"Such campaign donations from young children would almost certainly run afoul of campaign finance regulations, several campaign lawyers said," Mosk writes. "But as bundlers seek to raise higher and higher sums for presidential contenders this year, the number who are turning to checks from underage givers appears to be on the rise."
Obama's got a celebrity (for Iowa) endorsement to brag about in a new radio ad: Duffy Lyon, sculptor of the famous (sort of) butter cow. "You know, you see a lot of manure in our line of work," Lyon says. "It's a lot like politics. You got to know what's bull and what's for real."
Obama is unveiling his list of African-American supporters in Nevada today, and the headliner is Floyd Mayweather Jr. But the boxer "is also a convicted batterer with a history of arrests in Las Vegas and elsewhere," Molly Ball writes in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "On Monday, Obama's Nevada campaign issued a news release headlined 'Barack Obama Campaign to Launch African Americans for Obama with Floyd Mayweather.' But when asked about Mayweather's criminal record, the Illinois senator's campaign downplayed the fighter's role in the event."
Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh sees Huckabee with the potential to surprise some people, in New Hampshire as well as Iowa. "Follow Huckabee for a morning and you quickly conclude that, lackluster fund-raising notwithstanding, his stock has been badly undervalued," Lehigh writes. "In a field where the leading candidates have thus far proved unpalatable or unconvincing to the Republican base, Huckabee is a true believer, a committed, consistent conservative. Now that he's outrun his second-tier rivals, don't be surprised to see his candidacy take off."
Chris Cillizza of Washingtonpost.com also tries to get at whether Huckabee could be for real. "It seems as though every few weeks there is something of a Huckabee boomlet -- usually centered on a news event -- in which much of the national press begins to write about how this just might be Huckabee's time," he writes. "That breakthrough is typically followed by several weeks of retreat as Huckabee fails to capitalize on the opportunity before him."
MoveOn.org is on to its next battle: "an all-out campaign tomorrow to pressure the two Senators into publicly declaring their support for Chris Dodd's threat to place a hold on and filibuster the bill," Talking Points Memo's Greg Sargent reports. Says MoveOn.org spokesman Adam Green: "We'll be asking Obama and Clinton to publicly get Chris Dodd's back and say in a statement that they will explicitly support his hold and filibuster."
Clinton's on board for a filibuster, ABC's Eloise Harper reports.
And Obama spokesman Bill Burton tells ABC this morning: "If the bill comes to the Senate floor in its current form, he would support a filibuster of it."
Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., talks immigration today. Per ABC's Teddy Davis, he plans to criticize Clinton, Obama, and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., for voting to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. "They talk about change," Richardson plans to say according to excerpts given to ABC News. "But they voted for the most blatant example of old-style Washington solutions-- expensive, dumb, and entirely the product of political calculation."
Dodd, D-Conn., is clearly getting the love of the Netroots these days. It's probably not his age demographic, but Dodd wants Iowans to know why his hair is white.