Romney Lands Second $100M Month

Aug 6, 2012, 2:35 pm EDT
Romney Lands Second $100M Month

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney continues to outpace President Barack Obama in fundraising, raising over $100 million for the second straight month in July.

Romney’s campaign, the Republican National Committee, and a committee comprised of several state-level Republican party organizations raised $101.3 million in July, just short of the record $106.1 million raised in June. They ended July with $185.9 million cash in hand, up from the $160 million war chest they had at the end of June.

For the third straight month, Obama was beaten in fundraising by Romney. In July, his campaign brought in $75 million, a $4 million improvement over June but not enough to catch up to Romney. Read 

Here’s Who Will Be Speaking at GOP 2012 Convention

Aug 6, 2012, 12:26 pm EDT
Here’s Who Will Be Speaking at GOP 2012 Convention

The Republican National Convention will see former presidential candidates, GOP governors in crucial swing states, and the party’s rising stars speak in headline spots when the convention gets under way in Tampa Bay, Fla. from August 27-30.

Former 2008 Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and the Republicans’ 2008 presidential nominee John McCain will receive prime speaking slots during the convention, as will Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Scott and Kasich will almost certainly be drumming up GOP support for two of the most important swing states in this election, while Haley and Martinez are the first females to serve as governor of their respective states.

Also on the speaking list is former Secretary of State and potential vice presidential candidate Condoleezza Rice. Read 

Jon Stewart Dings Dems Over Chick-fil-A

Aug 6, 2012, 9:15 am EDT
Jon Stewart Dings Dems Over Chick-fil-A

The Chick-fil-A controversy became perfect fodder for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show Thursday when Democratic mayors Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Tom Menino of Boston vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening in their cities.

As it turns out, most political experts — and Stewart — pointed out this would likely be unconstitutional. As The Daily Show’s host said:

“Pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellent. Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top one.” Read 

Twitter Introduces New Political Index

Aug 3, 2012, 10:15 am EDT
Twitter Introduces New Political Index

Looking for a new way to track the political fortunes of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? Twitter has you covered.

The social media site has introduced a new political index, called the Twindex. Twindex monitors hundreds of millions of Twitter messages for opinions and views about both presidential candidates, breaks them up depending on whether they pertain to Obama or Romney, and then gives each candidate an overall rating.

Twitter’s goal isn’t to replace traditional polling, but to provide a more real-time view of how people view each candidate. Read 

Rubio Bill Would Exempt Olympians From Paying Taxes on Their Medals

Aug 2, 2012, 11:38 am EDT
Rubio Bill Would Exempt Olympians From Paying Taxes on Their Medals

U.S. Olympians who achieve success will find themselves receiving more than gold, silver, or bronze. When they return from London, they will also face a larger tax bill.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wants to change that.

Rubio has introduced a bill that would exempt United States medalists from paying taxes on their medals. More specifically, it would eliminate taxes on the honorariums that medalists receive in addition to their medals. Read 

No Vacancy: The Web Is About to Run Out of Room for Political Ads

Aug 2, 2012, 11:13 am EDT

The Internet may seem like a vast, almost infinite galaxy of cute cat pictures, Facebook messages, and breaking news. In one area of the Internet, though, space is at a premium.

What area is that? Political advertising. More specifically, political advertising tacked onto videos from certain web sites.

Why is there limited space for political ads on YouTube and its video brethren? It’s a simple case of supply and demand. Demand for video ads, which typically run for 15 or 30 seconds before the video a user actually wants to see is shown, is higher than supply. In particular, these sites let advertisers buy spots that target users by zip code or category. That means ads aimed at users in swing states, or for users interested in news and politics, are harder to come by. Read 

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