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Something stinks: Ted Cruz's Super PAC donated $½ million to Carly Fiorina's campaign

political action committee (PAC) is an organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation by, for example, making and buying campaign ads. 
A super PAC, officially known as an “independent-expenditure only committee,” may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike traditional PACs, super PACs can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has four super PACs to raise money for his presidential campaign, which raked in a total of $37.8 million as of July 31, 2015 — a significant haul that puts Cruz in the top fundraising tier. The bulk of the money comes from just seven individual donors. Cruz’s four super PACs are:

  1. Keep The Promise I: $11 million; funded almost entirely by New York hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer.
  2. Keep the Promise II: a single $10 million donation from Toby Neugebauer, a Puerto Rico-based investor who is the son of Texas GOP Rep. Randy Neugebauer.
  3. Keep the Promise III: $15 million — all from Texas billionaire brothers, Farris and Dan Wilks, who made their fortunes in fracking, and their wives, JoAnn and Staci.
  4. Keep the Promise PAC: $1.8 million, nearly all from Texas-based donors, including Robert McNair, Sr., the chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans football franchise.

Politico reports that, as of July 31, 2015, super PAC Keep the Promise I had spent the most, shelling out $536,000. But what is most curious is that $500,000 of that was spent not for Ted Cruz, but to promote his fellow Republican and supposed rival Carly Fiorina’s presidential ambitions.
SM Gibson reports for Anti-Media, Sept. 28, 2015, a super PAC associated with Fiorina, CARLY for America Super PAC, has raised almost $3.5 million to date. 

Note: The super PAC was originally named Carly for America. In June 2015, the FEC forced it to change its name because the original name was in violation of its rules, which state that super PACs cannot use a candidate’s name because they are supposed to be “independent.” So Carly for America changed its name to CARLY (an acronym for Conservative Authentic Responsive Leadership for You) for America Super PAC.

What is curious is that among the hundreds of contributions pledged to CARLY for America, one is for $500,000, made on June 18, by the Cruz-affiliated Keep The Promise I super PAC, as shown in the latter’s itemized disbursements (see below).
Ted Cruz Super PAC disimbursements
Why would anyone seeking the presidential nomination for the Republican party donate such a large sum to a competitor? 
Even stranger, the large sum was donated to Fiorina on June 18 — when she was still a relatively unknown candidate and polling at 0%, according to a Washington Post–ABC News poll. It wasn’t until August 6 — when Fiorina performed well in the first GOP lower candidate debate — that she was on anyone’s political radar nationally.
The only explanation given by Keep The Promise I for its $500,000 “disbursement” or donation to CARLY for America is “other disbursement,” which of course is not an explanation.
That has prompted the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to send a letter to Keep The Promise I treasurer Jacquelyn James, dated Sept. 16, 2015, asking for “a brief statement or description of why” the $500,000 disbursement was made.  The letter warns that “Failure to adequately respond by (October 21) could result in an audit or enforcement action.”
So when you see TV ads touting Fiorina, they really should carry this inscription:
Carly Fiorina
See also “Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential campaign, but is he eligible?” and “Is Ted Cruz an advocate of a North American Union?“.

Update (Sept. 30):

I just received this email from Ted Cruz asking for my donation:

I know I’ve asked a lot of you over the last 14 days…and I didn’t want to have to do this, but I must ask one more time for your support of $35 or whatever you can afford. We are only 329 donors short of the toughest goal we’ve ever set. This is HUGE. Right now, I’m asking you to make any donation — as little as $5 or as much as you can afford — to make sure we surpass the looming Federal Election Commission deadline before midnight tonight.

This is the response I sent back:

Since your Keep Your Promise I super PAC is so flush with money that they donated half a million dollars to Carly Fiorina’s super PAC, you really should stop crying poverty.

Update (March 28, 2016):

The $½ million may be “hush money” to “hush” Ted Cruz’s alleged extramarital affair with a Fiorina deputy campaign manager named Sarah Isgur Flores. According to Karl Denninger of Market Ticker, if it was “hush money,” it may be a criminal offense and “the FEC is already looking into it.” See:

~Éowyn

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Bachmann Won't Seek Re-Election…. Boo Hoo

Just to let you know I’m not to happy about this.


Tea-Party Favorite and Onetime Presidential Candidate Says Eight Years in the House Is Enough

https://online.wsj.com

By JANET HOOK and NEIL KING JR.

  • Updated May 29, 2013, 7:27 p.m. ET

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Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won prominence as a leader of the tea-party opposition to President Barack Obama, announced Wednesday she wouldn’t seek re-election—an abrupt retreat less than two years after she briefly topped the ranks of GOP candidates seeking the 2012 presidential nomination.
Mrs. Bachmann’s bid for the White House raised her national profile but also contributed to her political troubles. She barely won re-election to her House seat last year and has since seen inquiries begin into the financial activities of her presidential campaign.
Her fans and foes agree that Mrs. Bachmann has had broad political impact by helping to elevate the tea party’s voice in Congress in its earliest days, when she embraced its founding cause—opposition to Mr. Obama’s health-care law—as her own. “She helped to grow and convert the tea party from a protest movement into a political movement,” said Sal Russo, co-founder of Tea Party Express, a national tea-party group.
But her combative tone drew complaints that it intensified political partisanship. Her “tea-party brand of extremism and obstruction have infected the entire Republican Congress, and her influence shows no signs of waning,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Emily Bittner.
Mrs. Bachmann’s departure comes amid a change in the public face of the tea party on Capitol Hill, as she has been eclipsed by newcomers that include Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R., Idaho), who seem more inclined to shake up the congressional system from within. Mr. Labrador, for example, is trying to make a legislative mark as member of a group negotiating a bipartisan immigration bill.
By contrast, few of Mrs. Bachmann’s bills have become laws. She secured long-sought funding for a bridge in her district, but her marquee bill to repeal Mr. Obama’s health-care law is going nowhere in the Senate after passing the House this month.
Mrs. Bachmann faced a potentially bruising 2014 re-election race. It was shaping up as a rematch with hotelier Jim Graves, a Democrat, who fell short by about 4,200 votes last year. Her retirement could make it easier for Republicans to hold the seat, in a heavily Republican district outside the Twin Cities, which was in play largely because of Mrs. Bachmann’s controversial profile.
Her decision “relieves House GOP leadership of an unflattering distraction who not only perennially put an otherwise safe GOP seat at risk but damaged the party’s brand nationally,” David Wasserman, analyst of House elections for the Cook Political Report, wrote Tuesday.
Mrs. Bachmann said in a video posted on her website that she had no concerns about her ability to win re-election or about the pending investigations of her presidential campaign. Instead, she said, eight years was enough time serving a House district.
A former Bachmann aide filed a Federal Election Commission complaint in January alleging that her campaign made improper payments to an Iowa state senator. The Office of Congressional Ethics opened an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in connection with her political affairs, according to people familiar with the matter. And a law-enforcement official said Wednesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into possible campaign irregularities, but cautioned that the effort was at its initial stages and hasn’t become a full investigation. At least one interview has been conducted, and others are planned, the official said.
Her lawyer, William McGinley, wouldn’t comment on the pending investigations. In her video, Mrs. Bachmann said: “It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign, and I have no reason to believe that that was not the case.”
Mrs. Bachmann formed the Tea Party Caucus in the House and was a frequent critic on cable TV of Mr. Obama’s 2009 stimulus plan, his health-care overhaul and other administration policies. She gave her own televised “tea-party response” to Mr. Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, a moment that crystallized her distinctness from other House Republicans but also opened her to jokes on late-night TV, because she gave the speech with her eyes cast away from the camera. She put in several strong debate performances ahead of the GOP presidential primaries and went on to win the Iowa straw poll in August 2011. But she came in sixth in the Iowa caucuses five months later, netting 5% of the vote, and ended her campaign the next day.
—Devlin Barrett and Ben Kesling contributed to this article.
~Steve~
https://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324412604578512511908140272.html?mod=WSJ_hppMIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

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IRS Apologizes For Targeting Conservative Groups. Well Hell must have just froze Over

POLITICO Breaking News!!

Well Golly and Gee Wizz Gomer. Targeting Conservatives, who would have thunk it. Duh.  

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By BYRON TAULAUREN FRENCH and TARINI PARTI | 5/10/13 10:45 AM EDT Updated: 5/10/13 2:19 PM EDT

The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday to conservative political groups for giving their tax documents extra scrutiny — validating the worst fears of Republican activists who have long accused the Obama administration of politicizing the process.
Roughly 75 groups were singled out using words like “tea party” or “patriot” in tax documents, Lois Lerner, who is responsible for overseeing tax-exempt groups, said on a hastily arranged conference call Friday afternoon.

“Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” the IRS said in a separate statement.

The announcement is the latest black eye for an agency that has been criticized by members of Congress from both parties, reform groups and conservative activists for its handling of politically active tax-exempt nonprofits.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called for President Barack Obama to order a “transparent, government-wide review” to see if similar practices are happening elsewhere in the administration.
House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany told POLITICO he will launch an “aggressive” investigation. “We’re not going to let this rest,” the Louisiana Republican said. “We’re going to pursue this vigorously.”

Outside groups on both sides have increasingly chosen to organize as nonprofits — regulated and reviewed by the IRS instead of the Federal Election Commission. Their nonprofit status exempts those groups from paying federal taxes — and unlike super PACs, allows them to hide their donors.

Major outside groups like the Karl Rove-affiliated Crossroads GPS, Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and the pro-Barack Obama group Priorities USA are organized as 501(c)(4) nonprofits.
The IRS statement said the agency “should have done a better job” dealing with the dramatic influx in applications for 501(c)(4) status. It also said that the decisions on how to handle the applications were made by “local, career employees in Cincinnati.”
“When we see an uptick in applications from a particular type of group…that we don’t ordinarily see, what we do is we centralize those applications into one group to work on them. We do this all the time,” Lerner told reporters. “The problem here was that in some cases they added actual case names to the list. They added ‘tea party’ and ‘patriot’ to the list of cases that should be centralized in this group.”
Lerner said that she only began looking into the issue when the press started writing about it last year before the election. but she declined to say why it took six months for the agency to publicly admit the practice or if any employees involved had been punished.
Lerner added that she was not aware if White House or Treasury Department employees knew about the review before Friday’s apology, and said she did not remember when she notified higher-ups at the IRS.
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.
McConnell said the IRS’s apology wasn’t nearly enough. “Make no mistake, an apology won’t put this issue to rest,” he said. “Now more than ever we need to send a clear message to the Obama administration that the First Amendment is non-negotiable, and that apologies after an election year are not an sufficient response to what we now know took place at the IRS.
“This kind of political thuggery has absolutely no place in our politics,”
And now for the rest of the story.
Read more on Story HERE!!!!

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/irs-targeting-conservative-groups-91183.html#ixzz2Sv0IlEUm

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Dead man “Osama bin Laden” donates to Obama campaign

Frankenstorm Sandy is drowning out the already-lacking MSM coverage of Obama administration scandals (how convenient), so we on FOTM are doing our share to keep the focus on the POS and his criminality.

It’s happened, again.

Fictitious people are donating to the Obama election campaign. Again.

In 2008, it was Disney cartoon figure Mickey Mouse who donated $2,000 to the Obama campaign.

In 2012, it’s a dead man, Osama bin Laden, who’s donating to the Obama reelection campaign. Osama supposedly was killed on May 1, 2011, by Navy SEALS Team 6, and given a sea burial by the USS Carl Vinson.

Aaron Klein reports for WND, Oct. 30, 2012, that WND found a clever way to demonstrate how porous the Obama campaign is to illegal foreign donations.

Using a Pakistani Internet Protocol and proxy server, a disposable credit card and a fake address, “Osama bin Laden” has successfully donated twice to Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The “Bin Laden” donations were actually made by WND staff, included a listed occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.”

“Bin Laden” is currently set up on the official campaign website to contribute more to Obama’s campaign. The name is also registered as a volunteer.

Since the “foreign” contribution was sent, “Bin Laden’s” email address has received several solicitations from Obama’s campaign asking for more donations.

The apparently foreign-based contributions were conducted as a test after a flurry of media reports described the ability of foreigners to donate to the Obama campaign but not to Mitt Romney’s site, which has placed safeguards against such efforts.

The acceptance of foreign contributions is strictly illegal under U.S. campaign finance law.

Even though WND did not conceal the source of its “Osama bin Laden” donation being a foreign source — from Pakistan, using a confirmed Pakistani IP address and proxy server — the Obama campaign accepted the illicit donation.

Upon clicking the “donate” button, WND staff selected the $15 amount and were taken to a page on the campaign website asking for a first and last name, city, state, zip code, email address and phone number.

The information submitted was: “Osama bin Laden, 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, CA 91101.” The website only has options for U.S. states and zip codes, and there is no mechanism in place on Obama’s website to verify the individual is actually located in that state or zip code, or even in the U.S.

After clicking “next,” the website asked for an employer, occupation and a password to set up future donations. WND staff entered the occupation as “deceased terror chief” and the employer as “al-Qaida.”

The transaction was made last Friday with the use of a disposable credit card. The website did not require the card’s security code.

Screenshot from BarackObama.com

The Obama campaign website immediately accepted the contribution even though it was made from a Pakistani IP address and despite the nonexistent street name and city information.

An automated email was immediately sent from Rufus Gifford, national finance director of Obama for America, thanking “Osama” for the contribution. The $15 was debited from the disposable card.

To test if the first donation was an oversight, WND then made a second donation of $5 the following day using the “Bin Laden” account and the same Pakistani IP address.

Screenshot of Pakistani IP address

WND has received confirmation from the credit card company that the purchase went through and the $5 was deducted from the disposable card.

From the time of the first donation until today, the Obama campaign sent nine more emails to the bin Laden Gmail account soliciting more donations. One email signed by Michelle Obama was titled “Barack is getting outraised. You’re one of the campaign’s most committed supporters. Please make a donation of $19 or whatever you can today.”

The donations from a Pakistani IP address are sure to raise further questions about the measures in place to block such donations.

Cleta Mitchell, a Republican campaign finance attorney, told WND there were many documented cases of illegal foreign contributions to the Obama campaign in 2008 that were “wholly ignored by the Federal Election Commission and the Obama Department of Justice. I have been hearing the same stories from many sources during this campaign as well. Every other campaign has safeguards against these illegal transactions – every campaign except the Obama campaign.”

In 2008, WND reported two Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip donated $29,521.54 to Obama’s first presidential campaign. After the report, the campaign reportedly returned the donations.

Last week, the New York Post reported a British citizen, Chris Walker, was able to make two $5 donations through Obama’s campaign website, while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney online funds was rejected.

The Post noted how the Federal Election Commission posted data showing Obama’s campaign took in more than $2 million from donors who provided no ZIP code or incomplete ZIP codes.

The non-profit Government Accountability Institute recently released a report alleging Obama’s campaign had solicited foreigners for political donations through its social media websites. As the Daily Caller reported, a statement accompanied the GAI’s report from former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia noting that 68% of traffic to BarackObama.com comes from foreign users, all of whom are redirected to a fundraising page operated by the president’s re-election campaign. Obama.com was registered in September 2008 to Robert Roche, an Obama campaign bundler living in Shanghai, China.

WND is preparing an affidavit for the Federal Elections Commission and the FBI on the illegal donation accepted by the Obama campaign.

~Eowyn

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Will Mickey Mouse donate again to Obama's election campaign?


Did you know that Mickey Mouse donated $2,000 — the maximum amount for an individual donor — to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008?
Yes. That Mickey Mouse.
Here’s a screen-shot (h/t ObamaReleaseYourRecords):

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You can verify it for yourself by going to the Federal Election Commission website and type “Mouse, Mickey” in the search box. I did, and got the following confirmation:

Presented by the Federal Election Commission

Individual Contributions Arranged By Type, Giver, Then Recipient

Contributions to Political Committees

MOUSE, MICKEY
ORLANDO, FL 34621
WALT DISNEY/ENTERTAINER

OBAMA, BARACK
VIA OBAMA FOR AMERICA
10/16/2008 2000.00 11953084272

Total Contributions:    2000.00

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and the media’s reaction?

Crickets….

~Eowyn

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Obama's FEC Says Foreign-Born US Citizens Can Run for President

FEC rules naturalized citizens are same as ‘natural born’ in presidential votes
A Guyana-born naturalized American citizen fits the Federal Elections Commission’s requirements to run for president, the FEC announced in a ruling.
The case involves New York lawyer Abdul Hassan, who was born in the South American country in 1974. Hassan argues it is discriminatory to not allow him to run for office.
Responding to criticism of possible dual-loyalty issues, Hassan said in a radio interview that a person’s place of birth should not determine his patriotism or presidential eligibility.
Hassan, meanwhile, petitioned the FEC to allow him to run for president, arguing the Federal Election Campaign Act does not bar naturalized citizens from running.
In its official response earlier this month, the FEC agreed with Hassan’s logic.
The FEC’s ruling, which did not receive any news media attention, concluded that a naturalized citizen is not prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act from becoming a “candidate” as defined under the act.
While the FEC’s own rules now allow Hassan to run for high office, the attorney must still clear judicial hurdles before his eligibility could become official.
At issue is the constitutional stipulation that only a “natural born” citizen can be for president.
~Steve~                         H/T  May
https://patriotupdate.com/12635/fec-rules-naturalized-citizens-are-same-as-natural-born-in-presidential-votes
I have now edited out 463 curse words that I was going to use. Pls feel free to insert your own.  Steve ———————————
 
 
 

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