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On the air, from Claire McCaskill’s campaign:

Announcer: They just keep coming back. Secret money, attacking Claire McCaskill. These big oil and insurance companies don’t want you to know who they are.

But here’s what they want to do:

End Medicare as we know it.

Cut student loans for college.

And keep giving taxpayer subsidies to the big oil companies.

But Claire McCaskill will fight them. Always has, always will.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): I’m Claire McCaskill and I approved this message.

Our present Citizens United reality, thanks to the Supremes:


A Senator Fights Back

Published: April 28, 2012

It is dangerous to challenge the funnel cloud of corporate and right-wing political advertising this year, but Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, has decided to fight back. She is running commercials that talk directly about the ads trying to prevent her re-election….

….Republican interest groups are outspending Ms. McCaskill and other Missouri Democrats by a 7-to-1 ratio; Ms. McCaskill herself is being outspent by 3 to 1. Though she has raised nearly $10 million, the amount could be dwarfed by the unlimited money at the disposal of Republican-oriented groups.

Once again, as in 2010, Congressional races will be the elections most affected by unregulated slush-fund money. Though “super PACs” and secretive independent groups will be spending hundreds of millions on the presidential race, it is at the Congressional level where big money can have the most impact. Many candidates, particularly in smaller states, cannot compete with independent groups, allowing individual wealthy donors to have an oversized influence on the future of the House or the Senate….

“It is dangerous to challenge the funnel cloud of corporate and right-wing political advertising this year….”

Seriously? As opposed to what? Doing nothing? Ladies and gentlemen, our pundit class.

The election is in November. We’ll know the results at that time. And until that time, if you’re going to go down, you go down swinging.