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Trump Courting Big Donors

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GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump has, from the beginning of his unlikely campaign, touted his strength as a self-funded man of the people. The one candidate who not only isn’t “bought” but cannot be bought, because he already has plenty of cash to pay his own way.

Now, while that’s never been precisely true – Trump has always accepted and appreciated donations to his campaign – as he enters the general election, the sheer numbers involved have begun to catch up with him. It takes about a billion dollars to run a major party presidential campaign, numbers even the Ten Billion Dollar Donald doesn’t want to expend.

Trump recently hired a national finance chairman and scheduled his first series of fundraisers. Next up, inking a deal with the GOP, which will allow him access to their big bank of major donors, the folks who can stroke checks of up to $300,000 apiece. According to the Associated Press, Trump’s finance team is already planning a dialing for dollars program at Trump Tower.

Among his mega-wealthy supporters are real-estate mogul Elie Hirschfeld who has partnered with him on numerous projects – although Hirschfeld also served as Hillary Clinton’s landlord for a while, he is standing with Trump.

To date, Trump’s expenditures have been relatively minimal in the world of national politics. He reportedly spent about $50 million of his own money and another $12 million in donated funds on his successful vanquishing of 16 other GOP primary opponents. This tight purse approach was bolstered by Trump’s unprecedented ability to rake in earned media. The guy was either on the TV every day or being talked about when he wasn’t on. The incessant name repetition is priceless in politics, even at this level.

It’s a strategy Trump plans to continue into the general election campaign. He’s already said he won’t spend as much on canvassing, identifying voters and getting out the vote. He’s banking on his celebrity, name recognition and rallies to carry him into the White House. If anyone can turn that strategy into a winner, it’s Trump. He understands media, and he knows the temperature and temperament of his likely voters. Trump is selling Trump, something he’s done very well over his entire business career.

That doesn’t mean he won’t be hosting fundraisers – reportedly up to 100 – this summer. After all, a billion is a huge number, no matter how big your name.

 

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Christopher Burch, Richard Branson and Marlen Kruzhkov On Success

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  • “Work hard and you shall do well.” Jonah Engler
  • “The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.” Orison Swett Marden
  • “It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.” Ren Mulford Jr.
  • “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” David Rockefeller
  • “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” Thomas Watson, Sr.
  • “The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.” Roy L. Smith
  • “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” Harold Geneen
  • “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.” J. Paul Getty
  • “In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.” Donald Trump
  • “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” Richard Branson
  • “Be Positive and keep your head up.”  Marlen Kruzhkov
  • “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.” Anita Roddick
  • “If everything came easy in business everyone would have a business and be millionaires. It takes hard work, consistent effort and courage to keeping fighting the monster of failure.” Delaine Robbins
  • “Always consider who you’re learning from. Don’t listen to people who are not experiencing the success you want.” Ehab Atalla
  • “Rejection is one step to get you closer to the destination if you simply stay persistent.” Sarah Tse
  • “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” Sven Goran Eriksson
  • “Success must be earned – it is not a given.” Christopher Burch
  • “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch
  • “Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” Mark Cuban
  • “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  • “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar
  • “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Tony Robbins
  • “Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process. If you focus on this & adopt this definition, success is yours.” Kelly Kim
  • “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein
  • “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie
  • “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs
  • “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi
  • “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” Ray Kroc

 

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Donald Sterling, Stephen A. Smith & NYC Racial Politics

ronn torossian prWhile the Donald Sterling saga and debates about race continue, is not it great that New York City is largely invisible in this story about race, and NYC media isn’t jumping on this bandwagon? As a 39-year old born and bred New Yorker, I remember the racial fears that existed in this city when I was growing up. Who can forget the racial politics of this city in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s which seem like so long ago?

Abner Louima & the Crown Heights Riots? Were those really in the ‘90’s? I remember so clearly being at Stuyvesant High School and school ending early in 1991 when the Rodney King riots erupted – and how the city was gripped with fear. How I remember dreading my 1.5 hour train rides on the graffiti-filled subways.

Those of us who gripe today about bicycle lanes, and the Disneyfication of Times Square should be thankful for these gripes.

The comments of billionaire technology mogul, Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban aren’t featured in our local tabloids – and can one imagine the uproar in years past in response to his comments, “I mean, we’re all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street.” (Where else in America do people “walk down streets” – aren’t people driving everywhere else?)

Today, as Queens native Stephen A. Smith of ESPN defends Cuban, New York media is not all over the story as they would have been years ago. As a New Yorker who grew up in this great city, how wonderful is it that the racial politics and dangers of this city are by and large gone?

With a hot summer approaching, one should be thankful that of all the fears New Yorkers have, racial tensions is not very high on that list. Race relations in this city — with a bi-racial family occupying City Hall – are thankfully better than ever.

Ronn Torossian is a resident of the Upper West Side, CEO of 5WPR, and author of “For Immediate Release.

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Christians Unite as More than Five Thousand Come out for Israel

As has happened since 2006, the largest pro-Israel American gathering comprised largely of non-Jews has once again taken place in the Washington DC Convention Center. Dynamic Christian Evangelist Pastor John Hagee and his million-plus strong organization Christians United for Israel opened the three-day conference on July 22 to an audience that surpassed 5000 supporters.  On the heels of Secretary of State John Kerry’s most recent Middle East stint, having been shuttling between DC and Tel Aviv many times over the past four months, CUFI’s founder believes that “Israel’s security establishment is in a state of emergency.  Israel is surrounded with enemies like never before.” Read more ..

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Juda Engelmayer at AIPAC 2013 on with Edwin Black

At the 2013 AIPAC convention, Edwin Black of the IBC Channel interviewed Juda Engelmayer on Israel’s politics and the world view on the Jewish State.

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When You Can Make the News Your Story, You Master Public Relations

Starbuck’s cups say “Come Together”

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz demonstrated marketing genius this week.  He took his common drink of choice for millions of Americans and turned it into the news of the day.

The biggest obstacle to generating consistent publicity for any brand is the often aggressive attack of current events that consumes the media. When war in Israel breaks out or a massacre at a shopping mall or school occurs, news channels develop heartfelt collages choreographed to a stirring musical theme to begin and end each commercial break and that item becomes the only news angle of the day, week or even month.  Take the fiscal cliff, and see how Starbucks made it their story.  (Read more here)

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Juda Engelmayer on Huffington Post Live discussing rebranding the GOP

Juda Engelmayer on Huffington Post Live about Re Branding the GOP

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