Jeb Bush’s $100 Million Super-PAC Juggernaut Gives Advantage While Evading Campaign Laws
Jeb Bush is putting in motion an ambitious plan to develop a super PAC that would be unprecedented in its size and scope — a blueprint growing in scale and intensity as he nears the formal launch of his presidential campaign.
The group, called Right to Rise, is said to be on track for raising an historic $100 million by the end of May, and its budget is expected to dwarf that of Bush’s official campaign many times over. In interviews, more than half a dozen sources familiar with the Right to Rise plans described a juggernaut that was rapidly taking shape — from its likely headquarters in Los Angeles, 2,700 miles from the Miami office where Bush was basing his campaign, to a new fundraising push aimed at expanding its ballooning coffers.
Bush is even setting the timing of his official campaign announcement — which is increasingly likely to come in mid-June, following a trip to Europe — around a cross-country fundraising tour. In the final weeks leading up to the launch, his strategists have been devising a plan to allow both arms of the campaign — the official one and the super PAC — to work seamlessly, even as they will be legally barred from coordinating once he officially becomes a candidate.
Jeb Bush Supported Evangelical Anti-Gay Hate Group With Taxpayer Money
Jeb Bush Supported Evangelical Anti-Gay Hate Group With Taxpayer Money
While governor of Florida, Jeb Bush delivered a lucrative tax break to subsidize an evangelical group’s efforts to block Internet users from learning about homosexuality or accessing pornography. The taxpayer money was directed to a company owned by the American Family Association (AFA), a prominent grass-roots organization representing a social conservative base that could prove pivotal in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.
A Quinnipiac poll out this week shows Bush struggling to gain ground with that base in Iowa, the state that hosts the nation’s first presidential caucus. In recent weeks, Bush has sought to burnish his social conservative credentials: He hassaid he does not regret intervening in the Terri Schiavo family case, trumpeted his support for “traditional marriage” and, perhaps most controversially, stood with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in defense of a law that critics say legalized discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. [After a public outcry, Pence later signed a second law to “fix” the initial law.]
Meanwhile, those who know Bush from his time as governor have been touting his conservative record in Florida. That record is replete with support for the religious right’s causes, and his subsidy for the AFA exemplifies both his social conservatism — and the perils it may present in a general election.
$600,000 Tax Subsidy
It was May 2001, only a few years after a hot-button debate over congressional legislation aiming to censor the Internet of indecent content. Bush’s administration and Florida county officials agreed to award a $600,000 tax subsidy package to Bsafe Online, a subsidiary of the AFA. That company produced Web filter technology to prevent Internet users from seeing pornography or information about homosexual relationships or transgender identities.
“I welcome this high-tech, pro-family business to Florida,” Bush said in a news release. “As the Internet continues to influence our daily lives, parents have an increasingly difficult time monitoring what their children are exposed to on the computer. BsafeOnline.com is a great example of how the private sector can assist families to protect their children from aspects of the Internet which they deem negative.”
At the time, AFA was leading a boycott against the Walt Disney Co. for promoting the “gay agenda” and hosting “Gay Days” at its theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Liberal activists called on Bush to reverse his support for the AFA-backed company, BSafe, accusing the AFA of bigotry, recently released emails show. The organization was later labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jeb Bush Wants Us To Forget His Florida 2000 Election Fraud
Jeb Bush Wants Us to Forget His Election Fraud that Stole the White House for George |via Occupy Democrats
As Jeb Bush prepares for his imminent presidential campaign, the American people must keep in mind just who this man is and the crimes he committed rigging the 2000 presidential election, which put his brother George W. in the Oval Office, set us on the road to the Iraq War, the Great Recession, destroyed America’s standing in the world, altered American history forever.
Jeb Bush just so happened to be the Governor of Florida during that election, and as you may recall, the Florida vote was so close that recounts were requested and eventually declared his brother the winner. Katherine Harris, Jeb’s secretary of state and the co-chair of the George W. campaign, organized the election system that somehow ended up losing or spoiling the ballots of hundreds of thousands of African-American voters, who just so coincidentally tend to vote Democratic. During the recount period, it is documented that the Governor’s office made 95 calls to the Bush campaign- calls which Jeb somehow “cannot remember” the reason for. That answer is unacceptable for allegations of such importance. Why can’t you remember, Jeb?
For once the whole story comes together, the evidence is hard to ignore. Vanity Fair reported that “Information came pouring in faster than anyone could digest it—about polling places that had been understaffed, about voters who had been sent on wild-goose chases to find their polling places, about blacks barred from voting, and about police roadblocks to keep people from the polls.” Commissioner Victoria Wilson of the US Commission on Civil Rights concluded that “There emerges a confluence of circumstances that indicates intimidation and harassment of the Florida voters, and that was set in motion long before the November election.”
State apparatus, officials, and employees were all mobilized in order to perpetrate this fraud, and there are only two conclusions– the first that Jeb Bush and the machinations of Karl Rove organized and perpetrated the most egregious voter fraud in American history, or that he was such an incompetent leader that he failed to notice what was happening right under his nose. Either way, it is criminal subversion of the democratic principles which we hold dear, and the fact that him and his whole team got away with it is appalling.
All this was fifteen years ago, and now Jeb is eyeing the throne for his own self. We should remember just what kind of a man he is, and what he is responsible for. The man who in 1994 openly admitted he would do “probably nothing” for the African-American community in Florida, and then systematically disenfranchised the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of his own constituents. The man who aided and abetted the biggest election steal in history, setting us up for a catastrophic invasion of Iraq and the groundwork for the Great Recession. During this election, the media should take him to task for just what those phone calls were about. “I don’t remember” just doesn’t cut it, and America deserves answers.
Jeb Bush, while Florida governor, invested $1.3 million in state pension fund money in pornography: report
Jeb Bush invested more than $1 million from the Florida state pension fund in pornography while he was governor, a new bombshell report alleges.The former Florida governor, while in office, invested $1.3 million from the fund into Movie Gallery, a publicly traded video rental giant that offered a wide selection of pornographic films along with mainstream movies, the International Business Times reported.Bush, who as governor was a trustee on the board overseeing the state’s $149 billion pension system, purchased more than 47,000 shares in the company in 2005, the Times reported, citing emails it obtained from Bush’s tenure in office.
The state later sold its Movie Gallery shares in 2006 after the stock didn’t perform as well as expected. Movie Gallery, which also owned all Hollywood Video franchises, closed up shop entirely in 2010 as the video and DVD rental business model faltered amid industry changes.
However, during the time the state owned the shares, social conservatives across Flordia and the nation were outraged — a problem that could resurface for the centrist Republican as he seeks the Republican 2016 presidential nomination in a field of candidates packed with outspoken social conservatives.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush argued Saturday that American foreign policy should frighten the nation’s enemies abroad with its strength.
“The basic policy should be our friends know we have their back over the long haul, and our enemies need to fear us again,” Bush said at the South Carolina GOP convention in Columbia, according to the Associated Press.
Bush added that he thought President Obama’s strategy abroad has been an “unmitigated disaster” thus far. Hillary Clinton’s would not fare much better, he said, should she get elected president in 2016.
“Hillary Clinton is not going to be the person to lead us to a more stable future,” Bush said. “She has her fingerprints on all these foreign policy disasters.”
Jeb Bush’s Favorite Part Of Obama’s Presidency Is NSA Spying
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) really likes at least one part of Barack Obama’s presidency: the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records.
During an interview on Michael Medved’s radio program on Tuesday, Bush called the program, which was revealed in disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the best part of Obama’s presidency.
“I would say the best part of the Obama administration has been his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced,” said Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run. “Even though he never defends it, even though he never admits it, there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation of our national government is to keep us safe.”
Bush added that there was technology in place that could be used to guard both the United States and the civil liberties of Americans.
Jeb Bush: “People have a right” to refuse services to gays
Likely presidential contender signals support for license-to-discriminate measures
Courting conservatives in Atlanta on Thursday, likely GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush threw his support behind efforts to allow businesses and individuals to refuse services to gay people on religious grounds, arguing that while couples in “long-term committed relationships” deserve respect, others “have a right” to discriminate.
“I don’t know about the law, but religious freedom is a serious issue, and it’s increasingly so, and I think people that act on their conscience shouldn’t be discriminated against, for sure,” Bush told reporters, speaking on the steps of the Georgia Statehouse. “There should be protections, and so, as it relates to marriage equality — and that may change, the Supreme Court may change that. That automatically then shifts the focus to people of conscience, and, I don’t know, have their faith make — they want to act on their faith, and may not be able to be employed for example.”
Even for a Republican White House that was badly stumbling through George W. Bush’s sixth year in office, the revelation on April 12, 2007 was shocking. Responding to congressional demands for emails in connection with its investigation into the partisan firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the White House announced that as many as five million emails, covering a two-year span, had been lost.
The emails had been run through private accounts controlled by the Republican National Committee and were only supposed to be used for dealing with non-administration political campaign work to avoid violating ethics laws. Yet congressional investigators already had evidence private emails had been used for government business, including to discuss the firing of one of the U.S. attorneys. The RNC accounts were used by 22 White House staffers, including then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who reportedly used his RNC email for 95 percent of his communications.
As the Washington Postreported, “Under federal law, the White House is required to maintain records, including e-mails, involving presidential decision- making and deliberations.” But suddenly millions of the private RNC emails had gone missing; emails that were seen as potentially crucial evidence by Congressional investigators.
The White House email story broke on a Wednesday. Yet on that Sunday’s Meet The Press, Face The Nation, and Fox News Sunday, the topic of millions of missing White House emails did not come up. At all. (The story did get covered on ABC’s This Week.)
By comparison, not only did every network Sunday news show this week cover the story about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emails, but they were drowning in commentary. Between Meet the Press, Face The Nation, This Week, and Fox News Sunday, Clinton’s “email” or “emails” were referenced more than 100 times on the programs, according to Nexis transcripts. Talk about saturation coverage.
Jeb Bush, Confronted by DREAMer, Compares Obama Orders to Decrees of ‘Latin American Dictator’
Jeb Bush joined the elite, uncomfortable club of possible Republican presidential candidates confronted by immigration reform supporters who want legal recognition for the undocumented.
During a private event on Saturday in Iowa, the former Florida governor was asked, in Spanish, about President Barack Obama’s executive actions; in Spanish, he explained that he supported a path to citizenship for “DREAMers” but that it should be created by law rather than by decree, “because that’s like a Latin American dictator.”
When reporters asked Bush later to clarify if he would repeal immigration-related executive actions such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents before a law could be passed, the former Florida governor sidestepped the question.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Saturday that he opposes the Federal Communications Commission’s attempts to regulate broadband Internet providers.
Echoing arguments made by cable companies and many Republicans in Congress, the likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate argued that the FCC’s decision last month to approve the strongest-ever rules on net neutrality would “stifle competition, stifle innovation.”
(No doubt he also worries that it will “stifle” corporate profits! ~ John Poet)
9-11 attacker Mohamed Atta was protected from official scrutiny as part of an officially-protected cocaine and heroin trafficking network with ties to top political figures, including Republican officials Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris, and it was this fact—and not the “terrible lapses” of “weak on terror” Clinton Administration officials cited by Republican Congressman Curt Weldon—which shielded him from being apprehended before the 9.11 attack.
Weldon alleges that Pentagon lawyers rejected the military intelligence unit’s recommendation to apprehend Atta because he was in the country legally, and therefore information on him could not be shared with law enforcement.
But the “terrible lapses” cited by Weldon do not stem from the nonsensical assertion that Atta had a green card (he did not) which rendered him immune from military investigation but were the result of an officially-protected heroin trafficking operation being conducted on planes like those of Wally Hilliard, whose Lear jet flew “milk runs” down and back to Venezuela every week for 39 weeks in a row before finally running afoul of local DEA agents not been clued-in on the ‘joke.’
Moreover the secret military intelligence operation which identified Mohamed Atta and three other hijackers as a threat a year before the 9.11 attack, called Able Danger, was by no means the first military intelligence investigation into the activities of the Hamburg cadre.
Watching the river (of heroin) flow
As far back as 1991, military investigators had been detailed to Hamburg Germany, tracking what one military investigator who was there told us were “Al Qaeda heroin flows” from Afghanistan to the West.
A two-year investigation in Venice, Fl. into the flight school attended by Atta and his bodyguard Marwan Al-Shehhi and which provided them with their “cover” while in the U.S. unearthed the amazing fact that during the same month the two men began flying lessons at Huffman Aviation, July of 2000, the flight school’s owner’s Lear jet was seized on the runway of Orlando Executive Airport by Federal Agents who found 43-pounds of heroin onboard.
43 pounds of heroin is known in the drug trade as “heavy weight.”
In a story in the August 2, 2000 Orlando Sentinel authorities called the bust “the biggest drug seizure in central Florida history.”
“It confirms the sad fact that a massive amount of heroin is coming through Central Florida,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Brent Eaton told the paper. “It’s very disturbing to the DEA that more and more high quality heroin is coming from Colombia and at a cheaper price.”
The DEA was “very disturbed” enough to look more closely at Wally Hilliard’s jet charter operation. The result was their firm opposition to returning the Lear to Hilliard, even though no one from Hilliard’s company, Plane 1 Leasing, had been charged with any crime.
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And even while his companies were being used to train terrorists to fly and smuggling heroin into the U.S., prominent Florida politicians Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris publicly endorsed Hilliard’s operation.
Governor Jeb Bush honored Hilliard’s operation (called at various times Florida Air, Sunrise Airlines and Discover Air) with a personal visit, posing for photos with the “Discover Air family.”
(Originally Posted on August 17, 2005 by Daniel Hopsicker at Mad Cow News, a Florida-based investigative site focusing on drug trafficking, terrorism and 9-11. There were a lot of strange connections in Florida between drug trafficking, the CIA, and several of the 9-11 attackers who were taking flight training in Florida prior to the September 11th attacks, and even Jeb Bush, as in this article. We’d encourage readers to take a closer look at this website and browse their archives for more information.)
Jeb Bush Pleads With Donors “Please don’t give me more than $1 Million”
Jeb Bush’s fundraisers have been instructed not to ask donors to give more than one million dollars each in this fundraising quarter, according to the Washington Post.
Bush’s advisors are worried that if Jeb has a few super-rich contributers giving massive amounts of money, a perception will arise that Jeb Bush is beholden to his ultra-rich contributers (as if that wasn’t the perception already, with some of Jeb’s fundraising events charging $100,000 a plate for the elite privilege of schmoozing with Jeb in a semi-private setting).
“This campaign is about much more than money,” said Howard Leach, a longtime GOP fundraiser who recently co-hosted a fundraising event for Bush in Palm Beach, Fla., and confirmed the limit. “They need substantial funds, but they don’t want the focus to be on money.”
This is probably the first time any presidential candidate has sought to limit the amount given by their more well-heeled contributors, although it is temporary. The expectation is that their super-rich supporters are a well that they will be able to tap again and again, while trying to build a broader base of contributors.
The sensed need to place limitations on contribution amounts, albeit only temporarily, emphasises the importance of an elite group of financiers in political fundraising, which more and more centers on super PACs capable of collecting limitless amounts from individuals and corporations. The move reflects the difficulty facing candidates who wish to exploit those big donors without surrendering their claims of independence.
Bush has not yet officially declared his candidacy, (and is exploiting his non-candidate status to evade contribution limits, as we’ve already noted), but has already raised tens of millions of dollars for his two political action committees. Other likely GOP candidates have admitted that they are unlikely to be able to compete on the same level with Jeb Bush in the “fundraising primary” which is already underway in earnest.
Jeb Bush Trashes Father’s Clean Air Legacy to Woo Far Right-Wing
Jeb Bush trashed the Clean Air Act last week. He was speaking to the far right-wing Club for Growth, notorious for mounting mostly unsuccessful challenges from the right against Republican candidates during congressional primaries.
A Washington Post reporter attended the speech and posted some of Bush’s remarks on Twitter:
Or does he mean that loud clamor for “rising up” by ordinary Americans, who consistently voice very strong support for the Clean Air Act and clean air safeguards, with large majorities across the political spectrum? Bob Marley, Mr. Bush ain’t.
President Bush’s signing statement said he took “great pleasure in signing [the Clean Air Act] as a demonstration to the American people of my determination that each and every American shall breathe clean air.”
Jeb Bush Denounces Export-Import Bank Which Helped His Business
Jeb Bush has been adamant that he will not switch his positions on two issues, immigration and Common Core standards, that will generate conservative opposition in the Republican primaries. But he just made a major concession to conservatives on another issue of great importance to many of them—he came out against the U.S. Export-Import Bank. And this new position of Bush’s is not just hard to reconcile with his politics—it’s hard to reconcile with his own business career.
Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook
As Jeb Bush continues a torrid fundraising schedule across the country, he is pushing new boundaries of campaign finance law, exploiting his status as a noncandidate to avoid contribution limits and amass a cash pile already in the tens of millions.
The effort, which supporters call “shock and awe,” is designed to assert Bush’s dominance in the 2016 Republican presidential field, but it also represents a new chapter in the era of unlimited money in politics and raises numerous questions, beginning with the most basic:
How can Bush, who acts and sounds every inch the candidate for president, not be a candidate?
The former Florida governor says he is merely exploring the idea of possibly running for president. He drops disclaimer after disclaimer — ‘If I decide’ .
That may seem laughable given Bush’s actions — including campaign-style speeches and visits to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, courting the wealthiest donors and best political talent in the country, and resigning from corporate boards that pose potential conflicts of interest — but it is part of a carefully planned strategy.
It also underscores campaign finance regulations awash in loopholes and lax enforcement in the fast-evolving world of Super PACs unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens Uniteddecision.
As an actual candidate, Bush’s direct source of funds would be limited to $2,700 per person per election. But because he’s not officially running, his legal advisers contend he can chase unlimited amounts for his Right to Rise Super PAC.
“At the moment, it looks like a brilliant strategic move,” said Dan Tokaji, an election law expert at Ohio State University.
Watchdog groups are alarmed, saying Bush’s actions are highly questionable, if not a direct violation of law, and could lead others to do the same, threatening to upend what is left of campaign finance law.
By James Hohmann 2/26/15
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jeb Bush complained Thursday night that “the narratives” about his time as governor of Florida make him sound like a moderate when he was, in fact, very conservative.
Speaking to 200 of the right’s top donors at the Club for Growth’s annual meeting here, Bush bragged about ending affirmative action for in-state colleges, praised supply-side economics and declared that he would like to phase out the Export-Import Bank.
He also went out of his way to address two issues that he knows are big problems for him with the GOP base: his support for Common Core and of legal status for undocumented immigrants.
Bush stressed that states should set their own educational standards, even calling on Congress to include language in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act that bans the federal government from ever setting curriculums or standards. In what seemed like a shift in tone, he also said he is “all ears” if “someone comes up with a better plan” than Common Core. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/jeb-bush-cpac-2015-115577.html
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Jeb Bush Says Family Legacy Wouldn’t Affect War Decisions
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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Wednesday that he would not be overly cautious about deploying American troops overseas solely to avoid earning the label of having launched a “third Bush war.”
“I would have a duty to protect the United States, and there are circumstances where a Commander in Chief, a President of the United States, has to make tough decisions, and history is full of examples of that,” Bush, during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, said when asked about his father and brother’s campaigns in Iraq. It was Hewitt, not Bush, who used the phrase “third Bush war.”
“I wouldn’t be conflicted by any legacy issues of my family. I actually am quite comfortable being George Bush’s son and George Bush’s brother,” Bush said. “I don’t think there’s anything that relates to what my dad did and my brother did that would compel me to think one way or the other”
Jeb Bush Championed Fracking While Standing To Profit From It
(The Huffington Post)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) pushed states to approve the controversial drilling practice known as fracking while he personally stood to profit from the practice, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday.
According to the Times, Bush, a likely 2016 presidential contender, urged a group of New York conservatives in 2013 to support fracking, even while he was involved with a private equity group that was raising $40 million for a company acquiring fracking wells.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves drilling water, chemicals and sand into the earth to break up rocks, thus freeing oil and natural gas. Environmentalists who object to the process say that fracking releases hazardous chemicals into the water supply.
“We should be celebrating this phenomenal achievement –- and we do, in North Dakota, in Pennsylvania, in south and west Texas. Some states, like here in New York, are choosing not to grow. They won’t approve fracking,” Bush told the group, according to the New York Post. “Meanwhile, in parts of New York where huge opportunities exist for the restoration of economic activity, people languish.”
Those in the audience probably didn’t know that Bush co-owns a company that is a managing partner of FracStar Logistics, a company that provides sand for fracking. According to the Times, Bush’s son, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, helped found FracStar, whose name has since been changed to Proforce Energy Services. The report also notes that the former governor and his other son, Jeb Bush Jr., are co-owners of the managing group, De Soto Partners.
In addition, the Tampa Bay Times highlighted a speech that Bush gave in Colorado last year, in which he said that a possible statewide referendum that could permit more restrictions on fracking was “one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.”