Written on Monday, June 6, 2011 by Ann-Marie Murrell
Those pesky Democrats are at it again—and this time they’re aiming for the group that almost single-handedly changed the standing of the House of Representatives in 2010: The Tea Party.
With their usual aplomb, instead of fighting face-to-face like decent human beings, the Democrats are sneaking around-back and trying to find Alinsky-approved ways to infiltrate unseen.
They are doing this with the help of a VERY deceptive website called PatriotMajority.us (formerly TheTeaPartyisOver.org)–a group which basically funnels money out of everyone from ordinary citizens to big labor unions and redirects them into slush funds for Democratic activists.
When you first go to the PatriotMajority website, it initially looks like every Conservative website on the Internet. It’s all red, white and blue with a video of the Statue of Liberty and graphics of Mt. Rushmore. Their “Patriot Majority” logo has the usual Tea Party graphic of a Revolutionary soldier in profile holding a rifle.
Their motto is: “We believe it is our patriotic duty to protect the American Dream, strengthen national security and provide for the common good of all Americans. We also work independently to elect candidates who support these patriotic policies.”
And their ‘About Us’ statement and goals:
Patriot Majority PAC was formed in October 2009 with two organizational goals:
Promote policies that protect the American Dream, strengthen our national security and provide for the common good of our growing and dynamic population.
Work independently to elect Senate and Congressional candidates in targeted races who support these patriotic policies.
To help achieve these two organizational goals, Patriot Majority PAC’s new web site will examine in depth and vigorously support policies and candidates dedicated to achieving this American agenda:
1. Strengthen our national security, support our troops and keep the promises made to our nation’s military veterans
2. Create jobs, ensure America’s return to a vibrant, job-creating economy and keep America at the global forefront of technology development and innovation
3. Secure and diversify our energy supply with affordable, clean energy and, once and for all, end our reliance on foreign oil from countries that either hate us or harbor those who plot to harm us
4. Strengthen our health-care system so that it remains the best in the world, but also so that it is affordable
5. Educate our young people to compete successfully in a knowledge-based economy
6. Promote the free flow of public information vital to a well-informed citizenry and ensure transparency in public life and among government officials in order to serve the common good rather than special interests
7. Support smart and effective public safety policies that are beneficial to law enforcement, other public safety officials and the citizens they are sworn to protect
Sounds awesome, right? Sounds just like any Tea Party or Conservative site with the basic same set of goals.
When you click on a link called “The Tea Party is Over”, you’ll see the real monster behind the proverbial curtain.
On their REAL page, the first thing that grabs you is a picture of Sarah Palin looking as vicious as our Sarah possibly can with a banner that reads, “We came unarmed (this time)”.
“It’s time to fight back,” the website screams. “As Americans, we must answer the call to patriotic duty and say no to the dangerous extremism that threatens to tear our country apart.” Following this call to arms, there are links that say, “Sign up! Support real patriots! Tell your friends! Vote for who should be defeated!” “Keep America Strong and Secure. Bag the Tea Party.”
On this undisguised page, there are articles called “Florida Congressman Discusses the Issues” (all about Col. Allen West, whom they apparently see as a potential threat); “Tea Party Fringe Still Likes Donald the Demagogue” and “Tea Party Stands for Toxic”. There’s also an “Eye on the Tea Party” map, in which you can see exactly where the most active Tea Party movements are throughout the United States.
A Fox News report last year uncovered exactly who is behind this website and it all boils down to two men: Democrat strategists Craig Varoga and George Rakis.
These two sneaky dudes run a Maryland-based consulting firm called Independent Strategies (another site that looks much more Conservative/Patriot than liberal). They have another address which Fox describes as the center of where their activity seems to come from, a single office in Southeast D.C. — 300 M Street, Suite 1102 which, according to Fox, “plays host to a sprawling political shell game they have established.”
Their Suite 1102 office is run by lawyer Joseph Sandler, who is a general counsel to the Democratic National Committee.
Part of what Varoga and Rakis have done is set up a number “527’s”, which are basically tax-exempt groups that, under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, are “allowed to raise money for political activities including voter mobilization efforts, issue advocacy and the like.”
According to OpenSecrets.org, “Many 527’s run by special interest groups raise unlimited ‘soft money,’ which they use for voter mobilization and certain types of issue advocacy, but not for efforts that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a federal candidate or amount to electioneering communications.”
So Varoga and Rakis are able to keep a central mailing address in Washington and can gather this ‘soft money’ from unions and other Democratic contributors in what Fox calls “a legal laundering system”. The tens of millions of dollars collected “gets circulated around to different states by the 527s, which pay for TV ads, Internet campaigns and lobbyist salaries, all while keeping the hands of the unions clean—for the most part.”
The “most part” meaning that this deceptive system hides the true sources of funding—making it appear as if the money is coming from individual states, or more of a ‘grass roots’ base instead of a huge central location run by two Democrat strategists.
All of this is dishonest and borderline criminal, yes; but illegal, no.
Rep. Paul Ryan said, “There’s a reason they do it: they know voters don’t like outsiders coming in to sway the vote.”
According to Fox, public records show “at least seven political shops listed in Varoga and Rakis’s D.C. office, most of which are essentially clones of one another, but all of which have offered money—from measly thousands to game-changing millions—in state-level elections across the country”:
The American Public Policy Committee Donations | IRS forms
Patriot Majority Donations | IRS forms
Citizens for Progress Donations | IRS forms
Oklahoma Freedom Fund Donations | IRS forms
Mid Atlantic Leadership Fund Donations | IRS forms
Public Security Now Donations | IRS forms
Pioneer Majority Donations | IRS forms
Bluegrass Freedom Fund Donations | IRS forms
These groups worked hard to win the November ’10 elections, using their money for anti-Tea Party ads and more. And all of their money was came from Patriot Majority and Citizens for Progress (also called Patriot Majority West).
Election law experts call the naming system intentional and “generally disapprove of the practice.”
Ryan said, “I do take issue with and have long complained about groups that shield particular special interests with innocuous-sounding names like … ‘Americans for America.’ That type of naming of an organization, I believe, is specifically intended to obscure the true sources of funding of special interest groups behind political activity.”
Some of the major contributors of Patriot Majority and Patriot Majority West are: the Service Employees International Union, Change to Win, the Communications Workers of America, the National Education Association, the Teamsters Union, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which in 2008 donated $5.8 million to Patriot Majority and another $4.1 million to Patriot Majority Midwest.
So please PLEASE be very aware of any site you visit which may or may not be what you think it is. (I personally saw several of my Facebook friends listed as members of the site). The Democrats are out for blood in the 2012 elections and they are willing to achieve their goal through any means available.