TPMDC Morning Roundup

September 17, 2010 5:05 am

Midterm TV Ad Spending Could Top $1 Billion
CNN reports: “Nearly $285 million was spent by Democrats, Republicans and advocacy groups on political television commercials in the 2010 primaries, and when the dust settles on this midterm election, the final tally could reach $1 billion. Evan Tracey, president of Campaign Media Analysis, notes history shows that three quarters of the money spent on political TV ads occurs in the final 60 days of the campaign.”

Obama’s Day Ahead
President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET. He will make an announcement to the press at 1:30 p.m. ET, which is expected to involve the appointment of Elizabeth Warren as a special adviser for financial consumer protections.Biden’s Day Ahead
Vice President Biden will attend President Obama’s daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET. He will then hold a 11:45 a.m. ET meeting of the Recovery Act Implementation Cabinet. Later, he will travel to Wilmington, Delaware, to attend an event for Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons.

GOP Gears Up For Tea Party Era 2012
The Washington Post reports: “The playbook for winning the Republican presidential nomination begins with a set of inviolable rules: Start early, raise millions, build an organization, and trudge across the country seeking the blessing of mayors and money men. But in a world where the most careful plans can be rendered obsolete by a Sarah Palin tweet (see: Primary, Delaware), many in the party have begun to question whether those old, pre-‘tea party’ rules still apply.”

Sarah Palin’s Celebrity Faces Iowa Test
Politico reports on the major pressure and expectations facing Sarah Palin’s appearance tonight before Iowa Republicans: “Sarah Palin has a dilemma right out of the infamous presidential campaign ad: She’s the biggest Republican celebrity in the world, but can she run a campaign in Iowa? As Republicans here await Palin’s appearance at the state GOP’s Ronald Reagan Dinner Friday night, that’s the question political veterans are asking about the former Alaska governor, whose singular approach to campaigning isn’t exactly tailored to the first-in-the-nation caucus state.”

Politicians Create Record Number Of Joint Fundraising Committees
Roll Call reports: “Parties and politicians preparing for the final months of the 2010 election cycle have opened a record number of joint fundraising committees to allow donors to write larger checks than individual campaigns can collect. Campaigns have filed paperwork for more than 700 such groups since the beginning of 2009 — doubling the number that were active during the 2006 midterm elections, according to a CQ MoneyLine study of Federal Election Commission records.”

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