Rich donors pour cash into election
Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show outsize checks from wealthy donors flowing to independent groups playing a large role in the midterm elections.
For the period from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, American Crossroads, one of two third-party groups tied to former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove, received a $50,000 contribution from real estate developer Donald Trump and $7 million from Bob Perry, a longtime Democratic nemesis and one of the major financiers of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which attacked Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War record in the 2004 presidential race.
Another $3 million came from Robert B. Rowling, a Texas billionaire, and his company, TRT Holdings, which owns the Omni Hotel chain and Gold's Gym.
In total, American Crossroads reported taking in about $14.7 million in contributions over the month-and-a-half period.
NAACP report raises concerns about racism
The NAACP released a report Wednesday saying tea party groups "have given platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots" and attracted white nationalists. The study, by Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, looked at what it calls six tea party networks at the core of the movement and said leaders of all but one — FreedomWorks, headed by Dick Armey, a former House Republican majority leader — have questioned the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. The report noted tea party leaders expelled some people accused of making racist remarks.
Obama stumps: President Barack Obama set out Wednesday on a four-day campaign swing that will take him to Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Minnesota. Obama will campaign separately with Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Barbara Boxer of California and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Profile higher than rent: Jimmy McMillan was the surprise star in New York's gubernatorial debate Monday night with his black gloves, mutton chops and mantra familiar to many apartment dwellers: "The rent is Too. Damn. High." Clips from the debate have made McMillan a cable news sensation, while a YouTube video got more than a million hits in two days. Asked about gay marriage, McMillan said, "If you want to marry a shoe, I'll marry you."
Pelosi even less popular: The favorability rating for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hit a new low of 29 percent, while 56 percent said they view her unfavorably, a Gallup poll found. When the California congresswoman became speaker in January 2007, her favorability rating was at 44 percent.