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Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, and the 25-Year-Old Wunderkind Dems Fell For
National Journal ^ | February 1, 2014 | Daniel Libit

Posted on 02/02/2014 8:53:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

There's no better way to travel to Davos than on somebody else's Gulfstream. And that's how the Democratic operatives involved in Invest Again thought they were going to fly: They were going to go to Switzerland on a private plane owned by the heirs of the Goodrich tire fortune. They were going to meet with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and with Richard Branson, the Virgin Atlantic founder, who had supposedly pledged $12 million in seed money for their new organization.

Invest Again: It was a progressive organizer's dream. People quit good jobs to join the staff. Major Democratic strategy firms­­­—Bully Pulpit, a digital media shop founded by Obama campaign alumni; NGP VAN, which supplied software for President Obama's 2012 campaign; Fitzgibbon Media, whose client roster includes MoveOn.org, NARAL, and Julian Assange—signed on to create an issue campaign promoting science and science research, some with contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece. Bruce Kieloch, the Democratic fundraiser, and Kimball Stroud, the D.C. event guru, both deeply tapped into the world of high-net-worth Washington Democrats, had joined up as consultants.

There was a proposed budget of $30 million over the first 18 months, according to a draft of a campaign plan, with $4 million for staff alone.

And it was largely the brainchild of a 25-year-old wunderkind named Rory McCarron. Over the course of a few months, McCarron had turned a cocktail-napkin idea into a serious multimillion-dollar operation. It was impressive, and he was impressive: whip-smart and knowledgeable enough to make people want to join his cause, and likable and earnest enough to make people want to offer him a place to crash.

Not that he should have needed one....

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; hillary; richardbranson; scam

1 posted on 02/02/2014 8:53:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Mama H” was how he referred to his ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton? Can I say what he is and not get banned?


2 posted on 02/02/2014 9:01:35 PM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: bajabaja

The author says it in the article and yes, you are correct.


3 posted on 02/02/2014 9:07:42 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm all tapped out of Schadenfreude.....

Maybe I can make big bucks with Schadenfreude futures.....

....yeah...just like Al Gore made out with global warming.....

4 posted on 02/02/2014 9:08:22 PM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; doug from upland
ping...might want to archive this.
5 posted on 02/02/2014 9:09:22 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama -> Fredo smart)
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To: bajabaja
For his part, McCarron says he is the one who has lost money—as much as $45,000—and that his boyfriend has lost thousands as well. He says he is going over things with his attorneys, and looking into filing a lawsuit against his accusers within the next two weeks.

A walk on the wild side.

6 posted on 02/02/2014 9:11:38 PM PST by kabar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Folks wanting to be on a short list of “cronies” end up getting taken to the cleaners. I don’t feel sorry for them at all.


7 posted on 02/02/2014 9:17:43 PM PST by House Atreides
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8 posted on 02/02/2014 9:18:38 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They eat each other.

It’s what they do.

So when they look at the rest of the world...

...that’s what’s in their eyes.


9 posted on 02/02/2014 9:21:34 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is fantastic. It is liberalism in a nutshell.

Fraud, deceit, homosexuality, ego... And in the end - implosion.


10 posted on 02/02/2014 9:24:08 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Chode

OK, you owe all posters to this list eyewash, or Salma Hayek pictures. One or the other. Fast.


11 posted on 02/02/2014 9:28:26 PM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s what you get when you are greedy and live in a fantasyland.


12 posted on 02/02/2014 9:31:10 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kabar

Wild side? Tell it to the King, Burger King, that is, where his mylife.com profile says he works. Nothing wrong with honest work, but if you have a 60,000,000 trust fund, then you are not likely flippin’ burgers. Great security screening there, Hi!!ary.


13 posted on 02/02/2014 9:33:35 PM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fatty says what? Hilderbeast and Branson are both scumbag leftie liars.


14 posted on 02/02/2014 9:50:01 PM PST by Viennacon
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15 posted on 02/02/2014 9:50:18 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Cowboy Bob

Indeed. The deluded hubris of them all is amazing.

If it weren’t for the fact they had the media covering for all of them, they’d probably all be in jail or the loony farm.


16 posted on 02/02/2014 9:59:31 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: bajabaja
OK, here ya go...

17 posted on 02/02/2014 10:00:57 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: bajabaja

All the street creed he needed was to be gay and claim to be in tight with the Clintons. When they were teaching at Arkansas University in Fayetteville the Dixon Street crowd was full of stories about their wild side.


18 posted on 02/02/2014 10:22:32 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Cowboy Bob
the smarter somebody Thinks they are, the easier they are to con... they think they are tooo smart to be conned
19 posted on 02/02/2014 10:27:54 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Christie’s lil brother?


20 posted on 02/03/2014 3:09:49 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: spokeshave
Maybe I can make big bucks with Schadenfreude futures.....

On a micro level, this is pretty funny. Nice to see a bunch of Libs fall victim to a scam, and now getting ready to exact payback on the scammer - who richly deserves it.

On a macro level, tho, this exposes why the Dems win so often and "unexpectedly": They have these small grassroots organizing groups that sprout up like weeds and that they dump a LOT of money into in order to draw activists and voters into their web. Groups like this are quickly attached to the Dem coalition of auxiliary groups. Once in, they really can't get out (assuming they want to - see what happened to Susan G. Komen).

The truth is that Conservatives do nothing like it, have nothing like it. Particularly the organizing mindset that spurs the creation of such groups and then funds them.
21 posted on 02/03/2014 3:23:15 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liars fooled by a liar. The anti-gay persecution card gets pulled in three, two, one.....


22 posted on 02/03/2014 3:35:36 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These delusional lefties really, really want to believe that they are on the side of Truth, Justice, Science, and Reason.

Except that they’re not.

They imagine themselves fighting the good fight against Nazis and Flat Earthers, when in reality they are doing their best to destroy truth and reason.


23 posted on 02/03/2014 3:52:06 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Beagle8U
LOL... ya never know these days
24 posted on 02/03/2014 4:44:17 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: bajabaja

“Tell it to the King, Burger King, that is, where his mylife.com profile says he works.”

Oh, you’re just repeating a deliberate misunderstanding by people who are jealous of his success. What that really means is that he owns a Burger King franchise that includes multiple stores.


25 posted on 02/03/2014 4:47:53 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some choice snips from the article:

Kieloch invited McCarron and McCarron's boyfriend to his mountain house

"I thought he was smart, and all our friends thought he was smart," she says. "He is gay and fat and kind of innocent. It was this whole teen innocence: He seemed pure in his intentions on science and getting investment in science and taking on the Koch Brothers, and that to me was really admirable and basically what I had been doing."

It seems that playing the gay card with democrats gets you through lots of doors without having to prove anything else about yourself or your credibility. Overall I have to say, this couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

26 posted on 02/03/2014 5:17:29 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: bajabaja

Did you read the entire article? The reference to the “wild side” had to do with the fact that this guy seems to be gay. This may have added to his entree to Hillary.


27 posted on 02/03/2014 5:45:43 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

Yes, I did and my reference was a joking one.


28 posted on 02/03/2014 6:19:14 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: Chode

That fixed things, including my eyes. THANK YOU.


29 posted on 02/03/2014 6:21:08 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: fella

Arkansas “wild side” — TMI. Yikes.


30 posted on 02/03/2014 6:23:32 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: catnipman

If you get people to donate (or seek to) by setting up a charity, shouldn’t that be a criminal offense? Not just just a jealous misunderstanding? This would get 24/7 coverage if someone on the other side of the aisle did this.


31 posted on 02/03/2014 6:25:56 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: bajabaja

“If you get people to donate (or seek to) by setting up a charity, shouldn’t that be a criminal offense? Not just just a jealous misunderstanding? This would get 24/7 coverage if someone on the other side of the aisle did this.”

Oh, I was referring sarcastically to the fact that this douchbag listed himself at one time as working as Burger King and how he would spin it if someone spotted that.


32 posted on 02/03/2014 8:25:38 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: bajabaja
most welcome... God i love gingers
33 posted on 02/03/2014 4:01:31 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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