Daily Media Links 9/28: Should partisans be in charge of our elections?, Brown camp reported no payments to ex-treasurer, and more…

Independent groups

Bloomberg: An Obama Super PAC With Swearing, Sex and Guns 
By Justin Bachman
In an election year when the Koch brothers and casino king Sheldon Adelson have deployed their fortunes for Republicans, you’ve heard little about the political operator Mik Moore. He’s a left-leaning New Yorker who runs a Jewish super PAC working to keep Barack Obama in the White House. His weapon of choice: a string of funny, intensely off-color videos starring comedian Sarah Silverman and actor Samuel L. Jackson.  

NPR: Citizen’s United Ruling Benefits Union Campaigners 
By Peter Overby
Corporations weren’t the only ones to benefit from the Citizens United ruling. The decision lets union activists mobilize non-union workers for the elections — something that had been illegal since 1947. The beleaguered labor movement hopes it will help in November.  

NY Times: Super PACs’ Finally a Draw for Democrats 
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
James Simons, a Long Island investor and philanthropist, has not given a cent to President Obama’s re-election campaign this year. 

NY Times: Soros Gives $1 Million to Democratic ‘Super PAC’ 
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
The billionaire George Soros is committing $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama, two people with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, a significant donation that could help spur further contributions to the group in the closing weeks of the election.  

NY Times Blog: ‘Super PAC’ and Labor Group Team Up in Anti-Romney Radio Ad 
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
A Democratic “super PAC” is joining forces with a labor group to begin a $1.25 million radio ad campaign on Thursday that starts with a direct attack on Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch millionaire who has insulted nearly half of the country.  

Disclosure


Daily Caller: The ugly attacks on my family highlight media double standard
By Dr. Miriam Adelson
In recent weeks my family has come under relentless attack from the White House political operation, elements of the Democratic Party and organizations and media outlets supported by some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors.    

Candidates and parties


Washington Post: With more control over campaign cash, Obama gets more discounts on advertising 
By Dan Eggen
While Mitt Romney relies heavily on massive amounts of cash held by the Republican Party and interest groups, Obama has more funds in his own campaign coffers. That allows him to make decisions about where and how to spend the money and to take better advantage of discounted ad rates, which candidates receive under federal law.  

Washington Post: Brown camp reported no payments to ex-treasurer 
By Tim Craig 
Four years ago, D.C. Council members Marion Barry and Michael A. Brown paid Democratic fundraiser Hakim Sutton a combined $50,000 or so for his work for nine months as a consultant for their respective campaigns, campaign records show.  

Elections


CBS: Should partisans be in charge of our elections? 
By Brian Montopoli
You most likely would not. Yet when it comes to elections, Americans trust officials from the two political parties to oversee the process in a fair way.