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Billionaire Donald J. Trump, an early presidential favorite among tea party activists, has a highly unusual history of political contributions for a prospective Republican candidate: He has given most of his money to the other side.
The real estate mogul and “Celebrity Apprentice” host has made more than $1.3 million in donations over the years to candidates nationwide, with 54 percent of the money going to Democrats, according to a Washington Post analysis of state and federal disclosure records.
Recipients include Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), former Pennsylvania governor Edward G. Rendell, and Rahm Emanuel, a former aide to President Obama who received $50,000 from Trump during his recent run to become Chicago’s mayor, records show. Many of the contributions have been concentrated in New York, Florida and other states where Trump has substantial real estate and casino interests.
Personally, I never believed that Trump was serious about wanting to run for President. I could be wrong but I doubt it.
If he does choose to run, though, I have to say that I could never give my vote to anyone that gave money to Harry Reid and Rahm Emanuel.
In the final days before the midterm elections, the fundraisers at MoveOn.org have a proposition for members: Give us five bucks now and we’ll stop sending you e-mails asking for money.
The liberal advocacy group sent a plea to donors over the weekend warning them that support in key elections was “slipping” and that the organization would rather work to keep Democrats in office than strategize about how to raise money.
“With 9 days to go, we still haven’t raised all the funds we need for our big election plan,” the Oct. 24 e-mail read. “So, we’ll make you a deal: If you chip in $5 today, we’ll stop asking you for money for the rest of the election and focus on stopping the takeover. Deal?”
The e-mail says they need the money to save “Progressive Heroes,” like Democratic Florida Rep. Alan Grayson and Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer, and to expose “the corporate money behind the Republicans by airing hard-hitting ads.” (MoveOn.org’s political action committee discloses donors who give more than $200.)
Facing unusually stiff competition at the ballot box, at least two Democratic congressmen are cutting corners on the ethics pledges they made regarding whom they’ll accept money from, disclosure records show.
Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, has accepted nearly $50,000 from individuals employed by companies that received government bailouts under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
Frank has pledged he will not accept funds from companies that received TARP money, but the donations appear to skirt the pledge.
In a separate race, Ohio Democrat Rep. Zack Space recently accepted a $1,000 donation from the wife of a D.C.-based lobbyist, violating the spirit of his pledge not to accept money from lobbyists, watchdog groups say.
Space, who represents the district formerly held by Republican Rep. Bob Ney, who went to jail for corruption related to GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pledged he would not accept lobbyists’ dollars when he first ran for the seat.
Space has been criticized, though, both for accepting over $1 million from corporate political action committees and the immediate family members of lobbyists.
Now in the heat of a campaign in which a Republican wave has put as many as 100 Democrats at risk of losing their congressional seats, Space is again accepting money from the spouse of a lobbyist.
Space accepted $1,000 from Laura Fallin Redding, married to lobbyist Robert L. Redding, records show.
With so many Democrats in danger, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said members are ditching their pledges because they desperately need the money.
“Democrats have hit the panic button, and that’s why Speaker Pelosi’s allies, like Barney Frank and Zack Space, are abandoning the pledges they made. They need all the help they can get to fend off tough challenges this fall. It’s obviously more important to Barney Frank and Zack Space to save their political careers than it is to keep their word with voters,” said NRCC spokesman Tory Mazzola.
Neither Frank nor Space returned requests for comment.Via The Daily Caller
According to the Wall Street Journal, a “mysterious” cyber attack reportedly struck the computer servers of FreedomWorks, a conservative grassroots organization frequently in the news for its outspoken support for the tea party movement. As the organization launched a major new fundraising initiative Thursday, FreedomWorks officials suspect their computer systems were attacked deliberately:
The attack crippled the site at about 9:45 a.m. just when the fund-raising drive was publicized on the radio by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. The group estimates it lost about $80,000 in potential donations as it struggled to bring its site back online.
An “autopsy” showed a highly sophisticated hacker struck at 6:55 a.m., the group said, setting the stage for the eventual meltdown. The server was wiped out, though group officials said no data was lost or stolen.
“We think the idea was to take our site down until after the election,” said Kara Pally, web developer for FreedomWorks. “This was politically motivated.”
FreedomWorks’ spokesman Adam Brandon also suggested the computer malfunction was likely caused by external interference. “To us, it’s no coincidence this happened the day our Beck money bomb was announced,” he said. The fundraising “money bomb” was a goal of raising $200,000 between now and the Nov. 2 election to help conservative political candidates facing tough midterm election races.
Via The Blaze