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The Launch of the Black Conservatives Fund #SayItLoud Campaign

April 14, 2014 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Race, Racism, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Monday marked the launch of a new PAC being called The Black Conservative Fund (BCF). This new campaign is the beginning of a new effort to promote Conservative African Americans joining the fray by running for offices all across the U.S.

The BCF was proud to announce that the first two candidates it is supporting are T. W. Shannon, running for Congress from Oklahoma, and Mia Love, running a second campaign for Congress from Utah.

In its announcement, BCF says, “Black conservatives are rising and uniting with the announcement of Black Conservatives Fund as America’s largest political action committee to elect black conservative candidates at all levels of government.”

The announcement continues saying:
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Democrat Hypocrisy: Attacking Political Advocate Spending…. Unless They’re Unions

April 2, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, New York, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Democrats in New York once again prove that their bleating against money in politics is a lie with a new law that forces more campaign finance disclosure for everyone (read Republicans) except for union. Yes, while others are being forced to more disclosure, unions are being allowed to hide more campaign expenditures.

By exempting left-wing, Democrat-old Union donors, this is proof once again that Democrats don’t want money out of politics, they only want Republican money out of politics.

In New York, the state legislature passed a state budget that requires more disclosure of spending on issues and advocacy (outside elections) for everyone… except unions, naturally.

As Craine’s New York reported, “Spending by labor unions on campaign messages targeting their members and union retirees will remain exempt from disclosure under the state law…”
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Libs Against Money in Politics Ignore Unions Corrupting the System

March 18, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Campaign Finance, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Law, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As the left runs around like Chicken Littles claiming that the evil Koch brothers are “buying the country,” they ignore the fact that unions have poured many times more money into the system to buy themselves influence than the Kochs ever have or ever will. The left ignores this fact because unions spend all their money on extremely liberal causes and politicians and they don’t care if they have to break the law to do it.

Firstly let’s get the facts out in the open. A new report by Mercatus finds that the top 25 political donors for the last 25 years is littered with unions donating to left-wing causes. In fact, the number two and number four biggest donors are public employee unions.

As an aside, it is also instructive to note that number one political donor is the hardcore left-wing group ActBlue and not by just a little. ActBlue has donated nearly 100 million dollars to leftists and they have only been around since 2004. By comparison the next closest big donor is the government union the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which comes in at about the 60 million mark.

Anyway, Mercatus found that of the top 25 donors, 14 of them are left-wing unions. The chart also proves that nearly 60 percent of all donations were made by unions and that’s about $552 million donated since 1989–all gone to the left.
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Ill. Rep. Gutiérrez Likely On Verge of Ethics Charges Filed Against Him

March 18, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Luis Gutierrez, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New reports suggest that Chicago Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D, ILL) is likely expecting to be charged with ethics violations in Washington.

USA Today reports that Gutiérrez has already spent some $30,000 in legal fees in preparation of defending himself from charges of ethics violations and no violations have yet been filed. It seems clear that the Congressman is sure they are on the verge of being filed.

Even with no investigation announced, in January the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) noted that at least one question over the Congressman’s actions was being held for consideration after the Illinois primaries (Election Day is March 18).

Naturally, Gutiérrez is refusing to make any statements on this matter–and that is probably a good idea since the whole matter is completely up in the air at this time.
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The Democrats and Senator Reid area Koch Whores

March 14, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Harry Reid, Liberals, President, Progressives, Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Harry Reid is indulging an absurd habit these days. He’s become a Koch head, a Koch addict, a Koch whore. He just can’t get enough of libertarian campaign donors Charles and David Koch and Reid’s lost his tiny little mind over them blaming them for everything that he thinks is wrong with the country. Naturally, Reid is a liar.

Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries have donated hundreds of millions to center right candidates and causes over the last 30 years, something, Reid says, means they are “buying” politics in the country.

Before we even talk further about the Koch brothers, we should note that left-winger George Soros has spent far, far more of his personal fortune to push American politics leftward than the Kochs have spent pushing it rightward. And where is Reid to complain that extremist, left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer is spending hundreds of millions of his money to push the myth of global warming down our throats? Where is Reid to complain of the billions that MoveOn.org has s\pent on politics? Worse, where is Reid to whine that unions are buying politics–and unions have spent trillions more over the last 50 years than either Soros OR the Kochs. Of course, the lying hypocrite Senator from Nevada doesn’t care about Soros, the unions, or your Steyers because they all spend their billions on Democrats and their Euroesque causes.
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Democrats Fundraising With Terrorists

March 12, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Liberals, Muslim Brotherhood, President, Progressives, Sharia, Terrorism, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again we see that the Democrat Party is thoroughly un-American and pro-terror with a Democrat Party fundraiser in Virginia with two members of the terror group the Muslim Brotherhood.

As reported on March 10 by the Washington Free Beacon, Representative Gerry Connolly (D, VA) is happy as a clam having terror supporters and Muslim Brotherhood activists Akram Elzend and Sameh Elhennawy at a fundraiser later this month. The pair will co-host the fundraiser at the home of Mohamed Mohamed in Fairfax.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist group by Egypt’s new authorities after the many Egyptians killed by supporters of the group in recent unrest there.

Yet, here is Rep. Connolly teaming up with these terror supporters for a fundraiser?
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The Left’s Most Hated Koch Brothers Are Only 59th In Highest Political Donations

February 27, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Harry Reid, Liberals, Progressives, SEIU, Senate, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Only days ago the most hatefilled, partisan member of the Senate, Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid, again cried that the evil Koch brothers are destroying the country with their political donations. But it turns out that the Kochs are 59th on the big donor list. Worse, liberals take up almost all of the top 10 donors.

There has been gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes among extreme lefties over the big money donations made to conservative and libertarian causes by David and Charles Koch. They helped create the political activist group Americans For Prosperity and have funded many, many such groups across the nation. This center right activism, of course, makes them a target of the haters on the left and push them into top spot as the left’s most hated boogy men.

But a recent look at the nations deep pocket donors shows that the brothers are way, way down the list of big donors and that lefties fill most of those top slots.
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Bruce Rauner Not So Against ‘Career Politicians’ as He Seems?

January 19, 2014 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Congress, Conservatives, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Doug Ibendhal over at RepublicanNewsWatch.com has a very interesting observation about Illinois GOP outsider Bruce Rauner’s claim that he stands against “career politicians.” Rauner is actually supporting one of the biggest career politicians in the country quite despite his posturing against that class of public servant.

Of course, we know that Rauner has spared no expense out of his large personal fortune to launch TV and radio ads saying that he is fighting both the profligate Democrats and the slothful career politicians that have enabled them on the GOP side. We’ve heard his ads all over the state, to be sure.

In fact, that’s about all anyone knows of the GOP race for governor thus far, Rauner is against career politicians and he’ll somehow magically institute term limits. The good people of Illinois have been inundated with Rauner’s ads to the point where he’s practically sucked all the oxygen out of the room for the other three Republican candidates.

There have been a few dents in Rauner’s domination over the last few weeks with his flip flop on cutting, then not cutting the minimum wage and his supposed pay-to-play donations to his daughter’s exclusive school so that she would get accepted as a student there.
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VIDEO: A New Kirk Dillard Slam Making the Rounds

December 20, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Kirk Dillard, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Thus far about the only GOP gubernatorial hopeful in the news has been Bruce Rauner (brucerauner.com). With his many promises to rewrite the whole Illinois Constitution to fix what ails us and his deep pockets he was early out of the chute. But this week a video slamming Kirk Dillard has also popped up showing that the race is just starting to warm up.

Of course Rauner, with all his millions of dollars, has hit the ground early with TV ads most of which slam current governor, Democrat Pat Quinn. Rauner is acting as if he is already the nominee, ignoring his competitors and going straight at Quinn and other lifer politicians.

Whatever you think of all Rauner’s many and varied promises, pretending he is the only one in the race is probably a good strategy. In any case, as things stand now, he is sucking up all the oxygen in the race.

But, wait. Today came a snide attack on Kirk Dillard (www.dillardtracy.com).

Obviously someone thinks he is a threat.

A video titled”Kirk Dillard Presents a Holiday Tribute to Jim Edgar,” came out that treats Dillard as s childish, star struck fan–and maybe a stooge–of former Governor and one-time Dillard boss Jim Edgar.

The video is chock full of images of Dillard gazing admiringly at Governor Edgar and is amusingly played to the rock tune I Touch Myself, by the 1990s Australian band the Divinyls.

The video was posted on a Youtube account under the name “Michael Martin” and ends with a message saying that the video was “brought to you by Kirk Dillard and your friends at MSI.”

For those of you who may have forgotten (as I had at first), MSI stands for Management Services of Illinois. The reference refers to a scandal from August of 2000 that linked aides of Edgar and then Senate President James “Pate” Philip to MSI, a company that was accused of bilking the state out of some $12 million dollars.
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A Spate of Pro and Anti William Kelly News Making the Rounds

December 10, 2013 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Chicago, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently political gadflay William J. Kelly has become the subject of political intrigue this month with a wave of pro and anti Kelly info making its way to my email inbox. I have no clue why Kelly is suddenly a hot topic, but it is what it is.

OK, get ready to get into the weeds on all this as this entry is going to be a long one…

Let’s start out with the pro Kelly stuff.

So, I was sent an email with some info about donations to one of Kelly’s many campaigns and after that I began getting other emails apparently trying to brush aside any concerns over those donations.

Someone apparently on the pro-Kelly side was making sure I was sent an email with a link to a 2012 piece on a site with the odd name of the “Internet Troll Safety Center.”

That blog entry was a bit quixotic. On one hand it says that political operative Doug Ibendahl was “paid by Otto Engineer’s Jack Roeser to smear William Kelly, Kelly’s fiancé Laura Kelly, and Kelly’s deceased father, William F. Kelly.”
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BREAKING: Settlement on Anti-Tax Group’s Political Spending By California Authorities

October 24, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Budget, Business, California, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Jobs, Liberals, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the run up to the 2012 election an out-of-state, conservative, anti-tax group put upwards to $11 million into the effort to fight tax hikes in California. Immediately left-leaning groups cried foul and state authorities filed all sorts of charges against the political spending trying to force the group to disclose donors. Now that case has been settled and on terms favorable to the conservative group.

The One million dollar fine settlement was agreed upon between authorities and Arizona-based non-profits, Americans for Responsible Leadership and the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR). The group Americans for Job Security were also a part of the coalition.

CPPR entered the California elections to fight Governor Jerry Brown’s tax hike scheme as well as to advocate for a ballot measure to fight overarching union power. Once in the ring, though, the $11 million being spent was attacked.

At issue is a California law that forces donor disclosure of groups spending on state-centered issue advocacy. Federal law does not require Political action groups to disclose donors.
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Democrat Congressman Uses Burning KKK Cross as Anti-Tea Party Illustration in Fundraiser Email

October 23, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Campaign Finance, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Florida, Government, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Representative Alan Grayson of Florida is one of the biggest ignoramuses in Congress. He’s proving this truth once again with his latest hate mongering by using a photo of a burning KKK cross on a fundraising email in his latest attempt to slam the tea party movement and raise some money from his hate-filled supporters.

Unfortunately, this sort of disgusting behavior is nothing new for this creep. He’s called women “whores,” he calls everyone a racist, and he’s been one of the biggest mouths in DC.

His latest racebaiting screed starts with a subject line that reads, “The Tea Party: ‘No More Popular Than The Klan,” (itself a humongous lie). Then the email sports a photo of KKK clansmen standing near a burning cross. A caption reads, “Now you know what the ‘T’ stands for.”

The fundraising email goes on to recount a conversation the profane congressman had with race-baiter Al Sharpton.
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Will Michelle Obama Run for President in 2016?

October 9, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, Michelle Obama, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Rumors are heating up that Michelle Obama will edge out Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination for president in the upcoming 2016 race for the White House. How’s that for scary, eh?

Rumors have been making the rounds that Barack expects to push his wife into the spotlight in order to finally destroy the Clinton machine and put himself 100% in charge of the American far left and its power base, the Democrat Party.

Right now, Barack is still in competition with Bill and Hillary. The Media still runs to the aging horndog that was once our president for his thoughts on the issues. This is galling to Barack who thinks the sun revolves around him in the political universe.

Note that President Obama has built an entire campaign edifice that has not turned its resources over to the Democrat Party.
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George Soros Funding ‘Nonpartisan’ Attackers of Kansas Gov. Brownback

July 13, 2013 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, George Soros, Government, Judges, Kansas, Law, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is now being reported that billionaire liberal activist George Soros is the bankroll behind the “nonpartisan” attacks on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s new judicial selection plan.

Two organizations in Kansas have led the charge against the Republican Governor’s proposal and both claim to be nonpartisan. But the two groups, Justice at Stake and the Kansas chapter of the League of Women Voters, are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from two of extremist Sorros’ liberal organizations in a similar way that Colorado’s liberal organizations implemented the “Colorado model.”

Brownback has been supporting changes in the state’s process of appointing judges. Previously Kansas judges were chosen by a commission made up of lawyers who are unaccountable to voters but Brownback has been pushing the adoption of the federal model where judges are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.
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Arkansas’ Rep. Tom Cotton Raises $525K in First Quarter

April 20, 2013 | Filed Under Arkansas, Campaign Finance, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Freshman Congressman Tom Cotton (R, AR) has announced that he’s already raised $525,000 in the first quarter of the year, quite a haul for this young Congressman from Dardanelle, Arkansas.

“The campaign has over $560,000 cash on hand and no debt,” Cotton’s campaign said in a statement. “As I keep my campaign promises to promote economic opportunity for all, fight wasteful spending, and defend America against all enemies, I’m grateful for the continued generosity and confidence of my supporters,” Rep. Cotton said.

Tom Cotton was elected to Arkansas’ 4th District after five-term Rep. Mike Ross retired. He won office in 2012 and is now serving his first term.
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Leftist Hypocrites on Campaign Donations

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Law, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, Supreme Court, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the left’s biggest rallying cries against what they claim are the evils of the right was its opposition to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that essentially opened up our political process to unlimited donations to political causes. The left claimed allowing more money into politics was evil and says the case must be over turned. But now leftists in New Jersey are hypocritically using the case for their own ends.

A Washington DC-based left-wing super PAC has sued New Jersey’s campaign finance watchdog agency saying that the Garden State shouldn’t be allowed to limit what it can raise from an individual donor.

As a New Jersey paper reported recently, “The Fund for Jobs and Growth filed the complaint against the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) in federal district court on Friday.”

New Jersey says that there should be a limit per donor. But the group wants to raise money to make independent expenditures (i.e. political spending independent of the campaigns they are pushing) and based on the Citizens United case, they say that they should be able to wheedle from donors every penny that they can–and they are right, too.
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Obama Fails to Register ‘OrganizingForAction.net,’ Hilariously, Site Re-Directs to NRA Homepage

February 26, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NRA, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

At the beginning of the year, President Barack Obama’s new 501(c)4 political nonprofit, Organizing For Action, was launched with all the usual bells and whistles. But the tech wizards at OFA forgot one important rule in today’s Internet world: Register all the iterations of your website address before someone else does.

Now Obama’s team is filing complaints against the folks smart enough to get the addresses before he did.

As Obama’s OFA made its debut, no one in his purportedly Internet-savvy campaign had obtained the corresponding .com, .net, .org or .us sites, nor did OFA register other names that are close to its official one, as is the sensible practice. In the case of the .net address, a fellow named Derek Bovard had already registered the .net address by the time Obama’s team took notice.

Bovard has routed his new site to the homepage of the National Rifle Association.

So, whenever anyone goes to www.organizingforaction.net they end up seeing the homepage of the NRA.

Naturally, Obama and his fellow community organizers were furious. So furious, in fact, that they have replied by filing complaints against Bovard–and, apparently, a variety of other people who had registered domain names that OFA now wants.
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When Indicted, Networks Barely Mentioned Jesse Jackson, Jr’s Misuse of $750,000 in Campaign Cash

February 21, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Budget, Campaign Finance, CBS, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, House of Representatives, Jesse Jackson, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A survey of news coverage by the big three networks of the indictment of former Chicago Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was sparse to non-existent for the first three days after the indictment was made public. Even when his trouble was reported, the fact that he is a Democrat went unmentioned.

Jackson was indicted on Friday, February 15, but as Friday, then the weekend rolled on, the big three networks didn’t seem much interested in covering the story. In fact, a survey of the coverage found that the big nets gave the story scant attention that Friday and, while there were a few ultra short reports on the indictment on Saturday, there was no coverage at all on Sunday.

On Friday, for instance, NBC’s Nightly News gave the story short attention. By Saturday, Good Morning America gave the story a whole 18 seconds. Worse, even when the network news shows did report the story on Saturday evening, Jackson’s party affiliation was never mentioned.

Interestingly, not one of the Sunday morning politics shows mentioned the indictment at all.
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Joe Walsh Forms Super PAC In Answer to Karl Rove

February 5, 2013 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Congress, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Illinois, Joe Walsh, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh has announced he’s forming a super PAC to fight Karl Rove’s RINO incumbent protection PAC.


Obama Campaign Advertised Less in Black Press Than Bill Clinton

February 4, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last year, Barack Obama spent only one million dollars for advertising in the African American press for his reelection campaign. This was two million less than Bill Clinton did and far from the $20 million that activists had called for.

According to Robert Redding, Jr., of the syndicated Redding News Review radio show, during the late election Obama refused to spend campaign cash on advertising in black-owned newspapers and magazines. And Redding alleges the situation got worse after the Obama campaign reacted negatively to an op ed by Cloves Campbell criticizing him for spending so little for advertising to the black community.

Campbell’s piece, titled “Black Press to presidential campaigns: Show Me the Money!,” was published last August. Mr. Campbell is the Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
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The Billion-Dollar Campaign: Obama Breaks All Time High Donations

November 17, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It seems that predictions have come true that Obama’s 2012 campaign for re-election would be the first “billion dollar campaign” has come true. Team Obama is now reporting that fundraising for the 2012 campaign has exceeded that of 2008 realizing over a billion dollars in campaign donations. Online donations also surpassed levels from Obama’s first run.

According to new calculations reported by TIME, online donations raised about $690 million, up from the $500 million seen in 2008.

Once all sources are tabulated, the campaign expects to exceed that daunting one billon dollar mark.

How did he do it?
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Shock: Journalists Found Donating Heavily to Obama Campaign

November 6, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here in the waning days of this campaign for the White House, Politico reports that many journalists, editors, and news personnel have donated thousands to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

Politico gives us a long list of Obama supporters in the news biz. The first noted is The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Levy ($225), who calls Romney a “dangerous religious freak whose election will cripple America.”

Also supporting team Obama are the New York Daily News’ deputy managing editor for news Dersh Kuntzman ($250), ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott ($25,000), Reuters editor Joseph Graf ($250), Newark Ledger-Star photojournalist John Munson ($182.50), MediaCity editor Veronica Combs, Slate’s Katherine Goldstein ($252), Cyndi Stivers, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and Columbia Journalism School faculty member ($250), and Bloomberg reporter Edmund Lee ($2,000).

This is, of course, just a tiny list. There are thousands of folks in the news and information business that consistently donate to Democrats and liberal causes.
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Maryland State Dems Claim Fundraising on 9/11 Is ‘Patriotic’

September 12, 2012 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, Maryland, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here on the 11th Anniversary of the attacks that took some 3,000 American lives on September 11th, 2001, a pair of Maryland State Democrats are throwing fundraisers. If that isn’t bad enough, one of them even said it is “patriotic” to hold a fundraiser on the anniversary of the day we were so brutally attacked.

Jon Cardin, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates (like the House of Representatives), was defiant upon claims that holding a fundraiser on 9/11 was at least a bit gauche. He replied to critics saying it was actually a patriotic thing to do.

“I don’t think it’s inappropriate, and we have a lot of patriotic things that we do, and one of them is getting involved in political action in the political world, and it’s an opportunity to really get together and also have sort of a very important conversation about improving our country and our state. Sept. 11 should be a day that we do that like every other day.”

So, the anniversary of 9/11 should be “like every other day.”
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Buzzfeed Furthers Myth of Obama’s Small Donor Dominance

August 8, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Buzzfeed, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ben Smith of Buzzfeed recently wrote about campaign donations — both Romney’s and Obama’s — for this presidential election. In an otherwise fairly informative piece, Smith feeds into one of the myths about the 2008 election, the claim that Obama’s small donor base was bigger by far than that of any other candidate in history.

Smith begins his campaign finance piece with his first paragraph touting Obama’s “perfection” of “small-dollar politics.”

The 2008 election marked the perfection of small-dollar politics, as Barack Obama fueled roughly half of his campaign with the email-driven, impulse-based solicitation that had been pioneered by Howard Dean four years earlier and technically perfected by smaller campaigns and advocacy groups.

It has been said repeatedly that Obama’s 2008 election campaign brought in more small donors of $200 or less than any other candidate, however this is not true. In fact, even the George Soros-funded Campaign Finance Institute says that this claim that Obama had more small donors than any other candidate is false.

In 2008 the CFI found that Obama had just about the same small donor record as George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign. The study found that Bush’s total campaign donations broke down to 25% from small donors. Obama’s 2008 take was 26% small donors. No real statistical difference, there.

“The myth is that money from small donors dominated Barack Obama’s finances. The reality of Obama’s fundraising was impressive, but the reality does not match the myth,” said CFI’s executive director Michael Malbin.
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Transparency? Obama’s Secretive Soros-Funded Money Machine

July 25, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, DNC, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, George Soros, Government, Liberals, Money, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, left-wingers and Democrats have been braying for center right and conservative organizations, PACS, and super PACS to reveal their donors, the libs claiming that such “transparency” is good for American politics. But as far as these people are concerned, “disclosure” is only to be forced on others and the fact that one of Obama’s biggest campaign donation bundlers is the leader of a very secretive Democrat money machine proves the rule rather than the exception.

That campaign money maven is Kelly Craighead, president and managing director of Democracy Alliance, a high dollar group of Democrat donors founded in 2005 with start-up money from left-wing billionaire George Soros.

So, what does this group do? According to the Washington Free Beacon:

The Alliance serves as a clearinghouse that connects donors to endorsed organizations—such as the Center for American Progress and the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA—without threat of disclosure. The Alliance is not listed in any phonebook, and does not disclose its donors or endorsed organizations.

That’s right, this group that is made up of left-wingers that scold the right for a lack of transparency won’t reveal its own donors. So much for veracity.
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Big Obama Donor, Google’s Marissa Mayer to Rake in Millions as New Yahoo! Chief

July 22, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Inernet, Liberals, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Google Vice President Marissa Mayer is set to rake in a million dollars a year and more than ten times that in stock options if she can stick it out for three years as the new Yahoo! chief executive.

As the announcement of Mayer’s ascension to the position broke, industry watchers learned that, along with her $1 million per year salary, she will get a $2 million per year cash bonus if the Internet company reaches earnings goals. She will also get $12 million in Yahoo! stock after a three year vestment period not to mention a $30 million one-time award of stock after a five-year vestment.

Mayer will also reportedly get a $14 million bonus of stock to make up for compensation she’ll lose as a top Google employee. Mayer was one of the earliest employees Google hired.
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Obama ‘Outsourcing’ Fundraising… to China!

July 14, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, China, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

While Obama tries to get America focused on the false claim that Romney outsourced jobs as the chief of Bain Capitol, what was the President doing? Why, outsourcing his fundraising, of course. Outsourcing it to Shanghai, China to be precise.

On July 11, Obama’s big money men were holding a nice fundraiser in Red China for the President. It headed up by Technology for Obama co-chairman Robert Roche, who has committed to raising $500,000 for Obama.

Here is the fundraising webpage for the Shanghai event.

Does that seem a bit hypocritical? Attacking Romney not only for supposedly outsourcing jobs overseas, but also attacking him for having investments outside the U.S., yet here Obama is sponsoring fund raisers in China, of all places?
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Chirpify: A New Twitter Political Fundraising Tool Debuts Today

June 19, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Computers, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Inernet, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Senate, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new Twitter-based fundraising tool debuts today and the new service already has the two biggest names in the Politics biz signed up as clients: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Chirpify begins at the top of the heap client-wise as it not only has teams Obama and Romney signed up as clients but it also has some 25 House and Senate candidates.


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The new Twitter-based fundraising tool will incorporate Paypal into its payment system and will feature an easy, one-click interface that will make it easy to donate to political candidates, non-profit organizations, and presumably anyone that signs up to use the service. It’s seems to be a very easy transaction for the donor, too.

We all know that politicians and candidates are using Twitter more than ever. But what many wondered is what the social networking tool could do for the campaign’s bottom line?
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Obama’s Soft Core Porn Video Making Campaign Cash Bundler

May 24, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Democracy, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Free Beacon has an amusing tale of strippers, videos, and Obama campaign donation bundlers that is already getting lefties crying foul.

Apparently the Beacon discovered that one of Obama’s big campaign donation bundlers, one Stacii Jae Johnson, produced and starred in a stripper video in 2004 titled, “I Want To Strip For My Man But I Don’t Know How … Unleashing the Naughty Girl In You!,” a video that supposedly instructs “everyday women” to strip for their boyfriends and husbands.

Johnson works in Atlanta. According to the Beacon:

Stacii Jae Johnson, who currently serves as special events director in the office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) and has bundled between $50,000 and $100,000 for the Obama reelection campaign, is a former Hollywood actress with extensive connections to the film and television industries.

Apparently Johnson has also been a bit actor in a few movies over the years.

My favorite part of Andrew Stiles’ piece is how he ended it:
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Transparency? Secret, Soros, Left-Wing, 1% Summit Meeting Held Behind Closed Doors

May 16, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Democrats/Leftists, DNC, Elections, Ethics, George Soros, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Media Matters For America, MoveOn.org, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A luxury resort in Miami, Florida with police-guarded closed doors was the home of a secret George Soros-backed summit attended by deep-pocketed left-wing donors over the weekend of May 12. They met to plan their strategy for the 2012 elections and beyond. Yes, it was all hush hush and secret-like — so much for all that “transparency” those lefties are always braying about.

The event hosted by the leftist group Democracy Alliance was reported upon by the Washington Free Beacon from afar. I say from afar because the Soros-paid group refused the reporters access to the event.

Holding true to their hoary claims of the need for an open and transparent political system, the cadre of lefties had armed guards turn away reporters of the Beacon who tried to gain access to the summit after-party. The Beacon’s reporters were even harassed in front of the hotel by the rent-a-cops paid by Soros and his pals to keep the summit secret.

Attendees of the summit include a who’s who of left-wing One Percenters and Union thugs, including:
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