Dark money spending in 2014 set to eclipse all previous levels

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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an Economic Club of New York event in New York, December 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR3BFKF

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By late August, dark-money groups had spent more than $50 million on the 2014 election.

This was a new record and seven times the amount of dark money spent by the same point on House and Senate elections in 2010. And this week, dark-money spending for the 2014 cycle reached $63 million—just shy of the $69 million in dark money spent during the entire 2008 presidential election.

Chart showing dark money spending so far in 2014

But that’s just the beginning. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates, based on the rate of spending from previous cycles, the final total in dark money spent for 2014 will be between $730 million and nearly $1 billion. Now this is the really remarkable chart.

Chart showing projected dark money spending for 2014

The really big spenders are casino magnate Sheldon Adelson—who is on track to spend $100 million this cycle with much of it going to dark money groups—and of course the Kochs who have set a goal of $290 million for the cycle. As for the groups aligned with Democrats? So far they’ve spent about $14 million. So yeah, both sides do it, but not quite at the same level.

For all that money—one in every 10 ads on the TV from January 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014, was bought by the Kochs—it’s not working yet for them. There’s little question that it sucks for the electoral process—for finding qualified candidates who are excited at the possibility of doing public service, for having an even playing field, for letting numerous voices be heard—but it’s so far not looking like the Kochs will be able to bamboozle the voting public into handing over another chamber of Congress.

Kansas Democrat asks court to require new U.S. Senate candidate

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Senate Select Commmittee Chaiman speaks during the CIA confirmation hearing of Hayden in WashingtonBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) – A Kansas Democrat has asked the state Supreme Court to order his party to name a new U.S. Senate candidate for the November election after the court ruled the name of a county prosecutor who withdrew must be removed from the ballot. Chad Taylor's withdrawal is seen as boosting the candidacy of independent Greg Orman, who is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in a nationally watched race that could help decide which party controls the chamber. Republicans seeking to take control of the U.S. …

Wisconsin governor candidate cuts ties with consultant over jobs plan

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By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke severed ties with a political consultant after he used similar language in her jobs plan as he did in economic plans he drafted for other clients, Burke’s campaign said on Friday. Burke’s spokesman, Joe Zepecki, said the campaign ended its relationship on Thursday with Eric Schnurer of Public Works, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm, after he used about 10 passages from the past plans he drafted for former clients in Burke’s “Invest for Success,” a 40-page jobs plan. …

Kobach Reverses Course on Kansas Senate Ballots

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The Secretary of State has directed county election officials to start mailing ballots to voters overseas without having a Democratic nominee listed.

Obama: D.C. Is ‘The Capital of Cynicism’

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“Don’t let anyone tell you that working and organizing and voting for the values that built this country isn’t worth it,” he said.

Former Connecticut Governor Rowland found guilty of campaign law violations

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CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR ROWLAND MAKES RESIGNATION SPEECH.By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) – Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business owned by the husband of a candidate whose campaign he secretly advised, a federal jury found on Friday. Rowland, a Republican who resigned from office a decade ago after admitting to taking gifts from people who did business with the state, was found guilty of seven criminal counts including two of falsifying records in a federal investigation. …

Bridge Scandal May Be Least of Christie’s 2016 Worries

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With a spate of tough economic news and polling showing him flagging among conservatives, talk of a Christie “comeback” may be premature.

Worst secretary of state in the nation hits a federal bump in the road in Kansas

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach head shot

Goal Thermometer

It’s been a bad week for Kansas’s Kris Kobach—worst secretary of state in the nation.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled against him and ordered Democrat Chad Taylor off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race.

Now he’s announced that overseas military ballots, which were supposed to go out on September 20, wouldn’t be sent until September 27. Unfortunately for him, delaying those ballots requires federal approval, which he apparently doesn’t have:

To get a waiver, Kobach must submit his case to the Defense Department’s Federal Voter Assistance Program, which oversees enforcement of the MOVE Act. The FVAP office is then required under the law to consult with the Justice Department’s Voting Section before approving it.

As of early Friday afternoon, the FVAP office told TPM that it had not received a waiver from Kansas or been consulted by Kobach’s office about a waiver.

Finally, there’s this:

KAN SoS office says 67 ballots with Chad Taylor’s name on them were sent to overseas voters.  ”Corrective action has already been taken.”

No word yet on how those ballots were accidentally sent, especially given the high-profile case was being decided on the very day they were sent. And no word on what “corrective action” has been taken.

The clock’s ticking, Kobach. And so is your time in office.

Can you contribute $5 to help elect Jean Schodorf and send the worst secretary of state in the nation to the unemployment line?

If you are in Kansas, check out the Daily Kos Community Meet-up + Voter Outreach & Registration taking place Sunday, September 21.

1:21 PM PT: Apparently Kris Kobach has decided to abide by federal law after all:

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas elections official reverses course, ballots will go out without Democrat in Senate race.

Midday open thread: Candidate’s racial slurs catch up with him, leading economic indicators rise

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Biden: This Is Not Your Father’s Republican Party

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Vice President Biden takes aim at Republicans at a Democratic women’s forum.