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Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures. “There is a role in the economy for private equity. You bet...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

Nov. 14, 2019 11:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins. In an announcement video, Patrick highlighted his poverty-stricken childhood on Chicago’s South...

AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

Nov. 12, 2019 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering making a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations, underscoring some Democrats' deep uncertainty about the party's current crop of contenders. Patrick, a close...

Correction: Trump-Politics story

Nov. 9, 2019 8:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about elections in Virginia and Kentucky, The Associated Press reported erroneously that more than twice as many people in Virginia voted in state legislative races than 2015. The number of ballots case Tuesday increased by more than 50% compared with four years ago,...

AP Exclusive: Steyer aide offered money for endorsements

Nov. 7, 2019 3:45 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations. The overtures from Pat Murphy, a...

After Biden reversal on super PAC, allies form outside group

Oct. 30, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allies of former Vice President Joe Biden formed an outside group this week that would allow wealthy individuals and corporations to spend massive amounts boosting his 2020 Democratic presidential bid. Leaders of the super PAC called Unite the Country filed a statement of organization...

Warren's no top-dollar fundraiser pledge includes big caveat

Oct. 30, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of donors enjoyed a white-tablecloth dinner, an open bar and sweeping views of the U.S. Capitol this month when Elizabeth Warren strode on stage to headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. The setting was similarly swanky in August, when Warren addressed party...

AP Exclusive: Middleman helped Saudi give to Obama inaugural

Oct. 29, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

When President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, a Saudi tycoon and his business associate sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the U.S. to help pay for the inaugural celebration and get a picture with the president, according to court documents and an analysis of campaign finance records by The Associated...

Ex-S. Carolina congressman sues state GOP for nixing primary

Oct. 1, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican former South Carolina congressman is part of a lawsuit filed Tuesday over the state party's decision to cancel its GOP primary ahead of the 2020 election, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the longshot candidates challenging President Donald Trump....