Political Capital

Fundraising

President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Photograph by Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

Read more »

President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Date Scrubbed — Fundraising Goes On

President Barack Obama, who’s not shy about appearing on late-night talk shows, is going to bypass comedian Jimmy Kimmel, for now. The entertainment news website TMZ said yesterday that Obama would appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles while making a three-day,...

Read more »


Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Photograph by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

Read more »

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets guests in the Starlight Ballroom on July 17, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa.

Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets guests in the Starlight Ballroom on July 17, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa.

Christie Plays Iowa, Clinton Jersey

Written with Terrence Dopp Bob Kazimour had a direct message for Chris Christie. “You’re the only one on the list right now that can win,” the retired Cedar Rapids business owner told New Jersey’s governor.”Alright,” Christie responded, as he worked...

Read more »

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $100 Million

The Republican Governors Association is positioned to spend $100 million in the final 100 days of the 2014 election. The RGA, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in a “strong financial position” as it defends Republican-held offices in...

Read more »

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) greets supporters during an election night party in this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo in St. Louis.

Photograph by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) greets supporters during an election night party in this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo in St. Louis.

Akin for a Fundraiser: McCaskill

For Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin is the gift that keeps campaign giving going. It was Akin, the Missouri senator’s Republican challenger in 2012, whose campaign imploded after he suggested that pregnancy rarely results from a “legitimate rape.” It was Akin who...

Read more »

US President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas who wrote a letter to the president in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs, at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014.

Photograph by Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

US President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas who wrote a letter to the president in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs, at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014.

Lunch — Make that Coffee — With Obama

Updated at 2:05 p.m. When 20-year-old Kinsey Button went to have lunch with the president of the United States at Magnolia Cafe in Austin, Texas, she probably expected to get a meal. And maybe she did. But not under the watchful...

Read more »

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's shadow is cast as he applauds Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Photograph by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's shadow is cast as he applauds Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Obama: Democrats Have ‘Congenital Disease’ in Midterms

President Barack Obama may have a congenital case of using the phrase “congenital disease” to describe a persistent drop-off in Democratic voter-turnout in midterm elections. Obama dropped the phrase again at a fundraiser yesterday for Senate Democrats in Colorado, where...

Read more »

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference  on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Christie’s RGA Fundraising Streak

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ Policy Conference on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be catching some flak close to home these days. Yet, for...

Read more »