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So much for campaign finance reforms: Ghost corporations fund 2016 elections

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 provision on constitutional grounds in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Now comes news that mysterious “ghost” corporations  newly-formed limited 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.

  • 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 to Pursuing 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.”
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Washington Times caught in lies after firing columnist for confirming 2 of Ted Cruz's alleged mistresses

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.
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But Johnson made clear that one of the women named on the Internet is not a Cruz mistress:
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The Washington Times was 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.Drew Johnson4Drew Johnson5a
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.
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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Ted Cruz evades reporter's question about his rumored adulterous affairs

On Monday, March 28, 2016, a Daily Mail reporter 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.

Note: Last September, Fiorina’s presidential campaign received a donation of a whopping $½ million from a Cruz Super PAC. (See “Something stinks: Ted Cruz’s Super PAC donated $½ million to Carly Fiorina’s campaign”.) There are speculations that the donation was “hush money” because one of Cruz’s alleged mistresses is Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores. (See “National Enquirer story on Ted Cruz’s 5 mistresses partly confirmed by Washington Times”)

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.
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D.C. Madam's lawyer claims to have bombshell information vital to 2016 presidential race

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, dubbed the “D.C. Madam” by the news media, operated an “escort” (prostitution) agency in Washington, D.C., called Pamela Martin and Associates, which she maintained provided legal services. On April 15, 2008, she was convicted of racketeering, using the mail for illegal purposes, and money laundering, and faced a maximum prison sentence of 55 years. About two weeks later, at age 56, she was found hanged. Autopsy results and the final police investigative report concluded that her death was a suicide.
Palfrey’s “escorts” charged as much as $300 per hour. She claimed to have had 10,000 to 15,000 phone numbers of clients. On July 9, 2007, Palfrey released the supposed entirety of her phone records for public viewing and downloading on the Internet in TIFF format, though days prior to this, her civil attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley had dispatched 54 CD-ROM copies to researchers, activists, and journalists. That evening, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) admitted having been a client. Vitter is still a senator.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Randall Tobias, the then-leader of the U.S. Agency for International Development was also outed as one of Palfrey’s clients.
After going through “46 lb” of the escort service’s phone records, ABC News decided that none of the potential clients was sufficiently “newsworthy” to bother mentioning.
But now, Montgomery Blair Sibley claims to have the escort service’s phone records that can influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, but that he is denied a hearing on his right to disclose those records.
Montgomery Blair Sibley with Deborah Palfrey
Steven Nelson reports for U.S. News & World Report, March 28, 2016, that Montgomery Blair Sibley, the late madam Deborah Palfrey’s attorney, has been subject to a restraining order since 2007 barring him from releasing the information, which he says includes 815 names, addresses and Social Security numbers of Verizon Wireless customers.
Sibley says the records had carelessly been left in Palfrey’s basement, “So I got my hands on them and released a portion of them.” But about a third of the records were not released: “We held back these 5,000. I wanted to have something to negotiate with or surprise people at trial.”
Sibley says, “Time is of the essence because people are casting votes in primaries and caucuses. I believe this information is relevant to that political discourse.
Sibley first said the records could be relevant to the presidential race in January, when there were 15 high-profile candidates. Now, just three Republicans and two Democrats remain – though Sibley won’t say if any are implicated, citing fear of being jailed for contempt.
He would not say if he was surprised by a National Enquirer report last week that alleged Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had engaged in five extramarital affairs. Cruz, currently in second place in the GOP contest, vigorously denied the report on Friday, and in doing so uncapped mainstream media coverage.
Cruz was first elected to the Senate in 2012 but represented Texas several times during Supreme Court arguments while Palfrey’s escort business operated.
Most of the other presidential candidates also lived in or visited D.C. while Palfrey’s business operated, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Ohio Gov. John Kasich – a former congressman. Billionaire GOP front-runner Donald Trump also likely visited the region during the decade-long time period.
Sibley has been having trouble getting a court to give him a hearing. In February, he filed a complaint of judicial misconduct against Richard Roberts, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, for allegedly instructing a clerk not to file his request for a hearing on modifying the restraining order. (Roberts resigned earlier this month on the day a woman filed a lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted her while she was a 16-year-old witness in a case he prosecuted three decades ago. Roberts said the sex was consensual.)
About two weeks ago, Sibley asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to order the clerk to accept his filing and hand-delivered an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
Sibley said that by not promptly scheduling a hearing, courts “are letting people vote blindly.” He threatened that “If I do not get the right to file my request to modify the restraining order and if I do not get an expedited hearing, I’m going to publicly release those records and see what happens. Their [the courts’] delay, in hindsight, will seem like they’re favoring one person over another.”
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UPDATE (April 3, 2016):

The Marshall Report posted a page from Deborah Palfrey’s AT&T account showing she’d received calls from Texas (highlighted in yellow). Ted Cruz’s home is in Texas.
D.C. Madam Deborah Palfrey's phone account

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Ted Cruz's senate e-address was a subscriber of Ashley Madison adultery 'dating' service

Last July, Ashley Madison, the Canadian-based online “dating service” for adulterers with 37 million subscribers, was hacked by a group that calls itself the Impact Team.
The hackers made public the personal information of the subscribers, including their names, email addresses, and sexual fantasies. Some of the subscribers actually used their work email addresses, as shown by the many addresses that end in .gov, .mil, a company name (e.g., WellsFargo), a university name (UTexas), and even the United Nations. (See my post “Ashley Madison was a giant con: 2 subscribers commit suicide; female subscribers are fake“)
What we weren’t told then is that there was one U.S. Senate email address among the Ashley Madison subscribers — the email address of Ted Cruz’s senate office.
Warren Rojas reports for Roll Call, March 28, 2016, that approximately 15,000 email addresses of Ashley Madison’s subscribers have the “.mil” or “.gov” designation assigned to the armed forces and federal agencies, respectively.
Among those are:

  • Nearly four dozen people who work at the White House.
  • The Capitol Police.
  • Seven individuals with ties to House offices.
  • The email address of Ted Cruz’s senate office: press@cruz.senate.gov. 

A Cruz aide insists that although “The email address in question is press@cruz.senate.gov,” that doesn’t mean anyone in Cruz’s senate office was an Ashley Madison subscriber because the address is “a publicly and widely available forwarding address that is often entered into web contact forms by people with no connection to our office.”
The aide is being disingenuous because s/he would have us believe that a subscriber to Ashley Madison would use an email address with no connection to the subscriber. How would anyone interested in an adulterous “hookup” contact the subscriber then?
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Ted Cruz: 'I have no desire to copulate with Trump'

In the brouhaha between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump over their respective wives and the National Enquirer‘s revelation that Cruz has had 5 mistresses — two of whom have been confirmed by the Washington Times — the media have dutifully reported and quoted Cruz’s denial.
From Cruz’s statement on Facebook (see also NBC News’ account of Cruz’s denial):
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But what NBC and other mainstream media outlets curiously left out is this rather bizarre part of Cruz’s denial statement, which you can hear for yourself beginning at the 0:52 mark in the news video below:

[Referring to Trump ally Roger Stone, whom Cruz blames for the National Enquirer story] “Mister Stone is a man who has 50 years of dirty tricks behind him. He’s a man for whom a term was coined for copulating with a rodent. Well, let me be clear: Donald Trump may be a rat but I have no desire to copulate with him.

Now, why would Cruz even think about having sex with Trump, rat or no rat?
Note also that, while denouncing the “attacks” as “garbage,” nowhere in Cruz’s statement does he specifically deny knowing or having had extramarital sex with the five women. Remember that Ted Cruz is a lawyer and, like Bill Clinton, trained and well-versed in legalese parsing.
Instead, Cruz makes a point of denying that he wants to have sex with Trump: “I have no desire to copulate with him.” But who’s accusing Cruz of that? In other words, instead of saying “I did not have sex with those women,” Cruz said “I did not have sex with Donald Trump”!
Cruz’s bizarre denial reminds me of another bizarre comment about Trump by Marco Rubio.
In late February 2016, in response to Trump calling him “little Rubio” (Trump is 6′ 2″ and 69 years old; Rubio is 44 years old and claims to be 5′ 10″, but wears Cuban boots with 2″ heels), Rubio conceded that Trump is taller, but pointed out that Trump has small hands, snidely implying that Trump also has a small penis. To the crowd at a campaign rally in a university in Salem, Virginia, Rubio said:

“And you know what they say about guys with small hands.”

That, in turn, led to the dreadful spectacle at the GOP presidential debate on March 3, 2016, of Trump declaring he doesn’t have small hands or a small penis.
Meanwhile, the National Enquirer has updated their story on Cruz with 3 more women, bringing the total of Cruz’s alleged mistresses to eight. According to the video below, the brother of one of the liaisons — a married woman — has confirmed the affair. Cruz is said to copulate with these women in “multiple places” — in closets and bathrooms of campaign buses.
Internet users on Twitter, Reddit and 4chan quickly went to work to determine the identity of Cruz’s alleged mistresses, using the hashtag #CruzSexScandalThree of the women are said to be Katrina Pierson (who previously had worked for Cruz and is now Trump’s spokesperson!), Sarah Isgur Flores (who had worked as Carly Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager), and Amanda Carpenter (former Ted Cruz communications director).
Both Pierson and Carpenter have issued denials. As for Flores, recall that last July, for some strange reason a Ted Cruz super PAC gave $½ million to Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign — money that Conservative Outfitters claims was “hush money”. (See my post “Something stinks: Ted Cruz’s Super PAC donated $½ million to Carly Fiorina’s campaign”.) Karl Denninger of Market Ticker says that “if that was ‘hush money’ it may well have been a criminal offense and the FEC is already looking into it…..”
H/t my bud Mark S. McGrew and Barry Soetoro Esq.

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National Enquirer story on Ted Cruz's 5 mistresses partly confirmed by Washington Times

National Enquirer, the humble supermarket tabloid that has broken story after story (e.g., Democratic VP candidate John Edwards’ adultery and ‘love child’), claims Ted Cruz — whom Glenn Beck touts as the savior of the U.S. Constitution in what Mormons believe to be the end days — has had 5 mistresses.
National Enquirer cover on Ted Cruz
I saw the headline on Enquirer online yesterday, but sat on it. Now, the cover story, available on in the Enquirer‘s latest print edition, has now been picked up by the non-tabloid media like ZeroHedge and California Political Review, and has gone viral.
From New York magazine, March 25, 2016:

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been beefing back and forth about their wives this week, which makes for rather interesting timing for a salacious report in the National Enquirer. The new issue of the infamous tabloid out this week has the SHOCKING CLAIMS that “pervy” Ted Cruz has had at least five mistresses on the side. The tabloid prints five photos, each with a black bar across the eyes of the alleged Cruz lovers, a phrase that doesn’t at all feel natural to write.
The juicy details aren’t available online, but according to the catnip teasers the National Enquirer has posted, at least one of the women is a “foxy political consultant and a high-placed D.C. attorney.” That should make you either more skeptical (usually these stories involve women who are marginal to the political process) or less skeptical (Alabama governor Robert Bentley, just this week, was revealed to have something going on with a top aide).
Today’s Twitter parlor game: Try to guess the identities of all five.

National Enquirer on Ted Cruz's mistresses
On Facebook, Ted Cruz vehemently denies the Enquirer‘s story:
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For his part, responding to Cruz’s accusation, Trump vehemently denies he’s the source of the Enquirer story:

“I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it. I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. Ted Cruz’s problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O. J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz. I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the Republican nomination and and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great Again.”

If the rumor is true, this ZeroHedge reader perfectly articulates my reaction:
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Conservative Outfitters quotes the Enquirer:

Private detectives are digging into at least five affairs Ted Cruz supposedly had,” claimed a Washington insider. “The leaked details are an attempt to destroy what’s left of his White House campaign!” The ENQUIRER reports that Cruz’s claimed mistresses include a foxy political consultant and a high-placed D.C. attorney!

The Enquirer did not name names and only printed pixelated photos, but Internet users on Twitter, Reddit and 4chan quickly went to work to determine the identity of all five women while using the hashtag #CruzSexScandal.
Three of the women are said to be Katrina Pierson (who previously had worked for Cruz and is now Trump’s spokesperson!), Sarah Isgur Flores (who had worked as Carly Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager), and Amanda Carpenter.
Recall that last July, for some strange reason a Ted Cruz super PAC gave $½ million to Carly Fiorina’s campaign — money that Conservative Outfitters claims was “hush money”. (See my post “Something stinks: Ted Cruz’s Super PAC donated $½ million to Carly Fiorina’s campaign”.) Karl Denninger of Market Ticker says that “if that was ‘hush money’ it may well have been a criminal offense and the FEC is already looking into it…..”
Drew Johnson of the Washington Times confirmed on Twitter Thursday night that two of Ted Cruz’s mistresses named by the National Enquirer are accurate:
Washington Times confirms 2 of Cruz's mistresses
Breitbart had the story about Ted Cruz’s affair back in February but did not publish.

Update (March 26, 2016):

The Enquirer has added 3 more women with whom Cruz allegedly had extramarital dalliances. See “Ted Cruz: ‘I have no desire to copulate with Trump’.”

Update (April 1, 2016):

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Glenn Beck to evangelical Christians: If you don't vote for Cruz, you're not listening to God

TV-radio talker Glenn Beck, a Mormon who has endorsed Ted Cruz and spoken on his behalf at numerous rallies around the country, has really gone off the deep end.
First Beck proclaimed that Ted Cruz — who so respects the U.S. Constitution that he ran for (and won) the U.S. Senate while still a Canadian citizen — would be the fulfillment of a Mormon end-days prophecy by saving the tattered Constitution.
Then, at a rally in Utah last Monday, March 21, 2016, Beck scolded evangelical Christians that if they don’t vote for Cruz, they’re not listening to God: “All throughout the South the Evangelicals are not listening to their God.”

Ted Cruz (l) & Glenn Beck (r)

Ted Cruz (l) & Glenn Beck (r)

Now, rightfully, Beck’s outrageous scold is blowing back.
Michael Patrick Leahy reports for Breitbart, March 23, 2016, that Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, tells Breitbart News, “Beck’s wacko comment speaks for itself. However, by using the phrase ‘their God’ to refer to the God we evangelical Christians worship, Beck is finally admitting that the true God of the Bible is different than the god of the Book of Mormon. I congratulate Beck for his honesty in differentiating between the two. However, I am somewhat puzzled that Beck claims to know how the God Christians worship would vote in the Republican primaries.”
Jeffress has introduced GOP frontrunner Donald Trump at many events, though as a pastor he is not officially endorsing any candidate.
Dr. Thomas S. Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History and Associate Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, also takes exception to Beck’s comments: “Assuming that Mr. Beck is referring to evangelicals who vote for Trump, I would make a distinction that Beck does not: The Bible certainly offers principles on how to think about government and politics. The Bible does not, however, tell us which individual candidates to vote for. If other Christians don’t vote for our preferred candidate, we should not say that they are not listening to God. None of us has special access to God’s opinions about candidates. There are many reasons why devout Christians should hesitate to vote for Donald Trump, but God has not revealed Ted Cruz as the divinely anointed alternative, either.”
Criticisms of Beck’s attack on evangelical Christians who live in the South and are not supporting Cruz were echoed by several participants in the February 25 Breitbart focus groups conducted of evangelical Christians in Tennessee.
Among them is Elizabeth, who now regrets having voted for Cruz in the Tennessee GOP primary. She says: “It has been very disconcerting to see Beck traveling with Cruz. I have had a nagging concern about Cruz’s integrity. His association with Beck confirms this. Beck is not reticent about pushing his Mormon faith, which from an evangelical perspective is heretical. Apparently Cruz has no discomfort being called the fulfillment of a false prophecy. The fact that evangelicals have not fully embraced Cruz but Mormons have is troubling to someone who voted for Cruz but now questions the decision.”
Jim, a Trump supporter and small business owner who participated in the focus groups, tells Breitbart News: “I am disgusted by Beck’s comments and he should be ashamed for casting stones. Are we counting sins? Let’s see: Cruz has lied on multiple occasions, smeared Trump horribly, wasn’t tithing while making over $250,000.”
Martha, a Trump alternate delegate and focus group participant, tells Breitbart News: “I tuned Glenn Beck out a long time ago. I think he has issues and is in no position to determine who is or is not listening to anything or anyone, including God. His hysterics do nothing but turn me off, whether it’s this or anything else. I think he has done some good exposing some of those leftist relationships that he has exposed. But, once he starts on opinion, he always seems totally off the wall to me. Have thought this a long time.”
Aime Molina, another focus group participant, tells Breitbart News, “I was offended by Glenn Beck’s comments, as I was by Romney’s speech several weeks ago. ‘My God’ doesn’t tell me how to vote. I believe God expects me to be involved in the political process for the good of His people and the advancement of His Kingdom. I believe I am called to vote according to the morals and teachings of Jesus. I believe we should vote for the candidate who will enforce the expectations of personal accountability for one’s life and actions, and the protection of our Country and its citizens. I don’t believe that God endorses a specific candidate, and Beck’s comments seem judgmental and manipulative to me. I am not anti-Trump; he is my second choice, but for the record I voted for Ted Cruz. And I’m still offended by Glenn Beck.”
The February 25 Breitbart focus groups of evangelical Christians in Tennessee confirmed the polling research of the Barna Group, the leading pollster of evangelical Christians, which found that committed or traditional evangelicals (weekly attendance at church services, weekly attendance at church classes, participation in small Bible study groups, regular prayer, frequent reading of the Bible, participating in musical worship, listening to Christian music, charitable giving) are more supportive of Cruz, whereas cultural evangelicals are more supportive of Trump. For “cultural” evangelicals, their faith is an important, but not necessarily defining, element of their lives. They may or may not regularly attend weekly church services, and express their faith behaviorally in ways that are unique to each individual.
Ted Cruz donors

God help us if Ted Cruz is the savior

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Ted Cruz's Coat of Many Donors

IRONY ALERT! – Ted Cruz’s campaign slogan is “Reigniting the Promise of America”.
If they made a suit with logos of Ted Cruz’s corporate donors, it would look like this.
Ted Cruz donors
H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV
Wall Street donations to 2016 presidential candidates
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Ted Cruz tries to kiss his daughter

The girl is Caroline Cruz, age 7.
Somebody made this GIF from the video:
Ted Cruz kisses daughter
Maybe I should re-title this post “Thursday Creepy” instead. LOL
H/t FOTM‘s maziel

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