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Who's afraid of 'Rocky Mountain Heist?' by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Free at last! I'm silent no more. Now, the story can be told. Democrats here in my adopted state of Colorado did not want the new political documentary I hosted to see the light of day. They lost. This week, the 10th... Read More
Hicken-weasel: Why Colorado's gutless guv is in trouble by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 D.C. journalists called the latest Quinnipiac University poll results in Colorado's tight gubernatorial race a "shocker." But it's a surprise only if you've been hopelessly trapped in a Beltway echo chamber. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is down 10 points against... Read More
The Left's dark money managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won't hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here's why:... Read More
Vacationer Obama's favorite Vineyard "vulture" by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2013 It's good to be the king ... of class warfare hypocrisy. While he lectures his political opponents about their neglect of middle-class America, President Obama is headed to Martha's Vineyard. Again. Because nothing spells populist like a $7.6 million, 9.5-acre estate owned by... Read More
In advance of the new Obama donor scandal story that many conservatives have been buzzing about and which is purportedly set to hit the pages of Newsweek/Daily Beast tomorrow morning, I'm reprinting a selection of my previous blog posts over the last four years that exposed various aspects of the Obama crooked campaign cash-o-matic machine.... Read More
Always look under the Astroturf mat. Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget in nearly 1,200 days. But they are carving out time today to vote on the loophole-ridden, incumbency protection racket, masquerading as "campaign finance reform," dubbed the DISCLOSE Act. Wait a minute. Didn't they already vote on the DISCLOSE Act? Why, yes.... Read More
Super PAC-men: Obama's bundlers gone wild! by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 The White House didn't blow a dog whistle for deep-pocketed liberal donors on Monday. No, the administration whipped out a supersized vuvuzela. Blaring message: Let loose the campaign finance-bundling hounds of super PAC war! President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, who served... Read More
The People's President is raising money any way he can -- and the fashion world's 1 percent-ers have stepped up to the plate to help. Via the WSJ: Republicans are rightly raising campaign finance questions about the haute couture deals: "This raises serious questions about whether corporate money, property and employees were improperly used in... Read More
Let the sun shine in... After I blogged last week about Barack Obama's burgeoning LightSquared scandal, I received a miffed e-mail from billionaire hedge fund manager/Obama donor/LightSquared principal backer Philip Falcone under the subject line "Tip." Falcone defended the Obama administration and noted that the predecessor to LightSquared, called Skyterra, had benefited from some previous... Read More
At his latest in a series of pointless press conferences decrying talk over action, President Obama this morning trotted out his worn old class-warfare line about the need for millionaires, billionaires, and corporate jet owners to share in the "sacrifice." Whenever you hear him use that line, substitute "Obama bundlers." Perhaps someone can slip it... Read More
Hollyweird, meet reality. The WSJ has a must-read op-ed exposing how liberal comedian Stephen Colbert's campaign finance gag blew up in his face. In an attempt to protest the Supreme Court's ruling last year striking down major portions of the speech-stifling McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, Colbert set out to form a political action committee and... Read More
(Photoshop credit: Sean via Doug Powers) The Obama White House has been an echo chamber for the Soros-funded Center for American Progress from Day One -- from bashing Fox News, attacking talk radio, and pimping "media justice" and the Orwellian Fairness Doctrine, to crusading for the government health care takeover using Astroturfed doctors and taxpayer-funded... Read More
Thanks to all of you who helped with Operation Buck Up Maine and phoned Sens. Snowe and Collins to hold the line against the special interest, speech-squelching DISCLOSE Act. The Senate is now voting on the do-over cloture motion. (It failed to muster 60 votes in July. Cloture vote 57-41.) GOP Leader McConnell assailed the... Read More
They won't take no for an answer. So we have to give them both barrels again. On July 27, the Senate voted down the Democrats' union-friendly, loophole-ridden, Orwellian-titled DISCLOSE Act. The bogus campaign finance reform bill was, as Sen. Mitch McConnell put it, a “transparent attempt to rig fall elections" that was written “behind closed... Read More
Chicago BFFs.
University of Chicago Medical Center top executive Dr. Eric Whitaker is a busy, busy man. Here's a rundown of his schedule since his Chicago pal Barack Obama moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: *Golfed with Obama on his December 2008 Hawaii vacation; *Played hoops with Obama during a three-day getaway to Chicago in February 2009; *Attended... Read More
My column today puts the DISCLOSE debacle in the broader context of the Democrats' reign of darkness. Underscoring the theme of theme of the column: The story from Fox Business on how the "financial reform" bill championed by Obama exempts the SEC from FOIA requests. The transparency farce continues. Always look under the Astroturf mat.... Read More
The union-friendly, loophole-ridden, Orwellian-titled DISCLOSE Act comes up for a cloture vote in the Senate this afternoon. It appears doomed. But take nothing for granted. It passed the House in June. This is a relief: Squishy GOP Sen. Susan Collins announced she's a no vote: Yesterday, Prince of Transparency-Underming Darkness Barack Obama had the chutzpah... Read More
Many of you may remember a scathing documentary by Citizens United about Hillary Clinton from 2007. I blogged about it at the time here. The film became the center of a huge legal battle over the free-speech-stifling McCain-Feingold campaign finance scheme. Parts of the law were struck down by the Supreme Court when the Wisconsin... Read More
Culture of Corruption.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no idea how Chinagate scandal figure and old family friend James Riady found his way back into the country this year. No idea whatsoever, according to the Washington Post: Oh, and that $20,000 Riady dona
If you want breathless, celebrity tabloid treatment of the first Obama White House state dinner -- who wore what, who came with whom, what they ate -- go somewhere else. This is a closer look at the cronies, czars & corruptocrats whom Obama wined and dined last night. - SEIU president/top White House visitor Andy... Read More
So, the president is going to tell us who his computer security czar soon. Let's hope it's not the same person who ran the Obama campaign's grossly insecure online credit card donation operations.
Regular readers will remember Mauricio Celis. Guest-blogger See-Dubya was on the Friend of Hillary's trail in January 2008, tracked his Mexican money laundering ties and bizarro police impersonation antics, and reported on his indictment. Today, he was re-sentenced to 10 years' probation for impersonating a lawyer. It's the Demo-crook wrist slap of the day: A... Read More
In my column on the SEIU today, I mentioned how the George Soros-funded group, Americans Coming Together, was hit with a $775,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission – the third largest civil penalty levied in the panel’s history -- for gross campaign finance violations. Yesterday, in little-noticed news, California's campaign finance panel fined Soros... Read More
Dirty.
Last week, I advised readers how to file FEC complaints against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Crapweasel) over his misleading "Specter for the Cure" website. It still looks like a bogus medical research, but Specter has quietly "clarified" the fundraising front by making its connection to his reelection explicit on the front page. Sunlight is the best... Read More
Arlen Specter's campaign finance travesty deserves more than just mockery. It deserves action. Here are screenshots of his misleading "Specter for the Cure" website, which is a slimy front to raise campaign funds: And the fine print buried at the bottom of the home page: Here is how you file an FEC complaint. Here are... Read More
Is it possible for Barack Obama to pick a Commerce Secretary nominee who'll actually make it past first base? Bill Richardson withdrew in the midst of a pay-for-play scandal. Judd Gregg withdrew in the midst of a humiliating power play over the Census and porkulus bill. Now, former Democrat Gov. Gary Locke -- a lawyer... Read More
He's got gobs of cash and lots of grumbly Democrats who want to get their paws on it all. Legally, he can: 1) donate the extra money to charity 2) Transfer it to another political campaign 3) Dole it out in $2,000 increments to local candidates. What to do? What to do? Who votes
Charge!
Have you visited Barack Obama's campaign website yet tonight? He's aggressively seeking more money online to help out the DNC: I reported to you on an insider's observation that he had "never seen such flagrant disregard for online security as I have seen on Obama’s Website and ACTBLUE (DNC PAC).” Will John Galt get to... Read More
Tip of the iceberg.
Over the past two weeks, I've noted the excellent work done by bloggers and investigative reporter Ken Timmerman on Barack Obama's lax credit card/donation policies. The MSM grudgingly picked up on some of the Internet detective work, but it's the tip of the iceberg. Yesterday, I heard from an industry insider who says the problem... Read More
Hope and Charge.
Bloggers have been doing great work on Barack Obama's chronic donor credit card fraud problems. See Power Line, Mark Steyn (more), 24Ahead, and Hot Air. The sinking NYTimes, mirabile dictu, picked up on the story -- but spins it away. Waiting for the Associated Press to divine the "racial tinge" in bloggers' investigative work and... Read More
Swiped.
More than a week ago, a north Kansas City couple blew the whistle on credit card fraud benefiting the Obama campaign. Investigative journalist Ken Timmerman has uncovered more: What do Bart Simpson, Family Guy, Daffy Duck, King Kong, O.J. Simpson, and Raela Odinga have in common? All are celebrities; and with the exception of Odinga... Read More
Funny money.
Mirabile dictu: There is cash the DNC won't take. They've returned $100,000 to Charlie Rangel. The NYPost has the scoop.
Update 9/7 1:45pm Eastern. Hmmmmm. The foreign funny money mystery just got murkier. Update 9/7. More details. He was "delirious:" 1:15am Eastern update. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that Hsu was captured after getting sick on an Amtrak train: "Disgraced Democratic fundra
Democrat Jim Doyle's got a Hsu fetish Update 4:30pm Eastern: Wisconsin's Democrat governor is standing by Hsu... Here's Gov. Doyle's contact info. Update 2:50pm Eastern. Via Christina Bellatoni at the WashTimes, Democrat Chris Dodd draws first blood on the left side of the aisle: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) just sent out his "campaign policy on... Read More
Update 9:15am Eastern 9/5. My column today is about Hsu and the Democrats' funny money. I take on the Asian-American groups who are doing exactly what they did during Chinagate in the 1990s--play the race card. While the campaign finance reform crowd ducks under the table, there is one vociferous group making noise. Like clockwork,... Read More
Meet Rehman Jinnah.
Say sleaze! Hillary with former fugitive donor Rehman Jinnah in 2000. Sweetness and Light recalls yet another fugitive moneyman who shelled out big bucks to Hillary Clinton. Via the LATimes from last year noted by Rantburg: Clinton donor wanted by FBI in scheme to funnel money Robin Fields and Chuck Neubauer, Los Angeles Times, March... Read More
There's an important breaking court decision on a political free speech case involving my friends at KVI radio in Seattle. A reader e-mails: Seattle Times coverage: The state Supreme Court said in an opinion released this morning that KVI talk show hosts did not need to report their advocacy for an anti-gas tax campaign as... Read More
For those of you who have been following the story of the McCain-Feingold-inspired crackdown on Seattle's conservative talk radio, Ryan Sager has an update: Heh-heh. Stay tuned... *** Previous: Free speech fight in Washington State Free speech fight in Washington State, Pt II
Ryan Sager at the NYPost follows up on the McCain-Feingold-inspired crackdown on Seattle's conservative talk radio: Bingo. Keep your eye on this. *** Previous: Free speech fight in Washington
Been meaning to bring this important story to your attention: Last week, a Thurston County, Washington, judge ruled that on-air editorial comments by two of my old friends, Seattle talk hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson of KVI-AM, are considered in-kind campaign contributions, subject to reporting under state disclosure laws. Brian Maloney, a former talk... Read More
This is pretty amazing - a searchable database put together by an enterprising team at FundRace that allows you to find out who your neighbors have been giving political donations to and how much. Personally, my husband discourages me from talking politics with the neighbors. Our kids wouldn't have anyone to play with if I... Read More
How many times have you read a story about ethics or campaign finance that quotes "non-partisan" groups such as the Center for Responsive Politics, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington? (A Nexis search I just ran for "non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics" brings up 421 hits.)... Read More
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