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AB Leadership Tuesday, Sep 20 2011

Mother Jones: Romney and Fannie and Freddie: Oh My!

"Republican presidential contender Mitt Romneylikes to slam Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-run housing giants that he claims triggered the recent housing meltdown. (They didn't.) But what Romney isn't letting on, the Boston Globe reports, is that at the same time he's ripped Fannie and Freddie, he has also raked in cash from personal investments in the two companies, which the federal government took over in September 2008. [...] A spokesman for American Bridge, the liberal opposition research group that pulled together Romney's financial records, said the candidate's Fannie and Freddie investments show that Romney's "hypocrisy knows no limits.""

AB Leadership Monday, Sep 19 2011

Boston Globe: Romney Pummels, Profits From Fannie, Freddie

From the Boston Globe:

Romney has profited from investments that were made in both government entities, according to his personal finance disclosure forms and documents compiled by American Bridge, one of several Democratic groups in Washington formed to back the election campaigns of Obama and other Democrats.

The issue illustrates the potential perils for a candidate with vast financial holdings whose rhetoric does not necessarily match his investment interests.

“Once again, Mitt Romney has proven his hypocrisy knows no limits,” said Ty Matsdorf, spokesman for American Bridge, which was formed earlier this year and has been going through the records of President Obama’s potential opponents. “To continually attack the housing crisis, yet invest up to a half a million dollars in the major players is absolutely mind boggling. I didn’t know a person could flip flop on themselves, but Romney has proven that wrong.”

Read more from the Boston Globe after the jump

Josh Mandel Saturday, Sep 17 2011

Akron Beacon Journal editorial: Mandel of mystery

The Akron Beacon Journal editorialized on Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel's campaign tactics:

What Democrats have been reminding Mandel is that his establishing a campaign committee in early April set the clock ticking. He had 30 days to file a personal financial disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission. Four months later, he still hasn’t complied with the requirement. What amounted to the usual short-sheeting and towel-snapping by partisan adversaries cannot be dismissed so easily as the days and weeks mount. What is Mandel thinking?

AB Leadership Saturday, Sep 17 2011

Lincoln Journal-Star: Eyes and ears tracking the candidates

They forget. No longer can a politician or officeholder say or do anything in a setting, public or private, formal or informal, large or small, without considering that he or she may be speaking to the world. Video cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, iPhones and other smartphone technology may be -- and probably will be -- there. And soon they are on YouTube or splashed across Page 1 or on the 10 o'clock news.

AB Leadership Friday, Sep 16 2011

TPM: ‘Ponzi’ Is Back! Perry Doubles Down On Social Security Attacks In Iowa (VIDEO)

Earlier this week, it seemed Rick Perry was going to put the Ponzi scheme away forever. But have no fear, America: it’s back in Perry’s repertoire. [...] Polls show the Ponzi stuff could be hurting Perry’s perceived electability among Republicans and it seems to turn-off independents. So it might make sense if he left the rhetoric on the cutting room floor. Not happening. Here’s Perry in Iowa on Friday, both using “Ponzi Scheme” again and claiming his plan for Social Security is just part of the same discussion of entitlements started by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his Medicare-eliminating (in favor of a vouchers) Republican budget plan. [...] Watch the video, clipped by American Bridge, the Democratic-leaning tracking outfit:

AB Leadership Friday, Sep 16 2011

POLITICO: Romney changes tune on 'socialism'

"Mitt Romney told CNN yesterday that unlike Rick Perry, he doesn't think it's wise to decribe Barack Obama as a socialist. [...] Said Romney: "I don't use the word socialist or I haven't so far, but I do agree that the president's approach is government heavy, government intensive, and it's not working." [...] But the Democratic research and tracking group American Bridge points out that Romney's comments are not entirely consistent with his past descriptions of President Obama: In his 2010 book, "No Apology," Romney warned that Obama was moving America in the direction of European-style socialism. "It is an often-remarked-upon irony that at a time when Europe is moving away from socialism and its many failures, President Obama is moving us toward that direction," Romney wrote. Saying that Obama is a "socialist" is not exactly the same thing as saying the president is "moving us toward" socialism. But there's not a huge meaningful distinction."

AB Leadership Economy Thursday, Sep 15 2011

AP: Candidates Bash Stimulus, Campaign At Companies

On September 15, 2011, the Associated Press reported

"Republican presidential contenders have crisscrossed the nation bashing President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plans as a colossal waste of taxpayer money. But with an awkward frequency, these same candidates are campaigning at businesses that benefited from the president's landmark stimulus package.

With the cameras rolling, the Republicans celebrate the hard work of local entrepreneurs in places like Pella, Iowa, and Milford, N.H., while later condemning the federal resources that helped those entrepreneurs navigate the economic downturn..."

More from the Associated Press after the jump.

AB Leadership Thursday, Sep 15 2011

WMUR: "Rick Perry May Have Some Explaining To Do Regarding Past Comments About The New Hampshire Primary"

New Hampshire's WMUR, whose coverage heavily influences the state's presidential primary, weighed in last night on Perry's 1992 comments questioning the importance of New Hampshire in the presidential nominating contests. The footage was first released by American Bridge 21st Century earlier this week. WMUR anchor Jennifer Vaughn reported that, "A Democratic group posted a video of Perry from the early 90's where he seemed to be questioning the relevance of our state's first-in-the-nation primary."  Take a look at the station's report:

AB Leadership Health Care Wednesday, Sep 14 2011

Bloomberg: Perry’s Merck Donations Raise Questions About Vaccine Mandate

"Texas Governor Rick Perry ‘s decision to require pre-teen girls to be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer has ignited debate over whether the presidential hopeful used his office to do favors for political allies. Perry, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, received at least $23,500 in campaign contributions from drug-maker Merck & Co., including $5,000 in 2006, the year before he ordered girls throughout the state to take a new Merck vaccine. The drug-maker also has donated about $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group which Perry headed twice and has been among his most generous campaign donors...
Read more after the jump

AB Leadership Tuesday, Sep 13 2011

Boston Globe: Facing possible Warren challenge, Brown burnishes image as Wall Street reformer

"Facing a possible challenge from Elizabeth Warren next year, Senator Scott Brown appears to be positioning himself as a steadfast Wall Street reformer in an attempt to defuse one of the Harvard professor’s most important credentials while defending himself against potential attacks on the campaign trail. [...] Democratic groups are accusing Brown of “trying to rewrite history” ahead of next year’s election, accusing the senator of distorting his position for political gain. “Scott Brown tried to completely derail this bill,” said Rodell Mollineau, president of a liberal “super PAC,” American Bridge 21st Century. Mollineau worked for the Senate Majority Leader’s office when the bill was passed. “He was playing his own game of chicken, so for him to sit there and say that he was the savior that rescued the bill is disingenuous at best,” said Mollineau."

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