October 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Democratic convention organizers broke their pledge to put on their quadrennial gathering in Charlotte, N.C., this year without corporate donations, using $5 million from a committee financed by companies such as Bank of America, Duke Energy and AT&T to rent the Time Warner Arena for the three-day event. The payments, revealed in reports filed Wednesday evening with the Federal Election Commission, came after party officials said they would produce the convention without corporate money, a self-imposed ban set by the Democratic National Committee.
October 4, 2012 |
Television ratings for Wednesday's first presidential debate jumped up strongly from four years ago, seemingly contradicting commentators who said low ratings for August's Republican National Convention showed that public interest in presidential politics had receded. A total of 67.2 million people watched the debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to figures released late Thursday by the Nielsen Co. -- a 28% increase over the 52.4 million who tuned in to the first debate in 2008.
September 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For Mitt Romney, making a comeback in the race for president will require changing the minds of voters like Barry Hubscher, Cathleen Kimmel and Michael Gray. All three had considered voting for the Republican nominee as recently as August, but lately they have found themselves leaning toward President Obama. Listening to them and others like them helps explain the shift in polls toward Obama since the Democratic convention and illustrates the magnitude of the task that lies before Romney as he tries to catch up in an increasingly challenging race.
September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican nominee Mitt Romney faces a fundamental problem as the presidential campaign moves into its final phase: Voter attitudes about the state of the economy have begun to improve, and enthusiasm about voting has risen among key blocs of Democratic-leaning voters, particularly Latinos. Since the beginning of the campaign, one assumption has served as the foundation for Romney's campaign: that voters deeply upset over the state of the economy would want to fire the incumbent enough to push aside any concerns about his challenger.
September 17, 2012 |
In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research. Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
September 13, 2012 |
“I usually don't email you,” said the message from Beyonce on Thursday, and maybe it was my imagination, but it sounded a bit breathy. The superstar singer, or her online facsimile, was emailing scads of common folk to invite them to donate $15 or more to President Obama, for the chance to club it with the prez, the pop diva, her husband Jay-Z and a bunch of other high rollers. The drawing will send a couple of winners to New York City next week, where they will do that thing the glitterati do when they raise money for Obama.