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Palin-bashing CPAC/ACU Chair donated $2,000 to Arlen Specter, endorsed Romney
opensecrets.org ^ | 7/9/09 | Antonnius

Posted on 07/09/2009 12:44:31 PM PDT by Antoninus

David Keene, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union trashed Sarah Palin publicly today on NewsMax. However, a quick search of Mr. Keene's recent political contribution history reveals the following:

David Keene, Managing Associate of the Carmen Group Lobbying Firm, and Head of ACU, Alexandria, VA.

Political contributions in 2008 election cycle:

KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 5/1/07 $1,000 Specter, Arlen (R)

KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 12/19/07 $800 Specter, Arlen (R)

KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 12/19/07 $200 Specter, Arlen (R)

What I want to know is, how does a guy like this get to be the chairman of the ACU? Has the American Conservative Union turned into the American Liberal Republicans Who Are Now Democrats Union when we weren't looking? Apparently so.

That said, if I were Sarah Palin, I'd take this guy's advice and toss it in the bin with the rest of the fish guts.


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Add to this the fact that this bum also endorsed Romney in December 2007 and you got a guy that has "part of the problem" stamped on his forehead.
1 posted on 07/09/2009 12:44:31 PM PDT by Antoninus
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To: reaganaut; BufordP; ejonesie22; AmericanSphinx71; 383rr; jenk; big'ol_freeper; mountainbunny; ...

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2 posted on 07/09/2009 12:45:33 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: txnativegop; chainsaw; Ultra Sonic 007; Kitty Mittens; Victoria Delsoul; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...

Palin PING!

Anyone on or off the Palin ping, write me.

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Mistrust the ACU, which is a lot of things, but certainly not Conservative. The liberal moles are everywhere. A guy who supports SPECTER and ROMNEY is heading the ACU? LOL!

3 posted on 07/09/2009 12:45:56 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Antoninus

THANK YOU FOR GIVING THIS ITS OWN THREAD!


4 posted on 07/09/2009 12:46:15 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: SolidWood

Not guilty.

5 posted on 07/09/2009 12:46:32 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Antoninus

Hammer one more nail in the Mittbot coffin.


6 posted on 07/09/2009 12:47:47 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: Antoninus
"Don't worry Freepers! I have those RINOs sighted... Captain Hair is gonna go don't like a drunkard prom queen..."


7 posted on 07/09/2009 12:48:34 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Antoninus

Agreed, he should be the poster boy for Liberals Posing as Conservative.


8 posted on 07/09/2009 12:48:38 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Antoninus
The Party is all backed up with RINOs. Time to get out the plunger and flush them all down the drain.
9 posted on 07/09/2009 12:48:52 PM PDT by fish hawk (Volition is a gift of God to reject Him or find peace in His love.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
THANK YOU FOR GIVING THIS ITS OWN THREAD!

I forgot the last bit...

DO NOT DONATE TO THE ACU OR CPAC
10 posted on 07/09/2009 12:48:55 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

Doesn’t the ACU consistently give Specter low marks?


11 posted on 07/09/2009 12:48:55 PM PDT by trublu
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To: Antoninus
What I want to know is, how does a guy like this get to be the chairman of the ACU?

Wow.... There goes any respect I had for the ACU. I'm embarrassed at all the times I've quoted their ratings on this site. Oh well... Off I go to delete their bookmarks.

12 posted on 07/09/2009 12:49:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: trublu
Doesn’t the ACU consistently give Specter low marks?

Sure. That only makes it more curious why this guy was donating to him during an election season that he wasn't even running. Very curious indeed.
13 posted on 07/09/2009 12:50:17 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: SolidWood

ACU leader??? With that track record!!! PPHHFFTT!!!


14 posted on 07/09/2009 12:50:26 PM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: Antoninus

sphinters of a feather and all that...


15 posted on 07/09/2009 12:50:37 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: trublu

Could be. They are probably playing both sides. It’s important to discredit and boycott them. I won’t ever look at the ACU rating again to evaluate a candidate. ACU has been exposed as a RINO tool.


16 posted on 07/09/2009 12:50:38 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Lancey Howard
Wow.... There goes any respect I had for the ACU.

Me too. So many skunks are being smoked out of their dens, lately. Frankly, it's about time.
17 posted on 07/09/2009 12:51:36 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: All

18 posted on 07/09/2009 12:51:54 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Antoninus

Ramesh Ponnuru

May 28, 2003, 8:30 a.m.
Lobbyist Bites Dog
David Keene’s Pennsylvania surprise.

ou would expect David Keene to be on board for the Toomey campaign. Keene is the chairman of the American Conservative Union. Pat Toomey, a House Republican from Pennsylvania, has a 97-percent rating from the ACU. Toomey has been a leading advocate of personal accounts for Social Security. He sponsored a bill in 2001 to make President Bush’s tax cut larger. He has tried to force spending restraint on his colleagues in both parties.

Toomey is running for the Senate in a Republican primary against the incumbent, Arlen Specter. The latter is one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate. He voted to shrink Bush’s tax cut in 2001. He is a leading advocate of cloning. He wants to grill Bush’s judicial nominees to make them pledge their fealty to diversity. He voted against impeaching President Clinton. And so on. Specter has a lifetime rating from the ACU of 47 — a fact that Keene acknowledges.
Yet Keene has written a column in support of Specter.

Keene notes that Specter has sometimes been a useful ally of conservatives, as in the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. This is true, but it is not much of an argument for keeping a 47-percent conservative when you could have a 97-percenter. A conservative could nonetheless support Specter in good conscience on the theory that Toomey would be likely to lose the seat for the Republicans, and that in today’s circumstances that is not a risk that should be taken. I wouldn’t agree with this argument myself: Toomey has a pretty good track record in places you wouldn’t expect conservatives to do well. But in any case, Keene does not make this argument from pragmatism.

Instead, he claims that Specter is worth supporting for his personal qualities: “I’ve known and worked with Specter for more than a decade. . . . He is honest and decent, and, unlike many of his colleagues, his word is always good. When he’s with you, he’ll tell you, and when he’s against you, he’ll let you know that, too. . . . I may be going soft, but I like him. I like his honesty and his willingness to listen. . . . Arlen Specter is what we used to call a standup guy. He isn’t always with us, but when he is you can take his word to the bank. He’s willing to climb out of his foxhole and take on the opposition. . . . It may not count with many conservatives, but it counts with me.”

Well. It must be said that Keene’s view of Specter as a likable fellow is, um, not universally shared. But be that as it may. There are plenty of liberal Democrats in the Senate who are honest and affable as well. We would not, however, expect the chairman of the ACU to endorse them on that basis, or even to stay neutral in their races.

Thirty-three Republican congressmen have written to the ACU’s board of directors to express their “dismay” at Keene’s endorsement, which, they claim, “has brought discredit and embarrassment to your fine organization.” They acknowledge that Keene’s column was not written in his capacity as the head of the ACU — although the column did identify him as such — but say that it has “placed in doubt” the ACU’s “commitment to conservative principles.”

Some conservative activists are also raising the question of whether Keene has a conflict of interest. As The Hill also notes, Keene is “a managing associate with the Carmen Group, a D.C.-based governmental affairs firm.” In other words, a lobbyist. A brief review of the lobbying-disclosure reports reveals that Keene is frequently listed as doing lobbying work that concerns the Senate Appropriations Committee: for example, lobbying on the appropriations bill that funds the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. No doubt all this lobbying activity is directed toward shrinking the federal government. But it is worth noting that the chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Labor-HHS appropriations is — Arlen Specter.

Keene’s colleague Donald Devine recently wrote a memo arguing that conservatives, their movement having been taken over by imposters comfortable with big government, should start a new magazine. I disagreed with Devine’s analysis. But a new, less compromised version of the American Conservative Union may well be in order.


19 posted on 07/09/2009 12:52:01 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus

I always thought there was something weird with ACU; their rankings seemed meaningless to me, and always loose enough to protect RINOS!


20 posted on 07/09/2009 12:52:01 PM PDT by JSDude1 (DHS, FBI, FEMA, etc have been bad little boys. They need to be spanked and sent to timeout!)
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To: SolidWood
I posted the link to OpenSecrets above, but here it is again, just in case:

http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/donor_lookup.php?name=Keene
21 posted on 07/09/2009 12:53:12 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

July 22, 2003, 11:00 a.m.
Not So Keene
The ACU chairman sells out.

By James Justin Wilson

avid Keene is a man of many hats. He’s best known to conservatives as head of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which describes itself as the oldest conservative advocacy group in the nation. He’s also a columnist for The Hill newspaper. Finally, he’s a managing associate of the Carmen Group, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm.

Recently he’s also been the target of a tough letter signed by 33 House Republicans, including Sue Myrick, chairman of the Republican Study Committee. “The individual actions of Mr. Keene have placed in doubt the ACU’s commitment to” conservative principles, they wrote.

They were objecting to Keene’s endorsement of Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, a liberal Republican, over his conservative primary challenger, Rep. Pat Toomey. Keene called Specter a “standup guy” despite his “anemic” 47 percent rating from the ACU. Toomey received a “spectacular” 97 percent, which was still not good enough to garner Keene’s endorsement.

Specter just made that impossible case even harder for Keene to make when he announced his opposition to a bill that would offer $13 million dollars to Washington, D.C.’s public schools and another $13 million towards vouchers. Evidently Specter isn’t willing to stand up for the District’s struggling students (even though California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, among others, is).

The problem appears to stem from Keene’s work as a lobbyist. As Ramesh Ponnuru recently pointed out, Keene has business before Senate panels chaired by Specter.

This is not the first time Keene’s commitment to conservatism has been called into question. Since 1998, Keene has lobbied on behalf of Citizens for State Power (CSP), a coalition of interests opposed to federal energy deregulation. In the late 1990s, Keene and fellow ACU board members Craig Shirley and Grover Norquist lobbied against federal energy deregulation. With the help of Shirley’s public-relations firm, Citizens for State Power produced a number of anti-deregulation ads that claimed federal involvement violated the traditionally conservative notion of states’ rights.

With billions at stake, lobbyists of every persuasion wanted a piece of the pot. While Keene and Citizens for State Power were lobbying Republicans with their concern for states rights, the Electric Utility Shareholder’s Alliance (EUSA) used populist rhetoric to lobby Democrats against federal involvement. So much money changed hands during the debate that it led one lobbyist to remark in CQ Weekly that it was a “two-Lexus issue,” referring to the number of cars lobbyists could each afford for their efforts.

Most conservatives — including many Republican congressional leaders and experts from conservative think tanks — agreed that federal deregulation was necessary to resolve interstate issues and introduce competition into what many previously considered a “natural monopoly.” They agreed that only federal legislation would foster free market competition and lower energy prices for consumers while state efforts would preserve the utility monopolies. Keene, Shirley, and Norquist quickly found themselves siding with Ralph Nader and liberal organizations like People for the American Way and the Public Citizen.

Even stranger was the fact that Keene involved the ACU in the deregulation debate at all. With other controversial issues — like the compromise between free trade and protectionism — Keene has kept the ACU out of the fray.

“In years past, I did lobbying for The Limited, which is a free-trade company,” says Keene. “There was always the possibility that the ACU would be charged that I was coming down on one side because of my client. So the ACU just didn’t do anything about it.”

“This is not an issue of federal versus state regulation. It’s the government versus consumers,” says Adam Thierer of the Cato Institute. “Both sides are partially right on energy deregulation, but you quickly lose sight that the real enemy is government regulation on any level. What I’m more concerned about is when these groups make states-rights arguments and seem to have another agenda in mind.”

Months later, after deregulation efforts failed, the Washington Post reported that a secret coalition of nine state electric utilities funneled $17 million dollars into Citizens for State Power, and its liberal counterpart, the Electric Utility Shareholders Alliance. The campaign, which was known as “The Project,” created front groups in an effort to garner public opposition to deregulation.

At the height of the legislative battle, CSP ran radio ads attacking former Republican Representatives Steve Largent of Oklahoma and Rick White of Washington after they spearheaded the deregulation debate in the House. A memo obtained by the Post claimed that “For the first time in this debate there were palpable political consequences for appearing to support [deregulation]…In the case of Rick White, those consequences were direct and career threatening.” White, in fact, went on to lose his reelection bid.

“In my seven and a half years in Congress, that was the most unusual alignment I ever saw,” says Largent. “I saw people at the ACU, who are typically very conservative in their views, basically prostitute themselves to a monopoly. My experience is that there are few people in Washington that are pure, and David Keene is surely not one of them. To hide behind the moniker of the ACU and then hold some of the positions that he holds is wrong.”

While Citizens for State Power was attacking Republican legislators and opposing free market legislation, Keene used his position as chairman of the American Conservative Union to endorse the CSP agenda. Keene, who was actually working for CSP and the Carmen Group, signed a number of public letters as chairman of the ACU.

Keene explained that he was signing letters and lobbying as a private individual and that his role as chairman of the ACU was used only as a means of identification, not endorsement. But fellow ACU board member Steve Moore disagrees: “I think it’s impossible for him to have a separate political identity from the ACU.”

“Whatever issue you are on, there is a great deal of lobbying money on both sides,” says Keene. “The problem is that if you run an advocacy group, your greatest value is to someone you don’t agree with.”

That’s especially true when you’re willing to hire out your services. CSP paid Keene’s Carmen Group more than $160,000 in fees from 1998 to 2002, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. Keene denies that he received any of CSP’s money directly, but admits that he is a salaried employee of the Carmen Group.

Keene and the ACU’s opposition to deregulation is not confined to energy. On a number of occasions Keene has lobbied against federal telecommunications deregulation using the same states rights mantra. Most recently, he wrote a letter to FCC chairman Michael Powell — on ACU letterhead — pressuring him to preserve states rights in telecom deregulation. Keene’s employer, the Carmen Group, had a $100,000 contract with AT&T, the deregulation proposal’s principal opponent. It is almost a certainty that Keene doesn’t describe these activities to his grassroots donors.

Finally, regarding Specter, nearly half of Keene’s clients in 2002 — and over $900,000 in income for the Carmen Group — involved lobbying in front of Specter’s various Senate committees. Little wonder he chose to endorse the Pennsylvania liberal, even at the expense of a conservative.

Perhaps Keene really does agree with CSP and AT&T on deregulation. If so, he is virtually alone among conservatives who have studied the issue closely. The trouble is that Keene’s public identity as a prominent conservative who runs the ACU is not separable from his other life as a lobbyist. Whenever Keene advocates against conservative principles on behalf of a client, many assume he represents the views of the ACU as a whole rather than the for-profit interests of the Carmen Group. On numerous occasions he identified himself as the ACU’s chairman, not as a representative of the Carmen Group or CSP, when writing about an issue of interest to his clients. Even his column in The Hill hasn’t consistently mentioned his affiliation with the Carmen Group, which happens to be a frequent advertiser in The Hill.

Keene risks permanently tarnishing the reputation of the ACU. Perhaps he put it best in his own newspaper column when he described the problem Larry Klayman created for Judicial Watch when he began to attack fellow Republicans: “The question is whether [Klayman] can get conservatives or others to continue to write checks to his operation while he attacks DeLay rather than Clinton. Whether one likes him or agrees with him, Larry Klayman has now put his future and that of the organization he founded on the line.”

So has Keene.

— James Justin Wilson is an NR intern.


22 posted on 07/09/2009 12:53:16 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus
Disgusting.

When I ran for public office in ‘04 I would routinely appear at functions also attended by Specter and he came to know me as “The guy who won't shake my hand and looks at me when he talks about phony Conservatives in his speeches.”

I just emailed David A. Keene telling him I'd never be associated with his organization as long as he's the head of it.

23 posted on 07/09/2009 12:53:53 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Antoninus

Oh yeah, that Specter...real conservative!


24 posted on 07/09/2009 12:53:58 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: Antoninus

David A. Keene (born May 20, 1945) is the current chairman of the American Conservative Union, a position which he has held since 1984. Additionally, he is the managing associate at the Carmen Group Lobbying, a lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C. In December 2007, Keene endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as the National Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, Keene has been involved in politics since the 1960s when he served as the Special Assistant to former Vice-President Spiro Agnew. He has also served as the Executive Assistant to former Senator James Buckley, Southern Regional Director for former President Ronald Reagan’s unsuccessful 1976 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, National Political Director for George H.W. Bush’s unsuccessful 1980 presidential campaign, as well as an adviser to Senator Robert Dole’s 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns.

David Keene has been named a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and was chosen as a First Amendment Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Freedom Forum. He also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Public Policy School, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association. In 2007, he co-founded the American Freedom Agenda, described as “a coalition established to restore checks and balances and civil liberties protections under assault by the executive branch.”[1] Keene resigned his position with the American Freedom Agenda in 2007.[2] He is also the co-chairman of the Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Committee, and has said that “The right to appeal one’s detention to an independent judge is a cornerstone of responsible, conservative governance.”[3][4]

Keene, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, writes a regular column for The Hill, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C. newspaper for whose online edition he also provides blogs.


25 posted on 07/09/2009 12:54:22 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: SolidWood

ENOUGH WITH THE PALIN PICTURES!

I feel like such a hag looking at them.


26 posted on 07/09/2009 12:55:01 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: Antoninus

I can’t wait to see the GOP “good old boy” establishment destroyed.

Message to Romney, message to the head of CPAC. Message to Steve Schmidt..

we are angry and we are going to take our rage out on you. Give us our party back.


27 posted on 07/09/2009 12:55:06 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: Antoninus

This is not your father’s ACU.


28 posted on 07/09/2009 12:55:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimrobfr)
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To: Paige

So, Paige, how does it feel now to learn that your contributions to CPAC were probably used to bash Palin and back the RINO Romney and the ex-RINO Specter?


29 posted on 07/09/2009 12:55:56 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: SolidWood; jessduntno

SW, brother (or sister?), you and jessduntno (and others) come up with some GREAT photos! Thanks for faithfully pinging.


30 posted on 07/09/2009 12:56:10 PM PDT by CharterOakie (It's Sarah's if she wants it. 1 John 4:4)
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To: Antoninus

Must be that “big tent” thing.


31 posted on 07/09/2009 12:56:25 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Antoninus
http://www.carmengroup.com/


32 posted on 07/09/2009 12:56:39 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: PhilDragoo
Must be that “big tent” thing.

So big that it includes liberals and Democrats, apparently.
33 posted on 07/09/2009 12:58:18 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Jim Robinson

The RINOs and liberals have captured all the institutions and basically act as linebackers for the liberal GOP, playing the rest of us as boobs. No different than Jessy Jackson and Sharp-ton being the only designated voice, and money conduit to blacks for the Democrats.


34 posted on 07/09/2009 12:59:05 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Don’t worry, some will continue to pimp the debased, arbitrary neofraud inspired ACU ratings when it comes time to denigrate certain politicians, and to promote others.


35 posted on 07/09/2009 1:00:12 PM PDT by M203M4 (A rainbow-excreting government-cheese-pie-eating unicorn in every pot.)
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To: Antoninus

I think Keene just put himself out of a job.
Opening himself up with his Palin bashing will
not last long with Conservtives.
He was running under the radar, but not now.
What a Schmuck.


36 posted on 07/09/2009 1:00:27 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: CharterOakie

Brother! (Or already father... LOL!)


37 posted on 07/09/2009 1:00:36 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Antoninus
We had the "New Tone" which recognized a "soul" in Vladimir Putin's eyes, and had Ted Kennedy for popcorn, movies, and Write-Your-Own-Bill.

Keene doesn't just sleep with the enemy--Keene double-Simonizes the enemy's Zil.

38 posted on 07/09/2009 1:00:50 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Antoninus
Yeah.... I wonder how the Mittens Bots are going to explain this one ? ..... LUCY !! you got a lot of splaining to do !!
Mitt Romney is a LIBERAL...
39 posted on 07/09/2009 1:01:24 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Antoninus

This deserved its own thread...


40 posted on 07/09/2009 1:02:10 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Antoninus
Carmen group, for a fee, showing how you can buy your way into the taxpayer raped pig trough."
41 posted on 07/09/2009 1:02:11 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus; All

According to FEC individual searches, Keene gave $500 to Citizens for Arlen Specter in September 2002, another $1500 to the same group throughout 2003 and 2004, and another $500 in January 2006.

KEENE, DAVID
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22310
THE CARMEN GROUP

FUND FOR A FREE MARKET AMERICA
10/20/2000 250.00 20036543148

KEENE, DAVID
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22311
CARMEN GROUP/MANAGING ASSOCIATE

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN
VIA UPTON FOR ALL OF US
06/30/2006 500.00 26930227161

KEENE, DAVID
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22311
COLLINS & COMPANY/EXECUTIVE

KOLBE, JAMES T
VIA KOLBE FOR CONGRESS
05/02/2004 500.00 24961814862

KEENE, DAVID
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22311
WEXLER & WALKER/LLOBYIST

PITTS, JOSEPH R.
VIA FRIENDS OF JOE PITTS
02/06/2007 250.00 27930748668

KEENE, DAVID
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION/CHAIR

TAYLOR, CHARLES H
VIA CHARLES TAYLOR FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE
01/12/2006 1000.00 26960078038

KEENE, DAVID
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC

SPECTER, ARLEN
VIA CITIZENS FOR ARLEN SPECTER
05/01/2007 1000.00 27020273673
12/19/2007 200.00 28020324150
12/19/2007 800.00 28020324149

KEENE, DAVID A
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42 posted on 07/09/2009 1:02:56 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Elitists - they’re who we’re truly against. Doesn’t matter what label they have after their name.

They believe in the concepts of elites who are morally and intellectually capable of substituting their goals and decisions in place of YOUR individual goals and decisions.

Unacceptable. Time for a purge.


43 posted on 07/09/2009 1:04:01 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Leisler

Keane on Specter: “He is honest and decent, and, unlike many of his colleagues, his word is always good. When he’s with you, he’ll tell you, and when he’s against you, he’ll let you know that, too”

Well, except when push comes to shove and he’s losing big time in the GOP Primary. Just ask Sen. Cornyn.

Keene, like most inside-the-beltway types of any party or stripe, is a self-promoter. He’s figured out how to game the system and make himself fat from donors by simply using the language those donors want to hear. Ultimately, it’s all about HIM.


44 posted on 07/09/2009 1:04:31 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: Leisler

Guess we weren’t paying attention when we should have been...


45 posted on 07/09/2009 1:04:34 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: M203M4
Don’t worry, some will continue to pimp the debased, arbitrary neofraud inspired ACU ratings when it comes time to denigrate certain politicians, and to promote others.

I confess to having done that in the past. But I never will again. They have ZERO credibility now.
46 posted on 07/09/2009 1:05:29 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Antoninus

bookmark


47 posted on 07/09/2009 1:06:26 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Antoninus
Indicative yet again, when one spends too much time inside the beltway, one contracts liberal thoughts!

Only group to donate to is Heritage Foundation. They are the only "conservative" group that did NOT embrace open borders and other "liberal-lite" ideas and positions.

I used to donate and attend ACU yearly event but quit after having Keene treat a conservative Canadian at my table with disregard and a very snippy attitude.

Remember - it's how you treat the "little"' people when no one (except a small few) are watching, mirrors the genuine attitude of servitude and humility (same goes for Frank Luntz - a TOTAL JERK!)

48 posted on 07/09/2009 1:06:55 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: who knows what evil?

Liberal leftist Republicans start and promote these groups to take money, members and air time away from real, authentic groups.

I’ll tell you about the GOP. NOTHING ON THE LEVEL.


49 posted on 07/09/2009 1:07:14 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: zerosix
Only group to donate to is Heritage Foundation. They are the only "conservative" group that did NOT embrace open borders and other "liberal-lite" ideas and positions.

Sorry, no can do. They endorsed RomneyCare.
50 posted on 07/09/2009 1:09:03 PM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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