Tag: Campaign Finance

Joe Biden’s Campaign Was Cash Poor. He Seized Control of the Nomination Anyway.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has taken command of the Democratic primary for president despite running on a shoestring budget in a contest where Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more money in February alone, $47.6 million, than Mr. Biden had spent in his previous five months combined, new federal records show. The […]

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Michael Bloomberg Spent More Than $900 Million on His Failed Presidential Run

It was a billion-dollar flop. Michael R. Bloomberg spent more than $900 million on his failed bid for the White House by the end of February, a spectacular sum that was not enough to help the billionaire candidate win a single state before he dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in early March. […]

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Michael Bloomberg, Abandoning Super PAC Plans, Gives $18 Million to D.N.C. Instead

WASHINGTON — Michael R. Bloomberg is abandoning plans to form a new super PAC for the presidential race and pay his field organizers through November, instead opting to give $18 million to the Democratic National Committee for the party’s battleground states program. Mr. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign had promised at its outset that it would finance […]

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Duncan Hunter Sentenced to 11 Months in Prison for Stealing Campaign Funds

Former Representative Duncan D. Hunter of California was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison on Tuesday for funneling more than $150,000 from his campaign coffers to pay for a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors said included vacations, private school tuition and even airline travel fees for pet rabbits. The punishment, handed down by Judge Thomas […]

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At Party for Donald Trump Jr.’s Girlfriend, Donors Helped Pick Up the Tab

WASHINGTON — It was a lavish birthday party for Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. The setting was Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla. The guest list included dozens of Trump family members and friends. But when it came to picking up the tab, hands went out to other attendees. Among them […]

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How the Trump Campaign Took Over the G.O.P.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign manager and a circle of allies have seized control of the Republican Party’s voter data and fund-raising apparatus, using a network of private businesses whose operations and ownership are cloaked in secrecy, largely exempt from federal disclosure. Working under the aegis of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, with the cooperation […]

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Biden Looks to Expand Staff as Bloomberg Weighs How to Help Him

Joseph R. Biden Jr., emboldened by his unexpectedly strong Super Tuesday performance and flush with cash, is moving to hire new aides who he hopes can quickly help him secure the Democratic presidential nomination and then guide him through the general election. Mr. Biden is looking to broaden his communications and political teams and reorder […]

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Wall Street, Encouraged by Biden’s Wins, Breaks Out Its Checkbooks

After weeks of worrying that Senator Bernie Sanders would trounce his rivals on Super Tuesday and set the tone for a rancorous Democratic nomination, Michael Novogratz, the longtime trader and merchant banker, was newly motivated on Wednesday morning. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and a moderate candidate with solid support on Wall […]

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He Ran for President. Now He’s Politicking for His Wife in Brooklyn.

The sounds from the Super Bowl telecast echoed through the ballroom of Gracie Mansion, as the 100 or so guests, including many donors, mingled with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The private party, organized and paid for by Mr. de Blasio’s state and federal political action committees, was billed as an informal affair, but attendees said […]

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Bloomberg’s Organization Is Like No Other in Politics

He has blanketed the airwaves with half a billion dollars in ads and paid social media influencers to spread his message to their millions of followers. He has hired more than 2,400 people to fuel his campaign, paying them premiums and outfitting them in sweatshirts and fanny packs bearing his name. He has opened more […]

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Bernie Sanders Raised $46 Million in February, a Record for 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders announced on Sunday that he had raised $46.5 million in February, a sum that gives him a significant financial advantage over all of his rivals aside from the self-funding billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg as the number of states holding primaries expands widely in March, beginning on Tuesday. The Sanders campaign, which was […]

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Joe Biden Has Less Than 72 Hours to Savor His Big Night

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Joe Biden did what he had to do, for the moment. And now, his supporters say, it is time for fellow moderates to do the same. Mr. Biden made a compelling case on Saturday that he is the Democrat best positioned to head off the nomination of Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist […]

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Trump’s Rally Recipe: Just Add Data, Money, Entertainment and Grievance

WILDWOOD, N.J. — The president asked for nothing less than everything they had. “If you want your children to inherit the blessings that generations of Americans have fought and died for to secure,” President Trump told a crowd of supporters in Wildwood at one of a string of campaign rallies he has held this winter, […]

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Elizabeth Warren, Long a Super PAC Critic, Gets Help From One

LAS VEGAS — Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren have formed a last-minute super PAC to boost her candidacy in Nevada and are plunging $1 million into television and other ads in the race’s final days, despite the Massachusetts senator’s previous outspoken opposition to such groups. The group, which calls itself the Persist PAC, filed paperwork […]

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Massachusetts Lawmaker Used Campaign Funds to Support Gambling Habit, Officials Say

A longtime Massachusetts state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday on more than two dozen fraud and tax evasion charges after the authorities accused him of stealing thousands of dollars in campaign funds to support his gambling habit and to pay for his lavish lifestyle. The lawmaker, Representative David M. Nangle, 59, a Democrat from Lowell who […]

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Fact-Checking Pete Buttigieg Before the Nevada Caucuses

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., has had strong showings in the first two Democratic presidential nominating contests. As he seeks to build support ahead of Nevada’s vote on Saturday, Mr. Buttigieg has sought to explain his record with black residents of South Bend, distinguish himself from his competitors on health care, […]

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Pete Buttigieg’s Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks

In the compressed and crucial weeks between the New Hampshire primary and Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg is moving aggressively to replenish his campaign coffers with an ambitious schedule of 10 fund-raisers held across six states in a 14-day period. The money chase for Mr. Buttigieg began in Indianapolis on Thursday at the 16,000-square foot home […]

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The Bloomberg Campaign Is a Waterfall of Cash

MIAMI — In a warehouse covered in murals in the Design District here, cater waiters served wine and platters of Cuban sandwiches, summer rolls and kosher pigs in a blanket. They wore all black but for red, white and blue T-shirts reading “I Like Mike Bloomberg.” Before the candidate took the stage — set against […]

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Bloomberg Pursues Wealthy Donors, but Not Their Checkbooks

MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the middle of January, most Democratic presidential candidates were scrambling to raise money to keep their campaigns afloat. But at an airy gallery in downtown San Francisco, Michael R. Bloomberg gathered a group of several dozen local political donors to make a different kind of appeal. Mr. Bloomberg told the group […]

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Bernie Sanders Raised $25 Million in January, More Than Any Rival in Any Quarter

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised $25 million in January, his campaign said on Thursday, a staggering sum that gives him an enviable financial advantage at an crucial moment in the Democratic primary race. He plans to use the windfall to immediately buy $5.5 million in television and digital ads across 10 states, at a […]

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Investigations Into 2020 Candidates Must Be Cleared by Top Justice Dept. Officials

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr issued new restrictions on Wednesday over the opening of politically sensitive investigations, an effort meant to avoid upending the presidential election as the F.B.I. inadvertently did in 2016 when its campaign inquiries shaped the outcome of the race. The order by Mr. Barr, announced in a memo reviewed […]

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Trump Campaign and R.N.C. Spent $9 Million in 4th Quarter, Mostly on Digital Ads

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee together spent more than $9 million on polling, digital ads and fees paid to Trump-owned properties in the last three months of 2019, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission released on Friday. The filings detail how the Trump campaign, the Trump Victory committee, […]

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