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Lindsey Graham's Been Pleading for Cash. It's Paid Off

GOP senator from SC raised $1M or so a day for first 2 weeks in October

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has continued to rake in campaign cash in the closing days of his bid for a fourth term, raising about $1 million a day for the first two weeks of October. Early Friday, Graham's campaign said it had raised nearly $15 million in the first half of... More »

For Trump Campaign, a Surprising 'Cash Crunch'

President weighs putting $100M of his own money into the race, per Bloomberg

(Newser) - Candidate Trump spent $66 million of his own money on the 2016 campaign. President Trump might make the unusual move of pouring even more of his own money into the 2020 race, reports Bloomberg . Trump is considering a personal outlay of up to $100 million, an unprecedented expense for an... More »

Biden Sees Another Edge in 'Highly Unusual' Fundraising Season

Former VP brings in $10M more than Trump in June, $16M more in 2nd quarter

(Newser) - In May, Joe Biden brought in $7 million more than President Trump in fundraising cash. In June, the former VP continued that streak, and then some. Per the Hill , Biden's team announced Wednesday it had, in conjunction with the DNC and its shared fundraising committees, brought in $10 million... More »

Trump Raised $74M in May. Biden Raced Past That

Despite ex-VP's $81M haul, president still has sizable advantage in cash on hand

(Newser) - President Trump was outraised by Joe Biden in May, taking in $74 million for his reelection, but he maintains a sizable advantage in cash on hand over the presumptive Democratic nominee. The pro-Trump effort, which includes fundraising by the Republican National Committee, on Saturday reported its total days after Biden... More »

Guy Fieri Is the 'Hero We Need'

Writing for BuzzFeed, Scaachi Koul goes to bat for the often-maligned celebrity chef

(Newser) - Guy Fieri has somehow morphed into a scapegoat of sorts over the years: The affable celebrity chef has been the butt of existential jokes , the recipient of bad restaurant reviews , and the subject of some odd headlines . But we've got the 52-year-old foodie all wrong, writes Scaachi Koul for... More »

In Graham's Re-Election Bid, a Fundraising Surprise

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraises the South Carolina incumbent

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham raised an impressive $5.6 million for his re-election campaign in the first three months of the year, behind only fellow Sens. Mitch McConnell and Martha McSally. But in a surprise, Graham's Democratic challenger in South Carolina raised even more—$7.3 million, reports the Post and ... More »

Attending Trump's Saturday Fundraiser Will Really Cost You

Entry fee for new Trump fundraiser this weekend: $580K per couple

(Newser) - President Trump has been to nearly 50 "intimate gatherings" with top-level GOP donors over the past two-plus years, per estimates by the Washington Post —but his latest will be his steepest of those fundraisers so far. Billionaire Nelson Peltz is the host, Peltz's estate in Palm Beach,... More »

She Wanted to Help Australia's Fire Victims. Out Came the Nudes

'Naked Philanthropist' Kaylen Ward says she's brought in $700K, but the initiative has its downside

(Newser) - The "Naked Philanthropist" will be sending out a lot of nude photos after she says she raised $700,000 for victims of Australia's bushfires. Los Angeles model Kaylen Ward urged Twitter followers Friday to donate to groups such as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Victoria Country... More »

Bernie Sanders Smokes Rivals on Fundraising

He pulls in $34.5M in 4th quarter, far more than anyone else

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders just had the best fundraising quarter of any Democratic candidate in 2019: He pulled in $34.5 million in the final three months of the year, reports NBC News . The big number, raised mainly through small donations online, might deliver a "financial jolt" in the Democratic race... More »

Reporter Who Covered Fundraising Star? Out of a Job

Aaron Calvin is 'no longer' with the Des Moines Register, editor writes

(Newser) - A Des Moines Register reporter who exposed a viral star's old, racist tweets—but who turned out to have ugly tweets of his own—will need to find a new job, KCCI reports. Details are unclear, but the paper's editor writes that he is "no longer with... More »

Black Teens Held at Gunpoint by White Woman, Police Say

Youths were going door to door to raise money for football team

(Newser) - Four black teenagers going door to door in an Arkansas town to raise money for their high school football team were held at gunpoint by a white woman until police arrived, officials say. Jerri Kelly, whose husband is the county's jail administrator, has been charged with four counts of... More »

Amy McGrath's First 24 Hours Were Extremely Lucrative

When it comes to Democratic Senate candidates, the most lucrative ever

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Democrat Amy McGrath announced she was going toe-to-toe with Mitch McConnell. On Wednesday, her campaign announced it pulled in $2.5 million in the first 24 hours—a record for a Democratic Senate campaign by a long shot. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says the previous record-holder was... More »

'Head-Turning' 2nd Quarter for Buttigieg: $24.8M

Indiana mayor is first Democratic candidate to announce this quarter's haul

(Newser) - If anyone had doubts that Pete Buttigieg is a serious contender for president, those doubts may dissipate after a look at the latest fundraising numbers. After bringing in a notable $7 million in his first three months of the race, Buttigieg's campaign announced Monday that they raised $24.8... More »

He Raised $7M in 3 Months. Now $7M More, in Just One

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg takes in massively impressive haul in April

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg seemingly came out of nowhere when he entered the 2020 race, and Politico points to a new development as evidence of his "explosive rise" since. When the mayor from South Bend, Ind., first jumped into the presidential fray, he raised $7 million during his first three months... More »

After Parents Disowned Her, Queer Eye Fans Raise $90K

Jess Guilbeaux is going back to school, thanks to help from strangers who saw her on 'Queer Eye'

(Newser) - When a GoFundMe was set up for Jess Guilbeaux, the goal of $100,000 for the 23-year-old— whose story of being disowned by her adoptive parents after they discovered she was gay appeared on Netflix's third season of Queer Eye—seemed far off. Now that crowdfunding initiative has reached... More »

She Was Disowned for Being Gay. Then the Queer Eye Guys Stepped In

Netflix episode featuring Jess Guilbeaux has proved to be an 'ugly cry' one

(Newser) - Netflix recently started streaming the third season of Queer Eye, and one episode in particular is causing people to "ugly cry." NBC News reports on "Black Girl Magic," the fifth episode, which puts 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux in the spotlight. Guilbeaux, a waitress in Lawrence, Kan., was... More »

Sanders' Fundraising Team Should Be Celebrating

Campaign raised a whopping $5.9M in 24 hours

(Newser) - Front-runner, indeed . Just 24 hours after officially kicking off his campaign for president, Bernie Sanders has lined his pockets with $5.9 million raised from more than 225,000 donors, according to the Vermont senator's campaign. The New York Times reports the tally is "not unexpected" but... More »

Patton Oswalt Got Trolled on Twitter. His Troll Is Now 'Humbled'

Comedian directed fans to donate money to sick man's GoFundMe

(Newser) - A Twitter troll went after Patton Oswalt—and the comedian managed to turn it into one of the most uplifting stories of the week. It started Wednesday, when Oswalt made fun of President Trump on Twitter , which provoked snarky reactions from 64-year-old Michael Beatty, including saying he was happy Oswalt'... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

Muslims Quickly Raise Money for Synagogue Victims

The total has surpassed $100K

(Newser) - In the immediate aftermath of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, two Muslim nonprofit groups set out to raise $25,000 for victims on the crowdfunding site LaunchGood . They passed that goal within six hours, reports the Times of Israel . In fact, as of Monday morning, the groups CelebrateMercy and MPower... More »

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