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Former GOP state chairman, McCain fundraiser busted for Facebook scam


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Former Oregon Republican chairman, gubernatorial candidate, Florida financier, and creepy little fraud Craig Berkman was arrested for (allegedly) "bilking investors out of millions in a scheme to sell fake Facebook shares, " per Newser.

He was claiming he had access to Facebook shares which was a big fat lie. And he managed to rake in $8 million by telling that big fat lie.

And this wasn't the first time. He pulled the same kind of scams over at LinkedIn and other social media sites, but got nabbed for those, too.

Here's his Wiki:

Craig Berkman (born about 1943) is a longtime venture capitalist and was an influential Republican politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He was known as a big donor in national Republican circles. He chaired the Oregon Republican Party in the early 1990s, opposing the far right Oregon Citizens Alliance. He ran for chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1993 and for Governor of Oregon in 1996, losing the former race to Haley Barbour and the latter to Denny Smith in the primary election.[1] described him this way in 2008:

"He was the hope of the old Republican moderate establishment."

And check out Meet Craig Berkman, crooked McCain fundraiser.

Maybe this was his version of "outreach." Another family values Republican bites the dust.


Wisconsin mining company helped write a Republican bill that would streamline regulations


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Anyone else sensing a familiar odor reminiscent of ALEC? No, not Baldwin, he probably smells pretty good. I'm referring to another ALEC  (American Legislative Exchange Council), an organization of state legislators that favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it.

Which brings us to Wisconsin, where records made public by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now show that mining officials requested modifications on a bill before it was introduced. And naturally, those modifications would make life easier for themselves, their industry, and their wallets. Because you know how annoying those pesky regulations can be, the ones that provide for people's, you know, lives and safety.

America first!

Once again, under Gov. Scott Walker's watch, we see all kinds of footsies being played:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Drafting records show a company looking to open a huge iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin made suggestions on language in a Republican bill that would streamline Wisconsin’s mining regulations.

Paging Gov. Walker, Koch brothers on line one! Let's take a trip back in time to 2011: The ALEC-Koch pipeline to Wisconsin Legislators and the Mining Bill:

The Mining Bill released by Assembly Republicans late last week is clearly a case of Legislative patronage to a corporate sponsor-- in this case, Gogebic Taconite Mining, LLC. Not surprising, but more disturbing, are the covert links to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Koch Industries, and closer to home, Hamilton Consulting in Madison.

All three have created an expressway of influence to Wisconsin Legislation for co-opting state resources – creating record profits for themselves (which they will ultimately pay little tax on) and untold burdens on middle class taxpayers and the environment.


Louisiana flood victim: Mitt Romney "said, go home and call 211."


Yesterday I posted about Willard Romney saying this to Bobby Jindal while touring a flood-ravaged area of Louisiana.: “Did the water come from the sky, or the rivers, or the ocean?”

But I missed this nugget, proving once again that Romney's out-of-touchitude is quickly approaching Code Blue, er, Republican Red.

He spoke to a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, who lost her home in the flooding. Via HuffPo:

"He just told me to, um, there's assistance out there," Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. "He said, go home and call 211." That's a public service number offered in many states.

1) How compassionate and human! Just like everyone at the GOP convention insisted he was on national Tee Vee!  "You're suffering, Jodie? Well, you people know how to pick up a phone and call someone, for Pete's Sake! I'm just here to look concerned for the cameras, dear. Have a marvelous day!"

2) Now you have a better idea of how he'll treat the needy, the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. Say bye-bye to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as we know it. And of course, say "nice knowin' ya" to FEMA.

3) "Public"? What a socialist!

H/t: @terminalwords


Romney to Jindal in flood-ravaged La.: “Did the water come from the sky, or the rivers, or the ocean?”


Willard Romney toured a post-Hurricane Isaac flood-ravaged area of  Louisiana with Gov. Bobby Jindal. He wondered aloud about where the water came from. L.A. Times:

Jindal told the former Massachusetts governor about relief efforts by the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other organizations. Romney inquired about how many people were out of their homes or in shelters. “Did the water come from the sky, or the rivers, or the ocean?” he asked. The answer could not be heard.

Perhaps he was concerned about undocumented water.

Meantime, the Dems were all over Team Romney's hypocrisy:

Romney’s visit triggered a harsh reaction from Democrats in Congress, who charged that his running mate Paul D. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, has proposed a federal budget that would gut money for response to disasters such as Hurricane Isaac.

Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, said in a statement: “It is the height of hypocrisy for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to make a pretense of showing sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Isaac when their policies would leave those affected by this disaster stranded and on their own.”

Romney and Ryan also make a pretense of showing sympathy for the elderly, the poor, and the disabled while trying to snatch Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as we know it right out from under them.

But hey, the photo op will get some play. Not as much as that Clint Eastwood's chair visual, but some just the same.

Romney: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. [Pause. Laughter.] MY promise … is to help you and your family.”