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National Conservative Leaders Call for RNC Investigation

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Top Conservatives Demand Reince Priebus Investigate, Censure Henry Barbour for Race-Baiting Mississippi Tactics

 
 

by  16 Jul 2014

A coalition of powerful conservative leaders, led by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, is demanding that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus censure RNC committeeman Henry Barbour for his role in racially incendiary appeals to Democratic voters that voting for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) was a means of helping stop the Tea Party.

The coalition, which includes TPPCF Chair Jenny Beth Martin, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell, Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie, former RNC grassroots director Drew Ryun, Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins, and SOS4SOS PAC Chairman Ken Blackwell, is calling on Priebus to create a special RNC committee to investigate the matter and eventually issue a formal RNC repudiation of the actions taken in Mississippi.
 
The coalition wrote to Priebus:
 
We, the undersigned, write today to express our outrage at the actions of a member of the Republican National Committee, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour, and to respectfully insist that you create a committee to investigate questionable activities surrounding the June 24 Mississippi Republican Senate nomination runoff election; that the RNC repudiate any and all unethical and potentially illegal activities associated with the runoff election; and that you and your RNC colleagues formally censure or otherwise discipline the persons responsible for those actions.
 
In the letter, the coalition details how Cochran’s allies—specifically RNC committeeman Henry Barbour, through his role atop the pro-Cochran Super PAC Mississippi Conservatives PAC—“adjusted” their strategy heading into the June 24 runoff after state Sen. Chris McDaniel won more votes than Cochran in the June 3 primary “by deciding to reach out to Democrats, many of whom voted in the June 3 Democratic primary election.”
 
“It is illegal in Mississippi for Democrats to vote in a Republican runoff election if they previously voted in the Democratic primary, and thousands of irregular and potentially illegal ballots from the runoff election have already been identified,” the coalition wrote to Priebus, adding: 
According to media accounts and Federal Elections Commission reports, Mississippi Conservatives PAC, at Henry Barbour’s direction, hired both James "Scooby Doo" Warren and Mitzi Bickers, two well- known Democrat political operatives, to engage and turn out Democrats for the runoff, many of whom are believed to have voted illegally in the runoff.
The coalition argues that Henry Barbour and the other Cochran allies who participated in such a strategy violated RNC rules, specifically Rule 11(b), which, they wrote, said:
[It] makes clear the Committee’s belief that Republican nomination contests should be decided by the votes of Republicans – and which goes so far as to declare that the Republican National Committee shall not recognize as the nominee of the Republican Party any nominee whose nomination results from a process in which voters who participated in the selection of a nominee of any other party also participated in the selection of the Republican nominee.
McDaniel is estimated to have received more Republican votes than Cochran did in the June 24 primary, despite losing the overall tally by around 7,000 votes.
 
In their letter to Priebus, the conservative coalition notes that the “strategy decision alone” was far less “troubling” than the “unethical and potentially illegal tactics employed by Henry Barbour’s PAC in its effort to solicit Democrat votes.”
 
Over the course of six bullet points that take up a full page in the three-page letter, the conservative coalition details those “unethical and potentially illegal” activities in which Henry Barbour and his pro-Cochran Super PAC partook. The first point, “casting illegal votes,” notes how Hinds County Democratic Party Executive Committee election coordinator Claude McInnis says that that county’s GOP executive committee Chairman Pete Perry and election commissioner Connie Cochran, the senator’s sister-in-law, “asked Democrats to help them ‘break the law’ by working together to have Democrats who had already voted in the June 3 Democratic primary vote again in the June 24 GOP runoff.”
 
The second point cites how Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole has alleged that Cochran allies used “walking around money” in a manner that sought to put cash on the streets in a sketchy get-out-the-vote operation.
 
The next three points in the letter detail how Henry Barbour’s group appears to be behind “race-baiting radio ads,” “race-baiting robo-calls,” and “race-baiting fliers” that were distributed throughout the black community ahead of the June 24 runoff election.
 
The sixth and final point in that section questions Henry Barbour’s group’s “questionable finances,” specifically raising concerns about the potentially illegal $250,000 bank loan the group received. “The Mississippi Conservatives PAC is the subject of multiple FEC complaints regarding a $250,000.00 illegal contribution in the form of a ‘loan’ from Trustmark Bank and the refusal to disclose the owner of the certificate of deposit that allegedly serves as the loan's collateral,” the conservative coalition letter reads. “The FEC currently has the matter under investigation.”
 
The group calls on Priebus to step in and ensure that this type of behavior is not allowed to continue. 
 
The conservative leaders wrote:
 
These race-baiting robo-calls, race-baiting radio ads, race-baiting fliers, allegations of blatant violations of Mississippi election law, improper financial transactions, and old-fashioned “walking around money,” all paid for by the Super PAC directed by Mississippi Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, amount to nothing less than the character assassination of Sen. McDaniel and his supporters. It cannot be tolerated.
 
If Priebus does nothing, they wrote, they will be forced to conclude he does not care if RNC rules are broken and unethical behavior is committed:
 
This is not how Republicans should run primary campaigns against other Republicans. The Republican National Committee, as the national infrastructure of the GOP, has a responsibility to police its own. If you do not take the minimum steps necessary to investigate these dishonest activities, disavow this conduct, and issue a formal censure or take other disciplinary action against those persons responsible, we will be left to conclude that you support the disregarding of RNC rules and the race-baiting smears directed at Sen. McDaniel and his supporters.
 
Spokespersons for Priebus at the RNC have not responded to Breitbart News’ request for comment in response to this letter.
READ THE CONSERVATIVE LEADERS' LETTER TO PRIEBUS:
 
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 09:17
 

TEA Party Patriots Ad Hit Joyce on Obamacare

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Dave Joyce just can't defend his position on Obamacare.

We need Matt Lynch in Congress to fight Obamacare until it is gone!

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RALLY IN BAINBRIDGE THURSDAY!

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FreedomWorks for America and Activists Rally to Un-Seat Rep. David Joyce in OH-14

FWFA Executive VP Adam Brandon will make a special announcement about the OH-14 race

WHAT: FreedomWorks for America Executive Vice President Adam Brandon will join a coalition of conservative groups across the state of Ohio at a rally in Chagrin Falls to make a special announcement in the OH-14 race.

The rally will include the distribution of 1,000 yard signs and other voter education materials. Other group representatives will include: Tom Zawistowski (Portage County TEA Party), Chuck Laughlin (Lake County Liberty Coalition), Dana Adams (Summit County TEA Party), Ralph Spampanato (Stark-Tusc 9/12 Group), Pastor Ernie Sanders (Geauga County TEA Party), and Dom Sciria (Cuyahoga Valley Republicans).

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 beginning at 11:30am ET.

WHERE: Clubhouse in the Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Bainbridge, OH 44023

WHY: Ohioans are ready to take their government back from unions and special interests. Rep. David Joyce is a bought-and-paid-for politician who is financially backed by Washington insider PACs, including thousands of dollars from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Main Street PAC run by lobbyist and former Rep. Steve LaTourette. Rep. Joyce has also received tens of thousands of dollars from building trade and transportation unions.

ABOUT FREEDOMWORKS FOR AMERICA: FreedomWorks for America is a grassroots service center to a community of over 6 million activists supporting candidates who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorksforAmerica.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:17
 

Monthly Meeting TONIGHT!

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 16, 2014
 
 
Candidates to Speak at PCTEA Monthly Meeting
 
Kent, OH - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that three of the four candidates for County Commissioner will speak at the groups Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, March 18th as well as one of the Ohio House Candidates. Republican Primary candidates Sabrina Christian-Bennett and Kristen Kline-Morris and Democratic Primary Candidate Angelo Battaglia will all speak. Vicki Kline, also a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, had a scheduling conflict and will attend a future meeting.  Linda O'Brien, the Republican candidate for Ohio House in the 76th District will also speak at the event. The event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center, at 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

 

 
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Monthly Meeting Monday June 17th

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Monthly Meeting Open to the Public - Monday, June 17th

 

Our Government is Targeting TEA Party Groups and individuals through the IRS, capturing your Verizon Phone Records, recording every email and web site you visit through the PRISM program. What does it all mean to the ordinary American and how will this affect you personally?  Come to the Portage County TEA Party meeting this Monday, night June 17th and find out.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88, just North of Ravenna in Portage County.  
 
Distinguished Law Professor David Forte from Cleveland State University will be the opening speaker followed by a presentation on the IRS Targeting by Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Join your fellow citizens Monday, June 17th in Ravenna for this informative presentation, and learn what we as citizens can do to stop this abuse of power and restore Constitutionally limited Government.
 

PCTEA Announce State and Federal Endorsements

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PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 31, 2012

 

PCTEA ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR FEDERAL AND STATE RACES

 

Kent, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party today announced its endorsements for federal and state candidates for the election on November 6, 2012. In making the announcement, Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, “When Chief Justice Roberts made the announcement about the legality of Obamacare this June, he said that, “It is not the job of the Supreme Court to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” We agreed. The time for the American People to do the vital job of electing officials who truly represent their values and their dreams for America is November 6th and we intend to do just that.” 

 

He then announced, “It is with great pride and hope for a better future for our Nation, that the Portage County TEA Party endorses Mitt Romney for President.  We have no doubt that he will steady the ship of state and release the full power of our private business and industry to create millions of tax paying jobs and grow our nation out of this financial crisis.”

 

He continued by saying, “We are equally excited to endorse Josh Mandel for US Senate and look forward to bringing the same level of conservative thinking to that body as we did to the US House in 2010.  Mandel will vote for the people before the party and we welcome that commitment. We further endorse Congressman Jim Rennaci in the 16th Congressional District, Dave Joyce in the 14th Congressional District and Dr. Marisha Agana in the 13th Congressional District. They are all dedicated to stopping the spending, stopping the borrowing and balancing the federal budget. They are also dedicated to restoring our individual liberty and freedom by retrenching federal government intrusion into our personal lives and into our businesses.”

 

Moving to the Ohio state races, Zawistowski explained, “In the race for Ohio Senate we endorse incumbent Republican John Eklund who has worked hard to become a familiar and well-known face in Portage County and is an excellent representative of our values and views.  In the Ohio House, we are fortunate to have two extremely talented and dedicated candidates in Matt Lynch in the 76th District in the Northern part of the County, and Nick Skeriotis in the 75th District in the Southern part of the county.  Both are conservative thinkers who believe in the Constitution and will defend it while in office.” 

 

He concluded by saying, “Our organization believes that too many voters ignore the role of Judges when voting. These are key positions in our government and deserve attention equal to the other candidates.  We endorse and urge voters in Portage County to vote for Robert Cupp, Sharon Kennedy and Terrance O’Donnel for the Ohio Supreme Court.  We further endorse Mary O’Toole for the very important Appellate Court Judge position.”

 

Voters can find information for all federal, state, and local races and issues on the organization’s website at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.  They will also find videos of many candidates as well as candidate surveys on the website.  Those who do not have internet but would like to find out who the organization endorses can call the office at 330-474-3878.

 

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

 

 

UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL INSANITY:

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 23:18
 

Issue 1 Analysis

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As you know we have been struggling to find anyone who could explain Issue 1 with any authority and help us decide what our position is on that Issue.  Thankfully, Attorney  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and Attorney  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  donated the time and effort to put together the attached comprehensive document for you to read.  We are recommending a NO Vote on Issue 1. 
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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 October 2012 17:49
 

Romney Pays for Visit-Obama does NOT

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Bob Dyer: Romney pays own freight in the Falls

By Bob Dyer 
Beacon Journal columnist

Interesting contrast.

As I reported in August, Copley Township is still owed $10,549 for the expenses it incurred during a 2008 campaign stop by then-vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

Copley’s fiscal officer, Janice Marshall, sent a bill to the “Obama for America” campaign but never received a penny.

And Fairlawn rang up $34,146 in police overtime and other expenses this summer when President Barack Obama brought his re-election campaign to town and spent the night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Shortly thereafter, Fairlawn’s assistant finance director, Patricia Bertsch, sent a bill to the Obama campaign. She said at the time she wasn’t holding her breath. Good thing. She’d still be holding it.

Now along comes Mitt Romney, dishing out his own election patter in Cuyahoga Falls on a Tuesday night in October.

Same deal?

Far from it.

Long before his big rally at the Falls’ Natatorium, Romney’s campaign folks contacted the city, said they’d like to stage an event there and promised to pay for any extra expenses the city would incur.

Romney’s people asked the Falls to come up with an invoice, and said the invoice could be adjusted upward if unforeseen expenses cropped up.

To Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart, that speaks volumes about the difference between the candidates.

“I think it’s self-evident,” he said. “[It tells you] who is accountable for their deeds and who isn’t, who’s accountable for their actions and who keeps blaming everybody else.”

Of course, Robart, a conservative Republican, has virtually nothing nice to say about the president and limitless good things to say about the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Still, regardless of which party you favor, as a taxpayer you have to prefer Romney’s approach to campaign expenses, especially if you live in a small city or town.

The final cost of Tuesday’s rally in the Falls was $7,050, most of it for overtime and facility rental. That’s $7,050 that Cuyahoga Falls’ 49,473 residents won’t have to pay.

The city of Akron, run by a moderate Democrat mayor, said in August it had no intention of billing Obama’s campaign for his 25-minute speech at the John S. Knight Center. The city decided to eat $21,304 in expenses in exchange for what it called the privilege of hosting a sitting president.

There’s an undeniable thrill in getting an up-close look at the most powerful person on the planet. But perhaps we ought to differentiate between someone acting in a presidential capacity and someone trolling for votes.

The biggest downside of the Romney visit — aside from ugly traffic jams — was that the Natatorium was shut down for the entire day, depriving 10,000 dues-paying members of a day of prepaid exercise. However, the city announced in advance that it would extend everyone’s membership by one day.

The Nat employs only a handful of full-time people, and they were paid their usual salaries because they had functions to perform and spent the day working. Losing out were the many part-time employees, none of whom worked or got paid.

Robart was still glowing several days after the Romney visit.

“It was just electric,” he said.

Although Robart initially supported Rick Santorum, and would have preferred Newt Gingrich had Gingrich not been saddled with “so much baggage going in,” Robart’s affection for Romney has heated up considerably.

“I wasn’t on his bandwagon in the primary because I thought he was a little too liberal for me. I was misguided. All of his actions since then spell out a real honorable, honest man.”

Romney’s choice of hotels was interesting. Even though the Sheraton Suites, right around the corner from the Nat, is one of the finest hotels in the region, Romney bedded down at the Fairfield Inn across from the Regal Interstate Park Cinema 18, near South Arlington Road in Green.

Robart attributed that decision to the Fairfield’s connection to the Marriott chain, founded by J. Willard Marriott — who, like Romney, was a Mormon. Romney served two terms on the Marriott board.

As the GOP hopeful was heading out to his campaign bus Wednesday morning (carrying his own luggage), he came over to Robart and spent more than 15 minutes chatting with the mayor and a small group of Cuyahoga Falls officials that included the police and fire chiefs.

“He was very, very gracious,” Robart said. “He couldn’t have been more charismatic. ...

“You always think of politicians as being phoney baloneys” — please note that Robart is saying this, not me — “but I didn’t see an ounce of that in Mitt Romney.”

If nothing else, the guy pays his bills.

Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Find this article at: 
http://www.ohio.com/news/local/bob-dyer-romney-pays-own-freight-in-the-falls-1.341769

 

 

UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL INSANITY:

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 19:59
 

Road Rally Big Success

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Ryan-Romney Road Rally Big Success:

We had a VERY successful Romney-Ryan Road Rally Saturday, October 13, 2012.  This clearly was a very effective tool to get our message out in the community and it was FUN as well.  Thank you to everyone who joined us throughout the rally as we "toured" Portage County on a beautiful fall day. We had families with young children with us, we had several dogs along on the trip, and we had nearly 100 patriots spending their day to fight for America! Thank you also to WNIR Radio for promoting the event virtually all day which resulted in people who are not even in the Portage County TEA Party joining us. We had cars join us at every stop. We impacted tens of thousands of voters who we would normally not be able to reach with the names of our candidates and showed them that their is significant support for the Romney-Ryan ticket in Portage County. Lot's of people came out and waved to us as we went buy. We saw that our candidates signs clearly out number the signs from candidates on the left throughout the County. Finally, there are a LOT of empty chairs in front yards all over Portage County!!!

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 October 2012 17:09
 

Romney-Ryan Road Rally Saturday

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Portage County TEA Party to Hold “Romney-Ryan Road Rally” Saturday


Kent, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party will hold what it is calling a “Romney-Ryan Road Rally” throughout Portage County this Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The event is expected to feature as many as 100 cars and trucks, decorated with signs and slogans, supporting not only the Romney-Ryan ticket, but also other federal, state and local candidates endorsed by the Portage County TEA Party.  The Road Rally will cover 100 miles within the borders of Portage County and portions of it will pass through nearly every township, city and village in the county. Many candidates are expect to join the Road Rally at various stages of the rally route. 

 

In making the announcement, Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, Tom Zawistowski said, “Our members have been working really hard for months on this election, going door-to-door, making phone calls, holding candidates’ nights, so we decide this weekend we would have some fun. The Romney-Ryan Road Rally is kind of a cross between a progressive dinner and a football tailgate party.  We are going to decorate our cars with signs, slogans, flags and streamers, and just let the citizens of Portage County know which candidates are endorsed by the Portage County TEA Party.”

 

Zawistowski concluded by adding, “This is an event many of our older and younger members can participate in, since we will be driving instead of walking. We plan on making several stops around the county at which we will hand out candidate literature and signs, perhaps sing a few patriotic songs, grab some snacks and just enjoy a beautiful fall day in our beloved Portage County. We ask our fellow citizens to honk their car horns, or come out and wave as we go by, in a show of support for our candidates, when they see us in their community on Saturday.”

 

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

 

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