Is Sheldon Adelson a Modern Version of W. Clement Stone?

In striking down major portions of federal campaign finance law  in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited “independent” expenditures on behalf of presidential candidates. As long as the groups doing the spending – and the donors that bankroll them – don’t directly coordinate their efforts with the candidates they’re backing, the Court said, the sky’s the limit. The result has been a record-shattering flood of TV and radio commercials, Internet ads, robocalls and other persuasive efforts …

New Hampshire Retirees: Color Their Anger Green

Susan Milligan is visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from New Hampshire. Residents of the RiverWoods retirement community in Exeter, N.H., have seen plenty of political campaigns in their time, but there’s one thing these days that seems to bother them more than anything else: the idea that elections have turned into auctions. Take Mary Remensnyder, 79, …

Big Money Taints the Political Process

Older Americans frown on the influence of big money on the presidential campaign. By overwhelming majorities, they think limiting the amount of money campaigns can spend would improve the political process. They say those who pay for attack ads should be publicly disclosed, as should outside groups that spend money on campaigns. They are an idealistic lot. In reality, millions of dollars are flooding into primary states to buy negative TV ads, finance suspicious robo-calls and pay for misleading mail …