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Poll: Majority wants corporate money out of politics

Nearly 90 percent of people in the United States say there is too much corporate money in politics, according to a new poll from a collection of watchdog and public interest groups.

The poll, released Thursday by the Corporate Reform Coalition and conducted by the Democratic-leaning Bannon Communications Research group, asked 804 people their opinions on the role that corporate money plays in political campaigns.

Eighty-one percent of those polled felt that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they disclose their spending immediately. And 80 percent of respondents said companies should only spend money on political campaigns if they get approval from shareholders.

Lisa Gilbert, the director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, pointed to the poll’s results to argue that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should require publicly traded companies to reveal their campaign donations.

“Secret corporate spending is appalling in a representative democracy, and this poll shows that the public agrees,” Gilbert said in a statement.


Crossroads launches over $10 million in ads targeting races at every level

Conservative super-PAC American Crossroads and its nonprofit arm, Crossroads GPS, are launching over $10 million in ads targeting the president in eight swing states and five candidates for the Senate and House nationwide.

The Crossroads GPS ad launched in New York's 1st congressional district race is the first from the nonprofit in a House race. It highlights Rep. Tim Bishop's (D) possible request for campaign donations in exchange for official assistance to a constituent, an issue first reported by Politico that has since become a campaign issue in the district.


Super-PAC spends $5.5 million in support of GOP Young Guns

YG Action Fund, a super-PAC started by former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is spending $5.5 million in 12 House districts over the next few months to support candidates considered Young Guns, the National Republican Congressional Committee's list of rising GOP stars.

The super-PAC is supporting Republican candidates Adam Hastner in Florida's 22nd district, Jason Plummer in Illinois's 12th district, Jackie Walorski in Indiana's 2nd district, Kim Vann in California's 3rd district, David Valadao in California's 21st district, David Rouzer and Richard Hudson in North Carolina's 7th and 8th districts, respectively, Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania's 12th district and Richard Tisei in Massachusetts's 6th district.

YG Action Fund will also be spending to keep charter Young Guns members Reps. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) and Robert Hurt (R-Va.) in office.


New Romney ad changes tone

Romney’s campaign unveiled a new ad that embraced a more positive tone than his recent attacks on Obama's economic record. 


League of Women Voters calls on GOP senators to stand behind full disclosure on ads

The League of Women Voters is pressuring senators in Maine and Tennessee to support disclosure requirements for campaign ads.

The ads target Maine centrist GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins as well as GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). They call on the senators to support legislation requiring the full disclosure of who funds campaign advertisements.

“Senators, tell us you’ll lead the fight to stop the secret money,” the ad states. “The League of Women Voters believes Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.”


Jon Bruning touts his record as attorney general in new Nebraska ad

Republican Jon Bruning released a new ad for his Senate campaign in Nebraska on Tuesday highlighting his tenure as the state's attorney general.

The ad buy size was not disclosed, but Bruning's campaign said the 30-second spot would air statewide. 

In the ad, Bruning boasts of ending in Nebraska the account gimmicks that he said politicians in Washington use to mask the cost of big government.

“In the past, outside law firms did much of the A.G.’s work, hiding the cost from taxpayers," Bruning says. "Not on my watch."