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April 28, 2013

So Zach Braff raised a ton of money for his movie, and of course people on the internet are upset

  • $2.14M the amount that Zach Braff raised on Kickstarter for the follow-up to his popular 2004 film “Garden State”—doing so in just a couple of days. Braff’s new film, “Wish I Was Here,” was going to go with a traditional financing plan, but Braff decided at the last second to take a cue from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas and fund his film partly through Kickstarter. There are haters out there because of this move, because there are always haters out there, but in his defense, Braff is trying to keep creative control and is actually putting down a bunch of his own money to create the project. Are you one of the more than 30,000 people to donate to Braff’s latest film? Let us know what you think in the reblogs. source
14:33 // 12 months ago
September 10, 2012

Obama trumps Romney’s fundraising efforts during month of August

  • $114M was donated to the Obama campaign in August, though Democrats hardly have time to celebrate. Even with a tremendous haul, and the ability to say the average donation was only $58, President Obama only topped Mitt Romney’s campaign by $2.4 million dollars. August was also Romney’s best fundraising month to date; his campaign raised $111.6 million. source
18:46 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012

July numbers seal Mitt Romney’s Q2 fundraising dominance

  • $75 million donated to the campaign of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee during the month of July
  • $101.3 million was donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee last month source

» Three months straight: With his July fundraising, Mitt Romney finished an entire quarter with a higher donation total than President Obama. Considering his continued ability to out-raise Obama, is it any wonder that the two remain virtually neck-and-neck in pre-election polling?

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14:26 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012

Self-funding: Is it really worth it?

    • 58 political candidates gave $500,000 or more to their own campaigns in 2010
    • 11 of those 58 actually ended up winning their elections (roughly $19%)
    • $130Mtotal amount of self-donations to 2012 campaigns—so far source

    » Not much bang for the buck: Tons of money is needed to get a political campaign off the ground, but that doesn’t mean being rich out of the gate is a sure-fire win for wannabe politicians. In 2010, wrestling magnate Linda McMahon spent $50 million on her own Senate campaign only to be crushed by Richard Blumenthal, who’d raised a (relatively) modest $8.7 million. More recently, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost the GOP primary after giving $24 million to his own war chest—the most so far of any candidate this cycle. But this doesn’t seem to be discouraging wealthy candidates: McMahon is running for the Senate again this year, and her $8.8 million contribution constitutes 90% of what she’s raised so far.

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    7:22 // 1 year ago
    July 10, 2012

    A Glorious Ending: Something tells us that Matt Inman just wrote the final chapter in his feud with FunnyJunk and lawyer Charles Carreon. Just as he promised when Operation BearLove Good, Cancer Bad began last month, Inman posted photos of the $211,223.04 he raised for the National Wildlife Federation and American Cancer Society, in addition to the care package that he plans to have delivered to Carreon’s front door.

    15:48 // 1 year ago
    July 9, 2012

    Romney leapfrogs Obama (and then some) on fundraising front

    • $71 million the amount Obama raised in June — decent compared to previous months
    • $106 million the amount Romney raised in the same period source

    » To put this in perspective, here’s what the fundraising situation was like in March. Regarding Obama’s fundraising total, his Chief Operating Officer, Ann Marie Habershaw put it like this: ”Bravo. That’s seriously impressive. Bad news? We still got beat. Handily.” This result could be a sign that Romney’s fundraising, which looked like it would struggle this year, may top Obama’s when everything is said and done.

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    10:41 // 1 year ago
    July 5, 2012

    Fundraising numbers up for Senate Democrats following “Obamacare” ruling

    • $2.5 million raised in first 3 days after SCOTUS ruling source

    » The spike in donations has put the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on track for a historically-high month, only a few weeks removed from a record-breaking $5.6 million in donations during May. The donation numbers also add legitimacy to Democratic claims that the ruling galvanized the left every bit as much as it galvanized the right. Though, even when combined with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s similarly high $2.3 million in donations, the numbers seem small compared to the more than $5.5 million raised by Mitt Romney in the first 24-hours after the decision.

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    18:32 // 1 year ago
    May 1, 2012

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker raises $13 million in Q1

    That’s approximately seven times what his primary competitors raised during the same period…combined. Tom Barrett, Democratic mayor of Milkwaukee, reported that his campaign has raised $831,508 since he announced his candidacy on March 30. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk’s campaign reported that she has raised $977,059 since joining the race on January 17. Outside analysts expect upwards of $60 million to be spent on the Wisconsin recall in total. source

    14:17 // 1 year ago
    April 30, 2012
    48,000 backers. $7.2 million raised. Nearly three weeks to go. Meet the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever — the Pebble e-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android. (Personal opinion: Brydge is way cooler, but both are awesome.)

    48,000 backers. $7.2 million raised. Nearly three weeks to go. Meet the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever — the Pebble e-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android. (Personal opinion: Brydge is way cooler, but both are awesome.)

    11:34 // 1 year ago
    April 21, 2012

    Romney campaign cash on hand x 10 = Obama campaign cash on hand

    • $104 million the amount of cash the juggernaut-like Obama campaign had on hand at the end of March
    • $10.1 million the amount of cash the finally-validated Romney campaign had on hand at the end of March source

    » But at least Romney has Super PAC backing: While Obama more than doubled Romney’s fundraising total in March — $35 million to $12.6 million — Romney’s stayed competitive with the help of the Super PAC supporting him, Restore Our Future. Other Super PACs are helping too — the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads, which is expected to ratchet up the Obama attack ads, raised $31.2 million in March — and the RNC’s fundraising is back on track after a fairly rough stretch under Michael Steele. One thing Romney hasn’t done this time around is put his own money into the campaign, like he did in 2008 when he threw $40 million in the pot. Think Mitt can prove formidable despite the cash deficit?

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    11:10 // 2 years ago