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Family, Politics and the Scandal of Corruption That Binds Them: Should Those Ties Compromise Rand in 2016?

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by Isabel Matos

I hate working in a vacuum when preparing a video or a lengthy article sometimes because it can take hours away from interacting with people; but I actually enjoyed putting this clip (and article) together because my mission and obsession is to expose GOP corruption and deception. I think you will like it.

In this story we have an entrenched five-term Establishment politician with the second-most powerful position in the Senate (Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell) grasping to retain his power one more term to maybe be Majority Leader (an ironic scenario given it would be made possible by Tea Party support of the same Conservatives he is trying to defeat). We have a Junior Senator (Rand Paul) compromising his own Tea Party principles as he vies for that position or a higher one down the road that will secure a place for him to lead in some leading capacity (as he will never be president). Because the Junior Senator comes from the same state as the elder status-quo he has to play the game and run everything he does past the Establishment we are ALL trying to take on. And last (for the sake of this article, there are more) we have a family member, confidant and campaign manager -Jesse Benton- who they have in common. Benton is not the only bad guy in this political drama which also happens to be a family affair. Benton is married to Rand Paul’s niece (or Ron Paul’s granddaughter). Their corruption, however, is putting our country at risk and possibly why Sarah didn’t get near this race directly. The entrenchment is as thick as the bonds that tie their family.

Jesse Benton was a top campaign aide during Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate bid and became campaign manager after a staff shake up. He served as communications director in 2008 and then campaign manager in 2012 for each one of Ron Paul’s Presidential bids. Mitch McConnell hired him to be his reelection 2014 campaign manager as part of his commitment to running a presidential campaign in Kentucky, which he announced in a prepared statement on September 13, 2012:

[a campaign] starts with a presidential manager. Jesse is literally the best in the business at building and organizing conservative grassroots  movements and I’m thrilled he’s chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign.

The merger was a no-brainer:  McConnell would use Paul to help him garner the Tea Party vote (albeit dishonestly and deceivingly). In turn, Paul would have a very powerful “ally” and access to huge amounts of money for being a loyal “ally”.

Benton’s move from the Paul camp to McConnell’s left some conservative activists scratching their heads because of the two senators’ divergent political philosophies. But since Paul arrived in the Senate, the gentlemen from Kentucky have nurtured a symbiotic partnership that gives Paul establishment credibility while shoring up McConnell’s bona fides among the Tea Party base f.

On February 18th a complaint was filed with the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee regarding a payoff for an endorsement for Ron Paul in the Iowa caucuses. In the complaint Pete Waldron, former campaign staffer for Michele Bachmann alleged that the Paul campaign, “its operatives, and third parties conspired to pay a bribe” to Sorenson “to betray” Bachmann and publicly endorse Ron Paul. The names of those involved are listed here; among them Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kasari.

On December 28th, 2011.. Iowa State Senator and Campaign Chairman for Michele Bachmann for President, Kent Sorenson resigned from Bachmann’s campaign during the 2012  Iowa Caucuses and endorsed 12-term congressman Ron Paul instead.

While this event did not significantly affect the outcome of the election, Sorenson’s endorsement of Congressman Paul is drawing heavy scrutiny after e-mail conversations and memos released exposed a financial proposal of over $200,000 for Sorenson’s defection from the Bachman campaign.

The results of the January 3rd Iowa caucuses were too close to call – the closest in its history. It appeared that Mitt Romney had won at first, but after the results were released on January 19th, it was Rick Santorum who had beat him by a small margin, missing out on all the attention and PR Romney got for it. Ron Paul came in third place. Michele Bachmann came in sixth and dropped out of the race.

The credible allegations in the complaint resulted in Kent Sorenson resigning from office as Senator in October of 2013.  Sorenson admitted receiving payments from, among others, Ron Paul’s deputy campaign adviser, Dimitri Kesari. The federal probe continues it seems. FBI raids reveal connections to the case. Computers have been removed from Sorenson’s house and a grand jury investigation is ongoing.

The FEC assigned a MUR (“Matter Under Review”) number, which indicates a formal inquiry will begin. It has not fazed Benton who is not answering questions about the bribe, or Paul who has tapped him to be his 2016 campaign manager.

Rand Paul’s political adviser, Doug Stafford was managing a consultant involved in bribery payments to Sorenson. His name: Dimitri Kesari. Stafford is Executive Director of Redirecting America (in a) New Direction (RandPac) and is busy ramping-up a political infrastructure “for the 2016 presidential hopeful.”

Jesse Benton joining Stafford makes sense given his comments in a secretly recorded conversation provided to OpenSecrets Blog and other outlets saying that he had accepted the job as McConnell’s campaign manager for the purpose of bolstering Rand Paul’s prospects in 2016.

Jesse Benton has a record of unethical conduct. His ties with so-called conservative organizations like “Americans for Tax Reform” (founded by Grover Norquist, known GOP infiltrator) and the ACU (also known to be infiltrated by GOP enemies Norquist and Suhail Khan) should also be noted. In a simple search:

Who is Jesse Benton? Jesse Benton is a political consultant and libertarian activist know for working with conservative and libertarian organizations like Americans for Tax Reform, the Liberty Coalition, and the American Conservative Union. Benton is strongly associated with the Paul family, serving as a high-ranking staffer for both Ron Paul and Rand Paul.

Those two associations alone would explain many of the stances Paul has taken on issues clearly not supported by the Tea Party, base of the GOP and movement he supposedly represents and is the leader of. He is using them for his political gain and in the process is guilty of confusing and depriving voters of the truth about who he really is.. A fake friend of Conservatives which makes him… a RHino.

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Kent Sorenson and Ron Paul (Updated)

SORENSON confirms payment to endorse Paul Aug 2013 (Updated)

References

1)  Mitch McConnell Beating the Tea Party: We are Going to Crush Them Everywhere:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/10/mitch-mcconnell-beating-tea-party-we-are-going-cru/

2)  Rand Paul Reacts to Mitch McConnell’s Plan to ‘Crush’ the Tea Party:

http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/03/11/rand-paul-reacts-to-mitch-mcconnells-plan-to-crush-the-tea-party/

3)  Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager: “I’m Holding My Nose”:

http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/08/mitch-mcconnells-campaign-manager-im-holding-my-nose/

4)  FEC Will Examine Allegations Against Ron Paul Campaign

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/03/fec-will-examine-allegations-against-ron-paul-campaign.html

5)  Bribery Scandal Compromises Rand Paul 2016

http://chrisinmaryville.net/benton-bribery-scandal-compromises-rand-paul-2016.html

6)  New Investigation Into Ron Paul and Sorenson Payoff

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/04/new-investigation-into-ron-paul-inc-and.html

7)  Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges from Right

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/us/politics/leading-republicans-move-to-stamp-out-challenges-from-right.html?_r=2

8) Mitch McConnell Hires Ron Paul’s Campaign Manager

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/mitch-mcconnell-hires-ron-pauls-campaign-manager/

9) Ron Paul Campaign Accused of Trying to Buy Iowa Endorsements (The Emails)

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/08/ron-paul-campaign-accused-of-trying.html

10)  Head of Paul’s 50-State Operation is Accused of Earlier Questionable Work

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/03/head-of-pauls-50-state-operation-is-accused-of-earlier-questionable-work.html

 

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Kentucky: Your Primary is Our National Business. Time to Send McConnell Packing! Levin Endorses Matt Bevin.

By Isabel Matos

The Great One, Mark Levin, endorses Matt Bevin, primary candidate running against Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for Kentucky U.S. Senate.

Enough of the status quo and politicians who claim to be Tea Party leaders who continue selling us out. I’ve published clips and rants about Rand Paul ad nauseaum. I am not here to disparage him, but to show the implications of what his half-hearted, “soft” and veiled support of the Tea Party will mean for us nationally. If it was good for Rubio, it’s good for him. Why should he be exempt from criticism? He’s just as devious, if not more. And the stakes are even higher now.

There’s not much passion in this primary for some reason. It’s as if McConnell’s fate was sealed. He is definitely being protected by Rand Paul. Nothing sickens me more than Paul’s duplicity and cheap talk about the party having to be “softer”, be more diplomatic in foreign policy, evolve and adapt, reach out to illegals .. or my favorite, be one big happy family. He’s a RINO already, get it?!

There is nothing special about Rand Paul.

Rand Paul said he wouldn’t get involved in incumbent races yet undermines Matt Bevin over a minor Tarp issue, and dismisses McConnell’s remarks about “crushing the Tea Party everywhere” Rand Paul’s reply? “Things are said in campaigns that are not intended”, and “The Tea Party is the energy of the Republican Party and a big factor in elections.” That’s it. He continued the interview advocating for healthy intra-party debate on a civilized plane so “Democrats don’t take advantage”.  As a reminder, Washington Times reported:

In a rare moment of candor for a career politician, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the New York Times last week that his goal is to defeat conservative candidates across the country.  McConnell vowed to “crush them everywhere.

[On March 13th] former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed two of the candidates that Mitch McConnell is trying to “crush.”

Palin announced her support for college president Ben Sasse in Nebraska and state senator Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.

The Times also reported that McConnell’s goal “is to deny them any Senate primary victories, cut into their fund-raising and diminish them as a future force in Republican politics.”

So far Sarah has not endorsed Matt, but she has endorsed Chris McDaniel and Ben Sasse who McConnell has targeted.  May 20th is almost around the corner but polling has shown Bevin hasn’t been able to surpass McConnell once.

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Kentuckians are not believing Matt Bevin is fighting against the abuse of money behind certain pet projects for his state enough, and spending too much time talking about ObamaCare.  The problem is… dear Kentucky voters:

THIS race does affect us nationally more than any other because of Mitch’s Senate leadership position. Rand Paul’s endorsement of McConnell has done the most damage to your state, and to us. Be objective. See what is going on. Bevin isn’t perfect and he’s perceived as the weak horse in this race but it is because of the effect of the Establishment Media depicting him negatively.

In any case, Bevin said on Mark Levin’s show he had a chance to win. He believes “it is within our reach and that all he needs is the right kind of firepower” to give his campaign the edge to beat Mitch. If you’re from Kentucky, please let Bevin know if he wants a game-changer he is going to have to court Sarah for an endorsement. As it stands, he doesn’t seem to get it.  There is NO indication he has done so, and even if he did at this point, I don’t think Sarah would endorse him because he is a bit vague in his stances and Sarah likes steel spine winner types!

fundsWhatever you think of  MattBevin.com  just remember what Mitch vowed to do to the Tea Party. McConnell has over $10,000,000 to spend on making us want to stop the fight. Quit. It will only embolden him further if he gets his way. 30 years of the Kentucky establishment is Enough! (It’s enough anywhere!) Rand Paul getting a pass for betraying voters by supporting the most powerful Establishment RINO to serve himself – also Enough! The Pauls and their contributions to Election losses? Enough!! (Image by Politico)

Rand Paul’s heart is NOT with the Tea Party but with himself. He will never be president and helping McConnell will help secure a solid position for himself in the party in the future. He’s playing the game at the expense of the rest of us. There is little daylight between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. But even if Bevin is not perfect, he would still not be in a position to hurt us like McConnell has.

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If Sarah can’t do anything about this race directly, no one can.

I was hoping for a real fight!

I admire Bevin for at least taking on the Bad Guy from the Good Old Boys club, the one Rand has joined like so many others, but I don’t think Bevin has a chance in heck to win. I do pray the candidates McConnell is after (Ben Sasse and Chris McDaniel) will. The Status Quo “Junior” and “Senior” Senators from Kentucky are the worst things to have happened to GOP politics in a long while (maybe two months there are so many pathetic headlines) but the silver lining in all of this is that in the end we may prevail anyway if McConnell loses to Grimes.
It’s completely possible. We can afford one less Senate seat if we have other Senators win. I think that IS the Palin strategy. The other silver lining is that people are starting to wake and see Rand Paul for who he is. He will be forever known for having been the guy who endorsed the Senator who wanted to crush us, Tea Party Americans, and did nothing about it. It won’t be forgotten and he, too, will have to pay consequences like Rubio did. I so hope.
Matt Bevin spoke at a FREEPAC event today:

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