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Spend Green, Get Green?

Tom Steyer is wading into the forest of politics again, focusing on the 2017 race for Governor of Virginia.

Steyer prefers to harvest current Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam to better control the citizens across the country (Steyer, a billionaire ex-hedge fund manager, lives in San Francisco).

Hillary fundraiser and current oily governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe (below), is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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Terry ran Hillary’s failed 2008 presidential bid and has a rather checkered past:

Hillary Quilts; Associates Don’t Quit

A recent photo of the progressive policy pusher from Washington Post.

Steyer’s group NextGen America will reportedly pump $100 million into fighting climate change (time period unspecified, but remember this is life or death), including $2 million towards electing Northam.

Labor vs. Climate

At issue are two natural gas pipelines scheduled to pass through Virginia. Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillepsie says full steam ahead on those. But Northam (below), to Steyer’s chagrin, is cowering behind the line that the pipelines’ fate should be decided by federal regulators.

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“Hi I’m here to be your Governor and by the way decisions for this great state will actually be made by Washington!”

Also, Washington Post reports:

A sponsor of one of the pipelines is Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest corporate political donor. Northam owns shares in the company, and has also accepted campaign contributions from Dominion.

Steyer is cool with Northam being a pussy who folds to special interests, however, because 1). Steyer himself is sort of a special interest, with that kind of money, and 2). Northam has, per Steyer, suggested “the pipeline [sic] […] will be subject to the toughest possible environmental review.”

Also, Steyer told the Post [our emphasis]:

“We think [Northam] is much much better than Mr. Gillespie on environmental policies in general.”

Confidence!

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Steyer’s focus this year is to mobilize deadbeat “millennial” voters, who tend to care more about climate change but usually don’t vote. The battle plan includes an invasion of 25 Virginia college campuses, as well as an online campaign for Millennials not enrolled in the education-industrial complex.

According to Washington Post, Steyer dropped a cool $8,000,000 via NextGen to help elect McAuliffe by just over 50,000 votes. Per Wikipedia, this was the first Virginia gubernatorial in which no candidate secured a majority of votes. Likely because Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis commanded 146,000 votes for 6.5% of the total.

2017 Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra was not acknowledged by Washington Post, which is pretty much par for the highly-taxed, reclaimed water-irrigated, liberal billionaire-frequented golf course of the two-sides-only partisan politics powwow into which the nation has devolved.

Thanks to our source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democratic-megadonor-tom-steyer-to-spend-2-million-in-virginia-governors-race/2017/08/21/0f2486a2-81fc-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html?utm_term=.c0051e2b2497

DNC Updates

UPDATED 8:00 PM

Thomas Perez will receive the backing of four Democratic governors this evening, according to CNN. This is significant because only 17 of the 50 state governors are Democrats.

Terry McAuliffe (Virginia) and  John Hickenlooper (Colorado) are two Democratic bagmen with some shady respective dealings in the past:

Hillary Quilts; Associates Don’t Quit

Blast From the Past

 

Virginia and Colorado had margins of victory for Hillary in the 5% range for the 2016 Presidential election. (Libertarian Gary Johnson got over 5% of the vote in Colorado.) Although both states have now gone blue three consecutive election cycles, their governors will officially wield the influence–and sleazy connections–endemic of “swing state governors.”

Much less consequential will be Governor Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island…?) and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.

Perez’s (rumored “more progressive”) competitor Keith Ellison, meanwhile, has the following high-profile endorsements: Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Georgia representative John Lewis, and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Original post continues below:

The Hill reported that Keith Ellison‘s adversaries are working to sink his credibility and ensure a more “establishment” candidate, like Thomas Perez, will become the next DNC chair.

Re-ignited issues that were reportedly raised to derail Ellison in his first national campaign, when he won a four-way Congressional race to represent Minnesota’s 5th district with 56% of the vote, include  past tax troubles, campaign finance violations and minor legal issues that once led to his driver’s license being suspended.

Ellison’s wife at the time claimed responsibility for all the issues, according to The Hill:

At the time, Kim Ellison said that memory loss associated with her multiple sclerosis was the reason for the unpaid traffic tickets, late campaign finance reports and household bookkeeping errors.

[our emphasis]

 

Related:

Hillary Updates

Mr. Ellison, since divorced from Kim, paid over $18,000 to “settle a federal lien against him over unpaid income taxes from between 1992 and 2000,” according to The Hill.

The drivers license was suspended “multiple times” due to unpaid tickets, which Ellison acknowledged in 2006.

Ellison’s potential DNC voters are not impressed in some cases. The Hill:

Bob Mulholland, a DNC member from California and one of 447 who will vote in the February election, says he has not backed a candidate yet but will not support Ellison.

“One Republican said to me, ‘You’re going to elect a tax cheat who drives without a license?’” Mulholland said. “It’s absurd.”

“If Ellison were running as a Republican, Democrats would attack him as a tax cheat, so I have no idea why Washington insiders are urging the grassroots to elect another insider. If you can’t drive or pay taxes, you can’t organize your life, so I concluded early on that he can’t organize for this job.”

[our emphasis]

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An anonymous DNC member who supports Thomas Perez noted the appearance of impropriety may be more damaging “across the aisle” politically than anything Ellison has actually done, and reportedly told The Hill:

“Every time he makes a statement about Donald Trump’s irresponsible policies, Republicans will come back and say, ‘Who is he to talk about being irresponsible? He couldn’t even get his finances in order and got sued by the state of Minnesota, or he can’t even hold on to his driver’s license without getting it suspended.’”

“Layer on that the statements he made about Israel — a lot of this stuff is blown out of proportion, but Republicans will never hesitate to blow things out of proportion. It will diminish his credibility significantly and take the focus away from where it needs to be.

“Look — these things happened a long time ago and sometimes young people do things incorrectly and that’s probably a large part of this. But the bottom line is, it doesn’t matter. Republicans went after Hillary Clinton for something out of law school 50 years ago in Arkansas. That’s what they do. It is a problem to have someone with baggage from the get-go.”

[our emphasis]

[According to Wikipedia, Hillary graduated from Yale law school in 1973, which was 43 years ago.]

Ellison’s support for the Nation of Islam is under scrutiny. Among charges of anti-Semitism, NOI is dealing with current leader Louis Farrakhan‘s rumored past characterization of Adolf Hitler as a “great man.”

Ellison denounced the NOI in 2006. CNN:

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, publicly renounced his association with the Nation of Islam in 2006 after it became an issue during his run for Congress, when local Republican bloggers began publishing his old law school columns and photos connecting him to the organization.
“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,” Ellison wrote at the time.
From our research, Ellison’s action with the NOI and writings supporting the African-American Muslim religious and political movement was mostly throughout the 1990s.
The Hill:
This is the same bullshit as people pulling up his past comments to try and paint him as an anti-Semite,” said Minnesota Democratic chairman Ken Martin, an Ellison supporter who also has a vote in the DNC race.

See most of our recent news on the race here:

Dean Drops Out

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/311270-old-finance-woes-haunt-ellisons-dnc-bid

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/politics/kfile-keith-ellison-nation-of-islam/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/politics/tom-perez-dnc-chair-four-governors/

Hillary Quilts; Associates Don’t Quit

Hillary to Cast Quilting Metaphor at DNC Convention

Hillary Clinton will relate to “working class Americans” at her coronation speech before the Democratic National Convention tonight in Philadelphia, masculine master of the campaign Robby Mook (yes that is his actual name) told The Hill.

“Hillary is going to stitch together each of these themes and talk about how this election is really a moment of reckoning for voters,” Mr. Mook said in a statement presumably meant to reference the 68-year-old grandmother’s background in crochet and quilting. “Are we going to succumb to some very powerful forces that are tearing at our social fabric, that are dividing us economically and socially? Or are we going to come together to solve these problems?”

Clinton will return to the theme of her 1996 book about how it “takes a village” to build a strong society.

Like Africa. Or something. The values have endured over the past 20 years, obviously.

The 2016 spin on that theme is how “we are stronger together,” Mook said.

This could refer to either a quilt or toilet paper that is “two-ply” or greater.

The Hill also referenced Hillary’s skills in needlepoint: She’ll frame herself as a natural leader with the “steadiness” (steady hand?) Americans can count on and frame Trump as erratic and reckless.

OF NOTE,

Mr. Mook ran Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign after Terry [“Terry Terry Quite Contrary?”] failed to get Hillary into the White House in 2008. Washington Free Beacon reported in May that Mr. McAuliffe’s dealings were under federal investigation.

McAuliffe said that Mook was tasked with uniting all the people “in Clinton world” for the presidential bid.

“In Clinton world there are a lot of friends, a lot of people who want to help, and what [Mook] is able to do is direct all of their energy in a positive way,” McAuliffe told Time.

The company of Chinese billionaire Wang Wenliang apparently started giving to the Clinton Foundation while Mr. McAuliffe was running for governor on his record of…DNC fundraising. A staunch social conservative in Ken Cuccinelli (R), as well as Libertarian Robert Sarvis pulling in 146,000 votes (6.5%) delivered the governor’s mansion to McAuliffe in November 2013.

Now there’s nothing wrong with foreign billionaires keeping Clinton cash projects afloat. Look at the money she takes from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates while claiming to stand for “women’s rights.” But apparently, the federal investigation into her good buddy McAuliffe might come back to bite Hillary in the padded ass, given their mutual bankroller, Mr. Wang:

Wang’s donation to the McAuliffe campaign came three weeks before they showed up together for the fundraiser at Clinton’s house. Less than a month later, Wang’s company gave its first $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation. It contributed a total of $2 million to the foundation, according to Time.

The Clinton campaign has not responded to multiple inquiries about whether Mook has been contacted by the FBI or whether he plans to comment on the investigation into his previous campaign work.

The Clinton campaign also did not respond to Time. McAuliffe says he hasn’t been in touch with the Clinton campaign.

Much of Mook’s core team on the McAuliffe campaign is now working for the Clinton campaign. Many of the operatives currently employed by the Clinton campaign used positions on McAuliffe’s PAC and in the state party as seat warmers to bridge the gap between the two campaigns, according to the Washington Post.

McAuliffe’s niece, Marisa McAuliffe, was one of the first staffers to be paid by Clinton’s campaign, receiving payments from the campaign before it was officially launched.

McAuliffe is being represented by the Clinton campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias.

It wouldn’t be the Clintons without a little FBI action. NBC reported in May:

Source: NYU

[Wang] also has ties to another governor who lived in the governor’s mansion – years ago, former Gov. Bob McDonnell made a deal with Wang Wenliang’s company to export soybeans from Virginia.

McDonnell has been convicted of public corruption, stemming from gifts given to him during his time in office, and is awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court on his case. Now the FBI is looking into similar accusations against the Commonwealth’s current governor.

McDonnell and his wife were both sentenced to prison time and remained out on bail, according to Wikipedia. The Supreme Court overturned Mr. McDonnell’s conviction for accepting $165,000 in “bribery.” Couldn’t prove anything. (Sounds like Hillary!)

Bob was the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony. Will Terry join him??

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289617-clinton-to-cast-election-as-moment-of-reckoning

http://freebeacon.com/politics/clinton-campaign-manager-silent-mcauliffe-fbi-investigation/

http://www.nbc12.com/story/32045886/who-is-wang-the-billionaire-behind-the-mcauliffe-fbi-investigation

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/27/supreme-court-overturns-bribery-conviction-former-va-gov-mcdonnell.html