News roundup: October 17, 2011

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Republican presidential candidates' reported third-quarter fundraising numbers show that each candidate is failing to appeal to a broad range of voters. Mitt Romney raised $14 million in the third quarter, most of which came from personal friends and Wall Street contributors. And Herman Cain only brought in $2.8 million, while his campaign failed to disclose employment information for half of his donors.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has nearly reached 1 million individual donors for the President's re-election campaign. While GOP opponents are relying on large corporate donations, the Obama campaign continues to run a grassroots movement led by small-dollar contributors. More than 600,000 individuals contributed to the campaign in the past fundraising quarter.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized congressional Republicans for "hoping for failure" on the economy so they can score an electoral victory in 2012. The GOP-controlled House has refused to take up President Obama's American Jobs Act, while Senate Republicans voted on a procedural vote to block the jobs bill from moving forward.

Ninety-six-year-old Dorothy Cooper of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been a lifelong voter, having missed only one election in 1960. But due to a new Republican-passed Tennessee law that requires photo identification at the ballot box, Cooper will not be able to vote in person. She has been denied photo ID because her birth certificate, the only form of government-issued ID she owns, reflects her maiden name. Donna Brazile, DNC vice chair for voter registration and participation, calls out the GOP for suppressing the vote.

On Sunday, President Obama addressed the crowd at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication, emphasizing the importance of continuing Dr. King's fight for equality. "Our work is not done," the President said. "And so on this day, in which we celebrate a man and a movement that did so much for this country, let us draw strength from those earlier struggles."