Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley is a senior correspondent for TIME. He previously covered domestic politics and foreign policy for The New Republic, and was also a reporter at the Boston Globe. He has also written for such publications as New York magazine, GQ, Slate, and the New York Times magazine.

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Big Spenders, Cont’d

A bit more on those dueling NYT and WSJ estimates of outside group spending and what to make of them: The Journal‘s figures include state and local spending, which in the case of a public employee union like AFSCME, would account for quite a lot of political activity. That’s one reason why the NYT‘s number, which does not appear to …

Hey, Big Spenders!

You may have noticed that the front pages of today’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal seem to paint rather different portraits of who’s spending what in the midterm election campaign. According to the Journal, the giant public-employee union AFSCME (or “the bureaucrats union,” as an email just in from a conservative group puts it) …

Chamber Pot

The New York Times provides some new details into the sources of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s money:

These records show that while the chamber boasts of representing more than three million businesses, and having approximately 300,000 members, nearly half of its $149 million in contributions in 2008 came from just 45 donors. Many of

Invade Pakistan?

Considering what may be the toughest foreign policy quandary of Barack Obama’s presidency, Andrew Exum of the Center for a New American Security reminds us of a famous credo:

“We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

Exum continues:

George Bush said that on 11 September

The Eleven Million Dollar Man

I missed this yesterday, but according to new campaign finance reports the Houston-based housing mogul Bob Perry, best known in politics for his support of the 2004 anti-John Kerry Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, has donated at least $11 million this year to independent Republican campaign groups operating under section 527 of the tax …

Re: Money and Politics

Joe, I agree that David Brooks wrote a thought-provoking column which forces us to step back and challenge our assumptions. I’d add another small critique to your list : Brooks argues that advertising from independent groups gets lost in the crush of ads by the candidates and parties themselves. But my sense is that the outside groups on …

Obama, Rove and 2012 Money

Who would have guessed that, in the midterm election home stretch, the White House would spend more than a week talking about television commercials? And yet it’s been nearly impossible of late to hear an Obama administration official speak without getting a quick primer in the way independent conservative groups are running hundreds …

Pressure Chamber

Kevin Drum touches on something that I heard from a Democratic operative this week: That the White House offensive against the Chamber of Commerce is as much about shaping the campaign-funding debate ahead of the 2012 presidential election as it is about the 2010 midterms. Part of that may be about drumming up support for some kind of …

Forget Foreign Money, Here Come the Beck Bucks

I have a story online today (and in the print edition, where it looks prettier!) about what’s behind Obama’s showdown with the Chamber of Commerce. Most Swampland readers will know that the recent public fight between Obama and the Chamber–which is running $75 million in political ads this year, the vast majority of them supporting …

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