From NY Post: Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday announced her intention to run for president in 2020 as a champion of middle-class Americans and a foe of big banks and Wall Street fat cats.
Warren, who said she was creating an exploratory committee that will allow her to raise funds and hire staffers, will be among a crowded field of Democrats taking a shot at the White House.
“America’s middle class is under attack,” Warren said in a four-minute, 30-second video posted to YouTube. “How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie. And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice.”
In the video, the 69-year-old former law professor lays out her vision of the future, while setting herself up as a foil to President Trump and members of his administration.
“I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others who work just as hard slip through the cracks into disaster,” she says. “What I’ve found is terrifying. These aren’t cracks that families are falling into, they’re traps.”
The Republican National Committee dismissed Warren’s candidacy, saying her “out of touch” agenda poses no threat to Trump. “With her lack of support from voters – including in her home state – on top of her phony claim to minority status, now that she is formally running Americans will see her for what she is: another extreme far-left obstructionist and a total fraud,” Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
The president, who has announced that he will seek re-election in 2020, has trashed Warren in the past for her claims that she is partly Native American, referring to her as “Pocahontas.”
Warren in October released DNA testing results that showed there was “strong evidence” that she has Native American blood. The release was intended to quell questions about her heritage but prompted criticism from Native American leaders and left some supported puzzled why she would rekindle the controversy.
A number of Democrats are expected to announce presidential campaigns in the next few months, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who lost a Senate bid in November to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, are also weighing getting in the race.
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Good. Make an example out of this unhinged demorat.
From Fox News: The arrest of a Democratic congressional intern this week for allegedly publishing the private information of three Republican lawmakers, with police investigating more possible incidents, underscores what has become an increasingly confrontational approach by the anti-Trump ‘resistance.’
Jackson Cosko, who recently worked as an unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was arrested for posting the personal information of Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on Wikipedia — including their home addresses.
Fox News learned Wednesday that Capitol Hill police are investigating additional doxxing incidents involving at least two senators, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. It was not clear if Cosko — who worked with other Democratic lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. — was involved.
Cosko had worked in a host of roles in the House and Senate, including as press assistant and legislative correspondent, according to his LinkedIn page.
Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Thursday that the wide range of charges against Cosko, including witness tampering and burglary, suggests there could be more to the case than meets the eye.
“With seven different charges out there, it really does makes it sound like it’s more sophisticated and widespread because now you see Sen. Rand Paul is also having issues,” he said, although he added that it wasn’t clear if Cosko was connected to the Paul case.
While it was not clear what the motivation was behind the posting of personal information (known as “doxxing”), Graham, Lee and Hatch have been outspoken defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations against him. The doxxing on Thursday came moments after Graham had scorched Senate Democrats in a fiery speech for what he called “an unethical sham” in their treatment of Kavanaugh.
The incident marks the latest in escalating attacks against Republican lawmakers and Trump administration officials — particularly in relation to the Kavanaugh controversy — by far left-wing activists, which have occasionally picked up the support of Democratic lawmakers.
A day after the doxxing, two female activists cornered Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in an elevator on Friday and screamed at him, with one of them repeatedly demanding he look at her as she accused him of suggesting her own sexual assault “doesn’t matter.”
Moments later, Flake demanded an FBI investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh — forcing GOP leaders, faced with little room for error on Senate votes, to accede. It was not clear if the dressing down caused Flake to waver, but he later told The Atlantic that the incident “struck a chord.”
Days earlier on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi were hounded out of a restaurant by protesters peppering the senator with questions about Kavanaugh and chanting “we believe survivors” and “cancel Kavanaugh.” His Democratic opponent in the Texas Senate race, Beto O’Rouke, condemned the incident and said his family “should be treated with respect.”
The tactic of hounding lawmakers and Trump officials out of restaurants became more prevalent in June, when White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were driven out of restaurants amid the backlash over the separation of illegal immigrant families at the border.
That move was encouraged by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who days later called on supporters to confront Trump officials in public spaces.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she told a crowd.
In July, Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ., who recently compared himself to Thracian gladiator Spartacus, told supporters to go to Capitol Hill and “get in the face of some congresspeople.”
This week, Republicans have been pushing back against such tactics. Some have pointed to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., at a Republican baseball practice last year as a reminder of how heated rhetoric can lead to much worse.
Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Paul, wrote in an open letter to Sen. Booker, saying that she now keeps a loaded gun by her bed after her family has “experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level.”
“I would call on you to retract your statement,” she said. “I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”
The Daily Caller reported that Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and his wife were chased through Reagan National Airport by activists — who kept yelling at him even as he tried to use the bathroom.
On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Perdue blamed Democrats for inciting such behavior, and read quotes he said were inciting harassment of Republicans in public.
“This is America, but these are the tactics of the Brownshirts in Germany in the 1930s, Mr. President,” he said. “Unacceptable. Totally irresponsible.”
No—you can’t eat in peace—your politics are an attack on all of us You’re votes are a death wish. Your votes are hate crimes. Tonight Senator Ted Cruz arrived at Fiola, an upscale restaurant mere steps from the White House, to enjoy a hearty Italian dinner.
He could have dined on a lavish four course meal for only $145 while millions of Americans struggle to buy groceries. He might have sampled from the top shelf wine list as migrant children languish in cages.
He’d have laughed with his wife while women and members of the LGBTQ community collectively gasp in horror as Senator Cruz pushes forward on Bret Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. At least he could have had activists not interrupted his evening just as he was being seated.
Instead, activists from Smash Racism DC, Resist This, DC IWW, members of DC Democratic Socialists of America, Anarchists, women, sexual assault survivors, and members of the LGBTQ community interrupted Ted Cruz’s peaceful meal.
While our interruption does not compare in scale to the interruptions his actions as a Senator have had on millions of American lives, we hope that it reminds Cruz and others like him that they are not safe from the people they have hurt.
This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others.
Sincerely, Some Anti Fascist Hooligans. We demand a world free of sexual violence, and state violence. We want a world without prisons, borders, or capitalism. You should be embarrassed for existing.
Sorry, losers: I’m not embarrassed for existing. Nor for supporting President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh (BTW, it’s not “Bret” you idiots.)
And if anyone of you “anti-fascist” hooligans tries to get in my face and harass me, well, you’ve been warned. Because if this girl feels threatened and unsafe, I will not be embarrassed to exercise a certain God-given right.
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Alyssa Milano (r) campaigning for loser Jon Ossoff
Well, it’s not like she is an in-demand actress. Might as well have a graduate of the “independent co-educational institution” (Buckley High School) educate y’all on the concept of “collusion.”
From Daily Beast: If you happened to be strolling the streets of northern Atlanta on March 28, you could have scored a ride from Alyssa Milano.
The star of Who’s the Boss? and Charmed took a break from filming a new CW pilot to drive people to the polls in support of Jon Ossoff, a fresh-faced Democrat hoping to flip Georgia’s 6th congressional district (He LOST). Milano was arguably the most vocal celebrity supporter of the 30-year-old political neophyte, donating her time, money, and 3.1 million strong Twitter account to the cause.
When Ossoff not-so-narrowly lost the special election to Republican Karen Handel, the actress fired off an innocuous tweet—one that, two days later, drew a creepy reply from Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), winking face emoji and all.
“My initial reaction was that I had to check the account four times to make sure it wasn’t a parody account. I was like, ‘This is really coming from Ted Cruz?!’” recalls Milano. “I think what he was doing was actually giving me a dig, right? I think it was a dig…but it didn’t surprise anyone coming from Ted Cruz.”
The Bensonhurst native swiftly put the Campbell’s Chunky Soup-loving lawmaker in his place.
Yes, when it comes to ‘80s TV icons the right may have Chachi but the left has Milano, who’s been gracing our television screens since she was 11 (her new series, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, premieres on Netflix August 4). And in the wake of her Ossoff campaigning, she’s decided to launch a website—along with actor Misha Collins—that “allows you to contact your representative, via phone, email or video, and demand they take action now” and “hold the Trump administration accountable for collusion with Russia.” Its slogan—or hashtag—is #patriotnotpartisan.
“It’s very easy to sit behind our computers and bitch about the administration, but in everything I do I want to empower people to make a difference and know in themselves that they can make a difference,” Milano tells me. “And this concept of ‘collusion’ and Russia is a very obscure concept for people to really grasp, so I hope this campaign puts into words what’s really going on in a simple way so that other people can grasp the concepts,” she continues. “In particular, this idea of ‘patriot not partisan’ is very near and dear to my heart because I feel like the far-right has hijacked the word ‘patriot,’ and it upsets me. I’m not any less of a patriot because my ideas are different.”
Milano, who is 44, created the website in response to all of the curious connections between the Trump camp and Russia—ones that are currently being investigated by the Department of Justice under special counsel Robert Mueller.
Read the rest of the story here and become educated!
The implosion, in full public view, of Glenn Beck continues . . . .
In 2010, Beck called Americans who question Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president “dumb birthers“.
During the primaries, Beck touted Ted Cruz as America’s savior — the fulfillment of Mormon end-days prophecy. Beck claimed to know the mind of God, threatening Evangelical Christians that if they didn’t vote for Cruz, they’re not listening to God. Beck even threatened to commit suicide if Cruz lost the pivotal Indiana GOP primary.
All of which led to Alex Jones, in a tearful, apocalyptic rant, calling Beck “a prancing demon”.
Now, prompted by what appears to be Beck’s approval to assassinate Donald Trump, the radio broadcasting company SiriusXM has suspended The Glenn Beck Program from its Patriot radio channel for a week, and is reconsidering the program’s place “in our lineup going forward.”
Glenn Beck on Fox News, January 2014
Breitbart reports, May 31, 2016, that SiriusXM has suspended Glenn Beck and assigned David Webb to temporarily take over Beck’s 9AM to noon Eastern time slot on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel 125.
SiriusXM issued the following statement:
SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs. However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone. For that reason, we have suspended The Glenn Beck Program from our Patriot channel for the coming week and are evaluating its place in our lineup going forward. SiriusXM is committed to a spirited, robust, yet responsible political conversation and believes this action reflects those values.
The suspension is in response to an interview Beck did with fiction author Brad Thor on May 25, in which Thor likened Trump to a South American-style dictator who, if elected, would cause an “extinction-level event” for the United States. Thor said that Congress would not be able to remove Trump from office by “legal means” through impeachment. Thor then hinted at assassinating Trump as a solution.Admitting that “I’m about the suggest something very bad,” he asked Beck’s radio audience “what patriot will step up and do that” in the event Trump oversteps his Constitutional restraints. Beck agreed with Thor’s assessment.
Here is the exchange:
THOR: He [Trump] is a danger to America and I got to ask you a question and this is serious and this could ring down incredible heat on me because I’m about to suggest something very bad.It is a hypothetical I am going to ask as a thriller writer.
With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his constitutional authority as President? If Congress won’t remove him from office, what patriot will step up and do that if, if, he oversteps his mandate as president, his constitutional-granted authority, I should say, as president.
If he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office?And I don’t think there is a legal means available. I think it will be a terrible, terrible position the American people will be in to get Trump out of office because you won’t be able to do it through Congress. BECK: I would agree with you on that and I don’t think you actually have the voices we’ve been talking about and we’ve been talking about this off-air for a while. I think the voices like ours go away. I don’t think we are allowed – especially if things, and I believe the economy is going to go to crap, even if Jesus was in office. It’s going to naturally reset. It has to.
Read the rest of the exchange here.
After receiving criticism for what he and Thor said, Beck defended himself. You can read the full transcript of his defense here. To contact SiriusXM by phone, online chat, Twitter, or email, go here.
On April 9, 2016, the Colorado GOP gave all of the state’s 34 Republican delegates to Ted Cruz, without any votes being cast by citizens in a primary election. (See “GOP’s War on Trump: Colorado gives all delegates to Ted Cruz without voting“). So much for Government By The People.
In so doing, the Colorado GOP made its intent clear in a tweet:
It was last August that the Colorado Republican Party’s executive committee voted to cancel the primary election after the national GOP changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the primary or caucus vote.
At the time, the editors of the Denver Post wondered if Party leaders may have had “other agendas that remain undisclosed” for rejecting a primary election of the people.
Defending the Colorado GOP’s decision to cancel the primary election and give all of the delegates to Cruz, an FOTM reader, who is a Cruz supporter, wrote this comment:
Every state has its own rules. The rules for CO were set last summer. The Trump mania is getting ridiculous. The bottom line is the GOP (and the Democrat Party for that matter) is deciding on who its going to endorse for President.
By “The rules for CO were set last summer,” the reader was implying that the Colorado GOP executive committee wasn’t favoring any presidential candidate when they changed the rule in August 2015 to disenfranchise the state’s citizens by doing away with the primary election.
Well, the reader is wrong. We now have evidence that Cruz’s supporters in the Colorado GOP are the ones who voted to abolish the primary election, and so deny Colorado Republicans’ right to choose.
Julia Hahn reports for Breitbart, April 17, 2016:
In May of 2015, four Colorado Senate Republicans killed an initiative “to create a presidential primary in 2016,” reported the Denver Post. “Under the bill, Colorado would have held a presidential primary in March that ran parallel with the state’s complicated caucus system… when it came before the Senate Appropriations Committee, four Republicans voted to kill the bill with three Democrats supporting it.”
The four betrayers of representative democracy — Republicans who voted against the bill and, therefore, against a primary — are:
Colorado State Sen. Kevin Grantham
Sen. Kent Lambert
Sen. Laura Woods
Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg
Here’s the evidence from Cruz’s campaign website and from social media that all four are Cruz supporters:
(1) On Cruz’s campaign website, Sens. Woods, Grantham, and Lambert are all listed as Cruz supporters and as declared members of Cruz’s “Colorado Leadership team.”
(2) Sen. Grantham is an official Cruz delegate and Sen. Lambert is an alternate Cruz delegate.
(3) Tweets by the senators show they are Cruz supporters:
Sen. Grantham tweeted on April 5, 2016, exhorting Colorado’s GOP delegates to “Vote for the official Cruz slate” at the Congressional and State Convention and Assemblies.
Sen. Woods tweeted on April 9, 2016, that at Colorado’s GOP Assembly @tedcruz is in the House!!”
Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg enthusiastically tweeted on April 9, 2016, with a pic of Ted Cruz: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the guy who cleaned up on GOP delegates @tedcruz #copolitics”
Hey, Cruz supporters! You must be so proud of your fellow Cruzies Grantham, Lambert, Woods, and Sonnenberg!
To those residents of Colorado who still identify yourselves as Republican, you are a useful idiot, plain and simple. Grow a backbone and at least change your party identification to non-partisan Independent! ~Eowyn
Joe Kovacs reports for WND, April 10, 2016, that last weekend, Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado’s 34 delegates without any votes being cast by citizens in a traditional primary process.
The Colorado GOP made its intent very clear in a tweet:
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” this morning, Donald Trump said:
“I’ve gotten millions … of more votes than [Sen. Ted] Cruz, and I’ve gotten hundreds of delegates more, and we keep fighting, fighting, fighting, and then you have a Colorado where they just get all of these delegates, and it’s not [even] a system. There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything. There’s no voting. They offer them [the delegates] trips — they offer them all sorts of things, and you’re allowed to do that. I mean, you’re allowed to offer trips, and you can buy all these votes. What kind of a system is this? Now, I’m an outsider, and I came into the system and I’m winning the votes by millions of votes. But the system is rigged. It’s crooked.”
It was last August when officials with the Republican Party in Colorado decided they would not let voters take part in the early nomination process. The Denver Post reported on August 25, 2015, that “The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the caucus vote.” Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman, told the paper, “It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season.
In late February this year, just before Super Tuesday, the Post published a scathing editorial, saying “GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus. Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders. You can see why that could upset the faint-hearted.”
A Trump supporter named Larry Wayne Lindsey took to YouTube yesterday to express his displeasure with the process and burned his Republican registration on camera. He said, as he torched his party registration, “Republican Party, take note. I think you’re gonna see a whole lot more of these. I’ve been a Republican all my life, but I will never be a Republican again. You’ve had it. You’re done. You’re toast. Because I quit the party. I’m voting for Trump, and to hell with the Republican Party.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker and former Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan is positioning himself to be the party’s nominee at a brokered Republican convention in Ohio this July.
Jennifer Steinhauer reports for The New York Times, April 10, 2016, that Ryan’s behaviors that are fueling rumors of a coup at the Republican convention which would elevate him to the top of the ticket, include:
Foreign trips, such as visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, where he also met with local reporters and made several statements affirming the United States’ commitment there; and visits to other Middle Eastern countries and Germany to discuss security and intelligence issues.
Ryan’s staff in Washington churning flattering videos of him deploring identity politics and promoting a battle of ideas — set to campaign-style music.
Without calling it a presidential campaign, Ryan launched a national campaign called “Confident America“.
Peter Wehner, a former director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives under President George W. Bush who has known Ryan for two decades, said, “There is no question that Ryan is operating in a very ambitious way. He is trying to set forth a path for the party with ideas and policy proposals and principles. That is unusual for a speaker in an election year.”
Paul Ryan became House Speaker late last year.
What the New York Times left out (and seemingly does not know) is that in January, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney had filed their intention to run for the presidency with the Federal Election Commission.
Lastly, in another sign that the GOP is dead set against Trump, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reports today that GOP strategist Karl Rove, who had backed the aborted campaign of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, is doing his utmost to deny the GOP nomination to Donald Trump by providing campaign advice for Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Madsen writes:
By backing Cruz, Rove hopes to generate a brokered Republican convention in Cleveland, one that will turn to a “fresh face” to challenge Mrs. Clinton in the general election. As an insurance policy against a Trump presidency, Rove, according to our sources, is also providing advice to the Clinton campaign via the auspices of Clinton loyalist and Democratic strategist James Carville, who has become a friend of Rove. Carville is married to GOP strategist and pundit Mary Matalin.
Campaign finance reform is the political effort to change the involvement of money in politics, primarily in political campaigns.
Attempts to regulate campaign finance by legislation date back to 1867, but the modern era of “campaign finance reform” in the United States began in 1971 with the passage of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002, also known as “McCain-Feingold” after its sponsors, is the most recent major federal law on campaign finance, a key provision of which limited the use of corporate and union money to fund ads discussing political issues within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary election. In 2010, however, the Supreme Court struck down that provisionon constitutional grounds in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Now comes news that mysterious “ghost” corporations —newly-formedlimited liability companies (LLC) with cryptic names that offer few clues about their owners — are funding campaign super PACs).
Note: A political action committee (PAC) is an organization that pools political campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. Super PACs, officially known as “independent-expenditure only committees”, may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending (supposedly) 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.
Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy report for The Washington Post, March 18, 2016, that there is “a growing cadre of mystery outfits financing big-money super PACs,” many of which were formed just days or weeks before making 6- or 7-figure contributions — an arrangement that election law experts say violates a long-standing federal ban on straw donors.
Note: A straw donor is a person who illegally uses another person’s money to make a political contribution in their own name, in violation of 2 U.S.C. § 441f of the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act.
The ghost corporations make it difficult to discern the identities of wealthy players seeking to influence this year’s presidential and congressional elections.But the individuals behind the “ghost corporations” appear to face little risk of reprisal from a deeply polarized Federal Election Commission (FEC), which recently deadlocked on whether to even investigate such cases although federal law requires political committees to confirm that a donation is legal before accepting it.
One of the ghost corporations is a trust called DE First Holdings that, two days before Christmas, was quietly formed in Delaware where corporations are required to reveal little about their workings. A day later, DE First Holdings dropped $1 million into a super PAC with ties to Steven Fulop, Democratic mayor of Jersey City, N.J., who is considering a gubernatorial bid. DE First Holdings’ owner is unknown.
The 2016 campaign has already seen the highest rate of corporate donations since the Supreme Court unleashed such spending with its 2010Citizens United v. FEC decision:
1 out of every 8 dollars collected by super PACs this election cycle have come from corporations, including millions from opaque and hard-to-trace “ghost” entities.
So far, 680 companies have given at least $10,000 to a super PAC this cycle, together contributing nearly $68 million through Jan. 31. Their donations made up 12% of the $549 million raised by such groups, which can accept unlimited donations.
At this rate, corporations will far exceed the $86 million they gave to super PACs in the entire 2012 presidential cycle, when such donations totaled 10% of the money raised by such groups.
Many corporate donors in the 2016 elections are well-established hedge funds, energy companies and real estate firms. But a significant share of the money is coming from “ghost entities”.
One of the new “ghost corporations” is Children of Israel LLC, a company formed in California last June by Shaofen “Lisa” Gao, a real estate agent in Cupertino, Calif., whose Happy Realty firm helps Chinese buyers find homes in Silicon Valley. Gao has no history of making political contributions in California or at the federal level.
On a form filed with the secretary of state’s office in September, Gao listed Children of Israel’s type of business as “Donations”. Weeks after being formed, Children of Israel began giving money toPursuing America’s Greatness, a super PAC supporting the presidential bid of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, totaling $150,000, FEC records show. After Huckabee backed out of the presidential race, in January 2016 Children of Israel donated $250,000 to Stand for Truth, a super PAC backing Ted Cruz.
Gao did not respond to repeated calls and emails seeking comment.
The Little Rock-based treasurer for the pro-Huckabee super PAC did not respond to a request for comment about whether the group vetted Children of Israel. Eric Lycan, the attorney for the pro-Cruz super PAC Stand For Truth, declined to address specific donations but said in a statement that the super PAC “at all times complied with the law” and investigated any potentially illegal contributions. “Contributions from an LLC to a super PAC are legal and permissible, and the fact standing alone that a contribution came from an LLC would not be reason to return the contribution,” he added.
Jan Baran, a longtime Republican election-law attorney, agreed that there is a need for the FEC to weigh in, noting that the commission has not issued any new rules regarding corporate donations since the 2010 Citizens United ruling made such spending permissible. He said, “The agency is just not providing any legal guidance on what the rules are in the aftermath of all these momentous court decisions. That’s the job of the FEC, and it hasn’t done its job.”
Tara West reports for Inquisitr, March 27, 2016, that Drew Johnson, a columnist and editorial writer at the conservative newspaper Washington Times, was abruptly fired after he admitted on Twitter that there was some truth to National Enquirer‘s story that Republican presidential aspirant and Texan senator Ted Cruz has had extramarital liaisons with 5 women, including a prostitute.
Johnson said that he knows at least two of the mistresses named by the National Enquirer are accurate, and that other media outlets, columnists and reporters knew about the affairs, but refused to run the story.
But Johnson made clear that one of the women named on the Internet is not a Cruz mistress: The Washington Timeswas so upset over Johnson “coming clean” that they went so far as to claim he hadn’t worked full-time for the newspaper in over a year. Alas, that’s a lie, as shown by screenshots posted by Johnson of his bank statements showing his check deposits from the Washington Times as recently as February 16, 2016, for his work.
As the Washington Times quickly tried to scrub any mention of Johnson as a columnist from its site, others found evidence on the Internet that contradicts the paper’s claims, including when it had severed its relations with Johnson.
In fact, the cache history of Washington Times shows that the publication called Johnson one of its columnists as recently as March 23, 2016. (I painted the brackets and arrow in red.)
This is not the first time that Drew Johnson has been fired by a publication for making an unpopular political statement. Back in 2013, he was fired for writing an anti-Obama headline for the Times Free Press, which ironically turned out to be the publication’s most-read article.
Adamantly opposed to Donald Trump, one after another, the Republican Establishment are endorsing Ted Cruz, notwithstanding the rumors of his marital infidelities and the fact that Cruz had run for and won his senate seat while still a Canadian citizen.
Cruz has received the endorsement of, among many, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Texas gov. Greg Abbott, Mississippi gov. Phil Bryant, South Carolina gov. Nikki Haley, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Utah senator Mike Lee, a host of GOP Congressmen, as well as 14 Republican National Committee members. (For other names, go here.)
So much for Ted Cruz being an anti-establishment conservative.
On Monday, March 28, 2016, a Daily Mailreporter confronted Ted Cruz about his rumored mistresses.
The reporter asks: “‘Senator Cruz, can you please swat down more definitively this National Enquirer piece by telling us on the record that you’ve never been unfaithful to your wife?”
Immediately, although the question was directed at Cruz, Carly Fiorina dutily acts as Cruz’s attack dog by jumping in and blaming the rumors on and attacking Donald Trump.
It is also noteworthy that, as Kelleigh Nelson and Breithart point out, an anti-Trump SuperPAC, Make America Awesome, which put out the “slut-shaming” ads in Utah of a near-naked Melania Trump (when she modeled for GQ magazine), has exactly the same address as Carly Fiorina’s SuperPAC Carly for America, which is re-launched as a nonprofit organization to help elect “conservative candidates”. Both have this as their address: P. O. Box 26141, Alexandria, VA. 22313. Fiorina has formally endorsed Cruz for president.
When Fiorina scolds the reporter that he should “stick to the issues” instead of “dancing to Donald Trump’s tune” by “talking about a scurrilous and ridiculous piece in the National Enquirer,” the reporter, to his credit, persists and asks Cruz to respond with a “yes” or “no” to whether he had been unfaithful because the rumors “raise serious questions about your character.”
Cruz replies: “I recognize that you love going into the gutter . . . stop interrupting. What is your publication?”
The reporter answers: “The Daily Mail.”
Then Fiorina butts in again with a non sequitur, saying, “They’ve chased my granddaughters” — a clear attempt to smear the Daily Mail. [Note: They are her step-granddaughters as Fiorina has no biological offspring of her own.]
Then Cruz says to the reporter: “I’m going to give a very brief answer to your question, which is the National Enquirer story is complete garbage. It is total lies. It was planted by Donald Trump’s henchmen, and I don’t think the people of Wisconsin or the people of America have any interest in tabloid trash. I’m going to focus on the issues that matter to the American people.”
Note that at no time did Cruz, an attorney who is trained in the careful parsing of language, actually answer the reporter’s question, which was whether he had been unfaithful to his wife. All he had to do, if he’s innocent, is to say simply: “Yes, I have been faithful to my wife.”
Why are those 8 words so difficult to say?
Instead, he first had Fiorina deflect the question by going on the offense, attacking Trump. When the reporter persisted, Cruz did the same thing as Fiorina, going on the offense by first attacking the reporter — that the reporter “loves going into the gutter”. Then Cruz attacked the National Enquirer, calling the publication “garbage,” “total lies,” and “tabloid trash” — the same Enquirer that had accurately reported on many stories, including Democratic VP candidate John Edwards’ adultery and extramarital child. Then Cruz attacked Trump, blaming the latter’s “henchmen” for the Enquirer story. Lastly, thinking his supporters to be feeble-minded, Cruz tried to do a Jedi mind trick by claiming that “the people of America” are not interested in “tabloid trash”. In other words, “Move along, nothing to see here.”
If you still think Cruz is a faithful husband, I have the proverbial land in a Florida swamp to sell ya.