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  • This chart shows how much each state contributes to the US economy

    09/03/2015 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/03/2015 | Matthew Speiser
    The US is the richest nation in the world, with an annual GDP of $17.3 trillion in 2014. However, some states are greater contributors to the economy than others. To illustrate differences among state economies, the folks at created a chart that shows the relative economic value of each US state. The states are also color-coded based on which region of the country they're The three regions that contribute the most to the economy are the Far West (18.6%), Southeast (21.3%), and Mideast (18.2%). California (13.3%), Texas (9.5%), and New York (8.1%) have the largest economies in the...
  • Lawmakers negotiating to double donor limit, allow online registration

    06/09/2013 6:55:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-8-13 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — Democrats and Republicans in the Assembly are working together on a bill that would double the amount donors can give politicians and allow voters to register online. It's a surprise collaboration that emerged just days after Democrats reacted with outrage at a public hearing to an earlier version of the bill from Republicans. A new draft of the measure made public Friday night shows the GOP was willing to drop some elements that Democrats consider onerous to accomplish something both parties want — raising contribution limits. Meanwhile, a bill has been put on the fast track that would...
  • To what conservative Senatorial candidate should I send my money? (vanity)

    08/19/2012 6:16:39 AM PDT · by bert · 47 replies
    08/19/12 | Bert
    To what conservative Senatorial candidate should I send my money? The preservation of conservative principle and ideals is a good thing, a necessary thing, and must be applauded. The continued application of principle to a short term situation in which all aspects of conservatism cannot be brought to bear becomes an exercise in futility and wasted time and effort. Such is the case in the current presidential election. Conservatism cannot have an effect on choosing an opponent to run against Obama. That decision was made in the primaries. There are pretenders who will take you money and your pretend vote...
  • Romney has raised over $1M today.

    06/28/2012 11:10:31 AM PDT · by Signalman · 26 replies
    Self | 6/28/2012 | Self
    Rush just reported it.
  • Obama Campaign Contribution Fraud Continues: Donor Adolf Hitler, 123 Nuremburg Way, Berlin, Germany

    04/03/2012 11:03:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 4/3/12 | Pamela Geller
    Back in 2008, I broke numerous campaign stories on the millions of dollars in illegal contributions that Obama received. It was meticuloulsy documented in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America. Also, check out my article in The American Thinker, "Obama's Foreign Donors: The media averts its eyes." It was feckless, reckless and lawless. Worse, Obama got away with it. All of it. Atlas broke the story of tens of thousands of dollars coming in from Hamas-controlled Gaza, millions coming in from Muslim countries, and imaginary Obama contributors: "Good Will," "Loving you," "Doo da DooDa" and...
  • High court blocks Mont. campaign money ruling

    02/17/2012 4:28:35 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012 6:58 PM EST | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court on Friday blocked a Montana court ruling upholding limits on corporate campaign spending. The state court ruling appears to be at odds with the high court's 2010 decision striking down a federal ban on those campaign expenditures. The justices put the Montana ruling on hold while they consider an appeal from corporations seeking to be free of spending limits. The state argues, and the Montana Supreme Court agreed, that political corruption gave rise to the century-old ban on corporate campaign spending. In the 2010 Citizens United case, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that independent spending by...
  • Billionaire gives $5 million to pro-Gingrich group

    01/08/2012 12:04:49 AM PST · by americanophile · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 1/7/12 | BETH FOUHY
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Las Vegas billionaire has contributed $5 million to an independent group backing Newt Gingrich, breathing new life into the former House Speaker's struggling campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and casting renewed attention on the role of such groups in the 2012 contest. A person familiar with the development said Sheldon Adelson, a casino mogul and longtime donor to Republican candidates, made the contribution Friday to Winning Our Future, a super PAC run by Gingrich allies. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said...
  • RUSH: We Stand for Principle Over Politics and the Establishment Can't Stand It

    12/23/2011 1:56:05 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies ^ | December 21, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    We Stand for Principle Over Politicsand the Establishment Can't Stand It December 21, 2011 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "House Democrats tried Wednesday to force a vote on the Senate’s two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut, but Republicans gaveled the House closed to prevent them from having a chance, as top GOP leaders huddled down the hall to try to figure a way out of the mess. The House was set to hold a pro forma session, but two top Democrats, Reps. Steny H. Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen, demanded to be recognized to try to force a vote on the...
  • Republicans plan cuts to US State Dept, UN contribution

    02/11/2011 8:46:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/11/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Republican budget plan would cut billions of dollars in spending on the State Department and foreign programs, including US contributions to the United Nations. The proposed cuts, announced Friday, are part of an overall Republican effort in the House of Representatives to reduce spending by $100 billion over the next seven months. Leaders in the Democrat-controlled Senate say the proposals are unrealistic. The planned cuts to State Department and foreign operations amount to $3.8 billion, or an eight percent reduction from last year. "I will ensure that our foreign aid is not used as a stimulus...
  • (VANITY) Who is a Monthly Contributor and How Much per Month?

    10/10/2010 9:16:37 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 21 replies
    I am curious how many are monthly contributors and how much a month they contribute. Let us get started! I contribute $30 per month. Too low? Good enough? Don't know.
  • Bill White to filmmakers: Zoom in on Perry (casting look Perry-alike for webpisode advertising)

    08/03/2010 11:54:06 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies · 6+ views
    AP Via Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2010, 5:28PM | KELLEY SHANNON
    Democrat Bill White's campaign is encouraging Texas' arts crowd to focus on Republican Gov. Rick Perry. A supporter of the former Houston mayor is organizing independent filmmakers to show the short films they are making on behalf of his campaign, White spokesman Katy Bacon said Thursday. The films will premiere at an as-yet unscheduled White campaign event in Austin. The initiative came into the spotlight after Perry's campaign noted that a filmmaker advertised on an actors' website for a look-alike for Perry, the state's longest-serving governor who is known for his thick mane of hair. The impersonator would be cast...
  • Goldman Sachs was Barack Obama's "No. 1 private contributor."

    09/26/2009 5:28:41 PM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 19 replies · 1,266+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | 24 September 2009 | St Petersburg Times
    Obama made a big deal during the election that he didn't accept money from federal political action committees or lobbyists. But laws require individuals to disclose their occupation and their employer when they donate to federal political candidates. We checked with the Center for Responsive Politics, a well-respected nonpartisan group that specializes in analyzing campaign data. Their numbers include contributions from employees and their immediate families. Their analysis of the 2008 presidential campaign found that University of California employees were Obama's top donor, giving a collective $1.6 million. That system is run by the state of California, and hence is...
  • How will Meg Whitman spend a $15 million contribution to her own campaign?

    07/15/2009 8:53:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,587+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/15/09 | Ken McLaughlin
    Few political junkies were surprised Monday when Republican Meg Whitman announced she had plunked down $15 million from her own wallet to bolster her gubernatorial campaign. After all, Whitman, the former CEO of the online auction house eBay, is a billionaire who had promised to spend as much as $150 million of her own money to become governor. But her latest contribution left political analysts and staffers in opposition camps puzzling over what she's going to do with all that money. As could be expected, the Whitman campaign wasn't revealing much as far as strategy. But one thing about her...
  • Subprime lobbyists in $370m battle

    05/06/2009 9:41:44 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 12 replies · 591+ views
    The Financial Tmes ^ | May 6 2009 | Edward Luce
    The top 25 US originators of subprime mortgages – the risky assets that sparked the global financial crisis – spent almost $370m in Washington over the past decade on lobbying and campaign donations as they tried to ward off tighter regulation of their industry, an investigation has shown... Most of the top 25 originators, most of which are now bankrupt, were either owned or heavily financed by the nation’s largest banks, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan and Bank of America. Together, they originated $1,000bn in subprime mortgages in 2005-07 – almost three-quarters of the total... The banks, which...
  • Cows With Gas: India's Contribution to Global Warming (283 million, most anywhere on earth)

    04/11/2009 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 823+ views
    Time on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | Madhur Singh
    Indolent cows languidly chewing their cud while befuddled motorists honk and maneuver their vehicles around them are images as stereotypically Indian as saffron-clad holy men and the Taj Mahal. Now, however, India's ubiquitous cows - of which there are 283 million, more than anywhere else in the world - have assumed a more menacing role as they become part of the climate change debate.
  • Obama [snip] about AIG bonuses, doesn’t mention he got $101,332 from them

    03/19/2009 8:02:38 AM PDT · by slomark · 3 replies · 383+ views
    [VIDEO] According to, Senator Barack Obama received $101,332 in political contributions from A.I.G. In fact, the two largest recipients of A.I.G. donations were Obama and Connecticut’s Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd. Oops. That seems to have slipped the President’s mind. A.I.G.’s Financial Products affiliate doled out $136,928 during the 2008 cycle. That, of course, is the same division that bet trillions of dollars on credit-default swaps and “misjudged” the market. The Washington Post reports a “mob effect” at A.I.G financial products division:.....
  • Contribution limits raised for '10 cycle (Just what The Incumbent Party needs, mo' money!)

    01/25/2009 11:04:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 311+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/09 | Reid Wilson
    Candidates for federal office will be able to squeeze just a little more money out of their major contributors in the 2010 campaign cycle as the Federal Election Commission announced new individual gift limits Friday morning. Individual donors will now be able to give up to $2,400 per election, or $4,800 for both a primary and a general, according to the new guidelines. That's up from the $2,300 per-election limit during the 2008 cycle. Donors are also able to fork over $30,400 to national parties, higher than the $28,500 they were allowed to give last cycle. A single donor is...
  • Victory Celebrates Contributions of Women

    03/30/2008 11:09:05 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 205+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Eric J. Martinez, USA
    CAMP VICTORY — Multi-National Corps - Iraq recently celebrated "Women's Art, Women’s Vision" at Al Faw Palace, during a Women's History Month presentation sponsored by the 11th Signal Brigade, Task Force Thunderbirds.The observance honored accomplishments of influential female artists by showing their art and telling their stories. The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Kris Kramarich, commander, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion."In Violet Oakley's visionary murals she poetically sought to express her desire and hope for world peace, equal rights and the unification of the people of the earth," Kramarich said. "She passed away in 1961, but her vision doesn't differ...
  • Hillary Clinton Schlepped Here

    03/03/2008 3:07:49 PM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 49+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 3, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    Hillary Clinton Schlepped Here by: Malcolm A. Kline, March 03, 2008 Apparently, George Washington University is a big stop for Democratic presidential candidates. This would go with the share of university employee political contributions that go to Democratic candidates. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have campaigned here. In something of a twilight zone is another honored guest—Ralph Nader. “Her supporters have not lost faith in the New York senator’s bid for the Democratic nomination,” Jennifer Easton reported in the GW Hatchet on February 28. “GW students and Clinton fans filled Lisner auditorium Monday evening [February 25], collectively raising $200,000,...
  • GWU's One-Party State

    02/12/2008 8:56:48 AM PST · by bs9021 · 108+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 12, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    GWU’s One-Party State by: Malcolm A. Kline, February 12, 2008 Why does this not surprise? “Employees donated a sum of $52,000 to presidential candidates this election cycle,” Bryan Han reported on Feb. 11 in the GW Hatchet, the college newspaper at George Washington University. “Republican candidates only received 18 percent of the total money donated.” Here’s the breakdown of the bulk of the donations: • Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.—$21, 075 • Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY—$16, 520 • Sen. John McCain, R-AZ—$7, 100 • Gov. Bill Richardson.... • Sen. Fred Thompson... • Gov. Mitt Romney, R-MA...
  • Malkin: Demand that Republican Senate Campaign Return your Contribution

    06/27/2007 8:59:58 AM PDT · by Jacksonville Patriot · 33 replies · 1,324+ views
    "The Corner" blog, Nat. Rev. Online ^ | 6/27/07 | Mark Krikorian
    Demanding a Refund [Mark Krikorian] Michelle Malkin has a great idea — people who've donated (however small the amount) to the GOP campaign committees or to any of the Ted Kennedy Republicans should call and demand a refund. I understand it's party policy to provide refunds to those who ask, though I don't know if that's true. Anyone who has details on this, let me know — also if you've demanded a refund, what happened? Mickey Kaus is skeptical, saying that organizing primary or general election challenges, or recalls, is what will really get a Senator's attention. That's true, but...
  • The "Palestinian" Contributions to Humanity

    02/04/2007 12:32:44 PM PST · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 393+ views
    The "Palestinian" Contributions to Humanity 1) Commit the crimes on your own kids (human bombs, human shields) and always blame the Zionist victim. 2) How to united the Arab world, bring about "Dead Arab kids", Hezbollah picked up on that very fast. 3) The bastion of (fake) excuse for Islamists' crimes against humanity. 4) The phenomenon of "brown" Arabs Kissing up to "white" Hitler, Hitlerists, never mind what one wishes the other. 5) Inventing big drama words, such as "apartheid", "racism" for those daring to stand up against Racist, Fascist terrorists. 6) The lucky invention of the 1960's, One of the 21...
  • (Vanity) Suggestion for FR fundraising

    07/23/2006 11:15:45 PM PDT · by 1-Eagle · 8 replies · 486+ views
    N/A (Vanity) | July 24, 2006 | 1-Eagle
    Not really sure where to put this. Would like to post it for any comments, additions, subtractions, other FReepers might have. Suggestion: How about programming some stars that go with your handle on posts as a vanity tag. So you'd get one star attached to your handle per $10/month you are currently giving to FR on auto deduction plan. (or per $20/month.) Would like to hear what other FReepers think about the idea, even if they disagree! What do you think? Would it be cool, or not? **1-Eagle <--- wahoo! I gots two stars! (well, and 1/2, grin)
  • Air Force Leaders Highlight Contribution to Warfighters

    04/30/2006 11:28:11 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 135+ views
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 30, 2006 – Participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Course began the last leg of their whirlwind trip through the U.S. Central Command area of operations yesterday by learning about the vast mission the Air Force carries out in support of troops on the ground. JCOC participants armed with paintball rounds practice a drill with Air Force security force members. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Larry Chambers, USGC  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Military officials asked that the visit's exact location not be released. Air Force Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander of U.S. Central...
  • Iraqis Continue 'Dominant Contribution' to Operations, General Says

    04/20/2006 3:55:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 289+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 20, 2006 – Iraqi security forces continue to play an increasingly larger role in the fight against terrorism, with many units taking responsibility for their own areas and making connections with citizens, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today. In a marked improvement over last year's three battalions, the Iraqi army now has two divisions, 16 brigades and 58 battalions that have the lead in counterinsurgency operations in their areas, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said at a news conference. Also, at least 25 percent of daily company-level and above operations are independent...
  • CA: Governor didn't report $250,000 contribution (FRom American Media Group)

    08/13/2005 9:44:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 346+ views ^ | 8/13/05 | Carla Marinucci
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has failed to report that American Media Inc. -- publisher of the National Enquirer and top body-building magazines - - gave $250,000 this year to one of his pet charities in a move critics charge may be a violation of state ethics law. The hefty donation to the nonprofit California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness came to light Friday after American Media filed new documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission describing the end of its business relationship with the governor. --snip-- But no record of the donation is on file with the Fair Political Practices Commission,...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger allies sued to overturn contribution regulation

    02/09/2005 8:00:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/9/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A business group raising money to back Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's package of constitutional amendments for an upcoming special election has sued to overturn a cap on contributions to committees controlled by elected officials. The suit, served Wednesday on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, targets a regulation that officials from the Citizens to Save California and the governor's office have said does not apply to them because Schwarzenegger does not play a controlling role in the group. Critics have charged that Citizens to Save California is violating the regulation by raising unlimited amounts of money for campaign...
  • CA: Disable Pension Fraud .. And Enable a Defined-Contribution System...

    01/17/2005 8:48:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 374+ views ^ | 1/17/05 | K. Lloyd Billingsley - Pacific Research Inst.
    In his address last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a 401(k) style defined-contribution pension system for state workers. In a January 24 hearing on pension issues, state legislators should consider the evidence for why such a system is necessary. Lucrative disability pensions are becoming the rule rather than the exception in some counties. A disability pension is 50-percent tax free and provides half the employee's salary for life and up to 100 percent for the employee's spouse if the employee dies. In L.A. County alone, according to a January 3 Los Angeles Daily News report, about 1,200 former county...
  • US military has 16,500 working on tsunami relief (Troop salary cost alone $2.5 million per day)

    01/10/2005 10:02:18 AM PST · by xzins · 17 replies · 672+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10 Jan 05 | Fred Zimmerman
    U.S. military now has 16,500 working in South Asia on tsunami relief effort By Fred Zimmerman, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, Monday, January 10, 2005 (Click here for a map with details of the U.S. military's relief effort in Asia.) UTAPAO, Thailand — The U.S. military’s support of humanitarian relief efforts in South Asia continues to grow, with more than 16,500 troops converging on the region to lend a hand. More than 10,800 are on the ships of the Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 5 and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, which is carrying the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The...
  • The Web: 'Tidal wave of generosity' online

    01/05/2005 10:11:33 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 2 replies · 235+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 4, 2005 | Gene Koprowski
    By Gene J. Koprowski Published 1/5/2005 11:57 AM CHICAGO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The Internet is proving integral to the tsunami relief effort for major American charities, from Episcopal Relief and Development to the United Jewish Fund. Empathetic donors are wielding debit and credit cards to contribute cash instantly, rather than sending a check that could take days to arrive, development directors told United Press International. The tragedy that last week killed upwards of 150,000 people in Southeast Asia and East Africa is, in its own way, reshaping the way non-profits raise funds, just as former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's...
  • Update on Beslan Terror Victims Foundation (Vanity/Update)

    10/07/2004 4:55:44 PM PDT · by Core_Conservative · 5 replies · 431+ views
    International Foundation for Terror Act Victims ^ | Thu, 7 Oct 2004 | International Foundation for Terror Act Victims (BESLAN PROJECT)
    Dear Donor, Thank you very much for your donation to the victims of the Beslan terror act. We would like to ask you for several minutes of your time to update you on the status of our project, let you know how else you can assist the children in Beslan, and provide you with other important information. This message is divided into 5 sections: A. Status report B. Appeal to donors from the Board of Trustees C. New projects for the children of Beslan D. Conference call to be held for donors and supporters E. Receipt for your donation F....
  • Cash 'N' Kerry

    07/17/2004 9:41:54 AM PDT · by pageonetoo · 4 replies · 267+ views ^ | 7/16/2004 | Jeff Blumenthal
    John Kerry's stated purpose for being in Philadelphia Thursday was to speak to delegates at the NAACP's annual convention. But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also managed to leave town with more than $500,000 in his pocket, largely courtesy of the city's trial lawyers, large firm lawyers and their clients.... Though event organizers played down the role of trial lawyers, they did say that more than half of the funds raised for the event -- an hour-long meet-and-greet session for contributors held at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday afternoon -- came from trial lawyers.
  • Campaign contributions of Martha, Waksal, and Bocanavic

    03/14/2004 12:46:33 AM PST · by · 1 replies · 200+ views
    Take a look at the campaign contributions made by these three lovlies:Sam WaksalPeter BacanovicMartha Stewart Gee...I wonder what they have in common?
  • Brewing MoveOn Scandal Over Foreign Contributions Involves Dean, Clark Campaigns

    12/17/2003 7:31:29 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 36 replies · 254+ views
    Talon News / GOP USA ^ | Dec. 16, 2003 | Jimmy Moore
    SPARTANBURG, SC (Talon News) -- Liberal online political group as well as two major Democrat candidates for president are in the midst of a brewing scandal over potentially improper online contributions received from European citizens who have been encouraged to send money to the group to help defeat President George W. Bush in next year's elections. In an article posted last week in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the headline read, "Now you have the chance to leave your mark on Bush." The story tells Europeans that they have "a chance to defeat [Bush] -- even if you are not...
  • Governor should return $50,000 contribution, group says

    12/12/2003 8:31:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 161+ views
    San Diego Union- Tribune ^ | 12/12/03 | Jennifer Coleman - AP
    SACRAMENTO – A consumer group has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to return a $50,000 contribution from a technology company that does business with the state, saying it violates the governor's pledge not to take money from special interests. Schwarzenegger opened his campaign saying he didn't need to take money from "special interests." He later narrowed his ban on contributions to those from parties he would have to negotiate with, namely Indian tribes and labor unions. Critics called the governor's policy murky, since it allowed him to take money from car dealers, developers and other businesses that have interests in...
  • Why I Gave [Billionaire Democrat Soros Defends the Legality of $12.5 Million Campaign Contribution]

    12/05/2003 6:17:39 AM PST · by TastyManatees · 7 replies · 132+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/5/03 | George Soros
    <p>I and a number of other wealthy Americans are contributing millions of dollars to grass-roots organizations engaged in the 2004 presidential election. We are deeply concerned with the direction in which the Bush administration is taking the United States and the world.</p>
  • Book on Genius Out.

    10/23/2003 8:24:25 AM PDT · by sbw123 · 79 replies · 403+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 Oct 03 | GARY ROSEN
    <p>The Best and Brightest Charles Murray tries to quantify "Human Achievement."</p> <p>BY GARY ROSEN Thursday, October 23, 2003 12:01 a.m.</p> <p>In our age of overused superlatives, none stands in greater need of rehabilitation than "genius," a title that Leonardo now shares with such eminences as Warren Buffett and Eminem. Charles Murray's rough-and-ready test is whether an individual's work makes us ask, in wonder, "How can a human being have done that?" But he doesn't stop there. Incorrigible social scientist that he is, Mr. Murray wants to prove that supreme excellence actually exists in the arts and sciences. The result is "Human Accomplishment," a systematic effort to rate and rank the likes of Aristotle, Mozart and Einstein and to describe the conditions that have allowed them to flourish. Much of this brick of a book is devoted to explaining, in tiresome detail, just how Mr. Murray goes about quantifying the seemingly unquantifiable. His trick is to consult the experts--or, rather, to distill usable numbers from their encyclopedias, anthologies, general histories and biographical dictionaries. An individual making an appearance in at least 50% of the selected sources for a given field wins the label "significant figure." By Mr. Murray's reckoning, there have been 4,002 such "people who matter" in the period 800 B.C. to 1950. Each member of this Pantheon gets an "index score" on a 100-point scale, based on how much attention--pages, column inches, etc.--he receives in the specialist literature.</p>
  • [Jane] Fonda leads contributors to political groups with $13 million

    09/26/2003 5:01:42 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 2 replies · 216+ views (AP) ^ | 9/25/03 | PETE YOST
    Fonda leads contributors to political groups with $13 million PETE YOST Associated Press WASHINGTON - Atlanta-based actress and political activist Jane Fonda was the largest individual contributor to a political fund-raising group in the last three years, donating $13.1 million to pro-choice causes, a new study shows. Political fund-raising groups known as 527s have spent more than $400 million in the past three years, and Democrats are relying more heavily on their support than Republicans, according to the study by the Center for Public Integrity. Fonda's Atlanta spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But...
  • Tom McClintock - The conscience of a conservative?

    09/19/2003 8:56:57 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 294 replies · 258+ views
    MensNewsDaily ^ | Sept. 19, 2003 | Bob Chandra
    In recent days, Tom McClintock, the "other Republican" in California's recall race, has accepted a million dollars spent on his behalf by a left-wing special interest group. He has claimed that a Democrat victory in the recall election would be desirable, as it would better his chances in 2006. And he has joined with Democrat Cruz Bustamante in a boycott against fellow Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is the man we're supposed to believe represents the conscience of conservatism? At the end of the day, Tom McClintock's Faustian Pact with the Left has made one thing clear - it's all about...
  • Schwarzenegger: McClintock a Pawn of Pro-Bustamante Indians

    09/19/2003 8:52:17 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 648 replies · 367+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Spet. 19, 2003 | Carl Limbacher
    American Indians who are supporting Democrat front-runner Cruz Bustamante in California are also promoting Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock, and GOP front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger is furious. "I think that as far as Tom McClintock is concerned, I think the question I have for him is, what side is he on?" Schwarzenegger said Thursday. "Is he on the side of the Republicans? Does he represent the Republicans, or does he represent Bustamante?" Schwarzenegger suggested that the tribes were abetting Bustamante by trying to split the Republican vote. "They are financing his commercials and TV spots and all that," said Schwarzenegger, who...
  • Bustamante gets another $1 million for campaign

    09/05/2003 4:34:44 PM PDT · by sportscaster · 12 replies · 202+ views
    sf chronicle ^ | sept 5 2003 | z coile
    <p>Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante received $1 million in two contributions for his recall election campaign Thursday, even as he faces a lawsuit alleging the huge campaign checks violate state campaign finance laws.</p> <p>Republican state Sen. Ross Johnson sued in Sacramento County Superior Court alleging that Bustamante's use of an old campaign committee to accept six- and seven-figure donations is a "blatant money laundering scam" to avoid voter- approved contribution limits.</p>
  • Denise Rich Accused of Forcing Employee to Make Illegal Donation to Hillary Clinton

    08/02/2003 10:00:24 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 30 replies · 3,759+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 2, 2003 | John Lehmann, NY Post
    <p>Bill Clinton's socialite pal Denise Rich (search) disguised a $2,000 donation to Hillary Rodham Clinton by coercing her record promoter to make the contribution and later reimbursing him, a new $30 million legal suit charges.</p> <p>The promoter, Jimmy Hester (search), who filed the federal lawsuit in Manhattan yesterday, is now at the center of the FBI's long-running criminal probe into the circumstances surrounding Clinton's last-minute presidential pardoning of Rich's ex-husband, Marc Rich (search), The Post has learned.</p>
  • Bill Would Lower U.S. Contribution to U.N. by $240 Million

    07/09/2003 6:45:02 AM PDT · by bedolido · 50 replies · 236+ views
    Talon News ^ | 07/09/03 | Jimmy Moore
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Rep. J. D. Hayworth, a Republican Congressman from Arizona, and seven co-sponsors have submitted a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would lower the amount of money the United States sends to the United Nations by more than $240 million per year. Hayworth's bill, H.R. 2303, would make the contribution by the U.S. to the U.N. equal to the largest contribution from any of the other four permanent, veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council. "Our veto power should cost no more than that of the other permanent members, China, France, Russia, or the...
  • Louisiana Republicans Foster, McKeithen Gave to Democrat in November 2002 R

    04/28/2003 8:50:28 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 199+ views
    Moon Griffon radio program | 04-28-03 | Theodore R.
    Moon Griffon (pronouned GRIF FONN) just disclosed on his statewide radio hookup that Louisiana Governor Murphy J. "Mike" Foster and Secretary of State Fox McKeithen contributed, both elected Republicans, contributed to the 40th birthday celebration for State Senator Cleo Fields, a black Democrat who has run for Congress and governor. The celebration was held in November 2002, at the height of the Landrieu-Terrell U.S. Senate general election, in which Foster had been slow and seemingly hesitant to endorse Republican nominee Terrell. Foster gave $1,250 to the birthday bash of his former gubernatorial rival. McKeithen gave twice as much: $2,500. Griffon...
  • FEC Lawyers Back Socialist Workers Party (SWP EXEMPT from reporting req. of political parties)

    03/31/2003 4:26:54 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 34 replies · 470+ views ^ | March 31, 2003 | SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON -- The Socialist Workers Party, long allowed to keep its donors secret because of the danger of harassment, should continue to receive the special protection, Federal Election Commission lawyers say. The party asked the commission to extend its exemption from FEC reporting requirements that other political parties face, including identifying its contributors, the candidates it supports and the businesses it buys from. The exemption, given for six years at a time, was first granted by a court in 1979 and last renewed by the commission in 1996. The Socialist Workers Party advocates a Marxist revolution to overthrow the U.S....
  • Executive facing illegal campaign donation charges (More proof: Clinton took $ frm foreign gov.)

    12/28/2002 12:18:46 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 195+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Dec. 26, 2002 | LARRY LEBOWITZ
    A notorious Miami computer company executive who became an influential Filipino legislator after fleeing the United States was extradited Thursday to face 4-year-old charges that he made illegal campaign contributions to former President Clinton and the Democratic Party. The indictment accused Jimenez of funneling hundreds of thousands of illegal dollars into the re-election campaign coffers of President Clinton and Democratic Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Robert Torricelli of New Jersey through 23 employee straw donors. Jimenez's fortune helped him gain access to the Clinton White House; he golfed with the president, socialized with the First Lady and even...
  • Simon's attack on Davis backfires 'Evidence' photo isn't clear proof of illegal donation

    10/09/2002 6:21:14 AM PDT · by randita · 33 replies · 253+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 10/9/02 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    <p>GOP candidate for governor Bill Simon admitted Tuesday that "he may or may not" have evidence that Gov. Gray Davis accepted an illegal campaign contribution, backpedaling furiously just a day after leveling the explosive charge against the Democratic incumbent.</p> <p>In yet another curious twist to the election, Simon and the police advocacy group making the accusation produced a photo Tuesday that they said showed Davis receiving a campaign check in his state office, which would be illegal.</p>
  • Philippine court orders arrest of Jimenez; wanted by U.S. for illegal Clinton contributions

    09/24/2002 9:45:13 AM PDT · by The Piltdown Man · 15 replies · 358+ views
    The Philippine Star ^ | 9/24/02 | Delon Porcalla
    The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Manila Rep. Mark Jimenez, wanted by the United States for alleged illegal campaign contributions to former US President Bill Clinton, should be held without bail pending possible extradition. Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that a person sought for extradition to another country should be jailed. Click link for full story...

    08/25/2002 5:27:30 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 59 replies · 1,523+ views
    Barbara Simpson, KSFO Radio, San Francisco | 25 August 2002 | Robert Drobot
    Apparently under the color of 'diversity appreciation', a full blown campaign - paid for by the local United Way - will include public transit posters printed in English and Arabic declaring "We Are Not The Enemy" featuring the faces of a turbaned male, a mid-eastern appearing woman and others. This waste of public contributions to United Way was given attention by Barbara Simpson on her KSFO Radio program, Saturday. Barbara has an extensive news reporting/gathering track record in both the television radio media profession. She is also a columnist for WorldNetDaily. To add insult to injury, it seems the posters...
  • Pipe fitters' gift swells [CA-Davis] war chest, Recent ban on plastic is what union wanted

    05/14/2002 5:19:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies · 774+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 5-14-02 | Greg Lucas, Carla Marinucci
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis picked up a $260,000 contribution during the weekend from a trade union that won a key ruling this month in its fight to keep plastic water pipe from replacing copper pipe in homes.</p> <p>The governor's weekend fund-raising activities -- punctuated by lengthy conference calls with his staff about the state's potential $22 billion budget shortfall -- also included a Monterey County golfing event that netted Davis more than $400,000.</p>