Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Top fashion designers launch a campaign today to help raise money for President Obama's re-election, but when fashion gets political, there can be some complications. Marketplace's Economy 4.0 correspondent David Brancaccio explains the Fed's beige book. And a look at the Haiti earthquake, which took place two years ago today, shows where all that donation money went.

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The first $1 billion presidential candidate?

The Obama re-election campaign said this morning the campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $68 million in the last three months of 2011. Could he be on his way to topping the $1 billion mark by election day?
Posted In: politics, 2012 campaign, Barack Obama
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How campaign spending has changed since 2008

Today we found out President Obama and the Democrats raised $68 million in the last quarter of 2011, as the president seeks re-election. But this money is a bit... different.
Posted In: 2012 campaign, super PAC, Barack Obama
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Super PACS helping to level the playing field

Republican candidates, thus far, are way behind President Obama in terms of campaign financing. But they are also turning to independent super PACS for funds.
Posted In: politics, 2012 campaign, super PAC
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Remittances to Latin America on the rise

Jobless claims had been on the decline over the past month or so, and with the unemployment rate going down, we have seen an uptick of Latino immigrant workers in this country, who are sending money back home.
Posted In: Latin America, Mexico, remittances
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PODCAST: Obama's $68 million stash

Top fashion designers launch a campaign today to help raise money for President Obama's re-election, but when fashion gets political, there can be some complications. Marketplace's Economy 4.0 correspondent David Brancaccio explains the Fed's Beige Book. And a look at the Haiti earthquake, which took place two years ago today, shows where all that donation money went.
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Mid-day Extra: How football games help travel agencies

According to a recent article in the Vail Daily News, some Colorado area resorts are seeing a bounce in the number of reservations this week because of last weekend's Denver Broncos football game.
Posted In: advertising, football
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Haiti marks earthquake’s second anniversary

Though billions of dollars of aid was promised after the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti two years ago, much reconstruction work remains to be done.
Posted In: Haiti, Haiti After the Earthquake, Charity
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Indiana makes a deal with Amazon on sales taxes

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels discusses his state’s new agreement for regulating and working with Amazon over sales taxes. The online retailer has been in dispute with a few states over collecting sales taxes.
Posted In: Amazon, sales tax, Indiana
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Fashion designers fundraise for Obama

By supporting the Democratic president, designers risk alienating customers.
Posted In: fashion, 2012 election, Barack Obama
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Making your own version of the Fed's Beige Book

The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is a review of economic trends in the country. The Fed's method of gathering data on the economy is pretty simple, though: Just calling around and asking.
Posted In: Beige Book, Federal Reserve, economic indicators
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Attitude Check: The American Standard of Living

How do Americans feel about their standard of living today compared to this time in 2008?
Posted In: Gallup, living standards
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Orange juice prices on the rise thanks to 'perfect storm'

It has been a rough year for oranges -- first in Florida, and now in Brazil. The lack of the fruit is now causing orange juice prices to rise.
Posted In: commodities, orange juice

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