Consultant Roger Stone shilling for Gary Johnson.
You have to love it when the Republicans turn on each other. But is Roger Stone telling the truth? Joe Conason thinks there's a possibility and God knows, stranger things have happened. Conason points out Stone is supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson for president, so he might be trying to undercut Ryan for that reason.
But I sure would love to know if it's true:
Veteran Republican political consultant, unrepentant dirty trickster, and recently reborn libertarian Roger Stone yesterday published a startling accusation against Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney on his personal website, The Stone Zone. According to Stone, the billionaire Koch brothers purchased the Republican vice presidential nomination for Ryan from Romney in late July by promising to fork over an additional $100 million toward ?independent expenditure? campaigning for the GOP ticket.
Any such transaction would represent a serious violation of federal election laws and perhaps other statutes, aside from the ethical and character implications for all concerned. Although Stone is not the most reputable figure, to put it mildly, he has been a Republican insider, with access to the party?s top figures, over four decades. His credentials date back to Nixon?s Committee to Reelect The President and continue through the Reagan White House, the hard-fought Bush campaigns, and the Florida fiasco in 2000, when he masterminded the ?Brooks Brothers riot? that shut down the Bush-Gore recount in Miami-Dade. Peruse his site and you?ll see his greatest hits and the attention he has drawn from major publications.
I?ve known Roger personally for years and always considered him intelligent and amusing; also extremely dangerous and even erratic. Sometimes I?ve been surprised by how much he knows about the inner-most workings of his party ? even when he is clearly persona non grata among the current power elite.
Here is how Stone led his latest post, headlined ?The Paul Ryan Selection, ?which also delivers an amusing swipe at a certain Fox News analyst:
I?ve waited a few days to lay out my analysis of the selection of Paul Ryan for the VP slot on the Romney ticket. Unlike politicos like Dick Morris who badmouths the selection privately and shills for it publicly, I?ll tell you what I really think. My sources tell me David Koch played a key role in Ryan?s selection and that Koch?s wife Julia had been quietly lobbying for Ryan. The selection was cemented at the July 22nd fundraiser Koch held for Romney at the former?s sumptuous Hamptons estate. Koch pledged $100 million more to C-4 and Super PAC efforts for Romney [in exchange] for Ryan?s selection.
I guess when you're married to a billionaire, diamonds lose their thrill after awhile. And buying a VP nomination is so very close to the ultimate thrill: Owning a human being!
When he mentions ?C-4,? of course, Stone is referring to the tax-exempt non-profit groups recognized by the IRS under section 501-C-4 of federal tax law ? such as Americans For Prosperity, a group largely backed by the Koch brothers that has so far spent nearly $20 million on this year?s campaign. The C-4 groups, including another known as Crossroads GPS run by Karl Rove, need not disclose their rich donors, while Super PACs do. This year, the right-wing C-4s are outspending all the SuperPACS combined, as Pro Publica reported recently.
Well, well, well. It certainly would be interesting if it's true.