Monday, August 13, 2012

Left-Wing Activists Admit Allen West Terrifies Them

My PJ Media article from July 31, 2012:

Left-Wing Activists Admit Allen West Terrifies Them

By Matthew Vadum

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is the activist Left’s number one congressional target this election cycle because he poses an existential threat to progressivism, a prominent professional left-wing organizer suggests.

West is “a national rising star in the Tea Party,” Becky Bond explained during a panel discussion at the Campaign for America’s Future’s recent Take Back the American Dream confab in Washington, D.C.

The famously outspoken retired Army lieutenant colonel with the special talent for getting under Democrats’ skin “is going to start to define” what the Republican Party stands for, said Bond,  president of the well-funded Credo SuperPAC.

A super PAC is a kind of political action committee that may raise and spend unlimited funds from corporations, unions, associations, and individuals to overtly advocate for or against a candidate. Credo SuperPAC is an outgrowth of Credo Mobile, the wireless reseller that donates part of its profits to leftist groups such as the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America, ACORN-affiliated Project Vote, Color of Change, and the Sierra Club Foundation.

The danger, as Bond sees it, is that if West’s brand of politics catches on nationwide, American politics may shift rightward.

“And he’s a freshman,” Bond said. “If we don’t take him down now, he’s raising millions of dollars, and he’s going to set what the new normal is for the Republican Party.”

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Shadow Party Strikes with Romney ‘Cancer Ad’

My August 10, 2012 article from Front Page Magazine:

Shadow Party Strikes with Romney ‘Cancer Ad’

By Matthew Vadum

A shadowy political operative with ties to organized crime is behind the now-infamous TV ad in which ex-steelworker Joe Soptic falsely blamed his wife’s tragic cancer death on Mitt Romney’s venture capital firm shuttering his place of employment.

Behind-the-scenes power broker Harold Ickes is a major player in today’s Democratic Party. A registered lobbyist and shill for leftist causes, Ickes is a longtime Clinton loyalist, who previously served as deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and in senior posts in the presidential campaigns of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. During the 2004 election cycle, Democratic strategist Howard Wolfson said that – outside of the John Kerry campaign— Ickes was “the most important person in the Democratic Party today.”

When he did damage control for President Clinton Ickes called himself the administration’s “Director of Sanitation.”

A Super PAC’s War on the ‘Tea Party Ten’

My Front Page Magazine article from August 9, 2012:

A Super PAC’s War on the ‘Tea Party Ten’

By Matthew Vadum

A well-funded leftist group is targeting 10 Tea Party-backed congressmen because they believe in the Constitution, limited government, and fiscal responsibility and oppose President Obama’s socialist juggernaut.

But Becky Bond, president of Credo Super PAC, puts it another way.

“They are anti-woman. They are anti-science. They are hypocritical, bigoted, and have said and done things that are downright crazy,” says Bond, a Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizer.

What exactly have these Republican lawmakers done to stir up this kind of hatred among leftists? Answer: they’ve acted like conservatives.

Obama’s Drive to Disenfranchise Soldiers

My Front Page Magazine article from August 6, 2012:

Obama's Drive to Disenfranchise Soldiers

By Matthew Vadum

U.S. military personnel tend to favor Republicans so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that President Obama’s reelection campaign has filed suit attacking an Ohio law that makes it easier for soldiers to vote.

This nickel-and-dime approach to disenfranchisement was used by then-presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000. The unsuccessful Democrat turned global warming hoaxer had his lawyers disqualify ballots from military personnel overseas. The new lawsuit is also an apparent acknowledgement that Obama is writing off the military vote this year.

It needs to be noted that for all the Left’s incessant whining about largely imaginary “voter suppression,” progressives have been silent about this real-life example of a political candidate trying to make it harder for those Americans who don’t support him to vote.

Obama’s campaign claims that Ohio election reforms aimed at reducing long lines and fixing various glitches in the balloting process amount to preferential treatment for military voters. Ohio allows registered voters covered by the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act to vote early in person up until the day before Election Day. The cutoff for voters not covered by the federal law to vote early is three days earlier.

Valerie Jarrett’s Bin Laden Raid Veto

My article from Front Page Magazine on August 2, 2012:

Valerie Jarrett’s Bin Laden Raid Veto

By Matthew Vadum

Although taking out Public Enemy Number One would seem to be the easiest of calls, President Obama allowed key public relations adviser Valerie Jarrett to nix the military operation to kill arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions last year, according to an upcoming book.

Although President Obama’s reelection team is loudly trumpeting the dispatch of bin Laden in May 2011, saying it shows Obama’s decisiveness, author Richard Miniter suggests in Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, that the president was anything but decisive.

Apparently Obama had to be dragged kicking and screaming into action against bin Laden. Miniter’s evidence suggests the president took a long time to steel his resolve, hemming and hawing over the life-and-death decision, putting it off repeatedly over a four-month period.

Soros Election-Rigging Scheme Collapses

My Front Page Magazine article from July 31, 2012:

Soros Election-Rigging Scheme Collapses

By Matthew Vadum

A George Soros-backed scheme that paved the way for Al Franken’s 2008 theft of a U.S. Senate seat has collapsed months ahead of the critical November elections.

Rumors of the death of the Secretary of State Project had been circulating for months. Michael Kieschnick, co-founder of the Secretary of State Project, confirmed that his group has shut down in an interview at the recent “Take Back the American Dream” conference in Washington, D.C.

Although the so-called 527 political committee “still exists” on paper, “2010 was terrible so we’ve switched our efforts,” said Michael Kieschnick wearing a tee shirt reading “ORGANIZER” in block capital letters. Section 527 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code allows the group to accept unlimited financial contributions.

The idea behind the Secretary of State Project was that in most states the secretary of state runs elections and that a relative pittance can help swing these little-watched state contests, allowing even small donors to play a big role in installing a powerful state official who can tilt the playing field in favor of Democrats.

ACORN Political Money Laundering in Texas

My Front Page Magazine article from July 26, 2012:

ACORN Political Money Laundering in Texas

By Matthew Vadum

The taxpayer watchdog group Cause of Action is accusing the former Texas branch of ACORN of illegally diverting charitable funds for political activity benefiting Democrats.

ACORN’s Texas chapter may have changed its name but it still appears to be involved in the same kinds of financial shenanigans that made the radical group synonymous with corruption and sleaze. President Obama used to work for ACORN and represented it in court as an attorney.

There are two ACORN spinoff groups allegedly involved in the scheme.

They are the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), classified by the IRS as a 501c4 “social welfare” organization, and its sister group, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, a 501c3 charitable organization. The two legally separate nonprofit corporations were both created in December 2009, around the time Congress banned federal taxpayer funding of ACORN. ACORN was infamous for its embrace of the brutal in-your-face political tactics espoused by Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky.

Cause of Action says TOP used funds transferred to it by TOP Education Fund for political activity – a huge no-no according to federal tax law. This kind of accounting sleight-of-hand was standard operating procedure for the racketeers who ran the relentlessly corrupt ACORN network.

TOP and TOP Education Fund are engaging “in improper political activities under the radar of the IRS,” said Dan Epstein, executive director of Cause of Action. Epstein’s group is asking the IRS “to investigate these groups for potential abuses of their tax-exempt status, and to hold them accountable for any violations they find.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'm now quoted in 45 books

I've been keeping a running tab of the books that reference my work and/or quote me.

Note that authors on the left, such as Arianna Huffington and Center for American Progress visiting fellow Shirley Sagawa, have given my work a vote of confidence by relying on it.

Here is the list as of August 7, 2012:

* asterisk indicates New York Times bestseller

In reverse chronological order:

45 Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Riskby John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky, Encounter Books, 2012, page citations unknown

44) Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blindby Mallory Factor and Elizabeth Factor, Center Street, 2012, page citations unknown

43) No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom, by Phyllis Schafly and George Neumayr, Regnery Publishing, 2012, page citations unknown

42) The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdownby Richard L. Hasen, Yale University Press, forthcoming: expected publication summer 2012, page citations unknown

*41) Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say, by Glenn Beck, Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts, 2012, at least 3 citations

40) The New Leviathan: How the Left-Wing Money-Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America's Future, by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin, Crown Forum, 2012, 278n4