This morning, we get a peek behind some campaign curtains. Volunteers for Ron Paul are given some instructions that sound like a parent lecturing a teenager: “cover your tatoos and cut your hair,” reports our colleague Amy Gardner. And to go with that image of a scrappy band of ruffians, a recent meeting at the Texas congressman’s Reno headquarters was held in a “a tiny conference room with a water cooler and a dog.”
Over at Newt Gingrich’s camp, we learn who’s on Team Gingrich : Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his family have given a PAC supporting former House Speaker more than a million this year, says our colleague James Grimaldi--in addition to the $10 million he and his wife gave last year.
That’s a lot of quarters.
Meanwhile, our colleagues Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnham report that Priorities USA, a super PAC for President Obama, has some pretty swanky donors, too, including director Steven Speilberg and Dreamworks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg.
And we love this bit of stagecraft on Capitol Hill, courtesy of our colleague Dana Milbank. Freshman lawmakers on Wednesday made like Ed McMahon with giant checks during a press conference. They made a big show of delivering the (presumably not legal tender) props --representing money from their office budgets they wanted to return to the government to pay down the debt — to Speaker John Boehner.