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Cochran Campaign Busted! Charles Johnson Scores Direct Hit
redstate.com ^ | 7/8/14 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 07/08/2014 12:26:47 PM PDT by cotton1706

There are a lot of naysayers toward Charles Johnson and his reporting on Mississippi, despite the high accuracy of his content. Well, he has a scalp to add to his accuracy score. The Cochran campaign is admitting it “screwed up” its accounting.

The Gotnews.com site Monday night reported that the Cochran campaign reimbursed staffer Amanda Shook for large sums of cash listed as “Reimbursed Expense – Campaign Walkers.” FEC regulations allow reimbursement to staff only for travel and food expenses, and any other outlay of money by a staffer would be considered a contribution, and subject to a $2,600 limit.

A spokesman for six-term incumbent Cochran called the filing “a screw up,” and the campaign has denied vote buying and other allegations.

As the McDaniel campaign is noting, the allegations of criminal misconduct continue to rise against the Cochran campaign.

Last night on Mark Levin’s radio show, Senator Ted Cruz called for a full investigation into the Mississippi runoff. This story is not going away.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: elections
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1 posted on 07/08/2014 12:26:47 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
“Reimbursed Expense – Campaign Walkers.”

Walkin' around money.

2 posted on 07/08/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: cotton1706

Destroy Thad Cochran and his political backers. Chris McDaniel is the RIGHTFUL SENATOR of Mississippi!


3 posted on 07/08/2014 12:30:21 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: cotton1706

Ooh.

FR Cruz detractors must be in a huddle

It’s awfully quiet


4 posted on 07/08/2014 12:30:44 PM PDT by stanne
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To: cotton1706

Any Repub Senator who helped fund this will not get my vote. One has to pay for having no principles.


5 posted on 07/08/2014 12:30:56 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: MUDDOG

Bribes to black voters.


6 posted on 07/08/2014 12:31:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Cheaper than buying TV ads.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 12:32:49 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: RginTN
Any Repub Senator who helped fund this will not get my vote. One has to pay for having no principles.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 12:35:39 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: stanne

“FreeRepublic Cruz detractors”.....You mean the Libertarians?


9 posted on 07/08/2014 12:35:58 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva

YOU SUCK and you owe me a new keyboard!! I just spit Monster all over it!!! Ha ha!! Man that was funny right there...


10 posted on 07/08/2014 12:50:24 PM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV), Luke 22:36 (NIV))
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To: RginTN

This is why Republican Senators did everything but hide their faces coming out of their Cochran fundraising event.


11 posted on 07/08/2014 12:50:40 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: MUDDOG

The ultimate in “Direct Marketing”...


12 posted on 07/08/2014 12:51:07 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Indeed! Move over Ronco.


13 posted on 07/08/2014 12:52:42 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: cotton1706; All
the *itch McConnell and SotH Boemher are very disappointed..the TEA
/ LUA Party, Is gaining strength despite their political machinations

14 posted on 07/08/2014 12:52:44 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: MUDDOG

LOL!!!


15 posted on 07/08/2014 12:53:17 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: MUDDOG
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!!
16 posted on 07/08/2014 12:54:22 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Is there ever!


17 posted on 07/08/2014 1:00:08 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Blood of Tyrants

How else do you get them to vote?
Got any better ideas, smart guy?

:)


18 posted on 07/08/2014 1:02:32 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Eva

Why would Libertarians not like Cruz?

While conservatives, he’s 100% small government low tax.

That’s about 80% of the libertarian desire.

I’m willing to bet he’d let them smoke pot, if they pay tax on it and suffer the consequences of being stupid idiots, just because we need to dial back the police state.


19 posted on 07/08/2014 1:02:40 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

“Vote twice and you get this set of steak knives! Great for those family squabbles that are sure to arise because you voted for an old white guy.”


20 posted on 07/08/2014 1:04:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: stanne

“FR Cruz detractors must be in a huddle.”

No detractors here and I think its quiet because most of us are at work.


21 posted on 07/08/2014 1:05:02 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: cotton1706
Charles Johnson

Is this the same guy who ran Little Green Footballs?

22 posted on 07/08/2014 1:06:16 PM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: dragonblustar

Different Charles Johnson.


23 posted on 07/08/2014 1:11:28 PM PDT by Piranha (Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have - Saul Alinsky)
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To: MrB

ROFLOL!!!


24 posted on 07/08/2014 1:16:52 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: cotton1706
For Cochran, it was as "screw-up." What was it for D'Souza? Conviction?

-PJ

25 posted on 07/08/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Jewbacca

When it comes down to it, pot is their number one issue. They think legalizing pot is the path to fixing all big government problems. Or so they say. They would have pot legal while the nanny state stays in tact.


26 posted on 07/08/2014 1:18:20 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: dragonblustar
Is this the same guy who ran runs Little Green Footballs?

Nope.

27 posted on 07/08/2014 1:18:53 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Jewbacca

The Libertarians and Rand Paul blamed Cruz for the government shut down. That was the beginning of Rand Paul’s anti-Republican campaign.


28 posted on 07/08/2014 1:20:59 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Jewbacca; Eva

We Cruz supporters know very well that the libertarians are the people who have been so hostile to Cruz, we have been the ones having to deal with them.


29 posted on 07/08/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: demshateGod

I think you might fix a bunch of government problems if you legalized pot by overturning Wickard v Filburn.


30 posted on 07/08/2014 1:23:11 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Political Junkie Too

D’Souza didn’t try to buy and election. He donated money to a girlfriend’s campaign. It is not the same at all.


31 posted on 07/08/2014 1:23:15 PM PDT by Eva
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To: ansel12

True, true.

The Libertarians have been making a concerted effort to put down conservatives in their effort to be more centrist in the run up to the 2016 campaign. By the time the election rolls around, Rand Paul may as well run as a Democrat, against Hillary and Elizabeth Warren.


32 posted on 07/08/2014 1:25:45 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Political Junkie Too
I know. My point was about exceeding limits. Cochran says "Oops, sorry." D'Souza says "guilty."

-PJ

33 posted on 07/08/2014 1:31:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: cotton1706

Cochran campaign staffer Amanda Shook was illegally reimbursed for over $40,000 cash in walking around money during the Republican primary, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. The payments are described as “Reimbursed Expenses - Campaign Walkers.”

Shook is Director of Operations for the Thad Cochran campaign, where she works for campaign manager Kirk Sims, who was also mentioned by Fielder as someone he worked with on the Cochran campaign. Shook previously worked for Sims in the office of Governor Phil Bryant, where Sims was the governor’s chief of staff and Shook was his scheduler. Sims is U.S. Senator Roger Wicker’s son-in-law.

FEC reports list seven payments by Citizens for Cochran, the candidate’s official campaign committee, to Shook totaling $52,625. The bulk of these payments describe the purpose of the disbursement as “Reimbursed Expenses - Campaign Walkers.” It is unclear how 27 year-old Shook acquired such large sums of cash for the initial outlays. Requests for comment from Shook went unanswered at the time of this writing.

http://gotnews.com/

According to FEC documents filed by Citizens for Cochran, Amanda Shook received seven separate payments from the PAC from May 1-June 3. However, most of the cash walking money, $41,500 was paid to Shook from May 29-June 3, just prior to the Republican Primary. “Walking around money” or street money is the practice of using cash for sometimes questionable purposes during campaigns.

Shortly after the primary and before run-off, Shook left the country for a luxurious vacation at a resort in the Dominican Republic for her husband’s 30th birthday.


34 posted on 07/08/2014 1:35:29 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Eva

No, not libertarians

I am talking about the Cruz detractors


35 posted on 07/08/2014 1:35:32 PM PDT by stanne
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To: cotton1706

Where is Cochran? He needs to have a press conference.


36 posted on 07/08/2014 1:36:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: cotton1706

A conservative media consultant is accusing the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) of laundering money through a political consulting firm to a shadowy SuperPAC that ran racist negative ads attacking the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi runoff election.

A filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows that the NRSC paid National Media Research, Planning & Placement of Alexandria, Virginia $13,000 for media production and $69,000 for media on June 20.

But Rick Shaftan of Mountaintop Media, whose firm has bought media extensively in the South, calls this a false disclosure and says no ad ever aired in Mississippi that was paid for by the NRSC. Shaftan alleges that National Media instead used these funds to purchase racially-charged radio ads on behalf of a group called ‘All Citizens for Mississippi,’ which has not filed any required FEC reports other than its Statement of Organization.

“There’s lots of political orders for ‘All Citizens for Mississippi’ placed by the exact same media buyer who places ads for the NRSC, as well as a Haley Barbour-linked SuperPAC called ‘Mississippi Conservatives’. But unlike Barbour’s SuperPAC, ‘All Citizens for Mississippi’ criminally refuses to file any contribution or expenditure reports with the FEC. Most of these orders list ‘American Media & Advocacy Group’ on the invoices — some list ‘National Media’ — and all are signed off on by Jon Ferrell of National Media. If they have paperwork at all.”

“Jon Ferrell is the NRSC’s media buyer,” Shaftan said.

http://gotnews.com/


37 posted on 07/08/2014 1:39:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Vince Ferrer

He should just do a conference call, haha


38 posted on 07/08/2014 1:39:50 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

“But what, there’s moah!”

Reminds me of Marisa Tomei’s testimony in “My Cousin Vinny”

That is how I heard the words of your post.


39 posted on 07/08/2014 1:46:24 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: cotton1706

Found him!

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/211614-cochran-gets-lost-on-way-to-senate-lunch


40 posted on 07/08/2014 1:51:14 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: exit82

LOL!!!


41 posted on 07/08/2014 2:02:21 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: kcvl
Two questions...

1. Has she returned, and

2. If not, does the US have an extradition treaty with them?

42 posted on 07/08/2014 2:04:24 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: kcvl

So why aren’t Shook and Sims in jail?


43 posted on 07/08/2014 2:25:46 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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To: Jewbacca
I’m willing to bet he’d let them smoke pot...

Any TRUE conservative would let them smoke pot. It's part of that personal responsibility and individual freedom thing.

Republicans (GOPe) on the other hand are generally fine with the war on drugs and jack-booted thugs as long as it's THEIR jack-booted thugs.

44 posted on 07/08/2014 2:34:31 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I heard 15.00 each.


45 posted on 07/08/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: cotton1706; WKB; paintriot; Lil Flower; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; ...

My ping a ling is the cutest thing


46 posted on 07/08/2014 3:14:40 PM PDT by WKB
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To: MUDDOG

The walking dead...they were paying Democrats to vote.


47 posted on 07/08/2014 3:22:12 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
For Cochran, it was as "screw-up." What was it for D'Souza? Conviction?

Good point!

48 posted on 07/08/2014 3:24:13 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: Viennacon

The was only a Primary run off vote.


49 posted on 07/08/2014 3:28:59 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: MUDDOG

Yep.


50 posted on 07/08/2014 3:30:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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