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  • Indian-Americans backing Donald Trump to campaign in New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 9:32:24 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | February 4, 2016 | PTI
    A decision in this regard was taken by the newly formed 'Indian Americans for Trump 2016' - a political action committee - at its meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday. A group of Indian-Americans supporting Donald Trump have decided to campaign and run advertisements in New Hampshire after the Republican presidential front-runner suffered a shock defeat in Iowa. A decision in this regard was taken by the newly formed 'Indian Americans for Trump 2016' - a political action committee - at its meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday. "To turn out Indian Americans in New Hampshire to vote for Donald...
  • Sarah Palin's PAC spent $1.4 million in 2015, gave just $23,500 to campaigns

    02/04/2016 4:26:07 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 184 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin launched her political action fund, Sarah PAC, in 2009 with the stated purpose "to help elect principled conservative leaders" across the country. But the latest Federal Election Commission filing indicates that money raised in small contributions by Sarah PAC is going to consultants, speech-writing services, direct-mail appeals, as well as stays by Palin in fancy hotels. Sarah PAC raised $950,000 in 2015, spent a total of $1.4 million, and donated just 23,500 to 45 campaigns. It also...
  • George Soros donates $8 million to boost Hillary

    01/31/2016 9:38:19 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    George Soros in December donated $6 million to the leading super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, marking the return of the billionaire financier as among the biggest givers in all of American politics. The massive check brings to $8 million the Hungarian-born investor's total 2015 giving to pro-Clinton groups. The super PAC that received the $6-million check, Priorities USA Action, raised $25 million in the second half of 2015, according to a report it filed Sunday evening with the Federal Election Commission. The haul brings the PAC’s tally to $41 million for the year, and left it with a...
  • Presidential super PACs lost steam in second half of 2015

    01/31/2016 5:13:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2016 7:33 PM EST | Julie Bykowicz and Chad Daly
    Sunday is the first time in six months that the public has learned the names of the biggest donors in presidential politics. These contributors give to super political action committees that can accept unlimited amounts of money and are aligned with specific candidates. The 15 major party candidates in the race also are due to file year-end fundraising reports on Sunday. They have until midnight. ...
  • Cruz presidential bid aided by billionaire donors

    01/25/2016 10:37:10 AM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 52 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2016 | JULIE BYKOWICZ
    Four of America’s wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz’s now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors. With just over a week until voters get their first say, the 45-year-old Texas senator known as a conservative warrior has been ascendant. The $36 million committed last year by these donor families is now going toward television, radio and online advertisements, along with direct mailings and get-out-the-vote efforts in early primary states. The donors’ super political action committees sponsored rallies Saturday in Iowa featuring Cruz and conservative personality Glenn Beck. The state holds the leadoff caucuses...
  • Upset Republican donors: Have we wasted our money?

    01/13/2016 2:26:20 PM PST · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 13, 2016 | Jonathan Swan
    Major GOP donors and fundraisers are wondering whether they’re wasting their money on super-PACs. They say they’re not ready to abandon the super-PACs, but they’re starting to look for ways to make them more effective during a presidential cycle that has challenged conventions about how to spend political donations. GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s relatively cheap campaign — contrasted with the millions of dollars spent on behalf of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker and Rick Perry — has left donors, fundraisers and conservative leaders questioning the value of super-PACs, which got a boost from the 2010 Supreme Court decision that...
  • Pro-Cruz super PAC rips Rubio on immigration and national security in new ad

    01/13/2016 7:41:58 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/13/16 | Alex Isenstadt
    A pro-Ted Cruz super PAC is out with a searing new TV ad invoking ISIS and the San Bernardino terrorist attacks and suggesting that Marco Rubio's efforts to pass an immigration reform bill are imperiling national security. The commercial, from the group Stand for Truth, is the latest in a series of anti-Rubio ads that have homed in on the Florida senator's work on the so-called Gang of Eight bill, a bipartisan 2013 effort to pass immigration legislation through the Senate. "We are at war - not just abroad, but here at home. With the clear and present threat of...
  • Politics Ted Cruz is running an well-organized campaign. His super PACs — not so much.

    01/11/2016 9:00:46 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2016 | Matea Gold and Katie Zezima
    Texas billionaire Darwin Deason and his son Doug are contemplating giving millions to help Ted Cruz win the White House. But first the Dallas investors need to sort out which super PAC should get their money. At least eight independent political groups are jockeying to support Cruz now that he has risen in the polls as perhaps the strongest challenger to front­runner Donald Trump. The dynamic has confused wealthy donors and brought disarray to the otherwise orderly political operation that surrounds the freshman senator from Texas. “We’re trying to figure out who has the best management team, the most efficient...
  • NH staff at pro-Carson super PAC quits to volunteer for Cruz

    01/11/2016 6:39:12 AM PST · by Isara · 24 replies
    WMUR ^ | Jan 11, 2016 | John DiStaso
    'Five paid staffers' last day was Sunday, call Cruz a 'conservative who can win'MANCHESTER, N.H. - All five paid New Hampshire staffers at the pro-Ben Carson 2016 Committee super PAC quit their posts on Sunday to become volunteers for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, WMUR.com has learned.Jerry Sickles of Keene, the spokesman for the staff, said he and the other four staffers recently came to the conclusion that Cruz is the conservative most able to win the GOP presidential nomination and the presidency. He also noted that Carson has spent very little time campaigning in New Hampshire, which became...
  • Cruz Super PAC Uses Rubio’s Own Ad Against Him

    01/04/2016 9:50:03 AM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 4, 2016 | Zeke J Miller
    A super PAC supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is blasting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's attitude toward foreign policy in a new ad appearing on Snapchat.The 10-second spot by Keep the Promise I, one of a network of similarly named outside groups backing Cruz, juxtaposes the fight against ISIS and the need to stand up to Iran with a humorous video spot released by Rubio's campaign before one of last year's debates in which he was discussing his fantasy football picks.“Yeah, I know I have a debate, but I've got to get this fantasy football thing right,” Rubio says...
  • 'Super Pacs' Supporting Ted Cruz Plan $1 Million Advertising Buy

    12/31/2015 3:32:12 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 100 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/31/2015 | Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin
    A string of allied “super PACs” supporting the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is planning a $1 million television, digital and radio advertising buy in the early voting states, with the heaviest spending in Iowa, a spokeswoman for the group said. The super PACs, both collectively and individually called Keep the Promise, are flush with cash, and this spending is the biggest investment in television advertising that any of them have made this year. The ad buy includes television advertising in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. By midday Thursday, $700,000 was reserved for television time...
  • Ted Cruz Finds Support for His Opposition to Corn Subsidies

    12/30/2015 9:09:11 AM PST · by Isara · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    ...Senator Ted Cruz, already under attack in Iowa for opposing government support for ethanol, has won the support of an out-of-state conservative leader, Ken Cuccinelli II, who on Tuesday aimed an unusually blistering attack on "Big Corn"......"The Governor of Iowa is a Big Corn cheerleader, and his son is running a super PAC hitting Cruz for not bowing to worship Big Corn..." wrote Mr. Cucinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia.He described an agricultural forum in Iowa early in the year attended by presidential hopefuls as a "Big corn kiss up confab."Mr. Cruz is leading Iowa polls of likely Republican...
  • Cruz super PAC tweaks Rubio in new ad

    12/21/2015 7:28:32 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/21/15 | Katie Glueck
    A super PAC backing Ted Cruz is going up with a new, six-figure digital ad buy targeting voters in the four early-voting primary states, as well as in Mississippi, Georgia and in Alabama, where Cruz just finished a weekend campaign swing.The minute-long spot, called "Trust," was produced by Keep the Promise I, in collaboration with Keep the Promise PAC, part of a cluster of super PACs supporting the Texas senator's presidential bid. The ad, which features voter testimonials, also takes an oblique swipe at Marco Rubio, a rival Republican presidential candidate with whom Cruz has been increasingly sparring over immigration...
  • The Ted Cruz Story (New Video)

    12/08/2015 8:14:35 PM PST · by Isara · 47 replies
    American Clarion ^ | December 8, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    This new video from GotNews comes one of the super PACs supporting Ted Cruz for president. If you haven't read Ted Cruz's book "A Time For Truth" or otherwise gotten to know the most conservative presidential candidate running in 2016, this is a good introduction. It starts out with Ted's father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, talking about growing up in Cuba and watching that country sink into Marxism. Like our current Marxist-in-Chief, Fidel Castro came to power talking of hope and change, only to declare war on liberty and oppress his own people.Ted's Aunt Sonia suffered under the heel of despotism...
  • Pro-Cruz Super PAC Seeks to Capitalize on Polling Gains

    12/08/2015 7:51:35 AM PST · by Isara · 1 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Dec. 8, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Sept. 3, 2015. (Photo by Laura Buckman) A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is seeking to capitalize on his recent gains in polling with a new online ad and mail pieces introducing the Republican presidential candidate to voters in Iowa as well as South Carolina. Keep the Promise I, one of four main super PACs backing the Texas senator, announced Tuesday the groups are spending over $600,000 on the new push, which comes as Cruz looks more and more like a top-tier candidate nationally and in...
  • Ted Cruz Super PAC Responds To Rubio Attack

    11/25/2015 9:20:05 AM PST · by Isara · 19 replies
    Red State ^ | November 25th, 2015 | streiff
    Yesterday we reported on how a Super PAC that has apparently supports Senator Marco Rubio has taken up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s attack line against Senator Ted Cruz. Back in July, Ted Cruz was one of a super-majority of senators who voted to curtail the ability of the NSA to bulk collect the phone use data of Americans. In the wake of the Paris attack, Rubio perceives there is a) a disadvantage to Cruz in his vote and b) highlight that vote and painting Cruz as “weak on terrorism” will work to Rubio’s advantage. I suppose there are GOP...
  • Cruz super-PAC makes big South Carolina play

    11/23/2015 4:12:26 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 23, 2015 | Jonathan Swan
    A super-PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making its biggest investment to date, installing a data-driven grassroots operation in early-voting South Carolina.Keep the Promise PAC has hired 14 full-time field directors and county organizers in the state, which holds one of the nation's first primary contests, the group said in a statement. Recruited to lead the South Carolina team is former state Rep. Dan Tripp (R), who had spearheaded efforts there for the now-defunct presidential campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. "This significant investment in South Carolina is indicative of the growing national support for Sen. Cruz," Tripp...
  • Is Ted Cruz the Real GOP Frontrunner? (Cruz wins money race, takes Walker, Perry donors)

    11/13/2015 7:23:53 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 13, 2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    Polls can be deceiving, but money talks. According to fundraising, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is the frontrunner in the GOP presidential race. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have raked in the cash from big and small donors, respectively, but only Ted Cruz has both a strong and balanced appeal. At this point in the presidential race, the money a candidate has raised, and from whom, may be a stronger indicator of longevity than his or her position in the “horse race” polls. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry had a rich super PAC, but his lack...
  • Team Jeb Bush Prepares to Hand Ted Cruz the Republican Nomination

    11/10/2015 2:03:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    Red State ^ | November 10, 2015 | Eric Erickson
    "As revenge for their 'boy' becoming his own man, Mike Murphy intends to destroy Sen. Marco Rubio." Here is something you need to know to this morning - Jeb Bush's Super PAC ads have been terrible. They have not helped Jeb Bush at all. In fact, more Republican primary voters say they would never vote for Jeb Bush than say the same about Donald Trump. Here is something else you should know - Team Bush premised his strategy on keeping Sen. Marco Rubio out of the race. Bush announced early that he intended to run, then stockpiled his Super PAC...
  • Inside the abandoned plans of Ted Cruz's super PACs

    11/09/2015 11:54:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/09/2015 | By Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Ted Cruz enjoys millions of dollars in super PAC money but he may have to wait until after the first round of primaries before he can reap the benefits of that unlimited cash. The Keep the Promise set -- four super PACs which have collected more than $38 million to independently support Cruz's surging bid -- is struggling to show signs of life that can satisfy budding external pressure from both the official campaign and other Cruz allies. Keep the Promise II, the group funded with $10 million from Houston investor Toby Neugebauer, has not reserved any television time and...
  • Cruz PAC ad: Rubio looks good on TV, 'but that's about it'

    11/06/2015 10:58:57 AM PST · by Isara · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/15 | Curt Mills
    Rubio or Cruz, which one do you trust? (Watch the ad video) A super PAC allied with Ted Cruz is calling into question Marco Rubio's credentials as a conservative with a new ad that reminds viewers that Rubio was once an advocate of comprehensive immigration reform. The Courageous Conservatives PAC lauds Rubio's deft handling of rival Jeb Bush, but says other than that and his support for immigration reform, there's not much else to the Florida senator. "What's Rubio ever done? Anything at all? Anything at all besides amnesty?" the voiceover for the ad asks. "After Sandy Hook, Ted Cruz...
  • Super PAC Makes Super Radio Buy For Cruz.

    11/04/2015 8:39:07 PM PST · by Isara · 7 replies
    Inside Radio ^ | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    Conservative super PAC Keep the Promise I has made a $1 million radio ad buy to support presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The spots, which will run through the end of 2015, are part of a concerted effort by Cruz backers to double down on radio to deliver their message heading into the early stages of primary season. According to Kantar Media/CMAG Competitive data, Cruz and his PACs allocated virtually all of their broadcast dollars to radio in October and November and have committed to do the same in December. The focus of the 15-second nationwide spots tout how the Texas...
  • Super PAC Fires Cruz Missile at Boehner

    11/03/2015 9:21:59 AM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 03 Nov 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    John Boehner's House speaker seat is barely cold — but that's not stopping Sen. Ted Cruz's supporters from airing a radio ad ripping the former GOP presiding officer on Capitol Hill. In the ad, paid for by a super PAC backing the Texas Republican who is running for president, a female narrator refers to Boehner once taking a mildly profane swipe at Cruz, The Washington Post reports. The narrator, who identifies herself as a mother of two, complains Boehner "attacked Ted Cruz, referring to him as a pain in the you know what because of his bold actions fighting to...
  • New pro-Cruz radio ads tout record on religion, guns and Senate showdowns

    11/03/2015 7:58:21 AM PST · by Isara · 6 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 3, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–A super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign released seven radio ads praising the senator’s record on gun ownership, religious expression and fighting Republican leadership in Congress. Produced by super PAC Keep the Promise I, the ads are part of a previously announced $1 million campaign, and will run through the end of 2015 on Christian and conservative radio networks and talk shows. Each ad features one narrator–two mothers, a veteran or a hunter–explaining why he or she supports and trusts Cruz....The ads echo Cruz’s own pitch for the presidency. He often claims he’s the only presidential candidate in...
  • POLITICO Tries To Troll Cruz Campaign

    11/03/2015 11:56:24 AM PST · by Isara · 4 replies
    Red State ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | streiff
    On Friday, the Washington Post ran a story that can only show the credulousness of their political reporters… or the extent to which they are willing to pass on propaganda as news. If you recall, on Thursday, US News published a leaked donor presentation that showed the Bush campaign was in deep trouble in Iowa. This is the kind of thing that happens in floundering campaigns. Bad information starts leaking from every pore and seam. The Washington Post came to a different conclusion. They determined that the Bush campaign was using clever campaign jiu-jitsu: The “leak,” like so many “leaks,”...
  • Tribune Reporter: Ted Cruz declares war on 'liberal media' — so I declare war on Ted Cruz

    10/29/2015 9:18:53 PM PDT · by IncPen · 127 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/29/15 | Rex Huppke
    I am sorry to have to do this, but as a representative of the mainstream media, I hereby declare war on GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. In the media's defense, Cruz started it. Literally. -- snip -- Strap on your boots, Teddy boy. We're comin' for ya now. And we've got the weapon you fear the most: the truth.
  • Trump Super PACs being shut down by Trump

    10/24/2015 4:52:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This particular campaign story arc has been rolling out over the course of the week but it’s looking like a smart move on the part of The Donald. Part of his appeal to those preferring an outsider candidate is the fact that Trump will largely self-fund his campaign (with the more recent addition of accepting private, small donor dollars) leaving him free of the influence of the Big Dollar. But some Super PACs popped up which have been supporting the real estate mogul, some with ties to his business empire. This has drawn a lot of criticism in the...
  • Trump Tells His Super PAC to Give Back Money, As He's Seen More Likely to Be the Republican Nominee

    10/23/2015 7:03:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Donald Trump has told people to stop giving money to his PACs and he's asked the PACs to give the money back. Donald Trump doesn't want anybody to think that money is influencing anything he's doing, other people's money. Now, a PAC, a candidate cannot coordinate with a PAC. The PACs raise money and do with it what they want, supposedly without any contact with the candidate. It's expressly forbidden by law. Now, we know that laws have never stopped people. There have been allegations over the years that there's been coordination. But Trump is actually saying, "Give the...
  • Trump Supporter, Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Starts $150M Super PAC

    10/22/2015 1:02:37 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 24 replies
    upi.com ^ | October 22, 2015
    Billionaire investor and longtime Donald Trump supporter Carl Icahn announced he is launching a $150 million super PAC to revise corporate tax law. Trump has indicated Icahn may be his choice for Treasury secretary should he win his bid for president. Icahn, in a letter to House and Senate leaders, said he wants Congress to pass legislation that will stop U.S. companies from moving profits overseas for lower tax rates, formally known as corporate tax inversions. He said lawmakers must be "accountable for the current gridlock in Congress that prevents important legislation from being passed." "In the last few years...
  • Jeb Bushs PAC Strategist: Donald Trump Is Dead Politically, Just A Zombie

    10/20/2015 7:14:22 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 20, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    A top supporter of Gov. Jeb Bush is saying the GOPs 2016 frontrunner, Donald Trump, is dead politically and wont be president of the United States, despite being at the top of the polls. Trump is a false zombie front-runner. Hes dead politically, hell never be president of the United States, ever, Mike Murphy said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics. By definition I dont think you can be a front-runner if youre totally un-electable. I think theres there an a-priori logic problem in that, said Murphy, who is the chief strategist at Bushs Right To Rise Super-PAC that has...
  • Head of Jeb Bushs Super PAC on Trump: Hes dead politically, hell never be president...

    10/20/2015 7:28:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/20/15 | Allahpundit
    None of this strikes me as true. How has Trump’s entry changed the race?It created a false zombie front-runner. He’s dead politically, he’ll never be president of the United States, ever. By definition I don’t think you can be a front-runner if you’re totally un-electable. I think there’s there an a-priori logic problem in that.Has he been dead since he got in?I think so, yeah. So there’s no meaningful outcome to it. But the question is what kind of catalyst is it? It’s a huge amount of noise and so we’re trying to find the signal in all this. You’ve...
  • George W. Bush reportedly rips Ted Cruz to Jeb Bush donors (No more Mr Nice Guy for Establishment W)

    10/20/2015 1:43:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 40 replies
    foxnews ^ | 10/20/15
    Former President George W. Bush reportedly ripped into Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at a weekend gathering of donors to his brother's presidential campaign, according to a published report Monday. Politico reported that Bush said of Cruz, "I just don't like the guy," at the event, which was held Sunday night in Denver. According to the report, which cited at least six donors who were at the event, Bush said he did not like Cruz's de facto alliance with Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who has notably spared Cruz from the criticism he has ladled onto other members of the 15-candidate Republican...
  • The inside story of Trump campaigns connections to a big-money super PAC

    10/19/2015 1:22:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/19/2015 | By Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Jenna Johnson
    As he brags that he is turning down millions of dollars for his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has leveled a steady line of attack against his rivals: that they are too cozy with big-money super PACs and may be breaking the law by coordinating with them. You know the nice part about me? he told reporters in Iowa in August. I dont need anybodys money. What Trump doesnt say is that he and his top campaign aide have connections to a super PAC collecting large checks to support his candidacy a group viewed by people familiar with his campaign...
  • Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina Headline Federalism Event in New Hampshire (Next Saturday, October 3rd)

    09/28/2015 8:39:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 28, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    GOP 2016 contenders Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Carly Fiorina, and former Sen. Rick Santorum will headline a special event that will focus on federalism and federal overreach on Saturday, October 3 at Southern New Hampshire University. Practical Federalism, hosted by the conservative American Principles Project (APP), will illuminate the Framers view that elected state officials governors and state legislatures have the duty to push back against federal overreach and intrusion on the states. During this forum, we will raise the consciousness of the states legislators, activists, and Republican base, so that they demand that the potential 2016 presidential...
  • Pro-Ted Cruz super PAC announces $1 million radio ad campaign

    09/26/2015 12:03:00 PM PDT · by Isara · 16 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | September 25, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–Keep the Promise I, a super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’ presidential run, announced today a $1 million radio ad campaign on a slew of Christian and conservative radio shows and networks.The ad is a 60-second summary of Cruz’s presidential pitch: The son of a Cuban refugee who’s fought for conservative principles in the Supreme Court and U.S. Senate is the one person we can trust in the White House.“His father was jailed fighting for the freedom of his fellow countrymen and fled Cuba to live the American Dream. Like his father, Ted Cruz fights for what matters: liberty, freedom,...
  • Ted Cruz super PAC invests $1 million in targeted radio

    09/26/2015 11:14:26 AM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/25/15 | David M. Drucker
    Ted Cruz' creative presidential campaign is being matched by an equally creative super PAC, as revealed by the advertising strategy being executed by one of four outside independent groups supporting the Texas senator's presidential bid. On Friday, Keep the Promise I announced a $1 million national radio advertising buy to run through the end of the year. The group's news was hardly the first among super PACs backing a Republican for president in 2016. But where the other third party groups have spent money on traditional broadcast and cable television advertising, Keep the Promise I is focusing on radio ...
  • Trump attended big-donor fundraiser last month

    08/28/2015 5:14:41 PM PDT · by JediJones · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/23/15 | Katy O'Donnell
    Despite his prior pledge to self-fund his campaign, the billionaire businessman now appears to be embracing big donors. ...even as Trump publicly scorned other candidates use of super PACs, he tacitly gave approval to the Make America Great Again PAC by attending a fundraiser the group held [in July]. Trump spoke for between 10 and 15 minutes at the mid-July fundraiser, where about 200 people packed into a private residence in Manhattan. There are so many people wanting to contribute and I am so grateful for their support. I appreciate the moral investment in my vision to Make America Great...
  • Super PAC to drop $10 million on pro-Jeb Bush ads

    08/16/2015 11:01:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 16, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN)The super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's bid for president will spend $10 million on its first major TV ad campaign starting next month. A spokesman for Right to Rise PAC confirmed that the group will start running ads in the crucial early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire on September 15, with ads starting in South Carolina the week after. The commercials, first reported by The Associated Press, will focus on promoting the former Florida governor's record and will run through December.
  • 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 GOPs 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...
  • Jebs shock-and-awe number Super PAC exceeds $103 million

    07/09/2015 3:00:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/9/15 2:03 PM | Eli Stokols
    Jeb Bush has officially become the $100 million man. The Republican front-runners Right to Rise super PAC, which will take on an unprecedented role in tandem with his presidential campaign, announced on Thursday that it has banked $103 million in the past six months, exceeding its own ambitious goal of $100 million. The group has $98 million in cash and is unlikely to truly begin spending its massive war chest until the end of the year, according to multiple sources. The organization made the announcement on Twitter less than an hour after Bushs campaign, which cannot coordinate with the super...
  • Jeb Bush, Taking His Time, Tests the Legal Definition of Candidate

    06/03/2015 11:55:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Eric Lichtblau And Nick Corasaniti
    Jeb Bush is under growing pressure to acknowledge what to some voters and a number of campaign finance lawyers seems obvious: He is running for president. The lawyers say Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, is stretching the limits of election law by crisscrossing the country, hiring a political team and raising tens of millions of dollars at fund-raisers, all without declaring except once, by mistake that he is a candidate. Some election experts say Mr. Bush passed the legal threshold to be considered a candidate months ago, even if he has not formally acknowledged it. Federal law...
  • Hillary Clinton to Court Donors for Super PAC

    05/06/2015 3:11:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-6-15 | No author
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin personally courting donors for a super PAC supporting her candidacy, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has fully embraced the independent groups that can accept unlimited checks from big donors and are already playing a major role in the 2016 race. Her decision is another escalation in what is expected to be the most expensive presidential campaign in history. Mrs. Clintons allies hope that with her support, Priorities USA Action, the top Democratic super PAC, will be able to raise as much as $200 million to $300 million, on par with what the largest...
  • 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 Cruzs, 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 Cruzs signature stump speech lines, Make DC listen, in naming the PAC, which will support Cruzs presidential campaign as well as other conservative non-presidential candidates. Drogin was Cruzs 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 governments crippling effect on jobs and opportunity,...
  • Hillary Clinton super PAC $1M in debt to union-tied bank

    12/06/2014 10:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-5-14 | Cheryle K. Chumley
    The super PAC Ready for Hillary may have tens of thousands of small-dollar donors and raised more than $11 million since its 2013 founding, but its in debt to the tune of $1 million. The New York Timesreported that Ready for Hillary reported a bank balance of $875,626 to the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 24, but also owed Amalgamated Bank about $1 million. Amalgamated is tied to various unions and serves as a go-to source for Democratic candidates, parties and political action committees, The Times reported. The loan was incurred in October. This investment, used to fund our massive...
  • News Guide: New Koch super PAC reports donors

    10/15/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 7:43 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    Some of the most powerful political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to reveal how much cash they raised and spent during July, August and September. It was likely to be one the last times before Nov. 4s elections that voters could see how millions of dollars were flowing into outside campaign groups. Only groups that report their money in three-month windows were filing Wednesday.
  • 2016 Contenders Flock to Nebraskas Open Governors Race

    05/14/2014 1:22:32 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    National Journal ^ | Karyn Bruggeman
    One small governor's race has turned into a cattle call for potential 2016 presidential candidates: Nebraska. Specifically, one candidate in the Cornhusker State is getting outsized attention from talked-about Republican presidential contenders. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas have all endorsed Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts ahead of Tuesday's primary. As potential candidates work to woo Republican mega-donors, the contest offers presidential contenders entre with a billionaire sugar daddy of the most literal variety: Joe Ricketts, the TD Ameritrade-founding, Chicago Cubs-owning billionaire who also happens to be...
  • Special-Interest Groups Widening Political Attack Ads

    05/06/2014 10:58:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2000 | PETER MARKS
    It was one of the more astonishing political images of the year: a newspaper advertisement that linked Osama bin Laden, the suspected international terrorist, with Senator Spencer Abraham, the Michigan Republican. Why is the senator, asked the advertisement that ran in some of Michigan's largest newspapers, ''trying to make it easier for terrorists like Osama bin Laden to export their way of terror to any street in America?''
  • Democrats have outside money advantagefor now

    04/15/2014 1:32:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 4:27 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to political organizations for Novembers elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark. [] At the moment, Democrats seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in cash raised and saved through independent groups. That balance of power could quickly change as more reports are filed.
  • IRS Official Who Targeted Tea Party Wanted to Work for Obama SuperPAC

    04/10/2014 8:39:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s all one big revolving door between the Democratic Party and the Federal government. And it’s the same job. Help the left win. Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner talked about taking a job with President Barack Obama’s nonprofit advocacy group Organizing for Action (OFA) while she had official oversight at the IRS over nonprofit tax-exempt groups.The revelation was made Wednesday in the House Ways and Means Committee’s referral letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute Lerner on criminal charges. Ways and Means voted to refer Lerner to DOJ.The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to vote Thursday...
  • Power Surge for Donors as Terrain Is Reshaped on Campaign Money

    04/03/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Big donors, leaders of political parties and candidates with access to wealthy supporters will be the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court decision issued on Wednesday, a ruling that could fundamentally reshape the political terrain in the 2014 elections and beyond. Election experts predicted a surge of new money into congressional campaigns and political parties, expanding the world of high-dollar fund-raising now dominated by super PACs and big-spending political nonprofit groups. The decision effectively eradicates a significant campaign finance restriction brought about in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, the cap on the total amount any one person can give...