Newt Gingrich demands TV stations pull ads
Newt Gingrich wants ads off the air, Chris Christie vetoes gay marriage, the Maine results are in doubt and January fundraising numbers are in.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Newt Gingrich’s campaign is asking TV stations to pull ads from Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, that claim the former House speaker worked on legislation supporting China’s “one child policy.” (Our Factchecker found the claim misleading.) A letter from the campaign’s legal counsel says any station that airs the ad is open to “potential liability for both libel and false light invasion of privacy.”
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a gay marriage bill passed by the state Assembly yesterday. Christie, a Catholic who personally opposes gay marriage, argues that voters should decide the issue by referendum.
* Susan B. Anthony List, a major anti-abortion organization, endorsed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum today. “Among the field of strong pro-life candidates in the GOP primary, one stands out as a proven leader in this great human and civil rights cause of our time,” said president Marjorie Dannenfelser.
* Court records dug up by the Miami Herald show Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), a Senate candidate, has a history of overdrawing his bank account, property liens, spending more than he took in and getting into fights in bars. The long article goes into a lot of detail about his finances and his divorce.
* The head of the Maine Republican Party said Friday that Romney is still the winner of last weekend’s presidential straw poll after a recount. But the party has agreed to count tallies from Washington County, which postponed its caucus until this Saturday due to weather, so there’s a chance another Romney victory will be overturned.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Rick Perry (remember him?) will be campaigning with Gingrich for the first time on Feb. 22nd, Fox News reports. He will be at the CNN debate that night in Arizona. The Texas governor has done some fundraising calls on Gingrich’s behalf, but so far his support for his ex-rival as been pretty low-profile.
* Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC, has bought $6 million more of airtime, including $876,000 in Michigan on top of a previous $640,000 buy. Romney and his allies are outspending Santorum and his supporters by about a 3-to-1 margin.
* The Republican National Committee raised $10.4 million in January and has $23.4 million on hand. President Obama raised $29.1 million for his reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee in January.
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $5 million and has $15.4 million on hand with no debt. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $4.19 million and has $13.4 million on hand with no debt.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in January, $6 million to $4.8 million. But House Democrats also spent more (mostly on a special election in Oregon), so the House Republicans have more cash on hand, $17.6 million to $13.05 million. Neither has debt.
* Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) is considering running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (R). A former State Department official, Schweich would be getting into a three-way primary where the current candidates have struggled to raise funds.
THE FIX MIX:
Be careful out there.
With Aaron Blake