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'Registered Genius' Says He's Made $1.1M Off Trump Fans

Donors are furious at PAC's apparent fundraising scheme

(Newser) - More than $1 million has been raised in the name of Donald Trump by a PAC—but zero dollars appear to have gone to help the GOP nominee, and donors are furious with the "registered genius" and "grape soda connoisseur" behind the setup, Politico reports. Ian Hawes is... More »

Elizabeth Warren Glaringly Absent at Clinton Fundraiser

Mass. pol only one of 14 female Democratic senators not at DC event for Hillary

(Newser) - Thirteen of 14 Democratic female senators showed up Monday night at the DC Hyatt Regency for what Politico calls a "high-profile fundraiser-cum-endorsement summit" for Hillary Clinton, but it was the absent No. 14 who caused the most buzz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren still hasn't thrown her weight behind any... More »

Ex-Cop's Fundraiser for Freddie Gray 6: Blackface

Bobby Berger was fired from Baltimore PD in the '80s for his Al Jolson-inspired act

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer said yesterday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said yesterday that... More »

Girl Banned as Hospital Volunteer for Wearing Pants

Utah student Ellie Kaiser was told females can't wear pants at festive fundraiser

(Newser) - Ellie Kaiser was excited to volunteer for the Festival of Trees on Saturday to help raise money for the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. The high school senior and National Honor Society student put on her most professional attire—a conservative-looking pantsuit she plans to wear to... More »

US Senator Takes Heat for Bloody Fundraiser: Pigeon Shoot

Animal rights groups come down on Jim Inhofe's 'slaughter-fest'

(Newser) - Coming up with a creative way to raise money for your Senate re-election campaign: great idea. Shooting live pigeons out of the sky for said fundraiser: not terribly popular. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is taking more than a little flak from animal rights groups over a moneymaking event he held... More »

'Ice Bucket Challenge' Helps Raise $13M for ALS

But some question its fundraising methods

(Newser) - In the few weeks since July 29, the ALS Association has gotten more than $13 million in donations. Over the same period last year, that figure was around $1.7 million, the New York Times reports. The big difference, of course, is the " Ice Bucket Challenge ," which calls... More »

Zuckerberg's New Friend: Chris Christie

Facebook founder to hold fundraiser for New Jersey governor

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for Chris Christie next month, in perhaps the Facebook founder's most overt display of his political leanings to date. Zuckerberg and Christie apparently hit it off when Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark's school system, USA Today reports. "They have maintained... More »

Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ... More »

Sandy Relief Concert Hauls in $23M

Springsteen, Bon Jovi & Co. rake in cash for storm victims

(Newser) - NBC says its star-studded benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims raised a hefty $23 million for Red Cross relief efforts, in an explosion of website and phone traffic that the Red Cross says topped telethon activity from the previous five years combined. The one-hour broadcast featured New Jersey sons... More »

Romney Event Hosted By Hedge Fund Sex Partier

Leder says he hasn't seen the video yet

(Newser) - Mitt Romney probably wishes you hadn't heard his impolitic talk at a closed-door fundraiser, and he's probably also hoping you don't hear much about the man who organized it: Private equity manager and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Marc Leder. Mother Jones points out earlier reports painting Leder as... More »

At Jay-Z's Obama Soiree: $280K Champagne Tower

350 of the $800 bottles are stacked in 'breathtaking' piece

(Newser) - President Obama will raise $4 million tonight in true "Big Pimpin'" fashion. Yes, Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé are hosting a New York fundraiser for the prez tonight, and it will feature a modest little 18-foot tower of champagne. Specifically, Armand de Brignac champagne, the $800-a-bottle, gold-labeled brand served... More »

More Romney Video: Peace in Middle East Impossible

We'd 'kick the ball down the field': candidate

(Newser) - Mother Jones has more from the Mitt Romney fundraiser that yielded yesterday's off-the-cuff footage . This time, Romney is discussing foreign policy, particularly his feeling that "there's just no way" to establish peace between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinians, he says in the tape, have "no... More »

Romney Unloads on 'Victim' Voters Who Like Obama

Mitt calls 47% of voters 'dependent upon government'

(Newser) - Now we know what Mitt Romney really thinks. In a "secret" video released by Mother Jones , Romney tells a small, wealthy donor group earlier this year that nearly half of Americans are freeloaders addicted to government programs. "There are 47% who are with [President Obama], who are dependent... More »

Protesters in Boat Try to Crash Romney Fundraiser

Mitt makes $3M with trio of Hamptons events

(Newser) - Mitt Romney held three fundraisers at three private residences in the Hamptons yesterday, and protesters arrived by air, land, and sea. Two men were busted after they tried to sail across a pond to crash Romney's fundraiser at the home of Revlon Chairman Ron Perelman, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Romney Camp: Dinner With Trump 'Won't Be Happening'

Mitt camp surprised by Trump's claim to be hosting dinner

(Newser) - Donald Trump's claim to be co-hosting a glitzy fundraising dinner with Mitt Romney in New York City tonight apparently came as a surprise to none other than the Romney campaign, the AP reports. Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to the "Dine With Mitt and Donald" event... More »

Web's Gift to Bullied Bus Monitor: $260K

Karen Klein may take whole family on Disney cruise

(Newser) - Karen Klein had to put up with a shocking amount of bullying from students on the school bus where she works as a monitor—but thanks to the power of the Internet, her story has a happy ending. A 10-minute video of Klein being bullied to the point of tears... More »

Romney, Trump Dodge Birther Talk in Vegas

Mitt will make America great again, Trump says

(Newser) - Mitt Romney appeared at a fundraiser with Donald Trump as he locked up the GOP nomination , but despite Trump's remarks to the media just hours earlier, neither man mentioned the "birther" issue, reports Bloomberg . Romney "is going to be a great president," Trump told hundreds of... More »

Bill Clinton Gala the 'Worst Party Ever'

Plus, Bubba surrounds himself with porn stars

(Newser) - Bill Clinton threw a very expensive fundraiser Tuesday, but the non-celebrity guests were not impressed, with at least one calling it the "worst party ever." The Telegraph recounts tweets and interviews with attendees who stood in line outside for hours after paying anywhere from $200 to nearly $1,... More »

Clooney, Obama Lovefest Sets Fundraising Record

'It's going to be harder this time,' warns Obama

(Newser) - As Dems hoped, President Obama set a new fundraising record at a glitzy event in George Clooney's backyard last night. The fundraiser attended by Hollywood's elite raked in a record-setting $15 million, according to DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, a major Obama fundraiser. Most of the 150 or... More »

Average Folks Donate $10M for Shot at Seat at Clooney's

Tonight's Obama fundraiser to bring in a record-breaking $15M

(Newser) - George Clooney's $40,000-a-plate dinner for President Obama tonight is expected to scoop up an eye-popping $15 million. The Hollywood fete, to be held at Clooney's Los Angeles digs, will feature celebs like Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., and Tobey Maquire among the 150 guests, and is co-hosted... More »

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