The latest Federal Election Commission reports shed new light on the political largesse of two Texas businessmen. One has contributed to three active GOP presidential candidates, including a new $1 million check to Rick Santorum's superPAC. The other just gave $3 million more to Mitt Romney's superPAC.
Republicans are attacking President Obama and his team for allegedly saying they wanted energy prices to go up. The president scoffs at the charge. But some environmentalists say higher energy prices would be a good thing because they would spur the development of alternative technologies.
Despite Mitt Romney's big win in Illinois, his campaign is on the defensive Wednesday after one of his senior advisers told CNN: "I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch — you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."
President Obama traveled west on Wednesday, where he stopped at a solar energy facility in Boulder City, Nevada. The two-day trip is designed to sell the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy.
Two of the most prominent and generous GOP donors are from Texas. Bob Perry is a billionaire Houston homebuilder whose money helped build the Texas Republican Party into the juggernaut it's become. Harold Simmons owns a low-level nuclear waste dump which he might like to turn into a high level nuclear waste dump. Between them, they've donated nearly $100 million.
Unlike the 2008 presidential campaign, when Republicans awarded delegates by state, they're now awarded proportionally by Congressional district. While that's increasing the power of many late voting states, it's some party leaders worry no candidate will claim the nomination before the convention.
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