The second quarter of the political fundraising year wrapped up this weekend, and in their final push, Democrats have attracted an assortment of headlines that highlight the party's growing concern with the influence of GOP-backed Super PACs and the likely unprecedented outspending of an incumbent President.
Pressure mounted last week with the massive $4.6 million haul the Romney camp pulled in after the Supreme Court announced its health care decision. According to The Daily Beast, the Obama campaign responded, with a plea for more cash from President Obama himself. The following day, BuzzFeed's Ben Smith reports, the DNC sent out a pitch acknowledging their aggressive efforts to pull in donors.
Meanwhile, as the Democrats made their final push, former Newt Gingrich supporter Sheldon Adelson reportedly donated $10 million to support the efforts of the billionaire Koch brothers - and that may be only the beginning of the collaboration between the two camps.
What can we expect in the third quarter? We'll discuss that and much more at noon ET on NOW.
Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)
Sam Stein, The Huffington Post (@samsteinhp)
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News (@margarettalev)
Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc)
Bill Burton, Priorities USA Action (@billburton716)
Kevin Bleyer, The Daily Show/Author, “Me the People”