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Trump buys others’ email lists for fundraising pitches

Donald Trump has sent a flurry of email fundraising appeals in recent days, though rather than originating from his campaign, some have been sent to addresses on lists purchased from other politicians or groups.

Bernie Sanders campaign down to less than $6 million in cash

Bernie Sanders’ campaign had less than $6 million at the start of May, a critical cash shortage as he makes an admittedly tough final play to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. He has been spending about $40 million per month.

Trump and RNC announce fundraising agreement

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have signed a joint fundraising agreement that will allow donors to write checks of up to $449,400. The agreement, announced late Tuesday night, will allow the Trump campaign to raise cash that the national party can spend on both his campaign and other Republican efforts.

Miss Manners: Number of fundraisers overwhelming

DEAR MISS MANNERS: On a wonderful weekend in New York City with a friend and our two daughters, ages 9 and 12, we enjoyed a Broadway show, dinners out, sightseeing and crowd watching. At the theater, after the show was over, we were told that cast members would be at the exits collecting donations for a charity supported by the members. As we exited, sure enough, actors were holding buckets just waiting for our cash. At the restaurant that night, the singing waiters came around and asked for donations to help them attend acting and singing classes so that they, too, could become Broadway stars.

House campaign groups start $75M ad push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties' House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November's elections. In New York and New Jersey, the Democratic Congressional Committee began spending $2.3 million on ads in districts represented by Republicans. In Florida, the National Republican Congressional Committee started what will be a $1.7 million campaign to defend Rep. Steve Southerland, who risks being voted out of Congress after two terms.

Prosecutors: Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups as part of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to violate election laws, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed Thursday. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents were filed in December as part of an ongoing lawsuit by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth, which challenged a secret investigation into campaign fundraising coordination.

Idaho PAC against Otter raises $107,000 in week

BOISE – A new group with ties to Republican Party central committees in two Idaho counties has raised more than $100,000 in the past week for campaign attacks on Idaho’s Republican governor and attorney general. The group calling itself the Integrity in Government PAC sent mailings critical of Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to every registered Republican in the state. The PAC also has a website criticizing Otter and calling for his defeat in Idaho’s primary on Tuesday.

Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM, dies at 85

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died today, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85. As one of Israel's most famous soldiers, Sharon was known for bold tactics and an occasional refusal to obey orders. As a politician he became known as "the bulldozer," a man contemptuous of his critics while also capable of getting things done.

Spin Control: Summertime, and the deleting is easy

OLYMPIA – Things are quiet enough at the Capitol that it’s possible to do something reporters generally avoid: clean out the unsolicited emails clogging up the inbox. We avoid wading through such correspondence for several reasons, like being busy most days with face-to-face and phone conversations, supplemented by Facebook postings, Twitter musings and actual news events. In that hierarchy, emails that come unbidden rank just slightly above nasty memos from the accounting department about expense vouchers.

Spotlight: With pledge drive completed, Interplayers keeps swinging

Even though May’s monthlong pledge drive to save Interplayers Theatres was a success, Interplayers isn’t done fundraising. The Spokane combo 6 Foot Swing will perform at a fundraising dance party on Friday at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. The evening will feature dancing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and raffles.

Guilds’ School penny drive moving full-speed ahead

A local organization that helps young children with disabilities adapt to school life now has to adapt its own fundraising practices to comply with Spokane’s new panhandling laws. The Spokane Guilds’ School Foundation is holding its 17th-annual penny drive on Saturday, its first since the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 in August to outlaw panhandling in the downtown corridor.

Fraternity plans relay run to benefit ALS

Eastern Washington University’s chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity is planning a fundraising relay run from the Cheney campus to the Wild Horse monument near Vantage, Wash., Friday through Sunday. The relay is a fundraiser for the ALS Association, which funds research to find a cure for what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Obama earned less in 2012, pays $112k in taxes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made less in 2012 than in any other year since taking office, with about 40 percent of the nearly $609,000 in income that he and first lady Michelle Obama reported coming from book sales. Obama, who renewed his call for higher taxes on the wealthy in the budget he released Wednesday, paid $112,214 in taxes last year, putting his effective federal tax rate at 18.4 percent. The Obamas donated almost one-quarter of their income to charity, helping to lower their overall tax bill, according to tax returns released by the White House.

APNewsBreak: $1 coin backers give to Harkin center

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals company gave $500,000 to a university institute honoring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a dollar coin that could generate tens of millions of dollars in new business for the company, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The donations to Iowa State University's Harkin Institute of Public Policy, uncovered through an open-records request, fall into a gray area in rules prohibiting companies that lobby from contributing to charitable funds "maintained or controlled" by sitting senators. Iowa Republicans allege that such donations to the powerful Democrat's namesake institute raise a conflict of interest.