fundraising http://kut.org en UT College of Communication Receives $50 Million Donation, New Name http://kut.org/post/ut-college-communication-receives-50-million-donation-new-name <p>The <a href="http://communication.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">College of Communication</a> at the University of Texas at Austin will soon have a new name – the Moody College of Communication.</p><p>The Moody Foundation is donating $50 million to the college, the largest donation in the college’s history.</p><p>The donation will be paid out over 10 years and will fund various initiatives, including a $10 million innovation fund and $13 million for graduate student recruitment and retention.</p><p>Money will also be used to build a sky bridge across Dean Keeton Street to link the Belo Center for New Media and the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center. UT will provide an extra $5 million to improve classroom space and facilities, which includes the sky bridge.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F116415188&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:24:22 +0000 Jody Serrano 8979 at http://kut.org UT College of Communication Receives $50 Million Donation, New Name Top Morning Stories 2/9/12: UT in Talks With Players, City Eyes 'Bundlers,' Austin Economy Growing http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-2912-ut-talks-players-city-eyes-bundlers-austin-economy-growing <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="314" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://www.google.com/maps?q=player%27s+austin&amp;layer=c&amp;sll=30.281856,-97.741230&amp;cid=1053348081893596812&amp;panoid=uqFiEGBqoR4TUU-V7rXjGw&amp;cbp=13,111.86,,0,12.02&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=player%27s+austin&amp;hnear=&amp;t=m&amp;cbll=30.28178,-97.741225&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=30.280124,-97.74122&amp;spn=0.005818,0.009656&amp;z=16&amp;output=svembed" width="450"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://www.google.com/maps?q=player's+austin&amp;layer=c&amp;sll=30.281856,-97.741230&amp;cid=1053348081893596812&amp;panoid=uqFiEGBqoR4TUU-V7rXjGw&amp;cbp=13,111.86,,0,12.02&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=player's+austin&amp;hnear=&amp;t=m&amp;cbll=30.28178,-97.741225&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=30.280124,-97.74122&amp;spn=0.005818,0.009656&amp;z=16" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p><strong>UT Board of Regents Negotiate Sale of Players Restaurant</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2012/02/08/university-negotiations-purchase-players-land">As reported by </a><em><a href="http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2012/02/08/university-negotiations-purchase-players-land">The Daily Texan</a>, </em>UT&rsquo;s Board of Regents affirmed their desire to purchase&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austinplayers.com/">Players Restaurant</a>&nbsp;from owners Carlos Oliveria and Edward A. Hempe. The news came at a Regents meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday.</p><p>The university does not have definite plans for the land but is considering adding a building to house the Red McCombs MBA program. &nbsp;</p><p>University spokesman Gary Susswein would not comment on specifics of the sale because a discussion would undercut negotiations.</p><p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:48:06 +0000 Divya Darsi 3620 at http://kut.org Perry Campaign Manager to Head Dewhurst Super PAC http://kut.org/post/perry-campaign-manager-head-dewhurst-super-pac <p><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/rob-johnson/about/">Rob Johnson</a>, the campaign manager for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/perrypedia/">Rick Perry</a>&#39;s failed presidential bid, has a new gig: running a&nbsp;<a href="http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/578/12030721578/12030721578.pdf#navpanes=0">super PAC</a>&nbsp;for Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David </a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">Dewhurst</a>&#39;s Senate race.&nbsp;</p><p>Johnson has a familiarity and a history with Dewhurst. He ran his 2002 campaign, and he was a top aide to the lieutenant governor for eight years before running Perry&#39;s last gubernatorial race.&nbsp;Johnson briefly served as former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich&#39;s presidential campaign manager until resigning in June, fanning rumors that Perry would run for president.</p><p>Back in Austin after Perry&#39;s high-profile flameout, Johnson established and is the executive director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://texasconservativesfund.com/">Texas Conservatives Fund</a>, which he formed specifically to help Dewhurst succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Johnson said Perry&#39;s former national finance director&nbsp;Margaret Lauderback, who also led the fundraising effort for the governor&#39;s 2010 re-election bid, is the Texas Conservatives Fund&#39;s finance director.</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:43:11 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 3609 at http://kut.org Perry Campaign Manager to Head Dewhurst Super PAC Rick Perry's Fundraising Dived in Fourth Quarter http://kut.org/post/rick-perrys-fundraising-dived-fourth-quarter <p>Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/perrypedia/">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;has filed his&nbsp;<a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00500587/761750/">year-end campaign finance totals</a>&nbsp;with the Federal Election Commission. And it&#39;s not pretty.</p><p>Poor debate performances and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/struggling-perry-stokes-culture-wars-new-ad/">controversial ad campaigns</a>&nbsp;appear to have done Perry no favors in the fundraising department. Perry collected only $2.9 million in the fourth quarter after having the strongest performance of the field in the third quarter, when he received $17.2 million in contributions and outraised all of his Republican opponents.</p><p>The campaign spent $14.2 million in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, where Perry&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/records-track-iowa-gop-caucus-results-live/">fifth-place finish</a>&nbsp;with only 10 percent of the vote&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/tough-night-perry-iowa/">threw the campaign into a tailspin</a>.&nbsp;Of that $14.2 million, $5.7 million was spent on media alone.</p><p>Although Perry ended 2011 with $3.7 million on hand, it is still unclear how much money&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/perry-exits-and-so-does-his-depleted-war-chest/">Perry&#39;s federal war chest has left</a>&nbsp;after his final January push before<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/final-indignity-where-crusade-began/">&nbsp;bowing out on Jan. 19</a>. At that time, Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said the campaign had spent &quot;the bulk of [its] funds.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:53:26 +0000 Ryan Murphy, Texas Tribune 3560 at http://kut.org Rick Perry's Fundraising Dived in Fourth Quarter For City Council Incumbents, A Huge Fundraising Advantage http://kut.org/post/city-council-incumbents-huge-fundraising-advantage <p>File under &lsquo;not terribly surprising:&rsquo; In their <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/elections/2012_campaign_finance_reporting.htm">January 15 fundraising reports</a>, incumbent City Council members running for re-election show a sizable fundraising advantage over their sparse opposition.</p><p>The reports, filed 120 days out from the May election, show <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/284365-lee-leffingwell-jan-2012-campaign-finance-report.html">Mayor Lee Leffingwell leading the pack</a>. He reports $87,624 in contributions, with $7,912.61 spent, and $80,123.19 remaining cash on hand. By comparison, former council member Brigid Shea, who is exploring a run for mayor but hasn&rsquo;t yet declared, <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/284362-brigid-shea-jan-2012-campaign-finance-report.html">reports $4,200 in contributions</a>, with only $3,200 remaining.</p><p>The rest of the reports tell a similar story: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:52:19 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3483 at http://kut.org For City Council Incumbents, A Huge Fundraising Advantage The ATM in the Lobby http://kut.org/post/atm-lobby <p>Big receptions hosted by members of the Legislature in the month-plus since the election have been fairly common. Some of the guest lists have been things in common, too.</p><p>Of the 181 members of next year’s <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx">Texas Legislature</a>, 89 have held fundraising receptions in the five weeks since the November election. So reports <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/the-election-is-over-but-not-the-fundraising-1108608.html">Jason Embry</a> in the <i>Austin American-Statesman.</i></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:56:00 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 440 at http://kut.org The ATM in the Lobby