This is not something new. Liberals are fond of pointing out everything they perceive conservatives are doing wrong, but conveniently ignore the “sins” that are glaringly apparent in their own backyard. This is especially true since the Citizens United decision was handed down by the Supreme Court. It chaps liberal skins all the way from Washington, down to the state and local level. They can’t stand it because they don’t have access to the information that would tell them who is spending how much in each election cycle.
Now, these liberals would have us believe that allowing outside groups to spend more money to promote the issues that are important to them has been bad for our system of elections. Countless studies have been performed, the results of which always seem to show how much money conservative groups are spending to promote the issues they care about. The chapping of skin comes from the fact that liberals can no longer force these groups to disclose their donors. Hence, the attention paid to the Koch brothers. If we are to listen to their liberal detractors, they are the worst thing to happen to the world since Adolph Hitler decided he wanted to annex the countries surrounding Germany.
In reality, Charles and David Koch are more libertarian than they are conservative. Much of the money they spend, however, does go to support issues that are important to conservatives. This where they cross swords with liberals who hate their guts. I dare say, if the Kochs decided to switch their allegiance to liberal issues, the crying and gnashing of teeth wouldn’t be nearly so prominent. At any rate, the spending of money, not necessarily by the Koch brothers, is what prompted the witch hunt that is currently underway in Wisconsin.
It is a well-known fact that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is not liked by Democrats. He has been successful at turning his state’s government around. Its finances are in much better shape, thanks in large part to the effort to restrict public sector unions ability to negotiate such lucrative contracts for their employees that it was literally breaking the bank. You remember that fight, I presume. Governor Walker won that round and faced a recall election for his troubles. He won that round as well and then came the witch hunt I mentioned previously.
The liberals did as liberals normally do. They went ape crazy, trying to prove this, that, or the other, against Governor Walker. They just knew he was guilty of something, anything. The investigations began into everything related to Walker and his campaign. And the tactics they are using are worthy of the NSA. (Please note the unusual number of links included in the quote. I normally remove the links from most of the quotes I use, but because these links give a plethora of background on the John Doe investigation, I felt it needful to retain them.)
Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’ First Amendment rights.
Subpoenas also demanded the conservatives’ bank records, “emails from every major private email provider” and other information in what some have described as a mini-NSA (National Security Agency) operation in Wisconsin.
The documents raise serious concerns about the tactics of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, two of his assistant DAs and others involved in the investigation targeting dozens of conservatives.
Chisholm, a Democrat, launched the dragnet two years ago, and, according to court documents, with the help of the state Government Accountability Board, the probe was expanded to five counties. The John Doe proceeding compelled scores of witnesses to testify, and a gag order compelled them to keep their mouths shut or face jail time. Sources have described predawn “paramilitary-style” raids in which their possessions were rifled through and seized by law enforcement officers.
Prosecutors have operated the secret investigation under the legal theory that at least 29 conservative organizations may have illegally coordinated with Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign during Wisconsin’s partisan political recalls of 2011 and 2012. Two judges, including the federal judge presiding over the civil rights lawsuit, have said the prosecutors’ theory doesn’t hold water. The presiding John Doe judge quashed subpoenas issued in the raids because prosecutors failed to show evidence that a crime had been committed.
Court documents show the extraordinary breadth of the prosecutors’ subpoena requests.
They sought phone records for a year-and-a-half period, “which happened to be the most contentious period in political politics,” the conservatives note. They note that prosecutors did not pursue the same tactics with left-leaning organizations that pumped tens of millions of dollars into Wisconsin’s recall elections, in what certainly appeared to be a well-coordinated effort.
Among other documents, prosecutors sought “all call detail records including incoming and outgoing calls,” “billing name and information,” “subscriber name and information including any application for service,” according to the conservatives’ court filing.
Calling the John Doe investigation a wide net is like calling the Pacific Ocean a body of water. John Chisholm was either strongly convinced of conservative wrongdoing, or he was simply desperate to find dirt, even a tiny speck, that would taint Governor Walker and the conservative groups that supported him during the recall election. The breadth of the investigation is staggering and unwarranted. So much so that the judges involved have begun tempering it with a bit of judicial reason. What strikes me as almost humorous is how they subpoenaed such a wide range of records that could possibly be related to the conservative groups they love to hate. And they say the investigation of what happened in Benghazi is a political witch hunt?
Please read the second to last paragraph of the quote, paying special attention to the emphasis I added. This is one reason why I am writing this post. Liberals are overly fond of criticizing every penny conservatives spend. They make outlandish claims about how conservative money is the bane of politics. They try to convince the general public that conservative groups with nefarious purposes are spending money to drown out the voices of the little people liberals claim they want to help. All the while, they fail to mention the money they receive from liberal groups that support their liberal agenda. Yes, that’s right. Conservatives are not the only ones who spend big money to support the issues they feel are important.
Case in point would be the nonsense going on in Texas. If you didn’t know by now, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted by a Travis County grand jury for supposedly abusing the power he holds as Governor. You know the story, I’m sure. The head of the Public Integrity Unit in Texas, Rosemary Lehmberg, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. She then proceeded to make a complete fool of herself, threatening the officers who arrested her, and generally trying to use her influence as leverage. She was pressured to step down as head of the PIU and when she refused, Perry threatened to use his line-item veto power to remove the funding for her unit. She did not relent and he followed through with his threat.
Personally, I do not believe Governor Perry did a single thing wrong. I can fully understand why the head of a Public Integrity Unit would need to retain her own integrity. Her actions, before, during, and after her arrest, clearly show she has no such integrity. One would think she would use a little common sense and step down from her position. She didn’t and that has led us to the point of the Perry indictment.
This is where things start to get interesting. One specific group filed the complaint that led to the indictment. That group would be Texans for Public Justice, part of a progressive coalition. Care to guess who gave them $500,000 in funding for their efforts? That would be George Soros. You aren’t hearing about that in the mainstream media, now are you?
Fox News – According to a Media Research Center analysis, from the moment Perry was indicted on two flimsy counts by a Travis County, Texas grand jury on August 15 through the morning of August 20, the Big Three broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – have run 24 stories totaling 38 minutes and 34 seconds across their morning and evening broadcasts.
In all that coverage, not one single story mentioned that the group responsible for filing the complaint against Perry in June, Texans for Public Justice (TPJ), is part of a “progressive” coalition that has received $500,000 in funding from prolific left-wing billionaire George Soros.
It’s a clear effort to undermine and circumvent the political process and yet the media refuse to divulge his role. Not one reporter, on any program, could find the time to report this as part of the Perry story – never mind this being its own story? This is deliberate censorship.
Any mention of Soros-funded TPJ is almost as difficult to find. Of the Big Three, only ABC named the organization during Monday’s “World News” broadcast and made no mention of the Soros connection. Switch to cable, and TPJ remains almost entirely anonymous with the exception of the inevitable positive shout-out from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lauding the group for spurring the bogus two-count indictment.
CNN mentioned the group a handful of times, but never made the Soros connection. On Saturday’s “New Day,” correspondent Peter Hamby referred to TPJ only as “a left-leaning watchdog group.”
The next morning Mary Maloney, on the same program, reported the story saying, “The corruption charges stem from a complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice, a public interest group.”
Later that morning on “State of the Union,” an infographic stated, “”Texans for Public Justice identifies itself as a non-partisan watchdog group.”
A second box a moment later clarified, “Some consider Texans for Public Justice to be a left-leaning group.”
At no point was TPJ’s benefactor mentioned.
This is typical of liberals. They love to hate the Koch brothers, or anyone else who spends their money to support conservative causes, yet they somehow forget the billionaires who spend money to support the liberal agenda. And as you can see, the mainstream media eats it up. As the author of the Fox News article mentions in his writing, were the roles reversed in Texas, the stories we are seeing in the media would be much different. If Rick Perry were a Democrat and the Koch brothers were involved in funding the group that helped bring him down, you can bet your last dollar, it would be all over the big networks and the liberal blogs.
That’s how they work, their standard method of operation. Liberal groups love to point out everything conservative groups do as partisan, while describing themselves as nonpartisan. If that tactic had not been so successful, it would almost be funny. Do liberal groups really expect us to believe they are nonpartisan, but conservatives are evil incarnate? Hypocrites, much?