WTF is up with the NY Times?
13-04-2012, 02:39 PM
WTF is up with the NY Times?
So now you can only view 10 articles a month without paying for it. WTF is that shit? Why can't they just sell add space like everyone else?
Can someone post this article for me?
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.”
13-04-2012, 02:49 PM
RE: WTF is up with the NY Times?
(13-04-2012 02:39 PM)germanyt Wrote: So now you can only view 10 articles a month without paying for it. WTF is that shit? Why can't they just sell add space like everyone else?In Cash Push, 2 Campaigns Likely to Reject Public Funds
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
Published: April 12, 2012
The big money in presidential politics is about to get a whole lot bigger.
Aides and leading donors to Mitt Romney are preparing a major expansion of the campaign’s fund-raising efforts to prepare for a general election contest against President Obama, with the goal of raising up to $600 million, according to several people involved in the discussions.
Republican-leaning outside groups and Democratic-leaning unions are planning to spend hundreds of millions more.
And Mr. Obama, who raised $750 million in 2008, is likely to meet or
exceed that this year, according to people involved in his fund-raising
Those goals make it virtually certain that neither party’s nominee will
accept public funds for the general election or the spending limits that
come with them — the likely death knell for a cornerstone of the
post-Watergate campaign finance reforms intended to limit the influence
of money in federal elections.
Mr. Obama opted out of the public financing program in 2008, breaking a
campaign pledge, and went on to outspend the Republican nominee, John
McCain, by four to one.
“This is going to be the most moneyed election in the history of the
United States,” said Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, a group
that favors greater restrictions on campaign spending. Mr. Edgar, a
former congressman who was among the Democratic “Watergate babies”
elected in the wake of the scandal, added, “There is a sense of coming
full circle, of forgetting our history — the reason we installed a
system for financing campaigns that didn’t rely on corporate or wealthy
Mr. Obama has already held over a hundred major fund-raisers for his campaign, jointly raising large amounts with the Democratic National Committee,
and Mr. Romney is moving quickly to catch up. His campaign is planning
dozens of fund-raisers through the end of June, high-dollar events that
will feature Mr. Romney as well as the campaign’s top allies and other
The campaign is setting a goal of raising at least $1 million for most events featuring Mr. Romney personally.
Those efforts will be aided by a new joint fund-raising agreement with the Republican National Committee
that allows Mr. Romney to command far larger checks than he has during
the primaries, when his campaign was limited to increments of $2,500 or
less. Under the agreement, guests at major Romney events will be able to
write checks as large as $75,000 to a “Romney Victory” committee.
About half of that sum would go to Mr. Romney’s campaign or the
Republican committee, mimicking the arrangement under which Mr. Obama,
as an incumbent, has been raising money since last spring for his
campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The remainder will be
split among Republican state parties in Massachusetts, Idaho, Oklahoma
and Vermont — where party leaders are deemed loyal to Mr. Romney — and
later re-allocated to the most critical battleground states.
“It’s going to ramp up dramatically,” said Woody Johnson, owner of the
New York Jets and one of Mr. Romney’s national finance co-chairmen. “The
response I’ve been getting, of people willing to max out on the victory
side, has been very very good, very enthusiastic.”
Restore Our Future, the “super PAC”
whose millions of dollars in negative advertising helped bury Mr.
Romney’s Republican rivals, will also shift its focus to the general
election, officials familiar with its plans said. The group, which
raised more than $43 million through the end of February, is hoping to
reach the $100 million mark by the end of the cycle.
The super PAC will also have help from Mr. Romney’s allies and backers:
Jim Talent, the former United States senator and a key surrogate for Mr.
Romney during the primaries, appeared at a Restore Our Future briefing
for donors in New York on Wednesday.
And people involved with the group’s fund-raising have in recent days
approached Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner whose family
contributed over $16 million to a rival super PAC supporting Newt
Gingrich, to consider contributing to Restore Our Future. They have also
approached Charles and David Koch, the wealthy conservative businessmen
who founded Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group,
according to two people with knowledge of the conversations.
(Page 2 of 2)
Restore Our Future’s political director, Carl Forti, is also an official with American Crossroads,
a pro-Republican super PAC that is planning to raise as much as $300
million to spend on the 2012 elections. Federal rules permit the two
super PACs to coordinate directly with each other on raising and
spending money, and Mr. Romney’s allies expect that Crossroads and other
outside groups, like Americans for Prosperity, will spend up to $100
million against Mr. Obama.
But people involved in the Romney fund-raising efforts emphasized that
much about the plans remained fluid, as both the campaign and officials
at outside groups who support Mr. Romney grapple with the new world of
super PACs. The PACs are expected to spend hundreds of millions of
dollars on advertising this year and have tested programs more
traditionally associated with campaigns, like voter identification and
“This is so different,” said one Romney adviser, who asked for anonymity
to discuss confidential deliberations. “I think this is uncharted
Romney advisers said the first wave of attack ads from Mr. Obama’s
campaign — which sought to tie Mr. Romney to oil companies — would soon
be countered by commercials from Mr. Romney.
They also suggested that the combined fund-raising would make his
campaign competitive with Mr. Obama and other pro-Democratic groups,
chiefly unions, which are planning to spend hundreds of millions of
dollars on federal, state and local elections this year. Mr. Obama’s own
supportive super PAC, Priorities USA Action, has had difficulty raising
large contributions, though officials there hope they will increase
significantly as the general election approaches.
Exactly how much Mr. Obama will raise this year is a matter of
speculation and dispute. Mr. Romney’s campaign and other Republicans
have suggested that Mr. Obama — the most successful presidential
fund-raiser in history — will bring in a billion dollars, a figure Mr.
Obama’s campaign has called little more than a myth intended to motivate
Some of Mr. Romney’s own donors believe that figure is more likely for
Mr. Obama in combination with the Democratic National Committee and
other outside groups, like Priorities USA.
In briefings with potential donors, officials at Priorities USA have
estimated that Mr. Romney and the Republican National Committee would
bring in a combined $750 million, while Restore Our Future would bring
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