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Money Talking

Billionaires Finance Candidates Championing the Middle Class

Friday, February 13, 2015

For a $100,000 a ticket, you can meet Jeb Bush. Got at least a million to spend? Hillary Clinton’s supporters want to hear from you. We're previewing the race to raise millions.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The science of what works -- and doesn't work -- in fund-raising

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The science of what works -- and doesn't work -- in fund-raising

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WNYC News

Facebook's Zuckerberg to Raise Money for Gov. Christie

Thursday, January 24, 2013

After becoming friends with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will host a fundraiser next month for Christie.

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WNYC News

NY AG Takes on For-Profit Telemarketers

Friday, December 21, 2012

For-profit telemarketers are the real winners when people donate money to charities over the phone, according to the New York Attorney General's annual report on fundraising published Friday.

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WNYC News

Schneiderman Tells Nonprofits to Reveal Storm Aid

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent letters to 72 nonprofits asking them to disclose their fundraising and relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy victims.

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The Takeaway

One Message for Voters, Another for Donors

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under sharp attacks from his opponents on the left, after a video leaked this week in which Romney referred to 47 percent of Americans as "victims," who are dependent of the government.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Fundraising: A Million More Donations, Only $3 Million Edge

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Obama and Romney campaigns announced their August fundraising totals Monday morning by touting the numbers they wanted you to see.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Craig Unger on Boss Rove

Monday, September 10, 2012

Investigative reporter Craig Unger discusses the comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, the brilliant political operator whose partisanship earned him the moniker “Bush’s Brain.” Unger’s book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power is detailed account of how Rove has quietly become the greatest Republican power broker in the country, able to mobilize immense sums through the SuperPAC American Crossroads and similar organizations, and channel that money on behalf of Republican candidates.

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WNYC News

For Hoop Dreams and Dollars, Obama Returns to NYC

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

President Barack Obama arrived in the Big Apple Wednesday evening for a basketball-related fundraiser.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Why Has Wall Street Abandoned President Obama for Mitt Romney?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wall Street threw its support behind Barack Obama in 2008, but this election cycle the tables have turned. Now, it's funneling most of its donations to Mitt Romney and conservative super PACs.

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Schoolbook

Audit Finds Faulty Expenses at Two Schools

Monday, August 13, 2012

An audit by the state comptroller chastises James Madison High School and Herbert Lehman High School for sloppy accounting. Tweed officials say most of the expenses were appropriate but they are working with the schools on improved accounting practices.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Influential Karl Rove

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger traces Karl Rove’s influence on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign through the money he has raised with a network of super-PACs and nonprofits—a figure approaching $1 billion—and through his allies in advisory positions on the campaign. His article “Boss Rove” appears in the September 2012 issues of the magazine. Craig Unger's book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power will be published by Scribner in September.

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The Takeaway

Supporting the Presidential Candidates from Abroad

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

While we usually think of America’s elections as being America-centric, 6.3 million American citizens actually live and work abroad, and many of them have a deep devotion to certain candidates; and in some cases, deep pockets as well. Two such Americans, both living in London, explain what they're doing to support President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Schoolbook

Parents Pay for School Staff, With Little Oversight

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's an open secret that PTAs in many of the city's well-heeled neighborhoods pay for additional school staff. It's difficult to document the extent of this spending because the Department of Education tracks only a small fraction of parent fund-raising and spending, leaving many groups to make potentially significant decisions with little official oversight.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Defends Role at Democratic Fundraiser

Friday, January 27, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo participated in a closed-door fundraiser Friday for the Democratic Governors Association, where his appearance fetched a reported $50,000 a seat for the organization.

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The Empire

Is Liu alone in Mayoral fundraising issues?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crain's Insider this morning has an interesting piece up that looks at the practice of bundling among the likely 2013 Mayoral candidates. As you may recall, Comptroller John Liu has been in the crosshairs with editorial boards and reporters after the most recent campaign bundler--a person who recruits donors for a campaign--was arrested by the Feds for illegally funneling large sums into Liu's war chest.

But, as Crain's Insider reporters Jeremy Smerd and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh report, Liu is not alone. They take aim at former city Comptroller and 2009 Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in particular for what they say are improbably low numbers of bundlers.

Campaign Finance Board filings show a mere nine bundlers who have raised just $38,825 of the nearly $3 million de Blasio has brought in during his past two campaigns. Thompson has reported 11 bundlers contributing $128,733 of the $6.5 million he's amassed in two runs for mayor.

In contrast, Council Speaker Chris Quinn has listed 107 bundlers contributing nearly $1.9 million. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's 114 reported bundlers have raised $994,363.

Political fundraisers and campaign finance experts question the number of intermediaries reported by de Blasio and Thompson. “It's just not possible,” said one who has worked on a number of citywide races. “To raise millions of dollars with so few bundlers—it's an impossible feat.”

De Blasio in particular appears to have under-reported his bundlers. According to the article, his campaign will be revising their filings, adding around 20 new bundlers. There has been no indication of malfeasance or illegal behavior by any of the other 2013 hopefuls' donors, but the reality is that the process of bundling--and the outsized cash it can create thanks to the city's generous public financing of campaigns--is now receiving much greater scrutiny than before.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Liu's Fund-Raising Investigation

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The New York Times City Hall bureau chief David Chen updates the news about federal investigations of New York City comptroller (and 2013 mayoral hopeful) John Liu's campaign fund-raising. 

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It's A Free Country ®

Chris Christie Probably Isn't Running for President, but Speculation Pays

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jersey Republicans raised almost $2.5 million in the first half of 2011, beating their Democratic counterparts by a margin of more than 2-to-1. It's hard to understate Governor Chris Christie's influence on these numbers—mere speculation about a presidential run is a guaranteed money-maker.

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The Empire

Weprin anticipates $550K haul for NY-9 race

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Democratic candidate David Weprin's campaign says his campaign anticipates reaching the $550,000 mark before the filing deadline tonight. They say that's more than three times what the Turner campaign has raised.

“Our message about protecting middle class families and fighting for Medicare and Social Security is clearly resonating with voters,” Weprin said in a statement. “I’m very grateful for this outpouring of financial support, which will help me bring this critical fight to Washington.  I intend to ride this momentum all the way to victory on September 13th.”

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