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.
Northern and New (Central) California have very similar donation patterns. With California potentially breaking up into 3 different States, we looked at donation patterns to see how the political landscape might change. Since 2014, we found that in Northern California 65% of donations have gone to the Democrats, while only 35% have gone to the Republicans. This is actually higher than Central California or what will become just California.
I woke up to another rant by Robert De Niro this morning (I do not watch the Tonys) and thought we would look into what his friends think of Trump and other Republicans. Now of course we do not know his friends, so we looked at the donation patterns of people living in the top 10 most expensive zip codes. 8 out of 10 of those zip codes are in California and New York. So we think the odds are good that Bobby knows a lot of people in these areas.
It is easy to see why Nancy Pelosi thinks that a $1,000 bonus is just crumbs. Over the years, her campaign (it is not her money) has spent $35,000 at See’s Candies and $45,000 at various flower shops. Her favorite is Toulies En Fleur in D.C.. In fact, the $1,000 bonus would not even cover 1 trip to See’s Candies. Over the years, her campaign has visited See’s 29 times for an average spend of $1,200 each time. That is a lot of chocolate. It is actually 130,000 calories each visit.