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  • Uh-oh: GOP candidates still showering money on incompetent beltway consultants

    03/18/2014 5:37:34 PM PDT · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | March 18 2014 | Doug Brady
    Via Politico: Ten of the consulting firms that formed the core of the push to elect Mitt Romney — reaping a combined $1 billion in the process — have survived a tea party assault and are again among the highest-grossing and best-positioned players in Republican politics.The firms and their consultants have been paid more than $19.6 million for 2014 campaign work through January, according to a POLITICO analysis. They’ve also cemented relationships with some of the GOP’s rising stars, setting up the firms for even bigger paydays headed into the fall, when costly advertising and mail campaigns begin, and for a 2016...
  • It’s a Very Merry Christmas for Washington’s Parasite Class

    12/24/2013 8:23:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington. It might not be as pithy as Mitchell’s Law, and it doesn’t contain an important policy prescription like Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but it could be the motto of the federal government. Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America I realize this is an unhappy topic to be discussing during the Christmas season, but the American people need to realize that they are...
  • Troika consultancies: A multi-million euro business beyond scrutiny (EU ‘bailouts’)

    12/22/2013 2:15:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.12.13 @ 09:23 | Valentina Pop
    Alvarez and Marsal, BlackRock, Oliver Wyman, Pimco: The names mean nothing to the average European, but the financial consultancies have played a central role in all the eurozone bailouts and have so far invoiced taxpayers in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain over €80 million. Their “independent” expertise is used by the “troika” of international lenders—the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—to decide how much countries or banks need to prevent a default. They are often hired without a public tender, posing questions on transparency and accountability. […] The end result is a...
  • Sens. Rubio and Paul grapple with a hurricane named Ted (political consultants "share")

    10/23/2013 4:47:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are seeking to stay relevant in the debate over ObamaCare, but they might as well be shouting in a hurricane. A hurricane named Ted. During this month’s fiscal standoff, Sen. Ted Cruz attracted the most attention of any possible White House hopeful on Capitol Hill. GOP strategists say Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has seized the role of Tea Party standard-bearer, giving him an edge with conservative activists. The grassroots army Cruz built over the last few months could help him in Iowa and other primary battlegrounds if he decides to...
  • C. Edmund Wright: GOP Needs 'Reality'-based Consultants

    03/22/2013 5:49:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 61 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/20/2013 | Bill Hoffman
    The Republican Party must oust its longtime consultants and replace them with advisers who come from a world of “reality," noted political columnist and author C. Edmund Wright. “It’s not just Karl Rove [who] has certainly been, for about 12 or 13 years, the face of the establishment messaging machine," Wright — author of “WTF?: How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost ... Again" — said on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show." "This is a group [of consultants] that called Newt Gingrich the devil and then turned around and called Obama a nice guy and they thought they could...
  • Autopsy 2012: Blame the Consultants? CPAC headliners urge GOP to rethink how it uses paid “experts.”

    03/18/2013 7:05:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2013 | John Fund
    For as long as he’s been president, Barack Obama, has been the top target for attack at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. D.C. But this year, there may have been a close second: the Republican political-consultant class, which many CPAC attendees blame for the party’s poor 2012 showing. Newt Gingrich bashed them for being “out of step,” Sarah Palin called on activists to “furlough the consultants,” pollster Kellyanne Conway railed against a “staff infection,” and Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center, told me that “the last thing we want is for the anti-conservative professional class...
  • The secret reason the GOP is divided

    03/15/2013 6:12:51 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 14, 2013 | Juan Williams
    What if the contest over the future of the GOP is not between Tea Party ideologues and moderate establishment-types? What if the real contest is between Republicans who care about winning elections and profiteers who care about making consulting fees off the political process?
  • Who's getting rich off of GOP defeat?

    11/29/2012 8:30:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/29/2012 | Rosslyn Smith
    Eric Erickson at Red State  has been tracing the web of ownership and (conflict of?) interests among the various Republican consulting operations, the 527s and staff at the RNC, NRCC, NRSC, etc. It is complex, but here is a sample. TargetPoint Consulting and WWP Strategies, two groups connected to Alexander and Katie Packer Gage, both received money from the Romney Campaign wherein Katie Packer Gage served as deputy campaign manager while also serving as a partner at WWP Strategies. Katie Packer Gage's husband, Alexander, is the CEO and founder of TargetPoint Consulting, which got money both from the Romney campaign...
  • Pat Caddell: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Defeat

    11/24/2012 10:47:25 AM PST · by Bratch · 97 replies
    Big Government ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at The David Horowitz Freedom Center's "Restoration Weekend" in Florida on November 16, Pat Caddell indicted what he called the Republican "consultant-lobbyist-establishment" complex for losing a presidential campaign in 2012 President Barack Obama had no business winning. “No presidential campaign should be run by consultants,” Caddell said. “They should be run by people who are committed to the candidate and not into making big money.” Caddell said “Republicans never attempted to put a frame around the national election” because “the people who run the messaging in the Republican party and their consultants refused to do it.” Caddell, the former...
  • Romney’s campaign consultants were incompetent, in it for the money

    11/10/2012 8:12:14 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | November 10 2012 | Doug Brady
    In too many posts to count, I’ve argued that the reason Romney was the overwhelming choice of the Washington campaign consultant class since the day after McCain lost in 2008 was that he was their dream candidate. He possessed the two qualities most prized by this insular population of political parasites who occupy the D.C. beltway: An enormous amount of money and an equally enormous dearth of core convictions. For this reason, they correctly recognized Romney as someone who could easily be fleeced for a virtually limitless amount of money. He’d shower them with tens of millions of dollars in return for their sage “advice” on...
  • GOP Consultants Palin on Paul Ryan

    08/15/2012 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Bratch · 7 replies
    RedState ^ | August 15, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    Palin (verb w obj.) pay • lîn To pile on a Vice Presidential nominee and blame him/her for defeat so political consultants do not have to accept any responsibility. There have been a number of stories out over the past few days from Republican political consultants on background claiming the GOP is now screwed because Paul Ryan is the Vice Presidential nominee.There is an underlying kernel of truth in their concerns. For seventy-two hours now, the GOP has talked about Medicare, not the failing economy. Several of the consultants I have talked to express a deep concern, based on...
  • Clarice's Pieces: Some Things about Politics I Don't Understand

    12/05/2010 2:42:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    I have lived in Washington for over forty years. Between us, my husband and I have worked for the federal government, in private practice, in the House, in the Senate, and for nonprofits. In those years, we've learned a fair amount about the workings of this city. But there are some things I never will understand. The first of these is the utility of relying on political consultants. I am sure there must be some good ones, but I seem never to have met them. The ones I have met seem to be largely glad-handlers, purveyors of conventional pieties,...
  • Some Things About Politics I Don't Understand

    12/05/2010 6:36:13 AM PST · by the Real fifi · 2 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | 12/5/10 | Clarice Feldman
    The first of these [things about politics I don't understand] is the utility of relying on political consultants. I am sure there must be some good ones, but I seem never to have met them. The ones I have met seem to be largely glad-handlers, purveyors of conventional pieties, people who make a fair hunk of change getting others to work, and people who are not terribly smart operators except at self-promotion.
  • Brown Won -- and Whitman Lost Big

    11/04/2010 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    At his post-victory news conference Wednesday morning, Governor elect Jerry Brown showed why he won the election with a million votes to spare. He's steeped in the issues, he listens to what is happening on the ground, and he's not afraid to mix it up. Now, I don't agree with Brown on a number of issues. But in the course of the campaign, I rarely got the feeling that Meg Whitman was listening to anyone other than her consultants or that she was even curious. California needs a strong governor; Whitman showed them a wind-up doll. Worse, the former eBay...
  • The Ice (Republican) Age Cometh

    06/12/2009 1:35:01 PM PDT · by Bratch · 40 replies · 1,315+ views
    Time ^ | Monday, Jun. 22, 2009 | Mike Murphy
    Despairing Republican friends have been asking me what I think we should do to rebuild the GOP and begin our certain and inevitable comeback. My answer disappoints them: "Build an ark." I say this because I've made a career out of counting votes, and the numbers tell a clear story; the demographics of America are changing in a way that is deadly for the Republican Party as it exists today. A GOP ice age is on the way. Demographic change is irritating to politicos, since it works on elections much as rigged dice do on a Las Vegas craps table:...
  • US ropes in Pak security experts, India jittery

    11/07/2008 5:06:50 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 5 replies · 535+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 8 Nov 2008, 0404 hrs IST
    NEW DELHI: As new US Centcom commander General David Petraeus begins a strategy security review in Tampa, Florida, the presence of two security analysts from Pakistan as consultants have raised eyebrows here. Ahmed Rashid, an acknowledged authority on the Taliban and Afghanistan, and Shuja Nawaz, author of a book on the Pakistan army, have been named "consultants" at the classified review starting in Florida this weekend. The aim is to review the war plans in Afghanistan and Iraq as the Barack Obama administration considers the wisdom of a troop surge in Afghanistan. About 100 military specialists, known as the Joint...
  • Consulting, and a bit of politics( A problem with Mitt )

    01/06/2008 6:27:40 AM PST · by Leisler · 5 replies · 115+ views
    Chicago Boyz ^ | January 5, 2008 | Carl
    Over at LITGM we all have political beliefs but we generally don’t talk about politics unless we have something unique to say because, well, it’s already “done to death” elsewhere. With Mitt Romney, however, I do have an insight. The Wall Street Journal recently described Romney as “a 60 year old uber-management consultant” who also has an investment management background. Unlike the detailed machinations of politics, management consulting and investment banking is something that I know stone-cold. And while Mr. Romney was caught flat-footed that his well funded and organized campaign was beaten by Mike Huckabee in the state of...
  • Why Doesn't Carlson Dare Name Dem Consultants Who Call Republicans Racist?

    09/27/2007 7:30:40 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 109+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On this afternoon's "Tucker," the eponymous host was discussing with Dem strategist Peter Fenn and former Dem congressman Tom Andrews [a grown-up among liberals, IMHO] the unwillingness of the leading GOP presidential contenders to participate in the debate moderated by Tavis Smiley, billed as addressing issues of concern to black Americans. On the one hand, Carlson criticized the Republicans' reticence. On the other, he flashed anger at the way Dems play the race card. He concluded with a particularly tantalizing comment.View video here.TUCKER CARLSON: I do think the Democrats ought to stop calling everybody who disagrees with them racists. I...
  • Ł7million Spent on Consultants Who Advise Civil Servants to Put 'Black Tape on Desks'

    01/07/2007 2:07:36 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 58 replies · 1,426+ views
    This Is London ^ | 1/4/2007 | This Is London
    Black tape has been put on the desks of civil servants to show them where to put their pens as part of a Ł7m Government 'efficiency' drive. It is the latest idea from consultants being paid to come up with so-called innovative ideas to improve the working environment of public sector staff. The tape is also used to mark out exactly where the computer keyboard should be placed, as well telephones. Previous novel thinking by the consultants included a desk ban on family photographs - along with any 'inactive fruit'. Staff representatives described the idea, which is being piloted by...
  • Roads to riches (Paved with bad projections)

    06/05/2006 2:02:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 291+ views
    Denver Post ^ | May 28, 2006 | Chuck Plunkett
    As Colorado, other states and federal officials increasingly look to toll roads to spur growth or clear clogged highways, a review of 23 new turnpikes nationwide shows that a clear majority are failing to meet revenue projections to justify their costs. Even with adjustments for the break-in period in the opening years, 86 percent of new toll roads in eight states failed to meet expectations in their first full year. By year three, 75 percent - 15 of the 20 that have been open that long - remained poor performers. Despite that history of flawed forecasts, Colorado officials are promoting...
  • Schwarzenegger Campaign Hires Former Bush Media Consultants

    03/27/2006 4:32:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 273+ views
    AP on nbc4 ^ | 3/27/06 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign has hired two media consultants who helped President Bush win a second term in 2004. Alex Castellanos, a prominent Republican ad-maker in Arlington, Va., heads National Media. Fred Davis III, of Los Angeles, heads Strategic Perception. Both were part of the team that created the Bush campaign commercials portraying Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, as a waffling, Washington insider. The two are the latest in a string of former Bush aides hired by Schwarzenegger. His lead strategist is Matthew Dowd, who ran most aspects of Bush's re-election campaign. Schwarzenegger's campaign manager...
  • Leadership Problems Plague Steele in Maryland

    02/18/2006 9:07:29 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 21 replies · 809+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Lewis, Matt
    Leadership Problems Plague Steele in Md. by Matt Lewis Posted Feb 18, 2006 It seems the wheels are coming off of Lt. Governor Michael Steele's U.S. Senate campaign. In the past couple of weeks, he has lost his campaign manager and his communications director. Steele, the African-American Republican Lt. Governor of Maryland, represents one of the few chances Republicans have of picking up a formerly Democrat Senate seat. Additionally, several pundits have speculated that his election, along with Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania and Ken Blackwell in Ohio, would be a major step forward in terms of attracting blacks to the...
  • AP: Frist AIDS Charity Paid Consultants

    12/17/2005 12:12:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 489+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/05 | Jonathan M. Katz and John Solomon - ap
    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful's nonprofit. The returns for World of Hope Inc., obtained by The Associated Press, also show the charity raised the lion's share of its $4.4 million from just 18 sources. They gave between $97,950 and $267,735 each to help fund Frist's efforts to fight AIDS. The tax forms, filed nine months after they were first due, do not identify the 18 major donors by...
  • CA: Work on pension fund mess hits snag - Consultants say they need until mid-March

    10/26/2005 9:45:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 179+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/26/05 | Jennifer Vigil and Ronald W. Powell
    Consultants trying to unravel the issues surrounding San Diego's tangled finances told city officials yesterday that their work will take until at least mid-March to complete, three months later than their recent estimate. The development adds to the uncertainty the city faces over its fiscal condition and is likely to further delay the release of long-overdue financial statements that are needed for San Diego to re-enter the municipal bond market. KPMG, the accounting firm conducting the 2003 audit, has predicted that it will take at least a month to issue the statements after Kroll Inc., the firm handling the investigation,...
  • Another Look at Outsourcing (Vanity)

    08/14/2005 10:04:04 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies · 2,314+ views
    grey_whiskers | 8-14-2005 | grey_whiskers
    Many articles have been written about the phenomenon of “outsourcing”—the practice of sending work needed within a company to be performed outside of the company. More recently, the word has become synonymous with “offshoring”—the practice of sending the work to be done by lower-paid workers overseas, often in third-world or emerging countries such as Mexico, China, and India. These phenomena have been going on for some time—one of the first industries to be moved outside of the United States has been textiles. Indeed, while garment manufacturing was first sent to low-cost locales, there was some outcry over the growth of...
  • The Gop's Star Behind The Star - Bob White Gets Things Done--Just Don't Call Him A Lobbyist

    05/20/2005 6:21:51 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 1,749+ views
    Monterey County Herald ^ | May. 20, 2005 | Dion Nissenbaum
    SACRAMENTO - California's capital is packed with more than 1,000 lobbyists, but when people want to make something happen in Sacramento, they often turn instead to Bob White, a genial Republican maestro who helped elect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. White has an advantage lobbyists don't. While registered influence peddlers must reveal whom they work for, White calls himself a strategist who doesn't directly push for changes in state policy. That legal distinction allows White to conceal who his corporate clients are, even though he and members of his consulting firm, California Strategies, go to bat for them by exploiting a loophole...
  • CA: Documents show Shelley aides told about consultants' activities

    09/25/2004 8:41:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 9/25/04 | AP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO - Top deputies to Secretary of State Kevin Shelley were informed that consultants hired to do nonpartisan voter education work were attending Democratic events on his behalf and attempting to boost his public image, according to documents obtained by a newspaper. Memos titled "Week-Ahead Reports" show that top officials in Shelley's office were routinely informed of the contractors' upcoming schedules and plans, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. A "Democratic Club" luncheon and efforts to "get exposure for KS (Kevin Shelley) in Southern California" were among activities mentioned in the memos. The newspaper's report is the latest revelation in...
  • California Recall Race Produces Boom Times for Handlers

    09/07/2003 5:27:40 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies · 187+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 7, 2003 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    California Recall Race Produces Boom Times for Handlers By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 — Dan Schnur, Rob Stutzman and Mark Bogetich are partners in a Republican consulting firm in Sacramento. But the recall election has divided them, at least through the vote. Mr. Schnur is the campaign manager for Peter V. Ueberroth, an independent candidate for governor, while Mr. Stutzman and Mr. Bogetich have both signed on with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor-turned-Republican-candidate. "We've strung up some barbed wire down the middle of the office, so things are working just fine," Mr. Schnur said. The California recall election...
  • Landrieu, consultant part ways

    11/08/2002 6:17:09 AM PST · by randita · 7 replies · 221+ views
    Baton Rouge Advocate ^ | 11/8/02 | MARSHA SHULER
         Landrieu, consultant part ways Foster mum on Terrell By MARSHA SHULER mshuler@theadvocate.com Capitol news bureau Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu parted ways with her longtime political consultant Thursday as she faces a bruising political fight against re-election opponent Republican Suzanne Terrell. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Mike Foster shied away from an endorsement of Terrell, the state's elections commissioner, upset with what he called Terrell's "cesspool" campaign. Landrieu downplayed consultant Ray Strother's departure. "There was a difference. I wanted to strengthen our message, what we have done for Louisiana and want to bring to the state," Landrieu...
  • Carville Meets The Labor Party

    04/03/2002 7:24:57 AM PST · by johnqueuepublic · 9 replies · 250+ views
    PipeBombNews.com ^ | April2, 2002 | William A. Mayer Jr.
    ~ Carville Meets The Labor Party ~ By William A. Mayer - Editor & Publisher April 3, 2002 During the 1999 Israeli election cycle, Democrat Party plotters James Carville, Stanley Greenberg and Bob Shrum created the Labor Party candidacy of Ehud Barak. They did so at the behest of Bill Clinton who was in search of a legacy aside from Monica. The thinking was that if he could control the Israeli presidency they could also push Israel into the arms of Arafat, achieving a positive place in history - possibly even securing the Nobel Peace prize as icing on the...
  • FPPC fines agency over late filings : (California Powergate )

    03/15/2002 6:02:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 418+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 15, 2002 | Gary Delsohn
    <p>A state agency -- not the individuals working for it -- was fined $69,500 Thursday for filing late potential conflict-of-interest statements during last year's electricity crisis.</p> <p>In a decision Secretary of State Bill Jones called "an outrage and an affront to the taxpayers," the California Fair Political Practices Commission levied its first-ever fine against another state agency -- the Department of Water Resources -- for violating the state's Political Reform Act.</p>