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#yn-upshot-banner img { display:block; width:661px; height:80px; }Thu Oct 21, 11:36 am ETSwift Boat donor gives $7 million to American Crossroads

American Crossroads, a conservative group that has spent millions to boost GOP candidates in the 2010 midterms, raised $15 million in the last six weeks, nearly half of that from a single Republican donor.

According to , the group raised $7 million alone from Bob Perry, a press-shy Texas home builder perhaps best known as the donor who provided the seed money for . The Swift Boat group, one of the first and best-known so-called 527 political committees, spent nearly $20 million on ads attacking John Kerry in the '04 presidential campaign.

Perry, who was a top contributor to George W. Bush's presidential campaigns, has been a go-to donor for Republicans over the years. All told, he and his company, Perry Homes, have contributed more than $20 million to GOP candidates, parties and outside conservative groups since 2002, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That doesn't include the $7 million to American Crossroads or a recent $3.5 million check to the Republican Governors Association-or political donations that aren't subject to public disclosure.

Perry wasn't the only major contributor to American Crossroads. According to its FEC report, the group also raised $1 million from B. Wayne Hughes, the chairman of љPublic Storage, and $3 million from Robert Rowling and his company, TRT Holdings, which owns Gold's Gym. All told, Rowling and his company have now contributed $5 million to American Crossroads since March; Hughes has contributed $2.6 million.

The group also reported a $2 million contribution from Alliance Resource Group, an energy company in Tulsa, Okla. љPerhaps the best-known donor to the group was New York developer and TV star Donald Trump, who contributed $50,000 to American Crossroads on Oct. 6.

Since July, American Crossroads has spent roughly $20 million-with most of that money distributed in the last six weeks. Since Oct. 1, the group has spent nearly $500,000 a day on ads and communications to boost House and Senate GOP candidates, according towith the FEC.

Crossroads GPS, its sister group, has spent roughly $12 million since July-including nearly $9 million since Oct. 1, according to . (That's an average $450,000 a day.) But that group, which is filed as a 501-c4 political committee, is not required by law to disclose its donors.

The two groups, linked to former Bush strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, hadto raise $50 million on the 2010 elections, but last weekto $65 million.

(Photo of Bob Perry: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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Radiopaque® Ink on Implantable Medical Devices Provides X-Ray Vision to Surgeons

CI Medical, Inc. has developed a specialized Radiopaque® ink printing technology that, when used on medical devices, allows surgeons to track and/or read those devices after they have been implanted within a patient’s body.The technology, which has been steadily developed over a number of years, is now being used by several major medical OEM’s on both temporary and permanently implantable devices.

Norton, MA (PRWEB) October 19, 2010

CI Medical, Inc., specialist in medical imprinting technology, () has announced the immediate availability of an exclusive Radiopaque® ink for use on medical implantable devices.Radiopaque® ink, coupled with fluoroscopy, enables surgeons complete visibility of marked medical device components implanted beneath the skin or deep within the body.Such “x-ray vision” may be required by surgeons for purposes such as proper device positioning and device identification.Implantable devices already utilizing Radiopaque® ink technology by CI Medical include pacemakers and chemotherapy ports,as well as tubes, fabrics and polypropylene sheets used in stentless and/or spinal procedures.

For more than 5 years, CI Medical, Inc. has been partnering with such major medical OEM’s as Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical and Medtronic to customize medical devices requiring these advanced Radiopaque® ink markings. Radiopaque® ink has been successfully developed for use on a broad list of substrate materials, including, most recently, silicone. For more information on Radiopaque® ink, visitor contact Bruce Mahan, Engineering Manager, at (800) 666-4016.

CI Medical, Inc. provides critical printing / marking / labeling services to Medical Device Manufacturers. Established in 1985, CI Medical is the only ISO 9001:2008 certified, pad printing company in the U.S. catering exclusively to the marking needs of the medical device industry.

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British aid worker kidnapped in Somalia freed

NAIROBI, Kenya – A Somali group that kidnapped a British aid worker released the man on Wednesday after clan elders intervened, a spokeswoman for Save the Children said.

Save the Children is "cautiously optimistic" that Frans Barnard will soon be out of Somalia, spokeswoman Anna Ford said. The group has spoken to Barnard twice and Ford said he is "well" and in good spirits.

"It was down to the clan elders. They negotiated and organized his release," Ford said. "It's just a testament to Somali society that they were able to do this following traditional methods and we are obviously extremely grateful to them.

"The clan elders invited Save the Children into the community to do the work that we do and they saw Frans as a guest," she said.

Barnard, who is in his late 40s, was carrying out an assessment for Save the Children on the feasibility of setting up a program to feed malnourished children in the Adado area, near the Ethiopia border. Masked gunmen abducted the Briton and a Somali co-worker on Oct. 14 from a compound. The Somali was released earlier.

The head of the local Himin and Heeb administration, Max'ed Adan Ti'ey, said no ransom was paid for Barnard, whom he said was not harmed during his captivity.

"After a lot of efforts we have finally succeeded in freeing the aid worker from the hostages. He is now at our guest house and will soon go to wherever he wants," he said.

A statement from Save the Children said the group believes Barnard was abducted by an independent group of criminals with no political affiliation or support from other groups in the region. It also said no ransom was paid.

Save the Children said it has worked in Somalia for 40 years and will continue to work there.

Several forces have gunmen in the Adado area, including pirate gangs and factions of militias allied to the government. The area was considered to be a safer part of Somalia and some aid agencies, which have mostly pulled out of the chaotic country, were considering returning.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Somalia, which has not had an effective government for 19 years. Hostages are rarely hurt and people are usually freed after a ransom is paid.

Barnard's abduction took place in the same region that pirates hold a retired British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, who have been in pirate custody ever since their yacht was hijacked off the Seychelles last October.


Associated Press reporter Mohamed Olad Hassan in Nairobi, Kenya contributed to this report.

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