Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint

1983 The DeMint Group, Market Research

The Council for National Policy (to which Kellyanne, Bannon, the DeVos family, the Mercers, Pence, Ken Blackwell, and two men whose families funded the largest voting machine vendor in the U.S.) has set a deadline of 2020 for restoring “religion and economic freedom and Judeo-Christian values” under the Constitution. Dec 27, 2017 By Jennifer S. Cohn Citations updated July 20, 2018December 27, 2017 Citations updated July 20, 2018

“98. In 2010, Jim DeMint, a “Tea Party hero and radical Christian-right candidate,” was elected to the US Senate from South Carolina after his Democratic rival — an ACCUSED SEX OFFENDER with NO CAMPAIGN — implausibly defeated a RETIRED JUDGE in the [Democratic] primary by 18%.  Why the Democrats and Media Deny Election Rigging BY Ben PtashnikTruthout November 5, 2012

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/12537-why-the-democrats-and-media-deny-election-rigging“Rosenfeld also smears Victoria Collier’s cover-story article this month in Harper’s magazine, “How to Rig an Election.” This document clearly exposes the corruption permeating our vaunted American democracy, and gives an example I find particularly troubling: Tea Party hero and radical Christian-right candidate Jim DeMint’s entirely implausible election to the US Senate from South Carolina in 2010.

DeMint somehow wound up running against Democratic Party candidate Alvin Greene, a homeless, 32-year-old accused sex offender, who was not only incoherent in media appearances, but essentially did not run any visible campaign, not even posting a lawn sign. Preposterously, in the Democratic primary, Greene beat Vic Rawl, a four-term state legislator, former judge, and 28-year National Guardsman with the rank of colonel.

The unknown Greene’s margin of victory was reported to be an astounding 18 percent, which was tabulated on ES&S voting machines that voters reported flipped votes from Rawl to Greene all during Election Day. Greene also could not explain where he got the $10,400 dollars needed to file for the Democratic primary. It became obvious to most unbiased observers that Greene was a GOP plant rigged onto the ballot by hacked voting machines. DeMint then sailed into the Senate practically uncontested.

Though Vic Rawl lodged a formal protest in hearings with the South Carolina Democratic Party, his demand for a new primary was denied. Meanwhile, the press never once suggested election fraud could have been in play in DeMint’s election. Why?”

  1. The 2014 CNPdirectory lists DeMint as a member. https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/cnp_redacted_final.pdf …
  2. DeMint is also a major proponent of a Constitutional Convention. Jim DeMint resigns from Senate The Hill BY ALEXANDER BOLTON – 12/06/12 http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/271411-jim-demint-resigns-from-senate
  3. “According to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, DeMint once said this at a South Carolina rally: ‘If someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.’” Jim DeMint Is Resigning: Here Are His 7 Craziest Moments Mother JonesDANA LIEBELSONDECEMBER 6, 2012  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/senate-loses-jim-demint-and-his-crazy/#


Polluter Watch headlined on 6 December 2012, “Jim DeMint and Heritage Foundation Awash in Koch Brother Money.

How the Koch Brothers Orchestrated the Shutdown HuffPost  Eric Zuesse 10/28/2013 Updated Jan 23, 2014

“DeMint’s backing by the Kochs was actually far greater than merely the Kochs’ money; the Kochs were this nation’s biggest “bundlers”: DeMint was backed also by the Kochs’ hundreds of billionaire and centi-millionaire friends, whom the Kochs had nurtured during decades, in their joint long campaign to take over the U.S. Government and to turn American democracy into a fascist government, controlled by a mega-corporate-elite behind closed doors, supported in this effort by religious fundamentalists such as Jim DeMint himself, who was a member of “the C-Street Family.”The Kochs’ father, Fred Koch, had been a fundamentalist Christian co-founder of the John Birch Society, whose spin-off in 1981, which was/is the highly secretive fundamentalist Christian theocratic-aristocratic Council for National Policy, awarded his son Charles Koch their “Free Enterprise Award”in 1999. The great investigative journalist Lee Fang managed to obtain Koch’s acceptance-speech transcript, in which Charles condemned the French Revolution (which beheaded the aristocrats), and said that “the highest form of charity” is “dispensing with charity all together” and replacing it “by enabling your fellow humans to … earn their own living.” In other words: he was saying that the public depend upon the rich in order to be able to survive. He opposed not only obligatory social-welfare donations via taxes, but even voluntary “charity,” and favored instead just “freedom” – unlimited greed. The underlying view had been expressed by the Scrooge character in Dickens’s famous A Christmas Carol. Charles Koch heaped praise upon four major organizations that his foundations financed: Heritage Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Federalist Society, and George Mason University.He also referred to his pride at receiving “the Richard DeVos Award. Because, to me, Rich exemplifies, as much as anybody, both what I call principled entrepreneurship and dedication to the advancement of a free and civil society.” However, for the general public, he has referred to it instead as the “Free Enterprise Award,” which was its other name. His address ended, “I’m dedicated to living by and advancing these principles and values. In that, I echo Martin Luther.

“Keep them honest” at Daily Kos headlined on 24 September 20013, “Ted Cruz’s ‘Defund’ Is a Fundraising Gimmick for Koch Bros Org to Rake in Millions,”and he said that, “Ted Cruz claims that he started the ‘dontfundit’ website, but in reality all the donations go to Koch brothers’ organizations. … Cruz did not start that website at all, Koch brothers did.” He noted: “Click on ‘Donate’ button and it says the money goes to: Senate Conservative Fund.” And that’s true; the suckers are paying directly into that DeMint-controlled political slush fund, which was seed-capitalized by the Kochs; this supercharges the Kochs’ billionaire-bundling operation, which pumped $300,000+ into Cruz’s “election.” (Only the campaign of Jeff Flake in Arizona received more from it.) On 6 September 2011, Gavin Aronsen at Mother Jones bannered, “Exclusive: The Koch Brothers’ Million-Dollar Donor Club,” and he provided a partial list of the people who had donated $1,000,000 to that year’s fund. Just four days earlier, Brad Friedman at his blog had headlined “TRANSCRIPT: ‘Inside the Koch Brothers’ 2011 Summer Seminar’ – Charles Koch’s Remarks,” and he noted a few names that Aronson’s report omitted: As credited in Charles’s speech, they were: “The Ciokas,” “Kelly Friedman,” The Patricks,” “The Traytellas,” “and then ten more will remain anonymous.” Those 40 individuals and couples had put in more than $40 million, to be divied up by Charles, who is really the brains behind the operation. (David is better-looking, but he’s just a fascist socialite; so, he’s sometimes fawned over by Democratic aristocrats, such as Kathleen Kennedy – and, of course, by others on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, MIT, and the other non-political institutional recipients of his largesse.)

A more extensive sourcewatch list of “Koch Event 2010-06 Attendees”includes a substantial crossover with the member-list of the Council for National Policy, which is the broader theocratic-aristocratic secret organization that also meets behind closed doors collectively to evaluate Republican Presidential candidates, and to choose which ones will be propagandized to the faithful masses on Sunday mornings. This Koch Event list had 165 individual or couple-guests, including many billionaires and many media personalities such as Glenn Beck; some people who were both, such as Philip Anschutz, the oil billionaire who also owns newspaper chains; and I chose one person whom I hadn’t heard of, to look up on the internet: Bill Walton. He was identified there as “Real Estate, Allied Capital.” He’s not much on the web, but there is an excerpt from a speech by him; it’s at David Einhorn’s sitefor Einhorn’s book condemning fund managers whose crookedness he describes there. Walton was the CEO of one of these funds, and Einhorn’s headline there is “CEO Bill Walton Espousing Zero Tolerance for Corporate Improprieties,” the presumption being that Einhorn was intending to parade Walton as the very the epitome of hypocrisy. Perhaps this was more than a squabble between aristocrats.

In the Middle Ages, France had “The Three Estates”: Aristocrats, Clerics, and Commoners. Just prior to the French Revolution, “The Four Estates” of the Realm became the Aristocracy, the Clerics, the Middle Class, and the Peasants. After the Revolution, the Press came to be called “The Fourth Estate,” because peasants were simply ignored (or else re-blended into “Commoners” along with the merchants), and the Aristocrats (whomever of them still survived, or else rose up anew) bought printing presses and started the propaganda-businesses, which certainly were important determinants of the government, and so had to be granted their own “Estate,” “The Fourth Estate.” Kochville (“the libertarian movement”) is merely the latest embodiment of that type of class-driven polity, but it cloaks itself in “the free market,” as if the freedom that they seek is really for any social class or “Estate” other than their own: the aristocracy, whom they think of as simply “the job-creators,” while holding workers in (and treating them with) contempt, as being merely replaceable, if not expendable. Economic hierarchy is their only morality, because they’re at the top of it.”

WikipediaDeMint’s wife, Debbie, is one of three children of the late Greenville advertising entrepreneur and South Carolina Republican figure James Marvin Henderson, Sr.[6]

DeMint joined his father-in-law’s advertising firm in Greenville in 1981, working in the field of market research.[5][7] In 1983, he founded The DeMint Group, a research firm with businesses, schools, colleges, and hospitals as clients.[7]

DeMint’s first involvement in politics began in 1992, when he was hired by Republican Representative Bob Inglis to work on his campaign for South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District. Inglis defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Liz J. Patterson, and DeMint performed message-testing and marketing for Inglis through two more successful elections.[8]

In 1998, Inglis ran for the U.S. Senate instead of seeking re-election to the House of Representatives. DeMint left his firm to run for Inglis’ House seat.[5][8]The district was considered the most Republican in the state, and it was understood that whoever won the primary would be heavily favored to be the district’s next congressman.[citation needed] DeMint finished second in the Republican primary behind State Senator and fellow Greenville resident Michael Fair.[9] In the runoff, DeMint narrowly defeated Fair 2,030 votes.[10] He then defeated Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese with 57 percent of the vote to Reese’s 40 percent.[11] DeMint faced no major-party opposition in 2000, and defeated an underfunded Democrat in 2002.[citation needed]

DeMint campaigning in Erlanger, Kentucky with Congressman Ron Paul of Texas for Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Congressman Geoff Davis of Kentuckyin 2010.

DeMint won re-nomination in the Republican Party primary. Democratic Party opponent Alvin Greene won an upset primary victory over Vic Rawl, who was heavily favored. Due to various electoral discrepancies, Greene received scrutiny from Democratic Party officials, with some calling for Greene to withdraw or be replaced.[22] DeMint consistently led Greene by more than 30 points throughout the campaign and won reelection by a landslide.[citation needed]

In his first term, DeMint was appointed to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.[23] In 2006, DeMint began leading the Senate Steering Committee.[24] DeMint also served as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.[25][26]

As a member of the 111th United States Congress, DeMint joined the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.[27] In 2009, DeMint was one of two Senators who voted against Hillary Clinton‘s appointment to Secretary of State, and the next year he introduced legislation to completely repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.[28][29] Later in 2010, he introduced another piece of legislation titled the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, which aimed to require congressional approval of any major regulation change made by a federal agency.[30] At the end of his first term, DeMint was appointed to the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee regarding the impeachment of federal judge Thomas Porteous.[31]

After being re-elected in 2010, DeMint became the highest-ranking elected official associated with the Tea Party.[32][33][34] [35] During the first year of his second term, DeMint released a letter signed by over 30 other Senate Republicans asking the supercommittee tasked with balancing the federal budget to do so within the next ten years, and without creating any net tax increases.[36] In 2012, DeMint announced his resignation from the Senate effective January 1, 2012; he departed to take a job as president of the Heritage Foundation.[37] On December 17, 2012, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced that she would name Congressman Tim Scott to fill DeMint’s vacated seat.[38]

DeMint is a member of the Republican Party[39] and is aligned with the Tea Party movement.[40] In 2011, DeMint was identified by Salon as one of the most conservative members of the Senate.[39][40][41]

‘Not who we are’: Heritage president denounces Trump plan Washington Examiner by Al Weaver December 10, 2015 “Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint told CNN that Donald Trump’s plan to keep Muslims out of the U.S. is not the right way to lower the risk of terrorism from the Islamic State. ‘Americans don’t ban an entire religion because the lack of leadership of one president,” DeMint told “@This Hour” Wednesday. “It really does come down to a lack of leadership. People are fearful and frustrated. The president has been unwilling to identify the problem and to present a plan.'”