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  • A radical proposal for Jeb Bush to save the GOP from Donald Trump (Right To Rise dump Jeb?)

    12/02/2015 10:47:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/2/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Three things about Donald Trump have now become clear to the Republican establishment: 1) He might not implode before people start voting for president next year. 2) He could actually wind up as the Republican nominee for president. -snip- Right to Rise raised more than $103 million in the first six months of this year. It spent - as I mentioned above - $28 million on ads. Let's say the organization has spent another $15 million on fundraising, consulting fees and other miscellaneous costs. And let's assume, just for the sake of this argument, that Right to Rise hasn't raised...
  • Hillary Clinton: The fat cats’ favorite candidate

    10/25/2015 10:13:07 PM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 25, 2015 | 9:45pm | Editorial Board
    Fire-breathing scourge of Wall Street on the campaign trail — and reliable friend of Wall Street in the boardroom. That’s Hillary Clinton — and the big-money crowd thinks it’s in on the game. For all her populist rhetoric against hedge-funders and the like, Clinton has received more donations from CEOs than any candidate in the GOP — you know, the party of the greedy rich. More than 760 of Clinton’s presidential donors have listed their occupation as CEO or some variation, according to a Big Crunch analysis of federal election forms. That’s as many as have given to Republican hopefuls...
  • Deflategate was a sham, and the court just confirmed it

    09/03/2015 11:03:32 AM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/3/205 | LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS
    At long last, this whole dumb national nightmare is (hopefully) over. In a shocking announcement on Thursday morning, Judge Richard M. Berman ruled against the NFL, nullifying Tom Brady’s four-suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal. His ruling confirms what many of us have long thought — that the NFL overstepped its bounds in suspending Tom Brady, doing so with nothing but circumstantial evidence.
  • Judge sides with Brady, NFL promises 'Deflategate' appeal

    09/03/2015 10:51:52 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/3/2015
    A judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will appeal.
  • Adam Schefter: Brady Ruling An "Embarrassment For The NFL"

    09/03/2015 10:40:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | September 3, 2015 | Trent Baker
    ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter reacted on Thursday’s “SportsCenter” to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension being uplifted by federal judge Richard Berman, calling it an “embarrassment for the NFL.”
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • ‘Avalanche’ Of Political Cash ‘Undermines Fairness’ Says Union That Blew $19 MILLION ON 2014

    05/03/2015 8:19:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 5/2/2015 | Eric Owens
    The American Federation of Teachers and six other organizations are hosting a conference at Georgetown University this weekend entitled “In Defense of the Public Square.” “As attacks on the public sector and its workers increase, economic inequality widens and an avalanche of money in the political system undermines fairness, the ideal of a public square is itself under assault,” a press release the union sent to The Daily Caller explained.
  • President Obama to Fundraise in Austin TX with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration "Machete" Films

    07/07/2014 7:51:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | July 7, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Obama Skips Border Chaos, Will Fundraise in Austin with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration Film President Barack Obama is refusing to visit the turbulent U.S.-Mexican border, where a flood of illegal immigrants continues to overwhelm the region. Instead, Obama will visit the home of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez this week as part of a trio of Texas fundraisers. The Austin visit features tickets ranging in price from $5,000 to $32,400. The July 9 fundraiser also will feature actors Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba. Both Trejo and Alba star in Rodriguez's ultra-violent Machete franchise. The first film in the series...
  • Soros Spends $400 Million On 'Open Society' Education...

    06/06/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies ^ | 6/5/2012 | Dan Gainor
    About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah Soros Spends $400 Million On 'Open Society' Education, 'Social Action,' Colleges And Universities By Dan Gainor June 5, 2012 Subscribe to Dan Gainor's posts School is letting out around the United States, but for George Soros, education never stops. Soros has given more than $400 million to colleges and universities, including money to most prominent institutions in the United States. He also helped establish Central European University (CEU) which, in turn, uses its resources to promote his personal goal of an...
  • Romney's $5 Million Ad Blitz (State by State breakdown)

    02/17/2012 10:23:21 PM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 15, 2012 | 12:22 PM | Reid Wilson
    A central strength most pundits (including this one) have cited when describing Mitt Romney as the Republican front-runner is money: He has it, his opponents do not. The 20 days leading up to Super Tuesday will show whether we were right. Romney and a super PAC that backs his campaign are about to embark on an all-out television blitz aimed at tearing down Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, an assault that already adds up to more than $5 million in key primary states -- and there are few signs either of Romney's rivals have the financial ability to respond. Ad...
  • Planned Parenthood's missing millions

    06/21/2010 8:15:18 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/21/10 | Rita Diller
    A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation's largest abortion chain.
  • Lloyd Blankfein Plays Dumb on Goldman Sachs Support for Jesse Jackson

    05/10/2010 11:49:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 573+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 9, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    At the Goldman Sachs annual meeting on Friday, I had an unplanned exchange with CEO Lloyd Blankfein about Goldman's support of Jesse Jackson, who was at the meeting and kept popping up to speak. Jackson was acting adversarial toward Blankfein, even though Goldman Sachs is one of Jackson’s largest financial supporters. In hopes of ending this charade, I asked Blankfein to clarify the relationship between Goldman and Jackson as that of donor and recipient. Blankfein said he didn't know if Goldman supported Jackson. I challenged him by asking, "You do not know?" and "You give Jackson's group six-figure sums and...
  • Conspiracy Theory: Market dive was a warning from Goldman to Obama to Back Off

    05/07/2010 6:18:11 AM PDT · by grayhog · 30 replies · 1,245+ views
    wall street rumor mill | 5/7/10 | various
    Had a couple of conversations/phone calls floating this idea on Wall St -- Goldman tanked the market temporarily to send the message to Obama and his posse to back off. Pretty devious as conspiracy theories go, but not too far from the realm of believable given the state of affairs. If we see the finance bill get watered down, then maybe it worked.

    12/23/2009 9:53:00 AM PST · by freedomyes · 8 replies · 402+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec 23 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    There’s big money in this. A patient will die without the organ. TI promises the organ. There then are middlemen and doctors and hospitals and airflights and all that sort of network set up to see it through. Just be patient. That is, let the patient be patient. Before the patient dies, hopefully he will receive that organ from China.
  • Obama's Big Wall Street Sellout

    12/10/2009 10:39:56 AM PST · by Wolfie · 49 replies · 1,615+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | Dec. 10, 2009
    Obama's Big Wall Street Sellout The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA for hurting the middle class and tore into John McCain for supporting a bankruptcy bill that sided with wealthy bankers "at the expense of hardworking Americans." Obama may not have run to the left of Samuel...
  • The Great American Bubble Machine

    06/26/2009 8:44:09 AM PDT · by fightinbluhen51 · 50 replies · 2,360+ views
    Rolling Stone Magazine ^ | June 9th, 2009 | Matt Taibbi
    From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression -- and they're about to do it again -~&~- The FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled-dry American empire, reads like a Who's...
  • GOV PALIN: "GOING FUNNY" (ROGUE?) [Text of Palin's Gridiron speech]

    12/06/2009 6:33:38 AM PST · by Al B. · 72 replies · 3,086+ views
    Journalists.....and the "tonge in cheek" dinner Gridiron Dinner... See below - the posting below is the speech Governor Palin (I am told) gave last night to the big media dinner in Washington, DC. I was not at the dinner but the speech was just emailed to me by someone who did go (no, Governor Palin did not email me her speech...) Congressman Barney Frank also spoke and I would love to likewise get his speech and post here. The speeches are supposed to be funny ...and poke fun at everyone and everything. Here is Gov Palin's speech to the media...
  • Geithner Tells Goldman To Cut Bonuses, Says All Banks Would Have Failed

    12/04/2009 3:43:47 PM PST · by FromLori · 10 replies · 668+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/4/09 | Tyler Durden
    Even Timmy is slowly realizing that the Administration will need to find a way to deflect Main Steet's anger at Goldman and keep it focused exclusively on Wall Street instead of equating it with Obama et al. The problem is - you make some very serious, tentacled enemies in the process. Geithner also flip flops on his prior position on the transaction tax. While before he was more opposed to the transaction tax than even Marla, his new "windsocked" position on the topic may now provide a challenge even to Nitric Oxide inhibitors. But here is the clincher for the...
  • Chinese official raps US banks on derivatives

    12/04/2009 3:12:48 PM PST · by Mr. Jeeves · 4 replies · 273+ views ( ^ | 12/4/2009 | Agencies
    A senior Chinese official criticized foreign banks for selling derivatives with “fraudulent characteristics” that led to heavy losses for state-owned airlines and other companies. “Some international investment banks are the biggest villains,” said Li Wei, deputy chairman of the agency that oversees China’s biggest state companies, in a commentary in this week’s edition of the Study Times, a newspaper published by the school of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. The comments were the Chinese government’s most pointed public criticism yet of foreign institutions. Li’s agency said in September it would support companies that want to challenge the contracts in court....
  • Iowa, Caucuses & 2012 - The Possibilities Abound (Huck's Probable Exit Shifts Big Mo' to Sarah)

    12/03/2009 9:08:37 AM PST · by caddystacks · 24 replies · 1,615+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | December 1, 2009 15:50 PM | By Bill Pascoe
    Mike Huckabee's chances of winning the 2012 GOP presidential sweepstakes died in a coffee shop in Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 29. That day, Maurice Clemmons -- a felon sentenced to 108 years in prison in Arkansas, who was released nine years ago courtesy of a clemency order signed by then-Arkansas Gov. Huckabee -- allegedly shot and killed four police officers. Huckabee is many things, but stupid is not one of them. He knows that were he to attempt to run for the GOP nomination again, his opponents would use the name "Maurice Clemmons" the way a previous GOP presidential contender...
  • Goldman Arming Itself? :->

    12/01/2009 8:05:57 AM PST · by DuncanWaring · 126 replies · 3,017+ views
    Market Ticker ^ | 1 Dec 2009 | Karl Denninger
    Goldman Arming Itself? :-> This is a riot (well, ok, I might be a week - or a month early on that): Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- “I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol. The banker had told this friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against the...
  • Poll: Romney’s favorables now below 50% among Republicans?

    11/23/2009 4:34:15 PM PST · by Lou Budvis · 58 replies · 1,593+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 11/23/09 | Allahpundit
    Big caveat right off the bat: PPP is the same polling firm that predicted a Hoffman landslide in NY-23. But (a) they had Mitt’s favorables comparable with Huckabee’s earlier in the year, so it’s not like their data’s historically been screwy, and (b) this isn’t just a one-month snapshot but a trend dating back to July.
  • Religious Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience if Laws Don’t Respect Faith

    11/22/2009 3:08:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 129 replies · 4,632+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Nov 21, 2009
    A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders are calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority – and even engage in civil disobedience – if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs. On Friday, these leaders released a 4,700-word document – called the "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience." The document was signed by leaders ranging from evangelical leader Chuck Colson to two of the leading Catholic prelates in the U.S., Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New...
  • Christian Leaders Release Declaration of Conscience[ “believers must fight and disobey those laws” ]

    11/20/2009 4:14:52 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 17 replies · 1,021+ views
    CBN ^ | 20 Nov | Staff
    More than 150 Christian leaders are issuing a “call of conscience” to America-- urging them reaffirm their opposition to abortion, stem cell research and same-sex marriage. “The Manhattan Declaration” stresses the need to protect religious freedom in in the U.S. It’s signed by seminary leaders, pastors, professors and the heads of ministries. The Christian leaders have come together across denominational lines to call on believers everywhere to radically commit to fight for the sanctity of life, marriage and religious liberty. “And in all three of these areas we see threats in the culture and in our politics.” Robert George, one...
  • Religious leaders vow civil disobedience

    11/21/2009 5:12:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 133 replies · 4,196+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/21/2009 | Julia Duin
    More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages. Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity. Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl is one of the signatories. "Throughout the centuries, Christianity has taught...
  • Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience (Against Abortion, Same-Sex 'Marriage')

    11/20/2009 9:50:03 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 31 replies · 2,426+ views
    First Things ^ | 11/20/2009 | n/a
    We, as Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, have gathered, beginning in New York on September 28, 2009, to make the following declaration, which we sign as individuals, not on behalf of our organizations, but speaking to and from our communities. We act together in obedience to the one true God, the triune God of holiness and love, who has laid total claim on our lives and by that claim calls us with believers in all ages and all nations to seek and defend the good of all who bear his image.... While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including...
  • A Snowball's Chance in Hell: Will Couric Do Another Interview With Palin on Global Warming

    01/11/2009 9:49:09 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 11 replies · 836+ views
    It's A Kwazy Life ^ | January 11th, 2009 | Tom Lamb
    I as I write this, I look outside and think where are the man-made global warming theorists right now? Are they sitting in some cozy location thinking of ways to cover their butts on new data that contradicts the theory that oceans will rise, the gates of weather hell will be unleashed and we will all be wearing some triple numbered SPF lotion? What is interesting is a new study that came out and was published in Science on January 2nd, 2009, has not made the rounds in the media. The meat of the study: A paper published by Science...
  • ANDREW ALEXANDER: Politicians, power and a new religion (Global Warming Cult)

    01/02/2009 6:24:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies · 457+ views
    Mail Online ^ | Jan. 2, 2009 | Andrew Alexander
    Since this is the moment in the year when forecasts are demanded, I shall pick a sad certainty. Parliament will create more offences, lots of them. The Government, astonishingly, has apparently created a new imprisonable offence every four days for the past decade. Curiously little row has been made about this, least of all by what passes for the parliamentary Opposition. Many of the new offences in the coming year are sure to stem from the new religion: global warming. Its extent and scale may still be an issue among scientists, but politicians have latched on to this crusade fervently....
  • The Warm Turns

    12/30/2008 5:55:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,255+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 30, 2008
    Climate Change: The Earth has been warming ever since the end of the Little Ice Age. But guess what: Researchers say mankind is to blame for that, too.s we've noted, 2008 has been a year of records for cold and snowfall and may indeed be the coldest year of the 21st century thus far. In the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month of October. Global thermometers stopped rising after 1998, and have plummeted in the last two years by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius. The 2007-2008 temperature...
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the (Climate) Forum

    12/30/2008 1:06:46 PM PST · by ebayhater · 22 replies · 1,183+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 12/30/2008 | Michael Asher
    When I began writing about global warming climate change, public outcry was tremendous. Amid a sea of media stories about the sins of our wasteful lifestyle, no one wanted to hear about contradictory research, conflicting data, or skeptical scientists. Now, over two years later, a funny thing has happened. The roles have shifted. My stories are the staid and ordinary ones. It's the fellows predicting flood, famine, and disaster who are generating all the controversy. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. What happened? 2008 was the year predicted to be the "hottest in a century". Instead it became...
  • Obama names Holdren, Lubchenco to science posts

    12/20/2008 8:14:04 AM PST · by jdsteel · 20 replies · 852+ views
    yahoo news/AP ^ | 12/20/08 | jdsteel
    WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named a Harvard physicist and a marine biologist to science posts, signaling a change from Bush administration policies on global warming that were criticized for putting politics over science.
  • CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory 'Arrogant'

    12/18/2008 6:53:20 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 39 replies · 1,986+ views ^ | December 18, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Unprecedented snow in Las Vegas has some scratching their heads – how can there be global warming with this unusual winter weather? CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers had never bought into the notion that man can alter the climate and the Vegas snowstorm didn’t impact his opinion. Myers, an American Meteorological Society certified meteorologist, explained on CNN’s Dec. 18 “Lou Dobbs Tonight” that the whole idea is arrogant and mankind was in danger of dying from other natural events more so than global warming. “You know, to think that we could affect weather all that much is pretty arrogant,” Myers said....
  • Will Palestinians Destroy the Church of the Nativity ?

    A message to observant Christians, you should know that if there ever is a Palestinian State you can say goodbye to holy sites Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Ascension. Christian holy sites and populations are endangered whenever Palestinians gain control. Christian towns and churches, including the sacred Church of the Nativity, have been used as bases for Palestinian snipers and launching-sites for terrorist attacks. Many historically Christian towns that came under Palestinian control through Oslo — Bethlehem being only the most famous example — quickly lost their Christian majority as those citizens steadily fled Muslim oppression...
  • 'Companies could be sued over climate change'

    12/10/2008 11:04:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 634+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2008 | The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
    The scare In early December 2008, The Guardian, a newspaper of the British Left and an unquestioning true-believer in the catastrophist version of climate alarm, quoted Professor Myles Allen, a physicist at Oxford University, as saying computer models such as one that he has developed can now ascribe individual extreme-weather events to anthropogenic "global warming", allowing environmental pressure groups to sue the corporations they believe are to blame for the catastrophic heating of the planet. Professor Allen joked, "We are starting to get to the point that when an adverse weather event occurs we can quantify how much more likely...
  • Global Warming is BUNK Says Senate Minority Report

    12/10/2008 10:02:34 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 646+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 12/11/08 | Yidwithlid
    Here is an interesting statistic, there were 52 scientists who authored the original UN Policy report on Global Warming. The Senate Minority Office (AKA Republicans) have generated a report the refutes global warming and and quotes from slightly more (650) Scientists. Including reports that blame global warming on (who knew?) THE SUN. Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” - UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist. Somebody PULEESE explain to me why the Democratic...
  • Inhofe Exposes Environmental Groups As "Massive Democratic Political Machines"

    12/10/2008 9:55:47 PM PST · by flattorney · 12 replies · 956+ views
    U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works ^ | September 20, 2008 | James Inhofe Senate Floor Statement
    Abstract: Partisan Environmental Groups: Beware of Wolves Dressed in Sheep’s Clothing. These wolves should be seen for what they really are: massive democratic political machines, disguised as environmental causes. These wolves disguised in sheep's clothing are deceiving the America people. When an individual gives their hard-earned money to one of these organizations, most expect it to be used for the environmental cause they support, not political campaigning. It seems that it is more important to these groups to turn their once laudable movement into a political machine misleading the American public regarding their purely politically partisan agenda under the guise...
  • Unions turn toward Democratic front-runner Obama

    05/16/2008 6:49:37 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 8 replies · 67+ views ^ | 5/15/08 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    Obama supporters hope his union endorsers will help bring in the white, blue-collar Democrats his campaign has been courting. The Service Employees International Union, the nation's largest, is already calling Obama "the presumptive nominee." But there is still a major union plum to be had, the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor organization. The AFL-CIO and its 56 unions expect to spend an estimated $200 million on the presidential and congressional elections. However, the labor federation is still nowhere close to making an endorsement, focusing its energies instead on presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. To win its formal backing, a candidate...
  • McCain's Campaign Finance Revelation

    04/25/2008 12:43:43 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 15 replies · 131+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25th, 2008 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    While Democrats absorbed the lessons of Pennsylvania this week, John McCain was coming to a few realizations of his own. For one, "big money" in politics isn't so bad after all. That's the takeaway from the presumptive GOP nominee's new fund-raising strategy, which his campaign has quietly rolled out these past few weeks. The McCain camp is teaming up with the Republican National Committee to tap into big, big donations from big, big donors – hoping to close the big, big money gap with Democrats. Their effort to do so will involve some creative abuse of the campaign finance restrictions...
  • George Soros pours $2.5 million into new advocacy group (to win White House, Congress)

    02/06/2008 7:47:55 PM PST · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 156+ views
    LA Times blog ^ | Andrew Malcolm
    Here comes Big George again. Billionaire George Soros is weighing in heavily with more cash, delivering $2.5 million to a new political organization called Fund for America. According to a year-end campaign report filed with the Internal Revenue Service and uncovered by The Times' Dan Morain, Fund for America was organized by Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and Anna Burger of the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU matched Soros with another $2.5 million, too. Other major donors include investor Donald Sussman, who has given $1 million and AKT Development of...
  • Democratic fundraiser is a fugitive in plain sight (big Clinton moneyman)

    08/29/2007 12:41:19 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 108 replies · 3,740+ views
    LATimes ^ | 8-29-07 | Chuck Neubauer and Robin Fields
    California authorities have sought businessman Norman Hsu for 15 years. Since 2004, he has carved out a place of honor raising cash for such candidates as Hillary Rodham Clinton. For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish. "He is a fugitive," Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. "Do you know where he is?" Hsu, it seems, has...
  • McCain Presidential Campaign Not Corrupted by Big Money

    07/03/2007 9:07:54 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 5 replies · 273+ views ^ | July 3, 2007 | by Scott Ott
    (2007-07-03) — One of the chief architects of campaign finance reform legislation has shown that he can ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to reducing the corrupting influence of money on presidential candidates. Sen. John McCain, because he raised only $11.2 million in the second quarter, is “free to be his own man and to follow the dictates of his own conscience when he’s in the White House,” according to campaign manager Terry Nelson, who has decided to work without pay, and to cut about half the campaign’s staff, to reduce the corrupting influence of “political handlers” on Mr. McCain....
  • LeBron's footprint extra big

    04/11/2007 11:31:34 AM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 813+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4-18-07 | Tom Knott
    LeBron James is electing to have an enormous carbon footprint in the 35,440-square-foot home he is having built outside Akron, Ohio. No word yet whether James plans to buy environmental penance through the purchase of carbon offsets, the approach of Al Gore, the green movement's high priest who delivers his sermons from the don't-do-as-I-do, do-as-I-say pulpit. James is opting to indulge in his fantasies with his dream castle. It will come with a bowling alley, casino, theater, recording studio, barber shop, aquarium, sports bar, outdoor swimming pool and six-car garage. Why he left out a shopping mall is anyone's guess....
  • Free-spending special interests exert big influence

    06/07/2006 7:41:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 130+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/7/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The biggest players in Tuesday's election weren't the Democratic or Republican parties or even the candidates themselves -- but rather some special-interest groups working under the cover of mercenary-like independent expenditure committees. The secretary of state's office still hasn't tallied all the spending, but so far it has identified hundreds of committees that registered in recent months with the goal of supporting or tearing down candidates and causes that went before voters Tuesday. Political operatives describe a surge in independent spending, fueled partly by the new $22,300 limit on individual contributions to candidates in statewide races. When it comes to...
  • Red Sox v Yankees--The Holy War Continues

    05/09/2006 4:03:54 PM PDT · by misterrob · 473 replies · 28,079+ views
    05/09/06 | misterrob
    The saga continues in the Bronx this week. The Sox send out Beckett, Wakefield and Schilling. The Yankees counter with Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina and Shawn Chacon. The New York Post ran a back cover story questioning why anyone has not dared to throw at David Ortiz.. (maybe because he is 6' 4" and weighs 250 lbs) Sox offseason pickup Josh Beckett returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 6 of the 2003 World Series. Series returns to NY after an abbreviated series last week in Boston where Boston fans expressed their true feelings about Johnny Damon.
  • CA: Big money, bigger voice - Arnold and his opponents getting ready to spend their way to victory

    03/28/2005 8:43:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 329+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/28/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO - In what was supposed to be an off-year for statewide elections in California, the airwaves are teeming with warring political ads as groups on both sides of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's agenda spend millions to sway voters in the upcoming special election. ``Without big money, you don't get an issue on the ballot,'' said Robert Stern of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. And with more than a year to go until the 2006 primaries, individual candidates for office also are busy raising funds: -- The Republican governor is raising millions for a re-election bid he has yet...
  • Money Pours In for Festivities - Big-Money Contributors Line Up for Inauguration

    01/12/2005 8:55:08 PM PST · by crushelits · 2 replies · 286+ views ^ | Thursday, January 13, 2005 | Thomas B. Edsall and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
    Big-Money Contributors Line Up for Inauguration President Bush wants to lower barriers to building nuclear power plants, and the lobby that promotes nuclear energy could not be happier. To show its thanks, the group has given $100,000 to help pay for his inauguration. "He's a big supporter," said John E. Kane, chief lobbyist for the Nuclear Energy Institute. "Our donation is just a small way of supporting him." The nuclear energy industry's contribution is part of a record-breaking outpouring of corporate cash to next week's inaugural festivities. At least 88 companies and trade associations, along with 39 CEOs and top...
  • New York hotel offers 10,000-dollar martini

    12/01/2004 8:33:46 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 21 replies · 793+ views
    AFP ^ | 12-1-04
    New York hotel offers 10,000-dollar martini Wed Dec 1,12:22 PM ET Offbeat - AFP NEW YORK (AFP) - New York's Algonquin Hotel, once the haunt of 1920s literarti like Dorothy Parker, is making a fresh bid for notoriety by offering a 10,000-dollar martini cocktail. The vodka, vermouth and olives are much the same as in any martini, but the twist lies in the "ice" -- in this case a diamond from the hotel's in-house jeweler, the Daily News reported Wednesday. So far, no guest has had the stomach or the chequebook required to order a "Martini on the Rock," but...
  • DFU SONG: It Must Have Been Love (Suha sings to her beloved husband Yasser)

    11/09/2004 3:58:29 PM PST · by doug from upland · 22 replies · 1,065+ views
    DFU SONGS | 11-2004 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE It is over...for dear Yasser...hourglass is...out of sand I've had fun in Paris...with all that money...he lived in that stinking land...stinking land As he lay...on his deathbed...I will act I found his account...time to pull the plug...I found his account...say goodbye to the slug I found his account...time to pull the plug...I found his account...I will not miss his mug I could not stand...goat smell had gagged me...every time I'm a high-priced hooker...that's what they called me...and a partner in his crimes And as he lay...on his deathbed...I've got to act...

    09/06/2004 11:58:02 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 634+ views
    Kerry, Kerry, quite contrary, How do your coffers grow? With 527s and 501s, And ugly little Soros's dough. For the junior senator from Massachusetts, there's no escaping the fact that August was one long, hot month. (Hum. Maybe that's why he spent so much of it windsurfing.) And the rest of the season could shape up to be even more inclement for John F. Kerry. My clever jingle notwithstanding, the candidate has good reason to be contrary: No matter how rapidly his coffers have grown, his political fortunes are now shrinking at an alarming rate. If this downward trend continues,...
  • Ornage County Register - Shelton cartoon

    08/23/2004 5:26:11 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 1 replies · 662+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug 22, 2004 | Shelton