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At a fundraiser last week in Houston, President George W. Bush opined on the reason behind America's economic troubles:
Wall Street got drunk, it got drunk...it's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off your TV cameras. It got drunk and now it's got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up, and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments.
Complete story and video are over here.
No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Barack Obama has pulled out the boxing gloves against rival Hillary Clinton. Here's an excerpt from a fundraising letter that his campaign just emailed under the heading "Hillary's Money."
We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.
If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long....
Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She's even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans.
I think it's time to turn the page on that kind of politics, and that's why I have not accepted a dime from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs in this race. We rely on a network of more than 350,000 ordinary people to make us competitive -- more supporters than all the other Democratic candidates combined.
Washington lobbyists have chosen their candidate and are determined to provide her with an overwhelming advantage.
Polichicks, check out this Washington Post profile of a woman in politics doing her thing. Julianna Smoot took Barack Obama's fundraising plan from just a hope and a prayer to a lean, mean money machine.
Julianna Smoot wearing her best accessory, a smile. Photo credit: Rick Carioti, The Washington Post.
Hillary Clinton whupped some you-know-what in fundraising this past quarter. She raised $27 million, and for the first time, beat Barack Obama in number of new donors and amount of primary election money raised.
Clinton Outpaces Obama in Fundraising in Third Quearter [CNN]
Clinton Leads the Field in Campaign Fundraising [The Los Angeles Times]
James Denton, who plays hearthrop Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives, says that he is "desperate" for "the kind of change that John Edwards is offering - the kind of change that America deperately needs." He also says that Edwards is desperate for cash and asks for contributions. If you are desperate to see for yourself, the video is below.
A party will be held soon in Palo Alto, CA to raise $10,000 in campaign donations for Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. According to the party invitation, the party theme is "$9.11 for Rudy," and party goers are asked to contribute $9.11 each "to show how many individual, everyday Americans support `America's Mayor.'"
We know what you're thinking: "This sounds like the tackiest, most self-serving and insensitive exploitation of those who lost their lives in the 911 terrorist attacks. No one, not even Rudy 'let's flaunt my mistress in front of the kids' Guiliani would be this insensitive, this stupid. Is this some kind of sick joke?!"
Nope. No joke. You can't make stuff like this up.
TMZ is reporting that Oprah wants out-of-town guests for her Barack Obama fundraiser to stay at the San Ysidro Ranch. One little snafu... there's a wedding there the day of her fundraiser, and many of the guest rooms are already booked.
Oprah's people have tried to get the bride to move her wedding, but she won't budge. Well, of course not. It's her wedding! You know, that (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event that little girls dream of (and sometimes plan) from birth?
All sentiments aside, Oprah got her way. "The wedding party did cancel a few rooms -- but we didn't charge a cancellation fee because there was such a demand for rooms that weekend," said the hotel manager.
If you're one of the lucky 1500 of O's closest friends who will be at the fundraiser, you'll be kicking it with Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, and [insert deep, wishful sigh here] George Clooney. All are expected to attend.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with co-hosts Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on September 14 in Los Angeles. In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country."
Just days earlier on September 8, Oprah Winfrey will host a fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Montecito estate.
Oprah Winfrey, who has called presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama "my favorite guy" and "my choice," will host a swank fundraiser for him at her Montecito estate. This is sure to be among the most talked-about events of the election season. Who wouldn't want to kick it with Oprah, Barack and a bunch of A-list celebrities in Oprah's posh mansion?! We are so there!
Tickets are $2,300 per person, which is the maximum amount that an individual can contribute to a primary election. An individual can give a federal candidate up to a total of $4,600 in an election cycle, $2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election. There are also perks for guests who raise money for the event in addition to writing their own check. Guests who raise $25,000 will get into a VIP reception, and those who raise $50,000 will get into a VIP dinner.
This is the first time that Oprah has officially endorsed an White House candidate. As Oprah is one of the most influential celebrities with a fan base of millions who trust her opinion and watch her show everyday (us included), her endorsement of Obama is likely to be worth far more to the campaign in exposure than any amount of money raised.