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?
Robert and Rebekah Mercer– Libertarian, Citizens United, Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart News, Steve Bannon (Director/Editor)& with Peter Schweizer, Glittering Steel, together with Wynton Hall, the Government Accountability Institute(GAI), Trump Donors, Ted Cruz Campaign & John Bolton SuperPac, Trump Campaign, Russiagate Fund: Media Research Center (“to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media.”), Heartland Institute climate change denial (IL de-regulation think tank support research), The Federalist Society (Judicial Branch, SCOTUS), The Heritage Foundation, Illinois Policy Institute, Freedom Partners Action Fund, Club For Growth Action, American Crossroads, Ending Spending Action Fund, Republican National Committee and Congressional NRCC. 2008-2016 they spent more than $77m on political causes.
The Mercers and Stephen Bannon: How a populist power base was funded and built Washington Post The wealthy GOP donors and Trump’s chief strategist collaborated on at least five ventures. March 17, 2017
- Donors Capital Fund, the Libertarian spinoff of Philanthropy Roundtable with Donors Trust, Founded by Whitney L. Ball-Donors Trust funded GAI with Mercer
The Castle Rock Foundation/Adolph Coors Earhart Foundation Smith Richardson Foundation
Scaife Foundations (Sarah, Allegheny, Carthage)/Richard Mellon Scaife: “He is the principal heir to the Mellon family banking, oil, and aluminum fortune, with an estimated worth of $1.2 billion. He is ranked 993 onForbes magazine’s list of billionaires. In 2009, the Sarah Scaife Foundation contributed $550,000 to the conservative American Enterprise Institute; $125,000 to the hawkish American Foreign Policy Council; and $40,000 to Commentary, a neoconservative magazine and online publication. Between 2001 and 2009, Richard Mellon Scaife’s foundations contributed $7,875,000 to Islamophobic groups profiled in this report. Among the recipients were the Center for Security Policy [Neocon Frank Gaffney] ($2,900,000), the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation ($1,575,000), and the David Horowitz Freedom Center ($3,400,000).” Center for American Progress 2011 report “Fear, Inc” 1997, Scaife funded Neocon Elliott Abrams’ book Faith or Fear. Islamophobia “After Trump’s executive orders in early 2017 banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, many observers drew the connection between Gaffney/CSP and these policies. According to one reporter, “In 2015, Gaffney commissioned [Trump aide Kellyanne] Conway’s firm to produce” the poll that Trump cited on the campaign trail, despite its severe flaws. “Conway’s own firm later admitted the data was not ‘statistically representative of the entire U.S. Muslim population.’” Gaffney initially supported the 2016 campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).” Right Web. Breitbart August 17, 2016 Frank Gaffney: Trump’s ‘Reaganesque’ Foreign Policy Speech Defines ‘Existential Threat’ of ‘Sharia Supremacism’. The Sarah Scaife Foundation, Bradley Foundation, and Kochs fund the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Melvin Sembler Olin Foundation (Closed 2005)
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 , 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, See KOCH Page and The Religious Right
“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