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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Benton Slams McConnell & Reveals Political Agenda

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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Benton Slams McConnell & Reveals Political Agenda

 

 

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Former Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Chairman and Rand Paul Campaign Chair Jesse Benton is back in the headlines!

The latest in a volley of phone recordings of the former Paul Chairman slammed Mitch McConnell and revealed his long term Rand Paul 2016 plan.

During the recording, obtained by the Economic Policy Journal, Benton confirmed Rand Paul is running for president in 2016 then expressed his thoughts about Mitch McConnell’s campaign in his own words by stating that he’s “holding his nose” while he serves as the Kentucky senior senator’s Campaign Chairman.

The recording that surfaced was an exchange between Ron Paul’s 2008 National Field Director Dennis Fusaro and Jesse Benton on January 9, 2013.

The content of the audio recording features Benton speaking out about his long term plans in politics. While currently acting as Mitch McConnell’s Campaign manager for his 2014 Senate run, Benton has bigger arrangements for the 2016 Presidential election. Regarding his position on the McConnell campaign, quote, “what we are doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand in 2016.”

It’s worth mentioning that Fusaro appeared on a previous phone recording that he likewise released to “The Iowa Republican” featuring Kent Sorenson, which disclosed a 200 thousand plus dollar payoff dealing between the Paul camp and Iowa State Senator Sorenson during the Iowa caucuses.

That recording vindicated claims from the Bachmann Camp of the alleged payoff and confirmed that Benton was lying to the press when he denied the payoffs occurred.

This latest Benton Phone Recording may just cost Benton his career in politics and delight Benton’s critics who say he was a “Cancer to Ron Paul’s Campaigns.”

No word yet if Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have plans to distance themselves from Jesse Benton.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/08/mitch-mcconnell-campaign-manager-im.html

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Benton Bribery Scandal Compromises Rand Paul 2016?

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Benton Bribery Scandal Compromises Rand Paul 2016?

 

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This just in, Jesse Benton, former Chairman of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign has found himself mired in an alleged bribery scandal stemming from claims he initiated payoffs to structure the resignation of Bachmann Campaign Chairman Kent Sorenson during the 2012 election.

On December 28, 2011, the tides in the presidential election seemed to shift when Iowa State Senator and Campaign Chairman for Michele Bachmann for President, Kent Sorenson resigned from Bachmann’s campaign during the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and endorsed 12-term congressman Ron Paul, instead.

While this event did not significantly affect the outcome of the election, Sorenson’s endorsement of Congressman Paul is now drawing heavy scrutiny after e-mail conversations and memos were released exposing a financial proposal of over $200,000 for Sorenson’s defection from the Bachman campaign.

This newly developing bribery scandal included exchanges between Senator Kent Sorenson, Ron Paul’s Campaign Chairman, Jesse Benton, President of the Campaign for Liberty, John Tate, Sorenson’s legislative clerk, Chris Dorr, and a few others.

Jesse Benton, who was also the Campaign Manager for Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate-run, reportedly initiated the Bachmann Defection plan in November of 2011 by contacting Sorenson’s conduit to the Paul campaign. It’s also been alleged by Opensecrets.org, a nonpartisan election guide for financial contributions, that Benton has his own controversy regarding money earned from running a political campaign, which amounts to a much larger payoff of about $1.1 million through various Paul campaign entities. As of this report little has been done to slow Benton’s push deeper into corrupt Washington dealings.

Benton is no stranger to dirty tricks. In April a secretly recorded audio file was leaked to Mother Jones detailing how the McConnell Senate Re-election Efforts, whom Benton is campaign Manager, would include targeting his proposed opponent Ashley Judd by focusing on her mental health and religion.

In the Benton initiated plan, Sorenson demanded $88,000 for himself, $20,000 for his accomplice Chris Dorr, and $100,000 for his newly created state Political Action Committee, or PAC.

This information was disclosed to TheIowaRepublican.com by Dennis Fusaro, a field director for Ron Paul’s campaign in 2008, who had a close relationship with Senator Sorenson through his work as Executive Director of the National Right to Work Committee.

Sorenson is now under investigation by the Federal Election Commission and Iowa Senate Ethics Committee for violating state senate rules which prohibit senators from receiving direct and indirect financial contributions from political campaigns.

This could have drastic effects on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s Presidential aspirations due to Benton’s relationship with Kentucky’s other Senator Mitch McConnell.  These new revelations of alleged payoffs and dirty tricks could now call to question Rand Paul’s entire Senate win.

Rand Paul has made measured steps to clear his path to the White House in 2016 by courting both Neo-con incumbents of the Republican Elite while also pandering to the Tea Party.

Calls to Rand’s office were not returned and there is no word yet if Rand Paul will be distancing him from Benton in light of this scandal.

http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/the-payoff-details-revealed-on-sorensons-deal-with-ron-paul/

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Ron Paul – War Propaganda

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Politico Botches Poll Results to Downgrade Ron Paul

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Source: http://www.infowars.com

By Paul Joseph Watson

The establishment media is so desperate to sink Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, they’re brazenly misreporting the results of polls, making it appear as if the Congressman is performing worse than his rivals, when the opposite is true.

The latest example comes out of Politico, an establishment mouthpiece which routinely defends the DC status quo. Reacting to the results of the final Des Moines Register opinion poll, Politico hastily sent out a “Breaking News” email alert claiming the outcome showed Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum “climbing to second [place] at 21 percent and Ron Paul in third, with 18 percent.”

In reality, Paul took second place with 22 per cent, with Santorum in a fairly distant third with 15 per cent of the vote.

Politico sent out a revised email shortly afterwards which read, “[t]his breaking news alert corrects a previous breaking news alert.”

The Daily Caller attempted to contact Politico seeking an explanation as to why the error was made, but their calls were not returned.

Of course, these botched poll numbers will likely be explained away as an ‘accident’, but isn’t it funny how these ‘accidents’ routinely serve to denigrate Ron Paul?

Fox News has made a habit out of making mistakes that portray Paul in a bad light, the most infamous of which occurred when the network attempted to skew Ron Paul’s 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year’s CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result.

A Fox News poll released earlier the same week which asked who would make the best president included many of the potential candidates that Ron Paul trounced in the CPAC straw poll, yet the Congressman’s name was not even included in the survey.

Perhaps the most brazenly unfair and agenda-driven treatment of Paul occurred after the Ames Straw Poll result when, after Paul almost tied with Michele Bachmann for first place, the establishment media completely ignored him and instead talked up the chances of candidates Paul had easily defeated.

The establishment media is presumably smarting from the fact that their ceaseless smear attacks against Ron Paul have had virtually no effect whatsoever on his chances of performing well in Iowa, to the point where they now have to resort to inventing poll results to make themselves feel better.

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Bachmann campaign loses second key staffer in Ron Paul flap

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By NBC’s Jamie Novogrod and Alex Moe

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign lost another high-ranking staff member on Thursday after that staffer defended another former Bachmann official’s defection to a rival campaign.

Wes Enos, Bachmann’s political director, has left the campaign, spokeswoman Alice Stewart confirmed to NBC News on Thursday evening.

The resignation comes on the heels of last night’s announcement by Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who had served as Bachmann’s Iowa chairman, that he had stepped down from that position to support Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign instead.

Yesterday, Enos publicly defended Sorenson, an Iowa state Senator, against charges voiced by Bachmann that Sorenson had accepted money from the Paul campaign, in violation of state law. (This narrative is disputed by Sorenson himself.)

“I can’t in good conscious watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a sell-out,” Enos told NBC News on Wednesday night, insisting that Sorenson felt personal loyalty to colleagues in the state legislature backing Paul.

A similar statement from Enos was released via the Ron Paul campaign shortly after midnight today.

Reached via text message today, Enos told NBC News, of his departure from the Bachmann campaign: “It was a mutual thing. I knew when I undermined [Bachmann's] statement last night that I effectively was tendering my resignation.”

Enos adds he has no “ill will” toward Bachmann.

That hasn’t stalled the emerging feud between the Bachmann and Paul campaigns.

Bachmann re-iterated her charge against Sorenson at a campaign stop on Thursday, saying that Sorenson had told her he had been “offered a great deal of money” to support Ron Paul, but had given her campaign assurances he would stay.

“He said that he would be staying. He was with me at our campaign stop in Indianola,” Bachmann said.

Sorenson joined Bachmann at a Pizza Ranch in Indianola yesterday, where he spoke with voters as he stood by Bachmann’s side. Later, he declined to speak on her behalf, citing dental work he had received earlier in the day.

“I’m numb, so I’m afraid I’ll start drooling,” Sorenson told the crowd, to laughs.

Today, Bachmann told reporters that, “He told all of our campaign that he was definitely on board and then he got in his car and he went and announced that he was going with the Ron Paul campaign.”

The visit to the Indianola event followed a discussion over the phone Tuesday, Bachmann said, in which Sorenson told her he had been offered a “great deal of money” to defect to the Paul campaign.

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Bachmann’s campaign is going down the toilet and she is desperately seeking sympathy instead of trying to rally support.  Her constant attacks on the only statesman and conservative candidate and continued warmongering and fearmongering are playing out.

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Kent Sorenson on CNN discussing his swtich from Bachmann to Paul

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Michele Bachmann’s political director defends Kent Sorenson against Bachmann allegations

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Michele Bachmann’s former Iowa campaign chairman Kent Sorenson spoke of his support for Ron Paul on Wednesday night at a rally for veterans. (Andrea Melendez/The Register)

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s claim last night that Iowa campaign chairman Kent Sorenson ditched her campaign because of financial incentives offered by rival Ron Paul was refuted by an unlikely source early this morning.

Her own Iowa political director.

The Paul campaign released a statement at 12:01 this morning from Wes Enos — Bachmann’s Iowa political director — defending Sorenson’s surprising departure and disputing Bachmann’s allegations.

Here’s Enos’ statement in full:

“I won’t say much about the situation or the conflicting statements beyond this; I can say unequivocally that Kent Sorenson’s decision was, in no way financially motivated.

“His decision had more to do with the fact that the Ron Paul supporters have been something of a family to him since he was first elected in 2008 and here in the end, as it becomes more and more apparent that the caucus cycle is coming to an end, Kent believed that he needed to be with them as they stand on the cusp of a potential caucus upset.

“While I personally disagree with Kent’s decision, and plan to stay with Michele Bachmann because I truly believe in her, I cannot, in good conscious watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a ‘sell-out’ ….That is simply not the case, and it was not the basis of his decision,” said Mr. Enos.”

Sorenson appeared at a Paul rally in Des Moines last night to swing his support toward the Texas congresssman and away from Bachmann.

The move came as a complete shock to the Bachmann team, which had campaigned with Sorenson in his hometown of Indianola just hours before.

In a statement, Bachmann accused Sorenson of “selling out” to the Paul campaign for a “large sum of money.”

The Register has requested a response from the Bachmann campaign, and will update this story if one is provided.

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Bachmann Iowa Chair Ditches Her for Paul

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Hawkeye State Sen. Kent Sorenson jumps to the Texan’s camp hours after he attended an event in Indianola to support the MN Congresswoman.

Sorenson: “When the Republican establishment is going to be coming after Ron Paul, I thought it is my duty to come to his aid.”

Read the release below.


Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson Endorses Ron Paul for President

Former Iowa chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann pivots to Paul camp citing, “Ron Paul has established himself as the clear choice.”

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) in a major pivot that promises to give Paul extra momentum in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.

In making his endorsement Sen. Sorenson is leaving his post as Iowa chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign here. The resignation and endorsement take effect immediately.

“Congressman Paul is delighted to accept the endorsement of Senator Kent Sorenson, whose blessing and assistance carry a great deal weight in Iowa. The fact that he doesn’t take this decision lightly tells a great deal about the Senator and Ron Paul. This endorsement is a rare find and we hope it pushes us nearer to our goal of a strong top-three finish at the January caucus,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

Kent Sorenson was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011 and represents District 37 after serving in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011, representing District 74. The senator is a member of several committees including the Judiciary, Natural Resources and Environment, and State Government committees. He is also the ranking member of both the Senate and Joint Oversight Committees and a member of the Advisory Council for Agricultural Education, the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Council, and the Human Rights Board.

Senator Sorenson has been leader in the fight in defense of traditional family values, the sanctity of life, and a restoration of Second Amendment rights.

The full endorsement statement from Senator Sorenson follows.

Sorenson Statement

The decision I am making today is one of the most difficult I have made in my life. But given what’s at stake for our country, I have decided I must take this action.

Today, I am switching my support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul for the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and the presidency of the United States.

I still maintain an immense amount of respect for Michele. The reasons are many. She’s never betrayed conservatives on issues like taxes, the Right to Life, and the Second Amendment. So over the past few months, I have been saddened at the dismissive way she’s been treated among some conservatives especially after winning the Iowa Straw Poll.

But the fact is, there is a clear top tier in the race for the Republican nomination for President, both here in Iowa and nationally. Ron Paul is easily the most conservative of this group.

The truth is, it was an excruciatingly difficult decision for me to decide between supporting Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at the beginning of this campaign. Dr. Paul and his supporters were a major help in my successful campaigns for Iowa House and Senate even when I couldn’t count on the support of the Republican establishment here in Iowa.

Of course, battling the establishment is nothing new for Dr. Paul or for myself. During my time in the General Assembly, I’ve established myself as a leader in the fights for traditional marriage, the Right to Life, and the protection of the Second Amendment – sometimes even against the wishes of my own party.

Since my election, I’ve learned that doing the right thing isn’t always easy. It’s easy to see why so many legislators “sell out” once elected. The pressure to do so is immense.

But what America needs now is a President who will not just “go along to get along.” Instead, we must send someone who puts doing what is right above all else to the White House. That candidate is Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is the only candidate to predict the current mess we find ourselves in economically, and he’s the only candidate to offer a true plan to cut spending and balance our budget.

He’s also consistently spoken out against government spending, assaults on individual liberties, and unnecessary trillion-dollar military adventurism for over 30 years. Polls show he is the Republican candidate that can take on and defeat President Obama in November 2012.

Like all true conservatives, I wholeheartedly agree with Ron Paul that government is too big, and both parties share in the blame. We agree that it is immoral to print money and pass on mounds of debt to the next generation. We agree that life begins at conception and must be protected. We both believe that the Second Amendment must be defended unwaveringly, and that there are too many wars being fought with no end in sight and no obvious path to a defined victory.

Of course, as a state legislator, I recognize that Dr. Paul’s strong views on the 10th Amendment will enable me to fight for what I believe in right in my own backyard instead of having to constantly wait on one-size-fits-all “solutions” from Washington, D.C.

With the entire Republican establishment intent on smearing Ron Paul and his dedicated supporters, I understand this decision could impact the way people see me and my entire political career. But this is the right decision, and one in which I proudly stand behind.

To the truly wonderful people I met on the Bachmann campaign, I look forward to working with them in the future as we further the fights for the Right to Life, traditional marriage, and the restoration of our Second Amendment rights here in Iowa. I personally wish her all the best as she continues to battle in Congress.

As for conservatives who are rightly concerned with defeating establishment Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and – even more importantly – Barack Obama in 2012, Ron Paul has established himself as the clear choice.

If you are as frustrated as I am with what’s been done by the ruling class, I urge you to join me in supporting Dr. Paul. We can send the national big government political establishment a message they will never forget by voting for Ron Paul for President in the January 3 Iowa Caucuses.

 

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Ron Paul is the Most Incorruptible Man I Have Ever Worked For

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Paul leads in Iowa

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Source: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa.  He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.

Gingrich has now seen a big drop in his Iowa standing two weeks in a row.  His share of the vote has gone from 27% to 22% to 14%.  And there’s been a large drop in his personal favorability numbers as well from +31 (62/31) to +12 (52/40) to now -1 (46/47). Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative- now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not.

Paul’s ascendancy is a sign that perhaps campaigns do matter at least a little, in a year where there has been a lot of discussion about whether they still do in Iowa.  22% of voters think he’s run the best campaign in the state compared to only 8% for Gingrich and 5% for Romney. The only other candidate to hit double digits on that question is Bachmann at 19%. Paul also leads Romney 26-5 (with Gingrich at 13%) with the 22% of voters who say it’s ‘very important’ that a candidate spends a lot of time in Iowa.  Finally Paul leads Romney 29-19 among the 26% of likely voters who have seen one of the candidates in person.

Paul’s base of support continues to rely on some unusual groups for a Republican contest.  Among voters under 45 he’s at 33% to 16% for Romney and 11% for Gingrich.  He’s really going to need that younger than normal electorate because with seniors Romney’s blowing him out 31-15 with Gingrich coming in 2nd at 18%. Paul is also cleaning up 35-14 with the 24% of voters who identify as either Democrats or independents. Romney is actually ahead 22-19 with GOP voters.  Young people and non-Republicans are an unusual coalition to hang your hat on in Iowa, and it will be interesting to see if Paul can actually pull it off.

Romney’s vote share is up 4 points from a week ago to 20% from it previous 16% standing. His favorability numbers have improved a little bit as well from 48/44 to 49/40. One thing Romney really has going for him is more room for growth than Paul.  Among voters who say they’re not firmly committed to their current candidate choice, Romney is the second choice for 19% compared to 17% for Perry, 15% for Bachmann, and only 13% for Paul.   It’s particularly worth noting that among Gingrich- who seems more likely to keep falling than turn it around- voters, he’s the second choice of 30% compared to only 11% for Paul.

In addition to having more support right now Paul also has firmer support (73% solidly committed) than Romney does (68% solidly committed.) But at the same time Romney appears to have more room for growth, which could allow him to overtake Paul in the last two weeks.

Two other notes on Romney: he’s now winning the electability primary- 25% of voters think he would have the best chance to defeat Obama compared to 17% for Gingrich and 16% for Paul. And he also leads Paul 24-18 among voters who watched the Sioux City debate on Thursday night, confirming general perception that he had the stronger performance.

The rest of the field isn’t getting much traction. Among the three candidates tied at 10%, Santorum has gained a couple points compared to last week, Perry has moved up a single point, and Bachmann is down a point. There is some indication that Iowans are warming up to Perry a little bit. He’s gone from a -4 (43/47) favorability to a +8 (48/40).

With six candidates in double digits there are still a lot of different things that could happen the final two weeks in Iowa. But it looks like Paul and Romney have emerged as the clear front runners.

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