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Policing for Profit: Teaparty, ACLU, AFP Join Forces to Fight Worst in Nation Georgia Forfeiture Laws

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Policing for Profit: Teaparty, ACLU, AFP Join Forces to Fight Worst in Nation Georgia Forfeiture Laws

 

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The ALCU and the Tea Party groups got together to fight the IRS last week. Looks like the’re getting together again in Georgia to keep cops from taking people’s property. Good.

Where possible all those who care about civil liberties (perhaps for different reasons) should pool their resources to push back against a state which has tested the limits of our Constitution. Just because one has $10,000 in cash and the police find it doesn’t mean that the police get to keep all or part of it. But that’s what many civil forfeiture laws now allow, even if one is never convicted of anything.

“Why do you have $10K in cash? “Good” citizens don’t carry $10,000 in cash. You must be a drug dealer. Because you’re a drug dealer the police department will now take your $10,000. Thank you.

What’s that you say? Did we find any drugs? You say you’re not a drug dealer? Well, that’s not how it works citizen.  We don’t need to see any drugs when you have a pile of cash.

What’s that? A pile of cash is legal to own? Sure it might be legal to own it, but its also legal for us to take it.”

(From AppalachianAreaNews.com)
 
Critics say some law enforcement officers unfairly keep money seized from motorists who are investigated for drug trafficking and other offenses and eventually cleared. One man spent $12,000 in legal fees to recover $43,000 police took from him when he was pulled over in South Georgia, the institute noted.
 
The coalition wants the Georgia Legislature to pass House Bill 1, which would put law enforcement and prosecutors under greater scrutiny over how they use cash and property seized in criminal investigations. Supporters want Georgia’s forfeiture laws to be patterned after the rules in North Carolina, in which a jury can consider seizing property only after a conviction, and only if it was used for a crime.

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

Pat Caddell: The Establishment GOP wants the IRS to go after Tea Party

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Pat Caddell: The Establishment GOP wants the IRS to go after Tea Party (See, the Republicans and the Dems CAN agree on something.)

 

Believe it or not this guy worked for Jimmy Carter.

Believe it or not this guy worked for Jimmy Carter.

 

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Caddell says that’s why the issue is not being pressed by House leadership. My gut tells me that he’s right. The consulting crew  in Washington (which hires each other for gigs for top top dollar) fear the Tea Party because they know that they are toast if it takes power. All sorts of information will flood out, skeletons will come tumbling out of the closet, questionable checks written by questionable people will come to light. The establishment GOP is way more scared of the Tea Party than even the Dems, who though they won’t admit it publicly are pretty scared.

The GOP DC cronies are holding on for dear life and they want the Tea Party dead even if it means a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Below is a speech Caddell gave at CPAC after the defeat of Romney, just in case you want to know what the guy REALLY thinks.

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage: ‘I’m a plague carrier as far as the Tory party is concerned’

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UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage: ‘I’m a plague carrier as far as the Tory party is concerned’

 

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If you don’t know Mr. Farage you should. He might be the most important politician in Britain not to walk through the halls of Parliament. Heck he’s barely allowed in the halls of European Parliament and he was elected to that body.

Farage and his upstart (but now maturing and broadening) party, UKIP is giving the British Conservatives fits. The old, corrupt, somewhat “conservative” Conservative Party knows that it is losing touch with the British electorate in a way not unlike how the GOP in this country has lost touch with its constituencies.

It is interesting that there are liberty oriented popular movements sprouting up all over the world. The Tea Party here, UKIP in the UK, similar groups in even India and Japan, Australia which is now front and center. It reflects a newly empowered middle class. Technology has given power to the educated man and woman who before had no way to engage politically other than voting perhaps once a year. Now they have the Internet and a voice, and the establishment which feeds on crony capitalism and legal graft is right to be worried.

 

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

Pro-Obama nonprofit with wealthy donors spreading through TN

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog

Pro-Obama nonprofit with wealthy donors spreading through TN

 

NASHVILLE — Eager tea party protesters went toe-to-toe in Nashville Thursday against a progressive nonprofit, Organizing for Action, devoted solely to advancing President Barack Obama’s agenda — while both groups waited for Obama’s motorcade to pass them by.

This story, however, doesn’t quite play out the way you might expect.

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Darlene Shelton told Tennessee Watchdog that Organizing for Action, designed to promote President Obama’s agenda, is spreading throughout Tennessee.

Both groups held signs either for or against Obama, although the OFA clearly had an advantage with professionally made signs, while tea partiers’ signs were mostly homemade.

Both organizations say they are grassroots.

And while both groups are nonprofits,Time magazine recently documented that one of them has very wealthy financial backers.

And no, tea partiers are not the recipients of this largesse, and the Koch brothers are not the financial backers in question.

Actually, OFA received $21 million last year from 19 wealthy businessmen and women, all of whom donated or raised amounts ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 each, Time reported.

Obamacare supporter Edward Adam told Tennessee Watchdog that Obama’s intentions are good

Obamacare supporter Edward Adam told Tennessee Watchdog that Obama’s intentions are good.

Newsweb Corp. CEO Fred Eychaner, for instance, donated $500,000.

One of the OFA protesters in Nashville, Darlene Shelton, told Tennessee Watchdog that the nonprofit has established itself at chapters all over Tennessee, including KnoxvilleMurfreesboroFranklin and, recently, Nashville.

“We recruit people. We have phone banking. We call different people to get them involved and volunteer,” Shelton said.

“We then call representatives and try to get them to push for the issues that the president has set forth. We are the ones who voted for him.”

Despite sharply differing political views, the pro-Obama supporters and the Tea Party protestors managed to have civil discourse with one another. In this photo a man who identified himself only as “Joe Citizen” speaks to an unidentified Obama supporter.

Despite sharply differing political views, the pro-Obama supporters and the Tea Party protestors managed to have civil discourse with one another. In this photo a man who identified himself only as “Joe Citizen” speaks to an unidentified Obama supporter.

According to its website, OFA operates as a social welfare organization, as a 501(c)(4). 

The Huffington Post reports that OFA operates Obama’s Twitter account. The organization’s Facebook page for Tennessee, which has more than 7,000 followers, seems to revolve around the personalities of Obama and his wife, Michelle, and their pet political platforms. 

‘Well-intentioned’

Obama came to Nashville Thursday to speak at that city’s McGavock High School about jobs.

Edward Adam, a 2003 graduate of the school who didn’t say if he belonged to OFA, held up a sign promoting Obamacare and said it has improved his life — even though he later said something that seemed to call that testimony into question.

“I’m getting better from a situation where I needed health care, and I didn’t have it before, but now I can take care of my medical issues. I don’t know why anybody would want to protest it,” Adam said, when asked about the new law.

Tea Party members awaiting President Obama’s motorcade in Nashville Thursday said they were very careful about making sure the mainstream media didn’t portray them in an unflattering light.

Tea Party members awaiting President Obama’s motorcade in Nashville Thursday said they were very careful about making sure the mainstream media didn’t portray them in an unflattering light.

But does he have health insurance only because of Obamacare?

“Well, I already had it through my work,” Adam said.

“Obama means well. He is well-intentioned and he is only trying to help people advance beyond where we were under Bush.”

Meanwhile, on the tea party side of the road, protesters, who were greater in number, said they had to exercise due diligence and warn others not to hold inflammatory signs. To do otherwise could invite trouble from the mainstream media, they said.

“It’s just a matter of not having signs that are crass and tasteless,” said Ben Cunningham, president of the Nashville-based Tennessee Tax Revolt.

“If somebody puts up something that’s over the top then that will be the media’s story. The message we want to get across is our opposition to the president’s agenda.”

Tea Party member Mel London (front) said the only offensive signs he saw while awaiting President Obama’s motorcade were the ones being held by the people behind him.

Tea Party member Mel London (front) said the only offensive signs he saw while awaiting President Obama’s motorcade were the ones being held by the people behind him.

Another tea partier, Scott Nicoll, of Manchester, told Tennessee Watchdog he has personally witnessed national mainstream media outlets distort the nature of tea party movement protests he participated in while visiting Washington, D.C.

“With every protest I’ve been to the news has been that we are violent or ignorant. They claimed that racism was prevalent,” Nicoll said. “As a matter of fact I was right next to a black man protesting with me. If we don’t show up then the media will just say that we don’t care anymore. Either way, it’s going to be negative.”

Another tea partier, Mel London, who is black, said he saw only a few hateful signs.

“You see those signs over there that say ‘Go Forward with Obama’?” he asked, while pointing. Those are the only destructive signs here that I see.”

Contact Christopher Butler at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org. or follow him and submit story ideas on his official Facebook page.

The GOP Establishment Ain’t What it Used to Be

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By Nick Sorrentino

The GOP Establishment Ain’t What it Used to Be

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Tim Carney writes in the attached piece that the small government types have established beachheads in Washington DC.

We have said that the Tea Party barbarians are at the gate and are now coming over the walls.

Matt Kibbe has talked about the “hostile takeover” going on in the GOP driven by people committed to small government.

But we are all saying the same thing. Serious change is here and a lot more is coming to Washington DC.

The DC Republicans are sort of amazed by the whole phenomenon. Wasn’t it just 3 years ago that everything was normal? What happened? The GOP got defense money and farm subsidies. The Dems got social programs. We yelled at each other a little bit. But in the end everyone knew the game. Get to DC and gather power. Get to DC and gather fame. Get to DC and gather money. Then these Tea Party people showed up and started bitching about cutting spending. What’s worse is that many of them actually meant it.

“Do you know how embarrassing it is when you’ve called yourself a ‘conservative’ for your entire career and then some snot nosed new congressman from Missouri or some other God forsaken place says on TV the you aren’t. And then offers proof?”

“No, I don’t Senator.”

“Well I’ll tell you. It’s damned embarrassing.”

“We should have killed the Internet when we could have. Now everyday people actually know what’s going on. And, well, that’s damned embarrassing too.”

(From The Washington Examiner)

Floor leaders and committee chairmen have always been the GOP’s main contact point with corporations’ political action committees and lobbyists. If a member stays on the good side of party leaders, the leaders make a phone call to a lobbyist who throws the member a fundraiser.

Similarly, if a staffer always played nice with the Establishment, that brought with it job security: Even if your boss retired, you could land on your feet, as the leadership would recommend you for a job in another office, or K Street would hire you.

You can see how this would make dissenting staffers and members watch their words and actions. Sure, members were allowed to vote against the leadership – as long as the leadership didn’t need your vote. But at the end of the day, you had to play ball, otherwise you got no money for re-election, and no jobs for you or your staff.

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Chamber of Commerce to oppose Tea Party in primaries

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By Nick Sorrentino

Chamber of Commerce to oppose Tea Party in primaries

 

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“There is a world of difference between being pro-market and being pro-business. Sometimes, the two positions happen to coincide; often they don’t.”
~Daniel Hannan

The Chamber knows the above quote is true. This is why they are going after the small government people running for Congress in 2014. The Chamber just can’t count on the Tea Party folks the way they can count on establishment type Republicans.

See, everything was fine so long as Republicans claimed to be for small government but in reality were not. That tactic has a long history of success. Placate the folks back home with talk of reining in government spending, throw in some rhetoric about how welfare recipients aren’t pulling their weight and taking taxpayer dollars, and then get to Washington and vote for the expansion of government and for ever more corporate welfare. It’s a formula which worked for many years.

What are these small government types thinking? Do they really want to shrink the size of government and to reduce crony capitalism? Oh, we simply can’t have that. We don’t want to be weened!

No one ever does.

(From The Daily Caller)

“In 2014, the chamber will work to protect and expand a pro-business majority in the House and advance our position and our influence in the Senate,” Donohue said. “The business community understands what’s at stake.”

Donohue explained in an interview with Bloomberg, that while he is skeptical of big government, he opposes politicians who have “hitched their trailer to the tea party wagon.”

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Al Sharpton’s Chicago Town Hall Erupts into Anti-Political Machine Revolt (Awesome Video)

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Al Sharpton’s Chicago Town Hall Erupts into Anti-Political Machine Revolt (Awesome Video)

 

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One of the best videos I have seen in a long time. This is what I’m talking about. Al Sharpton (the MSNBC designated African-American mouth piece for this White House) goes to Chicago and gets an earful from a vastly African American audience which is fed up with the Chicago political system, with Al Sharpton, and to at least some degree with this president.

I found this video deeply encouraging.

 

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Tea Party making the job market tougher for retiring politicians trying to become lobbyists

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Tea Party making the job market tougher for retiring politicians trying to become lobbyists

 

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The small government people keep harshing the lobbyist’s buzz, man.

The attached article doesn’t say so explicitly but the lobbying “profession” in DC is under a bit of pressure because of the rabid small government people who have come into town. The Tea Party has held up legislation on principal and so has made it harder to get special deals for clients through Congress. (This is one of the reasons the Chamber of Commerce’s lobbyists cheered when Boehner recently took a shot at the Tea Party, which the lobbyists feel is killing their paychecks.)

Add in an Internet which helps to shine a light on lobbying and connections and one can see how, at least to a small degree, Fat City is slightly and we mean slightly less fat for this year’s crop of retiring Congress people.

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.
 

Lobbyists Cheer Boehner and Ryan for Expanding Government in Deal

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Lobbyists Cheer Boehner and Ryan for Expanding Government in Deal

 

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There is a clear line which has been drawn in the dirt of Washington DC. On one side there are the lobbyists, the #oldmedia, and the establishment political machines. On the other side are the people calling for a truly smaller government.

The thought that government would shrink, even a government which is as bloated and debt ridden as our own, is beyond the pale for those whose business it is to extract wealth from taxpayers. That’s why the lobbyists in Downtown DC have cheered the budget deal.

Think about it. A large part of K Street has built a career on buying the GOP, and now the Tea Party is just going to take over the place? Who do these small government people think they are anyway? This is “our town.” This is our party, and frankly the party has been rocking for decades. So long as government grows everyone can get a piece for themselves–everyone in Washington DC anyway. Why would anyone want to stop this? Principals are great and all, but we are here to get paid! Principals are for poor people.

And that is what they think.

(From Breitbart.com)
 
Grassroots conservative groups have fired back. Club for Growth has responded by pointing out, “Corporations are some of the biggest seekers of welfare in this country.” Heritage Action for America, meanwhile, has commented, “The fact that K Street is applauding confirms that the deal was bad, and Speaker Boehner’s comments confirm conservatives’ worst suspicions about Washington — that the game is rigged.”

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

Santelli and Stockman: The budget deal “Is a joke and a betrayal. It’s the final surrender of the House Republican leadership.” (Video)

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Santelli and Stockman: The budget deal “Is a joke and a betrayal. It’s the final surrender of the House Republican leadership.” (Video)

 

“(The Tea Party) ought to go after every incumbent Republican who voted for this abomination.”

We agree Mr. Stockman. Like we said 2014 is lining up to be a battle for the ages within the Republican Party. On one side is Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Cantor, Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment. On the other side of the pitch are the small government people, some of whom have made their way to DC in the past couple years, but most of whom have yet to breach the city gates. But they are coming.

Rising interest rates are going to explode the budget. No joke. There will be fiscal carnage.

The GOP leadership betrayed the American people. Simple as that.

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