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Super PACs Super Spending

February 3rd, 2012 by Hailey

Recently, the Political Action Committees supporting single candidates, also known as PACs, disclosed their 2011 end-of-year totals for fundraising and spending, and according the Center for Responsive Politics they’ve collectively spent more than 44 million dollars.

The pro-Mitt Romney group has spent 17 million, primarily on TV advertisements attacking Newt Gingrich, while Gingrich’s campaign has only spent 9 million.

Stephen Colbert’s PAC has raised over a million dollars in support of Herman Cain. Colbert has been promoting Cain in a number of ways, including asking for donations on his TV show, and holding rallies titled “Rock me like a Herman-Cain!”

Colbert has been quoted in the Washington Post saying ““I’m rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain’t one!”

Who wants to start a PAC supporting me and Danny?

ASUO Senate – 2/1/2012

February 1st, 2012 by Rebecca

Sit Your Ass Down! Oregon Democrat Suzanne Bonamici takes her seat in Congress

February 1st, 2012 by Rebecca

A very special election was held Tuesday– a very special Oregon election within the Portland-area 1st district.

Held in light of former Rep. David Wu’s resignation, the election determined who would assume Oregon’s freshly vacated seat in the House of Representatives.

Wu’s resignation, of course, came in some light of its own– that light being the allegations made by an 18-year old girl, accusing Wu (pictured in a tiger suit below) of making “unwanted sexual advances.”


Photo Credit / The National Review

Wu? Unwanted? Well that just doesn't make any sense.


The seat was taken by Democrat and former Oregon state senator Suzanne Bonamici, who won with 54% of votes as opposed to Republican Rob Cornilles’ 39%.

It seems that Democrats had been “strongly favored to hold the seat,” because Oregon has managed to send only Democrats  to Congress since 1974.

Oregon – “Lettin’ them (D)’s sit exclusively since 1974”

Just to be safe though, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee forked out $830,00 in order to rain down some heavy Bonamici advertising. This was a necessary precaution, because apparently “Cornilles gave Wu a tough race in 2010, despite the strong Democratic lean of the district.”

I’m sorry, did I read that correctly? There’s a strong Democratic lean in Portland?


Photo Credit / Politico

Oh, stop it. I was strongly favored.


It is believed that Bonamici’s win will discourage Republicans from competing at all –in this district, in November– where and when she will run for a full term.

Upon victory Tuesday night, Bonamici insisted, “If you work hard and play by the rules, you can succeed in America.”

Look, Suzanne. Save it for C-SPAN okay?