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We have all laughed and laughed at those poor, deluded Trump supporters who are throwing away their hard-earned Ameros on scammy Political Action Committees that seem more like piggy banks for their operators than legitimate advocates for Herr Drumpf.

But is it so funny when it is our beloved Bernie backers who may have the hook in their mouths? 

"The Hill" reports that the Socially Responsible Government super PAC, aka FeelBern.org (different from the non-scammy FeelTheBern.org), is subject of a Federal Election Commission complaint. The PAC collected more than a quarter-million dollars in the first quarter of this year, mostly in small donations, while using Bernie Sanders's name and likeness all over the website despite Bernie's actual campaign telling them to cut it the fuck out.

According to its FEC report, the PAC has donated a total of $1,500 to legit political efforts. It spent more than 40 times that amount on social media ads, because that's how you squeeze money out of Millennials at $27 a pop. Other large expenditures went to founder Kyle Prall, to a company for web development, and to several mysterious limited-liability corporations, supposedly for advertising and marketing.

How mysterious are these LLCs? So mysterious!

Joe Centrich, a member of Texas law firm Clausen & Centrich, incorporated DMF Marketing Solutions LLC and NHT Productions LLC. LCGM and NHT Productions have the same mailing address, a Michigan post office box, according to state regulatory filings.

Centrich has worked as an attorney for Prall, but told The Hill that he has no involvement with the PAC and does not work in campaign finance law. Centrich said he has no financial interest in the LLCs, and was only paid the fees and costs associated with setting them up.

But the best part of their disclosure is that they spent thousands out clubbin' and casinoin' in Miami and Vegas.

The Socially Responsible Government PAC spent $3,101 during a visit to the Florida nightclub E11even Miami on Feb. 29 and, days earlier, spent a total of $1,167 at The Palms hotel and casino in Las Vegas. E11even Miami bills itself as an "immersive adventure encompassing the luxury and sophistication of a one-of-a-kind Ultraclub," with DJs, aerialists, go-go dancers and "exotic acts."

Super PACs, as we all know, are a product of the landmark 2008 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, affirming that corporations have free $peech rights. Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited funds as long as they don't coordinate with individual candidates. And we'd like to reemphasize that the Sanders campaign actively tried to make this one stop linking themselves with the really, for true Feeling of the Bern.

Prall, who lives in Texas, also started a Hillary super PAC, but attracted a fraction of the donations. That's probably because Hillary voters couldn't figure out how to mail the check to the Facebooks (that's not how ANY of this works, mom).

If Prall's name is familiar, it's because he's the scummy perpetrator of a website that collects police mugshots, publishes them online, and then removes them for a fee. He sounds nice!

We haven't seen any stories yet on bogus Hillary PACs scamming nice old Democratic Women's Club ladies (aka oligarchs) out of their cat food money, but we did find one that may have been just a stock scam. 

In this case, a super PAC called Voters for Hillary "hired" a company in 2015 with a nearly worthless stock, causing its price to soar. A ProPublica investigation found all sorts of odd links between the PAC and the company, whose stock price soon reverted to its former crap state.

Short version, the PAC "raised" $500k in loans from insiders, loaned half that to somebody to use in stock investing, then announced it was hiring a company called CrossClick for call center services. Boom, CrossClick stock soared, but since disclosure requirements for that sort of investing are minimal, nobody knows what happened next (wink, wink). CrossClick later paid the PAC back the roughly $70k it had been "paid."

Yr Wonkette was too pure of heart (and unwilling to file paperwork in 50 states) to set up a super PAC for "Bernie Or Hillz, Whoever, They Are Both Fine." But if you would LIKE to give munnies that will no doubt help defeat the Angry Orangutan, send it to us and we will spend it on writers and shelter and babby food, and almost none of it on aerialists and go-go dancers (we reserve the right to hire "exotic acts," because Art is Important).

[The Hill, The Daily Beast]

 

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

And YOU need an OPEN THREAD!

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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While most people spent this weekend telling Nazi punks to fuck off, a couple 11-year-olds were in Las Vegas hacking into voting machines. Why? BECAUSE IT'S FUN!

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