Self-Funders Dwarfed By Adelson's Organized Crime Stash Of Cash To Cantor And Boehner
DelBene & Adelson-- time to tell self-entitled rich people that democracy is not for sale
With all the hubbub about all the Dark Money pouring into congressional races, we haven't looked at self-funders this year yet. Of course, self-funding is dwarfed by Chinese organized crime money flooding into the political system courtesy of Vegas crime figure Sheldon Adelson who gave Boehner and Cantor $5,000,000 bribes... each. Boehner immediately ran for the hills-- donating $4.1 million of Adelson's gigantic bribe to the NRCC. Cantor, on the other hand, is using it to enhance his own power, doling it out to candidates who he hopes to count on to elect him the first Jewish Speaker (Rahm Emanuel's and Debbie Wasserman Schultz's longtime dreams as well; how about a less villainous first Jewish Speaker?) Anyway, today we saw Cantor flood the North Carolina 8th district primary runoff with hundreds of thousands of dollars in money that came direct from the Macau prostitution industry via Adelson on behalf of insider party hack Richard Hudson and against Tea Party fave Scott Keadle. Adelson is threatening to sue anyone who exposes his business arrangements with Chinese organized crime. Here's his letter to the DCCC demanding a retraction and apology for branding him, in his own words, "a pimp." This kind of thing doesn't go over well in the Bible Belt, where Cantor is spending Adelson's tainted cash. The Dark Money was effective though, and GOP Establishment hack Richard Hudson beat Tea Party grassroots activist Scott Keadle 63.65- 36.35%, winning all 12 counties. Hudson is almost sure to beat craven Blue Dog Larry Kissell in November.
Self-funders aren't always smiled on by voters, who sense they're trying to buy the election-- but wealthy, self-entitled conservatives (primarily Republicans but a few Democrats who behave just like them) keep trying. This last quarter's biggest self funders:
Bill Bloomfield ($1,152,000), a lifelong Republican is running as the No Labels candidate against Henry Waxman in CA-33. He spent it all to come in second in the primary and now has $6,000 on hand to face Waxman in November. I guess he'll give himself another million at some point. Or two.
Josef Coors ($397,000), a prominent scion of a radically neo-Nazi beer family is running against New Dem Ed Perlmutter in the Denver suburbs.
Allen Quist ($178,000), a perennial candidate and far right lunatic is in a primary with Mike Parry to see who will face conservative Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz. Quist is best known for a Christmas speech he gave in 2009, which was probably why he lost the primary that cycle: “Our country is being destroyed. Every generation has had to fight the fight for freedom… Terrorism? Yes. That’s not the big battle. The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals. They aren’t liberals. They are radicals. Obama, Pelosi, Walz: They’re not liberals, they’re radicals. They are destroying our country.”
Bob Pittenger ($940,000), is a predatory real estate speculator who served two-and-a-half terms in the North Carolina state Senate before resigning to run a losing race for Lt. Governor in 2008. Tonight he won the primary runoff-- though just barely (52.91- 47.09%)-- for the seat of retiring Republican Sue Myrick in November. He actually lost the big county in the district, Mecklenburg.
Danny Tarkanian ($250,000) is another predatory real estate speculator but he's running for a new open House seat in Nevada against Democrat Steven Horsford. It's a swing district that leans blue and Horsford is outraising him substantially, even with the quarter million dollar gift Tarkanian gave himself.
Suzan DelBene ($1,002,000) is an anti-consumer, anti-worker, pro-Big Business hack and out of touch one percenter who calls herself a Democrat. She's backed by the most corrupt elements of the Inside-the-Beltway Democratic Establishment but still can't raise much money. So she writes herself checks. Polling shows her losing badly to progressive Democrat Darcy Burner in the new WA-1, a swing district east and north of Seattle. DelBene has already wasted over a million and a half dollars on the race. She's the only Democrat in the whole country who's self-funding the way Republicans do. Suggestion: you can contribute to Darcy Burner's campaign here.