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FOR THE LEXICON

“The Sarah Palin of Iowa”

— New name for Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst, courtesy of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter. The candidate won the GOP primary in the Hawkeye State with 56 percent of the vote.

THE CROWD CHIPS IN

An emerging hybrid in the campaign-finance kingdom is attracting some big money, in order to oppose big money. Witness the Mayday PAC, which has raised over $1 million in under two weeks through basic online crowd funding. The “mission” of the super PAC is to lessen the influence of big money in politics by targeting congressional candidates opposed to campaign-finance reform, explains political strategist Mark McKinnon and Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard University law professor.

The two organizers intend to accrue a war chest of more than $12 million in the next two months, meant to fund campaigns in five unnamed congressional districts, targeting candidates who oppose campaign-finance reform. It’s not all crowd-sourced, though. The Mayday PAC has some high rollers matching the crowd’s donations, including Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, and Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal.

“Like other super PACs, Mayday PAC will spend its money independently of any political candidate. Unlike other super PACs, the names of all contributors above $200 will be reported to the FEC,” says Mr. McKinnon. “It will also list the names of large contributors prominently on its website, and will not accept anonymous contributions.”

POLL DU JOUR

58 percent of voters say the Obama administration is “trying to cover up the facts” about Benghazi; 84 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 30 percent of Democrats agree.

32 percent overall say the administration has “honestly disclosed what it knows”; 11 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of independents and 56 percent of Democrats agree.

51 percent of voters overall support a congressional investigation into Benghazi; 72 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 31 percent of Democrats agree.

42 percent say the events have been “investigated enough”; 24 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 58 percent of Democrats agree.

50 percent of voters overall disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton handled Benghazi; 78 percent of Republicans, 22 percent of independents and 31 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Washington Post/ABC News poll of 1,022 U.S. voters conducted May 29-June 1.

Indignant squawks, ballyhoo to jharper@washingtontimes.com