Only Washington Lobbyists Need Not Apply: Sen. John Edwards has a new television ad running in New Hampshire in which he says he's "never taken a dime from PACs or Washington lobbyists and I never will."
But the Center for Responsive Politics reports that Edwards' campaign has received $6.7 million from "lawyers and lobbyists." And in the 2001-2002 cycle, Edwards formed a leadership PAC of his own, New American Optimists, which received more than $4.1 million from "lawyers and lobbyists" -- $3.7 million of which was soft money. Overall, Edwards' PAC received $4.6 million in soft money including $900,000 from employees of Shangri-la Enterprises, owned by Steven Bing, and $155,000 from employees of Texas trial lawyer Fred Baron's law firm.
In July, the Charlotte Observer looked into Edwards' campaign finance reports and discovered that his campaign had accepted about $35,000 in donations from 35 state lobbyists in North Carolina and elsewhere. The distinction, the campaign says was that the lobbyists were not "Washington" lobbyists.
The "no-PAC" pledge shouldn't cause too much of a shortfall for the Edwards campaign. McCain-Feingold left the $5,000 maximum PAC contribution in place, despite raising the individual limits from $1,000 to $2,000.
Edwards' New Hampshire spokesman, Colin Van Ostern, would not give specifics on the size of the ad buy, but called it "significant" and said the campaign already has bought a week's worth of time in the Granite State, and, presumably, the Boston stations.
L.A. Confidential: The Los Angeles Times reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger has required his campaign staffers to sign a confidentiality agreement, long a Hollywood staple but rarely seen in political campaigns.
The agreement would require staffers who reveal "information and items relating to or concerning (a) Arnold Schwarzenegger and his family, friends, associates and employees (collectively, "Related Parties"); (b) private and confidential matters concerning Employer or any Related Parties; (c) financial, business, medical, legal, personal and contractual matters and (d) any letter, memorandum, contract, photograph, film or other document or writing pertaining in any way to Employer or any Related Parties."
In case that did not scare staffers enough, the Times reports that the agreement also bars staffers from taking "any photographs, movies, videos" or making "any sketches, depictions or other likenesses of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Arnold Schwarzenegger's family, friends, associates or employees." The agreement not to "publish, disseminate, disclose or cause to be published, disseminated or disclosed" continues "during or after" the staff member's employment.
Break the agreement and you pay a $50,000 fine for each "violation." Of course, the Times could not get the campaign to comment on the confidentiality agreement on the record since the very existence of the confidentiality agreement is, well, confidential.
A senior campaign official did tell the Times: "It's standard operating procedure, considering the celebrity nature of the candidate. This is someone who has had people around him who have repeatedly tried to profit off of him."
Meanwhile, over in the apparently sieve-like, confidentiality agreement-free Davis campaign, someone leaked an internal poll to The Wall Street Journal showing the governor receiving "little lift" from a visit last weekend by former President Clinton. The poll also shows Latinos split over Davis being recalled. And Latinos are not trending toward anyone to replace Davis should he be recalled, including Mexican-American Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante.
Weekend Ahead: With the end of the third quarter coming to a close on Sept. 30, the Democratic presidential candidates are shaking hands and raising money over the weekend. Sen. John Edwards appears on CBS News' "Face The Nation" on Sunday, a day after he joins the anti-recall bandwagon and campaigns with Gov. Gray Davis in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Carol Moseley Braun will be prepping in Washington for her official announcement on Monday. On the heels of Sen. Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark, Moseley Braun will formally announce her candidacy in a three-city tour that will take her to Washington, Columbia, S.C. and Chicago.
President Bush at Camp David. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark gives a foreign policy speech at University of Iowa in Iowa City. Ex-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean campaigns in New Hampshire. Sen. John Edwards is in North Carolina touring the damage from Hurricane Isabel. Rep. Dick Gephardt fundraises in Washington. Sen. Bob Graham attends fundraisers in Gainesville and North Broward, Fla. Sen. John Kerry attended a "Women for Kerry" forum and then tours a factory in Paterson, NJ. Rep. Dennis Kucinich campaigns in Maine and then heads to Cambridge where he will keynote a speech for Mass. Peace Action Convention. Ex-Sen. Carol Moseley Braun campaigns in Chicago. No public events scheduled for Sen. Joe Lieberman or Rev. Al Sharpton.
Dean attends a fundraiser and rally in Hudson, New York and then a New York City fundraiser, with performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Al Franken and Gloria Gaynor. Meanwhile, the Dean campaign hosts a national "visibility" day where Dean supporters across the country will stand on street corners and pass out flyers. Edwards campaigns in San Francisco with Gray Davis. Gephardt fundraises in Kansas City, Mo. Kerry attends meet the candidate events in Keene, Claremont and Henniker, N.H. Kucinich attends the New Hampshire Rolling Thunder Down Home Democracy Tour in Manchester. Sharpton speaks at the Louisiana Publishers Association meeting. Clark has private meetings in Little Rock.
Edwards on "Face The Nation." Gephardt campaigns in Iowa. Kucinich attends a rally and gives a speech on immigration policy in San Diego, then attends fundraisers in Studio Hills and Venice, Calif. Lieberman participates in Sen. Tom Harkin's "Hear It From The Heartland" series and opens his Cedar Rapids campaign office. Clark has private meetings in Little Rock, Ark. No public events scheduled for Dean or Kerry.
Vice President Cheney headlines Bush-Cheney fundraiser in Hartford, Connecticut. Moseley Braun formally appears on CBS News' The Early Show before making formal announcement at Howard University in Washington, Benedict College in S.C. and the University of Illinois in Chicago. Gephardt campaigns in Iowa. Kucinich keynotes a town hall meeting in Annapolis. No public events scheduled for Dean.
Quote of the Day: "I don't know if I would have or not. I've said it both ways because when you get into this, what happens is you have to put yourself in a position - on balance, I probably would have voted for it." -- Wesley Clark, on whether he'd have voted for last October's congressional resolution on Iraq. (The New York Times)