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The Shadow Party Strikes Again: ‘Texans For Public Justice’... Texas Democrats’ Smear Machine
Pajamas Media ^ | 9-21-2011 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 09/22/2011 9:12:07 AM PDT by smoothsailing

The Shadow Party Strikes Again: ‘Texans For Public Justice’ is Really Part of the Texas Democrats’ Smear

Bryan Preston

September 21, 2011

Texans for Public Justice’s true nature is relevant because they’ve launched an ethics broadside against Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the eve of the next presidential debate, and that attack is getting picked up as if it’s not coming from a partisan hothouse. Despite their attempts to masquerade as non-partisan watchdogs, Texans for Public Justice are Democrat partisans funded by a variety of far left outfits. PJ alum Jennifer Rubin cites TPJ uncritically in a post at her Washington Post blog today, but doesn’t go into who or what is behind the group. So, allow me.

I touched on Texans for Public Justice last year in my expose of how the Texas Democrats hope to use false front groups like TPJ to tear down the state’s Republican leadership, and regain the power that the voters have repeatedly chosen not to give them over the last two decades.

Because of his position as the Texas Democratic Party’s shadow chairman, [Lone Star Project head Matt] Angle exerts a great deal of influence over several left-wing groups across Texas, some of which pass themselves off as non-partisan. Among those is Texans for Public Justice, a group that claims to be interested in “tracking the influence of money and corporate power in Texas politics.” That interest is decidedly one-way: TPJ never takes on Democrat operatives like Angle, and in media hit after media hit, is always on his side. This makes sense when you take a look at who funds TPJ: Open Society Institute (George Soros, whose fortune also directly funds candidates even at the local level in Texas) and the Tides Foundation (Teresa Heinz-Kerry, among many others). Scratch the surface of most “nonpartisan watchdogs” in your state and you’ll probably find the same money sources, and perhaps a similar network of activists and groups. They are Soros’ “Shadow Party.” TPJ is a left-wing front masquerading as a nonpartisan watchdog.Somehow the mainstream media in Texas consistently misses the fact that TPJ never takes on Democrats, about anything, ever. Ditto for “non-partisan” groups like the Texas Freedom Network (founded and run by Cecilia Richards, daughter of the late acerbic Democratic Gov. Ann Richards) and the Texas Values in Action Coalition (TEXVAC), both of which have been very active in the 2009-2010 election cycle dredging up and amplifying attacks on Republicans, which then get major interest from the mainstream media.

The Angle operation hunts as a pack. It starts when Angle and his operatives manufacture an ethical charge against a vulnerable Republican. The allied groups, Texans for Public Justice, TEXVAC, and Back to Basics PAC, generate a flurry of press releases decrying the evil Republican. Mainstream media dutifully reports and amplifies the charge, quoting the spokesmen with the furrowed brows at the Angle-allied groups. A Democratic candidate, funded and controlled by an Angle ally, Houston multimillionaire trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, waits in the wings while the Republican crashes and burns.

Two seconds at their site gives away the fact that TPJ are sharply partisan, and mostly an anti-Perry hate group. Texas is thick with these groups, which we’ll hear more and more from as long as Perry is in the campaign. They’re funded by everyone from George Soros (TPJ gets money from his Open Society group) to trial lawyers who oppose tort reform, like Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn. They’ll use their Texas location to attack Perry and the Texas record, and most journalists and bloggers from outside the state will probably assume that, since they’re based in Texas, they must know what they’re talking about. The question that needs to be asked, though, is what are these groups really up to.

They’re not about good governance. They’re not non-partisan. They exist to bring about liberal electoral success. Nothing more, and nothing less. Everything they say and do should be seen as partisan, because that’s what it is.


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1 posted on 09/22/2011 9:12:10 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

To remind: Texas Tribune is one of these shadow outlets. I am getting emailed articles from this outfit that is also a 501c3 paid for by the same usual suspects.


2 posted on 09/22/2011 9:21:18 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: shield

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3 posted on 09/22/2011 9:26:21 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

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4 posted on 09/22/2011 9:28:50 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: smoothsailing

Marc Thiessen has a rebuttal piece at the WaPo .
This group did the same thing to George Bush in 2000.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/who-is-really-leveling-cronyism-charges-at-perry/2011/09/21/gIQAfpZhlK_blog.html


5 posted on 09/22/2011 9:32:15 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

Thanks for the link!

“...conservatives should pause before taking the word of a secretive, left-wing, Soros-funded organization[Texans for Public Justice] that has spent the last 15 years attacking conservative politicians who work to rein in trial lawyers and institute pro-business reforms.”


6 posted on 09/22/2011 9:44:05 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: shield

more soros intrusion into the public life of americans.


7 posted on 09/22/2011 9:53:47 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: smoothsailing

There are those here at FR working hand in glove with these creeps.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 9:56:52 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: smoothsailing
So, the Texas Democrats are behind the group, Texans For Public Justice. No wonder RomneyBot Jennifer Rubin is pushing this groups bogus charges.

No wonder several of this forums anti-Perry misfits were touting this on FR last night. Half truths and faslehoods from the left driving Half truths and faslehoods from the right.

9 posted on 09/22/2011 10:09:17 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: arrogantsob

you are absolutely right.


10 posted on 09/22/2011 10:19:01 AM PDT by bfree (The revolution is coming - OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: smoothsailing

Very interesting. This is going to be a slimey campaign and it’s going to take each and every one of us to stay informed and investigate, investigate, investigate like never before. Already I have heard story after story about Perry that makes me think there is no way I can support the man and then I go and do the detective footwork myself and every time there has been “strings” attached to these stories that make them inconsequential. Just taken at face value they are damning until you do the detective work yourself. Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 09/22/2011 10:27:58 AM PDT by ReaganBaby26 (Matthew 12:36)
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To: Reagan Man

It is a crying shame how the right buys into the left’s smear campaign hook, line and sinker.


12 posted on 09/22/2011 10:36:45 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for the article.

I’ve been seeing some of those fake posters here hinting at this junk for a couple of weeks now. They started with bashing Perry “in the name of being Texans who didn’t like him” and I think a few were faking as lunatic Palin supporters bashing Perry, but then they started putting more really-easy-to-spot lies inside some threads.

I figured they must have been getting excited when I saw they were writing more and more obscure but not-so-hidden remarks. One just earlier this week said something to the effect that “it’s gonna get hot in Houston this month!” I figured the Texas Dems had something brewing somewhere about ready to burst.

Oh well, you can’t say we didn’t know these things were coming. We’ll just have to let Rick Perry get through all this stuff all over again as he did against Bob White democrats during the last governor’s run. From what I’ve seen here on FR, at least most of this stuff will be re-runs of that junk.


13 posted on 09/22/2011 11:04:26 AM PDT by casinva (The stock in McDonalds has just gone down because Obama has been serving up so many whoppers.)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue; smoothsailing

Great resources!

BUMP!


14 posted on 09/22/2011 11:38:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; shield; casinva; Reagan Man; arrogantsob; ReaganBaby26
Great resources! BUMP!

Thanks CW, the way some freepers around here carry on, I wouldn't be surprised if they were Texans for Public Justice operatives.

15 posted on 09/22/2011 12:04:31 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I guess they actually draw a salary for doing that? I wonder if there are Freepers that need a job? Our researchers are better qualified I bet.


16 posted on 09/22/2011 12:11:37 PM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: listenhillary
I guess they actually draw a salary for doing that? I wonder if there are Freepers that need a job? Our researchers are better qualified I bet.

Could be that some are already working there. :)

17 posted on 09/22/2011 12:14:49 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: ReaganBaby26

What happened to me was I was a strong supporter of Sarah Palin. One day, I started receiving this leading from The Lord against Sarah. I ignored it at first, but I can’t do that for long so I did my research on her and Perry [because I could tell He was leading me to support Perry over Sarah]. Once that was completed I had a full understanding why Perry over Palin. I had bought into the garbage out there on Perry, so I did unbiased research on Perry and found the garbage was just that unfounded garbage.


18 posted on 09/22/2011 12:25:08 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: smoothsailing

They are the front group for the Personal Injury Trial Lawyers who REALLY hate Perry over tort reform.

Nothing but a bunch of smear mongers.


19 posted on 09/22/2011 12:39:52 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: arrogantsob

Yep, we have heard all the BS before.

They keep running it out and they continue to fail.
They are not gutter level they are all the way into the sewer.


20 posted on 09/22/2011 12:43:28 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: shield

That’s very interesting. I must admit I like them both. Perry happens to be the one currently in the race though. If on election day Palin has ran AND won the nomination I will vote for her as fast as I can. Until that happens, it’s Perry for me.


21 posted on 09/22/2011 1:26:53 PM PDT by ReaganBaby26 (Matthew 12:36)
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To: shield

Remove me from the Perry ping list please. What he said in the debate tonight about not having a heart if you don’t support illegals and education.....a bridge too far. It stinks of Bush calling the Minutemen vigilante’s and McCain calling Americans too lazy to pick lettuce for $50 per hour.

I am tired of otherwise conservative politicians attacking me personally for supporting my OWN countrymen over illegals.

If he’s the nominee, I’ll vote for him but as far as the primary? I’m out.


22 posted on 09/22/2011 8:10:52 PM PDT by Grunthor (Texas is the only large state in the country that has more jobs today than before the 2007-09 recess)
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