Mother Jones: Top Conservatives Run PAC That Funded White Nationalists

Two conservatives who sit on the boards of mainstream right-wing groups control a PAC that gave thousands of dollars to a racist organization.

—By Nick Baumann

January 29, 2013- Two prominent conservative movement officials who hold leadership positions for several right-wing groups—Ron Robinson and James B. Taylor—run a political action committee that donated thousands of dollars to a white nationalist organization, according to public records. And for several years Taylor was vice president of another white nationalist organization.

Michele Bachmann won't pay campaign staff, so campaign staff spills the dirt

-Blogged by Kaili Joy Gray on Daily Kos

January 15, 2013- Today in why you shouldn't treat your staff badly, then refuse to pay them when they refuse to retroactively agree to aid and abet your potentially criminal activities, we have this juicy little nugget from Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed:

Michelle [sic] Bachmann's high-profile debate coach, Brett O'Donnell, developed an "unnatural" and "Rasputin-like" relationship with his candidate during her failed 2012 presidential campaign, another former aide told BuzzFeed, a charge O'Donnell denies.

The former aide who's keeping us entertained with the trash-talking is Peter Waldron—the same Peter Waldron who's had an awful lot to say lately about his former employer:

NY Times: Big Donors Dominate Cuomo’s Fund-Raising, Analysis Finds

-By Danny Hakim

January 16, 2013- ALBANY — Middle-class contributors are getting squeezed out of New York’s political process.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has condemned the influence of money in politics and promised reform. But his own campaign is a case study in how irrelevant small donors have become in New York. Over the last two years, only 1 percent of the money raised by Mr. Cuomo's campaign came from donors who gave him less than $1,000, according to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, while seven donors gave him $100,000 to $500,000.

Only about 5 percent of donations to the governor came from donors who gave less than $2,500.

The pattern is hardly unique to the governor’s campaign, though his numbers are perhaps the most striking, as he has built a $22.5 million war chest, according to new campaign finance disclosures made this week. New York has the highest contribution limits in the nation — $60,800 for statewide candidates — though there are a dozen states without any limits at all. The donation limit for federal campaigns is $2,500.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Ex-Bachmann aide alleges campaign finance violations

Filing says her PAC wrongly paid a longtime consultant.

-By Kevin Diaz

January 15, 2013- WASHINGTON - A top adviser in Michele Bachmann's 2012 White House bid has filed a complaint with federal election officials alleging campaign finance violations involving her presidential campaign and the independent political action committee she leads.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint was filed Tuesday by Peter Waldron, a widely known evangelist enlisted by the Bachmann campaign for outreach to Christian conservatives. The filing follows his allegations last week that the Bachmann campaign has withheld payments to staffers who refused to sign confidentiality agreements.

Waldron, formerly Bachmann's national field coordinator, is accusing the campaign of improperly dipping into money from MichelePAC to pay longtime fundraising consultant Guy Short for presidential campaign work he performed in the critical final weeks ahead of Iowa's caucuses last year.

Politicus USA: Michele Bachmann Refuses to Pay Employees Unless They Promise to Hide Illegal Activities

-By Hrafnkell Haraldsson

January 12, 2013- Americans should be asking themselves this weekend why Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who won re-election this past November as a member of the House of Representatives, is refusing to pay five of her staffers for the work they did helping her try to win the presidential nomination.

Salon reported Thursday,

Peter Waldron, her controversial former national field coordinator, told Salon the dispute started when former Iowa straw poll staffers refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would bar them from discussing any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters.

What kind of employer, save perhaps for the mob, asks an employee to sign a statement barring them from discussing “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity’? Just what kind of activities was Michele Bachmann engaged in during her failed presidential run?

Huffington Post: How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

-By Dan Froomkin

December 7, 2012- Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about the issues.

But according to longtime political observers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, campaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.

Mann and Ornstein are two longtime centrist Washington fixtures who earlier this year dramatically rejected the strictures of false equivalency that bind so much of the capital's media elite and publicly concluded that GOP leaders have become "ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."

Democratic Daily: Romney Staffer Committing Charitable Fraud

-By Alex Brant-Zawadzki

September 1, 2012- Bill Murphy, Mitt Romney’s Social Media Director, and his colleague Ali Akbar have ripped off a lot of people. They ripped off the Tea Party with the American Liberty Alliance. They ripped off movement Conservatives with the National Bloggers Club. They even ripped off Andrew Breitbart. But their days of making it rain misbegotten right-wing dollars may be numbered.

In 2009 Murphy and Akbar worked together at American Liberty Alliance, an organization which collected “donations” throughout the summer while claiming they were just waiting for their 501(c)3 application to go through. It never did. Then they worked together at National Bloggers Club, a group which solicited “donations” for the past six months while actually calling itself a non-profit (status pending). But according to the IRS, they never bothered to file the necessary documents.

Which means the National Bloggers Club is NOT a non-profit. Not only that, it was NEVER a non-profit.

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