Cucinelli Behind Bolling in Money Race

Never to lose an opportunity to spin negative about Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli, the Washington Post has reported that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling leads Cuccinelli in fundraising for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination battle.  True enough.  Bolling is ahead … for now.

Here’s what the WaPo neglects to tell you:

  1. The nomination will now be decided by a convention; not a primary.  Cuccinelli’s strong appeal among conservative GOP activists heavily favors a victory for the incumbent Attorney General.
  2. Bolling’s current fundraising advantage will melt away as contributors realize that Bolling’s chances of victory has gone the way of buggy whips and the Edsel.
  3. Even if Bolling maintains a money advantage, short of promising to pay for  registration fees and hotel rooms, it’s difficult to buy the kind of support needed to win a convention (unless your opponent is flat broke).  Primaries can be bought with expensive, usually negative, media campaigns.  Grassroots activism is tougher to come by.
  4. The list goes on …

Granted, nothing is a sure thing.  That said, Cuccinelli is the voice of the conservative, activist wing of Virginia’s GOP.  The liberal media tried to dismiss Cuccinelli in 2009 and hope to do so again in 2013.

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Company Seeking Casino License Gives $100,000 to O’Malley Group

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Sun’s Annie Linskey reports that Caesars Entertainment has given $100,000 to the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA).  The DGA is led by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.  Caesars is seeking a license to operate a casino in Baltimore.

O’Mallley’s spokesman has said the governor keeps association business separate from state decision making. An independent board whose members are appointed by O’Malley, the House speaker and the Senate president will determine whether Caesars can build a casino here.

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Obama Returning $200,000 Tied to Mexican Fugitive

WASHINGTON – The Obama campaign is returning approximately $200,000 in campaign contributions tied to a Mexican fugitive.  The funds were raised by the brothers of fugitive Juan Jose Rojas Cardona.  Cardona was arrested in 1994 on drug and fraud charges.  He subsequently jumped bail.

Cardona’s brothers, Carlos and Alberto, have emerged as major Democrat fundraisers.  In 2011 they attempted to arrange a pardon for their brother from the governor of Iowa through the chairman of the Iowa Democrat Party.  After this attempt failed, the Cardona brothers have raised money for the Obama re-election campaign and the Democrat National Committee while they seek a presidential pardon for their brother Juan.

The return of the money was announced after the New York Times contacted the Obama administration and asked questions about the contributions.


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Obama Changes Tune on “Super PAC’s”

WASHINGTON – Ever since the Supreme Court delivered its “Citizen United” decision President Barack Obama has derided “Super PAC’s” and the use of corporate money in political campaigns.  He even went so far as to attack the Supreme Court in his 2010 “State of the Union” address.  Now Obama has changed his tune, raising money for a left-leaning “Super PAC”.  On Monday night the President held a conference call with wealthy donors asking them to contribute to Priorities USA, a “Super PAC” founded by two former Obama aides.


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O’Malley Raises Money for Gay Marriage from Legislators

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Some members of the Maryland General Assembly are outraged by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s attempt to raise money for a gay marriage lobby from the very legislators charged with weighing the bills merits.  Del. Mike Smigiel (R-36) has published a copy of O’Malley’s fundraising appeal for the group Marylanders for Marriage Equality.

Is the Governor raising political funds on the taxpayers’ dime and using state funded equipment to do so?  This message was sent out on O’Malley’s Blackberry.  Is the state paying for any part of this?

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