Aspen, Colorado (CNN) – Despite laws barring coordination between federal campaigns and outside groups, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie are hosting a joint closed-door political briefing with leading Republican donors Thursday.
According to Republicans familiar with the schedule, the two operatives are headlining a lunchtime political briefing for top donors at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen, a posh, closed-press affair where GOP governors mingle with some of their biggest financial backers.
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. House voted Thursday to formally reprimand California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson for misusing government staffers for a variety of political and personal purposes.
By a voice vote, the House followed the recommendation of the House Committee on Ethics, which is divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats. The penalty included a $10,000 fine.
(CNN) – The liberal group MoveOn.org will run a thirty-second television spot in battleground states mocking Rafalca, the dressage horse competing at the London Olympics that is co-owned by Ann Romney.
The group said the total buy amounted to five figures, which will be used to air the ad in Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Washington (CNN) – Super PACs and other independent advocacy organizations have spent more than $140 million to run ads in the battle for the White House so far this cycle, making them major players in the fight for the presidency, but a new national poll indicates that most Americans know very little about these influential groups.
According to a new Washington Post/Pew Research Center survey, nearly four in ten say they've heard "nothing at all" about "increased spending in this year's presidential election by outside groups not associated with the candidates or campaigns," with another 36% saying they've heard only "a little" about the super PACs spending.
(CNN) – The political horserace turned into an actual horserace Thursday in London. Or at least a horse ballet.
Rafalca, the mare co-owned by Ann Romney, made her Olympics debut at Greenwich Park, competing in the individual Dressage Grand Prix event against a crowded field that included horses from at least seventeen other nations.
(CNN) – A day before the Labor Department releases jobs figures for July, the dueling presidential campaigns turned their attention back to the nation's fragile economy, each blasting the other as bad for middle class Americans.
President Barack Obama's campaign used a 30-second television ad to hit Mitt Romney for his tax plan, saying in the spot that his Republican challenger's proposals would increase taxes on middle class Americans while lowering tax rates for the wealthy. The campaign said the ad would run in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada – all battlegrounds in November's election.
New York (CNNMoney) - The Federal Reserve has made clear it's standing down for now on more steps to aid the economy.
So the job is back to Congress.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney is back on the trail after spending Wednesday in Boston. He will begin a Western campaign swing, starting in Colorado Thursday and Nevada Friday. After an event in Golden, Romney will join Republican governors - many of whom are rumored to be on the presumptive GOP nominee's shortlist for a vice presidential pick - at a roundtable discussion in Basalt, Colorado. Romney will then attend a fund-raiser in Aspen where he will be joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Following his Wednesday trip to the battleground of Ohio, President Barack Obama will campaign in the toss-up states of Florida and Virginia Thursday. Meanwhile, wife Michelle Obama will rally supporters in New Hampshire.
See the full schedule after the jump.
Washington (CNN) – The nation's largest tea party political action committee will reveal Thursday the latest candidate to receive its blessing, the group's leaders told CNN.
The Tea Party Express will endorse attorney Clark Durant over former Rep. Pete Hoekstra in the Michigan Republican senate primary - a risky move that could snap the group's recent string of endorsement success. Though Durant has badly trailed Hoekstra in several recent polls, Express leaders will gather in Flint to announce their support of him.
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CNN: Would more tea party-backed senators mean more gridlock?
Texas GOP upstart Ted Cruz claimed victory Tuesday with a familiar tea party rallying cry. "Millions of Texans and Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution," he told supporters. A 41-year-old, first-time candidate, Cruz walloped the well-funded Republican establishment candidate, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary runoff. He did so by vowing to stand by his tea party principles.
CNN: Obama, Romney camps spar over tax study
Making his 12th visit to the Buckeye State since announcing his campaign for reelection, President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to hammer home the differences between his tax policies and those of his opponent.