Hey, Christine Flowers, Kevin Ferris, and every other wingnut trying to breathe life into the supposed "story" about the Black Panther thing at the Philadelphia polling place in '08 - check out this video from K.O. tonight (can't embed still - unbelievable! - but at least I can give a link).
And here's something to keep things interesting a bit.
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A heaping helping of offerings from the campaign trail greet the political junkies of America in a fitting kickoff to the penultimate week before Netroots Nation.
(Brief plug: You really should go. It is going to be incredible)
As Monday evening moseys along, we see new data from one of the most vulnerable GOP districts in the nation (color me skeptical about it), as well as dueling endorsements lighting up the Democratic primary in the state of Michigan. Two top-flight northeastern GOP contenders for Governor step in it to various degrees, while the Democrats may do something on the gubernatorial front that they haven't done in almost a century (and it's not a good thing).
All this (and more!) on the Monday edition of the Wrap....
AK-Sen: Murkowski to debate Senate primary rival
Here is a curious move for an incumbent to make, especially in a primary election--Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is agreeing to debate her teabagging primary opponent, Joe Miller. The incumbent, seeking her second full term after her 2003 appointment, agreed to a trio of debates with the Palin-endorsed Miller. The debates will take place in an eight-day whirlwind, beginning exactly two weeks prior to their late August primary.
CA-Sen: Fiorina into a narrow lead, according to late SUSA poll
A late breaking poll this evening from SurveyUSA becomes among the first polls in the cycle to suggest that Republican nominee Carly Fiorina has taken a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. The poll has Fiorina at 47% of the vote, with Boxer at 45%. The poll was conducted on behalf of a CBS affiliate in the Bay Area.
FL-Sen: LeMieux bucks the man who appointed him, backs Rubio
This has been expected since Charlie Crist ditched the Republican Party a few months back, but the former right-hand man for the Governor has made it clear who he is backing in November, and it isn't the nouveau Independent who once employed him. Senator George LeMieux, appointed to the seat as a placeholder in the wake of the resignation of Mel Martinez, not only endorsed Rubio, but expressed his disappointment with Crist for leaving the primary. He has also apparently contributed to Rubio from his PAC, and has offered other campaign assistance, as well.
SC-Sen: Greene to make first formal speech as nominee
Accidental Senate nominee Alvin Greene has not exactly been hiding under the bed as of late. For example, he announced to the world that he wants Denzel Washington to play him in the movie about his life (which is not in the planning stages, by the way). He has also suggested bridging the economic gap in South Carolina by selling Alvin Greene action figures. But now, he is apparently moving into candidate mode, with his first official appearance as the Democratic nominee. He will be appearing as a featured speaker before his local chapter of the NAACP this coming Sunday.
SD-Sen: Thune in national figure mode with re-election assured
It is usually not a great sign for the challenging party when an incumbent facing re-election can shutter his campaign apparatus a full four months prior to Election Day. Yet that is exactly what is happening in South Dakota, where freshman Senator John Thune has managed to avoid any opposition for November, Democrat or otherwise. This opens up Thune to fundraise in other states, to part with some of his re-election funds to other needy candidates, and to be a rainmaker for local candidates. DavidNYC at SSP offered a great counterargument, though--the Democrats might be better served in South Dakota by not having the locally uber-popular Thune gracing the top of the ballot.
WV-Sen: Capito still on fence, with decision pending this weekend?
With the AP now saying that Governor Joe Manchin will appoint the interim replacement for the late Robert Byrd this Sunday, speculation now turns to who will run in the special election that is likely to kick off this Fall. The oft-mentioned name at the top of the GOP wishlist--Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito--is still on the fence. She claims to be unconcerned about the prospect of defeat (which even the GOP polling clearinghouse known as Rasmussen said was likely), but is only making sure she is not giving up any "momentum" for the state by switching races.
AZ-03: Is Hulburd making this GOP open seat a pickup opportunity?
In a solidly Republican open seat in the suburbs of Phoenix, local media are starting to take a very serious look at the lone Democrat in the field, attorney Jon Hulburd. Hulburd has raised monster cash thus far, including another quarter-million in the second quarter, according to the campaign. The analysis by the local Arizona Capitol Times points out, accurately, that the GOP field, numbering at an almost absurd ten candidates, could result in one of the fringier candidates making the cut with 15-20% of the vote. In short: Democratic pickup opportunities are few and far between this cycle, but keep an eye on this race.
LA-02: Field is set, and GOP incumbent is claiming a huge lead
The filing deadline in the Pelican State is closed, and a potential Democratic player in the competitive New Orleans-area seat occupied by Joseph Cao decided to remain on the sidelines. Karen Carter Peterson, who made it into a runoff election with embattled former Democratic Rep. Bill Jefferson a few cycles ago, declined a bid. Cao is far from secure, however, as he has a pair of Democratic state legislators (Cedric Richmond and Juan LaFonta) facing him in the Fall.
For his part, however, Cao is claiming relative security in the race, by releasing a fairly dusty internal poll (late May/Early June) claiming a 51-26 lead over Richmond. Why Team Cao felt the need to hold onto this poll for six weeks is unclear, although it might have been to give the false impression that this was a recent poll. Richmond's campaign was not rolling in earnest back then, though he is actively on the trail now.
AL-Gov: Byrne gets major late (too late?) endorsement
In the final days before his primary runoff election with state legislator Robert Bentley, businessman and former college head Bradley Byrne got a late endorsement from a very big name--the outgoing Governor of the state, Bob Riley. His campaign also claimed the endorsements of Congressmen Jo Bonner and Mike Rogers in the final days of the runoff. As a final gambit to define the election, Byrne has been hammering the Alabama Education Association, arguing that the union was behind recent television ads attacking Byrne and implying that Bentley is a stealth union candidate (Byrne ally Jo Bonner referred to Bentley as a union "trojan horse" on Friday).
AZ-Gov: Brewer continues to consolidate Arizona GOP support
Any doubt that Jan Brewer has managed to completely resurrect her standing with Arizona Republicans has likely been erased today, with the news that she had earned the endorsements of both Senator John McCain and Senator Jon Kyl. Brewer's nomination likely became a given this weekend, with the news that state treasurer Dean Martin was suspending his campaign. Brewer had already endorsed McCain's Senate bid.
CA-Gov: Whitman attacks Brown for union ties
This was entirely predictable: with the campaign of Jerry Brown still sitting on the sidelines conserving resources in the face of free-spending GOP Meg Whitman, affiliated groups like "Working Families for Jerry Brown" have been bridging the gap. This has led Meggy Warbucks to launch her 838th ad of the cycle, which attacks Brown for being the "union" candidate.
In other California news, a late-breaking poll from SurveyUSA is the first to show a significant lead for Whitman over Brown in the race. The poll, taken for CBS5 in the Bay Area, has Whitman holding down 46% of the vote, with Brown sitting on 39% of the vote.
CT-Gov: Foley latest GOPer caught in a "war zone" kerfluffle
It is starting to become somewhat obvious that the whole Richard Blumenthal/Vietnam fracas has been more of a minefield for Republicans than it has been for the Democrats. The latest GOP candidate caught up in the newfound interest in biographical veracity is fellow Nutmegger Tom Foley, the GOP frontrunner for Governor. Foley's biography highlighted both his role in resurrecting the Iraqi economy while part of the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003, and the dangers he faced while there. The only problem: other accounts of Foley's role in the CPA contradict the details offered in his biography.
FL-Gov: McCollum finances circling drain, under one mil in CoH
One now gets a better understanding of why Rick Scott is so eager to see the Millionaire's Amendment overturned in court in Florida. A court filing related to the case revealed that the former gubernatorial frontrunner, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, has just $800,000 on hand for the balance of the campaign cycle. McCollum is not completely destitute--if the law is upheld, he is eligible for an untold amount of cash courtesy of Scott's lavish self-financing. Even without that, however, McCollum would have access to up to $2 million, the result of a state law which grants money to candidates who raise money within the state, rather than cashing in on wealthy out-of-state donors.
GA-Gov: Barnes leads Dem primary; endorsements shake up both races
Aside from the Alabama runoffs (and a curious special election in Ohio, but more on that tomorrow), the only electoral game in town this month is in the state of Georgia, and there is a ton of news out of the Peach State today. New polling from Insider Advantage puts Roy Barnes is fairly safe territory for avoiding an August runoff with state Attorney General Thurbert Baker. The poll has Barnes sitting at 59% of the vote, with Baker far behind at 15%. DuBose Porter and David Poythress languish at 2%, and are increasingly unlikely to be a factor. Baker could be, however, as he unloaded a huge endorsement today in the form of former President Bill Clinton. Republican co-front runner Karen Handel can claim an endorsement of her own today, from none other than Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, Congressman Nathan Deal is apparently bent out of shape for not being deemed a Papa Grizzly, because he did not take long to savage the recipient, asking why Palin would endorse the "most liberal" Republican in the field. He also made the somewhat bizarre accusation that Handel was facilitating "gay outreach" to kids.
MI-Gov: It's endorsement-fest in the Dem primary!
The Democratic primary in the battle to be Michigan's next Governor is reaching a heated stage, with both candidates notching major-league endorsements to kick off the week. After getting basically smoked in the endorsement derby, state House speaker Andy Dillon announced a big one this morning, as former Mayor Dennis Archer gave his support to Dillon. This came on the heels of Dillon's primary rival, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, earning the endorsement of a pair of influential African-American members of Congress (John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick) over the weekend. Then, right on the heels of the Dillon-Archer announcement, Bernero added another big endorsement to his roster, as state legislator and former gubernatorial candidate Alma Wheeler Smith's endorsement this afternoon.
MN-Gov: Emmer tips flap continues unabated
Last week, your curator of the Wrap reported on the "man of the people" tactics of GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer, who was proposing that tips from service employees be counted against their wages, so that the minimum wage for such employees could be dropped below the state minimum. Emmer is trying to fight back by claiming he is being taken out of context on that stand, and another outlandish claim that tips put service workers above the six-figure annual income. The only problem--of course!--is that there is video. Emmer might not only be hurting his gubernatorial candidacy, but he is seriously risking getting timely service in any restaurant or bar in Minnesota at this point.
NE-Gov: Democrats flirting with leaving guv ballot line blank
It hasn't happened in nearly a century, but it may well happen in 2010. On the heels of former nominee Mark Lakers' abandonment of his gubernatorial campaign, it is looking increasingly likely that Democrats will not find a replacement to run on the Democratic line. Such a move would, in fairness, be something of a suicide mission--Republican Governor Dave Heineman is sitting on over $1.5 million, and the state has a fairly large generic GOP lean in even the best of circumstances.
PA-Gov: Corbett--unemployed are unemployed by choice?
This could, in the long run, qualify as something of a game-changer in an open seat gubernatorial race that seemed to favor the GOP. Republican nominee Tom Corbett, while speaking in a radio interview yesterday, made a comment about how "the jobs are there", but that some people would prefer to collect unemployment. It did not take long, of course, for his Democratic rival, Dan Onorato to seize on the comment, pointing out that nearly 600,000 people in Pennsylvania are presently out of work.
The House of Ras hits just two races to open the week, hitting a high-profile gubernatorial race on the Eastern Seaboard, and a vulnerable open-seat contest for the U.S. Senate in the Midwest. Republicans lead in both, according to the House of Ras. Feel free to make your surprised face...now!
IN-Sen: Dan Coats (R) 51%, Brad Ellsworth (D) 30%
MD-Gov: Robert Ehrlich (R) 47%, Martin O'Malley (D) 46%
Of course, Quitty McQuitter can always flash a little grizzly mom leg and there goes PalinFail down the Chris Matthews memory hole. The progressive motto is,
2008: Never Forget.
Open Thread below....
(Part One is here.)
Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) has spent at least $30,000 in taxpayer-provided Republican Policy Committee funds to hire a consulting firm run by his chief of staff?s brother, Saul Anuzis, even as McCotter planned to kill the policy committee because it?s a ?superfluous? waste of federal money.And of course, Anuzis believes that there is nothing ?improper? about the arrangement by which he received $30,000 in taxpayer-provided RNC funds through a policy committee that McCotter has promised to ?kill.?
The payments of $5,000 per month to Anuzis?s Michigan-based Coast to Coast Strategies, discovered by POLITICO in a review of RPC spending records, could roil a high stakes Republican leadership power struggle over the controversial proposal by McCotter, chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, to eliminate the 61-year-old policy shop ? a fight that carries larger implications for the House GOP?s balance of power.
MANNING, S.C. ? On a blisteringly hot afternoon here, Alvin M. Greene talked in a perfunctory way about his improbable candidacy for the United States Senate. But his voice intensified with grievance when the subject turned to his short-circuited career in the Army, from which he was discharged in August involuntarily.Yes, this is the same Alvin Greene who somehow won the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina to run against Jim DeMint (who, sadly, probably won?t even bother having to campaign to keep his seat).
Mr. Greene said the Army discriminated against him by not promoting him. And yet, he said, it promoted to the rank of major a man who would later be accused of shooting 13 people to death last year at Fort Hood, Tex.
?I didn?t have one promotion in six-and-a-half years of active duty, full time,? Mr. Greene lamented in an interview the other day at his father?s house on the outskirts of this small town in the south-central part of the state.
(Greene) is still due in state court Monday on (an) obscenity charge, in which a student at the University of South Carolina said he showed her pornography and tried to go to her dorm room with her. Afterward, a relative paid the $500 fee to a bonding company for him to be released on $5,000 bail.And in addition, this tells us the following?
ON THE ECONOMY, he wants to produce Alvin M. Greene action figures.Hey, don?t laugh too much ? it worked for Obama?s predecessor (a stretch, I know).
?Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays,? he told a British newspaper, The Guardian. ?Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an Army uniform, Air Force uniform, and me in my suit.?
In March, the Department of Energy asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the government?s application to approve Yucca Mountain, Nev. as the nation?s nuclear waste repository. By law, the government is required to collect nuclear fuel and provide for safe storage. Without such storage, no new nuclear power plant can be licensed.Only a life form as dim as Pancake Joe would take the issue of Yucca Mountain and frame it as a policy debate between Democrats and Republicans (and Yucca Mountain, by the way, really isn?t even remotely close to PA-16, last I checked).
So what is Yucca Mountain? Over the last 23 years the government has been constructing a waste repository beneath a mountain in the middle of a military facility. The desert stretches for miles around the site located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Because of decades of intensive study, we know more about the geology of Yucca Mountain than perhaps any other place on the planet. Between 1987 and 2002, the government spent $3.8 billion on scientific and technical studies of Yucca Mountain. Miles of tunnels and hundreds of boreholes have been dug into the mountain.
In 1998, the Department of Energy, under President Clinton?s leadership, concluded that Yucca Mountain was an appropriate site. Approval was granted in 2002 and work began to move forward on building the appropriate containment facility. During all this time, scientific studies continued to be conducted.
Now, with $90 billion already spent to build the repository, (Energy Secretary Steven) Chu has halted the project and cut off funding without a substantive scientific study to back him up. Instead of relying on decades of existing studies, President Obama and Secretary Chu have created yet another ?blue ribbon panel? to determine what we should do with nuclear waste.
?In short, American Presidents since Gerald Ford have come to see the issue of reprocessing nuclear materials as fraught with environmental, non-proliferation, and budgetary problems. This brief history of Administration policies on reprocessing also illuminates a lack of depth in candidate Angle's understanding of the intrinsic issues related to nuclear material reprocessing.At times like this, I wish Pitts would stick to doing what he does best (a debatable prospect, I know ? the assumption that Pitts is a master of much of anything except setting a bad example), and that is to vote No (and once more, to do something in response, click here).
(Angle) appears not to understand that launching a commercial/military reprocessing operation at Yucca Mountain would require far more than a simple reversal of a Bush I administration's executive directive. The installation would require re-negotiation of non-proliferation agreements which might, in part, have an impact on our current international efforts to sequester the contemporary attempts by the Iranians to elude regulations.
Leading conservatives will launch a new pro-Israel group this week with a scathing attack on Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, the first shot in what they say will be a confrontational campaign against the Obama[...]
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The topic below was originally posted on Sunday, July 11th, on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.
I've been a loyal Democrat and devoted liberal my entire life. Even as a teenager when Reagan was popular with my generation, intuitively I knew his vision was wrong. So I worked my butt off for the party and registered voters. I did this on faith that the Democratic Party would be a vehicle for economic and social justice.
Yet a lingering disenchantment with the party always lurked like a nagging conscious and whispered doubts in my ear. Personal friends from my youth may recall how I often quipped that Republicans were the party of evil and Democrats the party of gutlessness. Alas, our winner take all system reinforces the two party duopoly, so I saw no viable alternative. And perhaps there never will be.
The good thing about the gutless party is that at least it wasn't out to get me. Whereas those nasty Republicans seemed to suggest that if I as a secular Jew didn't accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior, support school prayer and engaged in casual sex, I was condemned to eternal damnation. Furthermore, if I didn't fully embrace the principles of predatory capitalism and aggressive military nationalism, I was not a loyal American in their eyes. The Republican Party's racist "southern strategy," gutter tactics and homophobia, also repulsed me.
So I rationalized supporting Democrats against what I deemed the party of evil. If we didn't stand up for Bill Clinton then Newt Gingrich and his apostles of hate and greed would run amok. With respect to policy the Clinton administration made all sorts of compromises I didn't agree with such as welfare reform. But his heart seemed in the right place and the technology bubble provided an illusion of prosperity and hope for wage earners across the board. Meanwhile, the Republicans had the temerity to impeach our duly elected president for getting a blowjob. I didn't approve of Clinton's personal conduct but abusing our Constitution over it bothered me more.
Through the year 2000, I remained a staunch liberal both ideologically and temperamentally. By temperament I mean I was willing to debate and listen to ideas from conservative acquaintances and relatives, even as I contradictorily regarded the GOP itself as an evil institution of hate mongering greed. I've never believed that I had a monopoly on wisdom and perhaps through the power of reason and a good faith give and take, we could find "common ground" for the greater good. Yeah, once upon a time I really did believe that.
After all, most of the conservatives I knew were decent people and didn't perceive themselves, as enablers of hate mongering greed. I didn't equate them with Republican politicians. So ideologically, I remained a traditional New Deal sort of liberal but in personal disposition I also believed it was important to remain intellectually flexible and receptive to changing realities. I still believe in that personally but in this country it doesn't seem to work politically.
Then George W. Bush stole the 2000 presidential election. No need to rehash the tale we all know so well. Suffice to say that I was PISSED! Pissed at how an American electorate could make an election close enough so Bush could steal it because they preferred him as someone they could have a beer with. Pissed that Ralph Nader and his supporters actually claimed there was no difference between Bush and Al Gore.
Pissed at a Democratic Party that crawled into a fetal position after Bush's ascendancy and 9/11. Pissed at the reign of indecency under a Christian-fascist regime guided by neocons, immoral nationalists, predatory crony capitalists and religious zealots. A century from now, if the human race is still here, historians may well trace America's decline to that 2000 election when predatory capitalism's crusade that was launched by Reagan achieved its nirvana of destruction under Bush, Cheney and their merry band of "End Times" misogynists, corporatists, Ayn Rand fetishists and delusional believers of American exceptionalism.
During the 2002 midterm elections I looked upon my party of gutlessness in a new light. While Democrats would not overtly do me any harm they also wouldn't stand up for me when Republicans pursued irrational wars or allowed predatory crony capitalism to destroy the American dream. It seemed the entire party was a self-gelding machine of ineptitude suffering from battered wife syndrome.
Then along came Howard Dean, a centrist governor from Vermont, who nonetheless was one of the few Democrats bold enough to fight the madness with his famous "What I want to know" March 15, 2003 speech in Sacramento. Inspired by Dean, a "netroots" movement took off to emancipate the Democratic Party from elite consultants and lobbyists to represent regular folks. Or so we believed.
For liberals like myself it was cathartic to encounter others who realized America was on a collision course with calamity and hungered for a Democratic Party with the spine to stand up and fight. In that despair and anger we felt under Bush and a corporatist media that failed to challenge the Bush administration's distortion of reality emerged an exhilaration that we regular people would "force the spring" with a counter narrative of "truth."
To my disgust Bush stole another election in 2004 and portrayed John Kerry, a man with four purple hearts, as soft. In opposition, both to the Republicans and status quo insider Democrats, many of us dug in our heels to save the party and the country. In February 2006, I posted an essay I was quite proud of entitled "Pro-Business Liberalism." It was the first post I did that achieved any sort of notice and within the opening paragraph I identified a flaw that remains pervasive in the Democratic Party today:
"Meanwhile, the Democrats are enduring the worst perceptions among voters from both wings of their party: liberals reluctance to identify with pro-business policies makes the party appear in favor of handouts while the DLC reinforces the suspicion among voters that the Democrats are just as corporatist as the Republicans. It's an odd contradiction and a rare feat of political ineptitude: the two wings of the party have managed to make Democrats appear socialist and corporatist at the same time."
Over four years later and little has changed! President Barack Obama this past week was compelled to defend his administration for not being anti-business even as millions of Americans perceive it as beholden to predatory capitalists on Wall Street. The duality is undermining Obama's administration and the Democratic Party's effectiveness.Sadly, what the Democratic Party offers is predatory capitalism lite and nationalism with a veneer of multinational diplomacy.
And that leaves liberals like myself feeling adrift. My ideal of liberalism is to provide an indispensable alternative to revolution and reaction. I always envisioned liberalism as facilitating tangible positive change and reform at a pace that can be absorbed by society as a whole. I'm not a revolutionary. Revolutions are bloody. Reaction is also bloody. Hence, liberalism to me represented a means of how society could evolve and adapt to changing realities without bloodshed or overly harsh policies that hurt the most vulnerable among us. And hopefully empower and lift up those left behind in the free market's rough and tumble.
In 2010 however, liberalism as defined by Democrats under Barack Obama is pursuit of that holy-grail independent voter who stands on the political fifty-yard line. The end result is the center of political gravity being pulled further to the radical right as liberalism continues to lose ground. And the body politic as a result can't even do something modest like extend unemployment benefits as plutocratic millionaire corporatists complain about the deficit they largely created during the Bush years.
So as I reflect upon my political identity today it can be defined as weary of slogans, promises and personalities. I don't believe in political parties or their platforms. I don't believe in the dogma of ideology, be it left, right or middle. I don't believe in silver tongued icons. I don't believe in special interests, net roots movements, so called grass roots movements, moralizing politicians with nice haircuts, blow dried talking heads or careerist pundits with stock dividends in the system. I don't believe in big government or the free market. I never believed organized religion could save anyone.
I do believe most people are decent, reasonable and competent. Our salvation, if it is to ever come, will happen on the community level when people pool their collective resources against predatory capitalists and their enablers in power with their own businesses, local financial credit lending institutions and reduce our own carbon footprints. Otherwise, in my lifetime, a bloody revolution, reaction or even a xenophobic civil war is inevitable.
Alas, liberalism never seemed so far away.
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A small but engaged crowd greeted Congressman Tom Perriello at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Martinsville on Tuesday. Perriello visited the church at the request of members.
The first term congressman spoke to the assembled group for about 25 minutes before taking questions from the diverse gathering for another half hour. When the Q & A period was over, Perriello received a standing ovation from the crowd.
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I was in a band that covered this song a long time ago, and this version is my favorite. First recorded by Chairmen Of The Board, this recording earned Alabama's Clarence Carter his third million-selling single in 1970.
Was buying GOP strategist Mike Murphy from Steve Poizner, who was running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, simply a good investment or was it actually a campaign expense?
Today's New York Times explores a single entry on Meg Whitman's financial disclosures from late 2008: $1 million in an ?entertainment/production? company called ?Tools Down! Productions.? The company was owned by Mike Murphy widely known for his strategery with McCain and the Guvernator.
Whitman was throwing cash at Mr. Murphy's dream of becoming a Hollywood player to make sure he was not part of the opposition team - and could possibly become a quarterback on hers.
In the summer of 2008, he had been "flirting" with the Poizner campaign, observing focus groups and even a drafting memo for the candidate. But, he was not match for Whitman's bottomless cup of cash and Murphy's yearning for his name in lights.
On Nov. 4, 2008 ? two days after Mr. Murphy responded to another entreaty from the Poizner campaign by saying he was ?tired of politics? and would definitely not be available to work for it ? Ms. Whitman signed a partnership agreement with Mr. Murphy, taking an ownership stake in his movie company, according to her campaign.He was not tired long.
In the end, Mr. Murphy?s political hiatus went into intermission quickly. By late 2009, he had already returned to politics. He became a ?senior adviser? to his benefactor, Ms. Whitman, taking in fees of $665,000 for his first six months, according to her latest campaign finance report.But, is this kosher?
A business investment, as opposed to a cash gift, offers tax advantages, including the ability to write off losses, as well as the avoidance of gift taxes. If the investment?s purpose was actually political, there are also questions about whether it should have been legally disclosed as a campaign expense.We'll have to see what the experts say. (I am waiting to hear back.)
I wonder if there’s a Batshit Crazy alert at Michele Bachmann’s campaign headquarters that buzzes every time some other illiterate Republican idiot infringes on her trademarked brand of unfiltered ignorance.If such an alarm did exist, it[...]
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