November 9th, 2012
07:26 AM ET
1 year ago

The billion dollar election: Who got paid?

(CNN) – Far away from Washington, in the heart of the Midwest, CEO Cliff Franklin and his Fuse Advertising team worked hard to become one of the Obama campaign's secret weapons.

They helped craft the president's efforts to target minority voters - efforts that seemed to have paid off, with Obama capturing 93% of the black vote, 71% of the Latino vote and 73% of the Asian-American vote.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
The party crasher: Finding where politicians, special interests meet
September 8th, 2012
10:44 AM ET
2 years ago

The party crasher: Finding where politicians, special interests meet

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Keenan Steiner makes his way along Charlotte's secured streets, struggling to put on his tie and manage his monogrammed backpack at the same time.

The 27-year-old is on a mission: He's looking for a party.

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August 31st, 2012
10:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Gay groups and "Homocon" welcomed to GOP convention despite platform

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A man hurrying to catch the light at a corner in muggy downtown Tampa carries a book with a rainbow of color on its cover.

Its title stands out, especially here, where the Republican National Convention has officially accepted a platform that a New York Times editorial called "more aggressive in its opposition to women's reproductive rights and to gay rights than any in memory."

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To sway voters, tens of millions spent on health care ads
June 27th, 2012
06:44 PM ET
2 years ago

To sway voters, tens of millions spent on health care ads

(CNN) - Political groups and campaigns hoping to sway voters on the health care issue have spent about $70 million on health-themed TV ads since January 2011, according to a CNN analysis of ad spending data.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

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Filed under: Ads • Health care
Obama, Romney campaigns in rare agreement: Text them money!
June 13th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney campaigns in rare agreement: Text them money!

(CNN) - Could the national conventions become more than just political rallies? That's what one political expert predicts with the Federal Elections Commission ruling that will allow people to text donations to the campaign of their choice.

"You now have the ability to turn the political conventions to a texting telethon," said Mark Armour, president of Armour Media, a political advertising firm that advocated for the change with the FEC. "You can even put the number to text on every TV spot. The potential is almost unlimited, and it opens up an entirely new fundraising stream."

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Filed under: Fundraising • Mitt Romney • President Obama
LGBT donors back President Obama, big time
Some of Obama's prominent LGBT supporters include Neil Patrick Harris, Suze Orman, Ricky Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dustin Lance Black.
June 5th, 2012
09:57 AM ET
2 years ago

LGBT donors back President Obama, big time

(CNN) – After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

A CNN analysis of President Obama's biggest fundraisers, known as bundlers, shows that at least 33 - or about one in every 16 bundlers - is openly gay. Together, they have raised at least $8 million for the campaign between January and the end of March.

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Filed under: Fundraising • President Obama
Obama outspends Romney on online ads
June 3rd, 2012
09:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama outspends Romney on online ads

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is spending record amounts of money for online advertising and more than twice as much as his Republican rival, a CNN analysis of campaign finance data shows.

In the first few months of 2012, Obama's campaign bought nearly $16.4 million worth of online ads after spending almost $2.2 million last year - even though he didn't face a Democratic challenger. That means he is on pace to spend a record amount on digital ads, according to ad spending experts.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • President Obama
In 2012, campaigns target voters through their phones
May 24th, 2012
01:50 PM ET
2 years ago

In 2012, campaigns target voters through their phones

(CNN) - Even as the head of the Young Republicans at Samford University, Weathers Veazey didn't have a lot of time for politics this primary season.

Immersed in tough pre-law classes at the conservative Baptist university in Birmingham, Alabama, she barely paid attention to the nonstop political ads that ran on TV during the state's presidential primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Technology
How Clooney, celebs mean big bucks for Obama, but not so much for Romney
May 10th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
2 years ago

How Clooney, celebs mean big bucks for Obama, but not so much for Romney

(CNN) - If you weren't lucky enough to win a seat at the table for dinner tonight with George Clooney and President Barack Obama, fear not. You may still have a chance to party with the president and a celebrity or two in the near future.

Two lucky Obama supporters will join Clooney, the president and 150 other guests who ponied up an estimated $6 million to dine at the movie star's Los Angeles home for a dinner Thursday. The raffle earned the campaign another $9 million, according to the campaign.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama