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Trump has Spent Only $46 Million on Campaign – Clinton and Sanders have Spent Over $150 Million Apiece

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According to campaign finance reporting by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has now spent more than $46 million on his campaign. Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have spent $151 million and $165 million, respectively, or more than $316 million combined. Trump’s expenditures are 28% of Sanders’ expenditures and 30% of Clinton’s.

Republican contenders Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have spent $70 million, $60 million, $45 million and $34 million, respectively, on their failed campaigns. With Trump having gathered 1,168 delegates to date, Cruz 574, Carson 7, Rubio 168 and Bush 4, the dollars spent per delegate for Republicans are $39k for Trump, $122k for Cruz, $8.6 million for Carson, $268k for Rubio and $8.5 million per delegate for Bush. Based on this data, Trump has spent less than 1% that of Bush per delegate.

The Democrats have a larger number of delegates than Republicans, including what are referred to as “super delegates”. Clinton has gathered 2,276 delegates to Sanders’ 1,541. Based on this, Clinton has spent 67k per delegate and Sanders has spent $107k per candidate.

There are a total of 4,765 Democrat delegates and 2,472 Republican delegates, for almost a 2 to 1 ratio in delegates (1.93). Based on this, using the Republican delegate count, Clinton has spent $129k per delegate and Sanders $207k per delegate won. Of the top seven spending candidates, Trump is the only candidate to spend less than $120k per delegate ($39k).

Trump has loaned himself more than $35 million of his own money for his campaign. No other candidate has come close to providing this kind of money for their own campaign. Trump’s campaign is a great example of capitalism; because Trump is spending his own money he is more cautious in how he spends it and he has achieved much better results.

Sanders and Clinton have raised $182 million and $180 million, respectively to date, totaling more than $362 million. Most of this has been spent as noted above.

The Democrat’s contributions have not come without controversy. Sanders complained in April that Clinton has benefited illegally from a joint fundraising committee known as the Hillary Victory Fund. This fund has reported receiving several individual contributions in amounts as high as $353,400 or more, which is over 130 times the $2,700 limit that applies for contributions to Secretary Clinton’s campaign. (We’ll see if anything is ever done about this.)

No such controversy exits on the Republican side since Trump’s receipts to date have been from himself. Trump has not received the fair recognition from the press for paying for his own campaign to date.

Trump has beaten 16 solid Republican candidates while spending less and supporting his own campaign. He has done this with millions in negative advertising spent against him. The only way that Trump can possibly be leading the race, is that his positions on fair trade, immigration and standing up to radical Islam, to name a few, have to be resonating with Americans.

 

Hillary Clinton Campaign Accused of Cheating in Kentucky Primary – 4,000 Votes Discounted to Give Hillary Win

Hillary Clinton

Multiple outlets have now reported that the Hillary Clinton Campaign cheated in order to give her the win in Kentucky. In Pike County Kentucky, card readers reportedly malfunctioned and votes were fully erased. One local Kentucky station WKYT, was told by the Pike County Clerk’s office that there were issues with one of their card readers, which caused a delay in the numbers and as a result, the AP then erased Sanders’ votes, pushing Hillary to the lead by over 4,000 votes.

The gatewaypundit noted the discrepancy in a tweet Tuesday night –

GWP Kentucky Primary

According to Real Clear Politics Clinton eventually received 212,550 votes in Kentucky to Bernie Sanders’ 210,626 votes for a difference of only 1,924 votes.

There were more than 76 reports of election fraud in 31 different counties called into Kentucky’s Attorney General hotline during the closely contested Democrat primary, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. The Sanders campaign was expectedly outraged by the reports which were similar to what has occurred in other states – and many are pointing the finger at the Clinton campaign.

 

 

Trump Sets Record – Surpasses Bush for Most Republican Primary Votes Ever – Has Now Won 30 States – Hillary Losing to Sanders in Oregon

Donald Trump won Oregon tonight is running away with the Republican nomination for President and now has more than 11 million votes which surpass the most votes ever accumulated by a Republican Presidential Candidate in the primaries. George W. Bush had held that record.

Trump now has won 30 states during this campaign season. Hillary Clinton barely squeaked out a win in Kentucky and is currently behind Sanders in Oregon. Kentucky was Hillary’s first primary win in nearly a month with the latest reporting showing her beating Bernie by less than 0.5% of the vote. A Sanders win in Oregon would be his third primary win in the last 3 weeks. It appears the email scandal, her husband’s recently reported trips to ‘rape’ island and other questionable acts in her past have come to haunt Hillary.

Per a review of the results of elections to date of the top four candidates, Trump continues to outshine them all and will need less than 80 delegates to win the Republican Nomination for President by the end of the night.

Delegate Count 5-18 Rep and Dem

Trump has more primary wins (27), more overall state wins (30), the highest percentage of primary wins (87%), the highest percent of overall state wins (71%), the highest percent of primary delegates (74%), the highest percent of overall delegates (67%), and the highest percentage of votes (60%) than the final top four Republican and Democrat candidates.

(This data above is obtained from the RealClearPolitics.com website. Caucus wins for Cruz in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, Sanders in Maine, Alaska and Washington and Hillary in Iowa and Nevada were added to the results. These states show no winners currently in the RCP data. If these caucus wins were not added to the data, Trump would be even further ahead in the areas mentioned above.)

To date, the Democratic race is much tighter than the Republican race based on wins and delegates. (However, the Democrats also have super delegates which are highly in Hillary’s favor at 524 to 40 for Sanders).

Although Bernie was mathematically eliminated a few weeks ago on April 26th, he has now for the third week in a row beat Hillary Clinton in in a Democratic primary.

Delegate Count 5-17 Chart

As noted previously based on current counts Trump will reach the number of delegates to win the Nomination outright on Tuesday June 7th.   Trump now needs only 18% of the remaining delegates to win the Republican Nomination.

Trump Set for Sweep of Delegates in Oregon Today – Needs only 24% of Remaining Delegates to Win Nomination!

Billionaire Donald Trump is set to sweep all the delegates in the Oregon primary today which will put him one step closer to the Republican Nomination for President.

Based on current counts and as noted previously, Trump will reach the number of delegates to win the Nomination outright on Tuesday June 7th.   After sweeping the past 9 primaries Donald Trump begins the day with 1,134 delegates and needs 1,237 to win the nomination. Oregon offers 28 delegates to the winners on a proportional basis.

Delegate Count 5-17 AP

Already Trump has received more votes in the Republican primary cycle than anyone in history which is somewhat surprising since he has never been in politics before.

** Trump begins the day leading all Republican and Democrat candidates with 26 primary wins and he also leads all candidates with 29 state wins

Delegate Count 5-17 Chart

Chart by Joe Hoft

Overall Trump continues to outshine all the candidates while competing against 16 primary opponents.

 

With an Estimated 12-20 million Illegal Immigrants in the US Today, ICE Credited with Arresting and Removing less than 250,000 in 2015

 

The US illegal alien population increases by at least 500,000 each year and estimates are that the number of illegal immigrants currently residing in the US is somewhere between 12 and 20 million.  

Most of those who violate our borders come from Mexico and other Latin American countries and another half of all illegal immigrants residing in the US did not enter illegally but rather overstayed their visas.  Congress has passed seven amnesties since the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.  The first was in 1986 under Reagan, which was supposed to be an end to amnesty and the beginning of closing our borders.  However this didn’t work so in 1994, 1997 (twice), 1998 and 2000 (twice) Clinton provided amnesty to various groups.  But still the number of illegal aliens keeps rising.

A recent post at the Hill claimed that the number of illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico skyrocketed in 2016.  With the number of illegals increasing you would expect that the number of arrests and deportations of illegals would be on the increase, but this is not the case.

ICE Deportations 2015

(Chart from ICE FY 2015 Reporting)

According to official government data noted above, the number of deportations (removals) attributed to ICE decreased to less than 250,000 in 2015. This means less than 1-2% of all illegal immigrants in the US were ‘removed’ by ICE in 2015.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department (ICE) is a part of Homeland Security and has a budget of more than $6 billion in 2016 and is expected to employ more than 21,000 employees.  Homeland Security has a budget of more than $41 billion proposed for 2016 which is more than the revenues of all of the companies on the Fortune 500 except the top 71.  In addition to immigration, Homeland Security oversees the customs agents at airports. Even with the massive amount of resources, it is clear that Homeland Security if failing miserably under Obama.

Note that Liberals constantly use the Pew Research Center data on illegal immigrants as their source which claims that there are only 11 million illegals in the US today but the Pew Research data is highly suspect and biased. In addition, the Obama administration has touted that ICE has removed more individuals per year under Obama than any prior administration.  This number however has also been debunked because the Obama administration included numbers in this count that would never have been counted in prior years.  It appears that in typical Obama fashion, he would rather lie about the numbers than fix the problem.

 

 

New York Time’s Complete List of Insults Donald Trump has shared on Twitter – Shows the Trump Dichotomy – Terrific!

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The New York Times published a complete list of insults that Donald Trump has made on Twitter.  To the Times and other #NeverTrumpers this list is distasteful and abusive rhetoric that surely no person, let alone a Presidential contender, should partake.  For example, Trump tweets –

Jeb Bush – “Will NEVER make America great again”

Ted Cruz – “the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest”

Barack Obama – “looks and sounds so ridiculous”

The Republican Establishment – “could not stop Obama (twice)”

Mitt Romney – “a disaster candidate who had no guts and choked”

The Trump Dichotomy

To those who started out slightly not liking Trump, these tweets only helped to solidify their anti-Trump position. As Trump showed more and more his ability to manage the headlines, in part through these tweets, these individuals began to hate and then rage over Trump.  (Glen Beck is an excellent example from this group who Trump by the way tweeted – “failing, crying, lost soul” – likely increasing Beck’s rage against Trump.)

On the other side of the spectrum are the Trump supporters. To this group, as these tweets were unleashed, one at a time, day by day, this group was quickly sold on Trump with his unbelievable ability to stifle opponents in the political arena and in the media.  Each tweet solidified their support for Trump as he showed his wit that shaped the narrative and shut down the liberal media in a few simple words or phrases.

Whether you love him or hate him, Trump’s tweets have been the subject of some major news discussions this political season.

Our vote for the current most outstanding Trump tweet –

Elizabeth Warren – “All Talk, no action – maybe her Native American name?”

 

China’s Economy Slowing Down – the World’s 2nd Largest Economy in Turmoil! A Major World-wide Recession May Be on the Horizon

China Map

Bloomberg reported today that China’s economy is again slowing down after there were hopes for a recovery in March.  April data released today shows that industrial output, retail and investment all missed estimates.  The poor data dashes hopes that China’s economy is on the rebound and is a cause for concern for all economies around the world due to the size of China’s economy, the world’s 2nd largest to the US. 

Another report notes that China’s economy, grew only 6.9% last year, which is the slowest the country has grown in a quarter of a century.

China like the US now faces a huge amount of debt. Much of China’s debt was generated by local governments which funded incredible amounts of infrastructure projects but at the same time have built ghost cities and roads-to-nowhere as local officials took advantage ultra-low borrowing rates. Some estimates show China’s debt-to-GDP ratio at more than 240% at the end of 2015.  (The US’s debt to GDP was at 104% in 2015 – not counting unfunded liabilities.)

China’s state-owned rail corporation alone is reportedly more than $600 billion in debt, which is almost twice the size of Greece’s obligations. Greece, whose debt crisis has needed repeated bailouts, had an estimated public debt of $356 billion at the end of 2015.

China also has a significant number of unsold houses and sagging exports. In response to its sagging exports, China’s government has approved measures to boost exports but these actions have worsened relationships with trading partners that say Beijing is flooding their markets with unfairly low-priced steel and other goods.

Another area of concern in China is the non-performing (bad) loans on the books of its commercial banks. These loans are estimated to be around $706 billion with the number increasing at an increasing rate.  Many analysts believe the situation is actually far worse than this with some estimates that China’s bad loans are between 15% and 19% of all loans outstanding.

With China, Europe, the US and Japan all in terrible shape economically, maybe Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is right in suggesting the US is heading towards a massive recession.

 

While Trump is on a Roll – Hillary is Getting Rolled Over by Sanders!

Donald Trump is running away with the Republican nomination for President but Hillary is getting steamrolled by Sanders. Bernie Sanders won the second primary in a row and is on more of a roll than Clinton. Per a review of the results of elections to date of the final four candidates, Trump outshines them all.

Delegate Count 5-11 Rep and Dem

Trump has more primary wins (26), more overall state wins (29), the highest percentage of primary wins (87%), the highest percent of overall state wins (71%), the highest percent of primary delegates (74%), the highest percent of overall delegates (67%), and the highest percentage of delegates (60%) than the other top three candidates.

(This data above is obtained from the RealClearPolitics.com website. Caucus wins for Cruz in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, Sanders in Maine, Alaska and Washington and Hillary in Iowa and Nevada were added to the results. These states show no winners currently in the RCP data. If these caucus wins were not added to the data, Trump would be even further ahead in the areas mentioned above.)

To date, the Democratic race is much tighter than the Republican race based on wins and delegates. (However, the Democrats also have super delegates which are highly in Hillary’s favor at 523 to 39 for Sanders).

Although Bernie was mathematically eliminated a few weeks ago on June 6th, he has now for the second week in a row beaten Hillary Clinton in a primary.

 

Trump Sweeps West Virginia and Nebraska Primaries – Needs Only 99 Delegates to Win Nomination!

Billionaire Donald Trump swept the West Virginia and Nebraska primaries today. After taking all of the delegates in these two states he now needs less than 100 delegates to win the Republican Nomination for President.

Delegate Count 5-11 AP

Trump only needs 99 delegates to win the nomination. Based on current counts and as noted previously, Trump will reach the number of delegates to win the Nomination outright on Tuesday June 7th.   Senator Ted Cruz suspended his campaign after the Indiana primary and won no delegates.

After sweeping the past 9 primaries Trump Donald Trump now has 1,138 delegates; more than double Cruz’s delegate count of 564 with 435 remaining.

Trump now has a clear road to the nomination.

** Trump leads all candidates with 26 primary wins (Cruz has 4)

** Trump leads all candidates with 29 states won

** Trump requires only 23% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination

Delegate Count 5-7 Chart

 

Chart by Joe Hoft

Overall Trump continues to outshine all the candidates while competing against 16 primary opponents.

 

Hillary’s Emails Hacked by Russia – Kremlin Deciding Whether to Release 20,000 Emails Hacked

 

Hillary Clinton 

The Kremlin is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton’s server. 

According to a report from four days ago, beginning in 2011, the Russians began monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to break into the computer system of the Russian funded RT television network.

After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only detect his breaking into the private computer of Secretary Clinton, but also break in and copy all of its contents as well.

The report notes that shortly after Russia obtained Clinton’s emails, they released a limited amount to RT TV which were published in an article in March 2013, titled Hillary Clinton’s ‘hacked’ Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE.  Apparently no Western journalists promoted this story.  A couple of years later, in 2016, the US then brought in Guccifer for questioning related to this incident.  According to the report, NBC news knew why Guccifer was being questioned but withheld this information from the American public.

The Associated Press reported in October 2015 that “Hillary Clinton’s private email server maintained in her home while serving as secretary of State was possibly hacked by Russia-tied authorities, and others, on five separate occasions.”

The AP report noted that investigators discovered among Clinton’s cache of released emails malicious software aimed at transmitting data to three overseas computers, including at least one in Russia. This malicious software was reportedly activated by clicking on it; but in October it was not clear if Clinton actually opened these messages or not, per the AP.

Recently separate reports have come out noting that Guccifer had indeed hacked Clinton’s emails.  Now according to this latest report, Clinton’s server was not only compromised by Guccifer but also by Russia.