Brunner probing anti-slots group - Subpoenas seek to identify backers of referendum
Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Author: Mark Niquette ; THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Questions have been swirling for months now about who is funding a group seeking a referendum on whether electronic slot machines should be added at Ohio horse-racing tracks.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) said she has launched an investigation to find out.
LetOhioVote.org was formed by three conservatives last year after Gov. Ted Strickland and the legislature included a provision in the state budget to add slot machines at the state’s seven horse-racing tracks as a way to raise revenue.
Ohio Dems seek IRS audit of group tied to Kasich, 4th Ld-Writethru, US
Associated Press News Service, The - Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Author: AP ; JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Democrats asked the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday to audit a nonprofit group tied to Republican governor hopeful John Kasich, alleging it was improperly used for political purposes.
Kasich, the former congressman and presidential candidate, is hoping to unseat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in the Nov. 2 election.
Republicans’ secret formula , 501(c) (4 )
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Author: Doyle McManus
Democrats tried to pass a bill this year imposing disclosure requirements on 501(c)(4) groups, but they failed.
Senate Republicans Again Block DISCLOSE Act, Designed to Reveal Special Interest Spending
By Michael Beckel on September 23, 2010
“We do not want to chill speech, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the bills lead sponsor in the Senate, said on the floor before the vote.
Michelle Malkin: Public enemy No. 1: GOP donors
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA) - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The White House attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce isnt about disclosure. Its about disarmament. While posing as campaign finance champions, the ultimate goal of the Democratic offensive is to intimidate conservative donors, chill political free speech and drain Republican coffers.
Chamber of Commerce official Bruce Josten tried to educate the public. (W)e know what the purpose here is, he told ABC News. Its to harass and intimidate. Josten cited protests and threats against chamber members as retribution for ads the organization ran opposing the federal health care takeover.
In August 2008, a former Washington director of MoveOn.org - the smear merchant group that branded Gen. David Petraeus a traitor for overseeing the successful troop surge in Iraq - announced a brazen witch hunt against Republican donors. Left-wing political operative Tom Matzzie told The New York Times he would send warning letters to 10,000 top GOP givers hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions. Matzzie bragged of going for the jugular and said the warning letter would be just the first step, alerting donors who might be considering giving to right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives.
We are at war and have been for sometime!
I haven’t been able to keep up with all this, and i don’t want this to get lost in the shuffle so i’m posting it here.
On that “IRS Scandal Timeline Spreadsheet” thread from yesterday, it was mentioned that all the timelines have the first line redacted. Here’s the Washington Examiner article about it that Sir Napsalot linked:
If anything turns up here or elsewhere about an email that had a “2/25/2010” date on it, it may be significant. Apparently it’s when the IRS Tea Party persecutions began.