People can debate all day whether government should be in the business of picking winners and losers in the marketplace by selectively awarding loan guarantees. What’s beyond dispute is that any official decision that results in the loss of half-a-billion tax dollars should elicit an apology from somebody in government. Read More
Dozens of volunteers, consultants and campaign staff who were involved with committees to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor should be barred from joining his campaign should he run for office, according to San Francisco’s top ethics watchdog.
The committee trying to recruit Lee, Progress for All, has disbanded in the public eye but could still be the subject of queries by the Ethics Commission, which regulates local campaigns. Read More
As city attorney, Dennis Herrera has very publicly shut down illegally operating nightspots and strip clubs. Now, his mayoral campaign is flush with cash from the strip clubs that benefited from such enforcement.
Records released Monday show Herrera received seven $500 donations — for a total of $3,500 — from strip clubs throughout San Francisco, including Déjà Vu Showgirls, the Gold Club and the Market Street Cinema. Read More
The cash for mayoral campaigns continues to stream in as a crowded field of candidates vies for office in an election that’s only three months away.
Click on the photo at right to see more on this story, including the money raised for each candidate. Read More
Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign kickoff Saturday had signs, buttons, balloons, stickers, speeches and spirited chants of “Run, Ed, run!” — all the fanfare you could think of such an event having, except for one critical element.
Ed Lee. Read More
Administration officials insisted Tuesday that President Obama was soliciting advice – not money – from a group of Wall Street executives he hosted at the White House a few weeks before he launched his reelection campaign. Read More
After a couple weeks of blasting President Obama on the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally mustered a reaction from the White House.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pushed back against a television ad Romney released Monday that criticizes the president for calling the slowing job growth a "bump in the road."
"I'm an American, not a bump in the road," several individuals tell the camera in Romney's ad. Read More
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has lost virtually his entire campaign staff.
Ginrgrich press spokesman Rick Tyler told The Associated Press that he's resigned along with campaign manager Rob Johnson, senior strategists and aides in key early primary states.
Politico is reporting that strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney and consultants Katon Dawson in South Carolina and Craig Schoenfeld in Iowa also quit over their "different vision" for the campaign. Read More
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made his campaign for president official Thursday in a speech that focused primarily on criticizing President Obama.
"Barack Obama has failed America," Romney said to a crowd in New Hampshire. "When he took office, the economy was in recession and he made it worse and he made it last longer."
He said Obama is responsible for the faltering economic recovery, calling it the "Obama-conomy." Read More
News of a Sarah Palin documentary scheduled to open in Iowa this June was highlighted on the Drudge Report yesterday, sparking new speculation about a possible 2012 run for Palin. Read More