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Gayle in MD
04-05-2010, 01:23 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The Republican National Committee suffered another setback on Monday when one of its most successful and well-connected fundraisers, announced he was stepping down from a board of directors position.

Former Ambassador Sam Fox, a co-chairman of the RNC's top-level fundraising board, the Republican Regents, recently decided to leave the position, Republican sources told Politico's Ben Smith.

According to Politico, Republican sources said that Fox was "deeply troubled by the pattern of self-inflicted wounds and missteps," and had "lost confidence" in Steele.

The departure of one of the RNC's top fundraisers comes on the heels of the news that RNC Chairman Michael Steele's selection for the position of special assistant for finance at the committee has had past problems with mismanaging funds.

Also worrisome for Steele and the GOP is the recent news that conservative titans such as Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie are starting a new PAC, American Crossroads, that will likely compete with the RNC for donations.


More trouble for Steele, misusing money, this time, baseball, lol.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele -- who really can't afford another 'holy ----" story after a GOP staffer dropped $1,900 at a lesbian-bondage themed Hollywood club and a top conservative called for an RNC donor boycott -- has hired a new "special assistant for finance."

Although described by many as a smart, gifted and glib fundraiser, Neil S. Alpert, 31, who began work on March 29, probably won't do much to burnish Steele's image as a money manager.

This is the same Neil S. Alpert who in July 2007 was ordered by the D.C. government to repay nearly $70,000 in unauthorized expenses and unaccounted funds from a pair of local baseball groups he had chaired. He was also fined $4,000.

The 10-page order from the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance, issued after a lengthy probe, stated Alpert used "substantial amounts" of D.C. Baseball PAC funds "to defray his personal expenses" and that there were "numerous inaccuracies and omissions" in Alpert's receipts-and-expenditures report. The order also stated Alpert improperly co-mingled money from the PAC and its non-profit successor, the D.C. Baseball Association, whose bank accounts he controlled.
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The OCF repayment order quotes D.C. Baseball Association President Allen Madison saying Alpert used the funds as his "personal piggy bank."

Alpert paid $4,000 in fines in August 2007, OCF general counsel Kathy Williams told me on April 2. But he never repaid a dime of the $69,528.24 in missing or misspent funds, she said, citing a "mediation agreement" with the baseball groups.

Several PAC and Association board members and advisers told me they wanted the matter referred to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution, but that they understood $70,000 was "too small" an amount for law enforcement to pursue. They also concluded that filing a civil suit would be too costly for the loosely organized, all-volunteer boards.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye said, "I can't comment on that" when asked on Good Friday about the 2007 repayment order and fines. But he did explain Alpert's duties: "He will be working directly with Chairman Steele. They have a long, good relationship. Neil will help raise money, find new funds for House and Senate races, and victory programs that basically pay for personnel and infrastructure."

Alpert, who all along has denied wrongdoing, told me in an April 3 e-mail that "since this was resolved favorably, I think your story will be fine."

But "favorably" may be a relative term, given Steele's ongoing challenges and the unambiguous language in the 10-page government repayment order.

Starting in 2004, Alpert chaired the D.C. Baseball PAC, which hoped to snag a major league team for Washington. By 2005, when the Nationals arrived, he also chaired the successor non-profit D.C. Baseball Association. Money raised by both groups -- approximately $100,000 according to the OCF order -- was meant to give inner-city students education and recreation opportunities.

Alarmed by Alpert's management of the groups from December 2004 to July 2005, several members sought a probe by the OCF, which ultimately ordered Alpert to repay $37,670 in personal expenses he'd collected, and another $31,897 in donations that couldn't be found.

"His expenses were beyond excessive. They were grandiose," said Tom Smith, a board member of both groups, a Washington marketing consultant and a Democratic activist. "This was money that was to be directed to inner-city kids, to get the private sector to revitalize playing fields that had grown bare because the city didn't have the money to keep them up, to provide equipment, to hold an essay contest with the winners getting to go to spring training," Smith told me by phone. "Unfortunately, it doesn't take long to go through $70,000."

Before signing on with Steele, Alpert spent 31 months as the Washington National Opera's director of institutional relations, raising money from foundations, governments and corporations.

His move to the RNC "is a great loss to us," said opera board member Diane Tachmindji of Bethesda, Md. "Neil is very bright, very creative. He's a great manager, a great idea person, and he has great integrity. I have only known him since he's been at the opera."

During a brief phone chat with Alpert on April 2, his fifth day on the job, he told me he jumped from cultural fundraising to electoral finance because "I have always been a political person. It was the right move."

Alpert's resume includes a stint raising money for AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. When the baseball scandal broke, he was poised to start work at the Republican Jewish Coalition. He never did. Instead, he joined the opera.

Alpert's arrival at the RNC comes at a time when Steele is under increasing attack by party activists dismayed by his lavish spending and a continuing series of blunders. A recent DailyCaller.com story uncovered an RNC-financed outing for young donors to an L.A. nightclub featuring live, simulated scenes of lesbian sex and bondage.

Tony Perkins, who heads the influential conservative Family Research Council, has urged Republicans to stop sending money to the "completely tone-deaf" national party. Other GOP leaders -- fearful of election losses despite widespread anger at President Obama and Democratic lawmakers -- are asking the party faithful to contribute more disciplined, targeted groups such as the Republican Governors' Association or the House and Senate campaign committees.

Told of Alpert's new job with Steele, Bill Starrels, a mortgage loan officer who was involved with the two baseball groups, said simply, "On the record, they both deserve each other."

It is unclear where and when the tall, dapper Steele and the short, portly Alpert first met. But the two men share a fondness for the good life.

Alpert is a regular at Cafe Milano, Georgetown's pricey A-list Italian eatery that was the scene of his March 25 opera farewell luncheon. He also belongs to the Tai Pan Exclusive Life Style Club, which is far less racy than it might sound. Located in Washington's swank Mandarin Oriental Hotel, it caters to business people who pay between $6,000 and $9,000 to join and another $425 a month for perks that include lodging, food, and a car service; use of a private lounge with a concierge, bar and meeting rooms and access to the health club, hotel PR director Erich Hosbach told me during a recent tour of the facilities.

The first time I ever saw Alpert -- on a weekday afternoon last summer -- he was lying on a poolside chaise wrapped in a towel with a cellphone pressed to his ear. He remains a Tai Pan member in good standing, Hosbach confirmed.

Alpert, who is single, lives in a $570,00 two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Georgetown bought in July 2005. According to the 2007 OCF repayment order, it was between December 2004 and July 2005 that Alpert ran up unauthorized personal expenses for such items as rent and parking fees at his former digs near the White House, restaurants and gasoline.

Alpert's Baseball PAC chairmanship started out well enough back in 2004, said Smith, because "Neil had a gift with language, he worked very hard. I don't want to take that away from him. And I'll be frank with you, the money came in too quickly and we did not set up the internal processes effectively for accountability. Having said that, we also trusted Neil. But we came to realize that trust was misplaced."


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04-05-2010, 02:54 PM
So ... a rebublichiclken resigns on principle?

How refreshing.

Meanwhile, impeached federal judge and demokrook congressman Alcee Hastings is bragging about how they make up the rules as they go along, and the dems are struggling to decide who assumes the mantle of terrorism apologist now that John Murtha has went to that big unindicted co-conspirator club in the sky.


04-05-2010, 03:03 PM
A Liberal Guide to Debating Conservatives
Mar 31, 2010 Author Scot Cerullo

Liberals have long since learned that debating Conservatives can be a challenging endeavor, since Conservatives have a penchant for fortifying their arguments with facts, statistics, history and other elements that create convincing and thoughtful arguments.

Not to worry. The following are several tips Liberals can use right away to begin defeating Conservatives in every debate, every time.

Lib Tip # 1: Drop the Race Card: The moment your Conservative opponent begins crafting a cogent, air-tight argument buttressed in fact, drop the race card. This technique is designed to stifle further discussion, impugns your opponent and puts him on the defensive. Often, this is enough of a distraction to direct attention away from your lack of qualitative, quantitative evidence.

Lib Tip # 2: Impugn the Source: When debating a Conservative, content is less important than character. When your Conservative opponent states a compelling argument, do not address the argument and instead attack the Conservative personally. Since we are all sinners, it shouldn’t take long to find something wrong with your opponent. Use it.

Lib Tip # 3: Social Justice Trumps Logic: Argue every issue from a “Social Justice” or “Moral” high-ground. The Conservative will attempt to show that your ideas are unworkable, unsustainable or downright illogical. Don’t worry about any of that. Just stay on message by arguing from the moral, social justice perspective.

Lib Tip # 4: Exploit the Weakest Link: Define your opponent by his weakest link. If 10,000 Tea Partiers hold a rally, and one guy has a placard that is inappropriate, that is all you need to characterize the entire group as radical, racist militants. See how that works? It’s simple and fun and, most importantly, deflects all those awkward facts and articulate points away from the discussion and leaves the Conservative in a defensive mode.

Lib Tip # 5: Use “New Speak”: If health care is not a right according to the Constitution, and you want it to be a right, claim it is and then raise your voice. Raising your voice is always the best course of action in lieu of a good argument. Redefine words to suit your needs, and always be on guard for any stray, powerful fact or statistic the Conservative may use to support their position.

Lib Tip # 6: State the Opposite of what you believe: If you are in favor of taking money from producers and giving it to non-producers, that’s fine, but make sure your wording is a bit more obtuse than that. Try saying you are in favor of moral and social justice, and characterize everyone who earns a good living as somehow having won the lottery in life, and all those who want as being desperately hard-working folks who have an almost allergic reaction to hand-outs. Never imply or point out in any way that people can change their situation simply by making better decisions.

Lib Tip # 7: Define America by it’s Errors, not its Successes: Taking a cue from Lib Tip # 4, it is important to characterize America by it’s errors in judgement and misdeeds. It is critical that you completely overlook the good things America has done, and the manner in which it has beaten back one dictatorship after another. In fact, you must go to some lengths to divert people from the notion that without America, the world would be a far more dangerous, hostile, sad place. So talk about Indians and Slaves.

Lib Tip # 8: Blame talk radio and FOX news for fanning hate and racism: Avoid at all costs the fact that both talk radio and FOX news stand in defiant refutation of an otherwise fully agreeable media that presents only one template, a liberal template. Also, attempt to divert attention should someone ask why Conservative Talk Radio and FOX news is growing exponentially, while traditional, liberal media is closing offices, thinning their employees and running deficits like, you know, the government.

Lib Tip # 9: Government is Good: Insist that a massive expansion of government is a good thing. Assert that it is our patriotic duty to pay ever more in taxes so that a centralized government comprised of east and west coast Liberal elites can decide what is best for the unwashed masses, since it would be sheer lunacy to allow individuals the right to make decisions for themselves. If you run into problems, see Tips 1-8.

Lib Tip # 10: Assign Blame away from Yourself: Always assign blame to the other guy, preferably a Conservative. This may require rewriting history so that people may one day believe that Reagan did NOT usher in 25 years of prosperity, or it may require still more retooling of the content of public school text books. But over time we’ll get there.

Remember: The ends justify the means. No matter how cruel and violating the means may be, if it results in a mediocre society where all citizens ultimately suck off the the government for their most meager needs, it will all be worthwhile.

There is of course the small matter of where all the money for all these programs will come from. Right now, they come from spirited entrepreneurs, dreamers with drive and other people whose passion poses a direct threat to the new world we want to usher in.

But first things first. Learn the ten tips to squelch free speech, hurt your opponent with the intellectual equivelant of a kick to the groin and avoid facts, statistics and studies altogether, as those will get you in trouble.

Good luck Liberals! Battle on and remember what Dennis Prager said: The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. Oh wait, no. You don’t want to remember that. My bad. Here, try this: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Yeah, that’s the one. Whew!

04-05-2010, 03:49 PM
If you can't defend your own team, villify your opponents!

I wonder why she hasn't commented on the foreign oil deal that Obama pulled off to help his moveon.org buddy.


04-05-2010, 03:58 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If you can't defend your own team, villify your opponents!

I wonder why she hasn't commented on the foreign oil deal that Obama pulled off to help his moveon.org buddy.

Steve </div></div>

Quite simply, it's an "INCONVENIENT TRUTH."