“I am happy to announce Senator Coleman as an adviser to my campaign. His advice will be critical as I lay out my vision for improving our economy at home and strengthening our partnerships around the world.”
– Mitt Romney 9/21/2011 Press Release
“It’s a new world and how it plays out, I’m not sure.”
– former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman commenting on the creation of the Congressional Leadership Fund.
Highlights from the story :
The Congressional Leadership Fund has yet to file any paperwork detailing its fundraising or spending with the Federal Election Commission. Coleman said he doesn’t know how much money the group will raise.
Given Coleman’s track record, it could be tens of millions of dollars.
During the 2010 campaign, Coleman ran a group he founded called the American Action Network that raised more than $30 million and spent $26 million on ads favoring Republican congressional candidates.
That kind of money could have an enormous affect on House races across the country, especially in a year when House Republicans will likely be playing defense, said Paul Ryan, a lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center, a group that advocates for stricter limits on money in politics.
“It doesn’t take as much money to make a difference in a House race,” Ryan said. “A super PAC can come into a House race and spend a couple of million dollars and have that be a very, very significant piece of the total spending in that race and have a very big influence on voters.”
Hmmm … Norm Coleman, who has already headlined a fundraiser for Raymond Cravaack (R-MN-08) (who not surprisingly received a donation from Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC), while Coleman’s American Action Network (AAN) PAC purchased ads last year in the Duluth News Tribune supporting Mr. Cravaack.
Mr. Coleman’s American Action Network had its impact in the 2010 elections targeting Tim Walz (D-MN-01) and prompting a review of then Senator Coleman’s statements about the role of PAC and his plea that “Enough is Enough.”
Meanwhile, Representative Walz is already under attack … as the Mankato Free Press reported criticism of
“Walz for holding “jobs and the economy hostage by refusing to support the Keystone XL pipeline.”
That topic was also the theme of automated phone calls sponsored by national Republicans to southern Minnesotans last month, although it’s a somewhat confusing line of attack because Walz was one of 10 House Democrats to vote for a Republican proposal.
Hmmm … Norm Coleman is an advisor to Mitt Romney,
Norm Coleman heads-up a PAC that supports Republicans for the House,
Mitt Romney’s PAC gives money to Republican House member’s re-elections,
Norm Coleman’s PAC targets Democrats providing shady information …
by losing his Senate seat, Norm Coleman is more influential today (and I will be a whole lot richer) without any responsibilities to the public.
And obviously NO co-ordination between the PAC and the Advisor … Yep, only in a Citizen’s United Corporate World.