Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $69,787
79%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 79%!! Less than $18.5k to go!! Thank you all very much!! Let's git 'er done!!

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  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund 'Several' GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    05/24/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 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...
  • TED CRUZ: DC ESTABLISHMENT ‘TERRIFIED’ BY GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVES FUELING CAMPAIGN

    05/12/2015 5:58:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-12-15 | by BREITBART NEWS
    The Washington establishment is “terrified” by grassroots conservatives who are powering Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96% ’s (R-TX) presidential campaign with small-dollar donations. In an interview from South Carolina’s Freedom Summit that aired on Breitbart News Sunday, Cruz scoffed at a New York Times story that brushed off his chances of winning the GOP nomination because “Cruz has done nothing to endear himself to the elites.” Political scientists the Times interviewed after Cruz announced his candidacy in late March asserted that “the single most important determinant of the outcome of the nomination is the support from party elites” like donors, establishment...
  • Change of Heart? Hillary Clinton Courting Potential Super PAC Donors at California Meetings

    05/07/2015 1:15:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 7, 2015 | Fox News
    Hillary Clinton, just three weeks after blasting "unaccountable money" and calling for a campaign finance overhaul, reportedly met with potential donors to a super PAC backing her White House campaign Wednesday -- the first such face-to-face meetings held by a Democratic presidential candidate. The Wall Street Journal reported that Clinton met with a small group of potential donors to Priorities USA Action Wednesday in San Francisco. Campaign officials told the paper that she will take part in more such meetings, including one planned to take place in Los Angeles on Thursday. SNIP Jeff Bechdel, spokesman for the conservative America Rising...
  • This Boy Wonder Is Building the Conservative MoveOn.org in an Illinois Garage

    05/07/2015 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 7, 2015 | Julie Bycowicz
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-07/conservative-boy-wonder
  • Why 2016 candidates may not know when they’re beaten

    05/03/2015 9:41:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2015 | Bill Schneider
    Republicans have a problem for 2016: Too much money. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expects to raise $100 million by the end of this month. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised $31 million in one week. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida pulled in $40 million in pledges. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expects to raise $25 million by the end of June. As many as 14 other potential Republican candidates have also been busy raking in the dough. So have Democrats Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, though the Democratic race does not look as competitive as the GOP contest....
  • Boycott fires up after gay NYC hoteliers host Sen. Ted Cruz event

    04/24/2015 5:18:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    LGBT activists are urging a boycott of two openly gay New York hoteliers who hosted a controversial campaign event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The “Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments & Out NYC Hotel” page on Facebook, which had amassed nearly 4,000 likes by Friday, questions the conservative company that OutNYC owners Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner chose to keep. The page quotes a critical profile of Cruz written by the Human Rights Campaign. Weiderpass, the co-owner of the Hell’s Kitchen hotel, enraged LGBT activists when he posed for a photo with the Republican presidential hopeful during the Monday affair....
  • Rubio raking in big bucks from rich pro-amnesty Republicans by touting his “immigration record”...

    04/24/2015 5:32:46 AM PDT · by Bratch · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2015 | AllahPundit
    Full title:  Rubio raking in big bucks from rich pro-amnesty Republicans by touting his “immigration record” behind closed doors “Marco gives the same speech with donors that he does in public,” one Rubio advisor assured BuzzFeed. I’m sure he’s right. After all, when has Marco Rubio ever said different things to different audiences about his stance on immigration? I do think it’s safe to say that Rubio’s choosing his words carefully on this subject, even among friends in private settings. All it would take to blow him up for good on the right is a hidden smartphone recorder catching him crowing about amnesty,...
  • Donations to Ted Cruz come in chunks big and small, but much is murky ("Murky" compared to Hillary?)

    04/22/2015 9:37:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The money fueling Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president comes in both trickles and torrents. And the sources of much of it are murky. A hedge fund billionaire is reported to have poured $30 million into the cause isn’t talking. So it’s unclear why he picked Cruz and how much he’s willing to spend to keep the Texas Republican’s hopes alive as the race plays out. Nor will Cruz identify supporters who’ve agreed to raise up to $500,000 from their networks of friends and associates — bundlers who’ll be rewarded with special access to the candidate in coming months. “Some...
  • Ted Cruz Out-Fundraises Romney Suggesting Big Money Race

    04/17/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | April 16, 2015 | Russ Choma and Paul Lewis
    Ted Cruz is raising money for his presidential campaign at a significantly faster rate than Mitt Romney did four years ago, eclipsing the early total raised by the former Massachusetts governor who went on to win the Republican nomination in 2012. The conservative Texas senator, who is seeking to unite the Republicans’ tea party wing behind his White House run, raised $4.3 million during the final days of March – his first full week after declaring as a candidate for president. Cruz proved particularly popular with small donors, raising more in his first week from contributors giving $200 or less...
  • 46,871 donors in 50 states give $4 million to Ted Cruz’s presidential quest

    04/16/2015 10:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The $4 million that Sen. Ted Cruz collected in the first eight days of his presidential bid came from 46,871 donors in all 50 states, according to his campaign’s first Federal Election Commission filing. More than a third of that — about $1.5 million — came from donors who gave at least $2,700, the maximum allowed per election per person. Of that, more than $400,000 came from 38 couples who gave $2,700 each for the primary, and another $2,700 each for the general election, for a total of $10,800. General election funds can’t be touched unless Cruz wins the nomination....
  • New pro-Cruz PAC: “Make DC Listen”

    04/16/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    McClatchy DC - Truth to Power ^ | April 16, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, state director has left his post to run a political action committee that supports Cruz, “Make DC Listen.” John Drogin embraced one of Cruz’s signature stump speech lines, “Make DC listen,” in naming the PAC, which will support Cruz’s presidential campaign as well as other conservative non-presidential candidates. Drogin was Cruz’s campaign manager in 2012 when the little-known Cruz won a come-from-behind race to beat then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Senate. Drogin was earlier a press aide to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Americans are worried about the federal government’s crippling effect on jobs and opportunity,”...
  • Perry 'Advisory Board' Members Give Cash to Cruz's White House Bid

    04/16/2015 12:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    Ted Cruz hauled in more than $4 million during his first nine days as a formal presidential candidate—with help from a handful of Rick Perry's top donors. Five members of Perry's leadership PAC advisory board contributed to Cruz's presidential campaign in late March, a National Journal review of Federal Election Commission records found. San Antonio auto dealer Red McCombs, Austin oil executive Ben "Bud" Brigham, Houston chemical company executive Steven P. Mach, retired Houston technology executive Holloway Frost, and Houston Republican Kathaleen Wall each wrote four-figure checks to Cruz's campaign in late March. Those five donors were also among the...
  • Inside Scott Walker’s Secret Brain Trust

    04/16/2015 3:01:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 16, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    These days behind every great man is a great think tank. And Scott Walker is no exception. The 2011 protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining overhaul made for an emotionally challenging day for one intern. The intern in question was working for a conservative think tank called the MacIver Institute, and his superiors sent him up to the capitol with a video camera to tape the protesters at their wackiest. When one protester spotted him and realized who he was with, he gave chase, yelling profanity. “I felt bad,” said Brett Healey, the president of the MacIver institute, who...
  • Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties

    04/16/2015 2:14:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Six months ago, I would have told you that April 15, the date when campaigns report their first-quarter fund-raising tallies, could be one of the most interesting early milestones of the Republican primary season. I think I even told my boss, admittedly with hyperbole, that the Q1 report of a year preceding a presidential election was the most important fund-raising report in American politics. In 2007, it was when we learned that Barack Obama could match the supposedly inevitable Hillary Rodham Clinton in fund-raising, and that John McCain wasn’t a real front-runner for the Republican nomination (although he managed to...
  • Hedge-fund magnate backing Cruz is major investor in Breitbart News Network

    04/13/2015 12:59:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Politico's Dylan Byers On Media ^ | April 13, 2015 | Dylan Byers
    The Long Island-based hedge-fund magnate who is helping bankroll Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign for the Republican nomination is also one of the top investors in the Breitbart News Network, sources with knowledge of the matter told the On Media blog on Monday. Robert Mercer, the co-CEO of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, is the main donor behind a network of pro-Cruz super PACs that have raised at least $31 million to date, according to a recent New York Times report. Mercer has spent more than $15 million on conservative political campaigns and causes since 2012. What the Times report did not...
  • Totally Eye-Popping [Cruz's fundraising]

    04/11/2015 10:11:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 12, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that a presidential candidate demonstrates an ability to raise enough money to effectively reach the “inhabitants of America” with his political message? On Friday, National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show took a further drag on our tax dollars to take incredulous note of the fact that four Super PACs supportive of Republican Ted Cruz’s campaign for president declared having collected, collectively, $31 million. One of Diane’s guests, Neal King, Jr., with the Wall Street Journal, explained that all four PACs associated with the Cruz effort sport the “Keep the Promise”...
  • REPORT: This billionaire hedge funder is quietly bankrolling Ted Cruz's campaign

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

    04/11/2015 12:56:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KNRS-FM Talk Radio ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rod Arquette
    You probably guessed it...Ted Cruz! At least if we're going solely by the measuring stick of fund raising. Yes Cruz announced his candidacy not much earlier than Paul did, but still he's managed an astounding $31 million in a single week! Which has really turned a lot of heads. Including a good number of people in more traditionally liberal news outlets... (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Notice how they're trying to pin so much of this on the citizens united case? As though that one supreme court decision has allowed for the rise of a principled conservative with real values and beliefs to occur. Only...
  • Cruz Is Suddenly a Player, Thanks to Reclusive Backer

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

    04/10/2015 10:21:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    Ted Cruz has hit pay dirt — and he might have Jeb Bush to thank. In his first week as a presidential candidate, the Texas senator raked in more than $4 million for his campaign account, including $1.5 million from major donors, and he has already brought in hundreds of thousands more dollars since. A herd of super PACs supporting Cruz brought in another $31 million, Bloomberg reported Wednesday — an eye-popping sum that has stunned more than a few competing Republicans. Bush, a former Florida governor whose powerful family has deep roots in Texas, has factored prominently into Cruz's...
  • Ted Cruz super PACs: A new era of political fundraising

    04/09/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | MJ Lee and Jeremy Diamond
    Ted Cruz backers have ushered in a new era for super PACs. Supporters of the Texas Republican presidential candidate made a bombshell announcement this week — that a network of four affiliated super PACs will have raised an eye-popping $31 million by the end of the week. The disclosure, coming within weeks of Cruz launching his campaign for president, has sent deep ripples through the political fundraising world. The idea of not one, but multiple, affiliated super PACs ostensibly working together to haul in donations for the same presidential candidate is unprecedented, campaign finance experts say. Veteran fundraisers point out...
  • Billionaire backer of Art Robinson now reportedly a chief funder of Ted Cruz presidential campaign

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

    04/09/2015 11:56:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | April 9, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is classic, too. You know these two guys, Heilemann and Mark Halperin, that we talk about a lot here? They've got this Internet show at Bloomberg, and they're classic. Halperin may be a little bit more informed about us than your average Drive-By Media person, but it doesn't do him much good. These are the two guys that write campaign books. They learn all the stuff that would kill a Democrat candidate, and they hold it for after the election for their book, it's those two guys. Halperin used to be at ABC, political director, whatever....
  • Cruz control: post announcement edition

    04/09/2015 11:31:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday Ed shared the news that the community of political experts was rather gobsmacked to find out that PACs associated with Texas Senator Ted Cruz had brought in a “record haul” in no time flat following his campaign announcement. While it would be lovely to pretend that money in politics doesn’t mean all that much and what really counts is grassroots support and a solid message, that’s simply not true. Does anyone really think Mitt Romney would have survived the 2012 fight without the mountains of cash behind him, both internally and through associated PACs? That’s a doubtful proposition at...
  • Ted Cruz super PAC $31 million fundraising causes shock and awe (Even former Perry & Dubya donors)

    04/08/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 8, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    According to a Wednesday story in Bloomberg, the Ted Cruz for President Campaign has let it be known that a group of super PACs associated with the campaign expects to have $31 million in the bank by Friday. This feat is impressive considering that the Cruz campaign is not even two weeks old, and the super PACs in question were formed just this week. In the political fundraising game, this is what is called shock and awe. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is likely to be the champion fund raiser on the Republican side. But the news of Cruz’s feat,...
  • Ted Cruz's Fundraising Hauls Are Off The Charts

    04/08/2015 11:51:32 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 8, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    <p>Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – the first Republican hopeful to put his name forward – has long maintained that only by mobilizing the conservative grassroots can the GOP hope to reclaim the White House in 2016. He has explicitly said that primary-goers looking for a candidate that will toe the party line, and buckle to the whims of the establishment, should look elsewhere. As a result, he has pledged not to fund his campaign with funds obtained from lobbyists or crony capitalists, and therefore must tap into the generosity and support of ordinary Americans to get his campaign off the ground.</p>
  • Cruz courts Jewish voters at posh Passover retreat

    04/08/2015 9:30:00 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 08, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Cruz is scheduled to address a high-dollar Passover getaway at the five-diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in California today. Prices for stays at the luxury hotel range from $5,600 to $11,000.
  • Cruz SuperPACs Surprise Friends, Enemies with Record Haul

    04/08/2015 9:00:43 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-08-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    When Ted Cruz announced he’d run for president, there were some self-declared experts who said he’d have a hard time competing because he wouldn’t be able to raise enough money. Well, think again: "Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business. "An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday." That’s $31 million in less than a week. We already know that the eventual Republican...
  • Quotes of the day (Ted Cruz surge edition)

    04/02/2015 8:35:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 2, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush continues to lead the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, but one candidate is making moves. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the only GOP hopeful to formally announced his candidacy thus far, has shot up in the rankings in a new CBS News poll. Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed said that they would consider voting for Cruz in March, up 14 points from when the same question was asked a month ago. By comparison, 51 percent said they would vote for Bush, just two percent higher than did in February. *** Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $4...
  • What Ted Cruz’s Early Fund-Raising Means, and Doesn’t

    04/02/2015 10:13:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | April 2, 2015 | Derek Willis
    Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, raised nearly $4 million in the eight days after he announced his presidential campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal. What’s important about that number is that almost all of it came in amounts of less than $100. That’s a big change for Mr. Cruz. During his Senate run in 2012, 80 percent of the money he collected from individuals were in donations of $200 or more, the threshold for when donor’s names are listed on Federal Election Commission reports. Assuming The Journal’s report is correct that about 95 percent of the donations raised...
  • Ted Cruz Raises $2 Million in First 3 Days of 2016 Campaign

    03/27/2015 7:06:18 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/27/2015 | Breitbart News
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, the first major Republican candidate to declare his White House candidacy, raised $2 million during the first three days of his presidential campaign — as his team deployed a mix of complex social-media strategy and behavioral analytics to reach and sway potential donors.Hours before his announcement speech Monday in Lynchburg, Va., Cruz tweeted the news that he was running for president. That day, he had 5.7 million interactions on Facebook. So far, nearly two-thirds of his fundraising haul has flowed in through the Internet, aided behind the scenes by a team of data scientists who...
  • Ted Cruz doubles fundraising goals in first week as official 2016 candidate

    03/27/2015 9:10:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    politico..com ^ | 3/27/15 | Katie Glueck
    In his first week as a presidential candidate, Ted Cruz raked in $2 million, doubling his team’s initial goal of $1 million for the time period. The Texas Republican, who officially announced his bid for president on Monday, had pulled in that figure by Thursday night, his aides confirmed. He hit the initial $1 million goal early Tuesday morning, hours after announcing, his team said, the result in part of a swanky New York City fundraiser Monday night and online donations. Cruz, a favorite of the conservative grassroots, won’t be the pick of GOP establishment megadonors and still faces an...
  • Ted Cruz's Rollout Breaks the Rules, Scores a Quick Million

    03/25/2015 1:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Catanese
    Donations to Ted Cruz's campaign, during his presidential announcement.Ted Cruz's entire decision of whether to jump-start his presidential candidacy at the end of a fundraising quarter hinged on the ability to raise $1 million in the first week. The Texas senator ended up hitting that milestone in just over a day. Fueled by a team of 10 data scientists who are tasked with conducting real-time analysis of prospective supporters, the reach of and return on Cruz's rollout has already exceeded the initial expectations of even the campaign's top advisers. While initial media reports detailed Cruz raising $500,000 on the first...
  • Here’s How Much Money You Have To Raise To Be A Ted Cruz Bundler

    03/25/2015 11:50:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    In the last two days, big-money Republican donors have received information about the benefits they could receive for raising tens of thousands of dollars for the presidential campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz has already raised $500,000 after announcing Monday he is running for president. NBC News reports that 60 percent of his donations have come from large donors, while 40 percent have come from online donations. According to a three-page pamphlet sent out by Cruz for President and obtained by The Daily Caller, voters who raise at least $500,000 for the Texas Republican will be considered a co-chair...
  • Ted Cruz Raises Half a Million In First Day As Presidential Candidate

    03/25/2015 11:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 24, 2015 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    In the first day that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is an official presidential candidate, his campaign raised $500,000 - a solid haul for a candidate who is in the bottom tier of polls and has been overshadowed by prolific fundraisers former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The totals include a fundraising event he held in New York City Monday night, just hours after delivering his announcement speech to the Christian conservative student body at Liberty University. His campaign said 60 percent of funds came from large donors and 40 percent from online donations. One advantage of...
  • A mighty fundraising operation awaits Clinton, as well as financial hurdles

    03/19/2015 5:12:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2015 | Matea Gold
    ".....Clinton has kept her distance from Priorities USA Action, the super PAC slated to serve as the major outside support for her campaign. That has frustrated some Democratic operatives, who say donors have been reluctant to make big pledges to the group until they get a clear signal from the former secretary of state. The money spigot is expected to open once Clinton announces her candidacy next month. There have been initial discussions about having her and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, take part in fundraising events for the super PAC, say Democrats familiar with the plans. Without a...
  • Which candidates are Evangelicals leaning toward?

    03/17/2015 12:44:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 17, 2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The support of the Evangelical community is hardly decisive, even in a Republican presidential primary. Otherwise, Pat Robertson and Mike "Diabetes Cure" Huckabee might be president. Nevertheless, it's a solid voting bloc, and if there is no clear Republican frontrunner, they can be influential, especially in places like Iowa, which hosts the first caucuses in the nation. A significant organizer in this election cycle is Evangelical leader David Lane. [snip] Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal seem to be tight with him. [snip] Rand Paul even credits Mr. Lane with helping him find God. [snip] There was no substantive mention of...
  • Scott Walker PAC: Jeb Bush is not the only one who can raise money

    03/16/2015 6:11:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Super Talk 99.7 ^ | March 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on an ambitious mission this spring to scoop up major GOP donors ahead of a likely presidential run and send the early message that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doesn’t have a monopoly on the country’s deep-pocketed Republicans — and his backers say his plan is working. So far the expedition has been successful enough that Republicans not involved with his political effort have noticed, and several GOP operatives in Bush’s orbit conceded to CNN it’s clear a substantial chunk of GOP financiers have taken a liking to him. Walker’s PAC, Our...
  • Campaign rules pinch Christie, Walker harder [kill off campaign donations, kill off threat]

    03/15/2015 2:16:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Day ^ | March 15, 2015 | JEANNE CUMMINGS
    This summer, right when the presidential primary fundraising season is in full bloom, the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to make running for president harder for some candidates than for others. In fact, that's already the case. Republican Govs. Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker are off limits to some financial industry donors. "Pay to play" rules restrict the governors' ability to accept contributions from investment advisers who work with state and local governments on pensions and bond deals. An SEC ruling could significantly expand that pool of prohibited contributors by July. The original SEC "pay-to-pay" rule took...
  • Judicial Watch: Obama Family’s 2014 Christmas Vacation in Hawaii Cost Taxpayers $3,672,798 in...

    03/10/2015 11:41:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 10, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Obama Family’s 2014 Christmas Vacation in Hawaii Cost Taxpayers $3,672,798 in Transportation Expenses Martha’s Vineyard August, 2014 Vacation Cost $400,666.30 in Transportation $2,425,085.50 were Spent in Transportation Expenses for Obama’s July, 2014 West Coast Fundraising TripObama Hawaii Christmas vacations over the past three years have cost taxpayers $15,540,515.10 in travel expenses alone; (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that the Obama family’s 2014 Christmas vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, cost taxpayers $3,672,798 in flight expenses alone. Christmas in Hawaii is an annual tradition for...
  • The Clinton Foreign Fundraising Machine

    03/10/2015 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/10/2015 | Rich Lowry
    Not so long ago, President Barack Obama and the rest of the Democratic party were obsessed with the possible taint of foreign money. They saw it everywhere, even where it didn’t exist. They couldn’t stop talking about it. They practically ran their 2010 midterm campaign against foreign dollars, especially the phantom threat of secret, illegal donations funneled through the Chamber of Commerce. They called it, breathlessly, “stealing our democracy.” Well, that was a more innocent time, back before the party was poised to nominate a presidential candidate, namely Hillary Clinton, directly connected to foreign dollars. For the Clintons, raising foreign...
  • News roundup: Jeb Bush asks donors not to give too much -- well, $1 million or less

    03/05/2015 5:44:07 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03/05/2015 | Thomas Burr and Erica Palmer
    Jeb Bush asks donors not to give too much -- well, $1 million or less. Lawmakers, LDS officials and LGBT leaders unveil anti-discrimination bill. Mitt Romney disses Utah GOP over caucus plans.
  • Publicly funded Iron Range board is deep into DFL politics, policy (MN)

    03/01/2015 6:57:30 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 13 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 1, 2015 | Jennifer Bjorhus
    EVELETH, Minn. – Workers in a call center on Minnesota’s Iron Range don headsets each day knowing their employer’s core business: Get Democrats elected. For years, prominent Democratic candidates and political groups have used the obscure center tucked among hills and pines to canvass and raise money from small donors. DFL organizations, state and national, have paid the phone bank’s current and former owners about $80 million over the last decade, campaign records show. The call center relocated to Eveleth in 2006 thanks in part to a $625,000 loan from a unique state agency called the Iron Range Resources and...