Progressives Opposing Outrageous Outside Money With…

posted at 9:31 am on January 29, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

I understand how quickly things can fall down the memory hole, but a few of you may recall the cries of righteous indignation from Democrats during the 2010 campaign over the vast sums of “secretive outside money” being flushed into various elections. Chief among the listed villains was American Crossroads. I have some direct experience with that phenomenon as I was heading up media and communications for a campaign which wound up seeing more than a quarter million dollars of American Crossroads money spent against our opponent.

Well, the progressives let us know in no uncertain terms that this was definitely dirty pool and the American people simply would not stand for it. And now they’re putting their money -along with that of as many donors as they can find – where their mouths are on the subject. From Greg Sargent at The Plumb Line:

It looks like David Brock is getting more serious about building a powerful apparatus on the left to go head-to-head with the flood of outside money conservative groups are planning to pump into the 2012 elections.

I’m told that Brock has made some major staff shifts within his Media Matters empire in preparation for 2012, shifting key staff over to a new third-party spending vehicle he’s created to spend big money on campaigns this cycle, which is called American Bridge.

Ah, I see what you did there. Genius! If it’s American Crossroads, it’s bad. But if it’s American Bridge… well, who could be opposed to a nice bridge?

Also: In another indication that Brock is shifting his empire harder into politics, he has enlisted one of the key architects of MoveOn’s growth over the last few years — operative Ilyse Hogue — to oversee a new Media Matters operation dedicated specifically to taking action against right wing media.

You know, that name sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? Where do we know Ilyse Hogue from… oh, that’s right.

All of these big shake-ups and moves are detailed in a recent MMFA memo, which also included the following item of passing interest.

After four years of service — during which the staff and budgets of the organizations doubled under his exemplary leadership — first as Communications Director, then Chief of Staff and President, Eric Burns is leaving to open a political communications consultancy, Bullfight Strategies. Burns will continue to advise David Brock in that capacity.

Wait a minute here… Bull Fight Strategies? Dude… what happened to the New Tone?


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American Bridge to Nowhere…?

cartooner on January 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM

For the Administration to Nowhere?

victor82 on January 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

American Bridge to Nowhere…?

cartooner on January 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Boom! Right out of the box…

Fallon on January 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

BullfightShyt Strategies.

darwin on January 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM

American Bridge to Nowhere…?

cartooner on January 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I doubt it; and that’s the problem. With these shake-down artists at the helm, you can be sure that that bridge is definitely gonna lead somewhere — and it’s not going to be somewhere good.

Dopenstrange on January 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM

So, essentially, Brock is going expand his role as Soros’ bagman.

tommyboy on January 29, 2011 at 9:56 AM

AmericanBridge to:

: Incremental totalitarian dictatorship?

: Perpetual Progressive power?

: Guaranteed American decline?

: Darwinian Amoral Sodom and Gommorah?

: To The ChiCom Century?

: The land of shrinking personal Freedom?

So many things you can do with this Bridge thingy.

Thanks Lefties!

PappyD61 on January 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM

You think American Bridge Company will have something to say about the name? You know, the people who built the the town of Ambridge, PA.

reddevil on January 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

The amount of money and time the left pumps into their propaganda apparatus is staggering. Deception is apparently very expensive.

darwin on January 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM

O/T, where is Ed? I hope things are ok.
L

letget on January 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

You know, that name sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? Where do we know Ilyse Hogue from… oh, that’s right.

From the link:

She thinks we can make our own myths, and that’s the fun part.”

Sounds like the standard progressive attitude. As Mythbusters’ Adam Savage says, “I reject your reality, and subtitute it with my own.”

iurockhead on January 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Change the conservative groups name to American Crosshairs and declare…. GAME ON!

katy on January 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I’ve got a bridge to sell them…

Kafir on January 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM

If you guys bring Koch, we’ll bring Soros, or wait, George and his billions was already there.

Soros has done great harm to a great many people, just for fun, and some profit, when does he get a time out in the penalty box for icing?

Speakup on January 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

If they only had more money they could call even more people dumb violent knee jerk racists who are angry because a black man is in the White House.
It worked so good last year.

NeoKong on January 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM

ugh, do what I say, not what I do…

bloody hypocrites…the whole lot of them

cmsinaz on January 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

to oversee a new Media Matters operation dedicated specifically to taking action against right wing media.

Wait…isn’t that what they already do?

What’s “new” here?

New leftist hack in charge?

CHANGE.

Good Lt on January 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

The Tea Party and conservative activist need to get the boots on the ground NOW. They need to start walking the neighborhoods, knocking on doors, getting to know their neighbors, discussing current events, invite them to their book clubs (I know a lot of them are reading books about federalism, Fredrick Hayeck, etc.) and discussing them in detail. Instead of taking a Saturday off and standing on a corner holding a sign, this is what they need to be doing. Cuz come 2012, the Dems will probably be able to raise more money, they will have the full weight of the media on their side, and we will have to make up for the margin of voter fraud.

The economy continues to be in the crapper, we have Americans pitted against Americans, the world is on fire and Obama has shown time and time again he can’t handle a crisis. However, his approval numbers are over 50%. Mindboggling.

ramrants on January 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced that it has received documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that show DOJ worked hand-in-hand with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in mounting their respective legal challenges to SB 1070, Arizona’s get-tough illegal immigration law. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on June 17, 2010, include email exchanges between DOJ officials and ACLU staff.
Included among the documents obtained by Judicial Watch is a July 27, 2010, email exchange between Lucas Guttentag, leader of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and the DOJ’s Edwin Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General

J_Crater on January 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

letget on January 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

He is in San Diego at a meeting of some kind. Looks like more Jazz, whatever that is.

d1carter on January 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Change the conservative groups name to American Crosshairs and declare…. GAME ON!

katy on January 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

+10 :)

Jvette on January 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM

We can’t make this stuff up. Bridge to Nowhere, Winning the Future.

Kissmygrits on January 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I bet a whole host of trolls comes with that bridge.

Disturb the Universe on January 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

DTU: Oh, _very_ nice. :)

Scott H on January 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

So does this mean they have a bridge to sell the American people?

Sekhmet on January 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I bet a whole host of trolls comes with that bridge.

Disturb the Universe on January 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

ROFL! An American Bridge to nowhere, with trolls under every archway.

disa on January 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Every bridge has it’s troll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMEe7JqBgvg

mrt721 on January 29, 2011 at 2:39 PM