Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $33,861
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  • Meet the GOP $5 million donor club

    07/31/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KBZK-TV ^ | July 31, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    In 2012, six Republicans gave $5 million or more over the course of the entire presidential campaign. For 2016, nine Republicans gave $5 million or more in the first six months. Donors can contribute unlimited amounts to candidates' super PACs, and they have. Here are the nine Republicans who you need to know as their donations shape the primaries. Dan and Farris Wilks: $15 million The billionaire brothers made their fortunes in fracking, and along with their wives, are sending $15 million to boost fellow Texans Ted Cruz's presidential campaign. Robert Mercer: $11.3 million Mercer, a reclusive hedge funder from...
  • Houston 'moneyman' ponies up $10 M for Cruz

    07/31/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jennifer Reiley
    Toby Neugebauer, the son of a U.S. Texas congressman, donated almost a third of the funds raised by Super PACs supporting presidential hopeful U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Neugebauer, son of Lubbock Republican Randy Neugebauer, donated $10 million to "Keep the Promise II," one of four PACs for Cruz of the same name. Neugebauer is the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm in the energy industry. According to Bloomberg, the firm has managed more than $7 billion in commitments since 1998. Neugebauer is heavily involved in the energy industry,...
  • Ricketts family gives more than $5 million to Walker super PAC

    07/31/2015 2:21:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | Robert Costa
    The Ricketts family sweepstakes are over and Scott Walker has won handily, according to Republicans familiar with Unintimidated, the super PAC supporting the Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate. Federal election filings will soon show that billionaire investor Joe Ricketts and his wife, Marlene, have together given $5 million to the Walker-allied group — a significant haul from one of the GOP’s biggest donors. Their son, Todd, is another Walker donor and co-chairman of his national fundraising efforts. In recent months he has hosted events for the governor and traveled with him on the campaign trail. Federal filings will also show...
  • Q2: GOP Presidential Fundraising Breakdown (Pennsylvania-Read this to see the real race)

    07/30/2015 4:59:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Politics PA ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nick Field, Managing Editor
    The latest fundraising deadline was the first for several 2016 presidential candidates. They provide a view into how all the Oval Office hopefuls are faring so far. Furthermore, thanks to an impressive interactive map from the National Journal, we can chart each candidate’s fundraising by county. By compiling the county numbers, we found that in total $615,514* was contributed by Pennsylvanians to the eligible GOP presidential candidates from April 1st to June 30th. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished first with $188,154 in donations from thirty-three of the counties in the commonwealth. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second with $78,160...
  • Here’s how long Donald Trump can run, with the cash he has on hand

    07/24/2015 3:03:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 24, 2015 | Philip Bump
    Donald Trump is very adamant that he should be president in part because he is not financially beholden to anyone. "I’m using my own money," he said during his campaign announcement speech. "I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich." To prove his point, he held up a sheet of paper detailing his assets. Billions in real estate and stocks! Rich guy. Doesn't need donors. It didn't take long, though, for people to point out the obvious. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban -- himself so rich that he has his own social network -- pointed...
  • PAC Supporting Walker Gets Huge 20-Million Dollar Bump from Donors

    07/22/2015 2:47:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 7-21-15 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker is getting a bump from donors. Unintimidated PAC – an independent organization that is supporting Walker’s candidacy — announced in a press release that it raised more than 20-million dollars from just 300 donors, “securing its place among the top-tier outside groups supporting a presidential candidate.” According to the press release, Unintimidated PAC’s fundraising comes in third place out of all Super PACs supporting GOP candidates this quarter. “The $20 million haul is even more impressive considering that the dollars were raised before Scott Walker officially entered the race for President.” “Governor Walker’s record...
  • Behind in presidential polls, Ted Cruz surges in fundraising

    07/21/2015 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Market Watch's Capitol Report ^ | July 15, 2015 | Robert Schroeder, Fiscal Policy Reporter
    Ted Cruz is way behind in polls about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he’s killing it when it comes to fundraising. The Texas senator is in eighth place among the GOP White House hopefuls, according to the latest average of polls from RealClearPolitics. But Cruz places third in the money race, when counting his own campaign and affiliated super PACs, behind fellow Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the public got a look at how the campaigns are raising and spending money through the end of the second quarter. As The Wall Street Journal points out,...
  • Groups supporting Scott Walker have raised $26 million

    07/21/2015 5:05:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Two groups supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential run have raised more than $26 million, even though the Republican did not formally enter the race until last week. The haul puts Walker in fourth place in the GOP’s money race, behind Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Unintimidated PAC, which was started in April by two of Walker’s closest political advisers, has collected just over $20 million, The Washington Post has learned. The super PAC was named for Walker’s 2013 book that chronicled his highly visible fight with public-sector unions and is able to accept unlimited donations, although...
  • Christian Bakery Closed for Refusing Gay Wedding Cake Breaks Record on Crowdfunding Site With $352K

    07/19/2015 6:46:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/18/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Oregon who were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony, have set a record on a crowdfunding site by raising $352,500 in two months, after their campaign was shut down by another site. The campaign by "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" has raised more than any previous campaign by individuals in the three-year history of the crowdfunding site Continue to Give, site founder Jesse Wellhoefer told The Washington Times. The bakery has received $352,500 through...
  • Some surprising winners and losers in the 2016 fundraising race

    07/19/2015 10:20:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | July 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The results of the first major test of the 2016 presidential race were announced this past week: the initial six months of fundraising numbers for the slew of candidates running to be their partyÂ’s nominee next year and for aligned super PACs. As with any test, some people passed with flying colors. Others, well, didnÂ’t. Here are the winners and the losers of the cash dash for those contests and other races. WINNERS â—Ź Jeb Bush Sure, we all knew the former Florida governor was going to raise scads of money, largely through his Right to Rise super PAC. But...
  • Exclusive — ‘Proven Fundraiser’ Ted Cruz Can Defeat the Clinton Machine in 2016

    07/18/2015 6:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rep. Jim Bridenstine
    Beating Hillary Clinton requires a Republican nominee who will energize all elements of the Republican Party: fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, values voters, and constitutional conservatives. Nominating a milquetoast Republican who fails to gain the support of the whole party will cripple Republican enthusiasm and shrink turnout just as it has in previous elections. Since the media is going to chastise Republicans for rejecting the liberal agenda, let’s nominate a solid conservative, energize the Republican Party, and win. At a time when judicial activism and DC’s perverse incentives are concentrating power in Washington, we need a tested candidate who has...
  • Ron Paul Not Listed As Donor To Rand Paul’s Presidential Campaign

    07/18/2015 12:18:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 18, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, Senior Editor
    Rand Paul’s father Ron does not appear to be among the over 100,000 donors so far to his son’s presidential campaign. According to the younger Paul’s recent Federal Election Commission filing, the elder Paul, a former Texas congressman who himself ran for president three times, has yet to donate to his son’s 2016 presidential campaign — at least not more than the $200 threshold where his donation would be required to report. Rand’s mother, Carol, does not appear to have donated her son’s campaign yet either. In contrast, the other Republican presidential contender with a storied political family, Jeb Bush,...
  • The 63 Real Humans Who Donated $250 or More to Donald Trump (Attempted hit piece)

    07/17/2015 12:28:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 17, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Donald has raked in $96,000 so far, and from birther beliefs to ‘the immigration thing,’ the characters who contributed to that haul are a lot like the candidate himself.You learn a few things, calling the 63 individuals who donated more than $250 to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—helping him pull in a total of $96,000 in the 29 days since his June 16 announcement, according to the financial disclosure he released Wednesday evening. You learn, for instance, that President Obama, who is an African-born Muslim, wouldn’t help you if you were kidnapped in Iran, that not all undocumented Mexican immigrants...
  • Breitbart.com: Cruz Has More $ Than Jeb

    07/16/2015 2:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The fundraising numbers from last Federal Election Commission (FEC) fundraising quarter for 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz were so good combined with one week in the previous quarter, he has actually raised more hard money than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a new memo from his campaign manager Jeff Roe obtained exclusively by Breitbart News reveals. "With the release of each presidential campaigns second quarter fundraising and expenditure data, it is clear the Sen. Ted Cruz for President campaign is well positioned against the other candidates, the Roe memo reads. "Sen. Ted Cruz raised more 'hard money' than...
  • Missouri mega-donor to host fundraiser for Walker campaign

    07/16/2015 12:19:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    WKOW - Madison ^ | July 16, 2015
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- - Missouri's most prolific political donor is planning a fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign. Walker is to attend a July 26 event at the St. Louis home of Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield. Rex Sinquefield is a retired investment firm founder who has bankrolled initiatives to cut income taxes and curb the ability of teachers' union to negotiate tenure protections.
  • What the Hell Happened to Rand Paul? (Between Rand & Cruz it turns out the base loves Cruz more)

    07/16/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Red State ^ | July 16, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Here is the guy who should be doing some cross-party fusion. He rallied a lot of Americans in bipartisan fashion on national security. He seemed to be playing his cards right. And . . . ? Bernie Sanders is kicking his butt in campaign fundraising. In fact, I dare say Sanders froze Paul’s chance at fusion. All the little rich libertine millennials that Paul was counting on, instead got excited for Sanders. But I am still really surprised by this. Paul only raised $6.9 million. Ben Carson raised $10.6. And that is money raised by the candidate, not the Super...
  • Scott Walker Has a Texas-Sized Fundraising Problem

    07/16/2015 10:38:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | July 16, 2015 | Russ Choma, Washington Bureau
    The Lonestar State is GOP donor central, but Walker's rivals already have the big money locked up. Before most GOP presidential contenders set foot in Iowa or New Hampshire, they typically first hit another pivotal state: Texas. The Lonestar State is the undisputed center of the Republican Party's donor base, so almost all of the GOP hopefuls have trekked regularly there and established extensive fundraising operations in Texas. But there's one big exception: Scott Walker, who formally announced his presidential bid on Monday. The union-busting Wisconsin governor may be a conservative darling, but he's way behind the curve when it...
  • Winners and losers from the second quarter of fundraising

    07/16/2015 9:22:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    At midnight, the deadline for candidates for president (and other federal offices) to report how much they raised and spent over the first six months of the year were due at the Federal Election Commission. Campaign finance nerds are spending today (and tomorrow and the next day) combing through the fine print of each report for the nuggets that provide some insight into how candidates are raising and spending their money -- and why. While they do that, we thought we'd give some of the topline takeaways from the second quarter of fundraising for the 2016 presidential race. Below are...
  • Only 3 Percent of Jeb Bush's Campaign Cash Came from Small Donors

    07/15/2015 3:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 15, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The Republican’s campaign is fueled mostly by big donors. The average size of a Bush donation: $926. Jeb Bush is a fundraising powerhouse among the Republican Party's biggest donors, but he is struggling among smaller donors. Of the $11.4 million his campaign raised during its first two weeks, only 3 percent came from donors who gave less than $200. Small contributors gave Bush only $368,023, the Bush campaign's federal filings show. Donors who gave the legal maximum of $2,700 accounted for more than 80 percent of Bush's total haul. For comparison's sake, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz raised $1.8 million from...
  • Ted Cruz donors celebrate fundraising standing [Read this to understand the real campaign]

    07/15/2015 1:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Presidential campaigns from across the political field are releasing fundraising reports on Wednesday, but supporters of Ted Cruz already celebrated this past weekend. A week after announcing they had raised $52 million, the Texas senator met in Colorado Springs with about 45 of his top bundlers this weekend at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort at the foot of the Cheyenne Mountains, to celebrate the haul. Thanks to a mix of grassroots donors and a few billionaires, Cruz's supporters boast a position few anticipated: Second place in the crowded and competitive GOP fundraising race. In between expeditions of fly fishing and...
  • Jeb Bush’s fundraising haul was impressive. Ted Cruz’s was more important.

    07/14/2015 9:22:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush's fundraising totals for the first half of 2015 were eye-popping: $114 million raised ($103 million of which came through his Right to Rise super PAC) with a stunning $98 million in the bank. But, as amazing as Bush's haul was, it's Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's fundraising totals that stood out to me as the most important money number from the June reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Cruz raised $14 million through his campaign committee and another $37 million through a constellation of super PACs set up to aid his campaign. That total of $51 million raised...
  • Huckabee campaign: Huckabee, outside groups have raised $8 million

    07/14/2015 8:01:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | July 14, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Mike Huckabee raised more than $2 million in the second fundraising quarter, in addition to $6 million raised by outside groups to boost the former Arkansas governor’s presidential campaign, according to two senior advisers. “The nearly $8 million raised to date is well over three times as much as Gov. Huckabee raised in the first three quarters combined of his 2008 campaign, when Huckabee was outspent 10:1 and won the Iowa caucuses and seven other states,” a Huckabee campaign official e-mailed several reporters, previewing the fundraising report on the condition of anonymity. Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to disclose...
  • FLASHBACK: Hillary’s Biggest Donors In 2008 Were The Super-Rich, Including Herself

    07/13/2015 3:47:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/13/2015 | Derek Hunter
    In laying out her economic vision for the country, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton attacked banks and Wall Street, and advocated for a less complicated tax code in which the rich pay their “fair share.” But a look at donors to her 2008 campaign paint a different picture, one in which she is quite cozy with the country’s uber-wealthy. In April, just before her first campaign kick-off, the Center for Public Integrity released “12 things you need to know about Hillary Clinton.” In their list, they point out that her “top 2008 presidential donors generally came from four places:...
  • Jeb Bush Aims to Recruit, Groom, Young Republican Donors

    07/13/2015 2:15:55 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/13/15 | BETH REINHARD
    Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is launching a young donor program aimed at padding his already flush campaign account and grooming the next generation of big Republican contributors. The program, called Mission Next, will be spearheaded by his sons, 39-year-old George P. Bush, who last year was elected to statewide office in Texas, and 31-year-old Jeb Bush Jr., who recently took over the consulting business he and his father led in Miami. Both sons have already headlined several fundraisers for their father. -snip- The young donors program will also be named after space missions, according to donors familiar with the plans....
  • One of Wall Street's most political billionaires just passed on Scott Walker

    07/09/2015 5:58:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Linette Lopez
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) met with billionaire hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb on Wednesday, Business Insider has learned. Walker was seeking Loeb's key financial support ahead of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, but he didn't get it. According to sources close to the situation, the sticking point was Loeb's support of same-sex marriage. Last month, Walker called the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake." He also called for a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision. “As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the...
  • Pro-Trump super-PAC aims to raise ‘unlimited funds’

    07/06/2015 11:18:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 6, 2015 | Carl Campanile and Marisa Schultz
    An independent super-PAC has been formed to raise unlimited funds to power Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, The Post has learned. The political action committee is called Make America Great Again, the slogan of the Republican real estate mogul’s White House campaign. It says in its filings that it “intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts.” It does not specify whom it will support or oppose, but Jon Anderson, a Denver-based attorney involved in filing the paperwork, confirmed Make America Great Again is a pro-Trump PAC. “I am the election lawyer who represents the Make America Great Again political...
  • Can Ted Cruz break into the top tier?

    07/06/2015 8:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    WPTZ-TV ^ | July 6, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    He's got $50 million behind him, a fervent following in Iowa, and a brand that he's worked hard to never muddy, but Ted Cruz has yet to have a breakout moment. Is that about to change? The Texas senator may remain mired in the middle of the seemingly endless Republican pack, but his allies say he is poised to make his move. Doing just well enough nationally to make the debate stage and showing enough promise in early-primary to have a shot next winter, Cruz and his allies are unperturbed by surveys that show him sitting stagnant. He is bracketed...
  • $51 million raised puts Cruz “in the upper echelon”

    07/06/2015 10:41:12 AM PDT · by Isara · 32 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/06/15
    Press reacts to Cruz’s eye-popping fundraising numbersHOUSTON, Texas — Yesterday, it was announced that supporters of the Cruz for President campaign have already raised more than $51 million, giving Cruz one of the strongest war chests among those running for president. Below are highlights from press coverage of the announcement:McClatchy: Cruz on track for $51 million total “GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today that his campaign raised a robust $10 million in the second quarter and with super PAC support can count on over $51 million for his candidacy… The Cruz press release stressed ‘the aggregate total...
  • Ted Cruz’s $51 Million Haul: TEA Party Favorite Has Big Bucks Behind Him …

    07/05/2015 6:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    FITS News ^ | July 5, 2015 | Will Folks
    In a little more than three months, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign has raised more than $14.2 million from over 175,000 contributors. Combined with the $37 million raised by a political action committee backing Cruz, the Texas lawmaker’s presidential aspirations will be supported by a $51 million war chest. “The grassroots energy and support we are seeing is overwhelming,” Cruz said in a statement. “In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – and all across the country – we are seeing courageous conservatives coming together for real change. We’re reassembling the (Ronald) Reagan coalition – from conservatives to libertarians...
  • Ted Cruz's supporters make up bulk of $51 million raised for presidential bid

    07/05/2015 11:04:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bill Trott, Reuters
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far less in donations directly to his campaign than his supporters have collected for the four outside spending groups supporting him. The statement said there were 175,000 individual donations to the campaign with an average contribution of $81. About $10...
  • Cruz Boasts $51M War Chest After Raking in $10M

    07/05/2015 8:35:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | July 5, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign announced Sunday it raked in about $10 million during the second quarter of this year, bringing the balance available to promote his campaign to over $51 million. That number, which combines contributions to Cruz's campaign and the super PACs backing him, solidifies the senator's status as a potential second-place finisher in the first round of the 2016 money race. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to raise far more money than his competitors. The official numbers for both Cruz's campaign and the four pro-Cruz super PACs will not be disclosed until later this summer. But...
  • Hillary’s July Fourth fundraising blitz — all 26 of them & Ted Cruz And The Truth

    07/01/2015 10:18:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times' Inside the Beltway ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    So the nation’s birthday is coming up. What better time than to raise a cool million or two in the name of 2016? That appears to be the plan for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign this week, which features five major fundraisers in four states in the days leading up to July 4. The Founding Fathers might have puzzled over the wealth and scope of Hillary for America events in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and finally New Hampshire on Friday, the eve of the patriotic holiday. The events follow the “conversation with Hillary” template — $2,700 per person as...
  • It's D-Day for 2016 candidates: Your inbox probably can tell ("FEC Deadline Countdown")

    06/30/2015 4:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Nancy Benac
    Hillary Clinton has a dinner invite for you. Jeb Bush is out to make a big splash. Rick Santorum wants to scare the heck out of you. Ted Cruz is looking for a sacrifice. Lincoln Chaffee wants to be your pal. Oh, and all of them want your money — and preferably before midnight on Tuesday night, please. Danger: The 2016 presidential candidates are emailing Americans such a flurry of appeals for money and support that the risk of inbox internal combustion is high....
  • Ted Cruz drops fundraising 'money bomb'

    06/24/2015 9:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz is imploring supporters to donate $1 million to his presidential campaign by Tuesday, saying in a recorded email appeal that positive fundraising results are important to shaping the media narrative of the 2016 contest. The Texas Republican proved to be a surprisingly prodigious and effective fundraiser in the opening weeks of his White House bid. He raised $4 million online his first week and has told reporters that super PACs backing his candidacy have "banked" an eye-popping $37 million. Now, Cruz is asking his backers to help him close the second fundraising quarter strong to help him...
  • ‘Jews for Cruz’ PAC ordered to change name

    06/24/2015 11:36:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Jewish Telegraph Agency's Telegraph Blog ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ron Kampeas, Washington bureau chief
    Ted Cruz would have to authorize the PAC for it to use its name, the FEC ruled. “Jews for Cruz” can be for just about anything but Cruz, the Federal Election Commission said, according to Time Magazine. The Jews for Cruz PAC backs Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his presidential bid, but Cruz has not authorized them to do so. Thus they must change their name, the FEC informed the PAC in a letter Monday. FEC rules (see page four, here) say a political action committee must have a formal affiliation with a candidate in order to include the candidate’s...
  • GOP 2016ers battle for second in fundraising war

    06/24/2015 9:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 24, 2015 | Sara Murray, Theodore Schleifer and Tom LoBianco
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The money race for second place is on. With a June 30 fundraising deadline drawing near, speculation over how much money Republican presidential candidates will collect is reaching a fever pitch. It's already clear that Jeb Bush will come out on top regardless of whether he hits or even surpasses the $100 million target many in the donor world set for the former Florida governor. The more interesting question, many donors and campaign operatives say, is who will come in second. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has an unusually broad donor list thanks to his highly publicized recall election and...
  • Kasich reportedly getting testy as he fails to attract donors

    06/21/2015 6:31:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 21, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Ohio Governor John Kasich is still officially unofficially running for President, at least until next month when he plans on making it officially official. But in the intervening time, it seems that he’s running into some headwinds when it comes to donors who have long since committed their resources to one of the candidates who got into the starting blocks early. (In the case of Kasich, he’s looking mostly to tap Jeb Bush’s donor pool.) And with the lack of results has come what appears to be a sense of desperation. (Politico) Sensing the window of opportunity is closing, John...
  • Donald Trump's Absurdly Appropriate Candidacy

    06/20/2015 10:46:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nation ^ | June 16, 2015 | John Nichols
    Were it left to me, I’d probably retire the “clown car” analogy for the crowded 2016 Republican presidential contest. Like the “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” line employed by those who sought to dismiss Hillary Clinton and the other contenders for the 2008 Democratic nomination, I think it diminishes the real competition that is going on—and the real distinctions between the candidates. But the “clown car” line is going to be amplified as Donald Trump grabs for the wheel. Trump’s candidacy begins as a punchline, and it’s hard to imagine how it will end as anything other than that....
  • Trump: I'll spend "whatever it takes" to win

    06/18/2015 9:28:52 AM PDT · by Gollum24 · 102 replies
    The Howie Carr Show ^ | June 18, 2015 | Howie Carr
    Donald Trump tells Howie Carr his willing to spend "whatever it takes" to win the presidency.
  • Surprise: Obama Went to Fundraise Immediately After Statement on Charleston Massacre

    06/18/2015 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    The mass shooting that took place in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night is tragic beyond belief and the nation mourns for the victims and their families. While President Obama shared his grief in a press conference this afternoon, he also couldn’t resist turning the statement into a call for gun control.And then, quite predictably, he was off to fundraise and play golf. Pres Obama waves as he boards Air Force One embarking on 4 day trip to LA, SF & PSP for fundraising, a speech & golf. pic.twitter.com/Wg7FgAuLBw— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 18, 2015 Pres Obama wheels up en route...
  • Ted Cruz team looks beyond Iowa, New Hampshire

    06/10/2015 6:41:49 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/10/2015 | Katie Glueck
    He’s stuck in the middle of the pack in Iowa, lags in polls, and much of the GOP donor class views him with disdain. But Ted Cruz is embracing a novel strategy for winning the nomination: He’s lowering expectations in the early states while investing in later-voting states that hardly see a candidate before March. In the past week or so alone, the Texas senator has taken his presidential campaign to Michigan and Massachusetts, staffed up in New Jersey and Tennessee, and skipped an Iowa cattle call to stump in North Carolina — all states expected to vote in March,...
  • The myth of billionaires 'buying' elections(evil Koch Bros alert!)

    06/02/2015 6:49:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Rick Moran
    Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to decrying big money in politics. They demonize the Koch brothers but remain silent when it comes to the massive spending by labor unions. And the biggest hypocrite of them all is President Obama, who railed against the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision while raising a billion dollars for his re-election in 2012. The majority of that money came from Democratic whales who apparently didn't hear the president when he was lecturing America about the evil influence of billionaires on politics.
  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund 'Several' GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    05/24/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 24, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-24/koch-brothers-plan-to-fund-several-gop-2016-presidential-hopefuls?cmpid=yhoo
  • How #TedCruz and #2016 will get you to vote in the next election

    05/23/2015 9:21:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    USA Today's College | May 23, 2015 | Ethan Stoetzer, Rowan University, Glassboro
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://college.usatoday.com/2015/05/23/how-tedcruz-and-2016-will-get-you-to-vote-in-the-next-election/
  • Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

    05/22/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 22, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    The Clinton camp is scrambling to catch up.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive. Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week. In response to the disappointing numbers, Clinton...
  • How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights

    05/21/2015 7:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Nation ^ | The June 8, 2015 Issue | Ari Berman
    Fifty years ago, African-Americans were denied the right to vote. Now the vast majority of Americans are being denied the rightful value of their vote.In November 1963, Evelyn Butts, a seamstress and mother of three from Norfolk, Virginia,
filed the first lawsuit in federal court challenging her state’s $1.50 poll tax. Annie Harper, a retired domestic worker from Fairfax County, filed a companion suit five months later. In March 1966, the Supreme Court overruled two previous decisions and overturned Virginia’s poll tax, stating that economic status could not be an obstacle to casting a ballot. “Fee payments or wealth, like race,...
  • Ted Cruz Super PACs SMASHING Hillary’s PAC In Fundraising

    05/21/2015 3:07:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2014. | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Super PACs backing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz have raised more than double the PAC backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Priorities USA Action has managed to secure just $5 million in “hard commitments,” and expects to raise just $15 million through the end of June, reported The Wall Street Journal. The PAC is led by prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina. Super PACs backing Cruz raised more than twice that in a week. A Cruz associate told Bloomberg the group of PACs, formed in April, raised $31 million in their first week. “Cruz’s haul...
  • How Money Runs Our Politics

    05/16/2015 12:10:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Drew
    With each election come innovations in ways that the very rich donate and the candidates collect and spend increasingly large amounts of money on campaigns. And with each decision on campaign financing the current Supreme Court’s conservative majority, with Chief Justice John Roberts in the lead, removes some restrictions on money in politics. We are now at the point where, practically speaking, there are no limits on how much money an individual, a corporation, or a labor union can give to a candidate for federal office (though the unions can hardly compete). Today a presidential candidate has to have two...
  • Jeb Bush is destroying our laughable campaign finance laws

    05/14/2015 3:10:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | May 13, 2015 | Taegan Goddard
    We've seen a flurry of presidential campaign announcements over the last several weeks: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee. Oh my. But there's still at least one big notable absence. Jeb Bush, the first candidate to actually declare he was exploring a presidential bid, seems in no hurry to formally launch one. Instead, Bush has put in motion a plan that's effectively wrecking what's left of our flimsy campaign finance laws. Bush is taking the time before his formal announcement to build a super PAC that Politico says "would be...
  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men

    05/13/2015 10:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn’t the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. The freshman Republican senator from Texas has none of the moderate tendencies that financiers often prefer in presidential candidates. Cruz relishes his image as an anti-establishment figure and boasts of his aversion to compromise. He has vowed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan, commonly known as Obamacare. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from...