The Takeaway

Could Texas Go Blue?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Now that Texan demographics are changing, many are starting to wonder if the Lone Star State is headed back to blue. For the first time, big Democratic donors are starting to pour money into Texas in anticipation of it becoming a battleground state as early as the 2016 presidential election. One such donor is Steve Mostyn, a Texas trial lawyer and one of Barack Obama’s biggest financial supporters in 2012. 

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Theater Managers Struggle with Lower Subscriptions

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Patrons are skipping subscriptions, and theater managers are hustling.

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Finding the Right Home for an Obama Fundraiser in NY

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


WaPo's Jason Horowitz pulls the curtain back on the New York Democratic donor community and finds them not welcomed into the White House like they used to be:

After discussions with DNC representatives, [Marc] Lasry considered the event a done deal, so firm a date that the host confirmed to the city's biggest bundlers of political donations that the president had agreed to attend a 6 p.m. dinner. The guest list, the e-mail said, was limited to 40 so that each person would have face time with Obama.

But a DNC official, who wouldn't be quoted speaking about the private events, said that while Lasry's home was one of many options, his event was never confirmed. The White House, the official said, was always informed that Lasry was a potential host. The DNC then independently determined, according to the official, that the event should be held elsewhere.

Multiple sources within the donor community and the White House itself offered a different version. Their understanding: Political director Patrick Gaspard vetoed the idea as soon as it crossed the administration's radar.


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