NPR is doing a thing, that I kind of respect/like, where they are trying to bribe their listeners into donating now, in order to avoid the yearly fundraising campaign in April. They’re like, “Right now we stand on the precipice looking down on 2 possible futures. In one future, NPR broadcasts a pledge drive for 9 days straight, trying to explain why shit costs money, which everyone hates. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the alternative future, you give us the money we need before the end of February … and there’s no pledge drive in April”  (I mean, they seem to be making this notice every 20 minutes, so it probably works out)…. It’s just like, I love how NPR knows who its listeners are. 

Texting for Dollars on the Trail

It’s been tried before, but on Thursday, the Federal Election Commission approved raising money by text message. In the past, text fundraising has been rejected because it would be difficult to meet the FEC’s 10 day reporting requirement (Source). OpenSecrets postulates that campaigns will follow the method used by charities and other organizations have used: texting a word or phrase to a number and making a contribution that will be added to the phone bill (Source). The FEC ruling would cap text contributions at $50 per month. So, expect to be receiving a text message if you have ever given your cell phone number to a political campaign, party, etc.

House subcommittee blocks campaign finance reforms

House subcommittee blocks campaign finance reforms

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This afternoon in a series of party-line votes, the Privileges and Elections-Campaigns Subcommittee blocked several measures that would have increased accountability and transparency from our elected officials when it comes to campaign fundraising. HB6 – Simon: Disallowed the use of campaign funds for personal use. HB705 – McClellan: Forbade fundraising by the Governor during the time between…

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During the event, Trump made note that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter and his wife, Laura, will donate $1 million to the fundraiser.

“One of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent,” Trump said.

A rep for Perlmutter said: “The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans.”

The Perlmutters also donated $2 million Marco Rubio’s campaign this season.

and its also confirmed that this event wasn’t raising money going directly to any veteran’s issue or organization but was in fact going to the Donald Trump Foundation.  So, its not like they were even helping veterans. 

this was essentially a campaign fundraiser for Trump while trying to steal the limelight from the republican debate

We’re slowly getting there!! 

The total cost for the dog and training is $16,000!

We’ve raised $2,041 through our campaign, $150 in direct donations to Sherlock, and we were approved for a $2,500 grant from the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation!

That leaves $11,309 left to raise for Aria’s Seizure Assistance Dog!

Just TWO days left in this campaign, so please please share and re-share!!

Thank you to everyone who has helped out!! Whether reblogs, or financially,  we appreciate your help, and couldn’t do this without you!!

Click the photo above to purchase, or choose from below!

There are 6 apparel options:
Men’s (S - XXXL) T-Shirts: $20                                                                        Women’s (XS - XXXL) T-Shirts: $20
Men’s (YS - XXXXXL) Long-sleeve Shirts: $25                                          Women’s (S - XXXL) Long-sleeve Shirts: $25
Unisex Hoodie (YXS - XXXXXL): $33
Women’s ¾-sleeve Hoodie (S - XXL): $36

We’ve already reached our initial sell goal, so all proceeds go directly to the trainer!

Aria has a potential match for a service dog!

His name is Lincoln, he’s a seven month old Standard Poodle! We’ll be scheduling his first home visit to make sure they like each other!

Want to donate directly to the service dog trainer? Okay!

Contact Sherlock Obedience & Assistance Dog Training HERE, and make a donation in Aria’s name! (Aria Marcheskie)


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A simple reblog, and sharing on other networks is all we’re asking!

About Aria’s battle against Epilepsy:

Please REBLOG and SHARE to help Aria get her Seizure Assistance Dog!

Welcome to Fantasy Island

If you’re a “hypocritical politician,” Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban is tired of your crap and is tired of you picking on his investments.

This Week in Texas Politics: 1/18/2016 - 1/22/2018

Place your bets: The Texas Attorney General has ruled that fantasy sports games, such as those offered by Draft Kings and FanDuel (you know, the sites with the annoying commercials), are illegal, i.e., they violate the state’s gaming laws. At least, that’s his bet - that a court would find the sites to be in violation of state law. Draft Kings released a statement disagreeing with the AG and that they will continue operating in Texas. On the rare occasion I tuned into one of Austin’s two sports stations, I heard an ad from the Fantasy Sports association about the issue (the ad was terrible), so they’re not going to go down without a fight.

The money race: Statewide - Campaign finance reports were due for elected officials and candidates; you can view those here

Here’s an idea of why the factoid in the above tweet is important.

Going to San Antone - The San Antonio Express-News has a break down of money in the local races. Some interesting things there: 1) Sen Uresti doesn’t seem to have much money for an incumbent Senator, but then his opponents have raised much; 2) Sen Menedez outraised Martinez-Fischer, but he has less cash on hand. They also had a more in-depth look at the SD 26 race showing Martinez-Fisher has raised more money from Austin while Menendez has raised more from San Antonio (where the district is located). One possibility for this disparity is that PACs and lobbyists were contributing to Martinez-Fisher’s House campaign, which has obviously been abandoned in favor of the Senate race. The 30 day reports should be interesting.

Miscellany: Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal troubles may be multiplying. The McAllen Monitor asked CD15 candidates about reimbursement for humanitarian relief for immigrants. Mary Beth Rogers - Ann Richard’s former campaign manager - has some ideas about turning Texas blue. Yes, Hillary does have staff in Texas (hell, she may actually need them), and she’s also dropping in to grab some cash. My alma mater opted out of campus carry.

Help us spread positive vibes into the universe through providing 25 thousand meals to the children of Siem Reap, Cambodia through our fundraising campaign! Many people misunderstand and think that Angkor Wat boosts the local economy in Siem Reap, when in actuality Angkor Wat is owned by Vietnam. The People of Siem Reap desperatly need and deserve help! Link in our bio to donate and support hungry children of Cambodia!

Benghazi Investigation Costs Taxpayers as Much as Two Months of Obama Golf Vacations, Fundraisers

Benghazi Investigation Costs Taxpayers as Much as Two Months of Obama Golf Vacations, Fundraisers

Clinton apologists whine about cost of getting to the bottom of Benghazi mess, but it turns out we’ve spent as much for two months worth of Obama golf and fundraising junkets! We hear a lot from defenders of Hillary Clinton’s breathtaking Benghazi botch, which include denying repeated pleas for more security prior to the murders, her ridiculous lies about a YouTube video being the cause,…

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San Francisco!
When: TODAY! October 8th 5:00pm (Press conf 4:30pm)
Where: Converge on UN Plaza, Civic Center BART
For: Obama’s fundraiser visit at the Bill Graham Auditorium

Why? Eleven years of unjust endless war in Afghanistan,Imprisonment of PFC Manning & war on all whistle blowers, Guantanamo Bay, NDAA, Drone Murders, Extrajudicial killings and kill lists, Indefinite detention, continued war across the middle east, looming war with Iran, & much more.

Because our community with real needs such as healthcare, education & housing is not a cash box to be siphoned from & thrown away on presidential campaigns.

Not sorry I won't or can't give to the cause.

Writing and covering politics, I pretty much end up on everyone’s campaign fundraising list during election season. No one ever asks, one day I simply just get a new email that sounds similar to every other email screaming about how if no one donates money now the Koch brothers will own us forever or just a little more dough will make a huge difference to the campaign and “don’t you want to see real change in (insert city/state/country)?”

Sorry guys, just because I covered the time you showed up to a march somewhere or said something mildly interesting that had more substance than a 20 second talking point once doesn’t mean I want to open my barren wallet and give you the dust, lint and crumpled business cards inside. Forget about money, I’d much rather eat tonight and your fundraising dinner with the bag boiled vegetables and bland chicken is worth less than the frozen pizza in the back of the ice cabinet at the liquor store.

With that in mind, here’s a piece that hits the nail on the head.

“If Democrats acted like Democrats, they might enjoy the same level of support from their own base…but instead, the people are presented with this eternally timid "Please Don’t Hurt Me” coalition, afraid of the word “Liberal,” and certainly addicted to the Wall Street/Defense/Petroleum money swelling their coffers. You ain’t broke, despite that barrage of emails to the contrary.

You support fracking while giving lip-service to climate change? You want Keystone XL approved, despite the fact that it will run the world’s dirtiest fuel through our breadbasket and over our main aquifer in a pipeline that is dead-bang guaranteed to leak? You endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement? You’re satisfied with the barren lack of accounting meted to the Wall Street brigands who stole our future? You’re down with a third war in Iraq?

Wait, you don’t support all that? But you won’t stand against it, because you’re afraid of losing votes or campaign money?

My heroes.“

Read the full thing over at Truthout.

We have been on/off lately with pretty much everything we usually do but we are working hard at getting back into a schedule! That includes our fundraising!

Who wants us to start the fundraising campaigns again and how should we do it?
There’s so many different ways and items like pins, patches, tees and many more and quite frankly, we’ve lost our touch abit so let us know your feedback or what you’d like to see for a online fundraiser or maybe an online store again and we will work at it.
Enjoy your day/night
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Elizabeth Warren's "growing clout could shift the caucus to the left"

Elizabeth Warren’s “growing clout could shift the caucus to the left”

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The Hill has a post about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “growing clout” that should make many a Progressive smile and nod. It may even send a thrill up some Democratic legs. Clout coming from the left can do that.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has emerged as one of the top fundraisersfor Senate Democratic candidates in the midterm election campaign, filling a void left by the absence of Hillary…

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Gee, Obama, As Long As Your Politicizing Things, How About Visiting Chicago?

Gee, Obama, As Long As Your Politicizing Things, How About Visiting Chicago?

Obama jets off the the West Coast on a taxpayer-funded fundraising trip, and inflicts himself on the suffering people of Roseburg, Oregon, while Chicago erupts in violence and murder. While B. Hussein Obama was jet setting to the West Coast on our dime, on a fundraising trip that he had planned before the Roseburg shooting, his adopted hometown, Chicago, experienced an unfortunate new benchmark.…

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Schapiro: The legislature’s biggest job is raising campaign bucks

Virginia lawmakers face an important decision. It has nothing to do with the important business they’re unlikely to finish by the scheduled adjournment of the General Assembly on Saturday.

Anticipating that they will again work overtime, having failed to adopt a new state budget on time, delegates and senators, Republicans and Democrats must decide whether to resume an activity prohibited by law when the legislature is in session: campaign fundraising.

The decision comes down to procedure: Should the General Assembly recess or adjourn? To ordinary Virginians, it may be a distinction without a difference. To Virginia politicians, it’s a big deal — one complicated by the House-Senate shoving match over whether to weave into the $95 billion budget a permutation of Obamacare.

If the legislature recesses — in effect, takes a break and returns to Richmond when there’s a deal on which to vote — it would be lengthening the current session. In doing so, it would extend the ban on fundraising.

Click on the headline to read the full story.

~ Richmond Times-Dispatch

VIDEO: Vice President Biden Fans' 2016 Speculation

VIDEO: Vice President Biden Fans’ 2016 Speculation

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Vice President Joe Biden’s recent trips are fanning speculation that he may be considering a presidential run. But is he a contender? WSJ’s Aaron Zitner reports. Photo: AP


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