WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee raised about twice as much money as its Republican rival during the first month of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, an early indicator of the president’s fundraising machine heading into the 2012 election.
The DNC collected $12.4 million in April, more than double the $6.1 million raised by the Republican National Committee during the same month. A DNC official said the party’s totals would be filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
The figures provide a first glimpse of the fundraising abilities of the Obama campaign, which has held several joint fundraisers with the DNC as it ramps up its money machine for next year’s presidential election. Obama raised $750 million in 2008, prompting speculation that he could bring in $1 billion for his 2012 re-election campaign.
Obama’s re-election campaign is expected to post its first fundraising totals in late June or early July.
Latest theory says Roswell UFO was Russian craft
ROSWELL, N.M. — The world famous Roswell “incident” was no UFO but rather a Russian spacecraft with “grotesque, child-size aviators” developed in human experiments by Nazi doctor and war criminal Josef Mengele, according to a theory floated by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen.
Her book, “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” is about the secretive Nevada base called Area 51. One chapter offers the new Roswell theory, citing an anonymous source who says Joseph Stalin recruited Mengele and sent the craft into U.S. air space in 1947 to spark public hysteria.
Like past theories, Jacobsen writes that the U.S. government was involved in a cover-up of the UFO report, which has spawned space alien legend and turned this southern New Mexico town into a tourist attraction.
Student accused of drugging teacher who yelled at him
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida middle school student is accused of trying to poison his teacher Monday because she yelled at him.
Osceola County deputies said the 13-year-old Discovery Intermediate School boy dropped one of his prescribed clonidine pills into Danielle Jones’ coffee. Clonidine decreases the heart rate and relaxes the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body.
The student told investigators “he takes these pills to go to sleep so he wanted her to go to sleep,” the arrest report shows.
Twis Lizasuain of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said Jones felt sick and sleepy, and had gone home Monday.
Jones was “nauseous, very thirsty and couldn’t keep her eyes open,” the report shows.
Lizasuain said the teacher was fine Friday morning, but “she was upset about the incident.”
The student faces a first-degree felony for poisoning food with the intent to injure.