Much of the attention on money in politics this election cycle has been focused on the new superPACs and their wealthy donors. But publicity-shy donors have an alternative: politically active nonprofit organizations, where they can give all they want without disclosing their identity.
President Obama will hold his first official re-election campaign rallies next week with back-to-back visits to the swing states of Ohio and Virginia. While these are the first official rallies, the president's campaign is well under way. He's just back from a tour of college campuses in three other battleground states.
The superPACs raising money to support the presidential candidates have few restrictions. But they do have to reveal who donated money. So what happens when a donation comes from someone trying to avoid public scrutiny?
President Obama's greatest challenge is the economy. Relatively high unemployment and other factors suggest the economic recovery is shaky. Mitt Romney's challenge is that a tough primary fight forced him to the the right and now he needs to moderate his positions in a way that doesn't hurt him with his base or others.
Newt Gingrich has experienced a long slide since March 6, when he won Georgia's Republican primary. It was his second and final victory of the campaign season, but Gingrich fought to stay in the race through a Southern strategy that never caught on.
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