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The day Bernie announced his candidacy, April 30, he raised in excess of $1 million through ActBlue. On May 3, he raised $1.6 million. Except for those 2 days, his supporters donated an average $177,598 to Act Blue for Mr. Sanders each day between May 4 and June 17.
And that $8.3 Million is only the money raised by Act Blue - the article speculates the final number raised by June 30 will be in excess of $9 million.
Bernie Sanders’s Early Online Haul: $8.3 Million
JUNE 26, 2015
The enthusiastic crowds that have been greeting Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail have been matched by online donor excitement. Mr. Sanders, the socialist Vermont senator running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised at least $8.3 million online through June 17, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign won’t file its initial report until July 15, but filings by ActBlue, the online fund-raising committee that serves as a conduit for Democratic campaigns, show that Mr. Sanders has brought in more money in May and the first half of June than any other Democratic candidate using ActBlue.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jun 27, 2015, 05:57 PM (6 replies)
I post one of these a day, or a link to a positive report on Bernie's activities/speeches/etc.
And I'm getting positive responses from FB friends who are typically apolitical. Example:
"He is so right about so many things!!!"
Posted by Divernan | Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:57 PM (1 replies)
I know this poll was reported from other sources, but to me it's big news that the International New York Times is featuring the report AND that the Int. NYT report is popping up on the Facebook feed.
New Hampshire Poll Shows Bernie Sanders in Dead Heat With Hillary Clinton
The next time Hillary Rodham Clinton visits New Hampshire, she need not look over her shoulder to find Bernie Sanders; the Vermont Senator is running right alongside her in a statistical dead heat for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a CNN/WMUR poll released on Thursday.
While Mrs. Clinton has been popular in New Hampshire, her favorable ratings have dropped since February, while Mr. Sanders’s have been climbing. And his negatives are lower than hers. So their net favorability ratings (favorable minus unfavorable) are now equal, at 55 percent. The poll shows Mrs. Clinton drawing 43 percent of likely Democratic primary voters compared to 35 percent for Mr. Sanders, but with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points, the race is a statistical tie.
While Mrs. Clinton has been enormously popular in New Hampshire, her favorable ratings have dropped almost 20 points since February, while Mr. Sanders’s have been climbing. And his negatives are lower than hers. So their net favorability ratings (favorable minus unfavorable) are now equal, at 55 percent. Working against her is the hefty 28 percent who view her as the “least honest.”
Working to Mr. Sanders’s advantage: Most voters believe he “best represents Democrats like yourself” and “cares the most about people like you.” The one issue that voters said he was better able to handle than Mrs. Clinton was dealing with “big banks and corporations.”
Posted by Divernan | Fri Jun 26, 2015, 03:22 PM (2 replies)
As the high school girl who slept in a Hillary for President T-shirt for most of 2007, cried when she conceded to Barack Obama, railed at Congress during the Benghazi hearings and was an early follower of Texts from Hillary, I took heart from the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign had created.
As as been pointed out in repeated articles about Hillary's unpaid campaign "fellows", only young people from wealthy families can afford to work for her campaign.
Meanwhile, Hillary's campaign just hired journalist/Fusion host and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos' daughter. http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/jorge-ramos-announces-his-daughter-will-work-for-clinton/265511 "I am disclosing that my daughter, Paola, has accepted a position working with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”
So here's the big question, Is SHE being paid? If so, was she hired and given preferential treatment, i.e, being paid, because of her father's influential position as a news anchor? Or because according to Time magazine, "Jorge Ramos is one of the most influential men in the world." http://www.mediamoves.com/2015/04/jorge-ramos-makes-times-100-influential-list.html
If she (who just graduated from Harvard last month) like other Clinton campaign workers is not being paid, then who's picking up her relocation, cost of living, medical insurance expenses? Reasonably, one would expect it's her father/family. This is the father who states he still talks to her on the phone everyday, but protests he can maintain his journalistic integrity, impartiality, fairness, etc. http://www.latintimes.com/jorge-ramos-letter-daughter-paola-will-melt-your-heart-318583
The reality is that whomever actually subsidizes all the expenses and costs of living for unpaid campaign workers is indirectly contributing to the Clinton campaign, and doubtless in excess of the legal limits on campaign contributions. What stinks about this? Pretty SLICK, huh?
Posted by Divernan | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 12:13 PM (62 replies)
Source: KUOW Seattle
The Shell Oil rig that left Elliott Bay last week isn't the only big vessel heading to the Arctic from Seattle. A Coast Guard icebreaker heads to Alaska on Wednesday. The Seattle-based ship will help a multinational team of scientists explore pollution at the North Pole.
Climate change has fueled competition at the top of the world, where shipping and resource extraction are becoming feasible for the first time. With a tiny fleet of icebreakers (the Coast Guard has just two in operation), the U.S. lags behind other nations. At last count, Russia has 41 icebreakers.
KUOW's John Ryan reports.
"It's a beehive of activity on the docks at the Coast Guard station in South Seattle. Crew members and scientists are loading crate after crate on board the Healy. It's a 420-foot long ice breaker.
"This is historic, the fact that all these nations are working together. It's historic just from that point of view. They will be getting a pan-arctic picture of the chemistry of the Arctic Ocean. This will generate data that will be used for decades to come."
Read more: http://kuow.org/post/seattle-icebreaker-heads-north-pole
In a rare example of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans, Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski have introduced legislation to add as many six ice breakers to the U.S. Coast Guard fleet, which currently only has 2, as compared to Russia's more than 40 icebreakers.
Climate change has been shrinking the northern ice cap about 10 percent each decade. Polar shipping and mining are becoming feasible where they never were before. Nations have been jockeying for territory and resources at the top of the planet.
Cantwell: "The Chinese, the Russians are already aggressive in their resource development in the Arctic. I found out this morning even India is building an icebreaker."
The Coast Guard estimates new ice breakers could cost nearly a billion dollars each. Cantwell says it'll be worth it as shrinking ice makes the Arctic grow in economic importance, if not ecological health, in the years ahead.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 11:21 AM (5 replies)
My best cat ever - out of many rescues - was a large male tuxedo/16 lbs. - whom I fed outdoors for over a year, through a Pennsylvania winter. In addition to dry food, I roasted a whole chicken a week for him and mixed it in w/dry food to keep him nourished. Finally tempted him through the kitchen door (more roast chicken), swept him up in a big beach towel, took him to the vet's where he required just over a thousand dollars of treatment/3 broken eye teeth; torn and bleeding tear duct; v-shaped wound in his back (maybe from the neighborhood hawk); plus testing for feline HIV, neutering & inoculations - all the while not knowing whether he'd accept being an indoor cat or I'd have to release him back into the woods. He never struggled with the vet or me - just froze when we touched him. Took him home & the 3rd day I put him in my lap to put medicine on his back, he started out frozen immobile, then gave a huge sigh, relaxed, started purring like a motor boat, and snuggling - first under one arm, then my other arm, then up under my chin. He enjoyed napping and sunning on my 2nd floor deck, from which he could watch the woods, but never made any effort to leave my house. He'd sleep in various comfy spots around the house, but at some point every night, he'd jump up onto my bed, crawl under my arm and sleep until morning. He was my Best Boy for 10 very good years. I have two newer rescues, but I still miss him.
In popular culture
Posted by Divernan | Mon Jun 22, 2015, 07:25 AM (3 replies)
let alone combines the fake smile with pointing at some anonymous distant member of an audience with the extreme raised eyebrows as if to say, "Oh my god, it's my old college roommate I haven't seen in 40 years."
HRC and Bill aren't the only politicians who do it of course, but they are masters of it and it's gotten to be way too exaggerated and phony.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Jun 21, 2015, 11:40 PM (0 replies)
She will hang on to the bitter end, to keep adding $$$ to her campaign fund - which she gets to keep if she drops out of the race - subject to some spending restrictions (which are variably enforced) but still quite useful.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Jun 21, 2015, 11:05 PM (0 replies)
CLASSIC HILLARY - WORDS NOT DEEDS - "ooh, ooh, it's so baaaad not to pay student interns, except when they're interning for MY family "charity" or MY campaign!" And CLASSIC Clinton Foundation allocation of those millions in donations - private jets & 5 star presidential suite accomodations at glittering, celebrity filled "meetings", but squat all for new graduates with student loans - although the received wisdom is that only young people of independent means and without student loan debt can afford to "volunteer" for HRC OR the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Doesn't Like Unpaid Internships, but Clinton Foundation Sure Does
The charity spent $30 million on salaries last year but not one cent on interns, unlike the Ford or Gates Foundations. What gives?
Hillary Clinton may be running for president as a champion for the middle class, but the Clinton Foundation’s interns do not get paid. “Businesses have taken advantage of unpaid internships to an extent that it is blocking the opportunities for young people to move on into paid employment,” Clinton said at UCLA in 2013. “More businesses need to move their so-called interns to employees.”
That doesn’t happen at her own business, the Clinton Foundation that Bill started in 2001.
The foundation goes through about 100 interns each summer, with slightly less during the school year. Summer interns volunteer 30 to 40 hours a week, while interns who work during a college semester may work 25 hours. The most some interns receive is a $2,000 stipend for a four-month period, and that depends on financial need.
Paying them all New York’s minimum wage of $8.75, for instance, would cost a fraction of the foundation’s budget, which spent $29.9 million (PDF) on employee salaries, compensation, and benefits for about 2,000 employees worldwide in 2013.
“There is no section of the Labor Law that exempts ‘interns’ at not-for-profit organizations from the minimum wage requirements,” a New York Department of Labor handout clarifies (PDF). Unlike for-profit corporations, nonprofits in New York are allowed to employ unpaid volunteers. Unpaid volunteers can’t be required to work certain hours though (Foundation interns are), and they cannot be compensated in any way except for reimbursement for expenses (some Foundation interns get stipends).
Posted by Divernan | Sun Jun 21, 2015, 08:20 AM (1 replies)
The chock-a-block crowded field of extreme & bizarre candidates on the GOP side will self-destruct in their primary.
Whomever is the Democratic candidate will win, going away.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jun 20, 2015, 09:23 AM (0 replies)