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Donald Trump super PAC mocks Hillary Clinton’s honesty in new TV ad

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A new TV commercial from a Donald Trump-supporting super PAC mocks Hillary Clinton’s honesty, particularly her claim that she’s “always tried to be” honest with the American people. The 30-second spot “Always” from Rebuilding America Now PAC makes no overt claims about Clinton’s honesty, nor does it offer any fact-checking of anything she’s ever said. It just shows clips of her trying to convince people she is honest, looking and sounding awkward and unconvincing in each segment. “Why aren’t I 50…

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Darden Rice seeks to limit outside political money in St. Petersburg city elections

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Donations to political action committees that use money to influence local elections would be capped under a proposal from St. Petersburg council member Darden Rice. The proposal, as Rice envisions it, would do two things: Cap donations made by corporations and other wealthy contributors to Super PACs and require corporations that donate to the super PACs to certify that they are not foreign companies. The ordinance would apply only to St. Petersburg city elections. The goal, she said, is “to…

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Outside groups backing Ted Cruz land big checks in January

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The six Republican presidential candidates and two Democratic contenders are due to report on the financial health of their campaigns by midnight Saturday. With Republicans voting in South Carolina and Democrats caucusing in Nevada, the reports on fundraising and spending in January provide a glimpse of who has been thinking ahead in the primary calendar. Most of the outside groups known as super political action committees also must report to the Federal Election Commission by midnight Saturday. Here’s what we…

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Ridiculous politics: ’80s pop band or Super PAC?

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Nothing highlights the ridiculousness of modern-day politics better than satire. A 2015 version of that means deciphering between some silly pop culture genre or theme and a political one. It’s this mentality that gave us the nuggets of awesome that were “Who said it, Donald Trump or Ron Burgundy” or a similar one picking out quotes from both the Donald and Lucille Bluthe from Arrested Development. Now, in order to highlight just how utterly stupid most Super PAC names are,…

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Online ad inventory for 2016 already starting to run out

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With the 2016 presidential race in its earliest stages and first caucuses nearly eight months away, Republican campaigns are frantically staking out the most valuable online ad space. This mad dash on the Internet ahead of 2016 is having one unexpected effect, says Shane Goldmacher of the National Journal: prized digital real estate is quickly running out. “We’re starting to sell out on certain political leanings, for inventory targeting likely voters in the New Hampshire primary,” says Kenny Day, head…

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Are the early primary states a big deal anymore?

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Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. By hosting the nation’s first presidential primaries and caucuses, the states have heaped political and financial rewards for decades on successful candidates and hastened the end for underachievers. Yet their clout may be declining in 2016. Campaign aides and veteran political operatives expect the Republicans’ next primary season to extend well beyond the first three states, thanks to an explosion of well-financed super PACs, a robust stable…

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