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Mitt Romney is already leading the pack by a long-shot when it comes to fundraising in the Republican presidential primaries. It looks like he’s getting some extra help, too, just in case.

 

A group of prominent Mitt Romney backers has quietly launched a “super PAC” to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of his bid for the White House, according to organizers and others involved in the effort.

Restore Our Future PAC, spearheaded by several prominent GOP strategists, is the latest in an expanding list of new groups that have formed to take advantage of court rulings allowing corporations, unions and tycoons to spend millions of dollars on elections without restrictions.

Romney, who donated millions of his personal fortune to his failed 2007/08 campaign and raised $10 million in a single day in mid May, continues to solidify his front-runner status and seems intent on drowning out his rivals with his financial edge. The U.S. Supreme Court, with Citizens United and other campaign finance rulings, is doing its part to ensure the 2012 presidential election is defined by unlimited donations to candidates, and Romney is surely grateful for it. [The Washington Post]

 

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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