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Bush and Cheney: Fundraisers in Chief

Even as the poll numbers for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney continue to drag, the 2006 fundraising pace of the White House's top officials has quickened considerably.

Tonight, Bush headlines an event at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., to benefit Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), who has emerged as a top target for Senate Democrats this November. It is the third event the president has done for a 2006 candidate so far this month.

Cheney has been even busier, participating in six events for House members or challengers and two fundraisers for senators or Senate candidates in March alone.

The vice president looks likely to keep up that fundraising pace in April; a fundraising invite that features a Cheney event for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R), who is running for Senate, arrived in The Fix's e-mail box last week. The April 7 event, which will be hosted by Republican socialite Juleanna Glover Weiss, includes a 5:30 p.m. photo opportunity and reception ($5,000 per individual or political action committee to serve as a "host) and a 6:30 p.m. general reception that requires a $1,000 minimum donation. Previously, Steele's campaign has benefitted from fundraisers hosted by President Bush as well as top administration officials Karl Rove and Andy Card.

Here's a look at the March fundraising by Bush and Cheney:

March 6 (Cheney): Event for Collier County (Fla.) party
March 6 (Cheney): Event for Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.)
March 9 (Bush): Event for Georgia state GOP
March 13 (Cheney): Event for Wisconsin 8th district candidate John Gard
March 13 (Cheney): Event for Wisconsin GOP's coordinated campaign
March 13 (Cheney): Event for Illinois 6th district candidate Peter Roskam
March 16 (Bush): National Republican Congressional Committee dinner
March 17 (Cheney): Event for South Carolina 5th district candidate Ralph Norman
March 20 (Cheney): Event for Ohio 6th district candidate Chuck Blasdel
March 20 (Cheney): Event for New Jersey Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr.
March 23 (Cheney): Event for Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl
March 24 (Bush): Event for Indiana GOP's coordinated campaign
March 24 (Bush): Event for Indiana Rep. Mike Sodrel
March 24 (Bush): Event for Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
March 24 (Bush): Event for Pennsylvania GOP's coordinated campaign
March 24 (Cheney): Event for Florida Rep. Ric Keller
March 24 (Cheney): National Republican Congressional Committee dinner
March 27 (Bush): Event for Montana Sen. Conrad Burns
March 27 (Bush): Event for Montana GOP's coordinated campaign

The most important conclusions to be drawn from Bush's and Cheney's fundraising pace is that the donor base of the Republican Party is still willing to turn out -- and dole out -- when called upon by the GOP's two top officials.

While a number of the candidates mentioned above may repudiate major tenets of the Bush agenda as they seek reelection in November, the money that the president and vice president raise for them will likely provide a resource advantage over Democratic challengers. And that financial reward is why so many GOP politicians are willing to invite an unpopular president and vice president to headline campaign events.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 27, 2006; 5:00 PM ET
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I live in the deep south, what used to be considered Bush country. Not anymore it isn't. We may talk funny but we are not as stupid as the GOP seems to think. I take little informal polls everywhere I go.
Bush is just one step over Bin Laden in most people's opinions, at least the ones they express. What's the beef?
They realize he sent our kids to Iraq to die for a lie. That doesn't fly in Peoria, and it doesn't fly in Charlotte, and it doesn't fly in Georgia either.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 31, 2006 4:07 PM | Report abuse

What's the latest on Ralphie Reed's quest for office in Georgia?"

Posted by: | March 31, 2006 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans will lose seats in Congress in November 2006, but remain the majority party in both houses. The knock-out punch will come in November 2008 when Hillary loses to McCain (or Giuliani) sending tremors throughout the Democratic party. At that point, the Democrats will have to finally decide: stick with the flaccid leftist/socialist views of its core interest groups and continue to lose elections, or move to the center and join the vast majority of Americans and thereby increase their chances of getting into offices. Given the imbeciles that run the party, my money is on the former.

Posted by: John | March 31, 2006 12:17 PM | Report abuse

America is being blackmailed of our future. All jobs outsourced..Illegals invading our county to take what jobs are left to be slaves for big corporations refusing to pay Americans a decent wage to support a living for a family to survive in our country. Selling every bit of America to the highest bidder. People would work and do anything, if paid a decent salary. Slavery went out with Lincoln and The new world order is bringing it all back. Taxation without representation is what is happening to America.God bless America and God Bless Our Troops who are dying to keep our county free. I know we are not to mention God (is there anyone in this administration know who god is)but I think we still have freedom of speach today do not know about tomorrow.AMERICANS GET OUT AND START FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS BECAUSE NO ONE IS INTERESTED IN AMERICAN CITIZENS ANYMORE. WE HAVE ALL BEEN RAPED BY OUR REPRESENTATIVES

Posted by: concerned American citizen | March 31, 2006 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Public financing of campaigns means equality between politicians. Now we see that equality is something dangerous because they do'nt want it when they lead the country.

Posted by: jp | March 29, 2006 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I am curious, how did Cheney manage to arrive in Wisconsin on the very day Feingold was giving the censure speech not even his fellow Dems knew about? Since Cheney figures Feingold aids and comforts the terrorists, perhaps Feingold is a legit target for the Terrorist Surveilance System.

Posted by: Gus | March 28, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Look. Everyone seems to agree that this system is pretty darn rotten. Yet, no one seems to want to do away with it because they don't want public financing of campaigns--which seems to me to be the only logical solution.

I don't blame the politicians for soliciting the money. I do wonder why so many doners--especially to Bush-Cheney--are willing to give them money. Do they really believe that the direction these two Bozos have been leading us is a direction they want to continue in?

I would have thought they would by now have come to their senses and said the hell with it! I"m not giving these incompetent fools any more money.

Posted by: Jaxas | March 28, 2006 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Whores. I don't know how these guys can sleep at night. While our kids are being killed and maimed in Iraq, these clowns hop from one $1000/plate lunch to a $1000/plate dinner. Bush will waste a lot of taxpayer money next week coming here to throw out the first pitch. What a complete joke.

Posted by: Rick in Cincy | March 28, 2006 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Chinese Military Handed No-Bid Contract On Key US Security Infrastructure
Media omit fact that Hutchinson Whampoa is an arm of the red dragon

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison | March 27 2006

Chinese Military Takeover US Port

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The Associated Press reported last week that Hutchison Whampoa Ltd was given a no-bid contract by the US government to take over radiation detecting security just 65 miles away from Freeport in the Bahamas with no oversight. Hutchinson Whampoa is admittedly a holding of the Chinese navy and the People's Liberation Army.

The US government has handed a no-bid contract directly to the Chinese military machine to handle key security infrastructure right as that country gears up for a future confrontation with America.

From Newsmax, "According to a 1999 investigative report by the American Foreign Policy Council, "Hutchison Whampoa, through its Hutchison International Terminals [HIT] subsidiary or Panama Ports Company, has substantial links to the Chinese communist government and the People's Liberation Army.

"The Panama Ports Company is 10 percent owned by China Resources Enterprise [CRE], which is the commercial arm of China's Ministry of Trade and Economic Co-operation. In its investigation into China's attempts to influence the 1996 U.S. presidential campaign, the U.S. Senate Government Affairs Committee identified CRE as a conduit for ‘espionage - economic, political and military - for China.’ Committee Chairman Senator Fred Thompson said that CRE has ‘geopolitical purposes. Kind of like a smiling tiger; it might look friendly, but it's very dangerous.’”

Sen. Trent Lott has described the Hong Kong firm as "an arm of the People's Liberation Army."

"The company is headed by a Li Ka-Shing (pictured below) , the chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Intelligence sources say he has deep connections with the Chinese Communist government."

Hutchison Whampoa owns ports all over the world and many charge that the Chinese are using the company to encircle the world in preparation for retaliation to opposition of China's intended invasion of Taiwan.

In 1997 the Communist Chinese government took over the Long Beach Naval Air Base, the only major deep water port that can take large ships on the west coast. In 2000, the Communist Chinese, Hutchinson Whampoa which is run by the PLA, took over the Panama Canal and has stationed between 15,000 and 30,000 troops at the facility.

In 1997 the Chinese were caught bringing in heroin, RPG's and 3,000 AK-47's via Long Beach.

We remind our readers that top Chinese generals continue to threaten nuclear attacks on America.

Alex Jones' first documentary film America: Destroyed By Design, made in 1997, warned Americans that the sell-out to the Chinese was the first step on the road to the sacking of the American economy and pulling the plug on key US infrastructure.

Click here to view a segment where Alex Jones discusses the Chinese sell-out.

It is a stated goal of the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the CFR to promote what they call 'interdependence' and to lobby governments to sell off key infrastructure such as roads, lakes, ports, and highways to international corporations so that corporations can grow to be bigger in size than government.

As a country we are not just being robbed of our ability to create wealth, we are being robbed of our infrastructure, our land and our capacity to work the land. Your currency, your future and your sovereignty is systematically being dismantled, looted and sold to the highest bidder.

Posted by: che | March 28, 2006 3:24 AM | Report abuse

and these people are supposedly running the country??

Posted by: Rob Millette | March 27, 2006 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Incumbent adminstrations, even lame duck ones with low approval ratings and scandal at every corner will always be able to raise money. Why? Because they still have the power of awarding contracts and patronage.

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal Journal | March 27, 2006 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Then again, maybe these pols know that they don't have to worry because the election machines have already been taken care of.

Just a thought.

Posted by: scootmandubious | March 27, 2006 6:33 PM | Report abuse

It's nice seeing all my hard-earned American tax dollars being used to support the non-taxpaying Iraqis who support Theocracy, while B & C collect bribes.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | March 27, 2006 6:26 PM | Report abuse

With all that fund-raising how do they find time to run the country......Oh that's right they don't.

I wonder how many of the people they are raising money for will actually show up, or get caught in Turnpike traffic (Nice one Kean)

Posted by: Andy R | March 27, 2006 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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