Thursday, April 26, 2012

Link roundup

1. Some wild numbers in this Businessweek article about campaign debt:

Rudy Giuliani owes various people a total of $2.6 million. And former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, a onetime North Carolina senator, has unpaid bills of $333,586.

Former President Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996. The FEC hasn’t closed the book on his campaign either -- he’s disputing $319,630 in debts.

It’s hard even to remember that Republicans Bob Barr and Alan Keyes and Democrats Al Sharpton and Christopher Dodd ever ran for president. The FEC hasn’t forgotten; each of their campaigns is officially alive. In all, 38 past presidential contenders going back 16 years are still candidates, if only in the eyes of the federal government.
How do some campaigns do a better job of paying off their debts?
One time-proven way to help dispatch campaign bills quickly: Broker a truce with the winner.

Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, racked up $435,542 in debts in his four-month-long campaign last year for the Republican presidential nomination. Soon after he quit, he endorsed Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, and the money started pouring in.

According to USA Today, more than half the funds Pawlenty raised came from Romney’s family, staff and supporters; he’s now debt-free.

Likewise, Hillary Clinton abandoned her 2008 presidential run with debt of $25 million. Obama intervened, asking his supporters to send her donations.
2. The animated version of The Dark Knight Returns will be divided into two parts.

3. The Gawker folks talk about Buzzfeed (just keep scrolling).

4. I've featured Rod Gillies's microscale Star Wars Lego creations several times. You can now vote and try to get them published as genuine sets.

5. Entertainment Earth has the hard to find Batman Legacy Arkham City Batman and Catwoman figures in stock (the regular Arkham City figures are pretty lackluster, but the Batman Legacy line is great).