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  • Republican donors deny Cruz, Kasich needed funds, data show

    04/28/2016 7:53:11 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | JULIE BYKOWICZ and CHAD DAY
    It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential hopefuls sticking it out to keep him from the nomination. Yet such a financial cavalry never arrived for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, ignoring their impassioned pleas for financial help.
  • Donald J. Trump Response to Cruz and Kasich Campaigns

    04/24/2016 10:13:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 212 replies
    Donald J. Trump ^ | 4-24-2016 | Donald J. Trump
    <p>Senator Cruz has done very poorly and after his New York performance, which was a total disaster, he is in free fall and as everyone has seen, he does not react well under pressure. Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him. Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so. Marco Rubio, as an example, has more delegates than Kasich and yet suspended his campaign one month ago. Others, likewise, have done much better than Kasich, who would get slaughtered by Hillary Clinton once the negative ads against him begin. 85% of Republican voters are against Kasich.</p>
  • California AG's Bid to Get Koch Donor List Shot Down

    04/21/2016 6:51:53 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 5 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | April 21, 2016 | MATT REYNOLDS
    LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge has ruled a requirement that a Koch brothers' charitable foundation release tax information to the California attorney general that includes donor information is unconstitutional.     In a 12-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said that while the disclosure requirement was not "facially invalid," it is "unconstitutional as applied to Americans for Prosperity Foundation, especially in light of the requirement's burdens on the foundation's First Amendment rights."     The foundation, a conservative advocate of free-market economic policies, sued California Attorney General Kamala Harris in 2014 arguing that it should be allowed to keep donor names secret.     Backed by...
  • Trump’s Delegates Are Now Begging for Money Online

    04/21/2016 10:51:15 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 74 replies
    TheDailyBeast.com ^ | 04.21.16 | Gideon Resnick
    If Trump’s delegates can’t make it to the Republican convention in Cleveland this July, he could become just a weird footnote in primary history. So why isn’t he paying to get them there? MAKE AMERICA BEG AGAIN! Trump’s Delegates Are Now Begging for Money Online If Trump’s delegates can’t make it to the Republican convention in Cleveland this July, he could become just a weird footnote in primary history. So why isn’t he paying to get them there? Donald Trump may be really, really rich, but it’s not apparent that he’s using his great fortune to get his delegates...
  • Donald Trump will need this much money to run against Hillary Clinton

    04/20/2016 3:04:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 04/20/2016 | Rick Newman
    Half a billion. Minimum. That’s how much funding Donald Trump is likely to need if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee and runs against Hillary Clinton in the fall. The estimate comes from Anthony Scaramucci, founder of the hedge fund Skybridge Capital, who’s a prominent Republican donor. “If you do the math, he’ll need 15,000 $33,000 checks,” Scaramucci tells me in the video above. “That’s $495 million. He’s late to the party on that. If he’s going to be the nominee, he needs to start organizing that now.” Scaramucci is referring to the maximum amount individual donors can give each...
  • GOP donors not enthusiastic about Trump in Nov. election

    04/20/2016 9:48:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2016 | Jonathan Swan
    A victorious Donald Trump coming out of the Republican National Convention would have a hard time raising the money he needs to beat the Democratic presidential nominee in November. Interviews with leading GOP fundraisers, donors and outside conservative groups reveal that Trump is so deeply disliked by large parts of the Republican Party’s donor community that he will have trouble winning their favor in a general election. Then, he’d need more than $1 billion to defeat the money machine of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
  • [From April 11, 2016] EXCLUSIVE: Paul Ryan to Attend Secret Donor Meeting Next Week in Manhattan (De

    04/18/2016 12:34:07 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 28 replies
    The Observer ^ | April 11, 2016 | Ken Kurson
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has spent a lot of time denying any interest in the presidency. Out out a 43-second video, the Drudge Report tweeted an all-caps siren reading “Paul Ryan launches first campaign ad?” Despite the video so resembling a campaign ad that even NPR’s Steve Inskeep joked this morning that he got choked up by the swelling music, Mr. Ryan’s people have aggressively swatted down speculation that the Congressman and unsuccessful 2012 vice presidential candidate was indeed waiting in the wings to be drafted should a consensus not be reached on any of the candidates who have...
  • State Department Belatedly Releases New Clinton Benghazi Documents

    04/15/2016 9:34:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2016
    Document Release Raises New Questions about State’s FOIA Responses, Court Statements(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it has obtained new documents from the Department of State containing the telephone transcripts from the evening of September 11, 2012, in which then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informs then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil that the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi “had nothing to do with the film.” The documents include previously unreleased telephone transcripts with world leaders about the Benghazi attack. Clinton’s admission to Kandil was first produced to the Select Committee on Benghazi on October 13, 2015...
  • GOP Establishment Money Funding Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson To Attack Donald Trump

    04/12/2016 6:45:58 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2016 | Roger Stone
    The next time you hear Mark Levin on the radio, or watch Glenn Beck on TV, or read Erick Erickson, RedState.com on the Internet, you might just ask yourself who is paying for the message? And why is it so stridently anti-Trump? Don’t fool yourself. They’re doing it for the money. As the spearhead of the “Dump Trump” movement, the same GOP establishment big-dollar donors and PACS that are pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan as a dark-horse presidential candidate, despite the big-government omnibus-budget deals Ryan reached last year with President Obama, are funding Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, and Glenn Beck,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Paul Ryan to Attend Secret Donor Meeting Next Week in Manhattan

    04/12/2016 1:58:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    The Observer ^ | Apr. 11, 2016 | Ken Kurson
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has spent a lot of time denying any interest in the presidency. Last week, when his office put out a 43-second video, the Drudge Report tweeted an all-caps siren reading “Paul Ryan launches first campaign ad?” Despite the video so resembling a campaign ad that even NPR’s Steve Inskeep joked this morning that he got choked up by the swelling music, Mr. Ryan’s people have aggressively swatted down speculation that the Congressman and unsuccessful 2012 vice presidential candidate was indeed waiting in the wings to be drafted should a consensus not be reached on any...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Paul Ryan to Attend Secret Donor Meeting Next Week in Manhattan

    04/11/2016 5:13:13 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 70 replies
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has spent a lot of time denying any interest in the presidency. Last week, when his office put out a 43-second video, the Drudge Report tweeted an all-caps siren reading “Paul Ryan launches first campaign ad?” Despite the video so resembling a campaign ad that even NPR’s Steve Inskeep joked this morning that he got choked up by the swelling music, Mr. Ryan’s people have aggressively swatted down speculation that the Congressman and unsuccessful 2012 vice presidential candidate was indeed waiting in the wings to be drafted should a consensus not be reached on any...
  • NYPD corruption scandal leads straight to de Blasio

    04/09/2016 7:45:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 7, 2016 | 11:29pm | Michael Goodwin
    As Bob Dylan told us long ago, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” These days, a foul wind blows from City Hall. With subpoenas issued, investigations spreading and at least one federal grand jury at work, the question isn’t whether Bill de Blasio’s administration has a corruption problem. The questions are how big is the problem, how many agencies are tainted and how high up the pecking order does it go? […] The two biggest and most recent scandals involve lucrative gifts and cash given to current and former top officers in the NYPD,...
  • Sketchy Ted Cruz Campaign Fundraiser Recorded Telling Donors They Can Violate Finance Laws…

    04/09/2016 4:43:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 144 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | April 9 2016 | Sundance
    Senator Ted Cruz has at least eight Super-PAC’s assisting his presidential campaign; and according to a recording obtained by Politico a Cruz’s campaign bundler was directing large donors toward one PAC specifically. The “Stand for Truth” PAC. However, the campaign appears to have, yet again, gone into the land of illegality with the following statement (via audio recording): “If you hit your max then we have a table for you that is the unlimited table,” Keet Lewis, a bundler for the campaign and co-host of a Dec. 30 fundraiser in Dallas, says on the recording provided to POLITICO. “It can...
  • Cruz will have hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders to himself this weekend

    04/08/2016 12:48:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | April 8, 2016 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS — Ted Cruz has hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders all to himself this weekend in Las Vegas as he addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition. Cruz's rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump and John Kasich, declined invitations to attend — a puzzling move in particular for Trump as he tries to project himself as a party unifier who deserves the Republican nomination even if he falls short of winning enough delegates in the primaries to clinch it outright....
  • Why did Ted Cruz's PAC give half a million to Carly Fiorina's?

    03/27/2016 9:47:35 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 207 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 01 OCTOBER 2015 | CHRISTINA RUFFINI
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a Ted Cruz super PAC to explain why it gave $500,000 to another super PAC supporting one of his Republican rivals. According to financial disclosures from June, Keep the Promise I - one of four separate committees backing Cruz - gave half a million dollars to CARLY for America, the political action committee supporting Carly Fiorina. Super PACs are legally allowed to give money to other super PACs - they are only prohibited from donating directly to any political campaign. But it's unusual for one of these groups to give money to an...
  • Uncovered: The Main Donors to SuperPAC, “Make America Awesome”

    03/26/2016 11:46:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Red State ^ | 03/26/2016
    Uncovered: The Main Donors to SuperPAC, “Make America Awesome” Donors are primarily Establishment GOP types with NO ties to Ted Cruz The entire despicable affair regarding the absolutely destructive behavior of Donald Trump has, in my opinion, been orchestrated to maximize the sleaze affect in order to suppress the Cruz vote. Since Trump is maxxed out on being able to get new voters, he is now trying to prevent Cruz from amassing enough votes to win at a contested convention.Keep in mind my contention that the entire focus of this sequence of events is based upon the fact that the...
  • Why did a Ted Cruz superPAC give $500k to Carly Fiorina? (from Aug. 2015)

    03/26/2016 11:54:50 AM PDT · by bigbob · 108 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8-4-15 | Rachael Maddow
    Rachel Maddow shows the paperwork that indicates Keep The Promise, a Ted Cruz-aligned superPAC, donated $500,000 to Carly For America, a Carly Fiorina-aligned superPAC, but what remains unclear is why.
  • Obama Privately Tells Donors That Time Is Coming to Unite Behind Hillary Clinton

    03/17/2016 10:02:30 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 17, 2016 | MAGGIE HABERMAN and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    unusually candid remarks, President Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Senator Bernie Sanders is nearing the point where his campaign against Hillary Clinton will come to an end, and that the party must soon come together to back her. Mr. Obama acknowledged that Mrs. Clinton is perceived to have weaknesses as a candidate, and that some Democrats did not view her as authentic.
  • Rich donors have blown $200 million on failed candidates so far

    03/16/2016 5:06:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 16,2016 | Rick Newman
    If you’ve got money to burn, get into politics—as a donor giving millions to the big-money groups known as super PACs. Rich donors have transformed politics since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision cleared the way for unlimited spending on behalf of favored candidates. Super PACs spent $609 million in the 2012 presidential election, with even greater spending expected in 2016. Most candidates feel it’s essential to woo 1 per centers and spend considerable time persuading them to give big. But a fat bank account doesn’t automatically buy victory, a lesson being hammered into wealthy donors this year. Wisconsin...
  • Ann Coulter–Voters Deliver Subtle Message: Die, Donor Scum

    03/16/2016 4:41:05 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 16 Mar 2016 | Ann Coulter
    To the extent it’s still standing after yesterday, the Stop Trump movement is comforting itself with the world’s biggest lie: that John Kasich is the embodiment of the Republican Party, while Donald Trump is the bastard stepchild. It’s exactly the opposite. It is no longer a question of what the party wants. The voters — remember them? — keep showering Trump and Cruz with Ceausescu-like percentages. The combined vote for Trump and Cruz is a ringing chorus of what this party wants: a wall, deportation, less immigration and no job-killing trade deals. In other words, what the party wants is...
  • Is Sheldon Adelson signaling support for Trump?

    03/14/2016 8:32:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | Joshua Davidovich
    In hindsight, it was probably inevitable. After months in which it kept a fairly uncharacteristic nuanced distance from the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Israel Hayom, the free tabloid owned by Republican donor Sheldon Adelson and considered by many to be a mouthpiece for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has come out and all but endorsed Donald Trump on its front page. Oh sure, the words “Trump isn’t afraid to say ‘Islamic terror’” emblazoned across its front page belong to former New York mayor and current Trump mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani, but a paper doesn’t play a quote like that without...
  • Koch brothers will not use funds to try to block Trump nomination

    03/05/2016 7:40:39 PM PST · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 3, 2016 | Reuters
    The Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to try to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. The decision by the billionaire industrialists is another setback to Republican establishment efforts to derail the New York real estate mogul's bid for the White House, and follows speculation the Kochs would soon launch a "Trump Intervention." "We have no plans to get involved in the primary," said James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners, the Koch brothers' political umbrella group....
  • Pro-LGBT Agenda Billionaire to Lead Marco Rubio Finance Team

    03/03/2016 5:49:13 PM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 3, 2016 | Austin Rose
    In a move that will inevitably cause deep concern among social conservative voters, it is reported that billionaire Paul Singer will be named finance chairman of the Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaign. Singer is infamous among social conservatives for funding pro-homosexual initiatives at the state level, nationally, and even internationally.
  • GOP strategists, donors sign on to anti-Trump super PAC

    03/02/2016 1:37:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 2, 2016 | By Reena Flores
    Just as GOP front-runner Donald Trump continued to shore up delegates, winning several Super Tuesday states, some top Republican strategists and donors began to line up behind a new effort to halt the Trump campaign's momentum. Jeb Bush's former communications director, Tim Miller, announced Tuesday that he would be joining the Our Principles PAC, an anti-Trump effort. Miller will focus on opposition research that will go to expanding the PAC's advertising campaigns - including research targeting endorsers and surrogates like Chris Christie. Other strategists and big name donors - like technology executive Meg Whitman, billionaire Todd Ricketts, and hedge fund...
  • Donors - Highlighted

    02/29/2016 11:54:41 AM PST · by Gumdrop · 5 replies
    Free Republic donor list - qualification for 'Dollar a Day' recognition
  • Koch brothers’ D.C. guru joins Marco Rubio team

    02/28/2016 4:30:58 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/23/16 | Mike Allen
    Marc Short, the Koch brothers’ top political adviser in Washington and a trusted member of their inner circle for five years, is making a surprise move to the Marco Rubio campaign as a senior adviser as the Republican establishment ramps up efforts to stop Donald Trump. Short — president of Freedom Partners, the Kochs’ umbrella political organization — will join the campaign in about a week and brings deep connections to the donor and grass-roots worlds.   “Marc has been running the most sophisticated political operation for the last few cycles, and really knows the mood of the electorate," said...
  • Ted Cruz: 'Republican donors actively despise our base'

    02/27/2016 10:15:58 PM PST · by JediJones · 135 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/29/2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz drew a stark contrast between Democratic donors and Republican donors during a floor speech late Monday. Democratic donors, Cruz said, don't hate the liberal base, but Republican donors "actively despise" conservatives. "On the Democratic side, the major donors that fund the Democratic Party, they don't despise their base. The billionaires who write the giant checks that fund President Obama and Hillary Clinton and the Democrats on that side of the aisle, they don't despise the radical gay rights movement or the radical environmentalist movement or all of the people that knock on doors and get Democrats elected,"...
  • In Irving, Ben Carson says he has been offered money, political support to drop out

    02/27/2016 5:27:56 PM PST · by kevcol · 91 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | February 27, 2016 | Tristan Hallman
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson told supporters Saturday in Irving that he has heard plenty of calls to drop out of the Republican presidential primary. Some "special interests" have even made personal appeals to him, he said. "I've got unanswered calls on my phone right now, 'Oh, if you did this or did this, and did this, or if you drop out and support this guy, we'll give you all this money and we'll make sure you're a senator here,'" Carson said.
  • MUST LISTEN: Stephen Miller Makes Case Against Marco Rubio in Epic RantUnderstanding The Legislative

    In a very important time – This is must listen audio from Steven Miller for anyone concerned about Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or the comprehensive immigration reform platform as it relates to Globalism -vs- Nationalism.
  • The POLITICO 100:Billionaires dominate 2016 Establishment-bashing Cruz nabs 4 of 6 top donors

    02/27/2016 4:32:14 PM PST · by gg188 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf
    In fact, despite his attacks on his party’s donor class and establishment, Cruz, the Texas senator who won last week’s Iowa caucuses, appears to have locked down the support of four of the top six donors ― the Wilks family of Cisco, Texas (the No. 1 donor on POLITICO’s list), New York hedge fund tycoon Bob Mercer (No. 2), Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer (No. 4) and Illinois manufacturing moguls Dick and Liz Uihlein (No. 6) ― but only one other donor on the list.
  • Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid

    02/26/2016 5:02:42 PM PST · by entropy12 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/26/2016 | Scott Bland
    Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination. A memo prepared for the group zeroes in on ballot access as a looming obstacle for any independent candidate, along with actually identifying a viable, widely known contender and coalescing financial support for that person. The two states with the earliest deadlines for independent candidates, Texas and North Carolina, also have some of the highest hurdles for independents to get on the ballot, according to the...
  • Mega-donors shy away from fight with Trump

    02/24/2016 5:00:43 AM PST · by McGruff · 42 replies
    POLUTICO ^ | February 23, 2016 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and ISAAC ARNSDORF
    As Donald Trump picks up momentum, the chances of a well-funded assault to block him from the Republican presidential nomination are dramatically dwindling, according to interviews with about a dozen donors and operatives who are appalled by the billionaire real estate showman's campaign. The party's elite donor class has mostly closed its checkbooks to groups dedicated to stopping Trump, while the outfits that have built massive reserves are increasingly deciding to forgo anti-Trump campaigns, despite widespread fears that he is making a mockery of conservatism and could undermine Republicans up and down the ballot. The deepest-pocketed operation on the right,...
  • Rush: The Establishment Plans for an Open Convention

    02/21/2016 6:50:43 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 215 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.Com ^ | February 19, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    The Establishment Plans for an Open Convention February 19, 2016 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Julie in Topeka.It's great to have you. Hi. CALLER: Hi. I just have a question. RUSH: Yes? CALLER: At what point would you see... ?I know Ben Carson wants itand I know Bush wants itand I know Kasich wants it, but by having so many people in thereit allows Trump to carry that banner of,"I'm winning."Is there some point that those others, the lower tier at this point, would say,"For the sake of the Republican Party and saving the country from Trump," that they...
  • Here's how Jeb Bush ran out of cash

    02/21/2016 5:38:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/19/16 | Rick Newman
    His campaign started out stuffed with money. By last July, Jeb Bush had raised $103 million for his super PAC, Right to Rise, an astonishing sum that seemed to foretell the most lavishly funded campaign in American history. No super PAC had ever raised so much cash so early in an election cycle. In fact, Right to Rise alone outraised all the super PACs combined at the same stage in the 2012 elections. Now, after primary elections in just three states, Bush is out. He finished sixth in the Iowa caucus, fourth in the New Hampshire primary, and now, fourth...
  • Nearly $100 million in super PAC money couldn't save Jeb Bush (Murphy spent 80% of his donors' cash)

    02/21/2016 5:53:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/16 | Matea Gold
    As former Florida governor Jeb Bush suspended his presidential bid Saturday night, new details were trickling in about the massive investments the Right to Rise super PAC made to prop up his candidacy. As of Saturday, the group had raced through at least $95.7 million out of the $118.6 million it had collected by the end of January, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Almost $87 million went into a barrage of television ads, online videos, slick mailers and voter phone calls. The group flew an airplane with a banner mocking Donald Trump over a rally of his supporters, produced...
  • Texas Take: Jeb Bush Suspends Presidential Campaign

    02/21/2016 1:56:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | February 21, 2016 | Abby Livingston with Jolie McCullough
    ".....But even Texas loomed over his ambitions, and a dismal finish here could have hurt his son, state Land Commissioner George P. Bush. There was a very real possibility that the elder Bush could have finished a distant fifth place here, dinging a once-dominant family brand in the state. There was no indication that his home state would deliver him many delegates on March 1, if any at all, as Texas Republicans head to the polls during early voting. Most Texas operatives interviewed for this story agreed that recent internal polling among campaigns up and down the ballot showed Cruz...
  • Larry Ellison gives another $1 million to boost Marco Rubio

    02/20/2016 8:00:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | February 20th, 2016 | By Kenneth P. Vogel
    A super PAC supporting Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign raised $2.5 million in January, including $1 million from tech billionaire Larry Ellison, according to a report filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission. The donation from Ellison, the executive chairman of Oracle Corporation, brings his total spending on behalf of Rubio to $4 million, making him among the top donors of the 2016 cycle. Conservative Solutions PAC spent nearly $11 million last month, mostly on ads and direct mail attacking Rubio’s rival for the Republican presidential nomination Ted Cruz and his former rival Chris Christie, who has since dropped out. The...
  • Cruz is big oil’s new crush as donors cool to Bush

    02/20/2016 3:02:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News | February 19, 2016 | Alex Nussbaum and Meenal Vamburkar, Bloomberg News |
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.expressnews.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Cruz-is-big-oil-s-new-crush-as-donors-cool-to-6843524.php
  • POLITICO Influence: DUELING FUNDRAISERS (Jeb Bush desperation fundraiser today in Key Largo)

    02/15/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/11/16 | ISAAC ARNSDORF
    Jeb Bush has an event on Feb. 15 in Key Largo, while Florida rival Marco Rubio goes to Ocean Reef on March 11. The invitation for Rubio's has more than twice as many names, including Cynthia & Patrick Lee, Judy & Gary Ball, and Maggie & Steve Parker. Bush's host committee includes Jorge Arrizurieta, Nanci & Nick Lanni and Nancy & Bobby Schostak.
  • The Secret Army Stumping for Ted Cruz

    02/14/2016 8:39:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 14, 2016 | Betsy Woodruff
    The senator's super PACs have launched an unprecedented ground effort in South Carolina and seem intent on going where few super PACs have gone before--door knocking. We all know super PACs have permanently changed the face of American politics. But in South Carolina, right now, we're getting a preview of the unprecedented ways they can alter a campaign. South Carolina, as you may know, is kind of a big deal. It has a large population--4.8 million people--and a bad reputation because it's a place where candidates love to break out their dirtiest tricks. Or, in the case of Ted Cruz's...
  • GOP mega-donors frozen in frustration

    02/12/2016 5:36:22 PM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/12/16 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Some of the biggest Republican donors, who collectively have contributed tens of millions of dollars to shape the presidential race, are tightening their purse strings out of frustration with their inability to boost their favored candidates, or to slow Donald Trump. Rather than continuing to write huge checks to support the cluster of establishment candidates jockeying to emerge as the leading alternative to Trump, a billionaire real estate showman roundly despised by the GOP elite, these donors have mostly retreated to the sidelines. They're watching anxiously, hoping that the field sorts itself out, according to interviews with a half dozen...
  • Soros Tops Individual Donors as $100 million floods Presidential Super PAC

    02/06/2016 8:15:13 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    The bipartisan Open Secrets blog reported that a small number of Americans, led by George Soros, donated $100 million to Presidential Super PACs in the second half of 2015. Federal Election Commission filings of 21 different Super PACs supporting the top 13 major party candidates show "29 individuals or organizations who gave $1 million or more" for a total of $99.4 million collected in a six-month period. Adding in the 13 campaign committees, to total raised in the second half of 2015 was $260 million. Democrat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pocketed the largest individual single Super PAC donation...
  • Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors

    02/03/2016 8:27:18 PM PST · by Amntn · 31 replies
    NY Times.com ^ | 2/3/16 | JEREMY W. PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Ted Cruz sounded despondent at the possibility that same-sex marriage could become legal when he called into the radio show of Tony Perkins, a vehement opponent of gay rights, in February 2014. "Our heart weeps for the damage to traditional marriage that has been done," Mr. Cruz said, urging conservatives to pray but also to fight back. "Be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves," he said, quoting Scripture. But seven months later, when Mr. Cruz visited the Midtown Manhattan office of a major Republican supporter of same-sex marriage, he sounded almost indifferent: If New York politicians wanted to...
  • Koch Brothers Ready To Oppose Trump

    02/01/2016 8:26:05 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/16
    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Donald Trump is so fiercely opposed by the Koch brothers network that some donors believe the powerful group will intervene to stop the billionaire if it looks like he could win the Republican presidential nomination. "They are always very hesitant to get involved in a primary, but I think if they were going to do it, this would be the time because they just hate the guy,” said a donor who attended the Koch network’s winter retreat, held over the weekend at a luxury resort on the edge of Coachella Valley. Both officials and donors within...
  • George Soros donates $8 million to boost Hillary

    01/31/2016 9:38:19 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    George Soros in December donated $6 million to the leading super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, marking the return of the billionaire financier as among the biggest givers in all of American politics. The massive check brings to $8 million the Hungarian-born investor's total 2015 giving to pro-Clinton groups. The super PAC that received the $6-million check, Priorities USA Action, raised $25 million in the second half of 2015, according to a report it filed Sunday evening with the Federal Election Commission. The haul brings the PAC’s tally to $41 million for the year, and left it with a...
  • Could a Wealthy Candidate Buy Endorsements and Support

    01/29/2016 12:33:10 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/27/2016 | J. Christian Adams
    One of the interesting assumptions infecting this election season is that a self-funded wealthy candidate is less likely to make corrupt deals. If a candidate doesn't solicit money from the public (which, by the way, every candidate for president does), so the story goes, he won't be beholden to do favors. But what if a candidate had a ready reserve of millions? Could that candidate buy off media outlets, public figures and educational institutions? Answer: probably, if he knows how to do the deal. Expenditures on behalf of a campaign, of course, must be reported to the Federal Election Commission....
  • Obama Administration Waives Penalty Against Convicted Bank Credit Suisse (received pmts)

    10/27/2015 9:17:53 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/26/2015 | David Sirota
    Only weeks after the White House made headlines with a directive urging prosecutors to get tougher on corporate crime, the Obama administration has moved to protect a convicted financial firm from punishment. The bank, Credit Suisse, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to President Barack Obama’s political campaigns. It also employs the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm with family connections to the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. In 2014, Credit Suisse pleaded guilty to criminal charges for operating “an illegal cross-border banking business that knowingly and willfully aided and assisted thousands of U.S. clients in opening and...
  • The Mullahs' Voice

    02/28/2007 5:31:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 315+ views
    Frontpage Mag. ^ | February 23, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The Mullahs' Voice By Kenneth R. Timmerman FrontPageMagazine.com February 23, 2007 Iran’s ruling clerics have a new unofficial spokesman in Washington, who can talk circles around their official ambassadors. His name is Trita Parsi, and he is a protégé of Francis Fukayama, the policy heavy-weight who has now turned against the Bush agenda of promoting freedom in the Middle East as an antidote to terror. In a remarkable round-up of official Iranian government views, presented as “objective” analysis on C-SPAN this past Saturday, Feb. 17, Parsi urged the United States government to “open up diplomacy and dialogue” with Iran’s rulers...
  • Leaders of the PAC – An analysis of who is benefiting from political action committees

    01/08/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 33 replies
    Political action committees (Super PACs) have become a popular way for candidates to dodge those annoying regulations set up by the FEC when it comes to individual donations. As long as Super PACs don't "coordinate" *wink wink nudge nudge* with the campaigns they support, they can do just about anything they want. Taking a look at the 5 candidates who have a realistic shot of being president, and their PAC money, should help us gain a little insight into who their biggest financial supporters are. This can also tell us what kind of a presidency to expect from them. 1....
  • First on CNN: Megadonor Dick Uihlein gives $1 million to Ted Cruz's Super PAC

    01/07/2016 11:21:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 7, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    (CNN)--Dick Uilhlein, one of the top Republican megadonors nationwide, has decided to back Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and has donated $1 million to his super PAC. Uilhlein committed on Wednesday evening, according to Drew Ryun, a super PAC official with Keep The Promise PAC. "He is one of the top five courted GOP donors," Ryun told CNN. "For us to land him is a good shot in the arm for Ted, and it really sets the stage going into Iowa."(continued)