Where's Waldo? Raising Campaign Cash

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If the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus is really so concerned about the whereabouts of her president, we have good news: there was a recent sighting in Florida.

Our fearless leader went there under the auspices of promoting public education – with a Bush at his side!!! – in this important state. No, it has nothing to do with Florida being a key swing state with a lot of electoral votes. It’s just conveniently the place where he ended up. We promise.
But hey, since he’s down there he might as well do a favor for a friend. CNN gives us the dish:

President Barack Obama teams up with Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida later Friday, to help the state’s Democratic senator raise campaign cash for what could be a rough road to re-election next year.

The president, Nelson, and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, will attend two fundraisers in Miami Beach. The first will be held at the Fountainbleau Resort Hotel and the second at the Miami Beach, Florida home of Judith and Michael Adler, large contributors to Democratic candidates and causes.

Nelson is a career politician, now 68 years old, and a dependable Democrat vote in the Senate. He’s polling at 45% right now. The GOP has pinpointed his seat as one of the more winnable races in 2012.
So you see, it doesn’t much matter to Obama if people in Florida are tired of Nelson. Public approval, shmublic approval. We have a Democrat to protect here. And March of 2011 is totally not too early to start campaigning for November 2012.
And the next time I hear some liberal whine about the Koch brothers, I’ll ask them why Obama is busy partying with the Adlers while the rest of the country struggles to get by. When even the liberal CNN identifies a Democrat donor as a “large contributor,” that’s a bad sign.

Meanwhile, agents on the Mexican border are asking why their president keeps phoning it in. I guess those people don’t have enough money to pay for Obama’s personal attention.
Or do those rules only apply to Republicans?

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0 responses to “Where's Waldo? Raising Campaign Cash

  1. priorities….

  2. lowtechgrannie

    Patty Murray has connections with very deep pockets. Her husband works for her childhood friend who owns a privately-held mega-corporation based in Seattle. https://www.ssamarine.com/ a division of https://www.carrix.com/ They are major global players who keep a very low profile so nobody hears about them.
    This company manages all the key ports with connecting railway services along the west coast of the US, in Mexico, Chile, up the east coast of the US, as well as Viet Nam, and they won the contract (close to a billion$) to operate the port in Iraq!
    Even though Murray is a Dem, the RINO Repbulicans in Washington State always run very soft campaigns against her, all but laying the victory at her feet. She’s a former pre-school teacher and even going into her 6th term, she still acts like one…. not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but she always votes the straight party line and delivers a ton of cash and quid pro quos.
    The power behind Patty Murray is her childhood friend and her husband’s employer. NOTE: Before the 2010 election she chaired the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee:
    Jon Hemingway serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carrix, Inc. Mr. Hemingway serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SSA Marine, Inc., since 1991. Mr. Hemingway directs the strategic direction and daily operations of Carrix and SSA Marine which has grown to become the largest privately-owned terminal operator in the world (largest in the Western hemisphere) and a company with more partnerships and alliances with steamship lines and other … customers than any other terminal operator worldwide. In this capacity, he is responsible for all SSA Marine and affiliate activities and has further directed the domestic expansion of SSA, including installation of SSA Marine’s TQM processes in 1992 and creation of SSA Marine’s Operations College in 1993. In 1994, he initiated and oversaw development of international operations, including creation of the largest container terminal in Latin America, Manzanillo International Terminal in Colon, Panama in 1995, the largest terminal operator in Mexico with four ports under TMMPyT in 1995 and the largest terminal operator in Chile with two ports in 1999. In July 1999, Mr. Hemingway and Matson Navigation formed SSA Terminals, LLC, which is now the largest container terminal operator on the West Coast. For over a decade, SSA Marine and its affiliates have been the largest employer of ILWU and ILA labor. In 2000, he reorganized SSA Marine into three operating divisions and branded its IT operation as Tideworks Technology as one of the world’s largest providers of information systems software and integration to the port industry. Mr. Hemingway serves as chief executive officer, president and director of over 50 other subsidiaries and on the board of directors of over 20 joint ventures. He serves as president of the Master Contracting Stevedore Association. In 1985, Mr. Hemingway left the law firm to join Seattle, Bogle & Gates as its general counsel. In 1987, Mr. Hemingway and John Gray formed Rail Management Services, which has grown to be the world’s largest operator of intermodal rail terminals. In 1989, he served as senior vice president and director with responsibility for business development, acquisitions and all company administrative matters. He was responsible for the purchase and integration of Carolina Stevedoring, SEACO and Ryan Walsh, establishing SSA Marine’s presence in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts as the largest employer of ILA labor. Mr. Hemingway serves on the board of the Pacific Maritime Association and its Compensation, Governance and Bylaws Committees. He serves as a member on inactive status of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. He participates in a number of community and philanthropic organizations and endeavors. Mr. Hemingway attended the University of Washington graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Business Administration and becoming licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker, all in 1979. In 1982 he graduated from University of Washington Law School and joined the largest firm in Seattle, Bogle & Gates, after working for them while attending school.


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