This excellent report about how the right wing scams small donors via direct mail is long overdue, and Base Connect is only one of many offenders.
In a nutshell, Base Connect owns a lot of mailing lists for hardcore conservatives who are mostly on Social Security. A candidate hires them to fundraise on their behalf, and Base Connect keeps over 90 percent or so of whatever gets raised.
But it’s not just Base Connect. Infocision is another “fundraiser” that keeps more of the proceeds than they deserve. Individual consultants like Dan Backer have taken hundreds of thousands in fees from so-called conservative “grassroots” organizations. It’s an entire industry, built around the fantasy that those small donations will actually go to support the candidate they’re giving to.
Cheers for John Legend for tweeting this earlier tonight:
So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shits on him
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 30, 2014
Because honestly, aren’t you sick of it too? No matter what you think about Kerry and his efforts, this obsequious “I must love Israel even when they’re being idiots” nonsense is just out of control.
Former Reagan speechwriter John Podhoretz, on the other hand, did not care for it at all, and shot this one back at Legend:
Shut up and play the piano. https://t.co/12ZzQPFPr7
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 30, 2014
What a lovely guy. It reminds me of the good old days, only then they took the opposite tack and told people to shut up if they criticized the government. Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d think they were partisan hacks who want to shut up anyone who doesn’t agree with them.
Well, of course they are.
Remember Natalie Mains?
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In a new Time column, Joe Klein says that Republican impeachment calls are the result of “feral vehemence” — yet he devotes the entire column to chastising Democrats for mentioning the impeachment push in fundraising and campaigning, and he reserves most of his ire for the guy who’s the target of the “feral vehemence”:
So, this is smart strategy on the part of the Obama political operation, right? Well, grudgingly, yes. But it’s also cynical as hell. The White House is playing with fire, raising the heat in a country that is already brain-fried by partisan frenzy. There is something unseemly, and unprecedented, about an administration saying “Bring it on” when it comes to impeachment.
Oh, I see — Republicans have had their enraged mobs out in the streets since January 20, 2009, but when Obama responds, he’s the bad guy.
In fact, what Obama’s doing is responding to a threatened beatdown in a deserted back alley by shouting, “You want to beat the shit out of me? Go ahead, tough guys!” — in the expectation that if he yells loud enough, he’ll wake some of the neighbors (in this case, Democratic voters who usually ignore midterm elections), and the goon squad won’t proceed with impunity.