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Jul 22, 2015

Republicans close the digital gap as web gurus go head-to-head

NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) – She’s thrived through two
decades of elections; he’s blown his competitors out of the
water in a few short years on the scene.

Now the two digital strategy gurus are facing off on
opposite sides of the 2016 presidential race, as Republicans get
serious about closing a digital strategy gap with Democrats that
cost them dearly in the last election.

Jul 16, 2015

Lean Bush campaign operation signals new U.S. playbook

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For months, U.S. political pundits have declared 2016 the presidential election in which candidates will use outside spending groups, known as Super PACs, to reinvent the modern campaign playbook.

Now, in thousands of pages of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday by Republican Jeb Bush and other candidates, a first glimpse is emerging of just how much Super PACs are beginning to reshape how candidates run and pay for their campaigns.

Jul 13, 2015

Republican Rubio raises $12 million for 2016 White House bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio raised $12 million in the three months through the end of June for his Republican bid for the presidency in 2016, his campaign said on Monday, marking a pace that lagged his main rivals in the race.

Outside groups that back Rubio said last week they raised about $32 million to support his White House effort. The Florida senator launched his campaign in April and has positioned himself as a standard bearer for a new generation of Republican leadership.

Jul 1, 2015

Democrat Clinton raises $45 million since April U.S. campaign launch

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has raised more than $45 million since she entered the race in April, aides said on Wednesday, setting a fast pace in what is sure to be the most expensive U.S. political campaign in history.

The fundraising figure, announced by the campaign on Twitter, did not include a breakdown of the total number of donors to Clinton, the amount of their average donation or how many donors have already given the legal maximum of $2,700.

Jun 26, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

What does a group of Clinton supporters in deep-red Alaska look like?


REUTERS/Emily Flitter

ANCHORAGE – Here is what a early Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer meeting looks like in Alaska:

A narrow, sun-drenched backyard, a picnic table nestled between a shady tree and a chicken coop, a capsized canoe off to one side cradling a well of ice filled with cans of beer and soda, and 15 or so gung-ho Clinton supporters snacking on homemade barbecue fare on a weekday evening.

Jun 18, 2015

South Carolina massacre suspect had apparent interest in white supremacy

By Emily Flitter and Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – His uncle worried he was cooped up in his room too much. The few images of him easily found online suggest he had a fascination with white supremacy. And for his birthday this year, his father bought the young man a pistol, the uncle said.

Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having fatally shot nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina on Wednesday.

Jun 18, 2015

South Carolina church shooting suspect got gun for birthday, uncle says

By Emily Flitter

(Reuters) – Dylann Roof, the man suspected of fatally shooting nine people at a historic African American church in South Carolina on Wednesday, was given a gun by his father as a 21st birthday present in April, his uncle told Reuters on Thursday.

Law enforcement officers were at the home of Roof’s mother on Thursday morning, the uncle, Carson Cowles, said in a telephone interview.

Jun 13, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Lindsey Graham is really, really happy to be here (in Utah)


Graham preparing for the last of his TV interviews at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah. REUTERS/Emily Flitter

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham may never be called a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination but he is trying hard to make a mark, and at former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s retreat for wealthy donors, that means spending as much time with the press as it does with America’s richest people.

Jun 12, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Where the donors meet


It’s a gorgeous day in Deer Valley, Utah, where 200 or so of America’s wealthiest people have gathered to check out Republican presidential contenders on display at Mitt Romney’s fourth E2 Summit, but the journalists here aren’t getting much fresh air.

The summit is technically off the record, which means we reporters were allowed to visit this tony ski resort near the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics, but not to wander around and chat. We’re in a special room designated for the press, and we’re escorted to and from each appearance by those candidates who have agreed to make their remarks to the donor audience on the record.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. authorities unlikely to stop 2016 election fundraising free-for-all

NEW YORK (Reuters) – White House hopefuls raking in record
amounts of money in the 2016 U.S. presidential race are already
being accused by watchdog groups of breaking campaign
fundraising laws.

But the U.S. Department of Justice is unlikely to prosecute
possible violations and halt the funding free-for-all, say
current and former department officials.