1) Sure, we spent a lot of time poking fun at Jeb Bush as he pretended to be coy about officially beginning his presidential campaign, but while he was, uh, waffling, he was also hauling in money by the truckload. Candidates are permitted to raise money – in unlimited amounts – directly for their superPACs when they're not yet technically candidates; once they've declared, though, they're bound by much more restrictive fundraising limits. Over the weekend, Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, defended the practice – and the $120 million he's raised so far – while courting additional donations at a conference for wealthy conservatives run by Their Royal Majesties Charles and David Koch.
2) But before we dismiss all superPACs as evil, take a look at this NPR story about how easy it is to form one to support pretty much any candidate or cause you can think of. Journalists are generally forbidden from making political donations, but we're thinking that a passing on a few bucks to Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsive Democracy would be money well spent.
3) We know of another superPAC that's pretty excited this morning. When Will Pierce, executive director of the Draft Biden PAC, appeared on NPR Sunday morning, he said his group – which is trying to draft Vice President Joe Biden into the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination – would soon have an interesting staff announcement. And word came later in the day: Josh Alcorn, a senior advisor to the late Beau Biden, was joining the PAC's staff. That move guarantees that, at the very least, the Draft Biden movement will be on Mr. Biden's radar.
4) The Senate today is scheduled to start nibbling around the edges of a push to defund Planned Parenthood, in the wake of heavily edited videos that purport to show that the women's health organization is profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. But while it would be a relatively simple step for Congress to shut off Title X family planning funds – Congress has complete control over that money – cutting off Medicaid money, which provides the bulk of the public money that goes to the group, is a lot tougher, says Politico.
5) Our Robert Zullo gave us an update this morning on what has to be one of Mayor Bill Peduto's most delicate political efforts – convincing the city's big non-profits that they should be pitching in for the city services that the rest of us pay for – and it sounds a little encouraging.