Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $4,302
Woo hoo!! And the first 4% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: fundraising

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • How the election revolution has arrived

    10/04/2015 9:52:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-4-15 | Robert Merry
    Without votes or caucuses, candidates are winnowed out A political revolution is taking place in America. The process of selecting party presidential candidates has been transformed in the last two or three election cycles. Now we have the early debates designed to drive poll numbers and tell us who’s “ahead” and who’s “behind,” who’s “gaining” and who’s “dropping.” Yet not a single vote has been taken, not a single voter has pulled a lever in a voting booth or gone to a single caucus. And yet candidates are being winnowed out. Take, for example, Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Is he...
  • Rand Paul campaign: Around $2.5 million raised in 3rd quarter

    10/02/2015 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Athena Jones
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign for president will announce in the coming days that it raised approximately $2.5 million in the third quarter and has $2 million cash on hand, Communications Director Sergio Gor said Thursday. That haul is just a fraction of the $20 million the campaign of retired brain surgeon Ben Carson says it is on track to post for the third quarter -- half of that money coming in in September alone. Paul's third quarter total is well under the $7 million the libertarian firebrand raised in the second quarter. Part of that money was transferred from...
  • Ted Cruz seeks to harness new weapon in 2016 money race: Small-dollar bundlers

    10/01/2015 7:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    Bundling campaign donations is no longer just for the well-heeled and well-connected. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is launching a social crowd-funding platform this week that encourages small donors to set up mini-fundraising operations by dangling video game-style badges and “secret events” as rewards. Dubbed CruzCrowd, the web-based system is effectively a mash-up of the two main drivers of political fundraising: small online giving and the bundling of large contributions. Supporters who sign up to be part of “the militia” will begin earning American Revolution-themed badges as they recruit new “patriots.” There is no minimum donation to participate. "The idea...
  • Third-degree Bern: Sanders nearly matches Hillary in latest quarterly fundraising

    10/01/2015 8:35:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    “Don’t look back,” Satchel Paige once advised, “something may be gaining on you.” For Hillary Clinton, that something is Bernie Sanders. The FEC filings from both campaigns show that donations to Team Hillary dropped substantially in the third quarter (called the second quarter in relation to campaign filings), allowing Sanders to muscle up to near-parity: As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders inch closer together in the polls, so it seems do their fundraising numbers.Clinton raised roughly $28 million in the second quarter of her presidential campaign, a Clinton campaign official familiar with Federal Election Commission filings said. This figure,...
  • Pro Ben Carson fundraising spikes after Muslim questioning

    09/22/2015 9:09:07 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 22, 2015 | Kelly Riddell
    The super PAC supporting neurosurgeon Ben Carson for GOP president has seen a surge of donations since his appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where Mr. Carson said he wouldn’t advocate for a Muslim to be president of the United States. “We sent out an email to Carson supporters, and we’ve never had an email raise so much money so quickly — it’s unbelievable,” said John Philip Sousa IV, who chairs the 2016 Committee super PAC. “My phone has exploded over the last 48 hours — of people wanting me to pass on to Dr. Carson how much they...
  • Heidi Cruz a Potent Weapon for Husband's Campaign

    09/14/2015 11:57:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 194 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 14, 2015 | Katie Zezima, The Washington Post
    PHOENIX — Heidi Cruz, investment banker and political spouse, stood outside a ballroom here, shaking hands and making small talk, working to close her most ambitious deal yet: getting her husband elected president. Cruz, 43, is a potent weapon for the presidential campaign of her husband, Sen. Ted Cruz. He relishes fighting with Democrats and Republicans; she is quick with a hug. He tries to galvanize voters; she spends hours on the phone, trying to persuade them to max out their donations. "Stylistically, I can soften him a little bit," Cruz, clad in navy leggings and black flats, Roberto Cavalli...
  • Jeb Bush just lost three key advisers. Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns

    08/29/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | August 29 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    There's another sign — if you needed one — that Jeb Bush is sucking wind in the Republican primary: Three top fundraisers from Bush's home base of Florida have left the campaign. The particulars of the split are up for debate, according to Politico's Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo, who broke the news. But regardless of the proximate cause, it's a big deal because it suggests two larger issues for Bush's campaign: He's dug a big hole and there's concern in his own camp that he won't be able to dig his way out. It also comes less than three...
  • Political Operatives Abandon Koch Network For Donald Trump

    08/28/2015 4:26:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Intercept ^ | August 27, 2015 | Lee Fang
    After investing a sizable fortune into building a political machine that now rivals the size and budgets of both major political parties, the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are seeing some of their top operatives take jobs with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The fact that many of Trump’s political positions are at odds with those of the Koch brothers does not seem to be a factor. Take Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, who spent many years of his career working for the Koch political network, first as an assistant at the Koch-led group Citizens for a...
  • A Top Walker Fundraiser Meets With Trump

    08/24/2015 3:36:42 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 54 replies ^ | Aug. 24, 2015 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    One of Scott Walker’s top fundraisers met with Donald Trump on Monday and discussed the possibility of leaving the Wisconsin governor’s camp to work for the GOP presidential front-runner’s campaign, the fundraiser and Mr. Trump said. Anthony Scaramucci, a national finance co-chairman for Mr. Walker’s campaign, said in a phone interview that the two discussed the possibility of his defecting to Mr. Trump
  • Top Democratic fundraisers invited to meet with Joe Biden at Naval Observatory

    08/24/2015 3:54:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2015 | Matea Gold
    Major Democratic fundraisers have been invited to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at his residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory after Labor Day, part of a series of conversations he is having with senior party players as he contemplates jumping into the 2016 race. Among the guests invited to the gathering are top bundlers who raised large sums for the Obama-Biden campaigns in 2008 and 2012, according to people familiar with the outreach. The sitdown is scheduled to take place during the week following Labor Day.
  • Meet Ted Cruz's top fundraiser: his wife

    08/21/2015 8:57:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 21, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Olive Branch, Mississippi (CNN)—Ted Cruz gushes about his wife, Heidi, on the campaign trail, telling an audience here that she is "beautiful, brilliant and my very best friend in the whole wide world." She's also something else: The best fundraiser in the Republican presidential candidate's corner. The senator's wife, a top executive at Goldman Sachs who is taking a leave to work at campaign headquarters, is effectively leading her husband's fundraising operation, running some weekly finance calls and pushing major donors to give the maximum they're allowed under federal law. It's a far cry from the caricatured profile of the...
  • Ted Cruz is Raising Money & Connecting With Voters & More Possible Classified Clinton Emails Surface

    08/19/2015 10:22:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | August 18, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Cruz Picking Up Money and Support According to the Dallas Morning News, Ted Cruz isn’t making things any easier for Rick Perry. Cruz has raised close to $900,000 from some of the same donors who donated to Perry’s 2012 campaign. Those same people have only donated a little over $370,000 to Perry this time. Cruz isn’t just raising money though, he is connecting with a lot of potential voters. With $14 million, Cruz’s campaign has raised more than any other Republican–he was the first candidate to officially declare, which gave him a head start on fundraising–and he’s dominated the market...
  • Bar fight breaks out at fundraiser to cover costs of funeral of man killed breaking up a bar fight

    08/18/2015 8:49:01 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 27 replies ^ | August 17, 2015
    At a fundraiser to help cover the funeral costs of a friend who died trying to stop a fight outside a Saskatoon bar, a group of young men ended up embroiled in a fight that led to two of them facing assault charges. It was a sad set of circumstances that concluded in Saskatoon provincial court on Thursday, with Christopher Godlien pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm. The second accused, Robbie Watier, previously pleaded guilty to assault in relation to the same incident. They were at Tequila Nightclub on the night of March 8, 2014, at a fundraiser for...
  • New York cellphone executive gives $250k to Ted Cruz super PAC

    08/17/2015 3:50:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Ben Nash, chief executive of PCS Wireless, is the man behind a mystery $250,000 donation to a super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, according to the New York Times. Nash donated $250,000 to Stand for Principle PAC in January through “V3 231 LLC,” a company registered in New York. Nash donated to Cruz because “he has been a strong supporter of Jewish issues,” company spokesman Robert Barletta told the Times. Nash, a former student of Jewish religious texts at Yeshiva, co-founded PCS Wireless in 2001 as a teenager.The company became a major global distributor of new and used...
  • Trump says he's prepared to spend $1 billion on campaign

    08/15/2015 7:12:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | August 16, 2015 | Eugene Scott
    Trump says he's prepared to spend $1 billion on campaign By Eugene Scott, CNN Updated 0202 GMT (0902 HKT) August 16, 2015 | Video Source: Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)—Donald Trump said Saturday that he's prepared to spend $1 billion on his campaign if necessary. "It's irrelevant," he said when asked by CNN's Jeremy Diamond outside the Iowa State Fair on how much he has spent so far on his campaign. "I make $400 million a year, so what difference does it make? What I want to do is make the country great." Pressed again later in the afternoon if he...
  • Donald Trump has an ace in the hole for dealing with attacks from his Republican rivals

    08/14/2015 2:43:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 14, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) released a video criticizing real-estate magnate Donald Trump for his past allegiances with Democratic candidates, Trump had a familiar response at the ready. "Recently, Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf," Trump said in a statement. "I easily beat him on the golf course and will even more easily beat him now, in the world in the politics." Then he added: "Senator Paul does not mention that after trouncing him in golf I made a significant donation to the eye center with which he is affiliated." Republican candidates are learning the hard...
  • Why Is Rick Perry Broke? His 2012 Donors Prefer Ted Cruz.

    08/13/2015 8:30:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott Bland, Stephanie Stamm and Andrew McGill
    The donors who gave to Perry's last presidential run have supplied more money to Cruz's campaign this time around.Rick Perry's campaign is in deep financial trouble. And fellow Texan Ted Cruz is part of the reason why. While Perry's near-broke campaign has stopped paying its staff, Cruz has dominated the chase for Texas dollars—even among the donors who fueled Perry's 2012 presidential campaign. According to a National Journal analysis of campaign-finance records, Perry 2012 donors have given over $895,000 to Cruz so far this year but only $376,000 (less than half) to Perry's 2016 campaign. Perry raised just over $1.1...
  • Rick Perry's Loss Is Ted Cruz's Gain

    08/12/2015 2:44:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | August 12, 2015 | Wade Goodwyn
    Tuesday, Rick Perry's campaign announced it could no longer pay his staffers around the country and released them to find other work. His fundraising had dried up. It's potentially an ignominious end to a noteworthy political career that spanned more than 30 years. Fundraising acumen was considered one of Perry's strong points four years ago when he belatedly announced his run for the White House and raised $17 million in the first seven weeks of his campaign. In 2015, it's a different story. His campaign is on the ropes and out of money. Not even Texas is solidly behind the...
  • Tom Kacich: Area, state donors spread campaign money around (Cruz in control!)

    08/12/2015 6:36:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Champaign News-Gazette ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tom Kacich
    Unlike the last two presidential elections when Barack Obama soaked up most of the local campaign contributions to presidential candidates, donors so far this year are splitting their money among about a half-dozen contenders. And while Hillary Clinton is the runaway leader in Illinois — she's collected $1.76 million statewide out of the $2.73 million going to the 14 presidential candidates who had filed disclosure reports through June — she's not even the leading Democratic recipient in East Central Illinois. In the ZIP codes that begin with the "618" prefix — which include most of Champaign, Vermilion and Piatt counties...
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz to release the names of his bundlers

    08/11/2015 3:59:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Memphis, Tennessee (CNN)—Ted Cruz said Tuesday that he expects to voluntarily disclose the names of people raising money for his presidential bid, reversing his campaign's previous position. The Texas Republican senator, who boasts in nearly every speech of his campaign's ability to raise cash, told CNN in an interview on his campaign bus that he would release the names of "bundlers" who collect checks from their networks and funnel them to the campaign. "We generally opt toward disclosure," Cruz said when asked why he previously had no plans to release the names. "The names of our bundlers are not terribly...
  • Perry falters as Cruz surges

    08/11/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | August 11, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    The Rick Perry campaign took another blow it absolutely did not need. Late Monday, National Journal reported that the former Texas governor's campaign has stopped paying its South Carolina staff. By Monday night, there were reports that all paid Perry staff had been taken off the payroll, and that the campaign's top brass gave staff the green light to apply for other jobs. "Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, the governor's South Carolina state director, told the National Journal. He told The Washington Post that "money is extremely tight" and that everyone "moved to volunteer status,"...
  • Ted Cruz raises more than $1 million online since debate

    08/10/2015 1:47:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 10, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $1.1 million since Thursday, figures his presidential campaign is pointing to as a surge in support following the first televised presidential debate. The Texas Republican on Monday issued a press release touting the fundraising and social media activity, and also appeared to tweak front-runner Donald Trump's "make America great again" campaign slogan. The Cruz campaign said it had received more than 10,000 contributions online averaging $54.77 each, with campaign web page views at 296,000; impressions from Facebook posts at 20.5 million and impressions from tweets at 12.3 million. "The wave of grassroots support is growing....
  • Ted Cruz’s litigious hedge fund backer emerges as top 2016 donor

    08/05/2015 2:12:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 5, 2015 | Emma Margolin
    Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has made clear he’s not afraid to lose friends and alienate people. There is one man, however, who’s unlikely to find himself on Cruz’s bad side anytime soon: An enigmatic hedge funder by the name of Robert Mercer, one of only a handful of billionaires who together have lifted Cruz out of the typically out-financed “base-candidate” category into his current status as a top-tier competitor. Federal Election Commission filings released last week showed that the 68-year-old Mercer, who earns his fortune as co-CEO of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, donated more than...
  • 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...
  • 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...