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“Florida Man buys state” — American Bridge PAC says Americans for Prosperity PAC buys Florida

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The liberal American Bridge super PAC has released a voluminous new report contending that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have become “puppets” of the rival conservative Americans For Prosperity super PAC. American Bridge’s 144-page report, entitled “Florida Man Buys State: Koch Impacts In the Sunshine State,” was released Friday to coincide with Americans for Prosperity’s annual Defending The American Dream Summit in Orlando this weekend. Rubio will be a keynote speaker Friday. The report seeks to…

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Sally Bradshaw’s bolt from GOP a sign of Donald Trump’s impact on party

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Less than four years ago, the Republican Party tapped a few respected party officials to help the GOP find its way forward. This week, one of them says she’s leaving the party — driven out by Donald Trump. While not a household name, Sally Bradshaw‘s decision to leave the GOP rocked those who make politics their profession. The longtime aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of the five senior Republican strategists tasked with identifying the party’s shortcomings…

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Koch network refusing to help Donald Trump

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From a luxury hotel on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, some of the nation’s most powerful Republican donors are rebelling against Donald Trump. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, host of the exclusive weekend retreat, did not mention Trump by name as warned that political leaders are giving “frightening” answers to America’s challenges. One of his chief lieutenants was more direct as he made clear that Koch’s expansive political network would not use its tremendous resources to help Trump win this…

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Running mate Mike Pence: Conservative but not angry about it

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As a conservative talk-radio host in the 1990s, Mike Pence described himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.” Two decades later, Pence is the unflappable conservative governor of Indiana who’s being plucked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump as his running mate. Where Trump is impulsive, Pence is cool-headed. Where Trump makes conservatives suspicious, Pence has credibility. And where Trump struggles to draw evangelical Christians, Pence is well-regarded by them. A favorite quote highlights how Pence might smooth some of the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.16.15 – Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

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With all the Republican candidates gathering at the Venetian in Las Vegas for the last GOP presidential debate in 2015, the question I ask you today is – will the Republican nominee be anyone other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz? Trump was his classic self last night, but finally had somebody take it to him in the person of Jeb Bush, who had several well-rehearsed put-down lines that had the Donald mumbling to himself and making absurd faces. Bush condemned…

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FSU took in $626,247 from Charles Koch Foundation last year

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Over the years, conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch have spent vast amounts of money on political advertising and campaign donations in recent years trying to get Republicans elected. In January, they promised through their political network to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 election, after spending nearly $400 million during the 2012 campaign. Not so well known until recent years is how much they’ve been spending on college campuses in recent years — but it’s increasing year by year. In…

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Big money supporters could be just the thing Marco Rubio needs for 2016

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Jeb Bush and his blockbuster GOP fundraising effort in the run-up to a likely presidential campaign has left fellow Floridian Marco Rubio wondering if there will be any money remaining. Not quite, as billionaire Miami auto tycoon Norman Braman steps up to the plate, says Ed O’Keefe and Matea Gold in The Washington Post. Braman, a longtime Rubio supporter, could put up to $10 million into a super PAC supporting Rubio if (and when) the Florida senator decides on a White House…

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