How much money does it take to topple a giant? $179 thousand. That is how much Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised to take down 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley. Over the same time frame, Crowley raised $4.6 million. Ocasio-Cortez raised less than 4% of what Crowley brought in and still beat him. It looks like Ocasio-Cortez only received money from one PAC. Justice Democrats gave her $5,000. Aside from that almost all of her donations appear to be from individuals.
In June, the American Chemical Council (ACC) flexed its muscle or more specifically spent its money on 4 different candidates. The ACC spent $900K on ads for Dean Heller (Nevada), Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma), Roger Wicker (Mississippi) and Kevin Yoder (Kansas). The most was spent on Dean Heller. The ACC spent $348K on Heller, followed by Wicker at $269K, Mullin at $147K and Yoder at $134K. We watched some of the ads the ACC sponsored and here are key points.
Matt Rosendale may have the support of President Trump, but he does not have the money. Rosendale recently won the Montana GOP Senate primary and is set to take on Jon Tester in the November election. Rosendale claims to have the support of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Maybe he should try and get Paul Ryan’s support, because that guy is just handing out the money. This year Rosendale has raised $651K, compared to $6 million raised by democratic Senator Tester.
There is big money in BINGO up in Michigan. The Oakland County Democratic Party (No not Oakland, California) has taken in over $1 million in BINGO related donations since January 2017. However, they have only paid out $769K in Bingo winnings. Yes, you have to pay money to play and there is a chance that you can win a lot. Does that sound like gambling? Can someone please tell me the difference between KENO and BINGO?
Maxine Waters does it all. She can build a custom computer. She loans her car to the campaign. She also personally makes and distributes Flyers and Sign Posts. Let’s not forget about her daughter Karen Waters who owns a fleet of walkers and also a U-Haul. When a campaign makes a purchase they fill in the “disbursement description” and then the “recipient name”. Now when most campaigns purchase a computer the recipient is a computer store.
Candidates and PACs have spent more than $16.6 million on Yard Signs over the last 9 years. Has anyone ever voted for a candidate because they saw a Yard Sign? I have a neighbor up the street with two yard signs. One of them is for Ben somebody. I see it and laugh as one of my other neighbors is named Ben. I think what office is he running for? However, I am looking forward to putting up a Yard Sign this year as I know it will totally upset my super conservative neighbors.
Yesterday the New York Times reported that Michael Bloomberg would spend $80 million to flip the House from Republican to Democrat.
After years of waiting for the Utah State Legislature to do something about medical marijuana, the voters will finally get to decide for themselves. This coming November, Utahns will get to vote on legalizing medical marijuana, not recreational just medical. The lines have already been drawn. On the side for medical marijuana, we have the Utah Patients Coalition and behind them of course the Marijuana Policy Project based in Washington DC.
WOMEN VOTE! received the most money over the last month thanks to a very generous donor and a Chinese government-backed internet company. A donor from California, liquidated her 21,000 shares in Baidu Inc (BIDU) and gave the proceeds of $5.4 million to WOMEN VOTE!. Baido’s stock price is up 2,014% since it started trading in 2005, making the donor's shares very valuable.
Since the beginning of 2017, the National Republican Senate and Congressional Committees (NRCC, NRSC) have paid over 3 times as much in Bank and Credit Card Fees compared to their Democratic counterparts, the DSCC and DCCC. The NRCC and NRSC paid a combined $1.3 million in Bank and Credit Card Fees, compared to only $403 thousand paid by the DSCC and DCCC. At first glance, you would think that the Republicans just took in a lot more donations than the Democrats. That is not the case.