TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts became front-page news Thursday because of a report he was considering a $10 million ad campaign that would attack President Obama over his former pastor. But Ricketts has been quietly funding conservative political causes for the past few years.
The prosecution and defense in the John Edwards trial gave their closing arguments on Thursday. The former presidential candidate and vice-presidential nominee is accused of accepting almost a million dollars of secret campaign payments. Prosecutors allege he used the money to hide an affair and subsequent pregnancy with a campaign worker. Melissa Block talks to North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii.
The emergence of Joe Ricketts is yet more proof of how the Citizens United court ruling has opened the flood gates for wealthy donors to influence the outcome of presidential campaigns — or has it? Peter Overby talks to Robert Siegel about big donors and what those court decisions really mean.
We decided to check in with political types in North Carolina, where the electorate is about 72 percent white and 23 percent black, and where polls show Obama and expected GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a dead heat. We asked how ads featuring the incendiary Rev. Jeremiah Wright would play in their state.
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