The USA Today is reporting that Mitt Romney is being very secretive as to the identities “of the fundraisers helping him collect the millions of dollars he needs to win the White House, even as he promises them special access perks.”
This is an important development because it undermines any claim to campaign transparency by Romney. It also leads to the perception that secret deals will cut for those Wall Street bankers and private equity company executives who are most likely to be Romney’s largest contributors.
The USA Today further reports that,
“Romney is not required by law to disclose the identities of his fundraisers with the exception of those who work as federal lobbyists. Releasing the names of bundlers, however, has been standard in presidential campaigns for more than a decade.
Republican George W. Bush established the pattern in the 2000 election, revealing the names of fundraisers who collected at least $100,000. He repeated the practice in 2004. Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee four years ago, had disclosed his fundraisers by this point in the 2008 campaign, releasing a list of 106 bundlers on April 18 of that year.
President Obama has released his fundraiser list every three months during this campaign.”
Campaign-finance watchdogs have pressed for Romney to disclose his bundlers. “Should he be elected, these people will be first in line seeking benefits from the new administration and the public won’t even know who these people are and whether they are being rewarded for their role in getting Romney elected,” said Taylor Lincoln, a research director at Public Citizen.
Here’s hoping the main stream media keeps this issue in the spotlight and continues to press Romney to release names. Here’s also hoping that Romney fails to comply and thereby keeps this scandal alive through election day.
Lynnrockets wishes all of you faithful Rocketeers an enjoyable memorial Day Weekend!
Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.
The Beverly Hillbillies Theme song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFI-hhndCek
THE ROMNEY HILLBILLY
(sung to the theme of “The Beverly Hillbillies”)
Come and listen to a story ‘bout a man named Mitt
A rich profiteer who’s been known to pitch a fit.
Unlike Scott Brown he won’t model in the nude,
He likes to run for office but he doesn’t have a clue.
Knowledge that is, Hates Polls, Sanity.
Well the one thing we know is Mitt’s a millionaire,
Pinstriped suits and plastic molded hair.
Inside the beltway is the place he wants to be,
So he strapped his dog on top and drove down to D.C.
Washington that is, Lobbyists, Big black cars.
Well now its time to say good-bye to Mitt and all his friends,
He will lose this year’s election and that will be his end
He never will return again cuz of the Tea Party,
They much prefer Santorum and his beastiality.
Man on dog, that is, Ring a bell?, Take your pants off.
Don’t come back now, y’hear?
The Elizabeth Warren campaign received a belated Christmas present this week when her Federal Elections Committee filing revealed that she raised $5.7 million in the last quarter of 2011. Warren, the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s opponent to incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, is proving to be a more than formidable candidate. The support for Warren also appears to be substantially fueled by Massachusetts voters (predominantly Democrats) who are anxious to recapture Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Those voters consider it to have been an embarrassment when, in 2010 Republican Scott Brown surprisingly won the special election for that seat with the help of gads of out of state Tea Party and Wall Street money.
Warren’s fourth quarter 2011 haul consisted of true grassroots support. She had 23,000 Massachusetts donors giving an average of $64.00 per person. Warren is also attracting a surprising amount of out of state money from Democrats who are aware that Brown’s (and the Republicans’) grasp on this Senate seat is quite tenuous. The $5.7 million raised by Warren easily outpaced the Brown campaign which raised $3.2 million during the same period. Warren’s campaign also walloped Brown’s in the third quarter of 2011 when she raised twice as much money as Brown. In fact, in the five months since Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy last August, she has raised $8.8 million. In contrast, Brown has only raised $8.5 million during the entire twelve months of 2011.
Warren’s wide appeal stems from the national perception that she is a champion of the working/middle class and an opponent of the Wall Street system that caused our economy’s collapse. She was, of course, the architect of the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The goal of that agency is to protect consumers from unscrupulous lenders, to insure that lending documents are written in plain English and not complicated legalese and to prevent another future taxpayer-funded bank bailout by means of subjecting the nation’s largest banks to periodic stress tests. Warren recently explained the mutual commitment between her and the working/middle class when she said, “From all across our Commonwealth, people are supporting our campaign and the fight to level the playing field for middle-class families.”
In stark contrast to the consumer-friendly appeal of Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown was named by Forbes magazine as one of “Wall Street’s Favorite Congressmen.” Brown’s appeal to the Tea Party and conservative Republicans has also been on the wane as the result of his voting alongside Democrats and against the majority of Republicans on several hotly contested bills. Scott Brown is no longer the rising star of the Republican Party which he was projected to be when he took office in 2010. This became visibly apparent when Mitt Romney declined to have Brown speak on his behalf during the New Hampshire primary campaign despite the fact that Brown was one of his earliest endorsers. Consequently, it does appear as if Brown will be capable of raising nearly as much national money as he did in 2010.
Brown has other problems also. He injected himself into the spotlight last February when he issued a press release for his yet unreleased autobiography titled “Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances”. That press release revealed for the first time that Brown had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse on at least three occasions and by two different deviants. Two of those molestations occurred at a Massachusetts summer camp and the other happened at an unidentified location. By including that bit of personal red meat in the pre-publication release, there is no denying that the revelation was intended to launch sales of his book. Brown however, has steadfastly refused to identify his molester and has also refused to assist law enforcement agencies in investigating the matter. When asked by local television station WBZ, at the time of the book’s release, if he would pursue his alleged sexual abuser, Brown said, “I have more important things to do… he’s probably in his 70s today.” Massachusetts Cape and Islands District Attorney, Michael O’Keefe reports that Scott Brown told him he didn’t want to pursue the case.
By means of his investigation obstruction, Scott Brown has painted himself into a corner from which he may not be able to escape without a permanent unsightly stain on his moral character. He had every right to keep his sexual abuse a private matter but as soon as he publicized and profited from the revelation the rules changed. Brown’s criminal allegations have been made public by the release of his book and Scott Brown now has a moral obligation to reveal the identity of his abuser if, for no other reason, than to prevent this sexual predator from hurting more children. It makes no difference that the criminal is “probably in his 70s” because there are numerous examples of convicted sexual predators in that age range and sexual predators tend to repeat their crimes. Scott Brown will need more than the Tea Party to win re-election in 2012. Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats may disagree on many issues, but protecting sexual offenders is not one of them.
The most recent poll conducted in December 2011 reveals waning support which spells trouble for the Scott Brown campaign. The UMass/Boston Herald poll reveals that Brown, who is routinely referred to as “Massachusetts’ Favorite Politician” is presently trailing Elizabeth Warren by 7 percentage points. If Brown wants to win this race, he might be forced to pull out all the stops and once again pose nude as he once did in Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.
Downtown song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sku-1hqA5xw
(sung to the Petula Clark song “Downtown”)
If Mass. is your home
And you are full of baloney,
You must surely be – Scott Brown
You have your worries,
With no clothes in snow flurries
You’re a nudist boy – Scott Brown
You’re popular in the woods but were voteless in the city
Your term is only two years Scott, and isn’t that a pity?
You’re sure to lose
You’ve got some Mitt Romney hair
But it grows down on your buttocks, we’ve seen when you’re bare, and so
Scott Brown – politics of hate when you’re
Scott Brown – voted right out the door
Scott Brown – private life’s waiting for you
(Scott Brown, Scott Brown)
Don’t wear a frown
As the Tea-Baggers surround you
They are friends not foes – Scott Brown
The “Party of No”
Is just the place that they go to
Where their hatred grows – Scott Brown
Just charm them with the rhythm of your naked bossanova
They’ll be bare-assed with you too before the night is over
They’ll take off their underwear
Then they’ll forget all their troubles, forget all their cares like you,
Scott Brown – not erudite or bright
Scott Brown – every nudist’s delight
Scott Brown – you’re gonna be alright now
(Scott Brown, Scott Brown, Scott brown)
(Scott Brown, Scott Brown)
And you might find that your behind will help ingratiate you
With Larry Craig who loves the view and has a gentle hand to
Guide you along
And maybe you’ll see him bare
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares dear bro
Scott Brown – get right down on all fours
Scott Brown – don’t wait a minute more
Scott Brown – Larry Craig’s waiting for you
Scott Brown (Scott Brown) Scott Brown (Scott Brown)
Scott Brown (Scott Brown) Scott Brown (Scott Brown)
(repeat and fade out)