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February 11, 2016

Posts by Janie Lorber

7 Posts

December 10, 2012

Time-Traveling Tea Party

FreedomWorks is trying to turn back time.

The conservative advocacy group sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner last week, lambasting him for ousting four tea-party-aligned lawmakers from powerful committees.

But the letter was dated Dec. 5, 2011. Because, really, wasn’t 2011 better?

FreedomWorks is trying to turn back time. In a letter.


This time last year, FreedomWorks still had a prestigious chairman, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. (He resigned two weeks ago in the wake of a row with FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe.) And the group’s ultra-conservative friends on Capitol Hill were still riding high after scoring at least a few points during negotiations over the debt ceiling.

Now, Kibbe is fending off allegations that he used donor money to promote his book and hid the source of more than $12 million in contributions from the departed chairman. Meanwhile, high-level staffers have followed Armey to the exit.

So, if there was any doubt the FreedomWorks headquarters was distracted last week, well … just saying.

Or maybe it was tea party dreaming, noted FreedomWorks spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar.

“Must have been a typo,” she said in an email to HOH. “Or maybe it was wishful thinking since the debt was about $1.5 trillion lower around this time in 2011 than it is currently.”

November 1, 2012

Voice Mail Greeting Doubles as Biden Time Machine

Vice President Joseph Biden’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination lives on.

Just call Sam Spencer, a former Biden campaign staffer, who has had the vice president’s voice on his cellphone voice mail for almost six years.

“I’m Sen. Joe Biden, and I’m running for President of the United States, and I’m making the greeting for Sam,” the former Delaware Senator says before the beep.

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July 17, 2012

Book Sense

Forget legislating a redistribution of wealth. Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing some of it on his own.

The Vermont Independent has given almost $23,000 in royalties from a book chronicling his famous 8.5-hour filibuster to a family support group in his state.

The Addison County Parent/Child Center received the check in October, thanks to “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class,” a 126-page account of Sanders’ 2010 marathon floor speech opposing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.
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May 24, 2012

Enough, Already!

Democrats get ready! Local tea party folks plan to greet those attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with some serious political verbiage — at least the ones arriving via the highway.
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April 27, 2012

Obama Likes the Ladies

Presidents have to make a lot of choices. And today, at least, President Barack Obama is choosing the ladies over the kids.

Obama plans to spend this afternoon wooing deep-pocketed women at a fundraiser put on by the Women’s Leadership Forum — even if that means snubbing an invitation to attend a science and technology festival filled with children that is being held today in the same building. Full story

March 29, 2012

Whose First Rodeo?

There appears to be some horsing around at the American Continental Group.

The Washington lobby shop reported a new client Wednesday, the National Horsemen’s Association, a group that sells insurance to folks who run rodeos. Should a rodeo spectator get kicked in the face, NHA is there.

Since Jan. 1, ACG claims that it has lobbied Congress on behalf of the NHA on “issues of interest to horsemen,” including taxes and immigration.

But the horsemen hadn’t a clue they had hired them. Full story

March 20, 2012

Driving ABI to Drink

The American Beverage Institute is against drunken driving. But buzzed driving? Well … that’s another story.

The trade association, which is one wee part of unregistered super lobbyist Richard Berman’s empire of corporate-backed nonprofits, is afraid that legislation aimed at encouraging the use of anti-drunken-driving technology will turn restaurant-goers into teetotalers. Full story

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