Presidential candidates in the United States raise millions of dollars to fund their campaigns. What happens to leftover money once the campaign ends? JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Former Florida governor Jeb Bush finished a disappointing fourth in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary last month, winning just 7.8 percent of the vote. That same evening, Bush announced that he was dropping out of the race, ending a quest to win the office that his father and brother previously had held. Bush wasn't the first GOP candidate to bomb out in 2016 — 13 others had quit before him — but his failure was even more ignominious because of the gigantic amount of money that contributors had shelled out in hopes of putting him in the Oval Office. According to the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website, as of January 31, Bush's campaign organization and outside groups that supported his candidacy had raised about $152 million. To grasp the enormity of that … [Read more...] about What Happens to Failed Presidential Candidates’ Unspent Campaign Money?
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Ted Cruz is predicted to hold on to his Senate seat. The unexpectedly tight victory brings an end to a race that captured the nation’s attention, both as a reflection of a changing political landscape in Texas and a proxy for the nation. In the week between the start of Early Voting in Texas and Tuesday’s Election Day, Cruz held on to a slimming advantage over O’Rourke, a progressive congressman from El Paso who captivated the national media with his charisma, boyish looks (truly, a moratorium on any comparisons to Kennedy should now be in place), progressive values, and profuse sweating. A poll released a week before Election Day showed Cruz with a 10-point lead over O’Rourke; another poll published just few days later estimated that lead was more like 3 points. The weekend before, Change Research released a poll that had O’Rourke and Cruz “dead even.” “We’ve polled a lot in Texas the past few months, and this marks a notable shift … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz Holds on to His Senate Seat For Now
HOUSTON, TEXAS—Shortly after 9 p.m., when MSNBC announced that Beto O’Rourke would not be the next senator for the state of Texas, some groans could be heard from the crowd gathered at the chic gastropub where the Harris County Democratic Party was holding its election night watch party. But the mood quickly picked back up. There was, after all, a lot to cheer about for Houston’s Democrats on Tuesday night, a far cry from the typical midterm election in Texas. Congressperson Pete Sessions, a truly monumental fucker? Gone. His fellow Tea Party Caucus member John Culberson? Also voted out on Tuesday. Voters in Harris County had chosen Lina Hidalgo, a progressive, 27-year-old immigrant from Colombia and political newcomer to replace a popular Republican as the county executive. And this year, 19 black women were running for judgeships in Harris County, several on a criminal justice reform platform; they had united under the banner of “Harris County Black Girl … [Read more...] about Where Texas Goes Next
Consultants working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign exploited the personal Facebook data of millions. Last month, The New York Times and the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers broke news the social networking giant was duped by researchers, who reportedly gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and then may have misused it for political ads during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook said it was investigating the reports, which involved data consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Over the past three-plus weeks, the situation has snowballed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington this week to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the number of accounts affected has risen to 87 million from initial reports of 50 million. Separately, Facebook said it was purging pages linked to a Russian troll farm that's known for creating fake online identities and posting on both sides of politically divisive issues.Cambridge Analytica … [Read more...] about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know
Year In Review We look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year. It’s that time of year again. It’s time to take a look at the most popular fake photos, quotes, and videos that were circulating on the internet throughout the year. And what a year it was for fakes. This isn’t our first rodeo. We did similar round-ups in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and have been debunking fake news for years. But if it feels like the word “fake” has lost its meaning, you’re not alone. President Donald Trump launched a concerted effort to attack the “fake news” in what he admits is a weaponization of the word for his own purposes. Oddly enough, we actually debunked far fewer things than usual this year. Because even though there were more fakes than ever, people simply became numb to the constant fact-checking. Again, that’s the whole point for people like President Trump, who are lying … [Read more...] about 18 Viral Photos and Videos From 2018 That Were Totally Fake