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  • Linked by signature law, McCain and Feingold fight back

    10/15/2016 7:34:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2016 10:33 AM EDT | Scott Bauer and Bob Christie
    Russ Feingold and John McCain largely made their names in the Senate fighting the power of special interest money. But now as McCain fights for re-election in Arizona and Feingold tries to return to the Senate in Wisconsin, the authors of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law are benefiting from the same sources of funding they once scorned. …
  • Trump challenges Clinton to spend her own money on campaign

    10/09/2016 9:24:30 PM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Mr. Trump said that Mrs. Clinton is beholden to big-money interests than he is, saying he’s going to spend upwards of $100 million of his own money on his campaign. He challenged her to pony up as much as $30 million of the $250 million she and her husband have earned since they left the White House in 2001. “Why aren’t you putting some money in?” he demanded. Mrs. Clinton did not respond to the challenge.
  • Trump camp concedes it's low on money

    05/29/2016 3:08:01 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 105 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Donald Trump's campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won't have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months. The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump's senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it's consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states....
  • Sanders campaign down to less than $6 million in cash

    05/20/2016 8:46:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 8:07 PM EDT | Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day
    Bernie Sanders’ campaign had less than $6 million at the start of May, a critical cash shortage as he makes an admittedly tough final play to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ rival had five times as much money, according to new Federal Election Commission filings, beginning the month with $30 million in the bank. The two were on roughly equal fundraising footing last month, with Clinton and Sanders each raising more than $25 million. But the Vermont senator spent almost $39 million to Clinton’s $24 million, the reports showed. …
  • Ex-Sen. Yee pays $128,000 in campaign funds to lawyers since indictment (shoulder fired missiles)

    02/03/2015 4:42:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/03/15 | Patrick McGreevy
    Former state Sen. Leland Yee’s campaign committee for last year’s secretary of state race has spent $128,000 on attorney's fees since he was indicted on federal corruption charges, he reported this week. The practice is legal, but one ethics expert said it should be restricted. "Unfortunately California’s relatively weak restrictions on the use of surplus campaign funds mean that politicians can turn these accounts into personal slush funds," said Sarah Swanbeck, an advocate for the group Common Cause.
  • Multiple news outlets reporting Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord subject of investigation

    01/29/2015 10:29:51 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 27 replies ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jan Murphy
    State Treasurer Rob McCord's unexpected announcement on Thursday of his resignation, effective Feb. 12, gave rise to speculation about what brought it about so suddenly. Then within hours after issuing a news release saying he was returning to the private sector after having achieved all of his goals as treasurer, three media outlets cited anonymous sources confirming that McCord is under federal investigation. Philadelphia TV station WPVI reported that McCord was being investigated for alleged theft of campaign and other funds. The Morning Call in Allentown subsequently confirmed that report and also reported that the probe has been going on...
  • Japan trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals

    10/20/2014 1:40:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 4:28 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan’s trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after accusations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative administration. The two ministers were among five women Abe named to his Cabinet in a reshuffle early last month. Their resignations may help to control the damage to his relatively high popularity ratings, but are a blow to efforts to promote women in politics and business as part of economic revival policies. […] Two other female Cabinet members known as Abe’s close allies on the right have been criticized for suspected ties with racist groups....
  • Obama campaign collecting more donations from non-existent ZIP codes as campaign season goes on

    10/21/2012 2:34:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    A soon to be released report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute shows that President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has increasingly collected more electronic donations from non-existent ZIP codes throughout the 2012 campaign cycle. From February through June this year the GAI findings reported that the Obama campaign collected $175,816.26 in electronic donations from non-existent ZIP codes. One month later, the campaign raised $411,369.55 through such donations and $197,464.59 in August. By the end of September, the Obama campaign raked in $2,199,204.38 – thanks to donations from non-existent ZIP codes. The upcoming GAI report suggests the Obama campaign is allowing...

    10/08/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT · by Snuph · 21 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8 Oct 2012 | WYNTON HAL
    Minutes after Newsweek published a story on the threat of illegal foreign and fraudulent online campaign donations late Monday afternoon, the Obama campaign struck back hard with a response smearing one of the article’s authors and offered an anemic defense of its online fundraising operations.
  • Networks Whine Over 'Massive Spending Gap' Between GOP and Dems in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 8:34:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 06, 2012 | Kyle Drennen
    Searching for an excuse to explain what went wrong for Democrats in Wisconsin, the broadcast networks blamed "a record-shattering $64 million poured into" the recall election by "conservative out-of-state groups" supporting Republican Governor Scott Walker.   On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, correspondent Bill Plante promoted Obama campaign talking points on the major Democratic loss: "...what it called the 'massive spending gap'. Governor Walker's supporters raised $31 million to $4 million for the challenger, Tom Barrett....with most of that money coming from out of state – a huge chunk of it from the super-PACs." On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Dean...
  • The Permanent Campaign: Failed President Held More Fundraisers Than Previous 5 Presidents Combined

    04/29/2012 7:10:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | April 29, 2012 | Jammie
    Original Title:The Permanent Campaign: Failed President Has Held More Fundraisers Than Previous 5 Presidents Combined Let’s look at the bright side. When he’s out there shaking down his fatcat supporters he’s not actually working, so there’s the chance he’s actually doing less damage. But I guess in keeping with his adoring media we can call this historic and unprecedented. Barack Obama has already held more fundraising events to build cash for his re-election bid than all five Presidents since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book. Obama is also the only president in the...
  • Clients of fraud suspect ask to alter money rules

    10/01/2011 9:18:27 AM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento -- Attorneys representing the alleged victims in a suspected fraud scheme involving millions of dollars in campaign funds from as many as 400 candidates, officeholders and committees asked the commission that oversees political fundraising in California to make urgent changes in regulations to ensure funding for their political work. The Fair Political Practices Commission held a special meeting Friday to hear from clients of Kinde Durkee, a campaign treasurer for the hundreds of politicians and political organizations, nearly all of them Democratic. Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 by the FBI and charged with stealing or misappropriating $670,000 from the...
  • Bundlers poised for power over supercommittee (Patty Murray)

    09/20/2011 12:08:38 PM PDT · by bronxville · 7 replies
    politico ^ | 09-18-2011 | ANNA PALMER & MANU RAJU |
    [...]Take AT&T, for example. The telecommunications giant is pushing for the supercommittee to increase wireless spectrum, reform corporate tax and minimize government regulation. The company, which is also in the midst of fighting for its merger with T-Mobile, bundled $71,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee through the first six months of this year and $20,750 last year for Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who co-chairs the supercommittee and runs the campaign arm that is charged with maintaining a Senate majority next November. In fact, Murray received the most bundled contributions of any individual supercommittee lawmaker since last year, also taking...
  • Feinstein: 'Wiped out' by scandal

    09/12/2011 4:18:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 127 replies
    Politico ^ | September 12, 2011 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a well-connected California Democratic political operative who served as treasurer for hundreds of state, local and federal campaign committees.Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 2 on allegations of fraud surrounding the diversion of more than $670,000 from the reelection committee for a California state assemblyman, and a growing list of California Democrats, including Feinstein and Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez, now appear to victims as well.“I was wiped out too, we don’t know how much,” said Feinstein, indicating the losses in campaign funds could run...
  • Delaware Man Admits Illegal Campaign Contributions (apparently to Joe Biden)

    06/10/2011 8:01:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6-10-2011 | Henry Reske
    Delaware Man Admits Illegal Campaign Contributions by Henry Reske June 10, 2011 A Delaware man has pleaded guilty to illegally funneling more than $200,000 to political campaigns. Those benefitting from the illegal contributions apparently include the failed presidential campaign of now Vice President Joe Biden... snip Prosecutors said the campaign finance scheme involved fake fundraisers, free alcohol for candidates and supporters at events... snip The complaint does not allege any wrongdoing by the candidates and does not identify them by name. However, the Post reported that dates and other information in the court documents “strongly suggest that Biden and Sen....
  • Richardson records sealed for 8 years (NM - What's he got to hide?? /s)

    02/01/2011 7:35:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | January 31, 2011 | Steve Terrell
    About two weeks before he left office, Gov. Bill Richardson's staff handed over his office's records to the State Records Center and Archives. But there was one condition. Richardson agreed to turn over his records under the condition that for the next eight years, only four people would have access or be able to grant access to the documents — Richardson himself; his chief of staff, Brian Condit; general counsel Justin Miller; and scheduler Janis Hartley. Richardson's action is allowed under a state law passed in 1967, Records Center Director Sandra Jaramillo said ... Attempts to reach Richardson and his...
  • O’Donnell and the $9.99 Lunch Special — Liberals Can’t Get Anything Right

    01/09/2011 9:14:02 PM PST · by Moseley · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Delaware News Center ^ | January 10, 2011 | Jon Moseley
    One of the more amusing examples of Left wing's hysteria over Christine O'Donnell is her January 28, 2009, meeting with a potential donor at Lone Star Steakhouse at 307 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware, where the bill totalled $22.16. For some reason, this one trivial expense has tongues flapping. For liberal elitist expense accounts from New York City and Inside-the-Beltway, $22.16 is not enough for two people to eat. Therefore -- they wildly speculate without foundation -- O'Donnell had to be eating alone, not meeting with a potential donor as a "fund-raising expense." (Of course, not everyone present at a...
  • VIDEO: SEE INSIDE Christine O'Donnell's townhouse -- rent paid by campaign

    01/09/2011 8:13:45 PM PST · by Moseley · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | September 20, 2010 | Christine O'Donnell campaign interview
    See for yourself in this video: CNN videotaped the inside of the now-famous Christine O'Donnell townhouse used as O'Donnell's campaign headquarters
  • Video: Christine O’Donnell says Joe Biden behind campaign fund misuse report

    12/31/2010 3:59:05 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 31, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Christine O’Donnell says Joe Biden is behind campaign fund misuse report. More specifically, O’Donnell is implying that Biden is sending the FBI after her in order to handle the alleged investigation that’s been started on her use of campaign contributions. Two days, ago the AP ran a story claiming O’Donnell was being criminally investigated, but O’Donnell herself has disproved that misleading report by asserting on the same day that no authorities ever contacted her regarding the AP story. Yesterday, O’Donnell fought back by pointing the finger at the vice president, saying that the whole rumor of a criminal investigation was...
  • Feds investigating Christine O’Donnell for misusing campaign funds (to pay personal expenses?)

    12/30/2010 10:05:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 7+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/30/2010 | Allahpundit
    RINO conspiracy? Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury…At least two former campaign workers have alleged that she...
  • Christine O'Donnell campaign spending under investigation by Feds

    12/29/2010 2:05:58 PM PST · by freespirited · 65 replies · 9+ views
    Wapo ^ | 12/29/10 | Ben Nuckols and Matthew Barakaft
    Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury. Matt Moran, O'Donnell's former campaign manager, did not immediately respond...
  • Target-shooting fundraiser for N.C. congressional candidate

    10/20/2010 1:12:25 PM PDT · by rhoda_penmark · 3 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/20/2010 | Associated Press
    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former Marine turned Republican congressional candidate is raising campaign money by challenging all comers to a shooting contest.
  • When it comes to foreign money flowing into campaigns, Obama has a short memory

    10/10/2010 2:26:10 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/10/10 | Rick Moran
    Based on a single, poorly sourced article in Think Progress - a rabidly partisan blog that is an offshoot of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress - President Obama laid into Republicans for allowing "foreign money" to be used to fund campaigns against him, specifically, dues money from foreign countries paid to the Chamber of Commerce. The problem? The story by Think Progress is (not surprisingly) almost certainly untrue. But a closer examination shows that there is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and...
  • THE POLITICIAN:An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency

    01/28/2010 3:40:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies · 892+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Janet Maslin
    Andrew Young’s hero was an inspiring Southern orator and a paragon of Christian virtue. He was a pillar of his community. Then he was photographed in compromising circumstances, outed as an adulterer and beset by a scandal that destroyed his career. “They caught me, Andrew,” the Rev. Bob Young confessed to his heartbroken teenage son. The traumatized son later went on to subordinate his life to John Edwards’s political career, becoming one of his most trusted aides. And he allowed his own reputation to be ruined in a vain effort to save Mr. Edwards from embarrassment. How much of that...
  • 43 MILLION Reasons There is NoTort Reform in Obamacare

    08/06/2009 6:12:29 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 386+ views
    IBD/Open Secrets/The Lid ^ | 8/6/09 | The Lid
    ...strangely, tort reform is not part of any of the Democratic party bills revising the United States health care system. [Obama] told the American Medical Association that he is "not advocating caps on malpractice awards." Even though they might significantly lower medical costs, Obama said he believes caps "can be unfair to people who've been wrongfully harmed." That might very be the real reason, but there is a major question-mark that arises when you look at the campaign contributions from the 2008 presidential election.... If you look at the latest Federal Election Commission (released 7/13/09), you see that President Obama...
  • Thompson Raises $9.3M in Summer Quarter

    10/04/2007 2:22:40 PM PDT · by sitetest · 62 replies · 1,001+ views
    AP News / MyWay ^ | October 4, 2007 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Fred Thompson, a newcomer to the Republican presidential contest, raised $9.3 million in the past three months and has $7 million in the bank, his campaign said Thursday. The former Tennessee senator and "Law & Order" television actor has raised $12.7 million since he began exploring an entry into the race in June. All the money is for the primary contests. His campaign said he had 80,000 donors, 22,000 of them contributing through the Internet.

    09/14/2007 8:48:57 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 132 replies · 984+ views
    Rocky Mountain News via Bar of Integrity ^ | Sept 23, 1997 | William Safire
    Why, just as the investigation into Clinton campaign corruption was hitting pay dirt, did Fred Thompson suddenly strike a deal with Democrats to shift the hearings into a softer, gentler discussion of legislative changes? Consider the momentum building: 1. Venerable Gore, now wisely hiring criminal lawyers, was shown to be fund-raising from federal property for his own campaign, which forced Janet Reno to shake up Justice's hapless bureaucracy - in hope of evading the law's mandate to seek court appointment of a real prosecutor. 2. Our rogue president, after selling face time to an engaging hustler for $300,000, was shown...
  • Growing Internet Use Helps Obama to a Wide Base and a Money Lead

    07/16/2007 8:31:37 PM PDT · by CheyennePress · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2007 | Jose Antonio Vargas
    A few weeks ago, Linnie Frank Bailey, a 51-year-old self-described "older soccer mom" in Corona, Calif., and Isaac Burbank, a 20-year-old mechanical engineering student at Colorado State University, both did something for the first time. They gave money to a political campaign -- $10 each to Sen. Barack Obama -- and they gave it over the Internet. About a third of the money Sen. Barack Obama raised in his record-setting haul of $32.8 million in the second quarter of this year came from donations made on the Internet, his campaign said. The Illinois Democrat's second-quarter fundraising haul of $32.8 million...
  • Campaign Spending Reports

    03/20/2006 7:34:35 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 11 replies · 400+ views
    Political MoneyLine ^ | 20 March 2006 | Unknown
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed its report covering 2/1/2006-2/28/2006. The committee reports $3,101,719 in receipts and $2,496,317 in disbursements. Cash on hand totals $16,304,876. The DNC Services Corp./Dem. Nat'l Committee filed its report covering 2/1/2006-2/28/2006. The committee reports $6,208,145 in receipts and $4,183,133 in disbursements. Cash on hand totals $8,930,179. The National Republican Congressional Committee filed its report covering 2/1/2006-2/28/2006. The committee reports $5,394,460 in receipts and $4,324,877 in disbursements. Cash on hand totals $20,806,354. The Republican National Committee filed its report covering 2/1/2006-2/28/2006. The committee reports $10,877,419 in receipts and $8,890,906 in disbursements. Cash on hand totals $40,874,828.
  • Clinton’s Reach is Nationwide

    03/02/2006 5:32:22 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 32 replies · 598+ views
    PoliticalMoneyLine ^ | 2 March 2006 | Unknown
    Since the beginning of 2005 Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign committee has reported raising over $20 million from individuals around the country. Small contributions of $200 or less do not have to be itemized. For itemized donors aggregating over $200 the top state breakdown is as follows: New York: 6,444 donations - $5.63 million California: 1,639 donations - $1.54 million DC: 697 donations - $603,360 Illinois: 553 donations - $554,088 New Jersey: 526 donations - $543,305 Texas: 606 donations - $538,855 Since the beginning of 2001 Sen. Clinton has raised $31,178,474 from individuals. In the 2001-2002 cycle she raised $1,094,192 from...
  • Campaign funds spent far and wide (Louisiana)

    01/22/2006 6:24:47 AM PST · by Ellesu · 1 replies · 243+ views ^ | 1-22-06 | Marsha Shuler
    Legislators use contributions for cars, memberships and sports tickets: Former state House Speaker Charlie DeWitt spent $19,000 to finish paying off a Jaguar. State Sen. Robert Adley spent thousands on a new wardrobe. More than 50 Louisiana legislators bought LSU football season tickets, most paying extra for some of the best seats in Tiger Stadium. The money came not out of legislatorsÂ’ pockets but from their supporters and special interests. The money came out of legislatorsÂ’ campaign accounts. Campaign contributors paid those expenses and a lot more in 2004, the latest year for which campaign finance reports are available. New...
  • Clinton-Gore ? Nevermore !

    01/21/2006 8:52:56 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 12 replies · 760+ views
    The Morning Paper | 01/21/06 | vanity
    Clinton - Gore ? Nevermore !! Al Gore , who won the 2000 election by Popular votes, but lost by Electoral votes , has emerged recently to criticize the Bush administration . No surprise there ! Mr. Gore can hardly be expected to have warm,fuzzy feelings for his erstwhile opponent . It is also unsurprising to see that some of his former supporters are experiencing a wave of nostalgia for “Honest Al “ – and wondering : “Gee ! Suppose He had become President – instead of that awful Republican ? How different –no, how WONDERFUL life would be !”...
  • (Memphis Democrat) Sen. Ford Fined $10,000 for Using Campaign Money on Wedding

    05/11/2005 12:25:03 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 816+ views
    WATE6.COM ^ | May 11, 2005 | AP
    NASHVILLE (AP) -- The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance has found Sen. John Ford guilty of fraudulently using political campaign funds. The vote was 4-3. At a hearing Wednesday which Ford didn't attend, the Registry also fined him $10,000 for using campaign money on his daughter's wedding. The Memphis Democrat told the election finance board the spending was legal because roughly one-third of the wedding attendees lived in his Senate district. This marks the first official sanction against Ford in a recent swarm of ethical allegations. One of Ford's lawyers, Ed Yarbrough, said he would talk to his client before...
  • Michael Schiavo's Insurance Company Contributed to "Death with Dignity" Bill Supporter

    04/06/2005 7:30:28 AM PDT · by tacomonkey2002 · 68 replies · 2,267+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2005 | Life Site News contributor
    Michael Schiavo's Insurance Company Contributed to "Death with Dignity" Bill Supporter CLEARWATER, Florida, April 5, 2005 ( - The Jerger & Centonze Insurnace (sic) Agency, a company that lists its address as 2807 Marrie Court - Michael Schiavo's address - and has as a co-founder, Michael's girlfriend/fiancé Jody Centonze, was a contributor to the campaign of death-with-dignity bill champion Florida Senator Jim King. "Conflicts of interest among key players in the Terri Schiavo controversy could give the United Nations oil-for-food investigation a run for its money," wrote Editor Judi McLeod. "Campaign contributors to the political campaign of district 8...
  • PETER F. PAUL v. WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, et. al. Why aren't we hearing more? (Vanity)

    02/27/2005 11:49:15 AM PST · by CitizenM · 22 replies · 1,514+ views
    Documents supporting "Complaint for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, violation of California’s Unfair Business Practices, unjust enrichment and civil conspiracy." And, Peter Paul's letter to Hillary Clinton. STOP HILLARY NOW!
  • Senator Hutchison Holds Tense Meeting with Perry Supporters in El Paso

    12/12/2004 7:28:40 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 149 replies · 1,853+ views
    Hutchison holds tense meeting with Perry supporters in El Paso EL PASO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison reacted angrily recently after several El Paso business leaders suggested that she not challenge Gov. Rick Perry in 2006 because their large campaign contributions to state leaders have increased the city's influence in Austin. During the private luncheon last week, Hutchison, R-Texas, was asked to instead run for re-election for the Senate. She responded by denouncing the role large contributions play in state government, some of those attending said. The meeting was organized as a briefing by the senator on various...
  • In the end its all about Honesty, (John Kerry is not!)

    09/30/2004 9:21:37 PM PDT · by OPS4 · 5 replies · 683+ views
    News Max ^ | 10/01/04 | Paige McKenzie,
    Kerry's Campaign Finance Scandals Bossie's book contains a wealth of details on Kerry's addiction to money. Money is the name of the game for this senator, however he can get it – whether by marriage, "by hook or by crook," as the old saying goes. Even if that crook happens to be Bill Clinton's favorite Chinese donor, Johnny Chung, who "visited the Clinton White House a total of 49 times and moved on to become a central figure in that administration's foreign money scandals, eventually pleading guilty to funneling $28,000 in illegal foreign contributions to the campaigns of Bill Clinton...
  • Forgeries More Interesting Than Facts

    09/29/2004 6:35:25 PM PDT · by Chickenhawk Warmonger · 2 replies · 493+ views ^ | 9/29/04 | Robin Mullins Boyd
    Forgeries More Interesting Than Facts By Robin Mullins Boyd September 29, 2004 The appearance of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in the 2004 Presidential Campaign has caused quite an uproar. The Democrats decried the use of partisan money to fund the Swift Boat ads. They have called on President Bush to denounce the partisan attack against John Kerry. John Edwards called on the President to "stop hiding behind a front group". The media's search for Bush/Cheney connections to the Swift Boat vets has been relentless. The media has been so focused on uncovering anything that could possibly damage the...
  • Secret FBI Documents Reveal Kerry Accepted Laundered Contributions!

    08/27/2004 11:44:12 AM PDT · by OPS4 · 8 replies · 650+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 8/27/04 | Judicial Watch
    Contact: Press Office 202-646-5172 Secret FBI Documents Reveal Kerry Accepted Laundered Contributions Senator Also May Have Set Up Meetings Between Chinese Firms, U.S. Officials (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released recently declassified documents showing that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry accepted laundered contributions for his 1996 re-election campaign from the Communist Chinese government and that, in exchange, he may have arranged meetings between Chinese aerospace executives and U.S. government officials.
  • Look for the dirty laundry in Edwards’s closet

    07/07/2004 4:49:46 PM PDT · by Key West Girl · 61 replies · 2,780+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2004 | Dick Morris
    Look for the dirty laundry in Edwards’s closetJuly 7, 2004 | Dick Morris | The Political LifeThe cheering that surrounds John Kerry’s choice of John Edwards for vice president may fade quickly if the Bush campaign’s negative researchers are on the ball. Edwards has a real vulnerability in the way he raised campaign money during his abortive presidential bid. The North Carolina senator and former trial lawyer leaned heavily on his former peers for campaign funding. More than half of his donations came from trial lawyers, and 22 of his top 25 contributions came from his former colleagues at the...
  • Heinz Quarterly Earnings Rise Sharply

    05/25/2004 4:51:33 AM PDT · by palmer · 5 replies · 61+ views
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ketchup and condiment maker H.J. Heinz Co. (NYSE:HNZ - News) on Tuesday said quarterly earnings rose sharply, as a weak U.S. dollar pushed sales higher. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company said it earned $196.5 million, or 55 cents a share, in the fourth quarter ended April 28, compared to $102.6 million, or 29 cents, in the year-ago period. Earnings per share from continuing operations were 58 cents in the most recent quarter, matching the average of analysts polled by Reuters Estimates. That compares to 52 cents a year ago. In the fourth quarter, Heinz said sales rose 6.3...
  • How About "The No Bullsh*t News"? -- Fighting Press Frauds with Facts

    05/23/2004 9:29:50 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 67 replies · 541+ views
    special to FreeRepublic ^ | 22 May, 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    These columns now appear in print in the Canyon News, 20,000 copies weekly in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu and 12 other L.A. communities. A high proportion of those folks could readily turn "The No Bullsh*t News" into reality. Consider the Sunday news programs. Reporters pretend to ask relevant questions; politicians pretend to answer them. The reporters throw softballs to guests they agree with, or goad political opponents into making unfortunate statements. A minor slip of the tongue gets play if it fits a headline. Who takes these frauds seriously? Guests try to avoid "committing news in a public place." The...
  • CA: Family deals benefit Peratas - Campaign funds build business for senator's son

    03/26/2004 9:34:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 218+ views ^ | 3/26/04 | Christian Berthelsen - SF Chronicle
    <p>In January 1999, state Sen. Don Perata's 26-year-old son, Nick, launched a political direct mail firm based at his father's Alameda home.</p> <p>Within months, the son's firm, Exit Strategies, was receiving tens of thousands of dollars in revenue from the father's Senate campaign committee. At the same time, Exit Strategies began paying consulting fees and rent to the senator, state records and interviews show.</p>
  • Web Site Shows Neighbor Campaign Donations

    03/20/2004 12:20:00 PM PST · by I_saw_the_light · 24 replies · 441+ views
    AP ^ | 3/20/2004 | ANICK JESDANUN,
    Just type your address and ZIP code into the "Neighbor Search" tool at, and you'll get a list of what your neighbors gave to any of the presidential candidates last year — and how much. Your nearest neighbors are listed first. The tool uses technology called geocoding, which matches street addresses with longitude and latitude data. The match works about 70 percent of the time; in cases of failure, results are given based on ZIP code. Visitors can also search by name. Candidates, by law, are required to disclose contributions of $200 or more, and the Federal Election Commission...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) 1.5.04

    01/05/2004 4:30:22 PM PST · by TruthNtegrity · 255 replies · 284+ views
    Yahoo, Reuters, AP | Jan. 5, 2004 | TruthNtegrity
    Pres. Bush traveled to St. Louis to promote his "No Child Left Behind" education law. Pres. Bush spoke at the Pierre Laclede Elementary School, which he said in his Saturday radio address had risen "to meet our new standards." Pres. Bush also visited with about 50 fourth-graders. One asked Pres. Bush if he had wanted to be president when he was a child. "No," Bush told the children, all nearly a decade shy of voting age. "It can be pretty hard." Still, he called his job "a very rewarding experience" and took credit for "a world that's more peaceful, (where)...
  • Democrats Jumping Off the Ban Wagon?

    11/13/2003 6:25:15 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 11-13-03 | Lambro, Donald
    Dems Jumping Off the Ban Wagon? by Donald Lambro Posted Nov 13, 2003 President Bush's campaign fund-raising juggernaut passes the $100 million mark this week, pushing him closer to a primary cycle goal of nearly $200 million --double what he raised in 2000, and a record for presidential fund-raising. But why does someone with no primary opponent need to raise so much money? And didn't the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law take big money out of political campaigns? Well, not for everyone. Bush will probably need every cent he raises during the pre-nomination primary season to defend himself against the avalanche...
  • New labor alliance looks to help Gephardt - Seek special IRS status

    10/17/2003 2:46:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 17, 2003 | Brian C. Mooney
    <p>More than a dozen national labor unions supporting Representative Richard A. Gephardt announced yesterday they are banding together to form a group that will promote his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.</p> <p>At a news conference in Washington, the labor leaders said the new group, called the Alliance for Economic Justice, will seek special status under the Internal Revenue Service code to spend union money to communicate with members and promote key labor issues and political candidates.</p>
  • CA: Campaign funds audit may land Parra in trouble

    09/17/2003 10:17:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 286+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/17/03 | Christine Beddell
    Casey Christie / The Californian Assemblywoman Nicole Parra holds a press conference Tuesday in Bakersfield with her attorney James Harrison, left, after discovering her campaign still owes on back bills. Assemblywoman Nicole Parra revealed Tuesday she's having her 2002 campaign accounts audited after discovering about $13,000 in bills have gone unpaid. If Parra has to shell out that amount of money, she may exceed campaign-finance limits and be fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The unpaid expenses include $4,000 in payroll taxes and a $40 fee owed to the California Secretary of State's office, Parra said at a...
  • Dem Candidates Demand Bush Share Campaign Funds

    07/17/2003 5:27:00 PM PDT · by roballen · 29 replies · 159+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 17, 2003 / | ScrappleFace
    Because George Bush's 2004 campaign has raised more money than all nine Democrat presidential candidates combined, the so-called D-9 demanded today that Mr. Bush redistribute his funds among his less fortunate rivals. "What made this country great is taking money from the wealthy, and giving it to the poor," according to a joint statement by the D-9. "If Bush is really a compassionate conservative, he will divide his re-election funds among us. As one of the founders of our party once wrote: 'From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.'" Under the Democrat redistribution plan, Al...
  • Democrats and Fat Cats

    07/07/2003 11:59:17 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 200+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 8, 2003 | House Editorial
    <p>"The Nine Dwarfs" pursuing the Democratic Party presidential nomination have been relentlessly asserting that the Republican Party is beholden to the wealthy. It turns out, however, that it is the Democratic Party that has been addicted to the million-dollar contributions from the nation's fat cats. A recent study by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a nonpartisan campaign-finance research organization, reveals that the Democratic Party gobbled up an astounding 92 percent of all individual contributions totaling $1 million or more during the 2001-02 election cycle.</p>