Candidates pushing fundraising appeals

Associated Press


Republican Sen. Marco Rubio hopes everyone’s summer is off to a good start. Please send money.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is working on a constitutional amendment to negate a Supreme Court ruling on political activity by independent groups. In the meantime, please send money.

Rick Weiland, a Democrat running for the Senate in South Dakota, would like $9, please. Many other candidates in both parties would settle for $5.

Welcome to the unending, inbox-clogging world of online campaign fundraising, set against a backdrop of Monday’s Federal Election Commission deadline for candidates to disclose their campaign finances. The more an office-seeker reports having in the bank, the more there is available for the fall campaign. But it’s not just the money that counts, it’s the appearance of it.

It’s not only candidates for federal offices.

Nor is it just a simple request for money. Candidates and independent organizations have a series of pleadings, tailored to the political leanings of their donor targets.

Republican fundraisers favor unflattering mentions of President Barack Obama or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

For Democrats, it’s the Koch brothers, who oversee a constellation of organizations devoted to electing Republicans and repealing the nation’s health care law.

Brown cited a recent Supreme Court ruling loosening the rules on political activity for outside groups and said he hopes the justices will come to their senses.

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