PGI logo cropped.png
Congressional Millionaire’s Club
The Personal Gain Index shines a light on how members of Congress benefit during their tenure.





Difference between revisions of "Campaign for Primary Accountability"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Line 1: Line 1:
{{Short organization profile |
+
{{Short organization profile  
name                = Campaign for Primary Accountability |
+
|name                = Campaign for Primary Accountability  
type                = [[Super PAC]] |
+
|image  = Campaign for Primary Accountability logo.PNG  
organization image  = [[File:Campaign for Primary Accountability logo.PNG|300px]] |
+
|chairman           = [[Eric O'Keefe]] and [[Leo Linbeck III]], Co-Chairman
leadership           = [[Eric O'Keefe]] and [[Leo Linbeck III]], Co-Chairman|
+
|political party      = Non-partisan  
political party      = Non-partisan |
+
|year                = 2011
website              = [http://www.campaign4primaryaccountability.org/ Official website]|
+
|website              = [http://www.campaign4primaryaccountability.org/ Official website]|
email                =  |
+
 
}}{{tnr}}{{Super PACs}}The '''Campaign for Primary Accountability''' is a [[Super PAC]] formed in September 2011 in order to provide voters with more information regarding candidates in primary elections.<ref name="about"/> The organization works to "put the voters back in control of the process," and believes that to do that, voters "must challenge long-term incumbents and hold them accountable for their deeds."<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/campaign4primaryaccountability?sk=info ''Campaign for Primary Accountability'' "Facebook Page," Accessed February 2, 2012]</ref>
 
}}{{tnr}}{{Super PACs}}The '''Campaign for Primary Accountability''' is a [[Super PAC]] formed in September 2011 in order to provide voters with more information regarding candidates in primary elections.<ref name="about"/> The organization works to "put the voters back in control of the process," and believes that to do that, voters "must challenge long-term incumbents and hold them accountable for their deeds."<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/campaign4primaryaccountability?sk=info ''Campaign for Primary Accountability'' "Facebook Page," Accessed February 2, 2012]</ref>
  
Line 201: Line 200:
 
|}
 
|}
  
===Advertisements===
+
===Campaign ads===
 
{|
 
{|
 
|----- valign="right"
 
|----- valign="right"
Line 220: Line 219:
 
{{youtube|title=Ou2NILzrMXc|size=250|caption=[[Judy Biggert]] "Rock the Boat."}}
 
{{youtube|title=Ou2NILzrMXc|size=250|caption=[[Judy Biggert]] "Rock the Boat."}}
 
|}
 
|}
==Responses to activity==
+
===Responses to activity===
 
+
====From targeted incumbents====
===From targeted incumbents===
+
  
 
* [[Jo Bonner]] (R): "Talking in the cloakroom, there are a lot of people who think they’re going to keep getting involved across the country."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73808_Page2.html ''Politico'', "[[Super PAC]]'s next target: Spencer Bachus", March 9, 2012]</ref>
 
* [[Jo Bonner]] (R): "Talking in the cloakroom, there are a lot of people who think they’re going to keep getting involved across the country."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73808_Page2.html ''Politico'', "[[Super PAC]]'s next target: Spencer Bachus", March 9, 2012]</ref>
Line 231: Line 229:
  
 
* [[Spencer Bachus]] (R): "Because they don’t really seem to have any logical goals and their attacks are indiscriminate, I almost have to believe it’s an ego trip. This is really tearing apart the structure of this body. It’s a bullying tactic, and it attacks experienced legislators indiscriminately."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/super-pac-targets-incumbents-of-any-stripe/2012/06/18/gJQA84tAmV_story.html ''Washington Post'' "Super PAC targets incumbents of any stripe," June 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* [[Spencer Bachus]] (R): "Because they don’t really seem to have any logical goals and their attacks are indiscriminate, I almost have to believe it’s an ego trip. This is really tearing apart the structure of this body. It’s a bullying tactic, and it attacks experienced legislators indiscriminately."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/super-pac-targets-incumbents-of-any-stripe/2012/06/18/gJQA84tAmV_story.html ''Washington Post'' "Super PAC targets incumbents of any stripe," June 18, 2012]</ref>
===From the media===
+
====From the media====
  
 
* A ''New York Times'' editorial on March 18, 2012 criticized the Campaign for Accountability, stating that the methods used "demonstrates the inherent danger in allowing big money to steer election results." The editorial acknowledged that there is an entrenchment problem in Congress, but questioned the unlimited spending of money by a small group of donors was the appropriate response. The editorial recommended promoting nonpartisan redistricting or opposing state attempts to limit voter turnout as other methods to effect change.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/opinion/the-wrong-way-to-shake-up-congress.html?_r=2&hpw ''New York Times'' "The Wrong Way to Shake Up Congress," March 18, 2012]</ref> Curtis Ellis, the CPA's press spokesperson, responded to the NYT editorial, saying, "The Campaign for Primary Accountability is using the laws that exist now to increase voter participation and redress the imbalanced access to big money that incumbents enjoy.  Election reforms are certainly needed, but we cannot wait for incumbent lawmakers to ratify the reforms that will disadvantage them."
 
* A ''New York Times'' editorial on March 18, 2012 criticized the Campaign for Accountability, stating that the methods used "demonstrates the inherent danger in allowing big money to steer election results." The editorial acknowledged that there is an entrenchment problem in Congress, but questioned the unlimited spending of money by a small group of donors was the appropriate response. The editorial recommended promoting nonpartisan redistricting or opposing state attempts to limit voter turnout as other methods to effect change.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/opinion/the-wrong-way-to-shake-up-congress.html?_r=2&hpw ''New York Times'' "The Wrong Way to Shake Up Congress," March 18, 2012]</ref> Curtis Ellis, the CPA's press spokesperson, responded to the NYT editorial, saying, "The Campaign for Primary Accountability is using the laws that exist now to increase voter participation and redress the imbalanced access to big money that incumbents enjoy.  Election reforms are certainly needed, but we cannot wait for incumbent lawmakers to ratify the reforms that will disadvantage them."
Line 243: Line 241:
 
*After the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections]], an article in ''Slate'' discussed the success of the organization in 2012 compared to higher-spending organizations such as those run by Karl Rove. According to the article, the ''Campaign for Primary Accountability'' "made the impact by targeting lower-impact races."<ref>[http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/11/08/the_anti_incumbent_pac_had_a_better_record_than_rove.html ''Slate'' "The Anti-Incumbent PAC Had a Better Record Than Rove," November 8, 2012]</ref>
 
*After the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections]], an article in ''Slate'' discussed the success of the organization in 2012 compared to higher-spending organizations such as those run by Karl Rove. According to the article, the ''Campaign for Primary Accountability'' "made the impact by targeting lower-impact races."<ref>[http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/11/08/the_anti_incumbent_pac_had_a_better_record_than_rove.html ''Slate'' "The Anti-Incumbent PAC Had a Better Record Than Rove," November 8, 2012]</ref>
  
===From the political parties===
+
====From the political parties====
  
*A ''Politico'' article on March 19, 2012 reported that the "National Republican Congressional Committee told four companies working to unseat incumbent lawmakers that it could not do business with them anymore" because the firms were working with the CPA.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74205.html "Eric Cantor takes sides while others avoid party fight," March 19, 2012]</ref>
+
*A ''Politico'' article on March 19, 2012, reported that the "National Republican Congressional Committee told four companies working to unseat incumbent lawmakers that it could not do business with them anymore" because the firms were working with the CPA.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74205.html "Eric Cantor takes sides while others avoid party fight," March 19, 2012]</ref>
  
 +
==Recent news==
 +
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "'''Campaign + for + Primary + Accountability'''"
 +
:''All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.''
 +
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Campaign+for+Primary+Accountability&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title= Campaign for Primary Accountability News Feed</rss>
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
 
*[http://www.campaign4primaryaccountability.org/ Campaign for Primary Accountability Website]
 
*[http://www.campaign4primaryaccountability.org/ Campaign for Primary Accountability Website]
*[http://www.facebook.com/campaign4primaryaccountability?sk=info Campaign for Primary Accountability Facebook Page]
+
*[https://www.facebook.com/campaign4primaryaccountability Campaign for Primary Accountability Facebook Page]
*[https://twitter.com/#!/C4PATweets Campaign for Primary Accountability Twitter Page]
+
*[https://twitter.com/CPA_PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability Twitter Page]
 +
 
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{congress}}
 
{{congress}}
 
[[Category:Super PACs]]
 
[[Category:Super PACs]]

Revision as of 23:03, 17 July 2013


Campaign for Primary Accountability
Campaign for Primary Accountability logo.PNG
Chairman:Eric O'Keefe and Leo Linbeck III, Co-Chairman
Party:Non-partisan
Year created:2011
Website:Official website

Campaign Finance Ballotpedia.png

Super PACs

American Bridge 21st CenturyAmerican CrossroadsAmerican Unity PACCampaign for Primary AccountabilityClub for Growth ActionCongressional Leadership FundCooperative of American Physicians IE CommitteeCrossroads GenerationEnding Spending Action FundEndorse LibertyFair Share ActionFreedomWorks for AmericaGovernment Integrity FundHouse Majority PACIndependence USA FundLeague of Conservation VotersLiberty for All PACMajority PACNational Association of RealtorsNEA Advocacy FundNextGen Climate ActionNow or Never PACPlanned Parenthood VotesReady for HillaryRepublicans for a Prosperous AmericaRestore America's Voice PACSEIU Pea-FederalWomen Vote!Workers' Voice

The Campaign for Primary Accountability is a Super PAC formed in September 2011 in order to provide voters with more information regarding candidates in primary elections.[1] The organization works to "put the voters back in control of the process," and believes that to do that, voters "must challenge long-term incumbents and hold them accountable for their deeds."[2]

The goal of the organization listed on its official website reads:

"Our goal is to bring true competition to our electoral process, to give voters real information about their choices, and to restore fair, not fixed, elections."[1]

The Campaign for Primary Accountability was featured in a front-page story in the Washington Post on March 8, 2012. The story quotes CPA founder Leo Linbeck saying, "We’re trying to make the electoral system competitive, so that Congress will become more accountable to the voters. It’s not about policy, it’s about governance. We’re not interested in shifting power between Republicans and Democrats. We’re interested in shifting power between Congress and the people."[3]

The organization attracted national attention after the March 6, 2012, congressional primary in Ohio's 2nd District when it played a role in defeating incumbent Jean Schmidt.[3] It attracted renewed attention when it played a role in incumbent Don Manzullo's defeat in the March 20, 2012, congressional primary in Illinois 16.[4]

A January 2013 op-ed by co-founder Leo Linbeck III indicated that the organization would continue to be active in the 2014 elections.[5]

Background

According to Campaign for Primary Accountability spokesman Curtis Ellis, "CPA does not fit the traditional Democrat versus Republican, liberal versus conservative paradigm. It is a trans-partisan organization that encourages greater participation in primaries by voters in both parties in order to break the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Washington."[6]

The official website of the CPA points to polls and election results from November 2010 as the impetus for its campaign. In November 2010, the congressional approval rating was 17 percent. During the same month, 86 percent of congressional incumbents were re-elected. The CPA believes that more than 80 percent of all districts are controlled by one major party -- which would make the primary the only place to defeat an incumbent.[7]

The primary backers of the Campaign for Primary Accountability are Eric O'Keefe and Leo Linbeck III.[6]

"The right-versus-left paradigm is the wrong one, or Democrat versus Republican. It's a struggle between the ruling elite … versus the citizens," Linbeck said.[8]

2012 elections


Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler discusses the Campaign For Primary Accountability on MSNBC

The organization used four factors when deciding if it was active in a district.[9]

  1. Is the district controlled by one party (in other words, the group will not be active in swing districts)
  2. Is there a capable challenger
  3. Has the incumbent served at least two terms (in other words, no freshmen)
  4. Does private polling show a challenger could win

In an interview with MSNBC, Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said the goal of the Campaign was to defeat 100 incumbents in primaries -- 50 Democratic and 50 Republican.[10]

Federal Elections filings in February 2012 showed the group raised $1.7 million.[11] As of that time it is the 13th largest super PAC in the country.[8]

Targeted incumbents

The organization targeted certain "entrenched incumbents" who were deemed "out of step" with their district.[6] Some of those included:

Incumbent Party State District
Jo Bonner[12] Ends.png Republican Alabama 1st congressional district
Spencer Bachus[13] Ends.png Republican Alabama 6th congressional district
Jesse Jackson, Jr.[8] Electiondot.png Democratic Illinois 2nd congressional district
Judy Biggert[14] Ends.png Republican Illinois 11th congressional district
Tim Johnson[15] Ends.png Republican Illinois 13th congressional district
Don Manzullo[8] Ends.png Republican Illinois 16th congressional district
Dan Burton[16] Ends.png Republican Indiana 5th congressional district
Charles Rangel[17] Electiondot.png Democratic New York 13th congressional district
Marcy Kaptur[18] Electiondot.png Democratic Ohio 9th congressional district
Jean Schmidt[18] Ends.png Republican Ohio 2nd congressional district
Robert Brady[8] Electiondot.png Democratic Pennsylvania 1st congressional district
Tim Holden[8] Electiondot.png Democratic Pennsylvania 17th congressional district
Tim Murphy[14] Ends.png Republican Pennsylvania 18th congressional district
Silvestre Reyes[14] Electiondot.png Democratic Texas 16th congressional district
Eddie Bernice Johnson[14] Electiondot.png Democratic Texas 30th congressional district

Activity

According to Open Secrets.org, the Campaign for Primary Accountability had spent a total of $700,161 as of March 9, 2012.[20]
Details of that spending can be seen in the chart below

Candidate Party Office Spending For Spending Against Total
Spencer Bachus Ends.png Republican Alabama 6th congressional district - $188,375 $188,375
Jo Bonner Ends.png Republican Alabama 1st congressional district - $115,996 $115,996
Debbie Halvorson Electiondot.png Democratic Illinois 2nd congressional district $43,057 $43,057
Jesse Jackson, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Illinois 2nd congressional district $19,798 $19,798
Marcy Kaptur Electiondot.png Democratic Ohio 9th congressional district $146,295 $146,295
Dennis Kucinich Electiondot.png Democratic Ohio 9th congressional district $106,883 $106,883
Don Manzullo Ends.png Republican Illinois 16th congressional district $28,871 $20,871
Jean Schmidt Ends.png Republican Ohio 2nd congressional district $50,886 $50,886

Campaign ads


Spencer Bachus "Rock the boat."

Don Manzullo "Rock the boat."

Spencer Bachus "Send Bachus packing."

Jean Schmidt "Rock the boat."

Don Manzullo "Washington Weathervane."

Judy Biggert "Rock the Boat."

Responses to activity

From targeted incumbents

  • Jo Bonner (R): "Talking in the cloakroom, there are a lot of people who think they’re going to keep getting involved across the country."[21]
  • Marcy Kaptur (D): The CPA SuperPAC is composed of "anarchists from Texas".[22]
  • Don Manzullo (R): "Why would we have a system that allows people from outside the state with absolutely no connections to literally buy an election?"[23]
  • Spencer Bachus (R): "Because they don’t really seem to have any logical goals and their attacks are indiscriminate, I almost have to believe it’s an ego trip. This is really tearing apart the structure of this body. It’s a bullying tactic, and it attacks experienced legislators indiscriminately."[24]

From the media

  • A New York Times editorial on March 18, 2012 criticized the Campaign for Accountability, stating that the methods used "demonstrates the inherent danger in allowing big money to steer election results." The editorial acknowledged that there is an entrenchment problem in Congress, but questioned the unlimited spending of money by a small group of donors was the appropriate response. The editorial recommended promoting nonpartisan redistricting or opposing state attempts to limit voter turnout as other methods to effect change.[25] Curtis Ellis, the CPA's press spokesperson, responded to the NYT editorial, saying, "The Campaign for Primary Accountability is using the laws that exist now to increase voter participation and redress the imbalanced access to big money that incumbents enjoy. Election reforms are certainly needed, but we cannot wait for incumbent lawmakers to ratify the reforms that will disadvantage them."
  • A Wall Street Journal article on March 18, 2012 highlighted the organization's impact on 2012 elections. Writers detailed the "heartburn" that is being caused to both parties.[26]
  • The editorial board of the Houston Chronicle weighed in on the group on March 20, writing, "It's interesting to see big-buck donors using their wealth to undermine, rather than support, a political system where gerrymandering and uncontested incumbency seem to matter more than actual votes. After all, something is clearly wrong with the way elected officials get into office when congressional approval is 17 percent, but the rate of incumbents being re-elected is 90 percent. Linbeck's got an intriguing idea, and one we'll keep our eyes on."[27]
  • The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune mentioned the group in an April 24, 2012 article about entitlement programs. The editorial's introduction read: "No, we won't be sending donations to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, the political action committee that fights the huge advantage incumbents enjoy in U.S. House and Senate races. But on Monday we gained new appreciation for anti-incumbent fever: As Democrats and Republicans in Washington perpetually trade blame for our deteriorating federal finances, Social Security has moved three years closer to emptying its trust fund."[28]
  • After the 2012 elections, an article in Slate discussed the success of the organization in 2012 compared to higher-spending organizations such as those run by Karl Rove. According to the article, the Campaign for Primary Accountability "made the impact by targeting lower-impact races."[29]

From the political parties

  • A Politico article on March 19, 2012, reported that the "National Republican Congressional Committee told four companies working to unseat incumbent lawmakers that it could not do business with them anymore" because the firms were working with the CPA.[30]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Campaign + for + Primary + Accountability"

All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.

  • Loading...

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Campaign for Primary Accountability "About," Accessed February 2, 2012
  2. Campaign for Primary Accountability "Facebook Page," Accessed February 2, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Washington Post, "One super PAC takes aim at incumbents of any party", March 7, 2012
  4. Politico, "Adam Kinzinger topples Don Manzullo in Illinois", March 21, 2012
  5. Politico "Holding Congress accountable," January 8, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cincinnati Enquirer "Super-PAC targets 'out of step' Schmidt," January 29, 2012
  7. Campaign for Primary Accountability "Problem," Accessed February 2, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 National Journal "Super PAC Plows Money Into Unseating Incumbents," February 28, 2012
  9. Mother Jones "This Texas "Anarchist" GOPer Is Taking Out Incumbents," March 8, 2012
  10. MSNBC "Deylan Ratigan Show"
  11. Dallas Morning News "Business-friendly Texas Republicans spending big to promote Ohio liberal Dennis Kucinich. Why?" February 9, 2012
  12. Slate "The Men Who Stare At Incumbents, and Then Try to Beat Them," March 8, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Washington Post "One super PAC takes aim at incumbents of any party," March 7, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Talking Points Memo "Super-PAC Aims To Take Down Incumbents — All Of Them," February 6, 2012
  15. Campaign for Primary Accountability "Illinois District 13 Polling Memo," December 16, 2011
  16. National Journal "Facing Tough Primary, Veteran Rep. Burton Bows Out," January 31, 2012
  17. Roll Call "Super PAC takes aim at Charlie Rangel," May 8, 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 New York Times "‘Super PAC’ Increasing Congress’s Sense of Insecurity," March 8, 2012
  19. Toledo Blade "Texas "super-PAC" siding with Kucinich in Ohio 9th," February 15, 2012
  20. Open Secrets, "Campaign for Primary Accountability Independent Expenditures," Accessed March 9, 2012
  21. Politico, "Super PAC's next target: Spencer Bachus", March 9, 2012
  22. Toledo Blade, "Texas "super-PAC" siding with Kucinich in Ohio 9th", February 15, 2012
  23. Politico, "Texas super PAC makes incumbents shake in their boots", March 19, 2012
  24. Washington Post "Super PAC targets incumbents of any stripe," June 18, 2012
  25. New York Times "The Wrong Way to Shake Up Congress," March 18, 2012
  26. Wall Street Journal "New 'Super PAC' Takes Aim at Incumbents," March 18, 2012
  27. Houston Chronicle, "Editorial: A PAC to upset the political apple cart", March 20, 2012
  28. Chicago Tribune "Editorial: Grim news on Social Security and Medicare, but who's listening?" April 24, 2012
  29. Slate "The Anti-Incumbent PAC Had a Better Record Than Rove," November 8, 2012
  30. "Eric Cantor takes sides while others avoid party fight," March 19, 2012