#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – April 26 – (Reuters) – For the fifth Saturday this year, the White House used the president’s weekly address to exhort Republicans to support an increase in the minimum wage, a key part of President Barack Obama’s voter-friendly economic agenda aimed at keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate.
#AceFinanceNews – KIEV – April 22 – The USA will provide aid to Ukraine worth $50 million for carrying out political and economic reforms. This assistance is aimed at strengthening partnership between the US and Ukraine, says the White House’s statement published on Tuesday.
Of the mentioned sum, $11.4 million are designated for holding presidential elections in Ukraine that are scheduled for May 25. These funds are intended to support democratic processes, and not to aid any specific candidate, the White House stated.
In addition, the USA will provide $8 million to aid Ukraine’s armed forces, but this assistance does not envisage arms shipments. These funds are meant to be used for buying communication systems, engineering equipment and transport facilities.
The White House published this statement along with the visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden to Ukraine. Biden is holding negotiations with the Ukrainian leadership in Kiev.
#AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES – WHITEHOUSE – April 12 – President and Michele Obama saw their income drop significantly in 2013, according to tax returns released by the White House Friday http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/11/president-obama-and-vice-president-biden-s-2013-tax-returns
For 2013, the Obamas reported adjusted gross income of $481,098 – no pauper’s salary, but a 21% drop from the $608,611 they reported in 2012 http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/12/president-obama-and-vice-president-biden-2012-tax-returns
With the smaller take home pay, their charitable contributions similarly shrank – from $150,034 in 2012 to $59,251 in 2013.
The big difference: book sales are down. The Obamas reported $273,739 income from publishers/agents in 2012, but only $116,180 in 2013.
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#AceFinanceNews – REPUBLICANS – April 03 – (Reuters) – The Republican Governors Association, the group led by embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, raised $23.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, it will announce Thursday morning.
The fundraising total represents a major haul for the organization dedicated to supporting Republican candidates in the 36 ongoing governors’ races, but it also demonstrates that Christie, the association’s chair, remains a potent money magnet even after a political scandal has complicated his future.
The haul is more than twice the group’s previous first-quarter record of $9.1 million raised in 2010, when then-Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, also famous for being an effective fundraiser, was in charge.
The group will also announce it has $59.6 million in cash on hand.
“RGA’s strong financial position will give us the resources to push back against the public sector unions and the White House,” Executive Director Phil Cox says in the press release.
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