the money trail
Sen. Barack Obama's fundraising juggernaut has slowed significantly from its record-shattering pace of September, bringing in $36-million in the first half of October, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission. Obama's spending, meanwhile, has picked up rapidly. Partly as a result, Sen. John McCain and the Republican National Committee held a cash-in-hand advantage of about $20-million over him and the Democratic National Committee as of Oct. 15 when the money of various affiliated committees is taken into account.
Palin stylist paid more than adviser
An acclaimed celebrity makeup artist for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin collected more money from John McCain's campaign than his foreign policy adviser. Amy Strozzi, who works on the reality show So You Think You Can Dance and has been Palin's traveling stylist, was paid $22,800, according to campaign finance reports for the first two weeks in October. In contrast, McCain's foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was paid $12,500, the report showed. McCain's campaign said the payment covered a portion of her work in September and a portion of October. An earlier campaign finance report showed Strozzi was paid $13,200 for a portion of September.
Palin testifies in Alaska hearing
Gov. Sarah Palin testified for two hours Friday in an abuse-of-power investigation that has been a distraction to her Republican vice presidential campaign. Palin's leadership was questioned this month in a stinging but largely toothless legislative report that found she violated state ethics laws by letting a family dispute influence her decisionmaking. Palin is hoping the Alaska Personnel Board, which is running a parallel investigation, will clear her. It's unclear whether any conclusion will be reached before Election Day.
Christian group sees scary future
Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Obama is elected president, according to a "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action and making the e-mail rounds. The goal was to "articulate the big picture," said Carrie Gordon Earll of the group. "If it is a doomsday picture, then it's a realistic picture."
McCain worker's assault story false
A McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face in what she had said was a politically inspired attack, police said Friday. Ashley Todd, 20, a college student from College Station, Texas, admitted Friday that the story was false, police said, and was charged with making a false report. She left police headquarters in handcuffs late Friday, the mark on her face faded and her left eye slightly blackened.
Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Obama, citing the senator's "deep sense of calm" and "first-class political temperament."