Senate Republicans want to have their cake and eat it too. McConnell stated on Tuesday that the Republicans in the Senate would consider blocking via a filibuster a Supreme Court nominee even after votes are cast in November. This comes after McConnell has been stating for weeks that no hearings or votes should be held on Garland's nomination because the American people should first be heard in the presidential election. Read more.
The Huffington Post was at Monday's Capitol Hill protests billed Democracy Spring by organizers. Police arrested more than 400 protesters who had marched from Philadelphia to support reducing the influence of money in politics and strengthening the right to vote. Read more.
An anti-Trump PAC backed by billionaire Stan Hubbard is funding ground operations aimed at making sure anti-Trump delegates are selected for July's nominating convention. In this "unprecedented use of super PAC cash", Hubbard said the PAC and other big donors will "certainly try to influence people. I could call a delegate and say what I think, if they’d talk to me. I can buy a billboard. I can run ads. Why not?”. Read more.
Meet the pro-Trump super PAC that wants your money. The Center for Public Integrity profiles the Great America PAC. The group is a hybrid PAC in that it can raise and spend unlimited amounts for or against a candidate like a super PAC, but it also operates as a traditional PAC in that it can collect limited amounts of money to be sent directly to a candidate. The PAC treasurer is Dan Becker, conservative attorney known for the McCutcheon Supreme Court case. Read more.
The White House demanded Tuesday that a Maryland super PAC backing Rep. Edwards take down its gun control themed ad. The ad "hit the wrong nerve" with the administration who called the ad "misleading". Rep. Edwards is going against Rep. Van Hollen in the Maryland Senate Democratic primary. Read more.
The Washington Post editorial board criticized the use of LLC sham companies to hide big donors. "The real solution is for Congress to give the country’s snoozing watchdogs no opportunity to refuse to enforce common-sense rules." They urge Congress to demand an end to dark money. Read more.