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The Fix LOVES slicing and dicing fundraising numbers. Spend a few hours rifling through the thousands of pages filed by each of the presidential candidates and you get a unique insight into each of their campaigns -- where they're raising their money, where they're spending it and on what.

We detailed some of the highlights and lowlights of the financial reports last night. Here are a few more tidbits:

* David Bonior must really believe in former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards's (D) presidential campaign. The former Michigan congressman (and current Edwards campaign manager) didn't receive a dime of compensation for his work, according to the report filed by the Edwards campaign last evening. National spokesman Eric Schultz confirmed that Bonior is not taking a salary.

Other campaign managers did not follow Bonior's lead over the first three months of the year:

Campaign     Manager             Q1 Salary
Clinton:     Patti Solis Doyle    $27,152
Giuliani:    Mike DuHaime         $44,375
McCain:      Terry Nelson         $36,388
Obama:       David Plouffe        $10,642
Romney:      Beth Myers           $21,346

* Although the three top Democratic candidates outraised the three Republican candidates, two of the top three spenders on campaign staff payroll were on the GOP side. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spent nearly $1.6 million on salaries in the period, while former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) spent $1.1 million. Among Democrats, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spent the most on staff ($1,037,000), while Sen. Barack Obama (Ill) dropped $909,000 on staff. GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani spent $897,000 on staff, while Democrat John Edwards dropped $714,000 on staff.

* At first glance it appeared as though Sen. Clinton had departed from the poll-crazy political approach of her husband -- spending no money on survey research in the first three months of the year. But look at the debt Clinton piled up -- $1.58 million -- and you'll find $277,000 owed to Penn, Schoen & Berland. One of the founders of that firm, Mark Penn, is Clinton's lead pollster.

Clinton's debt to Penn's firm suggests she spent the most on survey research of any candidate in the '08 field. As we noted yesterday, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) spent $200,000 on his polling in the first quarter. Giuliani dropped $121,000 on polling with the Tarrance Group; Romney paid Voter/Consumer Research $99,000, while McCain disbursed $95,500 to Public Opinion Strategies. Obama spent $94,000 on one of his pollsters (Harstad Strategic Research) and $12,500 on another (Brilliant Corners). Of the top six, only Edwards spent no money on polling in the period.

See for yourself which donors are funding the presidential candidates -- washingtonpost.com's interactive campaign fundraising database.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 16, 2007; 12:55 PM ET
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US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | April 17, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if I hurt anybodys fealings? :)

I hate these people acting like it's a game. People are dying and starving everyday. This is not funny this is not a game. Good luck to you all

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 17, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Romney is nothing but a big ol' hunk of dookie, and the campaign contributions are the fiber. He will continue to constipate us as long as the folks in Utah keep funding him, but come primary season his ego will be flushed away.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2007 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow, er, knowing who the president of Russia is definitely does not qualify anyone to call themselves "highly knowledgeable" of current affairs.

It is pretty sad, really.

Posted by: roo | April 16, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Remember these words, conservative movement. It will help you trying to adjust to the future.

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME ALL THE TIME.

Say it over and over until YOU change. It's not all about you and your money every second of evey day. Think with you brians not you wallets. Money is nothing but paper with pictures on it.

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 7:32 PM | Report abuse

It would seem so.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

They are the one's making millons off lying to the public not me. I'm not getting paid to sell-out the public, then lie about it. Focus your hate were it should be focus not on rufus1133. Rufus1133 is nothing but a hollow name

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

It's not about me that's why. Don't be scared of the facts. You can blame me if it makes you feel better. I'll blame Fox/Rush/Hannity

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 16, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

This may partly explain MikeB's "The Sky is Falling" 1:34 pm post about possible terrorist attacks on schools nationwide.

"there were TWO gunmen, each taking a separate area. Both gunmen are described as "foreign" and, thus, the guns were NOT legal. (Only U.S. citizens can purchase guns.) Nation wide there are warnings going out to campuses, as this may be part of some sort of terrorist action."

MikeB - Sources help when something like this happens and if you will read below, you just might find that the guns (pistols) might indeed be quite legal.


33 Dead in Virginia Tech Shootings, At Least 24 Injured
By Robert E. Pierre, Sari Horwitz and Jackie Spinner
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, April 16, 2007; 5:52 PM

The unidentified shooter was among the dead. Law enforcement authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooter used two 9mm pistols. They also said that the shooter was not carrying identification and his head wounds were so severe that authorities could not immediately identify him.

Trey Perkins, who was sitting in room 207 in Norris Hall, said the gunman barged into the room at about 9:50 a.m. and opened fire for about a minute and a half. "Some 30 shots in all," said Perkins, who was seated in the back of the room.

It was a German class, Perkins said, and there were about 15 students in the room. The gunman, who was holding two pistols, Perkins said, first shot the professor in the head and kept on shooting at the students. Perkins said the student was of Asian descent, "around 19," and had "very serious but very calm look on his face."

"Everyone hit the floor at that moment," said Perkins, 20, of Yorktown, Va.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/16/AR2007041600533.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

JD - Good point. McCain says that his donors contribute because they believe in what he supports.

There is a paradox: When I contribute to somebody I philosophically support, but I stand to gain also; what is the real reason I contributing?

I don't see any conflict of interest on the part of the donors.

I see it on the part of the politicians and political appointees who give back more than they would normally provide according to their political philosophies.

No-bid secret contracts is a good example.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

'Jane, if the Defense Industrial Base turns out to be big GOP supporters, is that really surprising? Or even relevant?'

Well, yes. Because, unlike other donators you mention, the contractor's profits are from taxpayer money and a lot of it is no-bid secret contracts. Rudy already has deep connections there, having probably more contracts than any other single individual, and has profited TREMENDOUSLY from the war in Iraq.

So it's a huge conflict of interest.

Posted by: Jane | April 16, 2007 01:04 PM


Sorry Jane, I don't think you understand:

#1 Defense contractors (or any other company) are forbidden from making bulk donations to any candidate, including Rudy.

#2 Same with unions

#3 OK, you imply that the workforce of defense contractors stand to benefit from Rudy's war posture, and therefore will individually contribute. OK, you call that COI, I call it enabling Rudy's free speech. But whatever you call it, how is that different from law firms and unions from contributing $ to candidates that will benefit them financially? Taxpayer funds (ie, your money and mine) get channeled to Defense Industrial Base...or people pay higher prices for goods and services because lawsuits are more prevalent, or because unions restricted the supply of labor...what's the difference? It's all our money, at the end of the day.

Everybody has a conflict of interest, by your reasoning.

Posted by: JD | April 16, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

drindl and coward sharing a single brain, that explains a lot :). I always thought it was her posting all that dumb stuff.

Posted by: sueme | April 16, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"Drindl, have you ever noticed that the anonymous posts quoting from other blogs and Slate's "Today's Papers" column coincide with your posts? On mornings when you're here early, the news posts and copied blog posts show up early. Today, you made a post in your name, and then a few minutes later those posts started. Quite a coincidence, isn't it?"

coward, can I have the male side of our brain for a while. I am feeling vicious.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse


'KOZ is acting as if somebody spiked his Double Venti Dulce de Leche Latte today.'

No kididng, sane anon poster. Please use a name, it's getting very silly here.


'drindl, take over for me, I can't stand confrontation. It is so much better to just post my lies and pastings and depart. why is someone ruining my fun? mom is that you?'

I repeat, wtf? Why is this loon obsessing about me?

Posted by: drindl | April 16, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

drindl, take over for me, I can't stand confrontation. It is so much better to just post my lies and pastings and depart. why is someone ruining my fun? mom is that you?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Drindl - The RNC staff is all agog that their e-mails may actually be retrievable and aren't acting normally today - thank goodness.

KOZ is acting as if somebody spiked his Double Venti Dulce de Leche Latte today.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Bush administration has used 27 rationales for war in Iraq, study says

http://www.news.uiuc.edu/news/04/0510war.html

Darn, those printed facts, always making me look so ignorant.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Read again Dittohead! The comment was about the reasons for invading Iraq leading up to and at the time of the invasion.

Al Qaeda was an afterthought rationlization by the architects of the war.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The real me is back and the fake me should leave. I need to maintain plausible deniability for my anon rants in case I run for dogcatcher.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

BAGHDAD -- Armed militants in Iraq have sought the Baghdad government's permission to hunt down members of al-Qaida, the country's official newspaper reported. "Negotiations have taken place between the government and armed groups as part of the reconciliation process. Positive outcome is near," the al-Sabah newspaper reported Monday.

I thought there were no Quadists in Iraq?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I just came on, and I see all these stupid posts referring to me. Has someone been using my ID? wtf?

Posted by: drindl | April 16, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) reopened the door to a possible 2008 presidential campaign during a book signing in Denver and then again, in an interview with 9NEWS.

He decided not to run, before reconsidering and deciding to run, before.....
a mind is a terrible thing to make up.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I can't keep track of my own stupidity any more. drindl, can I borrow the whole brain for the night? I want to get in touch with my feminine side.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

BAGHDAD -- Suspicious of Iraq's CIA-funded national intelligence agency, members of the Iraqi government have erected a "shadow" secret service that critics say is driven by a Shiite Muslim agenda and has left the country with dueling spy agencies.

The minister of state for national security, a Shiite named Sherwan Waili, has built a spy service boasting an estimated 1,200 intelligence agents out of a second-tier ministry with a minimal staff and meager budget, Western officials say.

"He has representatives in every province," a Western diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "At the moment, it's a slightly shady parallel organization."

Shiite officials say the minister is providing information on Al Qaeda and former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party that isn't being supplied by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, or INIS, Iraq's primary spy service.

The INIS was established in the spring of 2004 by the U.S.-led provisional authority and has been under the command of Gen. Mohammed Shahwani, a Sunni Arab involved in a CIA-backed coup plot against Hussein a decade ago. For the last three years, the agency has been funded by the CIA, U.S. military and Iraqi officials say.

The service reports directly to Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, but coreligionists in his government distrust the agency, which has agents from the Hussein era. For most of 2005 and the first part of 2006, Shahwani said, he was banned from Cabinet meetings.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

He me or he you?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse


'Ret. General John Sheehan: Why I declined to serve, as war czar. "What I found in discussions with current and former members of this administration is that there is no agreed-upon strategic view of the Iraq problem or the region. [...] There has to be linkage between short-term operations and strategic objectives that represent long-term U.S. and regional interests, such as assured access to energy resources and support for stable, Western-oriented countries.

These interests will require a serious dialogue and partnership with neighboring countries that live in an increasingly dangerous area. We cannot 'shorthand' this issue with concepts such as the 'democratization of the region' or the constant refrain by a small but powerful group that we are going to 'win,' even as 'victory' is not defined or is frequently redefined."

Posted by: The Truth | April 16, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

surrender poses a "serious threat to America's national security" with terrorism worsening and the Democrats will likely be dragged into fights over how to give up and what to offer the enemy, top retired military leaders warn in a new report.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

See? He's just completely lost it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"Rush Limbaugh's radio show (50% in the high knowledge group)

"The audiences for morning news (34% high knowledge), etc."

But they still think that Al Qaeda was the reason we invaded Iraq.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Notice whenever I post the quality and tone of this blog goes down the drain? and they told me I'd never be good for anything. I am my own hero.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Something KOZ would have missed when by reading only yesterday's Times.

GLOBAL WARMING A SECURITY RISK
By Seth Borenstein, AP
Sunday, April 15, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Global warming poses a "serious threat to America's national security" with terrorism worsening and the U.S. will likely be dragged into fights over water and other shortages, top retired military leaders warn in a new report.

Joining calls already made by scientists and environmental activists, the retired U.S. military leaders, including the former Army chief of staff and President Bush's former chief Middle East peace negotiator, called on the U.S. government to make major cuts in emissions of gases that cause global warming.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/15/AR2007041500306.html

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I think koz has finally gone quite over the deep end.

'Gordon, a state officer with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said Spurrier's call for the removal of the flag was "the moral equivalent of calling our ancestors 'nappy-headed hos.'"

You have to give him credit. That comment is so outrageous that I'm in awe of the sheer audacity of his actually saying it out loud. I'm sure he believes it too. Who could be more aggrieved than a white southern confederate these days? Why they hardly get any respect at all these days...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

3:14, Limbaugh's show doesn't have the most well-informed audience. Rush is in 6th place. It's beaten by NPR, the O'Reilly Factor, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, newspaper websites, and the Daily Show.
http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=319

And readers of this site are probably more informed than Rush's listeners. Major newspaper websites beat Rush by 4%.

Posted by: Blarg | April 16, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

'Notice whenever I post I have no ideas, no thought, no backup to support my assertions, no links.'

Plaes beleive my lies about lying. I have no evidence except my own true thoughts. I get these from my tin-foil hat apparatuus so you can be sure they are accurate but fake. If I type in ALL CAPS, are you convinced even more?

Posted by: dufas1133 | April 16, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

FOX is all lies, all the time. But if you're a bobblehead, you don't mind. You just keep nodding.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse


He spent all his money on hair care. what kind of girlie-man spends 400 on a cut? Mitt.

Money to burn. If you donated to him, you are paying for this. Wait until you see what he does with the public treasury.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Because they don't lie.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

No terror attacks? Wait until the Democrats are elected. Then the conservative movement will release their dogs. THEY ARE HOLDING THE COUNTRY AND WORLD HOSTAGE. Wake-up!!! Fox is lying to you

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

If Rather and Imus why not Rush/Coulter/Hannity/O'Reilly/Savage.

Rather stepped down like a man. Why not O'Reilly?

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

And as Mark Levin has pointed out from the start - Imus had lousy ratings and a lame show. It seems his show was only propped up by the media elites like Russert, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Newsweek et al who constantly came to kiss the ring of Imus. The market worked when the elites - Imus' only audience - abandoned him and the sponsors followed suit. This is not unlike what happened to Dan Rather when his long history finally caught up with him.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's the dem side:

'On the Democratic side of the ticket, Sen. Barack Obama has slashed Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead to single digits, according to the poll, but not because support for the former first lady is waning.

The New York senator still earns 36 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent in a poll last month, but Obama, the freshman senator from Illinois, saw his support jump from 22 percent last month to 28 percent this month.

The poll suggests a generational divide may be emerging in the Democratic race, according to CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider.

"Clinton's lead comes from blacks, older Democrats and those who didn't go to college -- traditional Democrats," Schneider said.

Obama's supporters, however, are more likely to want to change the direction of the Democratic party, Schneider said.

"Obama does best among younger, college educated Democrats -- those who distrust the Establishment," Schneider said.

Bringing up the rear is former North Carolina senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards, who earned 15 percent of the vote. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and retired Gen. Wesley Clark each earned three percent of the vote, while the remaining four hopefuls failed to snare more than 1 percent of the vote.

Seven percent of Democrats polled said they were unsure who they would vote for.

However, just like with Republicans, the inclusion of a well-known politico in the race could make the Democratic picture murkier. If former Vice President Al Gore enters the race -- although he has said repeatedly that he has no plans to -- support for Clinton, Obama and Edwards drops.

Posted by: Jane | April 16, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh Has Most Well-Informed Audiences

Rush Limbaugh's radio show (50% in the high knowledge group)

The audiences for morning news (34% high knowledge), local TV news (35%), blogs (37%), and the network evening news (38%) were not significantly different from the norm for the whole sample (35%).

so you Lib bloggers are just as stupid as everyone else, not nearly as smart as Rush listeners. As we always knew and is so obvious here.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

No evidence suggesting a terrorist attack, eh? Better not let that info leak out to anyone pushing an agenda...


Or follows "The Sky is Falling!" approach to life.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

'WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain has slashed Rudy Giuliani's double-digit lead by 10 points, but the GOP picture gets muddier if former Sen. Fred Thompson or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich enters the race, according to a CNN poll gauging the popularity of 2008 presidential hopefuls.

Giuliani, the former New York mayor, had a healthy 16-point lead over the Arizona senator last month, but that has dwindled to six points -- that is, if either Thompson or Gingrich enters the race.

Should they both toss their hats in the ring, Giuliani's lead over McCain drops to three points, 27 percent to 24 percent.
Analysts say Giuliani may have taken a hit in the polls as questions continue to arise about his stances on abortion, gay rights and gun rights.'

Seems like a lot of what people have said here is coming to pass. It's really tight.

Posted by: Jane | April 16, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Fox gets their news from God. My ministers tell me so.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

DON'T FRET SPARTAN. They have to do that. The conservative movement has to bring up un-related subjects to cloud the convesation. We cannot talk truth or what is. If we start having real dialogue on what is, the republican party couldn't get elected to a 1/6th portion. They will never be the majority again. YOU CANNOT ARGUE TRUTH WITH LIES. It is impossible to beat the truth with lies. That's why Fox viewers are so high. How can they communicate their polotics without Fox 'News"? That's why they ONLY watch Fox. Getting real news clouds their prespective. Or better yet, the TRUTH clouds their presepective. I ask all Fox Viewers to watch some other news at least twice a week so to not lose focus of reality

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 16, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

'resident George W. Bush has the distinction of winning the most votes ever in a presidential race.'

And now his poll numbers are down as low as 23% in many toll. Sometimes people do learn from their mistakes.


'Notice whenever I post I have no ideas, no thought, no backup to support my assertions, no links.'

yes, obviously.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

According to Newday:

"FBI spokesman Richard Kolko in Washington said there was no evidence to suggest it was a terrorist attack, "but all avenues will be explored.""

No evidence suggesting a terrorist attack, eh? Better not let that info leak out to anyone pushing an agenda...

Posted by: bsimon | April 16, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

'Put a live execution on tv and check the ratings.'

oh, isn't that what fox does?


'I only attack personalities because that is really all I know'

how good of you to admit that, koz

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

It's more inane than usual in here today.

Is this site really so hard to use? Pick a name. Make a post saying something that people might want to respond to. Join in an ongoing discussion, and attempt to sound like a halfway intelligent human being. Is that so complicated? And if not, why can't you people master it?

Posted by: Blarg | April 16, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I am the male side of drindl's confused brain.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Notice whenever I post I have no ideas, no thought, no backup to support my assertions, no links.

I only attack personalities because that is really all I know. I have nothing of substance to offer. but I can beat you in an insult contest. Just watch.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

why are there no companies that have unions that are profitable? airlines, autos and teachers are leading the charge to oblivion. Hmmmm.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

We are so used to controlling the debate, what with our media influence, our hollywood donors and our slanted press coverage, when properly challenged on anything of substance, we attempt to stifle the debate entirely. We attempt to throw Rush off the air, to silence his intelligence and humor. We try to broadcast lies to get elected. We try to taint the fox media because their message of truth is a real threat to our monopoly. We try to shout down contrarians on tv and the internet. In short, we have no winning ideas or stategies so we are pretty much defenseless. that is why we are so good at surrenduring and losing. It is in our nature.

- statement from Harry Reid on recent events.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Jane - There's no requirment for full disclosure here, so you should be aware that JD's comments on contractors may be biased.

He's a Beltway Bandit.

Also, be aware that in earning two degrees in economics JD learned that unions are "the enemy of the consumer." Somehow his teachers either left out, or didn't get across the point that Capital and Management are equal factors on that side of the market equation.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

um what does edwards hair got to do with the article? go play on craigslist troll

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

He spent all his money on hair care. what kind of girlie-man spends 400 on a cut? Money to burn. If you donated to him, you are paying for this. Wait until you see what he does with the public treasury.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

That last line is huge, one candidate spent no money on polling: John Edwards. It show that just one candidate is running a different kind of campaign: John Edwards.

Posted by: AJ | April 16, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Put a live execution on tv and check the ratings.

How about a slow death by boredom? Olberman is the lowest rated of all. Can you die of stupidity?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

All told, the military flew at least 13 congressional delegations to various destinations during the Easter recess -- at an estimated rate of $10,000 or more per flying hour.


The congressional delegation trips, known as CODELs, are paid for by taxpayers. They are supposed to be directly related to members' official duties, and House guidelines also stipulate that delegations include members of both parties to qualify for military planes -- a requirement that Speaker Nancy Pelosi waived for Engel's group and two other delegations.

At the Caneel Bay resort, where room rates reach $1,100 per night, the spokeswoman said Thompson and his wife paid the "government rate." But, according to the reservations department, Caneel Bay doesn't "offer any government rates."

More lies from the left.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

How much, you ask does it cost to look like that?

Well, John Edwards' campaign for president spent $400 on February 20, and another $400 on March 7, at a top Beverly Hills men's stylist, Torrenueva Hair Designs.

the people or the powerful - either way he got scammed with that 'do.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

President George W. Bush has the distinction of winning the most votes ever in a presidential race.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Fox "NEws" does have high ratings.Congrats on that.

Newspeak and doublethink. Without Fox' News" how could conservatives communicate their movement?. I watch Fox so I can commincate to their disicples how they're getting lying to. How do you communicate with a martian? You learn martian

Put a live execution on tv and check the ratings.

THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE THINK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Fox "News" is done" - all while having the highest ratings. but air america rules.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

did he smuggle the emails out in his socks? were they about sleeping on the job while supposedly hunting killers?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

That's right. The Administration would sabatoge the govt., then say "See, this is why we don't like big govt." Look at Bolten in the un. He hates the un, why would he be named the ambass for the us? If you hate govt why would you run for govt? Think about that question conservatives. I call it sabatoge

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse


As a David Mamet character once famously opined, "These guys could f*ck up a baked potato."

Posted by: this administration | April 16, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Lawyers involved in the case said that beginning more than a year ago, federal prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed Mr. Abramoff and other cooperating witnesses at length about numerous contacts between Mr. Abramoff and White House officials, including presidential adviser Karl Rove.

Disclosures last week that large numbers of Mr. Rove's White House email messages and those of other White House officials were erased and possibly permanently lost raised concern on Capitol Hill about possible destruction of evidence relevant to the Abramoff-White House inquiry.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

sorry double post

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

(CNN) -- A lone gunman is dead after police said he killed at least 21 people Monday during twin shootings on the Virginia Tech campus -- the worst school shooting incident in U.S. history.

"Some victims were shot in a classroom," university police Chief Wendell Flinchum said during a news conference in Blacksburg.

Police believe there was only one gunman, Flinchum said.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said university President Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."
The shootings mark the deadliest school shooting incident in U.S. history, topping attacks at Columbine High School in 1999 and at the University of Texas in 1966
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/16/vtech.shooting/index.html

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

(CNN) -- A lone gunman is dead after police said he killed at least 21 people Monday during twin shootings on the Virginia Tech campus -- the worst school shooting incident in U.S. history.

"Some victims were shot in a classroom," university police Chief Wendell Flinchum said during a news conference in Blacksburg.

Police believe there was only one gunman, Flinchum said.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said university President Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."
The shootings mark the deadliest school shooting incident in U.S. history, topping attacks at Columbine High School in 1999 and at the University of Texas in 1966
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/16/vtech.shooting/index.html

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

'Nation wide there are warnings going out to campuses, as this may be part of some sort of terrorist action.'

No, university officials beleive it is people who are affiliated with the university, perhaps former students.

Posted by: Jane | April 16, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Guns don't kill dozens of college students; furriners do.

Posted by: Hi. We're the NRA | April 16, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Finally nonameposter. A poll that shows that Fox "News" is lying to their viewers, mostly elderly. Finally a poll in black and white. Fox "News" is done. They went off on Rosie for weeks, now after Imus what are they saying? "We can't kick people off the air if we don't agree with them." Hypocrites. They are scared, bacause they are done. If my son wants to be a brodcaster should he look up to the #1 conservative host Rush? Think about the future and our children. Down with Rush/O'Reilly/Coulter/Hannity/Savage.

ONE PEOPLE ONE WORLD

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Apr. 16, 2007-- At least 29 people are dead in what may be the biggest mass killing on a college campus in American history -- and the death toll may rise.

Posted by: what automatic weapons are used for | April 16, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

im not so sure what nationality the two? gunmen are. i dont have acess to a cable news station right now, but im sending all my prayers to the victims families and survivors.

but seriously how much you want to bet that those two gunmen were legal gun owners?

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

New poll saysthe majority wants Gonzalez to step down. Also thinks his staff should testify under oath by 74% to 20%. Even half of republcans think he should go.

Nearly 70% strongly disapprove of Bush's overall job performance.

http://www.latimes.com/media/acrobat/2007-04/28957478.pdf

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Best-Informed Also View Fake News, Study Says

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
Published: April 16, 2007
Americans may have more news outlets today than two decades ago, but they still don't know much more about current events than they did then, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

But here's one big difference: the survey respondents who seemed to know the most about what's going on -- who were able to identify major public figures, for example -- were likely to be viewers of fake news programs like Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report"; those who knew the least watched network morning news programs, Fox News or local television news.

Only 69 percent of people in the latest survey could come up with Dick Cheney when asked to name the vice president; in 1989, 74 percent could name Dan Quayle. Fewer could name the governor of their state (66 percent now compared with 74 percent in 1989) and fewer could name the president of Russia (36 percent now compared with 47 percent before).

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/business/media/16pew.html

heres a fun game, lets ask the more conservative wing of the blog who do they get for information. it would explain fakewillam and koz and a few others.

Posted by: nonameposter | April 16, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Anon - re: 22 murdered on VT campus. Well, it's now over 25, and expected to rise, and there were TWO gunmen, each taking a separate area. Both gunmen are described as "foreign" and, thus, the guns were NOT legal. (Only U.S. citizens can purchase guns.) Nation wide there are warnings going out to campuses, as this may be part of some sort of terrorist action.

Posted by: MikeB | April 16, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, last post was by me, Jane.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

'The conservative movement has sold this country out for $$$$, not the democrats.'

Agree with you there, Rufus. It's all talk, propaganda, as mysterious poster [who seems to be shizophrenic] points out.

It's going to get even worse for the middle class if a way to fix the alternative minimum tax isn't devised. If people would just look at how much they are actually paying, as opposed to listening to this reflexive talking point, they would see that. And I think a lot of people are.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

' Tyson, the world's largest protein producer, announced plans on Monday to produce biodiesel from animal fats in partnership with ConocoPhillips at a time of mounting concern over global warming, and the impact of ethanol demand on food supplies.'

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If the REpublicans are so good on taxes why have they eliminated the middle class? They are good on taxes for the top %1. Why have they shipped all the jobs overseas? The conservative movement has sold this country out for $$$$, not the democrats.

Posted by: Rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

ok anon(koz) simmer down, no one is listening.

hey chris how about posting the fec reports for house and senate races too, if your too busy worshipping at the altar of hillary. but if anyones interested its posted at swingstate project.
http://www.swingstateproject.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=431

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, winning the war is a conflict of interest for REpublicans.

They're making too much money on it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

More lies from drindl/coward, with no ideas, no thought, no backup to support your assertions, no link. Just the same failed lib policies and lies. Rationales for giving bigger and bigger taxes

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

'At least 22 people were killed today, some of them students, and more were injured during shootings at Virginia Tech, some of them in a classroom on the campus, the police said. The gunman was also shot to death, officials said at a news conference, but details about the incident and about the identity of the gunman were still unfolding.'

Wonder where william is today?


Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats have been in control of Congress for a couple of months now. Have you seen any perceptible changes?

Yes, the agenda of the new Democratic Congress is holding hearings on Dick Cheney's energy meetings from 2000, rescinding their 2002 vote to authorize war, and cutting and running in Iraq. They're taking America in a new direction: Backwards.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, winning the war is a conflict of interest for Democrats. Especially since dirty harry proclaimed last week that his sole intention is to gain senate seats. if he has to sacrifice the soldiers and the country, so be it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse


'By an overwhelming margin - 81 percent to 13 percent - the American people replied that we should increase economic growth rather than raise taxes.'


More lies from you koz, with no ideas, no thought, no backup to support your assertions, no link. Just the same failed con policies and lies. Rationales for giving bigger and bigger tax breaks to the wealthy. And where is the growth? The economy grew far more slowly the last few quarters -- only 2%. Way below projection and below most of Europe. Tax revenue has plummeted.

And middle-class folks out there? Are your taxes lower? When you count all --fed, state, local? Mine are far higher than they were 6 years ago.

Posted by: stop the propaganda | April 16, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Anyone *without a brain* and that would include anyone of CNN knows that 'global warming', or a rise in surgace temperatures triggers an all over CHANGE in weather patterns, with both cooler and warmer temperatures in localized areas and increase in the intensity of storm and drought phenomona. See we can find cause no matter what the effect. when the temp naturally goes down in few years, we can still claim credit. I wish I had thought of that, if I could think.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

stop it coward and drindl, with your lies and talking points propaganda. alll lies, all slogans, no backup, no substance. you can't even think -- you're just an echo chamber for the same lies your 'leaders' are bloviating on CNN.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

By an overwhelming margin - 81 percent to 13 percent - the American people replied that we should increase economic growth rather than raise taxes. Republicans agree with the American people, and we have a record of success. Democrats are offering exactly the opposite: higher taxes, more paperwork, and slower economic growth. So enjoy this Tax Day, because under the Democrats' plan, future ones will be worse.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

'Jane, if the Defense Industrial Base turns out to be big GOP supporters, is that really surprising? Or even relevant?'

Well, yes. Because, unlike other donators you mention, the contractor's profits are from taxpayer money and a lot of it is no-bid secret contracts. Rudy already has deep connections there, having probably more contracts than any other single individual, and has profited TREMENDOUSLY from the war in Iraq.

So it's a huge conflict of interest.

Posted by: Jane | April 16, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

For those of you interested in a little more backstory regarding funding:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/us/politics/16donate.html?ref=politics

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | April 16, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

' the same old party of tax-and-spend government. And congressional pork is back, with a vengeance. '

'100 hour agenda - now 100 days - still nothing.'

--stop it koz, with your lies and talking points propaganda. alll lies, all slogans, no backup, no substance. you can't even think -- you're just an echo chamber for the same lies your 'leaders' are bloviating on Fox.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

GO HERE AND SEE WHERE YOUR MONEY IS CURRENTLY GOING..

You may be amazed how much goes to the Pentagon

http://truemajorityaction.org/oreos/ustack/

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

you know no name people would take you seriously if you would sign your name.
jd-interesting thought. personally who ever is giving out the big money donations has gotta expect something back. personally i would be in favor of pubicly funded elections and free air time to the canidates.

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

'And with middle-class families in the midst of filing their tax returns, House Democrats continued their irresponsible run in late March by passing a budget containing the largest tax increase in American history in order to pay for the Democrats' new spending.'

TOTAL OUTRIGHT LIE. WHERE IS THE DOCUMENTATION?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

'Global warming rally cut short by cold weather'

I see koz is back with his disinformation propaganda campaign.

Anyone *with a brain* and that would not include anyone of Faux News knows that 'global warming', or a rise in surgace temperatures triggers an all over CHANGE in weather patterns, with both cooler and warmer temperatures in localized areas and increase in the intensity of storm and drought phenomona.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

And with middle-class families in the midst of filing their tax returns, House Democrats continued their irresponsible run in late March by passing a budget containing the largest tax increase in American history in order to pay for the Democrats' new spending.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Jane. Hillary is really working with the Bush's and the worst part of the country. THE YALE PLAN IS OVER. Hillary will lose and the Republicans don't stand a chance, unless they cheat again of course

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Last January, Democrats took the reins in Congress, portraying themselves as agents of change who would restore trust by ending pork-barrel politics in Washington. But now after three months of Democratic rule, it's clear Democrats are exactly who we thought they were all along -- the same old party of tax-and-spend government. And congressional pork is back, with a vengeance.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jane, if the Defense Industrial Base turns out to be big GOP supporters, is that really surprising? Or even relevant?

I would suggest it's about as surprising as the NEA, trial lawyers, and AFSCME turning out (contributing to) for the Dems.

Each side's supporters kick in $ to their guys. Hardly scandalous. Combined with the fact that both companies and unions are forbidden from bulk donations now, it seems to me to be a very democratic system.

Posted by: JD | April 16, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

the BBC, canceled a documentary on Pvt. Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroism in Iraq. The story, a BBC source said, was "too positive."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I plan on cutting and pasting all day today. that way I won't have to think. See even in my stupidity, I am smart.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Global warming rally cut short by cold weather

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

'it would be very interesting to see who the big money donors are. especially hillary and romney.'

I think Rudy will be by far the most interesting. My guess is that most of big money will be from defense contractors. Big, big money.

Posted by: Jane | April 16, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

100 hour agenda - now 100 days - still nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

USA Today leads with a survey showing koz and william have symptoms of trauma, including bed-wetting and stuttering.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

That's right Washington post. Stick to something safe for conservatives. Let's not talk about real subjects in the below blogs. You want to run blogs about the candidates money income. Something safe for conservative candidates. WHy is that? Sold us out to enterprise that's why we are in the deep water we're in now. Don't be scared. Let's talk about the real issues affecting our country not live on pluto. Fox "News" is done

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 16, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Chris, for this follow-up. It dispels the inference that Biden's polling expenditure was extraordinary that I drew from your earlier post.

Is it fair to assume that the sitting U.S. Senators have a material advantage in "free" publicity over Romney, Giuliani, Edwards, and Richardson?

Could that advantage be quantified? Considering the track record of sitting U.S. Senators who ran for President since 1964, is the publicity advantage totally overshadowed by the burden of having created a voting record?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | April 16, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

what i noticed chris was the zip codes that did the most donating to all the canidates, are the names of those canidates on file? it would be very interesting to see who the big money donors are. especially hillary and romney.

Posted by: spartan | April 16, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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