REBIBLICAN POLITICAL ENDORSERS AND PACS
Buying Our Elections and Politicians
Money talks. It buys your way in through the doors of power and authority, and we witness it every election year. So, just who IS buying our elections and speaking with louder voices than the collective citizenry could ever have? Have you ever wondered just who your representative is beholden to and just where some of these flagrantly discriminatory pieces of legislation were given birth?
Below is a small list of some very powerful political action committees and organizations who are foisting their right-wing, Rebiblican political agendas on a largely unsuspecting public.
American Conservative Union – Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union is the oldest conservative lobbying organization. It was founded by William F. Buckley, Jr.; L. Brent Bozell; Frank S. Meyer; John Chamberlain; James Campaigne; John Ashbrook; Katherine St. George; and Robert E. Bauman.
Board members: Senator Jesse Helms; Grover Norquist; Morton Blackwell; and Becky Norton Dunlop. Morton Blackwell also serves on the boards of the Free Congress Foundation and the Conservative Leadership PAC. Dunlop is on the boards of the Heritage Foundation, the Family Foundation, and Century Communications.
Frequent Donors to the group include the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Bill and Berniece Grewcock Foundation, and the William E. Simon Foundation.
The ACU is the host of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), andplay a prominent role in elections and policy making. They stand for free-market enterprise, traditional family values and strict interpretation of the Constitution.
They are virulently Pro-Life; Anti-gay rights; Anti-immigration; and Anti-Entitlements and endorse and fund candidates who are like-minded.
American Courage PAC – A conservative PAC registered in Boca Raton, Florida. They are devoted to funding right-wing candidates who support their agenda. Their stated goals are to 1) Repeal Obamacare; 2) Create jobs and cut wasteful spending, entitlements, taxes, and needless regulations; 3) Create energy independence; 4) Support Israel, our closest ally; 5) Support a strong national defense; 6) Support the Second Amendment; 7) Stop negotiating with terrorists and cut support to hostile nations; 8) Support our veterans and deliver our promise to them; 9) Secure our borders from illegal immigration and enforce the laws; 10) Support self- reliance, individual liberty, American exceptionalism, and family values.
Board Members : Dr. Larry Kawa, D.D.S.. President; Keith Davis, Asst. Treasurer; Michael E. Toner, FEC Counsel; Brandis L. Zehr, FEC Counsel; and Richard Kwal, Treasurer.
American Crossroads – A Super PAC that fundraises for the Republican Party. It was founded by former RNC Chair, Ed Gillespie and strategist Karl Rove. During the 2010 midterm elections, American Crossroads spent millions of dollars on electing candidates. They have promised to spend $16 million dollars in the next month on advertising for their chosen candidates.
American Crossroads has established a spin-off policy making group – Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS).
American Future Fund – The American Future Fund is an Iowa based 501(c)(4)tax-exempt organization  affiliated with the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which in turn has reported ties to billionaires Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch
American Future Fund was founded by individuals who worked for Mitt Romney’s 2008 bid for the Republican U.S. Presidential nomination. Nick Ryan, an adviser to Republican US Representative Jim Nussle founded the organization in 2007 , with Nicole Schlinger,( a GOP leader in Iowa) as its president. Its current president is Iowa Republican state Sen. Sandra Greiner.
The group “advocates conservative and free-market principles” ] and an energy agenda that includes support for drilling offshore and in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2010 the American Future Fund reported over 9 million dollars of independent campaign expenditures to the FEC, and 100% of its expenditures benefited Republicans. In 2012 the organization funded ads supporting Mitt Romney’s bid for the U.S. presidency.In the same year, it also funded ads attacking Missouri Attorney General Chris Coster, and in support of California’s Proposition 32 which prevents unions from collecting political contributions as paycheck deductions.
Americans for Legal Immigration – A political action committee that seeks to end illegal immigration, takes a stand to secure the borders, crack down on employers that hire undocumented workers, remove incentives granted to undocumented workers, detain and deport all undocumented people. They stand against amnesty, birthright citizenship, and the Dream Act.
They endorse and support like-minded candidates and have been extremely active in the 2012 election campaigns. Their offices are in Raleigh North Carolina, and the President and Spokesperson is William Gheen.
Atlas PAC – A political action committee dedicated to endorsing and funding candidates who embody the Founding Father’s principles of free-enterprise, limited taxation, and limited government regulations.
The Chairman of Atlas PAC is Lee Lowrey who served as a co-chair in the Bush/Cheney campaign. They currently endorse the Romney/Ryan ticket; Michele Bachmann; Allen West; Eric Cantor; Ted Cruz; and Richard Mourdock, among others.
Americans United For Life – A pro-life public interest law-firm and advocacy group. They have been a driving factor in setting policy and in the pro-life legislation that has been surfacing all over the country.
The president and CEO is Charmaine Yoest who was affiliated with the Family Research Council and Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign. The organization writes model legislation every year on abortion, health issues, and bioethics. They also endorse and fund pro-life candidates in federal and state elections. They have played a major role in the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Coalition of Americans for Political Equality (CAPE PAC) – A Super PAC which has spent in excess of one and a half million dollars on federal and state campaigns this year so far. They operate in a shroud of mystery, and have engaged in some unscrupulous acts that have raised suspicions on both sides of the political fence.
Their stated mission is “restoring conservative values in the politicians elected to represent all citizens of the United States of America.” They have set up a series of candidate-specific websites that look very much like the real deal and have been soliciting donations. The donations do not, however, go toward that candidate’s campaign.
Their focus is on endorsing candidates who support the far-right agenda: Michelle Bachmann, Tom Latham, Richard Mourdock, Erik Paulsen, Kristi Lynn Noem, and Dean Heller, specifically.
Campaign for Working Families (CWF PAC) – A political action committee founded by Gary Bauer. It is known for supporting pro-life, pro-family candidates. Their motto is “Unapologetically pro-family, pro-life, and pro-Growth.” They take an aggressive stands on state ballot issues that promote gay and lesbian civil rights, or those that limit restrictions against abortion.
Gary Bauer has strong ties to the Family Research Council, American Values, Christians United for Israel, and John Hagee.
The group is committed to pro-life issues, anti-gay-rights, and anti-immigration.
Citizens United Political Victory Fund – A political action committee that calls itself “The Conservative PAC for Conservative Candidates.” Its mission is to support conservative candidates running for federal office who share Citizens United’s vision of reducing the size and scope of government, lowering taxes, cutting spending, promoting traditional family values, and winning the war on terror.
The PAC is an arm of Citizens United which is dedicated to “Restoring Our Government to Citizens Control. David N. Bossie is the President and Chairman of the Board. They advocate and fund political candidates who are pro-life, anti-gay, and pro-business.
Another arm of Citizens United is the Presidential Coalition. From their stated mission: “Through a combination of direct contributions to state and local candidates, television advertisements, op-eds, and social media platforms, The Presidential Coalition strives to promote conservative values throughout America. Conservative luminaries like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Governor Mike Huckabee, and Dick Morris have helped advance the goals of supporting our country, our armed forces, and our freedom. Without these three principles, America would not continue to be that beacon of freedom we all cherish.”
These outfits combined has pumped an enormous amount of money into federal and state elections during this cycle.
Club for Growth – A right-wing political group that has successfully endorsed and funded numerous right-wing candidates. It is funded by extremely wealthy conservatives who have a very pernicious agenda. They are credited with being a “key-player in Republican Governor Scott Walker’s move to take out the state’s organized workers.”
With the Citizens United ruling, Club For Growth, et.al, are not required to be transparent in their expenditures, however, it is now estimated that they have spent in excess of $13 million dollars on the 2012 elections.
They focus on the privatization of social programs, Social Security, and education. They support only the ultra-conservative Republican candidates and fight equally as hard against moderate Republicans as they do democrats.
Conservative Principles PAC – A right-wing political action committee founded by Iowa Representative Steve King. The main goal is to endorse and fund like-minded candidates in both state and federal elections.
Steve King is 100% pro-life without exception. He has defended Missouri Representative Todd Akin after his insidious remarks on pregnancy and rape. King supports an absolute right to gun ownership and opposes affirmative action. He supports racial profiling and likens immigrants to doge. He is radically opposed to gay-rights and same-sex marriage.
- To defeat partisan Democrats, especially hard-core, leftwing liberals like Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
- To support endangered, scapegoated, anti-establishment conservative incumbents in Congress who have fought hard to stay true to our bedrock values and principles.
- To recruit real conservatives who can challenge, politically frighten, and eventually REPLACE RINO, “Money-Is-God” incumbents like John McCain.
- To pass pro-life, pro-family, anti-tax, pro-sovereignty, pro-traditional values, anti-big government, pro-property rights, pro-second amendment legislation and ballot initiatives across the U.S.
- To retake the leadership of the GOP where it has been captured by pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-tax, antimilitary, pro-big government, anti-gun rights, “open borders” liberals in “blue states” like California, New Jersey, and Illinois.
It is worthy to note that Allen Keyes is closely related to the Minuteman Project and that the alliance between the two organizations has come under close scrutiny.
Eagle Forum PAC – Founded and operated by Phyllis Schalfly, the Eagle Forum is a conservative interest group that describes itself as “pro-family.” They claim to have a membership of over 80,000 people.
According to Wikipedia: “The Eagle Forum is involved primarily in conservative issues. The organization is opposed to the legalization of abortion, against international oversight from the United Nations or the International Criminal Court, supportive of English-only education in schools, supportive of women’s role as “fulltime homemakers”, and opposed to same-sex marriage. Circa 2006, Eagle Forum began preparations to fight the introduction of the amero Northern American currency. They support those saying Christopher Columbus is a hero. It has also been active in the anti-vaccination movement, particularly fighting mandatory hepatitis B vaccination requirements for newborn babies, and opposition to sex education in the public school system. On its website, the Eagle Forum publishes a weekly column written by Phyllis Schlafly. Eagle Forum also opposes movements which would call for an Article V constitutional convention, stating that (based on the opinions of noted constitutional scholars such as former United States Supreme Court Justice Warren Berger such a “con con” (its terminology) could not be limited in scope, and thus could draft a whole new Constitution which might be contrary to the desires of the convention callers.”
Their recent list of political endorsements reflects the values of the Christian right.
Faith, Family & Freedom Fund – A Super PAC associated with the Family Research Council. Using the usual scare tactics, this group purports that the government is forcing Americans to use their tax dollars to subsidize abortions, is controlling your child’s education, telling you that your views on same-sex marriage are bigoted and if you don’t change you will be put in jail, telling you what you can eat, where you can live, and where you can worship, and that they want to control your faith, your family, and your freedom. So…you should send them your money.
They endorse and fund pro–life, pro-family candidates.
The Family Research Council is a conservative Christian group that was founded by James Dobson. It is currently operated by Tony Perkins. The FRC holds the Values Voter Summit every fall. They have been certified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for their statements on homosexuality. They have endorsed numerous candidates at all levels for the 2012, election.
Family First – Family First is a not-for-profit, (501(c)(3) organization out of Nebraska. Their stated mission is to: protect and foster Judeo-Christian principles in Nebraska’s laws, for the benefit of its families.
Family First works to:
- Inform policymakers by providing research and factual information on vital issues affecting the family.
- Communicate truth on family issues through the media.
- Equip concerned citizens and churches to be persuasive advocates for the family.
They are associated with Focus on the Family, The Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund. They endorse and support pro-life and pro-family candidates.
Feminists For Life – Don’t let the name fool you. This is a pro-life organization that reaches out to young women, college students in particular, and is, according to their website, dedicated to “systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion.” The organization is global.
They have been very active in the pro-life movement and in selecting, endorsing and funding pro-life political candidates.
The Freedom Project – The Freedom Project is a political action committee assisting far-right Republicans to achieve office. The honorary Chairman of this group is John Boehner. According to their website, “The Freedom Project is committed to a better America based on freedom and security, empowered citizens and personal responsibility. Our mission is to strengthen the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives that’s focusing relentlessly on jobs and the economy.”
Their list of endorsements for 2012, are all pro-life, anti-gay, anti-immigration, pro-gun, and supportive of the privatization of all social issues.
Government is Not God – GING PAC has been one of the most prolific of the political action committees during the 2012, election cycle. Run by William Murray, the head of the Religious Freedom Coalition, GING PAC has thrown its money and endorsement behind a slew of right-ring, religious zealots in an effort to co-opt Congressional and state houses and senates.
They have been running anti-Obama ads in newspapers across the country promoting the ideas that Obama will use voter fraud to stay in power, that he is pro-Islam, and a “dangerous racist.”
These advertisements portray Obama as anti-Christian and that he will force Christian schools to hire non-Christian teachers. This organization is a Dominionist, pro-life, anti-gay, anti-entitlements group who seek domination over the halls of government. To that end, they are promoting candidates who will help them achieve that goal.
Huck PAC – This is the political action committee of former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. It was formed in 2008, and is focused upon electing far-right, like-minded candidates to gain a majority in the House and Senate, as well as governorships throughout the states.
The PAC endorses candidates for various offices, then organizes into local groups in every county in the United States to help each of their candidates win. They have been extremely active in endorsing people this year who are pro-life, anti-gay, anti-Islamic, and anti-entitlements.
Liberty Candidates – This is Ron Paul’s PAC. As to be expected, this group backs candidates who are pro-free enterprise, pro-gun, pro-individual liberties and self-reliance. They also support things like Constitutional Government, free markets, and a Non-interventionist Foreign Policy.
In the midst of all the rhetoric, however, what they don’t tout is a Constitution Party agenda which is anti-gay rights, anti-women’s rights, pro-gun, anti-public education, anti-government entitlements, anti-FEMA, anti-EPA regulations, and pro-states rights.
The endorsed candidates generally play well to the militia crowd as well as white-supremacist groups.
“In 2010, a shot was heard around the world as Republicans gained 63 House seats, 6 Senate seats, 680 state legislative seats, and took 29 of the 50 gubernatorial races. This awakening of the American people, who were upset by the over-spending, big government bureaucrats, was a great feat, but I and other freedom-loving Americans know that this cannot be the end. This must only be the beginning.
“Today, LLPH Second Revolution (formally known as Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness’s Second Revolution) is a conservative blog created on July 22, 2012. Our mission statement: To promote LLPH candidates, support freedom legislation and oppose anti-freedom legislation, inform voters about their legislators, and to do all things to promote Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in the United States of America.”
And, they have already started laying their plans for the 2014, mid-term elections. They have listed 12 liberal Democrats as their main targets to defeat on Nov. 6th, 2012. They are: Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL); Bob Kerrey (D-NE); Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Tim Kaine (D-VA); Sen. John Tester (D-MT); Joe Donnelly (D-IN); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Jim Matheson (D-UT); Mark Critz (D-PA); Christi Vilsack (D-IA); and John Barrow (D-GA).
The endorsements and dollars from this group have been flying.
Maverick PAC – A political action committee that claims to be engaging “next generation Republican leaders from business, politics and law to build a national network and strengthen the future of our country.”
The Co–chairs of the group are George P. Bush (Jeb Bush’s son), and Jay S. Zeidman. There list of endorsed candidates demonstrates their commitment to electing ultra-right-wing conservatives. It includes John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Scott Brown, Allen West, Mitt Romney, and Richard Mourdock, among many others.
Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life – This is an affiliate of National Right to Life. They currently boast of having 70,000 member families and 240 chapters across the state of Minnesota. They are a pro-life advocacy group that works to advocate for the unborn.
“The mission of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is to secure protections for innocent human life from conception until natural death through effective education, legislation and political action.”
Move America Forward PAC – A political action committee out of California. Move America Forward has sparked a lot of controversy through its confrontational actions. Their policies are to remove the United Nations headquarters from the United States, keep Guantanamo Bay open, close the Mexican border, ship every illegal immigrant out of the United States, and oppose any political candidate and media outlet that they deem to be too liberal/
According to Wikipedia: Prominent Move America Forward campaigns have included the closing of the US-Mexico border (the MAF’s “Secure Our Borders” campaign) and the ending of amnesty programs to illegal immigrants (through nomoreamnesty.com), support of John R. Bolton—an outspoken critic of the United Nations—to serve as the US representative to the United Nations, and restricting the distribution of the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 911. In August 2005, Move America Forward sponsored a You don’t speak for me, Cindy! tour to counter Cindy Sheehan’s protest at President Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch (and the vigils in support of Sheehan that were held around the country). The organization also protested William Ayers when he made a speech at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California and has protested against the Lafayette hillside memorial.
Their stated mission is to support candidates who stand for their 5 basic principles which are:
-Support Our Troops and their Missions in the War on Terror
– Hunt Down and Defeat Terrorists on Any Battlefield
– Achieve Complete and Final Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan
– Provide Law Enforcement with the Tools Necessary to Ensure Homeland Security
– Maximize American Foreign Policy to Combat Global Terrorism
Top priority on their list is Rep. Col. Allen West of Florida.
National Federation of Independent Business – This entity claims to be non-partisan, however, historically it has endorsed primarily Republican candidates, generally far-right-wing Republicans and 2012 is no exception. The NFIB is headquarted in Tennessee, but has a presence in all 50 states.
To demonstrate the clout of the endorsements, it is important to note that in the 2010 election, 25 of the NFIB members, all Republican, were elected to Congress. Several of these were Tea Party members.
As to the NFIB’s lobbying prowess, they joined with 26 states in challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
National Organization for Marriage – Found in 2007, to work against the legalization of same-sex marriage. The group operates two non-profit arms, a 501(c)(4) political advocacy group, National Organization for Marriage, and a 501(c)(3) called the NOM Educational Fund.
It has been reported that much of their money comes from the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, and from the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). In the 2010 elections it was reported that they had over $7 million in their coffers.
National Right to Life – This is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in America. It covers all 50 states with over 3,000 local chapters nationwide. They wield a lot of power in political circles and promote pro-life candidates on the state, federal, and local levels.
They make no bones about admitting that they are all about electing a pro-life federal government, and are actively pursuing that goal. During the 2012, election cycle, the NRL has endorsed candidates in 43 of the 50 states.
Pastors PAC – Of course, we already know that the separation of church and state no longer applies to churches, only to the state, right? Well, this little gem is a political action committee made up of pastors across the country who are actively endorsing and funding Dominionist candidates for a number of offices. From their website:
To experience able, righteous officials serving in government.
Proverbs 29:2(a) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.”
To promote candidates with proven, noble character who have an established track record that demonstrates the ability to serve capably in the office they seek.
Exodus 18:21 “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men
who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain;
and you shall place these over them, as leaders of thousands,
of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.”
“RNC/Life will continue to work to protect and defend the Republican Party’s principled commitment to legal protection for all innocent human beings, from conception until natural death.
In addition, we will work to hold Republican lawmakers accountable to the pro-life principles in our platform. It is our desire to see those principles translated into public policy and law. Further, we encourage Republican Party officials to enthusiastically support pro-life candidates and policies consistent with our platform. “
The RNC has endorsed and is funding a huge list of candidates for Senate and Congress in 22 states, all of who are pro-life candidates.
Restore America’s Legacy – These folks are all about limited government, free-markets, adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law, and a strong national defense. Again, they adhere to the dogma of the Constitution Party and to endorsing like-minded candidates.
All of their endorsements of candidates for the 2012 elections are those who are pro-life, anti-gay rights, anti-government entitlements, anti-public education, pro-gun, and pro-states’ rights.
Restore Our Future – This is a Super Pac that is not required to demonstrate any form of transparency. It was founded by a group of Mitt Romney’s aides in 2010, and was created to support Mitt Romney for president. As of July, 2012, they reported raising over $60 million dollars, half of which came from Wall Street contributors.
-out effort to get Mitt Romney’s face in millions of living rooms across the country, the Restore Our Future political action committee has spent upward of $12 million dollars on TV ads to air 2 weeks before the election in all of the battle-ground states and a few others.
“Sarah PAC is dedicated to building America’s future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.
“SarahPAC believes America’s best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.
“SarahPAC believes energy independence is a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves. We believe in American Exceptionalism, and that US foreign policy should, first and foremost, be based on the pursuit of our national interest, not the interests of others.
“SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.
Her list of candidate endorsements is a Who’s Who among the Dominionist candidates of the far-right. Little surprise there.
The group was founded in 1993, by Rachel MacNair as an answer to Emily’s List. Last year, the List unveiled a pro-life pledge for 2012, in which political candidates pledge to, if elected, appoint only pro-life judicial nominees and cabinet members, preventing taxpayer funding of abortion, and supporting legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Again, only candidates who represent the right of the right are represented in the SBA list of endorsements.
The Justice Foundation, according to its mission statement, exists “to protect the fundamental freedoms and rights essential to the preservation of American society.”
Accordingly, the Foundation claims that it represents clients free of charge in cases in the areas of limited government, free markets, private property, parental school choice, parental rights in education, and enforcing laws to protect women’s health.
In fact, the Justice Foundation is a Dominionist group that is pro-life, anti-gay rights, anti-public schools, pro-Christian, anti-government, and anti-religious freedom.
The Madison Project – Founded by Michael Farris, a Constitutional lawyer who established the Home School Legal Defense Association, and Patrick Henry College, “…a Christian institution with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology to impact the world ‘for Christ and for Liberty.”
Farris is closely associated with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition, and Phyllis Schlafly.
He established the Madison PAC in 1994, to help and support new conservative “family values” anti-choice candidates, and to build a “true pro-life, conservative majority.” They organize and bundle small contributions by individuals to amass large contributions to the far-right candidates of their choosing. They focus on new candidates as opposed to incumbents.
Among their most noted board members have been Paul Weyrich and Tim LaHaye.
Young Americans For Liberty – This group was an outcropping of Ron Paul supporters after the 2008, elections. They have numerous chapters on college campuses across the United States. According to their website:
“Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses. With more than 300 chapters and 26,000 student activists nationwide, YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution.”
They endorse candidates who are strict Constitutionalists, advocate for free – markets, support the premise of states’ rights, believe in the doctrine of individual liberty, and are pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-big government.
This is but a small list of the movers and shakers buying our elections for the right-wing zealots who want nothing less than to turn this country into a theocratic morass of hatred and bigotry. But, these groups are merely a front, a middle-man for the more sinister monsters who are really pulling the strings. There’s more – much more.