativity

Can the soaring music, sunrises and deep gazes, the Wesleyan Media Group analyzed political advertising through the presidential campaign primary season and finds that negativity isn’t just on the rise, it’s the norm.

Above we see the difference between positive and negative advertising during the primaries in 2008 and 2012. We’re showing the difference by candidate and by special interest (eg., PAC and Super PAC).

Overall, in 2008 nine percent of ads were negative. In 2012, 70 percent are.

Read on at the Wesleyan Media Project for more analysis.

TLDR: Citizen United and the rise of Super PACs are behind the negativity.

Colbert Gets His Super Pac with Media Implications

The Federal Elections Commission today approved comedian Stephen Colbert’s application to form a super PAC. Super PAC’s came on the scene in 2010 after US Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission and SpeechNow.org v Federal Election Commission struck down spending and contribution limits to campaigns. 

The difference between a “normal” Political Action Committee and a super PAC is in the disclosure laws and uncapped “issue” expenditures, meaning a super PAC can spend whatever it can raise on targeted issues but not donate directly to a campaign.

Sarah Mimms of the Atlantic outlines the implications this could have on media involvement in US elections.

The request comes down to one essential issue: whether Viacom can legally donate production costs, airtime and use of Colbert’s staff to create ads for the so-called super PAC, to be played both on “The Colbert Report” and as paid advertisements other networks and shows.

If the FEC grants Colbert a press exemption, the decision could have a drastic effect on media involvement in federal elections, potentially opening the door for media outlets that employ politicians as commentators to aid favored candidates through undisclosed contributions. Those figures include Fox News contributor Karl Rove, who founded American Crossroads, and former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) who heads “Huck PAC” and hosts a show on Fox News.

Several campaign finance reform advocates are expressing concern over three proposed changes the FEC will consider on Thursday. Granting Colbert’s request in full, they argue, would allow media companies to anonymously fund the political activities of their employees, under the protection of the FEC’s press exemption…

…Granting the exemption would produce what the reformers called “a sweeping and damaging impact on disclosure laws,” which would allow media companies to fund employees’ political activities anonymously. Politicians who are employed by media companies could use their television shows as platforms to raise unlimited funds for their PACs, without having to disclose it, the reform groups said.

H/T: topherchris & NPR