George Soros gives $1 million to pro-Obama super PAC

September 27, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* Billionaire George Soros is donating $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting President Obama. He is also giving $500,000 to a pair of super PACs supporting congressional Democratic candidates. Soros had laid low for much of the cycle. 

* Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) was "much more ladylike" during her 2006 campaign against then-Sen. Jim Talent (R). “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin said. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened."

* A new Obama campaign TV ad plays Mitt Romney's comments at a May fundraiser, where he made his now widely publicized "47 percent" comment. The ad will run in New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado.

* A day after Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) endorsed Akin, his Senate Conservatives Fund political action committee officially got behind the embattled congressman's Senate bid. The group's executive director Matt Hoskins told its members: "On the question of how much you would be willing to contribute if SCF backed him, over $290,000 was pledged for Todd Akin's campaign."

* A Republican poll conducted for Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) shows him leading Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy 52 percent to 41 percent. Meanwhile, Republican-turned-independent former governor Charlie Crist is helping Murphy raise money. Crist, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, is a potential 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. 

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

 * Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday he would remain in his position if Obama is elected to a second term. “I’m in it for the long haul,” Duncan said. “I’m staying, unless the president gets sick of me.” 

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a new attack ad against former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson (R) on the topic of Medicare. "When Tommy Thompson talks about Medicare, what’s he really thinking about? The special interests; how Tommy Thompson sold his influence and connections to them, making millions. Or Thompson’s plan to gut Medicare, which would cost seniors over $6,000 more a year to give more tax breaks to millionaires," the narrator of the ad says.

* Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is up with a new ad tying Obama to former surgeon general Richard Carmona (D), while Majority PAC and votevets.org are hitting Flake with a $280,000 ad buy that hits the Republican Senate nominee for voting to cut veterans' benefits. 

* The League Of Conservation Voters launched a $600,000 negative ad buy in the San Antonio market against Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Tex.), hitting the freshman congressman for voting "to cut investments in clean energy, like wind and solar." Canseco is opposed in Texas's 23rd District by state Rep. Pete Gallego (D). 

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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