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Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August, The Associated Press has learned, hitting that mark for a third consecutive month with a fundraising prowess that has let him outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer. The early numbers, which include money raised by the national Republican Party, will be publicly released next week. They were described by two people familiar with the figures who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share internal campaign matters.

Restoration completed on historic Motown piano

DETROIT (AP) — A damaged 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists during the record label's "Hitsville USA" heyday has been restored, thanks to a little help from Paul McCartney, and he's set to play it when it's unveiled next month. A Motown Museum official said late Wednesday that the 9-foot, Victorian rosewood will make its debut at a charitable event at Steinway Hall in New York City on Sept. 18 before returning home to Detroit.

Gay marriage supporters raise $952K in June

OLYMPIA — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state said today that they raised more than $952,000 last month for the campaign to uphold the state’s new law, which is currently on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure.

UI goes public with $225 million capital campaign

Officials at the University of Idaho are going public with a $225 million capital campaign aimed at bringing in money for scholarships, new faculty and upgrades to laboratory and classroom spaces.

Spin Control: GOP should be careful with fix for McKenna bind

OLYMPIA – Washington Republicans are exercised over a wrinkle in state election laws that restricts some candidates, but not others, from raising money during a legislative session. Their concern is logical, although not necessarily consistent. It goes like this: No state elected official can raise money for a state office while the Legislature is in session. That means Rob McKenna, the state attorney general who would like to be governor, can’t hold fundraisers or dial for dollars while, or shortly before, the legislators are ensconced in Olympia.

Girl Scouts ramp up fundraising

Say “Girl Scouts” and people are likely to answer with “cookies, camp and crafts.” Everyone wants their Samoas or Thin Mints when cookie time comes around, and most organizations would be proud to have created a fundraiser that’s become an American institution. Yet cookie profits are not quite enough to pay for all the Girl Scout programs, so the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are now launching a $1.3 million fundraising campaign to reach the final goal of $2 million.

Ice arena: Welcome to the new Frontier

A nonprofit ice arena in Coeur d’Alene that has been rebuilding since a 2008 roof collapse received a major boost Thursday when Frontier Communications announced a seven-year, $175,000 contribution. As a result, the Kootenai Youth Recreation Organization ice arena on West Seltice Way will be renamed Frontier Ice Arena. The Fortune 500 company provides communication services in rural America and acquired much of Verizon’s landline operations in 2010. The agreement calls for the company to donate $25,000 per year for seven years, Daniel McCarthy, Frontier’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced at a Thursday news conference.

Motorcycle ride cancer fundraiser

The Inland Empire Motorcycle Coalition will hold its 10th annual ride on Saturday to benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest, formerly Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest. The fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Timber Creek Grill Buffet, 9211 E. Montgomery Ave. Ride check-in is at 9:30 a.m., and closing ceremonies will be at 3:30 p.m. at the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s annual summer party at the Calvary Chapel, 511 W. Hastings Road.

Obama raises more than $86 million for campaign, DNC

President Barack Obama collected $86 million combined for his re-election campaign and the Democratic party during the past three months, giving him a large fundraising advantage over the Republican field seeking to challenge him in 2012.

Face Time: Raffle proceeds make Really BIG difference

Every year in July, the North Idaho College Foundation holds its largest fundraiser. Only 5,000 tickets are sold for the Really BIG Raffle, at $100 apiece. The grand prize is a $250,000 home built by, and as a showcase for, the college’s carpentry program. Other prizes include a $20,000 car, a $10,000 boat, a $3,500 vacation and a $2,000 shopping spree. In addition to supporting the carpentry program, the raffle, now in its 18th year, has raised money for scholarships and provided grants for numerous college programs as varied as athletics, human resources and nursing. This year’s drawing will be held July 13.

Trike races help cancer organizations

Bill Heitner was just stopping in for a beer on his way home from work a couple of years ago. He had just moved to the Minnehaha neighborhood, and a friend suggested he stop at Big Sky’s Tavern on Market Street. Heitner instantly liked the place, and he really liked the ongoing fundraising Big Sky’s was doing to help cancer organizations. “My sister Anne Heitner died from cancer, so it was kind of funny that this was the tavern I walked into,” said Heitner. Anne Heitner was a staff artist for The Spokesman-Review, where she drew caricatures and made illustrations until she got sick. She died in 1996 at age 46.

Giving falls short of goals

When it came to charitable giving this holiday season, the Spokane spirit was willing even if the economy is still weak. Four of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent charities reported that donations during their Christmas fundraising drives fell shy of goals, but not for lack of caring.

Riders from Sandpoint focus on autism

For the past 12 years, David and Lisa Barth, of Sandpoint, have cocooned around their small family, maxed out with the day-to-day challenge and joy of raising an autistic son. But now they’ve been inspired to use their experience to raise awareness about autism in this region. A connection with a group of Sandpoint bicyclists taking on one of the country’s biggest endurance challenges in the name of autism has provided that opportunity.

Make sure generosity hits mark, officials say

Top state officials are warning kind-hearted Washingtonians this holiday season not to contribute to corporate greed by giving to fundraising organizations that take too big a cut. About a quarter of commercial fundraisers returned less than 20 percent of money raised through telemarketing and direct mailing to the charities that hired them in the past year, according a report released by the offices of the secretary of state and attorney general.

Allen’s $26 million gift will go to WSU’s animal health school

SEATTLE – Washington State University is getting a $26 million donation from its richest dropout, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the school said Thursday. The gift for the university’s School for Global Animal Health was approved by the university’s Board of Regents on Thursday. The university webcast a news conference and broadcast it at WSU’s satellites campuses throughout the state to formally announce Allen’s gift and begin a $1 billion fundraising campaign, the largest in school history and the first since 1997.

Street-corner donors feed dreams to get back to Africa

Fundraising in a flaccid economy is a challenge. Even established nonprofit organizations are struggling because people hold on to their change and cut back on charity as their paychecks shrink. So when a young woman sets out to raise funds for a return trip to volunteer at a poor, rural hospital in the African nation of Chad, what is she to do?