GOP Donors

All sides of the political spectrum complain about corruption in government. When most or all of the candidates on the Primary ballots have been pre-selected based on willingness to vote for the Donor’s agenda, it is usually because they have been backed by Super PACs. Everything changed in 2010 with the Citizens United ruling which allows for anonymous and unlimited corporate funding of our candidates. These groups target local elections at all levels to ensure their laws get passed. The current war within the GOP is about the Republican House and Senate voting for the people or for their Donors.

Who are they?

The Koch Brothers     The Mercers      

Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR), 2010, “was founded by Kristin Strohm, who now serves as the organization’s executive director.

Strohm is best known for being the cofounder of the Starboard Group [2013], a relatively new organization already considered possibly the most powerful fundraising entity for the Republican Party in the Western U.S. Virtually every major office—state or national—won by a Colorado Republican in 2014’s red tide that swept over the state used Strohm’s Starboard Group to fund and even direct their campaign (see influence map page 28).

While Strohm is listed as the executive director of CSPR, she isn’t paid by CSPR. According to the organization’s Form 990 return, CSPR appears to pay no full-time staff. Instead, CSPR actually pays $60,000 a year to the Starboard Group for administrative duties. Strohm is paid to administrate CSPR by the Starboard Group.

Strohm is married to one of the state’s most notorious political operatives and oil and gas industry consultant Josh Penry.

You may recall Penry as the former Republican State Senator who worked closely with Democrats and then voted with them in order to push through the oil-and-gas-industry friendly Clean Air Clean Jobs Act in 2010. Penry boasted then that the act would increase drilling by 15 percent. He was right.

Penry later announced his run for governor but suddenly dropped out of the race just as his Democratic opponent, sitting Governor Bill Ritter, did the same. This unusual set of circumstances—which many political observers believe was far more than a coincidence—led to a relatively easy gubernatorial victory for former oil and gas geologist John Hickenlooper who had spent months behind the scenes convincing the oil and gas industry that he was their enthusiastically. He wasn’t lying.” How the Oil & Gas Industry Turned Colorado From Blue to Red EcoWatch, 2015 

THINK TANKS & ORGANIZATIONS BACKED BY GOP DONORS

“On October 1, 1987, a group of young determined conservatives set out to not only prove — through sound scientific research — that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values, but also to neutralize its impact on the American political scene. What they launched that fall is the now acclaimed — Media Research Center (MRC).”

Government Accountability Institute: Rebekah Mercer, Chairwoman, Peter Schweizer, President Presenting itself as an anti-corruption organization, its President, Peter Schweizer, wrote the film “Clinton Cash”, which Steve Bannon produced. It provides biased “facts” which Bannon then uses as “proof” on Breitbart News.

Project Veritas (“Truth”):

The Club For Growth “The Club for Growth is a national network of over 100,000 pro-growth, limited government Americans who share in the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom.” Board of Directors:  JACKSON T. STEPHENS, Jr., Little Rock, AR, Chairman; KEN BLACKWELL, Cincinnati, OH; CHRIS CHOCOLA, Naples, FL; TERRY CONSIDINE, Denver, CO; JERRY HAYDEN, Barrington, IL; VIRGINIA JAMES, Lambertville, NJ; FRAYDA LEVIN, Mountain Lakes, NJ; HOWIE RICH, Philadelphia, PA; DAVID McINTOSH, Arlington, VA

The Club For Growth PAC meets in the Spring in Palm Beach, FL. It is where elite members decide which Congressional candidates they are going to fund. That is where Robert Mercer met Steve Bannon in 2011.

This link provides the Club’s stance on Current Key Votes and this Congressional