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  • Ted Cruz Is Guest of Two Gay Businessmen

    04/24/2015 1:18:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 101 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 23, 2015 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Senator Ted Cruz has positioned himself as a strong opponent of same-sex marriage, urging pastors nationwide to preach in support of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, which he said was “ordained by God.” But on Monday night, at a reception for him at the Manhattan apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers, the Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful struck quite a different tone. During the gathering, according to two people present, Mr. Cruz said he would not love his daughters any differently if one of them was gay. He did not mention his opposition to...
  • Koch Brothers Signal Support for Scott Walker

    04/20/2015 2:32:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/20/2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House. “We will support whoever the candidate is,” said Mr. Koch, according to two people who attended the event. “But it should be...
  • House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

    04/17/2015 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Hillary Flynn
    Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups. The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations to secret money political groups. The legislation, which now heads to the Senate, is seen by fundraising operatives as removing one of the few remaining potential obstacles to unfettered big-money spending by nonprofit groups registered under a section of the Tax Code — 501(c) — that allows them to shield...
  • Cruz Is Suddenly a Player, Thanks to Reclusive Backer

    04/11/2015 12:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | April 11, 2015 | John Johnson
    Millionaire Robert Mercer helps him raise an 'eye-popping' $31M right off the bat.If other GOP contenders shrugged off Ted Cruz's chances of winning the nomination, it's a safe bet they're reassessing things after four new super PACS announced they'd raised a staggering $31 million to support his new candidacy. "Even in the context of a presidential campaign cycle in which the major party nominees are expected to raise more than $1.5 billion, Cruz’s haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest," writes Mark Halperin at Bloomberg. The super PACs in question are only a...
  • REPORT: This billionaire hedge funder is quietly bankrolling Ted Cruz's campaign

    04/11/2015 1:24:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 11, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    <p>Hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, a reported billionaire, is the "main donor" bankrolling the super PACs supporting Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign, The New York Times reported Friday.</p> <p>According to The Times, Mercer, "a reclusive Long Islander who started I.B.M. and made his fortune using computer patterns to outsmart the stock market, emerged this week as a key bankroller of Cruz's "surprisingly fast campaign start."</p>
  • Report: Big Morocco donation to Clinton foundation (Phosphate export firm)

    04/09/2015 5:15:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/9/15 | Stephen Braun - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A phosphate export firm owned by the Moroccan government will give the Clinton Foundation a donation of at least $1 million in advance of a May meeting the charity is to host in Morocco, Politico reported Thursday. The gift adds to the Clinton family charity's reliance on contributions from foreign nations as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to enter the 2016 presidential race. Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian did not confirm the Politico report about the donation from OCP, but said Thursday that international participants in the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Marrakech in early May would work...
  • Billionaire backer of Art Robinson now reportedly a chief funder of Ted Cruz presidential campaign

    04/09/2015 6:23:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    New York hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, who spent more than $1 million trying to elect Republican Art Robinson to Congress in Oregon, is reportedly now putting his fortune to work for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The National Review reports that Mercer controls one of the four super-PACs that together claim to have raised $31 million to support the Texas senator's presidential bid. The super-PACs are set up so that they can raise donations of unlimited size. While the leaders of these groups can't coordinate directly with the candidate's campaign they can otherwise conduct a wide range of advertising and...
  • Donations flood Indiana’s Memories Pizza after RFRA fallout

    04/02/2015 3:47:27 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 46 replies
    Lawrence Billy Jones III – a reporter for The Blaze, a conservative news site – started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to raise $45,000 for the family-owned pizzeria in Walkerton to “relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith.” By 2 p.m. Thursday, they had far surpassed their goal – raking in more than $190,000.
  • Clinton Foundation accepted millions from company deeply connected with Chinese government

    03/16/2015 4:37:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    PersonalLiberty.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ben Bullard
    Which Hillary Clinton scandal is bigger? Is it the one involving her likely illegal secreting and destruction of email records from her time as secretary of state, or is it the one involving the massive conflict of interest she wholeheartedly embraced by using her family’s nonprofit foundation to collect millions of dollars from foreign government donors — again, during her time as secretary of state?Time will tell, but the foreign-donor scandal got a fresh dose of ugliness Monday with a CBS investigative report revealing that the Clinton Foundation received a massive injection of money from “at least one” Chinese company...
  • Campaign rules pinch Christie, Walker harder [kill off campaign donations, kill off threat]

    03/15/2015 2:16:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Day ^ | March 15, 2015 | JEANNE CUMMINGS
    This summer, right when the presidential primary fundraising season is in full bloom, the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to make running for president harder for some candidates than for others. In fact, that's already the case. Republican Govs. Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker are off limits to some financial industry donors. "Pay to play" rules restrict the governors' ability to accept contributions from investment advisers who work with state and local governments on pensions and bond deals. An SEC ruling could significantly expand that pool of prohibited contributors by July. The original SEC "pay-to-pay" rule took...
  • U.S. political fundraiser gets 12 years for bank fraud

    07/16/2010 12:43:12 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Hassan Nemazee, an Iranian-American businessman who raised money for the political campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc and HSBC Holdings Plc out of $292 million. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein imposed the sentence on Thursday following Nemazee's March 18 guilty plea in Manhattan federal court to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud over loan transactions with the three major banks. Nemazee said he needed the money to pay debts arising from his dealings in hedge funds and properties.
  • Another Hillary Campaign Bundler Hit with Federal Charges for Illegal Contributions

    12/04/2014 4:21:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    AP Via Free Beacon ^ | December 4, 2014 | Brent Scher
    President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has asked a federal judge to impose a prison term of four and a half years on one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest fundraisers for illegal contributions made to Clinton’s 2008 campaign, according to Yahoo!’s Michael Isikoff. Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal had requested leniency from prosecutors on charges that he made more than $180,000 in illegal contributions to the Clinton campaign, but Lynch made clear this week that leniency would not be granted. “The evidence in this case reveals a man who believes that either the rules do...
  • Hillary’s presidential chances threatened by her own blundering (Clintons cash-in bigtime)

    03/01/2015 6:00:56 AM PST · by Liz · 33 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 2/28/15 | MICHAEL GOODWIN
    ....victory eluded Hillary in 2008...now her 2016 run is marked by mistakes, gaffes and reports of ethical corner-cutting. Once viewed as a smart, passionate woman whose brilliance would shine when she was liberated, she is, at 67, getting long in the tooth to be talked of in terms of "potential." After 25 years in the circus, she’s still a celebrity guest, not a star performer. Instead she’s running the Rose Garden strategy of a favored incumbent. She’s still giving paid speeches, believing she can float above it all like a giant balloon in the Thanksgiving Day parade....she sees herself as...
  • The Bill,Hillary,Chelsea,and His Royal Highness King Salman of Saudi Arabia Clinton Foundation

    02/21/2015 4:12:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | February 21, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    The Wall Street Journal reported this past week that the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has quietly dropped its ban on foreign contributions and is accepting donations from the governments of “the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Australia, Germany, and a Canadian government agency promoting the Keystone XL pipeline.” The Journal’s conclusion: Since 2001 “the foundation has raised at least $48 million from overseas governments.” Needless to say, the gargantuan troll-like conflict of interest that arises as soon as the foundation of the leading candidate for the presidency of the United States begins accepting money from overseas is...
  • NYT to Hillary: Ban foreign donors (please?)

    02/21/2015 3:37:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/20/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    The editorial board of The New York Times is urging the Clinton Foundation to ban foreign contributions ahead of Hillary Clinton's likely presidential bid. In its Friday editorial, the newspaper notes that the foundation has pulled in nearly $2 billion in cash and pledges since 2001, including millions in contributions from foreign governments. "All of which underlines the need for Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her all but certified role as a Democratic presidential candidate, to reinstate the foundation's ban against foreign contributors, who might have matters of concern to bring before a future Clinton administration," they wrote. Clinton came under...
  • Obama’s donation, behind closed doors (Hussein's Jew problem)

    01/18/2015 5:13:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Power Line Blog ^ | 1/18/15 | Scott Johnson
    Recent developments involving the Islamic Republic of Iran can fairly be characterized as grave. Iran has announced that it has begun construction on two more nuclear plants, and the authorities have imprisoned a Washington Post journalist on mysterious charges. **SNIP** On behalf of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Matt Brooks of the Republican Jewish Coalition put out this statement: What exactly was President Obama suggesting when he said opposition to his Iran policy is due to “donors”? No one would say opposition to his Russia policy is due to ‘donors,’ or his Cuba policy is due to “donors,” or his general...
  • Leland Yee case filing alleges unidentified politician took money from undercover agent

    09/28/2014 3:02:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 9/24/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    An undercover FBI agent gave campaign donations to an unnamed Bay Area politician during a yearslong undercover investigation into a Chinatown gang and alleged political corruption that culminated in the arrests of state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow earlier this year. This is according to the latest filing by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the federal case against the two men and about 20 others. Besides indicating that a politician other than Yee allegedly took money from undercover FBI agents in exchange for favors, the filing further lays out the relationship between former school board member and...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom

    09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Illinois PayToPlay ^ | 9/20/12 | Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief
    Illinoispaytoplay.com (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing. IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.) IP2P is also investigating...
  • Mob squeezed him; city squeezes widow (Kass: Chicago outfit, Daley machine)

    07/05/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 1,139+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-4-09 | John Kass
    Whether the name of Richie Urso ever makes it into the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich next June is anybody's guess. You've probably never heard of Richie Urso. But the FBI sure has heard of him. His is a classic Chicago story, about a beefy yet charming guy born on Grand Avenue, who got in trouble with the law as a kid, only to make political friends and become extremely wealthy. He was arrested once for jewelry theft in the '60s by the Outfit's top Chicago police detective, William Hanhardt. Urso's alleged partner in the theft was the...
  • Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab

    08/18/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: “There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we...
  • G.O.P. Donors Seek to Narrow Field of Presidential Candidates to One

    12/08/2014 10:54:30 AM PST · by Theoria · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Dec 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Dozens of the Republican Party’s leading presidential donors and fund-raisers have begun privately discussing how to clear the field for a single establishment candidate to carry the party’s banner in 2016, fearing that a prolonged primary would bolster Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate. The conversations, described in interviews with a variety of the Republican Party’s most sought-after donors, are centered on the three potential candidates who have the largest existing base of major contributors and overlapping ties to the top tier of those who are uncommitted: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida...
  • Warren Buffett, Reluctant PAC Man, Is Ready for Hillary [link only]

    12/05/2014 5:54:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] | December 4, 2014 | Lisa Lerer
    link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-04/warren-buffett-bets-big-on-hillary-clinton
  • Christie’s billionaire booster: Home Depot founder Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

    12/04/2014 6:46:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    bergen record ^ | November 22, 2014 | MELISSA HAYES
    If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he’s already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics.  Ken Langone, 79, is the billionaire founder of Home Depot whose willingness to back Christie for president not only creates the possibility of millions of dollars in donations but also the potential to block possible rivals by keeping them from adding this powerful ally.  “I’ll do everything I can do to help get him elected,” Langone said in a recent interview. “Whatever he asks me to do, I’ll do. I’m particularly good at fundraising, so I suspect...
  • Will GOP billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankroll Mike Huckabee in 2016?

    10/26/2014 9:32:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | October 23, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    The casino magnate and big Gingrich booster in 2012 may have his eyes on a new candidate in 2016. Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam spent an astonishing $98 million trying to elect conservative candidates during the 2012 election cycle. The Adelsons threw more than a fifth of that total at Winning our Future, a super PAC supporting GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. We all know how Gingrich’s primary campaign against Mitt Romney turned out, but the Adelsons’ contributions kept Gingrich’s campaign afloat far longer than the former House Speaker would otherwise have survived. With potential candidates...
  • Tom Steyer: The Green Billionaire Pouring Millions Into The Midterms

    10/26/2014 11:10:08 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 26, 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Tom Steyer: The Green Billionaire Pouring Millions Into The Midterms Former hedge fund executive has given nearly $56m and taken a stand against the Koch brothers by boosting liberal candidates in close races Suzanne Goldenberg 26 October 2014 10.02 EDT Tom Steyer has spent nearly $56m in competitive Senate and gubernatorial races. The green billionaire Tom Steyer this week solidified his status as the leading patron of environmental causes in American politics, with the announcement that he had given nearly $56m to make climate change a top-tier issue in the midterm elections. With just days to go until the elections,...
  • Hillary Clinton Fund Raiser Raises 2.1M at Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser

    10/21/2014 4:56:18 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 15 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 20 October 2014 | Dominic Patten
    Hillary Clinton tonight told a room full of Hollywood heavyweights that the midterm elections are very important to make sure the Democrats retain the Senate so they can move forward on “important issues like immigration reform.” What she also told the 60 or so guests in attendance is, to use some of the introductory remarks by co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, is “the amazing drawing power” of the former Secretary of State. A fact not lost on anyone as tonight’s event raised $2.1 million for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a fundraising record. SNIP...The DreamWorks Animation boss and his wife Marilyn were joined...
  • AP analysis: Top donors in (PA) gubernatorial campaign

    10/16/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 11 replies
    TOP 10 DONORS TO TOM CORBETT 1. Republican Governors' Association, $5.85 million 2. John M. Templeton Jr., president and CEO, Templeton Foundation, $920,000 3. Republican Party of Pennsylvania, $352,000 4. John S. Middleton, former owner, John Middleton Inc., $300,000 5. Pennsylvania Future Fund political action committee, $276,500 6. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner, Interstate General Media (parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News), $252,000 7. Terrence M. Pegula, president and CEO, East Resources, $250,000 8. Albert Boscov, chairman and CEO, Boscov's Department Store LLC, $150,000 9. Lance Shaner, CEO, Shaner Enterprises, $150,000 10. A. Ross Myers, CEO, American Infrastructure,...
  • Obama Has An Ebola Czar. She Re-Directed Federal Research Money to a Democrat Donor

    10/16/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by Arcy · 75 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    You may be wondering why Barack Obama, with his propensity to name “czars” for every problem that ails us, has not named an Ebola Czar. The reason is because he has, in fact, named an Ebola Czar. So why are we constantly seeing Dr. Tom Frieden of the CDC embarrass himself in press conferences instead of our Ebola Czar? It turns out Dr. Nicole Lurie, the czar in charge of potential infectious disease catastrophes, has made the most of her time by funneling federal dollars to Democratic donors. That would be the federal dollars the left says we need more...
  • Soros Clones: 5 Liberal Mega-Donors Nearly as Dangerous as George Soros

    08/28/2014 6:06:29 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 8/26/14 | Ciandella
    As the 2014 midterm elections approached, the media were quick to criticize conservative donors like the Koch brothers for backing issues important to them. But journalists largely ignored the incredible financial power being used to promote the liberal agenda. Five top donors – Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s own son, Jonathan – are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates. That’s not how major media depicted them. Broadcast networks applauded when billionaire hedge fund...
  • Soros Has Donated More Than $100M To 'Immigrant Rights'

    07/27/2014 9:14:59 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 66 replies
    breitbart ^ | 26 Oct 2013 | BREITBART NEWS
    Left-wing financier George Soros has spent more than $100 million funding groups that in some way support "immigrant rights" since 1997, with many advocating for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. He has donated over $3 million to the National Immigration Forum, which has fiercely advocated for comprehensive immigration reform legislation and legalization of the nation's illegal immigrants.
  • The price tag tops out at $25,000 in Obama’s rush hour Tuesday visit (Seattle)

    07/22/2014 9:35:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | July 22, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    President Obama makes a rush hour foray into Seattle and the Eastside on Tuesday, once more holding no public events and raising money from donors who will pay up to $25,000 to see the 44th president and ask Obama a question. The President’s political ATM machine will operate at two destinations, the Madrona home of Bruce and Anne Blume alongside Lake Washington and the Medina mansion of Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal. One event is for the Democratic National Committee, the other will benefit the Senate Majority PAC. Air Force One is due to land at Boeing Field around 3 p.m.,...
  • Senators Blast Dem Mega-Donor Over IRS Investigation into Tax Avoidance Scheme

    07/23/2014 12:40:10 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 23 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A major Democratic donor who is funding some of the left’s most politically active electioneering groups was subject to bipartisan condemnation this week in the midst of a federal investigation into his hedge fund’s tax avoidance schemes. Senators from both parties blasted efforts by Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund owned by Democratic mega-donor Jim Simons, to shield itself from federal income taxes during a Tuesday hearing. “Two banks and a handful of hedge funds developed a complex financial structure to engage in highly profitable trades while claiming an unjustified lower tax rate and avoiding limits on trading with borrowed money,”...
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast (hi HO Hi ho It's off to funnndraaiise I GO!!)

    07/22/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/22/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday was starting a three-day West Coast trip, scheduled to attend at least five fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington's balance of power. The trip comes as Obama is dealing with a series of high-profile tests of his presidency, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the...
  • Plum jobs eluding big Dem donors [Waaaah alert]

    07/22/2014 3:47:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/22/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Partisan gridlock blocking President Obama’s nominees for prestigious ambassadorships has created vacancies in a slew of top diplomatic posts at a time of growing international instability. It has also prevented Democrats from rewarding some of their biggest donors and bundlers in the midst of an intense campaign year, when they are eager to raise more money than Republicans. Ambassadorial nominees used to sail through the Senate. But as Obama has tapped an increasing number of them with strong political ties to the Democratic Party, the confirmation process has been bogged down, leaving gaps in important posts around the world. Secretary...
  • Clintons Demand $1 Million to Allow Donor’s Kids at Benefit Dinner

    07/18/2014 10:10:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 28 replies
    Washingtion Free Beacon ^ | July 18 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    A Chinese businessman paid $500,000 to have dinner with Bill and Hillary Clinton. But when he asked if his kids could join, the former first couple demanded another half-million, the New York Post reports. One witness said Holzman regaled guests with a tale that “lunch for two with Bill and Hillary went for $500,000 to benefit the Clinton Foundation.” And the winning bid came from “a Chinese business mogul who then asked if he could bring his two children along to the meeting.” But, our spy said, the high bidder was then told by the Clinton camp he could only...
  • Cantor's loss a blow to state GOP fundraising

    07/05/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 7/5/14 | Alan Suderman
    Virginia state Republican lawmakers have lost one of their most reliable sources of campaign cash with U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in a GOP primary contest last month. Cantor's campaign account and the Cantor-controlled 7th District Republican Committee have given more than $700,000 directly to Republican state candidates since Cantor was first elected to Congress in 2000. That is according to campaign finance reports compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit that tracks political contributions. Helping Cantor help state politicians were big-name donors from around the country attracted by the majority leader's former star power. They...
  • Who Funds the Radical Left In America?

    07/04/2014 10:48:40 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 2014 | Steve Baldwin, Exclusive to Western Center for Journalism
    Very few Americans realize there exists a large network of far left philanthropists and foundations in America dedicated to destroying the American way of life, our Christian-based culture and our free enterprise system. They seek to remove America from its constitutional foundations and move it toward a European-style socialism. Much of this effort is coordinated by a little known group called the Tides Foundation and its related group, the Tides Center. Over the course of its 33 year history, the Tides network has given hundreds of millions of dollars to anti-free enterprise groups, gun control groups, anti-private property groups, abortion...
  • Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    07/04/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. He had announced recently that he had cancer. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions...
  • Clintons raised $2-3 billion in two decades

    07/02/2014 6:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Bill and Hillary Clinton raised from $2-3 billion in the two decades they’ve been prominent on the national stage, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal tallied the Clintons’ speaking fees, fundraising for their foundation and the sums raised for Bill Clinton’s two presidential campaigns, for the Democratic National Committee while he was in office and for Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns. Between $1.3-2 billion came from U.S. companies and industry sources, making up at least 75 percent of the sum — more than the 60 percent industry sources contributed to the two Bushes’ political operations. The Journal...
  • Obama Donor Koskinen Denies White House IRS Involvement

    06/24/2014 4:34:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Scandal: The endless stream of IRS visitors to the White House and the involvement of campaign donors in the Tea Party-targeting scandal belie the claim by the head of the agency that there is no White House involvement. The first thing investigators often ask in pursuit of criminal activity is who would benefit. That the Obama administration, burned in 2010 by the rise of the Tea Party and by the Citizens United decision, would benefit from the IRS' targeting and harassment of Tea Party groups spawned by grass-roots opposition to big government in general and ObamaCare in particular is beyond...
  • Top Contributors in 2014 Race: Virginia District 07

    Blackstone Group $65,500 Scoggin Capital Management $40,400 Goldman Sachs $26,600 Altria Group $25,600 Charmer Sunbelt Group $25,000 Oracle Corp $25,000 White & Case $25,000 Verizon Communications $24,600 NorPAC $24,560 (SNIP) BRAT:Baugh Auto Body $5,400 Emory University Hospital $2,600 Magenta Consulting $2,600 McGuire Woods $2,600 Power Monitors $2,600 Covered Cleaning Concepts $2,500 G3 Systems Inc $2,500 HydroTec Inc $2,500 Walker Fitness $2,50
  • Tonight's Biggest Losers: Meet Eric Cantor's Largest Donors

    06/11/2014 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6/10/14 | Tyler Durden
    Following Eric Cantor's historic primary loss from a tea party challenger nobody expected to win, the real biggest losers are listed below.Courtesy of OpenSecrets, here are the Top 20 2014 Donors by company: And for Cantor's entire career, here are the biggest industry donors: It would appear the biggest loser tonight is Wall Street and the NAR, especially if the latter was to be compensated by Blackstone for becoming America's biggest landlord.
  • Homeland Security Chief Swoons Over Terrorist Support Group CODE PINK – Asks For Medea Benjamin’s

    03/18/2014 6:35:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/18/14 | Jim Hoft
    Medea Benjamin, left sans vagina costume, leads group meeting Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson, photo by Code Pink.It’s an Obama world. As the United States faces a Cold War showdown over Russia annexing Crimea and an international passenger jet having seemingly disappeared, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with leaders of the terrorist support group Code Pink at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Medea Benjamin wipes her feet on ‘Homeland Security’, photo by Code Pink.It is another feather in the cap of a group that has a history of working with terrorists and state sponsors...
  • The Cost of Campaign Restrictions

    05/22/2014 4:12:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-22-14 | George Will
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, "10,000 campaign finance laws." He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota's chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represents several Minnesotans whose First Amendment rights of free speech and association are burdened by an obviously arbitrary, notably complex and certainly unconstitutional restriction. Linda Runbeck is a Republican state legislator who is allowed to spend in her campaign -- most spending finances dissemination of speech -- only $62,600. She is not challenging this speech limit, although it is...
  • Minnesota campaign donor restriction blocked by federal judge

    05/19/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-19-14 | doug belden
    A federal judge on Monday blocked Minnesota officials from enforcing a state campaign finance law on donations. The Minnesota law's days were numbered, observers say, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a separate case last month. That ruling, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, struck down aggregate contribution limits in federal campaigns. About a week after it was announced, a group of Minnesota candidates and donors filed a First Amendment challenge to the state's "special sources" limit, which says no more than 20 percent of the total raised by a candidate can come from political action committees, lobbyists and...
  • The Most Republican Company? The Makers of Wonder Bread

    05/10/2014 3:37:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 7, 2014
    The most Republican-leaning company in the country, based on political donations, isn’t Koch Industries. It’s the company that makes Wonder Bread. The political action committee of Flowers Foods, a Georgia company that produces the pillowy sandwich bread, Tastykakes and Nature’s Own baked goods, has given more than 99 percent of its political contributions since 1979 to Republicans. Only three Democratic congressional candidates have gotten money from its PAC since 1984, and not one in the past 20 years.
  • Why Do Nearly All the Super Rich Support the Democrats?

    04/28/2014 8:23:32 PM PDT · by Diogenes Sarcastica · 38 replies
    Diogenes Middle Finger ^ | 4/28/2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    by Nick Sorrentino"Much has been made recently of the rich gaming the system for their own benefit. Of a new “guilded age.” Socialist economist Thomas Piketty’s new book has been getting rave reviews from all over the establishment because it makes the case that very powerful people with nearly bottomless bank accounts have gamed the system and that government induced redistribution is in order. And indeed the rich have gamed the system for their benefit, but as Matthew Continetti points out, the game the super rich want to play for the most part is not one of free markets and...
  • At shareholders meeting, Boeing CEO questioned on Clinton ties (politics and profiteering)

    04/29/2014 6:49:12 AM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    EDITED Boeing's CEO faced pointed questions about its charitable donation to the Clinton Foundation in the same year that then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton advocated on its behalf on an official tax-financed trip to Russia. David Almasi, shareholder and representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, asked the question, and gave an indication of the kinds of challenges that companies could face as Hillary weighs a run for president. Dozens of major corporations have made charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation in recent years. Almasi called the Boeing donation a "clear conflict of interest" that seemed...
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer: I am absolutely nothing at all like the Koch brothers

    04/23/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Do I have any issues with a Tom Steyer using any of his legitimately earned billions of dollars to donate to political causes, candidates, campaigns, and super PACS in which he believes? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with Tom Steyer smearing other billionaires for doing so, funding a perniciously targeted misinformation campaign full of flat-out falsehoods against the Keystone XL pipeline, and pretending that he has some sort of imagined moral high ground in this arena? Yes, yes I do. Via Politico: Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer insisted Tuesday that heÂ’s not the leftÂ’s version of the Koch brothers....