In case you missed it, go look at the despicable ad John posted earlier. It's paid for by a new SuperPAC called Turn Right USA. Because it is a SuperPAC created for the purpose of making independent expenditures on behalf of candidates, no disclosures must be made with regard to donors.
However, there are some things we can learn about it from their FEC filing made earlier this week. TPM reported this yesterday:
The spot is produced by Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., best known for his wildly popular Dale "Don't Give A Rip" Peterson campaign video in the 2010 race for Alabama secretary of agriculture. Turn Right USA, the sponsor, is a brand new political action committee which only filed its paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. The paperwork indicates that Turn Right USA intends to operate as a so-called "super PAC," capable of raising funds in unlimited amount, but will not use those funds to directly support federal candidates or committees. Claude Todoroff serves as treasurer for the group, which is based in Gardena, Calif. G. Rick Marshall serves as the group's designated agent.
Here are some additional clues as to who would be paying for an ad like this:
G. Rick Marshall is active in local Republican politics in that area. In 2007, he received an endorsement from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association when he ran for the Torrance Unified School District board.
The treasurer of Huey's campaign is David Bauer, who also served as treasurer for NOM-California and the Yes on 8 campaign. (See affidavit here - PDF)
The bank listed for the PAC is Wells Fargo Bank, 6930 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969. That is the same bank used for JD Hayworth's campaign in 2010, and also Vernon Parker. The treasurer of both committees was Kelly Lawler, a former staffer for the NRCC who has a client list that includes "Defend Sheriff Joe".
Vernon Parker is the chairman of that group, too. TPM reports further:
The director of "Defend Sheriff Joe" is Gary Bae, the owner of the Phoenix-based Compass Public Affairs Group, Inc.
Gary Bae is the owner of that company, and also director/member of Compass Properties, LLC. He's also a director and the secretary of Wake Up Arizona! Inc. Here is some information about Wake Up Arizona, Inc's sponsors.:
- Mac Magruder, owns McDonald?s franchises
- Ray Arvizu, owns Arvizu Advertising & Promotions, a Hispanic marketing firm
- Tom Barnett, owns Good Egg and Eggery restaurants and Burger King franchises
- Steve Chucri, president, Arizona Restaurant Association
- Jim Click, Tucson car dealer
- Jerry Colangelo, former owner, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks
- Brian Day O?Connor, owns a commercial real estate firm and a carwash; son of former U.S. Supreme Court justice
- Nicole Dreier, representing Burger King franchises
- Barry Goldwater Jr., son of former U.S. senator
- Danny Hendon, owns Danny?s Family Car Washes
- Steve Hilton, chief executive, Meritage Homes
- Gordon James, owns public relations firm
- James LeVecke, owns Carl?s Jr. franchises
- Jeff Moorad, general manager, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Mary Rose Wilcox, Maricopa County supervisor, owner El Portal restaurant
During the primary, Craig Huey paid Anahita Nemat for campaign consulting. Nemat served as the press assistant for Patients First, the Americans for Prosperity project to kill health care reform. He also paid The Davis Group (Joanne Davis) top dollar for fundraising advice. Joanne was the California finance manager for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000, among others.
It's no secret that Craig Huey is a long-standing conservative and Tea Party advocate with heavy ties to the religious right in California. And while Huey has denounced the ad weakly, it's equally obvious that some big money went into the production and ad buys for it.
I can't hand you a list of actual people contributing, but I think it's fairly obvious we're looking at the usual suspects in the arena of Tea Party funding. Wouldn't surprise me a bit to find out after the fact to discover that Sal Russo and Co had their dirty little hands all over it, given Russo's deep ties to the Yes on 8 campaign and other dirty enterprises. Assume there's likely some Koch money, Perot, and corporate sponsorship involved, too, along with the Reagan remnants left here in California and around the nation.
No vote for you.
There's one thing that the modern-day GOP and teabaggers have in common with our founding fathers: the idea that voting should be restricted to the "right" people, the people who "deserve" to have a say in how government functions. If they had their way, only white, landed, middle-aged and older men would vote. They're doing their damnedest to figure out how to make that happen.
For nearly four decades, Maine has been one of eight states which provides same-day voter registration to voters at the polls. This policy of enfranchising the greatest number of Maine voters is likely to end, however, now that the GOP-controlled state legislature has passed a bill ending same-day registration and Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage is expected to sign it. Worse, state GOP Chairman Charlie Webster explained it was necessary to disenfranchise the thousands of Maine voters who take advantage of same-day registration every election year in order to save Maine from one of his paranoid fantasies:?If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people,? Webster told a columnist for the Portland Press Herald in a piece published Friday. ?Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections.?
Sadly, Maine’s voter disenfranchisement bill is only the latest example of the Republican war on voting that began almost immediately after the GOP took over several statehouses this year. Numerous GOP state legislatures have rammed through “voter ID” laws which disenfranchise thousands of elderly, disabled, and low-income voters. Republicans typically justify these voter disenfranchisement laws by claiming that they are necessary to combat voter fraud at the polls, but in-person voter fraud is only slightly more common than unicorns.
Democrats "steal" elections when more people vote. Fewer people voting, fewer elected Democrats. Never mind that whole democracy thing.
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When Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called a hearing on Muslim radicalism, he probably didn't expect Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to turn the spotlight on "Christian militants."
But that's exactly what she did Wednesday.
Jackson Lee noted that one witness who wrote a letter to the committee about the dangers of radical Islam in prisons had been arrested for bombing an abortion clinic.
"Are you familiar with the Christian militants?" she asked former New York Dept. of Correctional Services official Patrick Dunleavy. "Can one might say that they might possibly want to undermine this country because right now the right for women to choose is a Constitutional right but people disagree with it but here is an individual trying to undermine the protections that are given to women? Would you suggest that might be compared to trying to undermine this country? That's a possibility, is it not?"
"Well, I think that anyone that goes about killing in the name of God is an ideologue," Dunleavy admitted.
The lies aren't working about the repug plan to kill Medicare, and when the truth got out in one special election in a repug gimme district, it destroyed the GOP candidate and elected the Democratic candidate.
What's a desperate GOP to do?
Kill the truth, of course.
The word "censorship" is often misused, but in a case like this, it fits.Democratic House Members are lashing out at Republican leadership over rejected mass mailings, saying their messages lambasting the GOP budget plan and its effect on Medicare are being censored.
They say Republicans on the House franking commission, which screens the content of mass mailings paid for with Congressional funds, have become more sensitive after Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) won a special election May 24 after campaigning against the plan authored by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Five Democrats wrote to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday asking him to intervene.
Members of Congress are entitled to use public funds to send mailings to their constituents. A franking commission reviews the mailings for potential abuses - lawmakers can't use these materials for explicit campaign purposes, for example - but it takes quite a bit to have a piece rejected.
Suddenly, that's changed.
House Dems routinely used these mailings to criticize Republican plans to "end" Medicare, but after the Democratic win in upstate New York, the House GOP is now preventing Dems from sending materials with identical language.
Keep in mind, the Dems' messages were entirely accurate. Republicans, however, are saying the Democratic mailings can't go out unless Dems use the specific wording the GOP prefers.
Connolly called this "Orwellian," adding, "It is the most extreme censorship I have ever encountered."
Also note when the policy changed. In April, Dem mailings were approved with the word "end" and "voucher." Hell, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) had a leaflet with a tombstone emblazoned with "RIP Medicare," and it was approved to.
But when Kathy Hochul won, suddenly, the GOP decided it was time to start dictating to Dems which words were permissible, and which weren't. Republicans just don't have a leg to stand on here - if certain words were permissible before May 24, there's no reason to censor those identical words after May 24.
Even for House Republicans, this is a cheap move.
Newt Gingrich, emerging from smoke & dust of Tweets & trivia... to skim from the tiller (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Hey, Newt! The '90s called, and they want the scandal that got you booted out of Congress back!
Ha ha! Just kidding. Actually, the '90s quit, just like the rest of your staff.
A non-profit charity founded by Newt Gingrich to promote freedom, faith and free enterprise also served as another avenue to promote Gingrich's political views, and came dangerously close, some experts say, to crossing a bright line that is supposed to separate tax-exempt charitable work from both the political process and such profit-making enterprises as books and DVDs.
The charity, Renewing American Leadership, not only featured Gingrich on its website and in fundraising letters, it also paid $220,000 over two years to one of Gingrich's for-profit companies, Gingrich Communications. It purchased cases of Gingrich's books and bought up copies of DVDs produced by another of the former House speaker's entities, Gingrich Productions.
This is the oldest, and possibly only, trick in Gingrich's book. His network of "charities" has always been a conduit for moving supporters' money (including their dollars above and beyond campaign contribution limitations) into "Newt support" and just plain lifestyle enhancement. I mean, you had to know that a guy with a half million dollar tab at Tiffany's and a penchant for shabu shabu and nibbles at L'Auberge Chez Francois with Greta Van Susteren, but had no particular job that anyone on the street could name, was drawing money from some pot. And it had to be a pretty big pot at that.
It's a very basic play, and there have been and still are other politicians who run it, to be sure. Gingrich's privately held, for-profit companies sell copies of his books, videos of his speeches, etc. to his campaigns and/or charities. So the money they collect (and remember, when a big-time donor maxes out to his campaign, they can send money?often tax-deductible money?to the charities) just gets converted directly into profits for the private companies Gingrich owns and pays himself from. That means the money becomes available for lifestyle support. Chartering private jets, dining at the finest restaurants. Cruising the Aegean. Whatever.
And remember, converting bulk book sales into private profit was the hook Gingrich used to take down Speaker Jim Wright in the 80s.
But the really big point worth making here is that this is the same behavior that got Newt bounced out of Congress under an ethics cloud in the first place, and it's clearly a habit he's unable to break. Like marrying staffers.
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The following is a June 15th news release from the office of Senator Bernie Sanders:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation to make federal commodity regulators halt excessive oil speculation that has driven up gasoline prices.
A provision in last year's Wall Street reform law required federal regulators to clamp down on speculators, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has refused to do so.á Partly as a result of the failure to enforce the law, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline today is $3.69 a gallon, although supplies are greater and demand lower than two years ago when prices averaged about $2.44 a gallon.
"We have a responsibility to do everything we can to lower gas prices so that they reflect the fundamentals of supply and demand and bring needed relief to the American people," Sanders said.
When speculators push up oil prices "guess who suffers, it's the rest of us," saidáá Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), an original cosponsor of the bill who joined Sanders at a Capitol press conference. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), another cosponsor, called gas prices "absolutely crushing" for American families and the economy. Other cosponsors include Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce a companion measure in the House. His cosponsors include Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). "Once again, the economic well-being of middle-class families is being put at risk by Wall Street," said Hinchey. "The price of gasoline has spiked up due to record speculation, and small businesses and working people are paying the price. This legislation would immediately implement new rules to ensure the price of fuel is based on supply and demand - not the whims of greedy speculators." Added Welch, "Speculation is driving up gas prices, causing hardship for Vermonters and threatening the economic recovery. With consumers paying a speculative premium of 60 to 70 cents a gallon, we need to shut down casino-style gambling in the markets."
The bills would force the chairman of the commission that regulates commodity markets to establish strong position limits to eliminate