Several new developments in the 2012 Presidential campaign of late…
Since we are starting to learn more about how Mitt plans to spend all the money he’s received from those rich, secretive donors, what little we know of them – and what they want for their money – seems like a good place to start.
Right-Wing Billionaires Behind Mitt Romney: They’re trying to buy a presidency – and they expect a big payoff on their investment
We learned from the Washington Post that a good deal of this money is going to a team of supposed advertising gurus that includes the guy that came up with the slogan “Where’s the beef?”
Mitt Romney’s team of ‘Mad Men’ creates ads to sell a nation on a candidate
Now the ad wizards job might be a whole lot easier if they could just keep Mitt Romney quiet
Romney: ‘No ones ever asked to see my birth certificate’
Not that anyone should be too surprised with Romney’s pandering to his base. In fact, there will be 7 birther speakers at the Republican National Convention, and Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach – a known birther – is the immigration adviser to the Romney campaign:
7 Birther Speaking at Republican National Convention
Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, had one of the best reactions to Mitt’s birther comment:
Jennifer Granholm’s Response to Mitt Romney’s Birther Remark is a Doozy
But back to how Mitt’s donations. We also learned that the GOP is using data mining to search for rich, religious donors according the AP:
Romney uses secretive data mining, exec says
This is not the only way the GOP is apparently planning on using large databases – they also come in handy for voter intimidation:
How the Right’s Building a Poll Watcher Network for November.
Now whether the effort by True the Vote is related in anyway to this despicable ad by the Conservative Majority Fund – also seeming to try to collect names – is hard to say:
Birther Group Launches National Ad Campaign Seeking to Disqualify Obama from Reelection
There is no law anywhere that says collecting 10,000 signatures in each congressional district can have a candidate removed from the ballot. A whois search of the website mentioned in that ad tracked back to a long time GOP operative, big surprise. It may still, if they haven’t already covered their tracks (which one thinks they should have done before running the ad).
One more that worth checking out before it’s gone. Someone apparently filmed Mitt talking to some rich donors at a $50k per plate fund raiser on the “good” Bain was doing by using outsourced Chinese sweatshop labor:
Mysterious Video Appears to Show Romney’s Private Remarks on Chinese Labor Conditions
or the original post:
Mitt admits to using Chinese slave labor at Bain (which was not posted by Rachel Maddow, by the way).
There is actually even more than this going on, but given the RNC’s convention is next week, there will be plenty of time for more links.