Reporters Using ‘Fake Names’ to Buy Obama Campaign Merchandise at the DNC

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The Obama campaign merchandise table inside one of the media areas at the DNC. The press stand is visible on the left side of the photo.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Members of the media have apparently been using “fake” names to buy official Obama gear and contribute to the Obama campaign inside the Time Warner Cable Arena where the president is due to speak in a few minutes. During our travels around the arena, Politicker spotted a souvenir stand in one of the press stands selling T-shirts and buttons supporting President Barack Obama, “Democrats Are Hot” bumper stickers and other official Obama merchandise.

The souvenir stand was in a secure area only accessible to those with a media credential and buying campaign gear means contributing to the campaign, so we asked the woman working the cash register whether anyone at the press stand had been making purchases. Her answers were quite surprising.  Continue reading “Reporters Using ‘Fake Names’ to Buy Obama Campaign Merchandise at the DNC”

Anna Wintour Orders Obama Donors To Fall In Line

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Anna Wintour (Photo: Getty)

Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour is using her reputation as a demanding fashion editrix to raise money for President Barack Obama. On Sunday, Ms. Wintour sent an email with the subject line “I take deadlines seriously” reminding Obama supporters of the contest for donors to win a chance to attend Sarah Jessica Parker’s fundraiser for the president this month.

“There’s simply no excuse to let this slip,” Ms. Wintour wrote with her trademark dose of mild menace. “I don’t do this sort of thing often–get involved with politics, that is. But I’m doing everything I can to support President Obama this summer and fall because it’s important that we all do.” Continue reading “Anna Wintour Orders Obama Donors To Fall In Line”

President Obama Won’t Be Returning His Donations From Bain Capital

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President Obama (Photo: Getty)

Though the Obama campaign has repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney for his career at Bain Capital, President Obama still accepted $7,500 in campaign contributions from two Bain executives. His campaign press secretary, Ben LaBolt told The Politicker the president has no intention of giving the money back.

“No one aside from Mitt Romney is running for President highlighting their tenure as a corporate buyout specialist as one of job creation, when in fact, his goal was profit maximization,” said Mr. LaBolt.  “The President has support from business leaders across industries who have seen him pull the economy back from the brink of another depression, manufacturing and the auto industry revived, and support his agenda to build an economy that lasts where America outinnovates and outeducates the rest of the world and economic security for the middle class is restored.” Continue reading “President Obama Won’t Be Returning His Donations From Bain Capital”

Bloomberg And Cuomo Donate To Somos After Unions Withdraw Support

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Mayor Bloomberg (Photo: Getty)

After a group of unions angry over the passage of the Tier VI pension reform plan pulled support from the Somos El Futuro’s annual Legislative Conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the organization a pair of hefty donations.

“We think the unions’ actions are unfortunate, and don’t want the conference to suffer as a result. We both support the Somos El Futuro Conference and, as such, we will be donating $72,000 to Somos El Futuro and the scholarship to make up for the donations that the unions withdrew,” the mayor and governor said in a joint statement. Continue reading “Bloomberg And Cuomo Donate To Somos After Unions Withdraw Support”

De Blasio Is Not Cool With Bloomberg’s Homeless Shelter Food Policy [Update]

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Bill de Blasio (Photo: Facebook)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has another critic over his administration’s decision to ban food from homeless shelters, because, as CBS reported, the city “can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced his opposition while challenging the basic rationality of the plan in a statement this evening.

“While I generally give this Administration high marks on protecting public health, the decision to ban food donations from shelters defies common sense,” said Mr. de Blasio, who’s a leading contender for the mayor’s office himself in 2013.

Continue reading “De Blasio Is Not Cool With Bloomberg’s Homeless Shelter Food Policy [Update]”

Scarlett Johansson To Host Third Fundraiser For Scott Stringer

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Scarlett Johansson (Photo: Getty)

Actress Scarlett Johansson is holding her third fundraiser for Manhattan borough president and likely mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. The event, which will be held on the roof of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, includes a two hour party preceded by an hour-and-a-half long “private reception.” Tickets for the party start at $50, access to the reception is reserved for chairs who pony up $2,500. Continue reading “Scarlett Johansson To Host Third Fundraiser For Scott Stringer”

Roundup: Chelsea Clinton's First Night Reviews; Rep. Tonko's Poetry Slam

Critics were not wowed by Chelsea Clinton’s NBC debut.

Congressman Paul Tonko waxed poetic about his opposition to tying an extension of a payroll tax credit to approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

New York’s congressional delegation talks about Israel more than any other in D.C.  Continue reading “Roundup: Chelsea Clinton's First Night Reviews; Rep. Tonko's Poetry Slam”