Trump Warms To Woody “Will Totally Control What Happens” Johnson

Donald Trump wants GOP megadonors to know he’s ready to capitulate to their self-interested policy agenda in exchange for their financial backing.

Three months ago, Donald Trump lied and said he was self-funding his campaign. Flash-forward to today, and Trump’s still lying about the self-funding, but now Donald’s started sucking up to the Republican donor class — the types that manipulate weak and needy candidates like him in exchange for “tremendous amounts of money.”

Trump, in February:

“I’m the only politician that’s not getting money.  All these guys, like Cruz, is getting tremendous amounts of money from oil and all these different. Jeb Bush — Woody Johnson, from Johnson & Johnson is his campaign finance chair. Woody will totally control what happens.” 

[Donald Trump, Press Conference, Hanahan, SC, 2/15/16]


Trump, yesterday:

“Donald J. Trump met privately on Monday with Woody Johnson, the New York Jets owner and a top Republican fund-raiser”

“Woody’s a […]

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Non-Self Funder Trump Brings On Top Bundler To Raise “Historic” Money

Despite his persistent claims to the contrary, Donald Trump still isn’t self-funding his campaign. (Trump yet again lied about not taking any donations as recently as last Friday; it’s one of several unsubstantiated claims that’s guaranteed play during any given stump speech of his.)

Last week, Trump named hedge fund manager Steve Mnuchin his national finance chairman, and today Trump’s bringing on another Wall Street investor, Anthony Scaramucci, to further bolster his national finance team.

Scaramucci, who was a national finance chair for Mitt Romney in 2012, according to the Washington Post, was similarly involved in Scott Walker and Jeb Bush’s campaigns this cycle.

Now, Scaramucci’s promising to “raise a ‘historic’ sum of money” for Donald Trump.

Again: Donald Trump is not self-funding his campaign.

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Non-Self Funder Donald Trump To End “Self-Funding,” Keep Raising Money

For months, Donald Trump’s been making the (very) iffy claim that he isn’t taking any campaign contributions:

– “I’m self-funding my campaign

– “I’m not raising any money

– “You know, I’m self-funding my campaign

– “I’m not taking their money — I don’t want their money


Now, there’ll be even less legitimacy to Trump’s “I’m self-funding” claim:

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VIDEO: Chris Sununu’s K Street Lobbyist Cash Grab

Chris Sununu went to Washington today to pick up that sweet DC lobbyist cash at mega-lobbying group BGR.

​Sununu was hosted by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his father’s former aide Ed Rogers, two of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington with a client list a mile long, including big oil stalwarts like Chevron and foreign governments like Kazakhstan.

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Rubio Took Hedge Fund Cash From PR Bondholders Before Endorsing Their Position

Marco Rubio may be young, but he already has more than his share of skeletons in his political closet. Recently, Rubio’s campaign has been dogged by his credit card problems and friendship with the sketchy figure David Rivera. Now, Rubio may face questions about his donors’ ties to Puerto Rico’s debt.


Take a look at the latest from Fusion:


When presidential hopeful Marco Rubio announced last month that he opposed letting Puerto Rican government entities declare bankruptcy, he said he that didn’t believe in a “silver bullet solution,” and Puerto Ricans should tighten their belts.


The junior senator for Florida didn’t mention that his campaign had received thousands of dollars from hedge fund executives who would lose big if the commonwealth is allowed to declare bankruptcy.


According to public campaign-finance documents, at least six executives of hedge funds that hold Puerto Rican debt have donated to Rubio’s presidential campaign. Rubio appears to […]

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Trump Skewers Kasich on Lehman in Dumpster Fire Debate

John Kasich tried swinging at Donald Trump tonight at the dumpster fire debate, but the only memorable takeaway was Trump masterfully trashing Kasich for his Lehman job during its collapse.

Since Trump doesn’t have a full-blown rapid response shop, we’re happy to oblige and send background on Kasich trying to cash in on his Ohio connections by pitching Lehman funds to Ohio pensions, which ended up costing Ohio $500 million when Lehman went under:

Kasich Tried To Sell Lehman Brothers’ Funds To Ohio Pensions 
Kasich Pitched State Pensions On Investing With Lehman Brothers 

Columbus Dispatch: While Lehman Brother’s Columbus Office Managing Director, “Kasich Tried To Persuade Two State Pension Funds In 2002 To Invest With Lehman Brothers.”According to the Columbus Dispatch, “Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich tried to persuade two state pension funds in 2002 to invest with Lehman Brothers while he was the managing director of the investment banking house’s Columbus office. In a […]

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Entire GOP Field Would Repeal Dodd-Frank, Return Power To Wall Street

In the era of Donald Trump, Wall Street big whigs seem to be hiding in the shadows so far this election cycle. Don’t confuse silence with compliance when it comes to the Republican presidential candidates. Jeb Bush and John Kasich might have the most obvious ties to big banks, but the rest of the field is also calling for an end to Dodd-Frank, falling right in line with their policies. Wall Street only seems quiet because it’s already got tonight’s main-stage debaters wrapped in its purse strings.

Take a look at the candidates’ ties to Wall Street:

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Said Dodd Frank Is “Terrible” And That He Would “Absolutely” Repeal It. According to The Hill, “[Trump] also slammed the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law as a ‘disaster’ that has stifled economic growth. ‘It’s terrible,’ he said in an interview with The Hill, saying that he would ‘absolutely’ repeal it. ‘Under Dodd-Frank, the regulators are […]

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Rubio May Have Violated Ethics Rules & Broke Federal Law

Marco Rubio yesterday in an interview with Fox News from a senate office building urged viewers to “chip in” to his presidential campaign. As noted by The Huffington Post and various news outlets, Rubio may have violated ethics rules that prohibits such action, but he also potentially broke federal law, which states it is, “unlawful for any person to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election from a person who is located in a room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an officer or employee of the United States.”

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Karl Rove “Spending Big Bucks” To Save Kelly Ayotte

Another one of Kelly Ayotte’s special interest backers is spending millions this week to try to save her campaign.

NH1 reports, “One Nation… will launch a 17-day $1.4 million broadcast, cable, digital and radio ad campaign in the Granite State.”

Who is One Nation?

One Nation is part of Karl Rove’s “constellation of Crossroads organizations” and is specifically focused on saving vulnerable Republican senators in 2016. Already this year, this dark money group spent $2 million propping up Republican senators, including Kelly Ayotte, that back their anti-middle class agenda. Now, Rove is pouring another $1.4 million into New Hampshire to attempt to mask Ayotte’s record of voting to defund Planned Parenthood.

Like American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, One Nation is headed up by Steven Law, who also chairs the Senate Leadership Fund, another arm of the Rove “empire.”

While it’s been reported that One Nation is a “new” (c)4 addition to the Crossroads network, […]

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Marco Rubio’s Wall Street Recess

Marco Rubio is in New York this week making the rounds on Wall Street, but cozying up to hedge fund managers and big financiers isn’t new for him. Back during his 2010 campaign, Marco Rubio hauled in $117,000 from a single fundraiser hosted by hedge fund manager Paul Singer the same day Congress passed Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

In the intervening years, Marco Rubio’s proven his loyalty to Singer and Wall Street by voting four times to repeal Dodd-Frank.

There’s a reason hedge fund managers and financial industry executives were one of Rubio’s highest bank-rollers in 2010, and continue to fill that role today: Rubio will keep doing whatever it takes to line the pockets of his Wall Street backers at the expense of American working families.



Rubio & Wall Street


✓  Rubio said “I’m not anti-Wall Street,” and argued that millionaires should be treated “fairly.”

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