Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Mitt and Sarah Broke the Law Together and It Still Matters
Mitt "Money Man" Romney squeaked out a win in the Iowa caucus last week, and came out on top in the New Hampshire primary yesterday. He's on his way, folks, and he shares a history of dishonesty with Sarah Palin.
This is the man who was chair of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in 2006 when they sunk big dollars into helping make Sarah Palin the Governor of Alaska. Yup, we have not only John McCain to blame for the scourge that is Sarah, we have this year's GOP frontrunner, too.
He's proud of the money he raised and spent that year. The Citizens for Romney biography page boasts "
Mitt and money. They go together like soup and sandwiches. (Wonder when the last time was he or anyone in his family sat down to soup and sandwiches? )
No surprise then, that Mitt knows how to manipulate the use PAC money for his own benefit, too. The sunnami of negative campaign ads that swept over Newt Gingrich in Iowa was the work of former Romney aides and all around Romney good old boys. Oh sure, Romney stood at the podium in the debates last weekend and gave his best imitation of innocence when he said he couldn’t have, wouldn't have directed what was done by the PAC because that would be illegal.
Then, he made a stupid excuse for not even criticizing the cesspool pouring out of the television screens in Iowa. “I could go to jail for that,” he claimed, expecting us to believe he couldn't have used his constitutional rights to free speech to express disapproval.
Is anyone else experiencing a sense of déjà vu? Can you hear those same words coming from a screeching Sarah Palin who, in 2006 was nothing more than an unemployed hockey mom winking her way from campaign stop to stop in the sparsely populated state of Alaska?
In September 2006, Tony Knowles campaign called out Sarah Palin in a press release that pointing out "she's now benefiting from a very expensive, very big TV buy courtesy of the Republican Governors Association, or RGA..." Sarah, in Sarah fashion, shot back an accusation and a denial. It was an important part of the campaign, and it remained a controversy long after Sarah was elected, served, quit, and began marketing Trig through Pie Spy LLC. It was something people hoped Frank Bailey would address when it was announced he had a book contract. Before Frank Bailey teamed up with author Ken Morris and Alaska political blogger Jeanne Devon to write "Blind Allegiance" he was under contract with another publisher to write "Renegade: Sarah Palin's Hatchet Man" with different co-authors.
The story of the first book contract and it’s quick recision was covered by Palingates in late 2009 and a point of interest at that time was whether Bailey would disclose illegal activity by Palin in the 2006 race for the governorship. Palingates noted that Andrew Halcro's coverage of the "Renegade" book story raised this and other questions on a short-lived post at AndrewHalcro.com. Here's what Mr. Halcro said:
The first question had to do with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. During the final month of the campaign, the Republican Governors Association began running ads in support of Palin. According to federal law, third party ads are permissible if the group has no contact or direct coordination with the candidate.
In one of the commercials, Palin was shown walking out of the Captain Cook Hotel, confidently passing directly in front of the camera. The shot was clearly staged.
A few days after the commercial started to run, former KTUU reporter Bill McAllister ran a story about the ad, which included speculation from me that the ad looked entirely staged. Both Palin and her campaign responded in anger, denying anything was staged and that they had no idea the RGA was even there shooting an ad. There are always cameras around when we speak they told the press.
In “Blind Allegience to Sarah Palin,” Frank Bailey did, finally, reveal Sarah’s illegal cooperation with the Republican Governors Association when they filmed her for a commercial endorsing her run for governor. In fact, he cites Joe McGinniss' leaking of the manuscript as having the serendipitous results of a causing a witness to come forward with evidence proving Palin's illegal participation in the RGA ad and making that portion of the book much stronger. Pages 129 - 140 are devoted to the sordid story, and yes, Sarah Palin was complicit in the violation of federal law. Bailey is somewhat pathetic in his claims to be shocked and disappointed in the politician who ran on promises of openness, honesty, transparency, and who, in her inauguration speech asked to be held accountable, nevertheless, she did it, she denied it, and she got away with it.
Lies, lies and more lies. Federal laws broken. Elected officials up to their knees in complicity. Yet, Mitt Romney and Sarah Plain didn’t go to jail for illegal co-operation between the organization he headed and the candidate from Wasilla. Mr I-want-to-be-President-of-the-United-States-and-I- will-outspend-everyone-else -to-get-there knows full well how to manipulate and take advantage of weaknesses in our election law. And he knows how to use money. His denials are as false as Sarah’s.
Ask yourself this - Since Bailey’s book came out last spring, has the mainstream media shown an interest in this RGA story? Has anyone filed a citizen complaint? Is there any investigation underway by a federal body? Was anyone indicted?
No? Well, now you see one of the reasons Babygate can’t get traction in the national media. Some things get ignored. Election law violation is one of them. It’s not the only reason Babygate hasn’t been covered, but it is one.
As the primaries progress and your family, friends, and co-workers talk about them, let this be your segue into Babygate and why we should still care about the Trig hoax, the politicians attached to Sarah and the people who put the McCain/Palin ticket on the national stage. People working for Willard “Mitt” Romney to become POTUS do not want Sarah exposed and they have a lot of money to spend. This election is the first one since corporations became people and money is going to have even more influence than before.
But no one can buy your silence. So stay tuned, be involved, and speak up. Talk about Trig, Babygate, and the woman Mitt Romney helped become Governor of Alaska by breaking the law.