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You Can’t Make This Up


In the news today is the creation of Committee for American Sovereignty.  It’s a SuperPAC that will support Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency.  You know the thing Trump insisted he wouldn’t need.  He has consistently said that he would need a PAC or a SuperPAC or donations or really much of anything at all.  All he needs is all of the free media he has been getting from day one as he acts more outrageous with each week that goes by.

Or maybe not.  Now that he has actually made it to the big dance, maybe he’ll need a little help.

To the rescue comes the aforementioned Committee for American Sovereignty, formed in California by a bunch of unknown rich people and Republican types.  Their stated goal — to raise $20 million by July.  They’re rich.  I’m sure they’ll hit their goal.

What’s hilarious about this is that the chairman of this SuperPac …

Wait a sec, I need to cover this.  The name of the SuperPac.  It just seems so odd to me but that oddness is what defines the problem in this country today.  The name suggests that the founders of the committee believe that American sovereignty is under attack.  That idea is laughable.

… so back to what’s hilarious.  The chairman of the organization is Tony Strickland, a former State Senator who ran unsuccessfully for State Controller in 2010.  Apparently, during his run for Controller, he conspired with a few individuals to launder contributions to his campaign through another political organization.  He also is alleged to have filed false reports to assist in the cover up of what he was doing.  That’s illegal and the California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is recommending he be fined $80,000.  In their determination, this kind of violation is one of the most serious possible under California’s Political Reform Act, which governs things like this.  While $80,000 is far from the highest fine the Commission has levied, it is a pretty hefty fine for what the Commission usually does.

And this is the man who will chair the Committee on American Sovereignty to support Donald Trump.  A man accused of laundering political contributions and filing false reports to cover it up.

Classic.

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14 responses to “You Can’t Make This Up

  1. Carrie Rubin May 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I turn on the news whenever I do little tasks. This morning, I had it on in my hotel room while I packed. Then I had it on while I drove my car home from the airport parking garage. Then I had it on while I unpacked. Then I had it on at 10 pm while I emptied the dishwasher. Every time I turned it on, they were talking about Trump. Every. Single. Time.

    Of course, why this dirt they’re suddenly finding didn’t come out when there were still other republican candidates in the race is beyond me. Unfortunately, it may be too late.

    And you’re right–that PACs name is strange. Ugh. Think of the good things all that money could do.

    • Bruce Thiesen May 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      The other day, while CNN filmed Trump’s plane on the tarmac, Wolf Blitzer told his viewers that CNN would stay right there until it took off. That’s right. The big news was that Trump’s plane was going to leave the airstrip and fly in the air. Thanks CNN.

      • kingmidget May 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm

        It really is disgusting how he has done this and how the media has played right into it. We knew long ago that the news media had lost its way but what they have done during this election season is so disgusting and irresponsible it’s ridiculous.

      • Carrie Rubin May 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        Absolutely ridiculous, isn’t it? The media denies getting Trump this far, but I beg to differ.

    • kingmidget May 13, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      One of the things I’m seeing more and more is the criticism from the blogosphere that the mainstream media doesn’t call him out on his lies and flip-flops. I would really like to know what service the news media thinks they are performing for the nation and the masses with their never-ending, wall-to-wall coverage of the most offensive man to run for higher office in this country in a long time.

      • Carrie Rubin May 13, 2016 at 8:15 pm

        You and me both. It’s crazy. And I’m sure he’s sitting in his penthouse suite, rubbing his hands together, and laughing maniacally. “My plan is working perfectly,” he’s saying.

      • kingmidget May 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

        People who were around when he first started planning his run have said this is exactly what his plan was. He didn’t need to raise any money or buy advertising because he knew how to play the media and get as much free publicity as he wanted. They have proved him right.

  2. Amy Reese May 13, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Everything I hear just gets worse and worse. It’s amazing to me how blind people can be. And scary.

    • kingmidget May 14, 2016 at 7:04 am

      There is a portion of the population that is so fed up with things. And I kind of get that. As a nation, in certain ways (primarily in terms of income inequality and the slow deterioration of the middle class), we have been headed downhill for the last 30 years. But is amazing that the pent up rage leads this group of people towards somebody like Trump while they ignore all of the fundamental flaws in what he is doing and saying.

  3. S.K. Nicholls May 14, 2016 at 8:11 am

    He doesn’t even want the job. He has no interest in running the country. I’m just irritated that Congress won’t let Obama get a Supreme Court Justice in place. That’s one of the reasons I voted for him. His time is NOT OVER and they should move forward.

  4. Kevin Brennan May 14, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I think “American Sovereignty” is something of a dog whistle to these people. They don’t literally mean America. They mean older white people who think they’re getting the shaft. Their way of life is being overtaken by the unwashed hordes.

    Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

    • kingmidget May 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

      You’re right. It’s most definitely a dog whistle. On conservative blogs, they always talk about their fundamental principle being about liberty. They don’t like it when I point out that the only liberty they care about is their own.

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