Christine O’Donnell, Al Salvi, Joe Miller
Government War On Conservatives Still On
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The government’s war on conservatives hasn’t stopped. On Saturday, Christine O’Donnell revealed a second onslaught from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in addition to the illegal accessing and abuse of her income tax records by the Internal Revenue Service. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is investigating the IRS on that. News recently broke that the IRS targeted Dr. Ben Carson, for the first time, immediately after he criticized Barack Obama.
O’Donnell revealed on Saturday morning that the FEC is demanding payment of tribute (my words) to settle false accusations invented by a George Soros front group. Perhaps such shakedowns are an FEC money source like country speed traps.
For example, in 1996, in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois, the FEC demanded that Republican Al Salvi pay $200,000 in fines to settle Democrat complaints filed against him. The same, now-infamous Lois Lerner worked at the FEC before carrying her partisan witch hunt over to the IRS.
The FEC kept lowering its demands for money from Salvi, coupled with frightening threats. The FEC dropped its ransom demand to $100,000, then to $40,000. Finally, Lois Lerner offered to drop the case if Salvi pledged never to run for office again. Nearly four years and a hundred thousand dollars in legal fees later, Federal judge George Lindbergh threw the case out, shocking FEC attorney Lerner (who argued the case in court). “We never lose!” Lerner said to Salvi afterwards. But four years of scandal destroyed Salvi’s political career.
Now remember this is about you, dear reader. If government bureaucrats can do this to Christine O’Donnell, who can get on TV when she wants, are you safe? What protection do you have? We need to remember that these events impact and should concern all of us, not just one woman. Place yourself in this story.
To see how partisan the FEC is acting, one should understand the absurdity of the allegations against Christine O’Donnell:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the FEC against Christine O’Donnell, on September 20, 2010. Led by Melanie Sloan on a $230,000 per year salary, CREW made three allegations:
(1) CREW alleged that throughout 2009 Christine O’Donnell was not a candidate yet nevertheless incurred campaign expenses. On the contrary, Christine filed her Statement of Candidacy on March 20, 2009. It is there on the FEC website in the public records for all to see. Vastly overpaid Melanie Sloan could have simply looked it up in about 3 minutes. Indeed, Christine announced on her website in December 2008 that she was already “testing the waters” for 2010.
So Melanie Sloan made a wild, unsubstantiated guess that 2009 expenses were for personal use, based on nothing but Sloan’s own sloppiness. CREW never had any facts to support this allegation. Sloan used opinions from a volunteer who left in August 2008 to complain about 2009 expenses. The volunteer later admitted to reporter Julia Mineeva that he was offering only his suspicions, not facts.
I was then helping my friend Christine and I analyzed those expenses. Travel expenses in early 2009 precisely match specifically-identifiable fund-raising events near Washington, DC, 110 miles from her home. Significant donation checks resulted. Sloan guessed that one restaurant bill was too small to be a meeting among several people. I drove to that restaurant and checked the menu myself. I proved Sloan wrong. The FEC knows these allegations are false, because I submitted the evidence and my affidavit. (There was only one $19 receipt I couldn’t identify out of $7.4 million.)
(2) CREW also repeated a mistake by a reporter, claiming that Christine O’Donnell was paying for her personal townhouse with campaign funds. But Christine had two townhouses in the Greenville subdivision, one where Christine lived and a second one used for the campaign. Reporter Ginger Gibson mangled the facts, and others keep repeating this error. Gibson admits that the campaign was so upset that Gibson was banned from campaign events starting way back in March 2010. Choosing a second townhouse saved on hotel expenses. The kitchen and living room were cleared out and filled with desks and filing cabinets.
I was personally in meetings in the campaign’s townhouse and later that same day talking business with the group over dinner at Christine’s actual residence in the other townhouse. However, Christine is very sensitive about her privacy and didn’t want to reveal her actual address. So she used the campaign townhouse as a mail drop, a “legal” residence – and reimbursed the campaign with personal funds. I watched her write out a check to the campaign.
(3) CREW alleged that two campaign checks written in February 2009 and March 2009 to Brent Vasher were paying her rent. That was another wild guess for which there is no basis whatsoever. Brent Vasher was Christine’s de facto campaign manager during most of her 2008 U.S. Senate campaign, except for periods during which it was me or one woman.
The campaign owed Vasher many thousands of dollars of unreimbursed campaign expenses, which Brent had advanced out of pocket. I submitted my affidavits to the FEC demonstrating this. Brent, as a lawyer very involved in events, knew that he could not legally cash checks written from the campaign if they were for Christine’s personal expenses. By cashing those checks, as a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars, Brent was certifying that they were for legitimate campaign purposes.
Unfortunately, George Soros-funded CREW delivered 3,000 petitions to the FEC demanding that Christine be prosecuted. Christine’s political advisers have not organized any petition drive. So FEC bureaucrats are faced with 3,000 petitions to none. Conservatives need to bombard the FEC with at least 3,000 petitions demanding that they stop playing politics with the law.
Such smear tactics have grown common: Reporters were exposed while covering Joe Miller’s campaign in Alaska for U.S. Senate. CBS journalists were caught on tape planning to fabricate stories about a child molester attending or about violence or disorder among the crowds attending Joe Miller’s campaign events. They failed. But this has become normal – smearing conservatives.
Contrast this with Joe Biden. On November 5, 2008, Joe Biden was both elected Vice President and re-elected to the U.S. Senate. In 2009—after the 2008 campaign was over and Biden was no longer a candidate – he spent $114,591.83 from his 2008 U.S. Senate campaign. It should have been donated to other campaigns.
From January 7, through April 14, 2009, Joe Biden spent $13,117.89 on meals and catering—82% of it after April 1. On February 25, 2009, Biden’s 2008 Senate campaign spent $364 at Glazier Photography. These were personal expenses benefiting Biden, because his Senate campaign was over, at least by CREW’s standards for accusing conservatives.
Biden’s 2008 campaign paid $2,134.39 to Delmarva Power from January 22 through April 1, 2009, and $2,265.62 for cell phones from January through June 2009 plus $882.01 for phones in April and June 2009. In April 2009, Biden’s 2008 campaign spent $1,971.35 for internet. On February 25, 2009, Biden paid $966 for printing.
But no one questions a Democrat like Biden. So we see a clear partisan double standard between how Delaware’s Joe Biden is treated by CREW and the FEC and how a conservative upstart woman is treated.