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June Romney Donors—Look Like Me

June was a big month for Mitt Romney. His fundraising efforts brought in over $100Million to the campaign. Maybe not record breaking; this haul is more than $35Million more than Barack Obama for the same month.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina sent out an anxious and apparently error filled email begging for donors. He wrote, “Through the primaries, more than three-quarters of our donations were from people giving less than $1,000. Meanwhile, in that same period, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised three-quarters of its money from people giving $1,000 or more.”

However, according to the Romney website there is a clear demonstration that support for the presumptive GOP candidate is coming primarily from small donations.

From the Romney Website July 9, 2012:

Key facts:
$106.1 million raised

94% of all donations received in June were under $250

$22.3 million raised in June by donations under $250

536,729 donations received were under $250


While the left wing will continue to bash Romney as a Richie Rich and Friends the media must eventually report the truth; that Romney supporters come from all walks of life and that many of them look just like me.

The Herminator Rises: Herman Cain and the Impossible Campaign

The Herminator asks voters to get on the Cain Train

Herman Cain emerged as the victor in the Florida Republican straw poll on Saturday, startling many voters and pundits alike. The consensus of the media seems to be that the battle for the Republican nomination is exclusively between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry; however, Cain has been running a steady campaign that slowly seems to be picking up steam. What is particularly impressive about the Cain campaign is that while his fund raising has been characterized as anemic up to this point, and his infrastructure skeletal at best, he has continued to gain momentum among voters with every appearance. Cain’s win in the Florida straw poll may also change those characterizations. A spokesperson for the Cain camp says that in the two days following the debate they have added several thousand new donors and raised more money than in the entire campaign season thus far.

The win in Florida was mitigated by several other factors. Mitt Romney, who placed third in the polls, declined to participate. Michele Bachmann and Gary Johnson also bowed out of the polls. Front runner Rick Perry has been struggling with poor debate showings and lingering discomfort among many conservatives regarding his support for the Texas Dream Act for illegal aliens.

However, all those factors don’t give a complete picture of why the Cain campaign continues to gain amazing momentum. Herman Cain looked like an impossible candidate from the beginning. A former pizza company CEO and radio host, Cain has never held public office. He was virtually ignored by the mainstream media until very recently, being brushed aside as an “un-serious” candidate next to the specter of professional politicians such as Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. He has also faced biting and demeaning racist opposition from the likes of media personalities such as Janeane Garofalo and Keith Olberman, who claim Cain is simply an “Uncle Tom, Stockholm Syndrome-suffering” candidate to make the tea party feel better about their inherent racism. He’s been lampooned by comedians and writers as “the pizza guy”. Even for many conservatives, Herman Cain was more of a dream nominee than a viable choice. The road to the nomination did not seem destined to lead very far for Cain. However, the very issues that make Cain a questionable candidate also seem to be working in his favor. In light of the political explosion of the anti-establishment tea party, a man with no real ties to the Washington culture seems very attractive. Here is a candidate who hasn’t yet been sullied by the culture of corruption that has been accepted for far too long as the business of the day in our capital. He has not been surrounded by the machine of government so long that he has forfeited his own real-world logic and reasoning. Politicians promising the world have been the order of the day in America for a very long time. When we finally woke up as an electorate and looked at the books, we realized they have been grossly irresponsible with their time, our money, and the futures of our children. Voters are becoming leery of lifetime politicians and Cain represents the antithesis of those figures. Additionally, in the most economically stressful time in generations, Cain brings a business mind to the spending issues in Washington, and many put-upon tax payers find that invigorating. In an era in which politicians carefully poll every syllable, Herman Cain seems to provide a refreshing candor, often times speaking to large crowds as though they were guests at his kitchen table at home. Cain talks like a common man, but has the pedigree and experience of a leader, another quality that seems to add to his magnetism. He also has the backing of many tea partiers, and there can be no question that tea party influence is becoming huge force in the political sphere.

Cain has been recording stronger and stronger showings in each debate. Although the general consensus is that he is weak on foreign policy, most Cain supporters seem to feel comfortable with that. Our foreign affairs are extremely important to national security, but foremost on the minds of most Americans is the state of our economy (which Cain is strong on) and any President can surround himself with knowledgeable advisers who can help him skillfully navigate the waters of international diplomacy. Add to that the obvious fact that Cain has been doing his homework between each debate and the issue of his foreign policy inexperience seems to become more and more of a non-issue.

Until this point, Cain has polled well among conservative voters, but not well enough to emerge as a leader. It is quite common to hear potential voters say they like Cain, but don’t think he can win. That sentiment bears out in Cain’s previous fundraising totals.  However, after a weekend like this past in Florida, all that is changing…and it begs the question: why can’t Herman Cain win?  Perhaps it is not just the politicians who have become jaded and corrupt.  Even in our own minds as voters we seem resigned to accept the establishment candidate will simply be thrust upon us. But if every person who admits they like Cain as a nominee actually voted for Cain in the primaries, could he pull off the ultimate upset?  As we draw closer to primary voting, perhaps it is time to start questioning our own values and responsibilities as voters.  Are we capitulating to the media’s pick, simply because its easier and “better than Barry”, or are we willing to think outside of the Beltway Box and put our votes where our mouths (and hearts) are?  Only time will tell, and there is a lot more debating and political theater to endure before then. One thing is for sure: the Cain Train is rolling and picking up steam. How many Americans get their ticket for the ride remains to be seen.

Austin Recovery Announces Rob Lowe as Guest Speaker at Artists on Recovery Fundraiser

The Event will Take Place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Austin Recovery, the largest and most affordable drug and alcohol treatment center in Texas, announces Rob Lowe as the guest speaker at their first annual Artists on Recovery fundraiser luncheon. Proceeds from the fundraiser will directly benefit the construction and operation of Austin Recovery’s new Family House facility, designed by Austin-based Sixthriver Architects.

The Artists on Recovery fundraiser luncheon will take place at the state-of-the-art ACL Live at The Moody Theater venue.  Each year, this new fundraising event will feature a nationally acclaimed artist sharing their story of recovery.  The goal of the series is to create awareness of the effects of addiction and the help available through highlighting an artist’s successful journey to recovery.

Rob Lowe, the speaker at the first annual event, currently stars in the NBC TV series Parks and Recreation, and is also known for his roles on The West Wing, The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, and numerous other films and programs.  Having been sober for two decades, Mr. Lowe will speak about the difference sobriety has made on his own life, as well as that of his family.  Mr. Lowe will also be signing copies of his book “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” for event sponsors and key donors.  The book, dedicated to his family, has received much positive critical acclaim since its release.

All proceeds from this event will go towards Austin Recovery’s Family House, a unique and highly-specialized program which allows mothers to bring up to two children under the age of six into residential drug and alcohol treatment with them. “One of the beauties of Family House is that it allows mothers to work completely on their recovery without worrying about the safety and security of their young children,” says Jonathan Ross, Austin Recovery’s CEO.  Family House offers special forms of therapy for the children as well, enabling them to heal through their mother’s recovery process.  At more than 21,000 square feet, the new Family House facility will offer family-friendly private living quarters for mothers and their children to stay together, in a family-like environment with purpose-built play areas customized to enable strategic play therapies for the children.

Austin Recovery is now accepting corporate and organizational sponsorships and donations for the event, as well as sales of individual tables and seats for the luncheon program.  Early sponsors include MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation, Communities for Recovery, Sixthriver Architects, and Benchmark Recovery Center.  Contact Ramona Cruz-Peters at [email protected] for more information on participating in this fundraising event, including table or seat purchase, sponsorship, or donation.

About Austin Recovery
Since 1967, Austin Recovery has provided effective and compassionate chemical dependency treatment at very affordable rates. Non-profit and CARF-accredited, their transformational treatment model brings about in-depth cognitive, behavioral and spiritual changes essential for overcoming addiction. Austin Recovery offers a number of programs including medical detox, separate men’s and women’s campuses for 30-day and 90+ day programs, and Family House, which provides a minimum of 90 days of residential drug and alcohol rehab to mothers of young children and women in their third trimester of pregnancy, allowing them to bring up to two children under the age of six with them into treatment. Through parenting education and intensive case management, mothers in Family House are able to reconnect with their children and hone their parenting skills while also recovering from their addiction.  Austin Recovery also offers outpatient services, alumni support, family programs, aftercare and community education. For more information about Austin Recovery, please visit www.austinrecovery.org.

CONTACT: Ramona Cruz-Peters
Director of Marketing & Communications
Austin Recovery
[email protected]

SOURCE Austin Recovery

Web Site: http://www.austinrecovery.org

2012 Presidential Candidate Fund Raising and Spending

Much focus is put on how much money a candidate raises in a campaign. Fund raising is a key to the popularity and backing of a candidate, but their ability to effectively spend those funds is also key.

Obama has raised the most by far thanks to a large network of bundlers (unions, political action committees, etc). The president has raised more than $46 million and has $34 million in cash remaining for his campaign to use.

The closest GOP candidate is Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has raised over $18 million and spent about $6 million so far.

As of yesterday, Pawlenty and Paul were tied at about $4.5 million raised with Bachmann close behind with a Q2 finishing total of $4.2 million in fund raising. Cain and Gingrich bring up the rear of the viable candidates with $2.6 and $2.1 million in funds. The other candidates have raised less than $1 million dollars each.

Of the non-Romeny candidates, spending is varied. Ron Paul has almost $3 million remaining to spend on the election, Pawlenty has $1.5 million remaining that he can use for the primary, Bachmann has almost $3.4 million and Cain has less than half a million dollars remaining to spend.

Of the leading fund raisers, Cain is in the most precarious position. He has spent heavily and has achieved the name recognition he was looking for. 48% of GOP voters now know who Herman Cain is. Unfortunately, he is still sitting low in the polls despite his new found visibility and has little money left to get his message out. Cain’s campaign has stalled and may have trouble getting reignited.

Pawlenty is in a comfortable, but not enviable position. With $1.5 million in the bank for the primary, his $2 million spend hasn’t gotten him a favorable position in the polls. Sitting well behind Romney and Bachmann, Pawlenty will need to focus his remaining funds to excite voters before February.

Ron Paul is stuck low in the polls with the other also-running candidates. He deserves mention because his fund-raising machine has put him in the running if he can spend it well. He has more than $3 million left to spend, has name recognition and plenty of time. His funds

The front-runners in recent polls are Romney and Bachmann with Rep. Bachmann gaining ground on the former Governor. Romney has almost four times the roughly $3.4 million that Michele is holding. Romney has been spending much faster than Bachmann and may have to continue doing so to deal with the tarnished image that “RomneyCare” has given him among Conservatives.

Rick Perry and Sarah Palin could both change the arithmetic, but for now, it seems to be a race between Romney and Bachmann – liberal Republican vs. Conservative Republican.