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Sun Sep 16, 2012, 03:43 AM

Conservative super PACs targeting blue-state Democrats

Source: Washington Post

Democrat John Tierney might normally be a shoo-in for reelection in his deep-blue Northeast Massachusetts district. But a well-funded outside group is trying to change that.

The YG Action Fund, a super PAC funded almost entirely by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, has unleashed an ad campaign this month attacking Tierney in starkly personal terms for his wife’s legal troubles and his denials of wrongdoing.

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The biggest groups on the right include American Crossroads and its sister nonprofit group, Crossroads GPS, which together plan to spend up to $70 million on Senate races and $30 million on House races in the 2012 cycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce might also approach $100 million in ads supportive of Republicans, officials have said, while Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and others spend millions of dollars more.

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YG Action and the Congressional Leadership Fund have received $5 million each from Adelson and his wife, Miriam, plus a smattering of other corporate and PAC donations, records show. Adelson, whose family has donated at least $36 million to super PACs, has vowed to spend up to $100 million to unseat President Obama and help congressional Republicans.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conservative-super-pacs-targeting-blue-state-democrats/2012/09/15/5ef99706-fc43-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html



I guess if the Chamber of Commerce, Koch and Adelson can't buy the Presidency outright, perhaps they will try to expand their control of Congress and work to impeach him. Either the people can continue to control their government and protect Democracy or our liberties and livelihood will be subject to the whims of corporate entities.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 06:08 AM

1. Prediction, and please tell me I'm wrong

I do believe that the Republican money folks are conceding the Presidential election. Too many rounds have been fired into too many feet (self inflicted). Whether this election turns into a Ducakus landslide or a Bush squeaker, should the Republicans lose the there will be a purge as large as the "Night of the Long Knives", the only difference will be the amount of actual blood spilled. Traditional Republicans will be driven out of the party for being too far left to be real Republicans. The Tea Party will become the Republican Party, and they have the money men to make it so. These purged Republicans will probably either reluctantly become Democrats, resulting in that party taking the middle ground even more firmly, or struggle along as independents until the money men chase them out of office. The Republican Party will become, in fact, fascist.

Please tell me this scenario is wrong, and how. I don't want to be right.

By the by, I agree with your tag line. With the Tea Party harking back to a mythic past, whipping up the rank and file with xenophobia, hatred of migrants, fear, hate, and envy, scapegoating of ethnic groups, anti-liberalism, anti-unionism, has all the hallmarks of the three fascist nations, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

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Response to oldsarge54 (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:09 AM

6. Great post. The republicans have raised tons of money. At what point will they shift it to other

congressional races rather than the romney rat hole? I'm not sure it's happening yet but it very well could.

The "Night of Long Knives" will come if republicans lose the presidency again and especially if they lose the House and Senate, too.

I am not as sure as you that the tea party will win that war. It seems equally possible that the corporate wing of the party will kick the teabaggers to the curb from whence they came and reestablish their control of the party. In that scenario the tea party can go on with its "xenophobia, hatred of migrants, fear, hate, and envy, scapegoating of ethnic groups, anti-liberalism, anti-unionism" (most of which is shared, if in a more subdued manner, by the corporate wing). Perhaps the baggers can reconstitute the Know Nothing Party or the John Birch Society and go on their merry way to oblivion (shouting all the way).

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Response to pampango (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:27 AM

8. I think we have a plan.

Over the past couple of years it has been embarrassingly easy to predict what President Obama is going to do because the legislation foretold it--and Republicans don't read it.

So the other shoe in all this, I think, is going to be a short but spectacularly damaging campaign against Republican Members of Congress. They voted this summer to hold the middle class tax cuts hostage in favor of tax cuts for the rich, and now taxes will go up an average of $1600 a year for most Republican voters. Virtually every Republican up for reelection defied the Tea Party and Grover Norquist, and while neither of them are honest enough to say it, we are, and we certainly will say it.

"Voted against a middle class tax cut extension" is the kiss of death for any Member of Congress, and that's the card up our sleeve. The fact that we bagged all of them on that is a testament to the political genius of this President and Democratic Members of Congress.

We'd sure as hell better use that advantage, or we face the prospect of a hollow reelection not unlike 1996, where Bill Clinton had an easy time with his own reelection, but had to fight off an attempted coup in Congress in subsequent years.

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Response to oldsarge54 (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 07:47 PM

13. No. The Republican elite will dispense with the populist yahoos.

They already have, in fact, or we would not be seeing Mitt Romney winning the Republican nomination. That Missouri's Todd Akin was steamrolled by the Republican elite shows how little clout the right-wing populists actually have. The moneybags don't want "small government." Not at all. They don't want the Federal Reserve abolished or any of that sort of thing...

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Response to oldsarge54 (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 08:09 PM

15. I think what they realize is that while who is president matters it doesnt matter as much as who

controls both houses especially since if both houses are controlled by the same party they can ram through whatever they want regardless of the presidents wishes.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 06:37 AM

2. They are here in MA, that's for sure. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren made a pact



that they would not use superPAC monies. Now, he has cut a deal with Karl Rove .

The Super PAC's will support him if he donates 50% from his own kitty and donates it.

So, theoretically, let's say Scott Brown has 20 million. Karl Rove can give him 50 million, and Scott comes out with 60 million.

It's awful, the way they are bombarding us here in Massachusetts.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 06:41 AM

3. Imangine...

Having so much money that you can toss it around like confetti,
just to suit your whims or to indulge every selfish self-interest,
while completely undermining the very foundation of a "democratic
society".

People like Adelson make me puke.

Outside money is pouring into Scott Brown's re-election coffers.
They poured into Scott Walker's, too. Why is there no law prohibiting
contributions from non-residents of states, just as there are laws
prohibiting foreign nationals from donating to U.S. elections ??

Our whole, fucked-up country is up for sale to the highest bidder.

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Response to King_Klonopin (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 07:12 AM

5. Because those 5 NUT JOBS!!!!! on the Supreme Court said it's free speech

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 06:45 AM

4. Impeach on what grounds?

There are no grounds for impeachment. Fantasy is not grounds for it according to the constitution.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:15 PM

11. Google Darrell Issa and Impeach...

... and you will see that the House GOP is already working on their plan B in the event President Obama wins.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:20 AM

7. Thanks Supreme Court. nt

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Response to ladjf (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:40 PM

12. Don't bother. They won't get it. They'll just smile and say, "you're welcome, glad to help."

This is what Roberts and Alito were brought to the Court to do. Don't think the case later to be named "Citizens United" wasn't discussed prior to their nominations.

Cheney and Rove may be evil, but they are no idiots. They knew full well by the end of 2006 that no Republican would be elected President in 2008 (that's why the 2008 Democratic primary was so fiercely fought--it wasn't just for the nomination--it was for the presidency).

If that president was popular, he would be re-elected in 2012. What they COULD do is make it impossible for him to govern and then make a permanent grab for the White House in 2016, and have a Republican Congress to boot.

One ray of hope, though dim: if Roberts, as witnessed by his vote on ACA, really starts to hold the interests of our country in higher priority than that of his party's financial benefactors (SCOUTS judges never have to run for re-election, after all), then Citizens United MIGHT be overturned. Scalia, Kennedy and Alito blasted Roberts for his ACA vote. Maybe Roberts finally figured out that history does differentiate between Justices like Clarence Thomas and Justices like Thurgood Marshall.

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Response to DFW (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 08:05 PM

14. In general I agree with your assessment of the Supreme Court problem. However, I don't give

Roberts any credit for ethical thinking. I believe that he has some ulterior motive for his ACA vote. But, I could be wrong.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:29 AM

9. If there is a will to impeach they will manufacture a way.

It is clear they have no reservations about bending any law required to meet the ends they demand. They only need a majority large enough in congress. They already have access to money and any "services" required.

Put another way: If Rove et al can get away with assassinating the truth as well as the opposition, a coup by means of congressional fiat is certainly possible.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 03:34 PM

10. Get the money out of politics!Tierney,if you've ever done anything good, you'd better start talking

now and keep repeating it over and over.

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