Brian Slodysko

  • aide Nov 8, 2019

    AP Exclusive: Aide of 2020 Dem Candidate Steyer Offered Money for Endorsements

    A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations. The overtures from Pat Murphy, a former state House speaker who is serving as a top adviser on Steyer’s Iowa campaign, aren’t illegal —...

  • Donald Trump Oct 9, 2019

    Trump Escalates Impeachment Fight, Barring Envoy's Testimony

    Escalating his fight against Congress’ impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump flouted Democratic warnings about impeachable conduct Tuesday in blocking a U.S. diplomat from testifying about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. House committee chairmen quickly issued a subpoena to force the envoy to appear before the House next week and produce documents recovered from his personal devices.

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Sanders, Warren Upend How Democrats Raise Money

    There’s big money in thinking small. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren raked in more cash over the past three months than any of their rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. And it’s not because they’ve been working the big-donor fundraising circuit. The Vermont and Massachusetts senators have upended the way Democratic presidential candidates can raise tens of millions of dollars....

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2019

    Biden Raises Middling $15.2M in 3rd Quarter for 2020 Bid

    Joe Biden raised $15.2 million for his presidential campaign over the last three months. The sum places him well ahead of many lower-tier candidates in the Democratic primary. But it’s a middling amount for one of the top-polling candidates in the Democratic primary and lags behind what Bernie Sanders raised by more than $10 million. Read More

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2019

    Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists

    Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists. “I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted. Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    Democrats Spending Millions to Try to Take Back Statehouses

    Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors’ offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a longtime Republican district covering a wealthy enclave of Dallas, Democratic challenger Shawn Terry has raised $235,000, an eye-popping...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2019

    Trump Fundraiser Puts Billionaire Host on Defensive

    A billionaire New York investor and owner of the Miami Dolphins who is hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Donald Trump on Friday also has a financial interest in the president’s business empire — including his iconic Manhattan tower.

  • Aug 9, 2019

    President in Hamptons for Controversial Fundraiser

    The president is in the Hamptons for a controversial fundraiser. Greg Cergol reports.

  • Donald Trump Jul 16, 2019

    O'Rourke Raises Just $3.6M, a Big Drop From Last Quarter

    Beto O’Rourke raised just $3.6 million in the second quarter, a dramatic drop that places him among a growing group of Democratic presidential hopefuls who are struggling to raise the cash needed for a credible White House run. The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing cover story in Vanity Fair and the expectation that he would be...

  • Donald Trump Jul 15, 2019

    Harris Blasts Epstein's Law Firm, Takes Money From Its Attorneys

    Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said work done by their former law firm, which represented the financier accused of sexual abuse, “calls into question the integrity of our legal system.” Yet the same...

  • Associated Press Jul 1, 2019

    Democrat Pete Buttigieg Says He Raised Nearly $25M in 2nd Quarter

    Democrat Pete Buttigieg said Monday that he took in $24.8 million during the second fundraising quarter, more than triple what the South Bend, Indiana, mayor raised during the first three months of the year for his surprise hit presidential campaign. Buttigieg was the first White House contender to announce his fundraising numbers for the quarter, which ended at midnight. His...

  • Donald Trump Jul 1, 2019

    On Edge: 2020 Dems Face Prospect of Being Cut From Debates

    The largest presidential field in modern Democratic politics could quickly shrink as more than half of the contenders are in real danger of failing to meet tougher requirements to participate in the fall round of debates. Short on support and money and bound by tough party rules, once soaring politicians may soon be seen as also-rans. They include Julian Castro,...

  • Governor Jun 14, 2019

    1st Dem Debate Lineups Are Out, Setting Up Biden Vs. Sanders

    The Democratic National Committee on Thursday named the 20 presidential candidates who qualified to appear on stage later this month in the first primary debate of the 2020 campaign. The DNC, which is sanctioning the debate, set two ways for candidates to qualify — fundraising and polling. To make the stage, candidates needed to have either at least 1 percent...

  • Donald Trump Apr 26, 2019

    At NRA Convention, Trump Says US Withdrawing From Arms Trade Treaty

    In a largely symbolic gesture to a group that helped him win the White House, President Donald Trump said Friday he is pulling the U.S. back from an international agreement on the arms trade, telling the National Rifle Association the treaty is “badly misguided.” Trump made the announcement at the NRA’s annual convention, where he vowed to fight for gun...

  • Donald Trump Apr 16, 2019

    Democrats Raise $75M So Far, Signaling a Drawn-Out Fight

    Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field by raising $18 million and California Sen. Kamala Harris came in second with $12 million. Former Texas Rep. Beto...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2019

    Inside Buttigieg's ‘Complicated' Relationship With Pence

    On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence’s cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana’s fourth largest city, his tone toward the state’s Republican former governor was more muted. During the four years in which they overlapped in Indiana politics, Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor, had a cordial relationship with Pence....

  • Donald Trump Mar 18, 2019

    2020 Democratic Hopefuls Campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and Elsewhere

    Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Saturday that being a white man in a 2020 Democratic field that’s so deeply diverse won’t be a hindrance because his gender and race have given him inherent advantages for years. While he’d spoken before about his gender and race, O’Rourke had largely dodged campaign-trail questions about whether his party would go for a white...

  • Facebook Nov 17, 2018

    Dems Gear Up for More Digital Spending in 2020

    One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. “You’re going to have to have an organization that speaks directly to voters on their phones and their computers,” said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, which spearheaded much of...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2018

    Democrats and Republicans Rush to Avert Third Party Spoilers

    Two congresswomen running for U.S Senate in Arizona are crisscrossing the state, raising millions of dollars and trying to exploit every possible advantage to eke out a win in what both sides expect to be a photo-finish race. The wild card: Angela Green, a Green Party candidate who could win votes that might have gone to Democrat Krysten Sinema, clearing...

  • New York City Nov 1, 2018

    Rare Drop in NRA Election Spending as Gun-Limit Groups Rise

    The National Rifle Association — long seen as a kingmaker in Republican politics — is taking a lower profile in this year’s high-stakes midterm campaign, a sign of the shifting dynamics of the gun debate as the GOP fights to maintain its grip on Congress. The NRA has put $11 million into midterm races this year — less than half...

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