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Pop Quiz on Political Interviews. Oh, Snap!

Do you have what it takes to run for public office? Take this simple one-question quiz to find out!

1. You show up for an interview on live radio, streamed onto the web. When you are asked a policy question you don’t like, do you:

a) answer the question as best you can b) ignore [...]

Rake Muck! One Way to Find Independent Expenditures that Might Not be so Independent

The Federal Election Commission has an ever-growing list of “independent expenditures” made by political corporations whose donors the American people are kept from knowing and whose actual independence from congressional campaigns is a matter of conjecture. All one of these political corporations has to do is attest in its filings that its “expenditure was not [...]

Gold’s Gym Is Great For Bigots

Join Gold’s Gym, and you get a complimentary loathing for science and cultural diversity, which is yours to keep so long as you don’t give a damn about anyone but yourself. [...]

Why is NewsMax Praising Senate Conservatives Fund? The $64,800 Question

While it sells its readers’ e-mail addresses for profit, NewsMax tells the public that it is a “fair,” “balanced,” and “independent” “news site”.

During the month of October 2010, NewsMax has received $64,800 in payments from the Senate Conservatives Fund. Also during the month of October 2010, NewsMax has released what it calls a “special [...]

As another Sharron Angle Group Pays NewsMax, NewsMax Writes More Puff

A few minutes ago, I wrote to share some interesting information about the relationship between groups promoting Sharron Angle and NewsMax. The day after receiving a $20,000 payment on October 16 from Senate Conservatives Fund for information used to aid Sharron Angle’s campaign, NewsMax published an article describing the Nevada Senate candidate in glowing terms. [...]

NewsMax Receives Sharron Angle Payment Before Writing Pro-Angle News Story

The website NewsMax, one of the most visited on the Internet, describes itself as “the nation’s leading independent news site focusing on breaking news, politics, finance, personal health, technology and entertainment.” The way NewsMax tells its own history, it succeeded when “Americans concerned about fair and balanced news discovered that Newsmax was the place to [...]

Robocalls For Republicans Funded By Independent Expenditures In Michigan

The few people who are members of the Right To Life Of Michigan PAC don’t care about this year’s election enough to actually get on the telephone and really call people. They prefer to let robots do the work in promoting their half-hearted ideals. [...]

Kesha Rogers Teaches How To Impeach Obama

Who knew that all right wing activists had to do to impeach Barack Obama was to pull over to the side of the road in Texas? [...]

Head Stomping Extremism From Rand Paul Supporters

When she attempted to speak with Rand Paul, to confront him about his policies that would inflate corporate profits while harming working Americans, Rand Paul supporters grabbed her, threw her to the ground, and stomped on her head – twice. [...]

Corporate Types Mess With Elections Using Guns As A Pretense

The Gun Owners of America is working against the re-election of Harry Reid in protest against votes that don’t have much of anything to do with guns. [...]

Is Tea Party a PR Astroturf machine or a smattering of inactive Grassroots groups? The answer is Yes.

After a dogged and systematic effort to contact and characterize every Tea Party group in the nation, the Washington Post publishes an exposé this morning. Its findings:

The characterization of the Tea Party brand as a creation of political public relations professionals is accurate. If you look at the largest groups making the greatest impact, [...]