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National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
It’s the place where the Panthers play, but it’s actually called Bank of America stadium.
A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap “Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama.”
Another email in June made the same pitch about the stadium.
From Pat Dollard:
Excerpted from The Washington Examiner: Controversial Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, Hilary Rosen, was hired by DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to coach her on media appearances.
According to a Wall Street Journal report in February, Obama advisers told Wasserman Schultz to “tone it down,” suggesting that she hire “two seasoned Democratic female pros, Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen,” for media training, in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Wasserman Schultz willingly accepted.
“I’m glad to get constructive criticism,” she said in the Wall Street Journal article.
Rosen is now under fire for suggesting that Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, “never worked a day in her life.”
Today, Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee sought to distance the party from Rosen’s comments.
“Hillary Rosen is absolutely not a paid adviser to the DNC or to the Obama campaign, absolutely not,” he said.
But Republicans at the Republican National Committee, have already pulled data on payments made by the DNC to Rosen.
“DNC has paid $120,000 to Rosen’s firm since 2011 for both a “communications consultant” and “media consultant,” tweeted Joe Pounder, the director at the RNC, “Sounds like Dunn and Rosen.”
“If you want to know who is having a worse day than the DCCC*, the DSCC**, or the DNC***, try the Progressive Change Congressional Committee. You see, last week they issued a pledge in support of net neutrality that was signed by ninety-five candidates.”
Florida’s flip-flop governor, Republican turned Independent (because he couldn’t beat Marco Rubio in the primary), Charlie Crist, has acknowledged that former President Bill Clinton was negotiating for Kendrick Meek (D-Fl) to withdraw from the Senate race, and support Charlie Crist.
Rubio, who is now 7 points ahead of Crist in the polls, is the odds-on favorite to win the Seante seat on November 2nd. The Meek campaign has confirmed Clinton’s involvement in the discussions, but has denied that Meek had actually agreed to withdraw. Other sources say that Meek had a change of heart, and decided to stay in the race.
It would appear that the DNC, and the White House, has been trying, behind the scenes, to ensure that the Republicans do not win the Florida seat. However, with four days left in the race, the vote in the Black voter bloc may be in jeopardy, as it is questioned as to why it was Meek they were trying to push out of the race instead of spolier Crist.
Clinton in the Sestak story! Clinton in the Meek-Crist story! Who is making these decisions?
Appears To Be Worthy of JAIL – RIGHT NOW
Shortly after Labor Day, as polls continued to sink, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) realized it needed a cash infusion for the upcoming midterm elections. Its chairman, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, turned to the Bank of America to secure a $15 million revolving credit line. Then, in the middle of this month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) got another loan from BofA for an additional $17 million.
Problem: Was the loan adequately collateralized – that is, truly “arms length”?
The DNC loan agreement as posted online by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and signed by former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) on September 16, 2010, says the loan collateral included: “All electronic mail (‘E-mail’) addresses and other contact lists, records and other Information (electronic or otherwise) relating to contributors, supporters and subscribers owned by any of the Borrowers.” The borrowers in this case were the DNC and the DNC Services Corporation.
The loan agreement further stipulates that if the Democrats defaulted, Bank of America would be entitled to “proceeds from any fundraising activity, refunds, reimbursements, or proceeds from the rental or sale of mailing, contact or subscription lists or Information (electronic or otherwise).”
More to the point, are those lists worth anywhere near the amount of these loans?
Because if they’re not, then the loan could be ruled a DONATION to the DNC, and that, coming from the bank, would be black-letter illegal.
Gee, given that Bank of America is accused of serious due process violations related to foreclosures, and has admitted to 102,000 “robosigned” documents which can be argued is an admission of the commission of 102,000 counts of perjury, do we have an appearance of bribery to go with the appearance of an illegitimate “campaign donation”?
BAC, incidentally, denies this is an improper transaction. Of course with The Democrats running the Administration, what do you think the odds are of an impartial look at this from the FEC?
I have been thinking on these similar lines regarding Christine O’Donnell and the manner that the White House and the DNC have been in “full force” in Delaware:
Yesterday, a poll went around showing Christine O’Donnell just five points behind Commie Coons in Delaware’s Senate race. This SORT OF explains the weird amount of time the White House has been spending in a slam dunk blue state.
But, Democrats are ferociously attacking CoD as hard as they attacked Scott Brown in Massachusetts. If she is so far behind, what is the point in beating up on this woman?
This is anecdotal, but I think I know why they are doing this…just like with Hottie McAwesome there are internals showing O’Donnell ahead.
Today I talked to a friend from Team Hillary who is a big Dem fundraiser. He told me that for the last week or so the DNC has been at DEFCON 1 leaning HARD on the rainmakers because they are terrified of a CoD win in Delaware.
The problem is some internal poll that apparently shows that a high percentage of Democrats early voting are voting straight ticket Republican instead…they are Democrats voting against Democrats.
I am still registered Democrat here in Chicago and I voted straight ticket Republican except for Tom Dart for Sheriff because I know and like him. Other than that, it was all Republican. But, in terms of early voting stats, I was a Democrat early vote on paper.
The media is not factoring people like me into the equation.
On the other side of the aisle, I can’t imagine many, if any, Republicans voting Democrat.
So someone at the DNC came up with a formula that takes all of this into account…and when THAT formula is applied to the Delaware race, CoD is ahead.
And that terrified the DNC enough to send the SOS to the big money guys like my friend for a Hail Mary pass.
“They are terrified of her winning”, my friend said. “Scott Brown terrified”.
And I add: these people have all been at this so long they don’t get this freaked out over nothing.