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Donald Trump inaugural attracts record $107 million in donations

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President Donald Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, nearly double the previous record set by President Barack Obama eight years ago. Trump’s inaugural committee is due to file information about those donors with the Federal Election Commission and said it would do so Tuesday. The committee doesn’t need to publicly disclose how the money was spent. Trump placed no restrictions on the amount of money donors could give. Obama limited contributions to $50,000 in 2009 but lifted that…

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A month into presidency, Donald Trump prepares for a campaign rally

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President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally Saturday in politically strategic Florida — 1,354 days before the 2020 election. The unusually early politicking follows a pattern: Trump filed his paperwork for re-election on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day. By comparison, President Barack Obama didn’t make his re-election bid official with the Federal Election Commission until April 2011. Huge rallies were the hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign. He continued to do them, although with smaller crowds, throughout the early part of…

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Alan Grayson files to run again but says it’s just paperwork, for now

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Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is downplaying prospects that his filing to run again for Congress means he’s going to run again for Congress — but he’s not ruling it out. The Democrat from Orlando — who leaves office Jan. 3 because he did not seek re-election in Florida’s 9th Congressional District — has filed paperwork to run in 2018. And this time he filed to run in Florida’s 11th Congressional District, centered in Lake County. Yet Grayson insisted Tuesday…

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Right to the end, Donald Trump campaign spent less than Hillary Clinton’s

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Donald Trump‘s campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday. The Republican continued his campaign-long trend of spending far less than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Her campaign blew through almost $132 million in its closing weeks, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports cover Oct. 20 through Nov. 28. Over the course of the primary and general elections, the Trump campaign raised…

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When Ron (Sachs) met Matt (Gaetz)

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Ron Sachs, one of Tallahassee’s premier pitchmen, comes from a progressive background: Iconoclast college newspaper editor, spokesman for Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles and the state’s teachers’ union, speechwriter for Democratic Gov. Reubin Askew. Matt Gaetz, a firebrand state representative from northwest Florida, is the picture of Republican values: Tax cutter, gun rights defender, abortion foe. So why did Sachs, CEO of the eponymous PR shop, give $2,500 to Gaetz’s campaign this week? (Here’s the Federal Election Commission filing) Gaetz, Republican candidate for the solidly-conservative 1st Congressional District, is…

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Joni Ernst-affiliated PAC gives $5K to Brian Mast in CD 18

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Brian Mast, the Republican candidate in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, reported $8,700 in contributions in a new filing with the Federal Election Commission Monday, including $5,000 from a committee backing Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. Mast is running against self-funding Democrat Randy Perkins for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Ernst, elected in 2014, has become a major player in GOP politics and is best known for her annual “Roast…

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FEC reviews fraud complaint over donations to Patrick Murphy campaign in 2011

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The country’s top election watchdog group is reviewing campaign donations to Congressman Patrick Murphy‘s House campaign made five years ago. The Hill is reporting the Federal Election Commission will be taking under review a complaint filed against Florida’s newly chosen Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, which claims the Jupiter Democrat accepted potentially illegal contributions in 2011. In July, the FEC notified Murphy was that complaint — from the Republican-led super PAC Senate Leadership Fund — was “a matter under review.” According to the Hill, the…

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