“Donald Trump hoarded $94 million this election in his various political committees as his anointed candidates lost the Senate for Republicans in tight races where that money might have made the difference between winning and losing,” the HuffPost reports. Said one Trump adviser: “We didn’t lose because of Trump’s rhetoric. We lost because Trump is cheap. He left them all hanging dry …. It gave a free shot for all the right-wing pundits to turn on him.”
“Nearly two-thirds of donations to U.S. Senate candidates in this election cycle have come from out-of-state contributors instead of from possible constituents, reflecting an intense political tribalism in which control of Congress is prioritized over local issues,” Bloomberg reports.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) “has millions at his disposal, yet his campaign has not returned $213,000 in contributions from a fugitive charged with making illegal straw donations,” the Miami Herald reports.
“With the battle for state legislatures taking on an elevated importance during this midterm cycle, a Democratic super PAC is investing more than $20 million in state legislative races, with about 70 percent of the funds going to support candidates in 25 districts across Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona,” the New York Times reports. “The investment is from Forward Majority, the super PAC, as Democrats across the country are pouring significant resources into state legislative races.”
President Trump’s reelection campaign “is off to a quick start, pulling in $13.2 million through a trio of committees in the first three months of the year, while paying an unusually large staff of about 20 employees,” Politico reports. “The FEC reports for the three Trump committees suggested that much of their fundraising bounty came from the sale of branded merchandise sold around Trump’s inauguration and early presidency.”
Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Candidates and outside groups have spent nearly $14 million on an unending ad blitz in the race to replace Rep. Tom Price’s suburban Atlanta seat, and that tally that will surely grow in the final days before Tuesday’s nationally-watched vote. … An analysis of the advertising obtained by the AJC shows the biggest spender by far is Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former Congressional aide who is eyeing a historic upset in next week’s vote.”
“Donald Trump, seeking to boost momentum in the last days of the presidential election, wired $10 million of his own money into his presidential campaign Friday morning,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The cash infusion will be used to buy $25 million in new TV advertising in key battleground states. … Mr. Trump’s latest donation to his cause still falls $34 million short of the $100 million he has repeatedly said he will give to his campaign—a pledge he reiterated as recently as Wednesday.”
Amount conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have committed so far to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and down-ballot Republicans’ attempt to control Congress, CNN reports. “The spending amounts to a historic investment in the Republican Party ticket’s hopes for November, putting millions of dollars behind Trump’s bid in a groundbreaking donation that could redefine the final two months of the 2016 campaign.”
Number of wealthy Republicans who “poured close to $16 million into the Republican National Committee’s convention account leading up to this week, according to disclosures made to the Federal Election Commission through last Friday. The biggest donors, giving more than $100,000 each, are also a veritable roll call of the stop-Trump movement, among them the billionaire investor Paul E. Singer and Marlene Ricketts, who bankrolled early efforts to deny Mr. Trump the nomination,” reports the New York Times.
When the Founders created our government —
The world’s first democracy — what an achievement!
Now the Democrats have a cause,
It’s called passing sound laws,
But all Republicans can pass is impeachments.
“Can you imagine, a former president of the U.S. saying that? The whole world heard it. The worst thing is he means it. No other president in our history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator. … For God’s sake, it’s dumb, it’s shameful, it’s dangerous, it’s unAmerican.”
— President Biden, in a speech, slamming Donald Trump suggesting he would tell Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to NATO countries.
“I’m so sorry if the Super Bowl advertisement caused anyone in my family pain.”
— Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apologizing to his cousins of for a Super PAC spot supporting him that repurposed an ad from his uncle John F. Kennedy’s successful 1960 presidential campaign, prompting RFK Jr. to explain he’d had no hand in making the ad — while leaving it pinned to the top of his X feed.
“Shout out to all the Democrats living in Mom’s basement that like to talk shit on the Internet. You know, no matter how hard you try, arguing on the Internet, it’s like being in the Special Olympics. No matter how good you perform, you still have… you’re still fucking retarded at the end of the day.”
The US economy will grow by an extra $7 trillion over the next decade, according to estimates from the CBO, according to Business Insider. The CBO said the additional growth will be driven by an influx of immigrants. “More workers mean more output and that in turn leads to additional tax revenue,” CBO director Phillip Swagel said.
A new Monmouth poll finds that 18% of Americans believe that Taylor Swift is part of a covert effort to help President Biden win the 2024 election.Fully 71% of those who believe this identify with or lean toward the Republican Party and 83% indicate they are likely to support Donald Trump in the fall. Also, 73% of those who believe the Swift conspiracy also believe the 2020 election outcome was fraudulent. On a less sinister note, 68% of the American public approves of Swift encouraging her fans to vote in the upcoming election.
An average 123.4 million viewers watched the Super Bowl across all platforms, making it the most watched broadcast in the history of television. Meanwhile, movies had a rough weekend, taking in $40 million—the lowest box office for a Super Bowl weekend in more than 30 years (not counting 2021, when most cinemas were closed).
New York Times: Nikki Haley was outvoted 43,893 to 21,199 in Nevada’s Republican presidential primary by a “None of These Candidates” option on the ballot on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, an embarrassment in a contest in which she faced no direct competition.