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  • Obama Celebrated Equal Pay Day by Fundraising with Wealthy Trial Lawyers

    04/14/2014 4:06:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/14/2014 | Andrew Stiles
    President Obama celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on April 7. The next day, he attended a DNC fundraiser at the Houston home of Steve Mostyn, a fabulously wealthy trial lawyer who has donated millions to Democrats over the years, before leaving for another Democratic fundraiser at the home of multi-millionaire trial lawyer John Eddie Williams Jr. Democrats hoped to raise at least two millions dollars from the events.Both Mostyn and Williams have accumulated sizeable fortunes by winning large class-action lawsuits against corporations and state governments. Williams, according to his firm’s website, is “passionate about the law and helping the proverbial ‘little...
  • [Hillary2016] $6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department

    04/04/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT · by topher · 45 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 4-April-2014 | Brianna Ehley
    <p>The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.</p>
  • Does World Vision’s Flip-flop Mean Christians Should Continue their Support?

    03/27/2014 9:27:39 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 11 replies
    CST News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Dr. Don Boys
    The U.S. branch of World Vision based in Federal Way, Washington has about 1,100 workers with an annual budget of one billion dollars per year. The current president, Richard Stearns, announced this week that same-sex “marriage” was now acceptable but they would still require their employees to confine their sexual activities to be within marriage. Same sex “marriage” may be acceptable to World Vision but not to God. The Bible still teaches that perversion is still an abomination and is not approved or acceptable by Him and all true believers. Maybe part of World Vision’s problem is they have a...
  • Ruling: Kansas Can Strip Planned Parenthood Funds

    03/25/2014 6:51:27 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 8 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | Mar. 25, 2014 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights. Kansas is among several conservative states that have sought in recent years to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. At issue in Tuesday's ruling is money distributed to states under Title X, a federally financed family planning program. The Title X money targets low-income individuals seeking reproductive services such as birth control, pregnancy testing, cancer screenings and treatment...
  • Hillary Clinton adviser Minyon Moore sought funds for illegal campaign, court papers allege

    03/11/2014 5:06:23 PM PDT · by Baynative · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/11/14 | Matea Gold and Rosalind S. Helderman
    A longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton personally sought and secured the funding for an illegal shadow operation to boost Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, according to court papers released as part of a wide-reaching campaign finance scandal. Washington businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who pleaded guilty Monday on federal conspiracy charges in a case that has focused largely on District Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 election, told federal prosecutors that Clinton aide Minyon Moore asked him to fund pro-Clinton efforts in four states and Puerto Rico totaling $608,750 during the hard-fought 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, the documents show.
  • Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure

    03/10/2014 7:47:58 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 37 replies
    Washington TImes ^ | March 1o, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Despite Hillary Rodham Clinton’s promise that she had scrubbed illegal cash contributions from her 2008 presidential campaign, prosecutors revealed Monday that the mastermind of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s “shadow campaign” also funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid Mrs. Clinton’s bid for the White House.
  • Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor

    03/02/2014 2:20:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 1, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor • Former President Clinton was pictured with two prostitutes who work at a legal brothel in Nevada • They were captured chatting at a charity event in Los Angeles on Thursday where Clinton gave the keynote address • The prostitutes- named Barbie Girl and Ava Adora- work at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch and were in California for the unite4:Humanity event Bill Clinton's controversial couplings has reached a new level after he was pictured spending time with prostitutes at a recent charity event. The former President was...
  • Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

    02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Greene
    DAVID GREENE, HOST: … wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. .. With plans to pour $100 million into key elections this year, Steyer joins this elite group of wealthy individuals trying to influence politicians and voters. Steyer says he doesn't agree with the growing influence of money in politics...
  • Jim Messina Making $7k A Month From Campaign That Ended Over a Year Ago

    02/24/2014 4:00:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Staff
    Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, is still making $7,000 per month from Obama’s 2012 campaign, Politico reports. While the campaign ended nearly a year-and-a-half ago, Messina has not entirely finished “winding it down.” The lengthy Politico article reports on how Messina is attempting to become a Karl Rove-like figure for the Democratic Party. Messina—like Rove before him—has gravitated away from the party and campaign system in which he cut his teeth toward the unlimited-money outside infrastructure that reshaped politics after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision. It’s a notable shift, given that Democrats up...
  • Blue Campuses Get Bluer

    02/24/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Obama Administration’s former Homeland Security Chief has taken over the University of California. “Janet Napolitano had zero experience leading a college before she became president of the University of California last year,” Eric Kelderman wrote in The Chonicle of Higher Education on February 21, 2014. “Yet after just four months on the job, Ms. Napolitano, 56, has outlined major goals for the system, including a reconsideration of tuition policies, improving cooperation with the other two higher-education systems in the state, ensuring the prominent role of research and graduate education, and making the campuses carbon-neutral by 2025.” “She even has...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Mostyn Law Firm donates $1 million to help Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race

    01/21/2014 8:46:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-21-14 | David Yates
    HOUSTON — The Mostyn Law Firm and its attorneys are spending a small fortune to ensure Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' political ambitions come to fruition. The most recent contribution came on Dec. 31, with the Mostyn Law Firm ringing in the New Year by donating $1 million to the Texas Victory Committee -- a joint project of Wendy R. Davis for Governor and Battleground Texas, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is no stranger to law firms specializing in civil litigation, as she first joined the Fort Worth law office of Haynes & Boone in...
  • Cuomo, Schneiderman duke it out over $600 million fund (pol pork-fest)

    01/19/2014 4:41:12 AM PST · by Liz · 20 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/18/14 | Carl Campanile
    EDITED......Albany pols are in a boiling dispute over who gets to spend a $600M housing foreclosure settlement from JP Morgan Chase. Sap-happy lefties want to help underwater homeowners victimized by the subprime debacle.....vote-crazed Gov Cuomo's infected with "higher office brain disease" -- plans $2 billion in tax cuts – though his plan doesn’t count on the $600M settlement money. Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Insitute and former head of ACORN, said, “What I want to know is WTF? Why take our funds? This settlement money was intended to help struggling homeowners in New York, too many of whom are...
  • Hollywood fundraises for Texas abortions with ‘Night of a Thousand Vaginas!’

    Comedians Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and others are scheduled to appear for an evening of comedy and music Sunday to raise funds for Texas abortions. The event, titled “A Night of A Thousand Vaginas!” will take place at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles and is being billed as an “emergency benefit to help Texas women” who have been affected by Texas’ new abortion restrictions passed in the state over the summer. “A is For is organizing this emergency benefit to raise money for Texas abortion funds (Lilith Fund, TEA Fund, Whole Women’s Health Action Fund, and Fund...
  • BBC's six-year cover-up of secret 'green propaganda' training for top executives

    01/12/2014 7:01:34 AM PST · by centurion316 · 7 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | January 11, 2014 | David Rose
    The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ‘eco’ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a Ł67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting. At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists – one of whom believes climate change is a bigger...
  • Mark Kelly: We’ve got eyes on 2014 races

    01/10/2014 6:34:03 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/9/2014 | ANDREA DRUSCH
    Gun control advocate Mark Kelly says his political action committee is looking ahead to 2014 races, and has the cash on hand to back its agenda. Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, said on WAMU’s “Diane Rehm Show” Thursday that the PAC the couple founded, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has raised more than $11 million. The money will be going into congressional races to act as a counterweight against heavy hitters on the pro-gun side like the National Rifle Association, he said.
  • Atheists Donate to Former Pastor, Ryan Bell, Who Lost Jobs for Trying Out Atheism for a Year

    01/08/2014 10:04:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2014 | Leonard Blair
    Ryan Bell, a former pastor who lost all his jobs after announcing he will experiment with atheism for a year, is currently getting overwhelming financial support from atheists and others after revealing in the fourth day of his controversial experiment that he was running out of money. "So I find myself, on Day 4, without any employment. My savings will run out in about two weeks and I'm scrambling to find immediate work doing, well…anything—manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find," wrote Bell, a Seventh Day Adventist, on his blog 'Year Without God'. Atheist...
  • Guess Who's Funding the Republican Civil War? Labor unions-doing it through a pro-business PAC

    12/30/2013 7:06:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 9, 2013 | Scott Bland
    The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group's new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions. The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers' International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October. Main Street says it...
  • BREAKING: Moderate GOP PAC Bankrolled by Labor Unions

    12/30/2013 6:13:39 PM PST · by Mortrey · 30 replies
    LibertyNEWS.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Eric Odom
    BREAKING: Moderate GOP PAC That Promised to Beat Back Tea Party Challengers Bankrolled by Labor Unions liberal Republicans can’t beat conservatives without labor union support?
  • Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash

    12/29/2013 9:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 29, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune investigates independent political spending over the last few election cycles. The results are stark, but won’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention: A Star Tribune analysis of ­campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections…. No kidding. One union — the powerful ­Education Minnesota teachers union — poured...
  • Report: Bid to indict Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delayed

    12/19/2013 12:44:48 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-19-13 | James Hohmann
    The Justice Department has reportedly delayed until next year a decision on whether to indict outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in connection with a gifts scandal — a decision that came after a face-to-face appeal by the couple’s lawyers. A report by The Washington Post late Wednesday night said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente told lawyers for the governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell a week ago that he planned to ask a grand jury to return an indictment by this past Monday over allegedly inappropriate help they gave dietary supplement maker Star Scientific after receiving gifts from...
  • Liberal group touted access to Hillary Clinton for $250,000

    12/18/2013 5:03:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    The liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) this year promised corporate donors a chance to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton in return for a $250,000 donation, documents obtained by The Hill show. The meeting never happened, though Clinton spoke at the anniversary gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium that was cited on the solicitation. “None of the patrons were able to meet with Secretary Clinton but our board and trustees did meet with her at the event,” said Andrea Purse, a CAP spokeswoman. The documents ask prospective donors to contribute to CAP’s “Progressive Party,” which was held Oct. 24 to...
  • 5 ways to rescue liberal talk radio (but it won’t be easy)

    11/29/2013 12:30:25 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | November 28, 2013 | By MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in the progressive media world. POLITICO spoke with...
  • New York City Mayor-Elect De Blasio Appoints “Transition Imam” Who Helped Raise Money for Hamas

    11/28/2013 2:28:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Bill de Blasio has appointed his transition committee and it includes Imam Khalid Latif. Latif is one of the cleaner faces of CAIR. He was a chaplain at Princeton and now NYU. Bloomberg appointed him to be a police chaplain and he’s won interfaith awards.He’s young enough and savvy enough to play the moderate role really well. You won’t catch him shouting “Death to America” or “We are all Osama” when the cameras are off. And his presence as a CAIR board member will be overlooked by most. In 2006, when deadly protests broke out in the Muslim world...
  • Ticket sales slow to Obama’s S.F. fundraiser — deals offered

    11/19/2013 2:16:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 19, 2013 | Matier and Ross
    Ticket sales for President Obama’s big fundraiser Monday at the SFJazz Center are so sluggish, organizers are cutting the price of some tickets in half. The cheap seats for the Democratic National Committee luncheon — the ones that were going for $1,000 — have been reduced to $500, according to an e-mail to potential donors sent out Monday by Ella Arnold of Buell Private Political Management in San Francisco. Arnold added, “We are thrilled to announce that if you have already purchased a $1,000 ticket … your seat will now be upgraded to VIP, which includes rope line access!” We’re...
  • Michelle Obama Fundraises: 'You Can Write a Big Ol' Fat Check'

    11/18/2013 12:22:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/18/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    First Lady Michelle Obama is telling Democratic donors to pay. "[I]t's simple, you can write a big ol' fat check," the first lady told Democrats at a fundraiser. "That's what we need you to do. Right now, write a big check -- big huge one -- write the biggest check you can possibly write.
  • VA:McAuliffe’s Narrow Victory Comes in Spite of Bloomberg’s “help”

    11/09/2013 4:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    NSSF ^ | 8 November, 2013 | Larry Keane
    Victory has a thousand fathers, as the saying goes, while defeat is always an orphan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making sure everyone knows he has a claim for paternity when it comes to the narrow victory won by Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.Bloomberg hit the cable-news airwaves  the day after the Virginia election to argue McAuliffe’s narrow victory was proof the state’s voters were swayed by the $1.2 million he spent on TV advertisements  pushing gun control measures during the last days of the race.There’s just one problem. In the two weeks after Bloomberg got...
  • Cuccinelli’s Two Opponents: A Democratic donor helped the Libertarian candidate in Virginia’s race

    11/08/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/08/2013 | John Fund
    Chicago — Observers in this land infamous for political tricks say a popular method of winning elections is to ensure all of your opponents are thrown off the ballot — the tactic the Daley machine used to first elect an unopposed Barack Obama to the Illinois state senate. Another: Throw a ringer into the race to draw votes away from your real opponent. That latter tactic seems to have been employed by Democrats in this week’s close gubernatorial race in Virginia. And it may have made the difference. There were many reasons Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost, ranging from his poor...
  • Obama Schedule Heavy with Fundraising Trips [Coming to Miami TOMORROW]

    11/07/2013 4:29:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 10/24/13 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Barack Obama, doing what he does best, is back campaigning and fundraising hard for the next five weeks. Obama’s plans include eight fundraisers for Democrats in the House and Senate. The events include: 1. New York: Fundraising for House Democrats and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 2. Boston: a House Democratic fundraiser on Oct. 30. 3. November 6, Dallas: No: another fundraiser 4. November 8, Miami: an event for Senate Democrats. 5. November 14, Philadelphia: another event for Senate Democrats 6. Seattle: fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) 7. San Francisco: more fundraising for House Democrats. 8. Los...
  • McAuliffe Campaign Funded the Democratic Ground Game That Sealed Victory

    11/06/2013 10:56:53 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | November 6, 2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Breitbart News has confirmed that much of the credit for Terry McAuliffe’s narrow 47.9 percent to 45.5 percent victory over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in Tuesday’s election is attributable to a $4 million donation the McAuliffe campaign gave to the Democratic Party of Virginia, which used those funds to run a highly effective ground game for the party’s full slate of candidates. Ashley Bauman, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that "[w]hile we used that money [the $4 million donated to the Democratic Party of Virginia from the McAuliffe campaign]...
  • Solar Industry Takes on Crony Capitalism in Arizona

    11/04/2013 6:52:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    A heated battle is taking place in Arizona between the fledgling solar industry and APS, the state’s largest energy company, which enjoys a state-granted near-monopoly over energy. In sunny Arizona, it is peculiar that solar energy is being portrayed as the bad guy. Since Arizona is a Republican-dominated state, APS is sneakily buying up influential Republicans, both directly and indirectly, to perpetuate its crony capitalism. The Washington Post refers to these Republicans as “some of the best pollsters and consultants money can buy.” The spin goes like this, “stop subsidizing the solar industry.” The word “subsidy” is used to scare...
  • Obama donor’s firm hired to fix Web mess it created

    11/02/2013 1:17:54 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 1, 2013 | S.A. Miller
    A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it.
  • Financier George Soros backs Hillary Clinton for U.S. president

    10/24/2013 5:43:26 PM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 26 replies
    REUTERS/YAHOO ^ | October 24, 2013 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros, a major Democratic donor, is backing an effort to persuade former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, a spokesman said on Thursday."
  • Baltimore Ravens receive $130,000 in taxpayer cash to promote Obamacare

    10/22/2013 3:00:35 PM PDT · by onyx · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are receiving $130,000 in public funds to promote Obamacare for a year, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch. In September, officials with Maryland Health Connection — Maryland’s Obamacare exchange — announced that the team had signed on to be a partner in the promotion efforts for President Obama’s signature health-care law. “Research shows that 71 percent of the uninsured population in Maryland have watched, attended or listened to a Ravens game in the past 12 months,” the Connection’s press announcement explained. “The partnership will provide Maryland Health Connection with the opportunity to...
  • Planned Parenthood spent over $1 million on ads slamming pro-life candidate for Virginia governor

    10/22/2013 10:16:05 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Mon Oct 21, 2013 19:02 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    RICHMOND, VA, October 21, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A political arm of the nation’s biggest abortion provider has spent nearly all of its cash on ads opposing Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the strongly pro-life candidate for Virginia governor. On Friday, Planned Parenthood VOTES, a federal SuperPAC run by the abortion giant, reported it had spent nearly $1.1 million on a new anti-Cuccinelli ad buy, leaving the PAC with only $73,746 to pay its remaining bills, which total $59,919.
  • Experts stunned at cost for Healthcare.gov website development

    10/22/2013 6:05:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 173 replies
    My FOX-TV DC ^ | October 22, 2013
    “My overall sense, right from day one, was it was created by people who had never created a commercial database application before," said FMS Software developer Luke Chung. Chung looked over the site and was stunned by the code and the cost - by some estimates, perhaps $200 million. Chung continued, “At $200 an hour, that would be a million man hours, 5,000 man years. I don't think they had time to use 5,000 man years. So I don't know where the money went. I don't know what these people were doing. There're not that many web pages. I don't...
  • DNC edges RNC in September fundraising

    10/20/2013 7:40:04 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/20/13 | BYRON TAU
    The Democratic National Committee has narrowly edged its Republican rival in fundraising for the first time all year. In a Sunday release, the Republican National Committee reported raising $7.1 million in September. Democrats on Friday reported a cash haul of nearly $7.4 million in September, while finishing the month with more than $5 million on hand.
  • Budget deal includes $174K payout to widow of millionaire Senator

    10/16/2013 4:19:56 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 12 replies
    Buried inside the budget deal brokered by Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid: a payout to the millionaire widow of the late Democratic senator Frank Lautenberg. There is appropriated for payment to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg, late a Senator from New Jersey, $174,000.” Agreed to by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. Lautenberg’s networth $56.8 million last year
  • 15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?

    10/14/2013 10:32:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | October 13, 2013
    Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines in what is still the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, it's unclear how state governments are using much of that money. So far tobacco companies have paid more than $100 billion to state governments as part of the 25-year, $246 billion settlement. Among many state governments receiving money, Orange County, Calif., is an outlier. Voters mandated that 80 percent of money from tobacco companies be spent on smoking-related programs, like a cessation class taught in the basement of Anaheim Regional Medical Center. "So go ahead...
  • McAuliffe among investors in Rhode Island insurance scam that preyed on dying people

    10/10/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 9 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Published: October 9 | By Fredrick Kunkle
    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was one of dozens of investors with a Rhode Island estate planner charged with defrauding insurers by using the stolen identities of terminally ill people, according to court documents filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Providence. McAuliffe’s name appeared on a lengthy list of investors with Joseph A. Caramadre, an attorney and accountant who obtained the identities of dying people to set up annuities that ultimately cost insurance companies millions of dollars, the documents say.
  • McAuliffe to donate funds from convicted Rhode Island businessman to charity

    10/09/2013 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 14 replies
    http://blogs.nbc12.com ^ | 10/09/2013 | Ryan Nobles
    McAuliffe to donate funds from convicted Rhode Island businessman to charity Terry McAuliffe's name popped up today on a list of investors who bought annuities from a Rhode Island businessman who pleaded guilty in 2012 to stealing the identities of terminally ill patients. The convicted businessman, Joseph Caramadre, was also a donor to McAuliffe's failed 2009 bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia. Caramadre donated more than $26 thousand to McAuliffe and hosted a fundraiser for the candidate. Caramadre(Court sketch of Caramadre courtesy of WJAR) According to our NBC affiliate in Providence WJAR, there is no evidence that...
  • $445 million to Corporation for Public Broadcasting on first day of government slimdown

    10/08/2013 9:05:42 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/2013 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – Funding for clinical cancer trials and other life-saving research under the National Institutes of Health was cut off in response to the government slimdown, but it looks like the cookie monster will still be knee-deep in chocolate chips (or is it carrots now?) According to the Daily Treasury Statement and first reported by CNS News, the administration dished out $445 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the first day of the slimdown, which means funds for the likes of PBS Newshour, NPR and “Sesame Street” are being spent before cancer research.
  • America’s #1 Abortion Chain Just Dropped $1 Million on Terry McAuliffePolicyPolitics

    10/03/2013 9:45:14 AM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Bearing Drift ^ | 10/03/2013 | Shaun Kenney
    Well isn’t this special… The ad opens by pointing out the hundreds of decisions that women make each day, from picking groceries to buying homes. “And we make them ourselves,” says the narrator, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Votes. “But Ken Cuccinelli is intruding on our most personal decisions.” Richards lists off some of Cuccinelli’s stances, including his call for a ban on all abortions, “even when a woman’s health is in danger.” “Cuccinelli doesn’t trust women,” Richards says at the end of the ad. “So how can we trust him to be governor?” Because going to the abortion...
  • Tea Party loosens K Street's stranglehold on the GOP

    10/06/2013 12:04:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 5, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    How did the Republican Party become so splintered and so infused with hard-line conservatives? Don't blame redistricting. Don't chalk it up to anti-Obama fervor.Republicans have become an unruly bunch of scorched-earth conservatives because the Tea Party smashed the business lobby's monopoly on GOP fundraising.Here's a story of where the GOP used to be:Back in 2006, I asked a couple of conservative Republican congressmen to give blurbs for my book on corporate welfare. “My boss loves the book,” one of their top aides said, “but we’re not going to put his name on it." Why not, I asked. "Who do you...
  • Why Jewish Americans vote Democratic

    10/03/2013 2:32:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 2, 2013 | Harry J. Enten
    A striking aspect of the new Pew survey on Jewish Americans is how liberal Jews are. Is it good for the Democrats? You bet.Why do people vote the way to do? For swing voters, the answer is usually the state of the economy. For most, however, voting patterns are surprisingly fixed. People tend to vote for one party consistently over time. For Jewish American voters, the party of choice has been the Democratic party. Conservatives have been trying to crack the code for a number of years on how to get Jewish voters over to their side. Based on the...
  • Kinda Creepy Email From Obama Organization Targets Deadbeat Donors Like Me

    09/29/2013 1:35:01 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As a blogger, I subscribe to the email lists of some organizations whose goals I do not, shall we say, necessarily embrace. Among them is Organizing For Action, the successor to the 2012 Obama campaign. As you can imagine, although I read OFA's messages with interest, I don't succumb to its frequent appeals for funds. You might think OFA might let me loaf along on its list, but no. Just now arrived an email I'd call kind of creepy. Start with the subject line [emphasis added throughout]: "Mark: Not an OFA donor". Whoah: so this is not just a generic...
  • NYC mayoral favorite a Soros front man?

    09/18/2013 10:43:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 09/18/2013 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK – Billionaire political activist George Soros is the primary patron of New York mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio, WND has learned. Last month, the New York news media reported Soros had endorsed De Blasio’s mayoral bid but failed to disclose the billionaire’s major financial donation to the candidate’s nonprofit as well as De Blasio’s cozy working relationship with Soros-funded activist groups. “I am endorsing Bill de Blasio for Mayor because I believe he has the talent, vision and ability to lead New York City,” Soros said in a statement released by the de Blasio campaign in early August....
  • Busted Again: Charlie Rangel Fails to Report $200k in Political Donations

    09/15/2013 3:06:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Gateway ^ | September 15, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    Tax cheat and crook Charlie Rangel is back in the news again for not disclosing funds. In 2010, Rangel lost his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee because of an investigation into 2 corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean. Later that year, the House of Representatives formally censured him after he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations. Violations included failure to disclose over $600,000 in assets on a financial disclosure report as well as short changing the IRS for 17 years on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic. He also raided his PAC for $393,000 to...
  • 9 charged in $3M dollar food stamp fraud case

    09/09/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    WPRI ^ | Sept 5, 2013 | Dan McGowan & Time White
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Food stamp fraud is a “significant problem” in Rhode Island. That was the message U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent Thursday when he announced that nine people are facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program out of more than $3 million. During a two-year undercover investigation, Neronha said eight Rhode Island residents and one New York man were found to be illegally allowing food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to obtain cash in exchange for a large surcharge at five Providence convenience stores. ... Six people were charged by...
  • Guess Which Texas Billionaire Just Donated $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

    08/31/2013 1:41:56 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 31st, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    Plutocrat and former third party presidential candidate Ross Perot donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Texas, to help fill the gap left by the state’s defunding of the Women’s Health Program. “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health,” said Margot Perot, speaking for the Perot Foundation of Dallas. “Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do—providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.” In...