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‘Main Street’ GOP Groups and Their Leftist Funders (Michelle Malkin)
National Review Online ^ | January 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 01/10/2014 11:18:49 AM PST by neverdem

Unions are funding Republican groups to help push through amnesty for illegal immigrants.

What do George Soros, labor unions, and money-grubbing former GOP representative Steven LaTourette all have in common? They’re control freaks. They’re power hounds. They’re united against tea-party conservatives. And they have all operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as “Main Street” Republicans.

LaTourette heads up the so-called Main Street Partnership, which claims to represent “thoughtful,” “pragmatic,” “commonsense,” and “centrist” Republican leadership. Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal GOP representative Amory Houghton of New York includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk, and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette himself is a self-serving Beltway barnacle who held office for nearly two decades. Now he’s using his new tea-party-bashing platform to benefit a family-operated lobbying business.

The New York Times shed light on LaTourette’s tangled web of Republican-establishment outfits last week. But that story just scratched the surface. As the paper reported, the Main Street Partnership is a nonprofit group that charges members up to $25,000 per year to rub elbows with Washington’s rich and powerful. The Main Street Advocacy Fund and the Defending Main Street super PAC are political satellites planning to amass $8 million to bolster Republican liberals and moderates facing tea-party challengers in 2014. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is LaTourette’s lobbying firm.

The Times notes that “corporations and lobbyists” fund the Main Street Partnership. But far-left donors provided seed money for these affiliated K Street fronts. Who’s behind the Defending Main Street super PAC? Big Labor. National Journal’s Scott Bland reported on the labor connection last month: “Two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October. Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far — and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.”

Along with the anti-tea-party U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the “Main Street” fat cats and union leaders have banded together to help President Obama push through amnesty for illegal aliens. The payoff: cheap labor for big business, cheap votes for the Democratic party.

Main Street Partnership’s chief operating and financial officer is Sarah Chamberlain Resnick. She also serves on the partnership’s board of directors and previously served as an officer of the soft-money-raising Main Street Individual Fund. The MSIF is yet another spinoff group that received $50,000 from progressive billionaire George Soros in 2002, soon after it was created. Soros also dangled a “seven-figure contribution” in front of the Main Street Partnership, but Resnick said the group declined that one. The MSIF accepted a separate $50,000 Soros donation during the 2004 election cycle. It was mysteriously returned in November 2005 after I called attention to it.

These various groups are legally independent entities on paper, but they have shared staff and legal resources. When I reported on the “Main Street” farce eight years ago, the partnership’s counsel sent me a threatening letter baselessly claiming I had made “libelous” statements about its network. My sin? Exposing the radical environmental funders of “Main Street” Republicans who had sabotaged House conservative efforts to open up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The “Main Street” Republicans back then gloated over their successful campaign to force squishy GOP leaders in D.C. to cave in to the Left. There’s nothing principled about their agenda. It’s not about “common sense.” It’s about the Benjamins. These statists in populist clothing are running a Washington incumbency-protection racket. Same as it ever was.

— Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies (Regnery, 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com. © 2014 Creators.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; defendingmainst; gope; latourettems; mainstpartnership; michellemalkin; rinos; rmsp; stevelatourette

1 posted on 01/10/2014 11:18:49 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Along with the anti-tea-party U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the “Main Street” fat cats and union leaders have banded together to help President Obama push through amnesty for illegal aliens. The payoff: cheap labor for big business, cheap votes for the Democratic party. <<

and in the next breath these same dolts say we need to extend unemployment ‘cause there is no work for the citizens of this country!.....The hypocrisy is glaring!!

2 posted on 01/10/2014 11:25:02 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: neverdem

FR keyword

Rmsp

Just added it. :-)

The FRiendly RINO side of the GooP ugh GOP-e uhhh eGOP

Thanks Michelle!!


3 posted on 01/10/2014 11:25:55 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: neverdem

Member list here!

http://www.republicanmainstreet.org/members/

RMSP Members

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS

SENATOR MARK KIRK

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN BROOKS

CONGRESSMAN LARRY BUCSHON

CONGRESSMAN KEN CALVERT

CONGRESSMAN DAVE CAMP

CONGRESSWOMAN SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS

CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

CONGRESSMAN RODNEY DAVIS

CONGRESSMAN JEFF DENHAM

CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE DENT

CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART

CONGRESSMAN SEAN DUFFY

CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK

CONGRESSMAN JEFF FORTENBERRY

CONGRESSMAN RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN

CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS GIBSON

CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL GRIMM

CONGRESSMAN RICHARD HANNA

CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER

CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN JENKINS

CONGRESSMAN BILL JOHNSON

CONGRESSMAN DAVID JOYCE

CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLY

CONGRESSMAN PETER KING

CONGRESSMAN ADAM KINZINGER

CONGRESSMAN LEONARD LANCE

CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM

CONGRESSMAN FRANK LOBIONDO

CONGRESSMAN DAVID MCKINLEY

CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS

CONGRESSMAN PAT MEEHAN

CONGRESSMAN TIMOTHY MURPHY

CONGRESSMAN ERIK PAULSEN

CONGRESSMAN THOMAS PETRI

CONGRESSMAN TOM W. REED

CONGRESSMAN DAVID REICHERT

CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT RIGELL

CONGRESSMAN JON RUNYAN

CONGRESSMAN AARON SCHOCK

CONGRESSMAN MIKE SIMPSON

CONGRESSMAN STEVE STIVERS

CONGRESSMAN LEE TERRY

CONGRESSMAN PAT TIBERI

CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL TURNER

CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON

CONGRESSMAN DAVID VALADAO

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD

CONGRESSMAN FRANK WOLF

CONGRESSMAN TODD YOUNG


4 posted on 01/10/2014 11:27:31 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: neverdem
DemocRAT collaborator Steve LaTourette .... and his GOP-e collaborators ....
5 posted on 01/10/2014 11:28:17 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: jimbo123

I can’t believe that Linseed Graham isn’t a member.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 11:31:32 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: neverdem

As vile as this is, it is simply the Dems executing their game plan. Something the stupid party is too lazy and careerist infiltrated to do themselves.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 11:33:36 AM PST by lodi90
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To: jimbo123

I noticed that Pete Olsen (TX) and John Cornyn (TX) are not a part of this organization...But they are probably being handled by another faction of GOPe donors and supporters...

And attackers to boot...


8 posted on 01/10/2014 11:44:34 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: neverdem
Main Street Partnership’s chief operating and financial officer is Sarah Chamberlain Resnick. She also serves on the partnership’s board of directors and previously served as an officer of the soft-money-raising Main Street Individual Fund. The MSIF is yet another spinoff group that received $50,000 from progressive billionaire George Soros in 2002, soon after it was created.

The MSM will ignore this because they don't want to tip off everyday conservatives that elite Republican congresscritters aren't much different then the dem whores... they've being bought and paid for by George Soros.

Ever wonder why congress is FOR illegals becoming citizens while Americans are against it?

That's democrat citizens and conservative citizens - none of us want illegals here.

Yet, big money like Soros sits there and pays not crap to get his way...( Taxpayers pay for the buildings, the staff, salaries etc...) We pay the bulk of all expenses for congress - but the whore-mongers come in and provide money to run campaigns... It's time to change the laws. The only jobs congress protects are their own.

9 posted on 01/10/2014 11:45:36 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: neverdem

What benefit would it be for unions to flood the labor force with cheap labor?


10 posted on 01/10/2014 11:53:59 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: neverdem

half the Repubs in Congress are chomping at the bit for amnesty


11 posted on 01/10/2014 11:54:04 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: neverdem

Malkin nails this one. She is reliably on the conservative side always throughout her history, so far as I remember. She gets gushy at times on TV, but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s right on the issues.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 11:58:38 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: autumnraine
What benefit would it be for unions to flood the labor force with cheap labor?

Union dues for the leadership to spend on themselves.
13 posted on 01/10/2014 11:59:06 AM PST by Old Yeller ( Salvation is by grace through faith in the completed work of Jesus.)
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To: neverdem

Thank God for Malkin.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 12:00:42 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: neverdem

They should call it “The K Street Partnership.”


15 posted on 01/10/2014 12:56:17 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take your home to pay for it.)
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To: autumnraine

MORE UNION DUES!!!!!! They don’t care about the wages, they just want the UNION DUES!


16 posted on 01/11/2014 3:54:32 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: neverdem; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Petri and Duffy ping!

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


17 posted on 01/11/2014 5:19:39 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

—had a person from the RNC last night to whom I delivered a rant against this—hope she passes it on along with my explanation of why they get nothing from me anymore—


18 posted on 01/11/2014 5:33:20 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: M-cubed

No matter what, we can be sure that the Republican primary voters will remain clueless.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 6:08:10 AM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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To: rellimpank

The person you talked to is likely a low-paid employee who is probably a Democrat to boot, and probably donesn’t even know the names of the Republican officeholders for whom he (she) is soliciting funds.


20 posted on 01/11/2014 6:09:26 AM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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To: GeronL

It’s the dues for the union bosses; the uninformed workers remain clueless.


21 posted on 01/11/2014 6:10:25 AM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.
--maybe, but-——hope she passes it on along with my explanation of why they get nothing from me anymore—
22 posted on 01/11/2014 6:31:35 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: neverdem

There are currently 92,000,000 US citizens without work and these Bozo’s are so concerned with the well being of 6,000,000 illegals.


23 posted on 01/11/2014 7:59:43 AM PST by managusta (The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.)
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To: managusta

The 92 million are asleep; the 6 million are actively lobbying for socialism.


24 posted on 01/11/2014 8:30:19 AM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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