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Billionaire 2024 Hopeful: Donate $1, Get $20

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum hopes pricey strategy will land him a spot in GOP debate

(Newser) - Donate as little as $1 to the presidential campaign of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and you'll be rewarded with a $20 gift card. It's all part of what Politico reports is "a bold and expensive" fundraising strategy Burgum hopes will get him a spot on the...

Donors Quickly Respond to Trump Indictment

Campaign collected more than $4M in the first 24 hours after indictment was reported

(Newser) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign had been preparing for his indictment , and the work paid off. More than $4 million in donations poured in over the first 24 hours after the news broke, Axios reports. And another $1 million came in over the next 24 hours. Fundraising pitches began before...

Graham to Trump Devotees: 'You Need to Help This Man'

After indictment news, senator makes emotional plea for Trump fans to 'fight this bull----' with cash

(Newser) - On Thursday, there was plenty of reaction circulating on the indictment of former President Trump , including emotional responses from his two oldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump . That same evening, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also gave an impassioned speech in support of the former president,...

FTX Would Like Its Donations Back, Please

Vaporized crypto exchange wants something on the order of $93M returned by Feb. 28

(Newser) - In the election cycle just past, then-wunderkind crypto gazillionaire Sam Bankman-Fried and his FTX cronies opened up their wallets and showered candidates with cash in what CoinDesk calls "a monumental influence campaign that crossed party lines." Now that FTX is bankrupt, and SBF's wallet is pretty much...

This May Be the Biggest Political Donation Ever

'NYT' reports on $1.6B from conservative businessman Barre Seid to new nonprofit

(Newser) - The New York Times is reporting on what appears to be a record-setting political donation in the US, though the principals involved aren't exactly household names. The story by Kenneth P. Vogel and Shane Goldmacher reports that Barre Seid—a mogul who made his fortune in electronics manufacturing—donated...

Eli Lilly Faces Questions Over Abortion Stance

Company donated to Indiana legislators behind the restrictions

(Newser) - Eli Lilly's suggestion that it will reconsider adding employees in Indiana in light of its new, nearly total restrictions on abortions might have seemed like it would encourage opponents of the law—one of the state's largest employers exerting leverage on behalf of its position. But the response...

Cheney Campaign Telling Democrats How to Vote for Her

It may not be enough in next month's GOP primary in Wyoming

(Newser) - Can Democrats save Liz Cheney's job? The New York Times reports that the Wyoming Republican is drawing donations from prominent Democratic donors ahead of next month's GOP primary against a tough challenger. Cheney, of course, is one of the highest-profile politicians in the US at the moment thanks...

Giuliani Ally Guilty of Campaign Finance Crimes
Giuliani Ally
Gets 20 Months

Giuliani Ally Gets 20 Months

Fraud was 'a way of life' for Lev Parnas

(Newser) - Update: Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who was a figure in former President Donald Trump's first impeachment investigation, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison for fraud and campaign finance crimes by a judge who said fraud had become “a way of...

Toyota Flops on Certification, Won't Donate to 'No' Voters

Automaker says it heard from customers

(Newser) - Toyota has reversed itself and now says its political action committee will no longer contribute to the Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory. The move by the Japanese automaker comes after a social media backlash over the contributions, including threats to stop buying the...

This May Be an 'Epiphany' for Corporate America
This May Be an 'Epiphany'
for Corporate America
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This May Be an 'Epiphany' for Corporate America

Businesses are halting political donations, but the big question is whether it's just a blip

(Newser) - "Just a few days ago, this would have been unthinkable." That's the assessment of Judd Legum, author of the Popular Information political newsletter, as relayed to David Leonhardt of the New York Times . He's referring to the unprecedented wave of big corporations that have halted political...

Corporate Donors Cut Off Lawmakers Who Opposed Certification

Hallmark wants Hawley to return its money

(Newser) - Major companies and their political action committees are voting with their checkbooks against the members of Congress who voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory last week—the issue that inspired the attack on the Capitol. On Monday, several companies said they'll no longer donate to the 147...

America's 'Painful' Times Inspire One CEO to Take Action

Reed Hastings and wife Patty Quillin donate $120M

(Newser) - The top guy at Netflix and his wife just made a major donation to black colleges and say they hope others will do the same, NBC News reports. Company CEO Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin said Wednesday they're giving $120 million to two historically black colleges and the United...

Police PAC Donations Get Redirected in NY

Democrats are giving campaign contributions to bail funds

(Newser) - "It's time to draw a CLEAR line in the sand," New York State assemblywoman Aravella Simotas tweeted Saturday, announcing she would redirect $5,350 in campaign contributions from police-affiliated groups to a New York City bail fund, as well as to groups working to "help New...

Biden to Louis CK: Here's Your $2.8K Back

Donation from disgraced comedian to Biden's presidential campaign is refunded

(Newser) - Joe Biden doesn't want Louis CK's money, thank you very much. A spokesman for the former vice president's presidential campaign said Wednesday that a $2,800 donation from the comedian, made on March 4, had been refunded, per the AP . Like Biden , Louis CK has faced allegations...

Wall Street Picks a Favorite
Wall Street Picks
a 2020 Favorite

Wall Street Picks a 2020 Favorite

As you can guess, it isn't Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - The financial sector, blamed by progressives for spawning the 2008 economic collapse, is lining up behind Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has collected more campaign cash from donors and political action committees tied to the financial, insurance, and real estate sector than any other...

8 Accused of Conspiracy Around Clinton Donations

Lebanese-American businessman George Nader is back in the news

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday charged eight people—including a prominent political donor to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and a Lebanese-American businessman who was a witness in Robert Mueller’s investigation—with conspiring to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in donations to Clinton, the...

Trump Inaugural Ball's Money Has Vanished

The Asian American event falls under scrutiny

(Newser) - A Trump inaugural ball with connections to China attracted thousands of dollars in donations that have since vanished, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Asian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala—a lavish event that included live entertainment and buffet-style dinner—charged $75 or more per ticket and drew over 900...

'Beyond Surprising': Beto Breaks Fundraising Records

He raises $31.8M in 3 months in tight race against Ted Cruz

(Newser) - Small-dollar donations have been the hallmark of the campaign of US Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, who hasn't accepted PAC money in his attempt to grab Ted Cruz's Texas Senate seat. But like snowflakes that form an avalanche, all those more modest donations have converged to become what...

Campaign Donations Pouring In to Trump

Aggressive fundraising pulls in $20M in first quarter, with one-fifth going to legal fees

(Newser) - President Trump filed for reelection almost immediately upon assuming office, and new filings reflect the aggressive approach: The president's campaign and two affiliated fundraising committees pulled in about $20 million in the first quarter, reports Politico . That's an unusually high amount for a sitting president this early in...

Texas Candidate Gets Most of Her Donations in Semen

Ana Lisa Garza gets the support of deer breeders

(Newser) - A candidate running for the Texas state legislature is garnering attention over her campaign donations—most of which consist of frozen deer semen, the Hill reports. Ana Lisa Garza has received $87,500 for her gutsy run against eight-term Democrat Ryan Guillen, $51,000 of which are listed as in-kind...

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