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Why Jeb Bush's 'Record Sum' Might Not Matter

bloomberg.com — Jeb Bush's declaration to donors Sunday that his yet-to-be-declared presidential campaign has raised record-breaking amounts of early money belies a question dogging the former Florida governor: Can big money alone fuel a winning campaign? What was missing from the pep talk, according to people in attendance at the behind-closed-door session for donors in Miami, were specific details or context.

Jeb Bush: Campaigns Don't Need to Spend $1 Billion to Win in 2016

bloomberg.com — Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor exploring a run for president, said Sunday that contrary to what many campaigns are identifying as a must-have fund-raising number, a successful 2016 candidate does not need to raise $1 billion.

Jeb Bush, the Paleo Diet and the Drag Queen: A Campaign Story

bloomberg.com — He doesn't follow politics that closely, that much he admits. But when the waiter at Burger & Beer Joint in South Beach was told to study up on Paleo diet options on Saturday night, he had a pretty good idea who was coming into the restaurant for lunch the next day.

A Sharp-Elbowed 'Force' Will Watch Over Hillary Clinton's Campaign Finances

bloomberg.com — On one of his last nights as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gary Gensler thanked Elizabeth Warren. There were others on the list he ticked through at the affair packed with congressional aides, government officials and even a few lobbyists, but Warren, the Massachusetts senator and star of the left, was one of the first-a recognition for Warren's role in helping Gensler transform the CFTC from a regulatory backwater into a tough Wall Street cop.

Hillary Clinton Said to Hire Former Wall Street Cop as Campaign CFO

derivalert.org — By Phil MattinglyApril 16, 2015, Bloomberg Business Hillary Clinton is planning to name Gary Gensler, a former top federal financial regulator and strong advocate for strict Wall Street rules, as the chief financial officer of her campaign, according to a Democrat familiar with the decision.

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Said to Hire Former Wall Street Cop as Campaign CFO

bloomberg.com — Hillary Clinton is planning to name Gary Gensler, a former top federal financial regulator and strong advocate for strict Wall Street rules, as the chief financial officer of her campaign, according to a Democrat familiar with the decision.

The Care and Feeding of the Ready-for-Hillary List

bloomberg.com — Ten days before Kendall Bentsen's job would disappear, she was in the midst of the final push to provide Hillary Clinton's campaign with what may become one of the most valuable assets of its opening stages. "Free posters! They are free! They are posters! They are free Hillary posters!"

Ben Carson to Announce 2016 Decision on May 4

bloomberg.com — Republican Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon who has been exploring a run for president, is ready to jump in. Maybe. Carson will announce his decision on May 4, according to a Facebook post today. "I am excited to announce that on May 4th, in my home town of Detroit, I will announce my decision on whether or not I become a candidate for President," Carson wrote.

The Next Big Congressional Battles: A Timeline

bloomberg.com — Last week was particularly good for Speaker John Boehner. The Ohio Republican and his leadership team were able to navigate a series of difficult budget votes while also locking in a large bipartisan majority to address a previously intractable annual headache (major Medicare payment cuts to doctors.)

Meet the Gaffe Warriors of the Democratic Party

bloomberg.com — In a warehouse-like second-floor office about 15 miles away from where Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was lighting up the crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a group of political operatives monitored the speech on their computers. Then, in response to a question from an audience member, Walker delivered the kind of sentence they'd been waiting for.
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Apr 28, 2015

RT @MichaelCBender: Christie's port chairman to United: How about a direct flight to my weekend home? And pass the bread: bloom.bg/1P1qwjl via @business

Apr 28, 2015

Great read -- The Dinner Proposal That Led United Into Corruption Probe bloom.bg/1P1qwjl

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