You gotta spend money to make money. But it's better if the money you're spending comes from little old ladies, and the money you're making goes into your own pocket. Just ask Trump's former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, whose Presidential Coalition spent a whopping $445,442 on political candidates during the 2017-18 electoral cycle ... out of $18.5 million raised. MATH, that is a whole THREE PERCENT. According to the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Axios, the Presidential Coalition spent $12.7 million on telemarketing, direct marketing, postage, printing, and donor mailing lists during that same period. The group also spent $445,972 on books by Republican luminaries such as Newt Gingrich and .... David Bossie. KA-CHING!

And it's one thing to set up a wingnut welfare PAC where big donors shovel cash into the bank accounts of Trumplanders to keep them inside the tent pissing out until the next election -- there ain't no virgins over at Bossie's Citizens United PAC. It's quite another to hire aggressive telemarketers to target small-dollar donors, who are often retirees, by telling them that you need money to "grow the Republican 'farm team' to support President Trump's conservative agenda."

CLC reports that during the last cycle, Bossie's Presidential Coalition spent $1.1 million to employ telemarketing firm InfoCision, which was fined $250,000 last year by the FTC for misleading consumers:

Additionally, one of Presidential Coalition's top fundraising vendors is the telemarketing firm InfoCision, whose former employees have been accused of preying on the elderly and misleading potential donors. One former employee told the Akron Beacon Journal, speaking of InfoCision's tactics: "Some of these people are so old, and [we] would hassle them and hassle them and hassle them." Another former employee recalled an incident where the company had convinced an elderly woman to take $20,000 from her Individual Retirement Account and donate it to the American Diabetes Association—except that she wasn't told that InfoCision might be keeping 70% to 80% of her donation. [Internal citations omitted.]

InfoCision and the other marketing forms hired by the Presidential Coalition hoovered up cash from small donors -- two-thirds of their contributions during the last cycle were from contributors giving less than $200 -- with come-ons playing up Bossie's close ties to President Trump.

It was truly an honor and a blessing for me to serve President Trump as his Deputy Campaign Manager in 2016. I know firsthand how much President Trump loves our country, our flag, and our national anthem."

God Bless America!

As President Trump's Former Deputy Campaign Manager, I believe in order to keep winning 'we must be the tip of the spear' that helps to defeat our liberal opponents and lead America back to greatness.

Meanwhile, aside from Ed Gillespie and a handful of other doomed gubernatorial candidates, the few donations the Presidential Coalition bothered with seem to be clustered largely in Bossie's own deep blue back yard.

Source: Presidential Coalition's "Direct Impact" page

Props to Ron DeSantis for making the trip up 95, though. Looks like it was worth it!

Luckily, Bossie was ready with a cogent response.

This is fake news brought to you by a collaboration of the biased liberal media and unabashed left-wing activists.

Campaign Legal Center ("CLC") has a major conflict of interest and is not a credible source for criticizing the work of The Presidential Coalition ("TPC"), which is an affiliate of Citizens United. The group is far from a neutral observer. It is made up largely of former FEC officials and left-wing activists who have made a career out imposing excessive regulatory burdens on the exercise of 1st Amendment rights, especially in the political arena.

UH HUH. Wonkers, who remembers what the controversy was in Citizens United Not Timid v. FEC? Nice acronym, BTW.

Bossie goes on to argue that CLC's report is based on public information that any intern could suss out, and also that CLC is a bunch of leftist liars who hate freedom. And, by the way, Your Nana was thrilled to get a copy of his book Trump's Enemies.

TPC purchases books and DVDs, which are used as membership recruitment and renewal premiums. The organization has used quality book and DVD premiums as membership tools throughout its 15 year history. In 2018, TPC spent a small amount on Trump's Enemies. The bulk of the book premiums, however, where for copies of Trump's America, which was authored by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. TPC members are very excited to receive these books and DVDs.

What he doesn't do is refute the math showing that the vast majority of money raised goes right back out the door to support TPC's fundraising efforts, leaving precious little for Republican candidates. Don't try to vet Bossie's claim to be sitting on a "multi-million war chest for deployment in the all-important 2020 elections." That is just liberal common core math trying to force its values on God fearin' Christians in the heartland.

On the one hand, grifting your granny is really shitty. On the other hand, as Axios quotes a Republican source,

[T[hese are not max out donors. This is money that many likely think is going towards the president's re-election effort when it is not. So effectively every dollar groups like Bossie's and similar groups raise is a dollar the campaign does not.

Yeah, that's a goddamn tragedy. We're just broken hearted that a telemarketer got the money, and not some anti-choice MAGA loon who wants to set the clock back to 1957. Prots 'n' thayers, y'all.

[CLC / Axios / TPC Impact Page / Bossie Response]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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