Another good reason to use transparency rather than McCain-Feingold for reform

posted at 2:20 pm on January 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In his State of the Union speech this week, Barack Obama bemoaned a Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to spend their money on advertising in the final weeks of an election cycle and to spend as much money as they like doing so.  Obama declared that it would mean a deluge of money that would drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.  However, McCain-Feingold didn’t do anything to prevent that kind of a deluge, and one case in particular demonstrates how the money flows more dishonestly and with less transparency in a campaign-finance regulatory scheme.  Lee Doren looks at the case of a new campaign effort called TheTeaPartyIsOver.org, and who’s behind it:

It is paid for by the American Public Policy Committee. Well, according to opensecrets.org, the two donors for American Public Policy Committee this year are Patriot Majority and Patriot Majority West.

However, according to opensecrets.org, the 2nd largest contributor in 2008 to Patriot Majority was SEIU and other top Unions around America.  I imagine the diversion of Union money gets much deeper than this.

Under McCain-Feingold, unions had the same limitations as other corporations did on spending money.  They found a new channel, hiding two layers below the public effort of TTPIO by using a front group called Patriot Majority, which provided all of the declared funding for APPC.  Take a look at the list of top donors for PM in the 2008 cycle:

Out of $8.2 million total in contributions from the top 15 donors, $7.4 million explicitly came from unions.  The two largest contributors in the 2008 cycle were AFSCME and SEIU, which are heavily allied with Democrats and the Obama administration.  The two unions represent government workers at the state and federal levels, and in fact in combination provide almost all representation of public-sector employees.

Moreover, nothing on the website itself shows that it got most of its funding from Big Labor — and unions fell into the same spending restrictions in McCain-Feingold as corporations.  But the website’s front page targets three Republican candidates for electoral office, a big no-no under McCain-Feingold and its speech restrictions, although they couch it in terms of “tell [them] to reject the dangerous ideas of the Tea Party.”

Does this look like we’ve chased money out of the process?  Or does it look more like we’ve made influence harder to spot by allowing the creation of front groups and shady channels for cash?  It’s exactly this kind of big-special-interest manipulation that has given rise to the Tea Party movement — and why Big Labor is so ardently trying to kill it off.


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I never thought the Tea Party movement would have any real similarity to Polish Solidarity, but that site is absolutely chilling. Those aligned with the people in power really do want to shut us up.

Red Cloud on January 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Well said, Ed. But of course the great “proponents” of transparency and freedom-from-special-interests don’t want you to know that the unions are funding them to the hilt.

Christian Conservative on January 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Ed, there you go spreading a bunch of facts around that counter all of the liberal arguments. These “progressives” sure have a funny way of embracing free speech.

search4truth on January 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I never thought the Tea Party movement would have any real similarity to Polish Solidarity, but that site is absolutely chilling. Those aligned with the people in power really do want to shut us up.

Red Cloud on January 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Positively Orwellian. *shivers*

alohapundit on January 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

This is how Obama got his campaign funding once he discovered public funds didn’t pay

Kini on January 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

People and business wouldn’t need to influence the government with money if the government didn’t have so much influence on people and business.

Juno77 on January 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

The Debate Is Over

The Tea Party Is Over.

Good to see the left is still recycling.

Mr Purple on January 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

YUP, exactly my thoughts on the matter. Here’s what all the people in a panic about “Z0MG T3H 333333VAL C0RP0RATIONS !!!!!1!1!11″ are forgetting: The ability to give money openly and legally becomes the expectation to give money openly and legally.

“Campaign Finance Reform” simply made legitimate actors have to behave like illegitimate ones–PACs, front groups, etc—can you tell the difference between Heychillontheregulationswillya Corporation and the likes of George Soros when it comes to political giving?

Now you can.

Sekhmet on January 29, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Not to mention the exception for “media” corporations. GE was allowed to broadcast their AGW and other liberal propaganda 24×7 on 3 different NBC networks (over the air broadcast and cable). But any corporation that didn’t own their own TV stations or newspapers was muzzled.

MJBrutus on January 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Slightly OT, but I noticed that the website of former HA commenter Manly Rash has been down for a while now. Anyone know what happened?

I say slightly OT because I imagine that MR would be an advocate of the principles upon which the Tea Party was founded.

DOOF on January 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Our Strategy is simple. This movement is a fad. Some of their ideas include the belief that programs like Social Security and Medicare are socialistic and should never have been created in the first place and that President Obama is a Socialist. Other ideas include undermining the legitimacy of the federal government in favor of a radical rightwing form of state’s rights. We need to prevent their dangerous ideas from gaining a legislative foothold. So our strategy is to spread the truth about their dangerous ideas and prevent their policies from taking root in America.

I didn’t know the 10th Amendment was a radical right-wing thing.

mizflame98 on January 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Our Strategy

Our Strategy is simple. This movement is a fad. Some of their ideas include the belief that programs like Social Security and Medicare are socialistic and should never have been created in the first place and that President Obama is a Socialist. Other ideas include undermining the legitimacy of the federal government in favor of a radical rightwing form of state’s rights. We need to prevent their dangerous ideas from gaining a legislative foothold. So our strategy is to spread the truth about their dangerous ideas and prevent their policies from taking root in America.

Why don’t they just come out and call us counterrevolutionary subversives who reject the truth of the historical dialectic?

“Spread the truth?” Positively Orwellicious!

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Just more evidence that today\’s union movement has more in common with murderers like Big Bill Haywood and August Spies than more rational individuals like Samuel Gompers.Andy Stern is nothing more than Spies in an expensive suit, and should meet the same fate.

PimFortuynsGhost on January 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

In his State of the Union speech this week, Barack Obama bemoaned a Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to spend their money on advertising in the final weeks of an election cycle and to spend as much money as they like doing so.

I got a bigger kick out of his lying claim that foreign corporations would be contributing without limits to campaigns. This, from the guy who held a friggin’ campaign stop in Germany (for which he should have immediately been thrown out of the race).

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

People and business wouldn’t need to influence the government with money if the government didn’t have so much influence on people and business.

Juno77 on January 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

When asked why he robbed banks, Jesse James said, “Because that’s where the money is.”

And that is the same reason that lobbyists work in DC.

MJBrutus on January 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Our Strategy

Our Strategy is simple. This movement is a fad. Some of their ideas include the belief that programs like Social Security and Medicare are socialistic and should never have been created in the first place and that President Obama is a Socialist. Other ideas include undermining the legitimacy of the federal government in favor of a radical rightwing form of state’s rights. We need to prevent their dangerous ideas from gaining a legislative foothold. So our strategy is to spread the truth about their dangerous ideas and prevent their policies from taking root in America.

Why don’t they just come out and call us counterrev01utionary subversives who reject the historical dialectic?

“Spread the truth?” Positively Orwellicious!

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Even if the Tea Party movement falters organizationally, the horse is already out of the barn. The bailouts, government/legislative over reaches will keep voter at a fever pitch right into November and probably beyond.

mwbri on January 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

And John McCain wonders why some of us don’t hail him as a hero for passing CFR! It was an ineffective sham that did little other than curtail citizen’s Constitutional rights

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Can we have a list of the words we’re not allowed to use on HotAir?

It took a while to figure out what I’m not allowed to say here. Seriously, WTF?

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Great Post! If we really want transparency we need to repeal all contribution limit laws and PACs and exchange them for one rule; every contribution must come directly from the contributor and must be reported. Then everyone will see who owns who in D.C.

Done That on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Done That on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

But that would overturn at least a century of settled law.

/s

Lily on January 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Can we have a list of the words we’re not allowed to use on HotAir?

It took a while to figure out what I’m not allowed to say here. Seriously, WTF?

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

–Well, my first quess is the F-bomb is a no-no. The second guess is the N-bomb. And my third guess is any list that contains the banned words will itself be banned.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

This movement is a fad…….We need to prevent their dangerous ideas from gaining a legislative foothold.

So which is it? Fad or threat to big government and union-friendly socialists in high places?

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I’m all for exposing this cesspool of corruption and disarming them Alinsky style. Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly and Rush need to keep this in the news.

redridinghood on January 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Slightly OT, but I noticed that the website of former HA commenter Manly Rash has been down for a while now. Anyone know what happened?

I say slightly OT because I imagine that MR would be an advocate of the principles upon which the Tea Party was founded.

DOOF on January 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

–It’s up today.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I know at some point, unions had a positive function and reason for existing. Somewhere along the way, that stopped and they became something akin to the Mafia.

Was that mean, Badger40?

AubieJon on January 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Under McCain-Feingold, unions had the same limitations as other corporations did on spending money. They found a new channel, hiding two layers below the public effort of TTPIO by using a front group called Patriot Majority, which provided all of the declared funding for APPC.

–You know, of course, that conservative groups do the same thing, right?

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Seriously, HA is block the word rev01ution? Weird.

kahall on January 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I hate AFSCME.
In the mid 1980s I got a job at a state historic site in New York, working the lowest rung, a Park and Rec Aide I. I had to join AFSCME and pay dues, even though they explicitly provided no benefits to Park & Rec Aide I people. You had to go up to Park & Rec Aide II to get even minimal health benefits. It was nothing more than a kickback to the Union.

rbj on January 29, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Can we have a list of the words we’re not allowed to use on HotAir?

It took a while to figure out what I’m not allowed to say here. Seriously, WTF?

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

All the bad, bad words … like rev*lution, sec*ssion … all those words that shoudl never be uttered in public. At Hotair, it was The American Revo*** that marked the birth of our nation. Too incendiary to allow just anyone to write without having Big Brother check it out first ….

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I just gotta say, the Hot Air entry is soooo much better than all the linked websites.

Nice job, Ed.

RushBaby on January 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I didn’t know the 10th Amendment was a radical right-wing thing.

mizflame98 on January 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

You must have missed that whole right wing militia memo thingy that got leaked at the DHS. They had a whole paragraph about the one issue voters (pro-life) and states rights groups being all crazy and junk.

Johnnyreb on January 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

–It’s up today.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Hmmmm. Can’t get it to load. Will try later at home.

–Well, my first quess is the F-bomb is a no-no. The second guess is the N-bomb. And my third guess is any list that contains the banned words will itself be banned.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Maybe just search for the old George Carlin bit where he is reading a scroll of stuff you can’t say!

DOOF on January 29, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I think that “pr!ckly” also triggers moderation.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

BTW: these tactics are occurring on a lower level. I’ve just started going through the heavy involvement of our Firefighters Union in a PAC and find- at first glance- they own the city council outright! This in a conservative Texas suburb. Payments before declaration equal payments by each councilperson on a regular basis (no matter what the ability to pay is) and phenomenal amounts of money flying about that have little to do with rank and file firefighters.

michaelo on January 29, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Money will find its way into elections as long as Congress and the President exert control over businesses. The more Washington can do to hurt or help a company, the more they’re going to spend.

So if you really want to get money out of politics, reduce the size and scope of government.

hawksruleva on January 29, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Wow they are stuck on stupid at that website:

“Arie Friedman
Friedman actually advocates eliminating Medicaid. And he publicly doubts the proven science of global warming, even despite national security warnings that climate change threatens America’s economy. Call Arie at 847.220.7337 and tell him to reject the dangerous ideas of the Tea Party.”

Going after a guy cause he doubts global warming? Uh, hello….been hiding in a damp dark cave for the last three months? I suspect they need to get out a bit and read some of the news about AGW fraud.

Johnnyreb on January 29, 2010 at 2:53 PM

If Bush does it, BAD. If Obama does it, GOOD.

PrincipledPilgrim on January 29, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Where is the NEA?

IlikedAUH2O on January 29, 2010 at 2:54 PM

The Tea Party is over?

Dream on, suckahs. Dream on.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM

I don’t think there is a way around this unless you prevent organization from donating to other organizations: they can always do little donation chains to launder the money.
I think every donation should be made by a citizen, and organizations should only be allowed to spend what they receive, not re-donate it.

Count to 10 on January 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Does anyone else here believe that BHO and the fascists will turn down labor union money, either collectively or individually contributed, so as not to give the impression of hypocrisy?

Neither do I.

madmonkphotog on January 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM

There is always a “man behind the curtain” among all these groups.

Their all out push to break up the Tea Party Movement is quite telling.

portlandon on January 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Well, now we know why the Dems are convulsing over the SCOTUS decision. They’ve lost their campaign financing exclusive.

orlandocajun on January 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

That site is too funny. I hope they pour tons of money into this propaganda of theirs. I’d love to debate any of the points they raise. They are the perfect straight man.

Other ideas include undermining the legitimacy of the federal government in favor of a radical rightwing form of state’s rights.

LOL. We are rejecting the idea of an unlimited federal government – those limits being the basis and whole reason for us having written a Constitution in the first place. And it’s great to hear lefty slimebags describe the Constitution as the source of “radical rightwing” notions. I hope they spend tons of money and extraordinary effort on what the site proposes. We couldn’t ask for anything more, really.

As to who funds the anti-Tea Partiers … I don’t really care. Their content is good enough for me. They should spend $74 trillion trying to tell everyone that evil Tea Partiers think that The Precedent is a socialist. Ha.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 3:06 PM

When asked why he robbed banks, Jesse James said, “Because that’s where the money is.”

MJBrutus on January 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

That was Willie Sutton.

chimney sweep on January 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

More and more it becomes clear to me that although I can no longer fight the foreign enemies of our country, I SURE do need to start targeting the domestic enemies of the Constitution.

And I have found a really big target. Union membership is going to get looked on far worse from now on than ever before. Two can play at thuggery. But I’m better at sneaking around and catching them in the act. A photo of their dealings is worse a thousand words, folks. Keep up the good work.

Subsunk

Subsunk on January 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Can we have a list of the words we’re not allowed to use on HotAir?

It took a while to figure out what I’m not allowed to say here. Seriously, WTF?

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I’d like to know, too. I posted on another thread twice about Obama’s racial mix which is what the thread was about and didn’t say anything derogatory but only stated facts and neither went through, and I don’t know what I said wrong. I repeated what the article said that he was 6.25% african “the n**ro word”, so is that word verboten?

silvernana on January 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I wonder how many people they fake out by calling themselves
“Patriot Majority”? There is nothing honest about these mental defectives.

Itchee Dryback on January 29, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Great find Ed.

Another reason why the traditional media is DEAD. they couldn’t have pieced this together is they tried.

rickyricardo on January 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

This makes me feel good.

jukin on January 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

MJBrutus on January 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Jesse James robbed trains.

fossten on January 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

What really gets my goat is how much of this union money is actually your tax dollars.

The dems just have such a sweet deal. Literally, literally a percentage of your taxes go directly to them.

WitchDoctor on January 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

If I hadn’t remembered that “rev01ution” was banned on another thread, I’d’ve thought my computer was malfing.

So sece$$ion is on the list, too? And Harry Reid’s favorite charity, the United N3gr0 College Fund is on the list, too?

Chewb@cc@’s race is also off-limits, due to a racist troll from some imploding website a while back.

Most of George Carlin’s 7 are on the list, I’m sure.

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

So’s Chewb@cc@. Damn imploding-website trolls.

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Can we have a list of the words we’re not allowed to use on HotAir?

It took a while to figure out what I’m not allowed to say here. Seriously, WTF?

CPL 310 on January 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I’d like to know, too. I posted on another thread twice about Obama’s racial mix which is what the thread was about and didn’t say anything derogatory but only stated facts and neither went through, and I don’t know what I said wrong. I repeated what the article said that he was 6.25% african “the n**ro word”, so is that word verboten?

silvernana on January 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM

–It would be a good idea to not only have the words (with appropriate asterisks) but the concepts/phrases that cause banishment, because things like attacking someone’s religion or sex/sexual orientation, disrespecting the armed services and threatening to kill or injure people have gotten people bounced in the past. And my guess is that more than several posters on this blog have friends who know people who have told about other people who have evil twin brothers or sisters who have been banned.

For instance, someone got banned a few nights ago and the post that caused the trouble was removed. In those situations, it’s tough to figure the rules out. And the Terms of Use is so unspecific that almost anything could be reason for banishment.

That said, this site is a whole lot better on this point than quite a few others. Debbie Schlussel–who has been banned from Hot Air–didn’t ban me when I disagreed with her a few weeks (I didn’t personally attack her, use bad words, etc.; I merely pointed out that the article she linked to really didn’t say what she said it did). But she blocked my IP address.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 3:40 PM

All the bad, bad words … like rev*lution, sec*ssion … all those words that shoudl never be uttered in public. At Hotair, it was The American Revo*** that marked the birth of our nation. Too incendiary to allow just anyone to write without having Big Brother check it out first ….

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Here’s a new word for you that should be disabled soon:

N-u-l-l-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n.

Check out what this means.

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/01/28/nullification-its-official/

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Just saying that you’d be happy to see someone shipped out of the country is enough to get banned from Hotair.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Our Strategy is simple. This movement is a fad. Some of their ideas include the belief that programs like Social Security and Medicare are socialistic and should never have been created in the first place and that President Obama is a Socialist.

And thus we see Alinsky’s rule about using ridicule. Today Obama made some comment to the GOP that he was being portrayed as a Bolshevik. I betcha this will be a big theme going forward. Look at these wingnuts calling us Socialists! How crazy is that!

Buy Danish on January 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Here’s a new word for you that should be disabled soon:

N-u-l-l-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n.

Check out what this means.

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/01/28/nullification-its-official/

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM

No doubt. I’m well familiar with the word, having been threatened with jail by a judge while doing jury duty (for saying that I might not follow his instructions if I found them unreasonable). Later, the SCOTUS ruled that jury nullification is fine and that those jurors cannot be held liable for anything because of it. The judge I had the run-in with alos ended up being reprimanded some 6 motnhs later for abusing jurors.

But I also know the state/federal aspect. Needless to say, such talk cannot be allowed free at Hotair. You’re correct. Nullification will trigger moderation very soon (as the states actually begin passing the 10th amendment bills and amendments).

i wonder when “10th” will be on Hotair’s verboten list?

Charles Johson has said that he is very proud of Hotair caving to him. He looks forward to intimidating Hotair into stopping all sorts of talk … until there is nothing left, here.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 3:54 PM

No wonder Chucky Shumer was having a temper tantrum when he heard that the the 1st Amendment was free from the shackles of the Democrats.

hawkman on January 29, 2010 at 3:56 PM

No doubt. I’m well familiar with the word, having been threatened with jail by a judge while doing jury duty (for saying that I might not follow his instructions if I found them unreasonable). Later, the SCOTUS ruled that jury nullification is fine and that those jurors cannot be held liable for anything because of it. The judge I had the run-in with alos ended up being reprimanded some 6 motnhs later for abusing jurors.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 3:54 PM

–I’m sorta surprised that counsel for one of the parties didn’t try to get you dismissed for potential bias/impartiality. But I am surprised that people get bounced here for saying someone should be shipped out of the country. You didn’t, by chance, say talk about the race or religion of the person?

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I’m sorry if this getting repetitive, but seemingly no-one will connect the dots on this ever since Billy Ayers & Bernadine Dohrn have been too toxic to discuss.

When looking at that list of funders AFSCME is run by Paul Booth and SEIU is run by Any Stern. Both comrades in arms of Billy & Bernadine from the SDS/Weathermen days.

This is not a coincidence! Former members are virtually everywhere you turn in Obama’s carreer path and life, in the early days and now in the White House.

Lynne Sweet of the Chg. Sun Times has articles and pictures of Marilyn Katz directing the administrations confabs on ObamaCare. You may recognize her as ther Obama Campaign’s lead spokesperson in Chg. She is the one who also created the nail-bombs that were thrown at the Dhim convention in ’68.

These people are conspirators who openly vowed the overthrow of our constitutional gov’t, and appear to be succeeding. And the examples above are just the beginning, also in the Obama clique you’ll find:

Carl Davidson
Mark Rudd
Mike Klonsky
David Fenton
Todd Gitlin
Wade Rathke
Dale Rathke
Howie Machtlinger
Jeff Jones
Arlene Bergman
Steve Tappis
Tom Hayden

…and on and on and on.

Not even Beck seems to have the stones to point this out, all of these people are varifiably members of this seditous group. All them were/are working towards a communist revo.

Then there’s the three musketeers in the White House. Axelrod-Obama-Jarrett.

All prodigies of three arch Chg. commies that trace back to being Alinsky acolyets.
Don Rose-Frank Marshall Davis-Vernon Jarrett, respectively.

When will someone start broacasting these nefarious connections? All of these things are easily confirmed, go ahead google it. Afterwards help me and forward to everyone you should to get the word out.

Thanks for putting up with this rant yet again, I’m just trying to do my part.

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Typos again! Oh man.

Preview, preview, preview, when oh when will I learn?

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

–I’m sorta surprised that counsel for one of the parties didn’t try to get you dismissed for potential bias/impartiality.

They didn’t have time. The judge was doing the voir dire and one of his questions was, “Will you follow my instructions?”to which I answered truthfully (unlike the rest of the people on the panel who didn’t even understand the question but said “Yes” anyway. I was served a subpoena and forced to sit through the trial. But I got the last laugh, the judge screwed up reading the final insructions to the jury and had to correct himself and was eventually reprimanded for being even nastier to other jurors.

You didn’t, by chance, say talk about the race or religion of the person?

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Nope. Just that I’d be happy to see someone shipped to the same country that every article written about the guy had to point out he came from.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Ok, let me get this straight:

Shady union thugs are pumping millions into anti-Tea Party groups, and some on the right primarily outraged that the Tea Party Convention charges $500 for a ticket?

Priorities.

Norwegian on January 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Those aligned with the people in power really do want to shut us up

And that should be no surprise whatsoever. After all, Communists wanted to shut up the Polish workers, and domestic communists want to shut us up. Sad, but true.

oldleprechaun on January 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM

How dare you all, dangerous speech isn’t free after all…

And who decides what is ‘dangerous speech’ and isn’t, why your better’s in government.

No, forget that, it’s for the children. After all, words can hurt, and we can have little Jannie and Johnny getting hurt now can we.

Keith_Indy on January 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Little old men and ladies attend tea parties. They are sooooo dangerous.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Where this got noticed was simply that their adds got distributed to hundreds of conservative websites by their way of spreading the word.

If they had not done that it may have gotten by under the radar.

CommentGuy on January 29, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Today Obama made some comment to the GOP that he was being portrayed as a Bolshevik. I betcha this will be a big theme going forward. Look at these wingnuts calling us Socialists! How crazy is that!

They’ve been using that one for a while.

YehuditTX on January 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

The Tea Party is alive and well but due to frigid temps it is taking place indoors. It is getting more local. Our county Tea Party meets every two weeks at the county courthouse. We are getting to know our local candidates and their positions. We are hosting debates and town halls.

All of us have much work to do before November!

HellCat on January 29, 2010 at 11:53 PM

You know, during the Massachusetts senate race, Scott Brown would say “It’s me against The Machine”.

As it went on, it became obvious the race had changed. It became “The Machine against The People”.

Now I read this and it’s chilling. The Machine is no longer a political faction or party. It’s the government itself (AFSCME et al).

We’ve gone way beyond that old meme about “Do they work for us or do we work for them?”. Now our government is actively attacking us. And they’re using our money to do it! I smell a revolution coming.

jeanneb on January 30, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Obviously, they didn’t use all those $millions for website development. But I suspect I know where most of it is going:

I bet they’re training subversives to show up at Tea Party rallies, town halls, etc. They’ll pretend to be one of us, but they’ll make asses of themselves, yelling racist remarks, alluding to Bolsheviks, etc.

And the media will fall for it.

jeanneb on January 30, 2010 at 6:07 AM

The two largest contributors in the 2008 cycle were AFSCME and SEIU, which are heavily allied with Democrats and the Obama administration. The two unions represent government workers at the state and federal levels, and in fact in combination provide almost all representation of public-sector employees.

AFSCME represents Federal employees? That is news to me. Which part of State, County, Muni do they fall under? Or were you referring to SEIU, which I also haven’t seen represented on the local DoD installation. Clarification, please.

rhodeymark on January 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM