Source: MEA – Retired
Source: MEA – Retired
Last week, a Slate story characterized Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) presidential campaign as “conventional.” The story made the point that while Sanders campaigned on a revolutionary message, and often characterized his campaign as a “movement,” he spent significant sums on political consultants, just like a regular establishment campaign. That got us thinking: if the Sanders campaign bought …read more.
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was nowhere to be found at his party’s nominating convention in Cleveland this week, despite being vice chair of the Senate Republican conference. That has nothing to do with his feelings about the guy at the top of the ticket, he’s said; he’s in the middle of a tight re-election race and is using the time to campaign, like a number of other embattled GOP senators. Despite being in a close contest, though … read more.
Primetime speakers at the Republican National Convention might not support Republican nominee Donald Trump as much as they would like you to think. At least, not with their wallets. FEC records identify just 3 of the 68 primetime speakers (excluding Trump) as having made contributions to Donald Trump’s campaign, joint fundraising committees, or major super PACs in the 2016 … read more.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s impassioned speech to unite the GOP on Tuesday was not the last he would give in Cleveland. A national Republican organization brought in the big guns for their fundraiser, with Ryan headlining the event to inspire donations.
In the tranquility of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, miles away from the madness surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena, Ryan stressed the need to coordinate and strengthen the Republican party on the federal, state, local and federal levels. His audience? A bevy of state legislative leaders rubbing elbows with industry interests.
The afternoon of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres was organized by the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, part of the Republican State Leadership Committee, a national 527 political organization that aims to elect down-ballot Republicans.
What were once blurred lines in the journalism business are becoming increasingly clear – because they have been crossed.
Earlier this month, for instance, The Intercept obtained abrochure from the Beltway newspaper The Hill in which it offered to sell interviews. For $200,000 sponsors would be granted an interview for “up to three named executives or organization representatives of your choice.”
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