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  •  LOL Evangelicals are shocked too? (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, mmacdDE

    Yes Mr. Evangelical, I think the electorate is getting  sick and tired of you trying to push them around and telling them what to think.

    We have a constitution that separates Church from state...stay out of politics! Your congregation can think for themselves.

    It is amazing that evangelicals that Luv the Lord, won't stand up to right wing slashing social programs, their hatefulness and racism, but can talk about same sex marriage and abortion. Hypocrites!

    This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

    by ankae on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:34:01 AM PST

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    •  Other losers: (2+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, Lonely Liberal in PA
      American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-led Super PAC, had an awful won-lost record in 2012. Only 1.29 percent of the $103,559,672 that that group spent resulted in American Crossroads’ expected outcome, and the group did not support a single winning candidate.

      Rove’s “dark money” group, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, didn’t fare much better. It had a 14.4 percent batting average — but also didn’t support any election-night winners.

      Rove’s terrible return on his donors’ investments may come back to haunt him. As one Republican operative told The Huffington Post’s Jon Ward, “There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do… I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.”

      Charles and David Koch didn’t fare much better than Rove. The Koch brothers-linked Center to Protect Patient Rights backed several outside spending groups, few of which found much success in the election results. The American Future fund spent only 5.57 percent of its $23,613,532 successfully, opposing three losing candidates and supporting zero winners. Americans for Responsible Leadership was even worse, getting the desired result on only 1.96 percent of its $5,022,762 spent.

      The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, another of the most prominent outside groups on the right, also found very little success — 6.9 percent of its spending ended with the intended result; the Chamber supported just four winning candidates, and opposed three election-night losers.

      The Ending Spending Action Fund — a Super PAC backed by conservative billionaire Joe Ricketts, which memorably considered an ad campaign that would have painted President Barack Obama as a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln” — had a relatively low 15.34 percent ROI on its $13,238,296 of spending.

      No outside spending group fared worse than the National Rifle Association. The National Rifle Association Of America Political Victory Fund spent $11,787,523 in 2012, only 0.81 percent of which delivered the group’s preferrd electoral outcome.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:47:08 AM PST

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      •  That actually warms my heart. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        •  Mine too! (0+ / 0-)

          Now some of the bigger donors are talking about moving away from an ad based system, like Rove used, or go towards "grassroots boots on the ground" campaigns.
          We'll have to be prepared for that in 2014.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:04:25 AM PST

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