Republican 2016 hopeful Huckabee rakes in nearly $1 million for speeches
Republican White House candidate Mike Huckabee earned more than $975,000 in the last 16 months in speaking fees, in front of audiences including chambers of commerce, schools and universities, ministries and pregnancy outreach organizations. Huckabee made 44 speeches in that period, earning on average $22,175 per engagement, according to his financial disclosure released by the Federal Election Commission on Friday. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton earned an average of $235,000 per speech, and nearly $12 million over all.
Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates, with the exception of Donald Trump, will test their messages in New Hampshire at a forum on Monday ahead of their first head-to-head debate in the 2016 campaign later this week. Fourteen of the 17 candidates are to face off in Manchester, N.H., on Monday for the Voters Issues Forum at Saint Anselm College where each candidate will be asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw. Most of the leaders in the Republican field are to participate, including Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, but not poll leader Trump, who declared he would not attend in outrage over a critical editorial published by the Union Leader, the Manchester newspaper that is one of the sponsors of the event.
Bush not a candidate? Super PAC's spending reveals otherwise
By Michelle Conlin and Grant Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first report of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, made public Friday, reveals for the first time, election lawyers say, just how much the group, Right to Rise, functioned as a kind of shadow campaign for Bush. The group shelled out $5.4 million from January through June for all the workaday line items, from travel to catering to political consulting, that have traditionally been paid for by candidates' campaign committees. The Super PAC's filing also reveals the gilded roster of Bush's top donors, a formidable collection of some of the world's most powerful and influential billionaires and GOP grandees, such as Coral Gables resident and private equity king Miguel Fernandez, who, with $3 million, was Bush's top donor.
Hillary Clinton takes on Jeb Bush on racial equality issues
By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton sought to persuade African-Americans on Friday to resist any temptation to side with Republican Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential race as they offered differing visions on how to tackle economic and racial inequality. The annual convention of the National Urban League marked the first same-stage appearance for Clinton, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Bush, one of the leading candidates in the Republican race. Democrats have long counted on African Americans as a loyal voting bloc, whereas the Republican Party acknowledged after its loss in the 2012 presidential race that it needed to build support among minorities to win the presidency.