So which stories / topics / issues have drawn your attention?
Still awaiting word on whether dozens - or hundreds - of Delaware drug cases are thrown out because of the evidence-tampering and theft scandal in the state's drug testing lab. Delaware prosecutors Thursday dropped charges against a man accused of dealing heroin following testimony about evidence-tampering.
Difficult to believe... Delaware state Treasurer Chip Flowers shocked the First State a week ago with his announcement that he would not seek re-election, and would give up politics for a new life in Massachusetts. But Celia Cohen reports on her DELAWARE GRAPEVINE blog that Chip Flowers has YET to officially withdraw his candidacy. Then came word that he would post-date his withdrawal for next week. It would not be effective until August 28th at 4 p.m., according to state Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove. According to DELAWARE GRAPEVINE, Manlove asked Flowers to explain his reasoning for the postponement, and he said he was working to restore his reputation before his official withdrawal. Huh? Peoples' attitudes about Flowers are going to change within the space of a week? Fat chance! And incredibly, when Manlove tried to explain to Flowers the difficulty of fixing the ballots on all those voting machines - or even posting little cards - her appeal fell on deaf ears. And that restores his reputation?
Ferguson, Missouri, seems to be quieting down. But you never know if some spark could ignite it all over.
Fascinating factoid from The ECONOMIST:
"The shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians - innocent or guilty - are far more likely to be shot by police in America than in any other rich country. In 2012, according to data compiled by the F.B.I., 410 Americans were 'justifiably' killed by police -- 409 with guns. That figure may well be an underestimate. Not only is it limited to the number of people who were shot while committing a crime, but also, amazingly, reporting the data is voluntary.
Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012, the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain's population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014, the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales' 43 forces during the same period..."
Ponder the above for a moment. Of course, the U.K. tightly restricts guns. And here in the U.S., cops get killed too: 30 officers were fatally shot in 2013.
President Obama - whose opposition to the Iraq war drew many votes away from Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries & caucuses - now appears to be escalating the U.S. involvement in Iraq.
But the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL, take your pick) has emerged as a looming threat, in the eyes of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The defense secretary called the threat posed by the Islamic State "beyond anything we've seen," potentially more threatening than al-Qaeda.
ISIS/ISIL may not be able to orchestrate an attack on U.S. soil at this moment, but analysts fear that could change if thousands of Islamic State militants with Western passports eventually return to their respective countries. The beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley may have crystallized the resolve against the Islamic State.
It turns out ISIS/ISIL sought the release of the MIT-educated neuroscientist known as "Lady al-Qaeda" - Aafia Siddiqui - for James Foley. But the Obama Administration refused to deal. No release of the mother-of-three. No $132 million ransom.
Yet battling ISIS/ISIL means being on the same side as the Assad regime in Syria; on the same side as the Iranians. Indeed, the former head of the British Army, General Lord Dannatt, declared the West must cooperate with the Syrian dictator to defeat ISIS/ISIL.
Nationally syndicated conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer actually crafted a column offering some praise to President Obama's efforts in Iraq:
STOPPING the WORST PEOPLE on EARTH
"Baghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.
They did. He responded.
With the support of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan.
In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: The effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the vulnerability of the Islamic State and, crucially, his own seriousness, however tentative.
The last of these is the most important. Obama had said that there is no American military solution to the conflict. This may be true, but there is a local military solution. (There must be: There is no negotiating with Islamic State barbarism.) And that solution requires U.S. air support..."
New research in The JOURNAL of MEDICAL ETHICS: The number of tourists traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide (which is technically different from euthanasia) has doubled over the past four years. The median age: 69. More than half of those tourists, 58.5%, were women.
Posted at 8:24am on August 22, 2014 by Allan Loudell
In our nation, when a policeman wants to stop a criminal, he says: stop, or I'll shoot.
In England, they say: stop... or I'll say stop again...
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 1:28pm
Kavips: The way I've heard it said, when an American cop wants to stop a alleged criminal, he or she would say, "stop or I'll fire a warning shot between your shoulder blades."
So what about the argument the TEA folks often cite against gun control saying that then, only the criminals would have guns?
There's serious gun control in England, so that begs the question... don't criminals in England use guns? When they rob banks, convenience stores, or people what do they use, a cricket bat?
I believe Canada has a far lower rate of gun violence than the U.S. also. So maybe there's a cultural thing in our society that is markedly different from Britain, Canada, and probably Australia.
Is American society just inherently more violent?
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 3:18pm
I'll answer even before kavips, Mike.
To your final question, the answer is an emphatic "yes".
It goes back to the way the United States became a country, and evolved as a country... the Wild Wild West and so on.
To respond to your earlier point, one medium-sized U.S. city can have more fatal shootings in a given year than the ENTIRE country of Canada -- across seven time zones!
I fear there is no solution.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 5:55pm
I can't argue with any of the discussion so far. I would however remind you that the root cause is simple: The nation as a whole has turned its back on God, especially in the institutions of both lower and higher learning.
Thank you Madeline O'Hair and Earl Warren. And thank you Thurgood Marshall for the slaughter of 55,772,015 unborn children since 1973.
Human life is no longer valuable - unless of course you're a convicted murderer. To hell with the victims and their families.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 6:03pm
Oh, and thank you Obama for keeping the flames of hatred burning in America. What a legacy!
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 7:54am
I don't know why I didn't think of this yesterday, but I have the real reason for the demise of AM radio. You can't blame right-wing talk radio because as many seem to have forgotten that it was talk radio, led by Rush Limbaugh, that provided the impetus for the revival of AM. It was floundering then, and had it not been for Rush, Hannity, Beck, or whoever else you want to castigate, AM would have been totally off the air by the turn of the 21st century.
What's happening today is that the left-wing propaganda machine, led by the dictator Obama and the liberal drive-by media, has had some success in turning younger people (and a few older ones like Mike from Delaware) against these great pioneers as well as creating revisionist history about Ronald Reagan and the success of America in the 80's and now the shameless effort to paint the very founding of America as imperialistic and racist. Few of us who lived those years have been swayed by this relentless campaign of lies and deceit by the left. Sorry, but you have Rush Limbaugh and right-wing talk radio to thank that AM is still on the air today.
Another factor which makes the demise of virtually all conventional radio formats is the internet along with satellite and HD radio. As the popularity of computers and smart phones continues to march on, and as these mediums become less and less expensive, there's no longer a need for on-the-air radio, which is limited in its geographic range and scope. No longer are we restricted to the community radio station because we can tune in to stations around the world. For example, I used to tune in every night to WJBR or EZ-101 back when they had the easy listening format for music to sleep by. By the early 90's, that format had also disappeared but survived in a handful of places around the globe. So now with the advent of audio streaming, I once again enjoy easy listening on KAHM in Prescott, Arizona.
The bottom line is that we're in a technological revolution much like the industrial revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, except changes and update are happening much faster than then.
So I promise you, the people you don't agree with will always be heard somewhere, and with computers and smartphones replacing radios, they'll just be heard in a lot more places by a lot more people. So go ahead Obama and the drive-by media, make my day.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 8:40am
mrpizza, the old beautiful format is also alive and well on line at Live365. Several stations to choose from.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 9:20am
Pizza, one rather gaping hole in your argument is that there is no real left-of-center anymore. There are the radical conservative right, which you vociferously represent, and there is everyone else. A radical left, or person considered left at all, would be someone supporting Marxism, Maoism, Leninism, Stalanism, or Castro-ism. I fail to see anyone doing that at all.
What you call "left" is simply anyone who disagrees with your radical "right" point-of-view.
If you decry (as you regularly do) against enemies that are completely imaginary, that sets you up for coming across as being comopletely "delusional"...
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 9:36am
I posted this under the radio discussion, but as everyone migrated here, I'll re-post and Allan can remove it from the other thread if he chooses.
Mrpizza: You might find this of interest as might JimH.
This is a podcast from Lutheran Public Radio's talk/interview show "Issues,Etc."
The topic is what is driving CCM music and they do discuss the radio business [especially Christian radio]. Very interesting.
One thing that definitely changed from when I worked weekends at 101.7 WNNN-FM, today Urban station WJKS. Anyhow, when I was there the record labels for the CCM artists were Christian companies like Myrrh Records and Word Records. Later these were bought out by "secular" companies, so today's CCM records are being produced by the same companies that produce Madonna's, Miley Cyrus, and Rap "music".
This is an interesting inside radio program and the recording industry look at how today's CCM music is being picked for your local CCM station. You'll also learn who Becky is. Would enjoy hearing your thoughts Mrpizza after hearing this. Enjoy.
Mike, after years of looking at this problem, and particularly after looking at it in depth after Sandy Hook's shootings, the obvious answer seems to be accountability.
Getting guns off the streets is not going to happen, and in rural areas of which America has a great expanse, actually SHOULD NEVER happen... due to the right of self-protection.
Therefore the obvious answer over long term is to hold people accountable, so they know that if their guns are misused, it will cause them to be punished. That makes people far more careful which is the whole philosophy behind accountability, not necessarily punishing the violators.
If every gun is registered. then you have a reason and ability to determined which guns are legal and which are not. You have the ability in every murder to go to the registered owner and say, how did your gun kill this person, which would certainly help following up leads in a lot of John/Jane Doe killings.
The problems floating behind the registering, is the absurd fear that someone will show up and confiscate your guns once knowing what you have. After all, we already have the legal right to do so if one has been legally declared insane. This insanity clause on the books right now would cut down on several mass murders, if we previously knew certain people had guns, or if had they been checked for a registration prior to buying, we would have certainly known they shouldn't ever be given a gun in the first place.... No one checked because there is no method to do so.
As with any bureaucracy, there will be grumblers. In this case, it is a minority of people who seem to have a sway over more politicians than should be legally allowed. That over time can be worn down...
Their argument is no different than us who complaining that cars should not be registered, that one shouldn't have to pay for a drivers license, that seat belt wearing should not be mandated, that vehicle insurance should not be mandated, that limits on alcohol inbibing should not be set for drivers, that hand use of cell phones while driving should not be allowed... all of which now are common sense applications of the imposition against the free rights of will of individuals, which today, we take for granted as must-haves...
Some things we just do because for most of us, they just make sense...
If you want to own a gun, you simply have to register it. give the FBI a fired bullet for identification purposes, and file appropriate paperwork in a timely fashion. If you have an illegal gun, just as if you had illegal whiskey (moonshine or store bought), illegal cigarettes, illegal prescription drugs, you would have violated society's rules and undergo society's punishment...
The illegal gun market doesn't disappear. (But it gives cops something something else to go after so they don't get fired in the cutbacks occuring soon when we make marijuana legal....) Go after illegal guns instead.
But first we have to make a determination of what is legal and what is not. Which is why eventually we will register all guns... It is as inevitable as we all knew that back in the 60's, tobacco would eventually get sued for causing cancer. The NRA can delay, but they can't win. It just is inevitable even if they can't see it. The sad thing is postponing that inevitability, could cost you your spouse, child, or grandchild who might have lived a long life and prospered, if common sense had beaten back the frenzied rantings of the obsessed.
The short answer to Mike's question is it might take awhile, but we will get there.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:06am
Mrpizza: You are correct. Rush and his new talk format did revive or reinvent AM radio. Now 25+ years later AM radio needs to reinvent itself as it has done many times during its life [1922 - the Present]. That's the point. It's not political, but programming gets stale on both radio and TV.
NPR stations, in some large markets like Philly, quite often better numbers than any of the Philly talkers other than Sports Talk WIP-FM. So yes WHYY-FM gets generally better numbers looking at the 12+ numbers available to the public than the station that carries Rush in Philly. Why, yes sometimes NPR talk shows discuss politics leaning left, but more often than not they are topical shows that are very interesting.
WDDE 91.1 from Dover [can listen online]yep Delaware has its own NPR station. They offer much of the same programming as Philly's WHYY-FM 90.9 or online. There's one program WDDE offers that WHYY doesn't, On Point from WBUR Boston. Great talk/interview show. Radio Times on WHYY-FM also a great talk/interview show when discussing national issues [I'm not particularly interested in the local Philly issues they sometimes discuss]. The point though is you can pull in a solid listener base by NOT doing ONLY political talk. My guess is WHYY-FM also gets a pretty good listener base here in Wilmington too. So not all talk radio or spoken format audience wants extreme right wing or left wing talk. That's the point. So AM radio needs to reinvent itself with a new talk format.
Sports/Talk formats have come along and some are getting decent ratings, as I mentioned Philly's WIP-FM [Philly centric sports talk]. Also there are popping up all over the nation AM and FM stations that carry Sportstalk, CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and ESPN Radio beam their programming all over the nation [all three can be heard locally here, 2 on AM radio and the third on FM]. When I want something different I tune in to some of these SportsTalk stations. They generally appeal to young males [a prized demo for advertisers]. Sadly the FM versions get higher ratings as the young folks tend to prefer FM over AM, but the point is in markets where an FM sports talker isn't available the AM carrying such programming would probably pull in a decent audience [a disadvantage for an AM station in a large metro area like Wilmington/Philly lots of choices, many of which are on FM].
I'm surprised that one of the radio networks hasn't tried offering one of those female talk shows like the View on radio so that women at work could listen too or an Ophra type show on the radio. ABC Radio could easily simulcast the View on ABC Radio. My guess is, they would get a decent female audience at work or out and about in their SUV shuttling kids around tuning in as they're not able to watch the show on TV.
The point is AM radio needs to be creative again and come up with the next big thing. Rush's time has past, just as Arthur Godfrey, who during his peak in the early 1950's had two TV shows on CBS-TV and a show on CBS-Radio. He was a busy dude doing three shows per day. His time eventually passed also, just as Rush's has.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:09am
Kavips: Well said.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:44am
Kavips: I second MFD's "well said" about your gun accountability post. As for your "left of center" post, you're still blind to the fact that your "greatest president in our lifetimes" is radical left and believes firmly in all the "isms" that you listed and then some. But just as Rush's time has passed, so has Obama's. He's headed for the land of obscurity very soon.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 3:56pm
MFD: I can't find anything to disagree with Warren Cole Smith about but can only add my own perspective to it. I can't speak for other churches, but Word of Life's worship team does play some stuff from the radio, but it's mostly Rebecca St. James and Chris Tomlin, which are specifically songs of worship to begin with. Off the top of my head, I think of "Breathe" and "White Flag". Back in the old days, contemporary Christian music and praise and worship music were parallel universes. In the 70's and 80's, you had Phil Keaggy, Honeytree, Larry Norman, Scott Wesley Brown, etc. on the radio and then you had Maranatha Music and Integrity Hosanna which were promoted by direct introduction to churches and then sold in recorded forms in bookstores alongside the CCM and through mail order. Today, there's been somewhat of a merging of the two where artists are recording scripture worship songs more than they used to. Now I've never had a coincidence where I heard a song on the radio on the way to church and then I get to church and the worship team is playing the same song, but his point is still well taken. The other side to that coin is that many worship songs that started in churches have later ended up on the radio. I can also think of several contemporary Christian songs that Integrity gave a second life to, such as Twila Paris's "Praise Him" and "We Will Glorify", and Leon Patillo's "Sing Unto the Lord" and "Cornerstone (I lay in Zion, etc.). Today, I find very little I hear on Christian radio that I would want to sing in a P & W service. Not that they're bad songs, but they're just not the right kind, so it may be a bit of a stretch to say that "Becky" is controlling what we sing in our churches.
I find the fact that 40% of CCM listeners are not Christians
to be a good thing as it's an indicator that people are being reached through the medium. Back in the 70's, the Baptists were decrying it as the "devil's music" and "spiritual junk food", but in retrospect I like most of it better than today's, probably because of the simplicity and naive' innocence that no longer exists today. The early recordings were low-budget and not always theologically accurate, but were played and sung well from a true heart after God. However, music morphs much the same way radio formats morph as we previously discussed above, and whatever it takes to reach people is what's needed. The down side to the old days is that Christian music was mostly a ministry to Christians and the 40% is the demographic we definitely want to target.
I do find it disheartening about all these artists he named coming out as gay, not because they came clean about their sin, but the acceptance along with the rest of society that it's not really sin and that God actually made them that way, etc. If they were coming out in repentance I'd be celebrating, but this is just another sign that we live in the age of apostasy, and it will actually be the apostate church that ushers in the antichrist. Now will those gay artists go to heaven? Well, I don't know. I hope they do, but all the scriptures on sexual sin are much harsher than on any other subject, so while I'm not saved by works, I think that's the one area I need to be pure in first and foremost, and I'm certainly not going to give God credit for what I know for sure is from the devil.
Finally, as to the Rich Mullins conversation with the fan, I would say that believers, myself included, tend to get caught in the feelings trap. I don't always feel the holy spirit, but I know it's always there. I don't always feel saved, but by faith I am. Manifestation is rarely in the form of a sheet rolling out of the sky and Jesus appearing like a big blinding light, or as Barry McGuire put it, a "Cosmic Cowboy".
Hey, the bumper music at the end was pretty cool, too.
Mike from Delaware
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 12:00am
Mrpizza: thanks for taking the time to listen to the broadcast. Good comments, well said thank you.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 11:53am
MFD: Do you remember the album "Instrumental Appetite" by Keith Thomas from 1983? It wasn't a big seller, but for whatever reason it's always been one of my most listened to. You may recall on the front cover there's a dish of pudding with piano keys on top and then on the back they show it again after somebody took a bite out of it. Anyway, I was tickled pink recently when I found a copy of the LP on Ebay for a reasonable price (some sellers want $30 and up), mine was $14 including shipping, and to my surprise when I received it, it was brand new still in the factory shrinkwrap! Part of the significance of that was that WNNN was the first and only radio station where I heard it played, and I believe Steve Hughes was the DJ at the time.
Here's the cut that sold me on it:
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 12:02pm
A few weeks back, I was asked what about those Christians in Iraq that are being targeted and killed by extremists, and I said those of us who preach the "prosperity gospel" are doing something about it. I said this was something the devil was doing and I guess I should have clarified that we're doing something about the devil by praying for and helping these poor folks. Anyway, I'd like to present to everyone, whether you're Christian, agnostic, atheist, or whatever, an opportunity to give of your finances towards helping Iraqi refugees. I've been associated with this organization, Global Aid Network, for nearly two decades as a volunteer, and have also traveled on the mission field with them, so I know them to be of good reputation. They're not affiliated with Copeland or any other TV preachers, but rather Josh McDowell and Campus Crusade for Christ. So here's the link for anyone who would like to give to help Iraqi refugees:
Mike from Delaware
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 4:03pm
Mrpizza: I don't remember the song, but enjoyed listening to it just now.
Here is the instrumental piece I used to close my show with each week. I'd talk over it offering a scripture and a mini-devotional thought as I'd sign off. Dino and Ralph Carmichael and his Orchestra from 1974, "Pass It On".
I first heard this song on WNNN before I worked there when the station played this sort of music before CCM was popular [Anita Bryant, Cathedral Quartet, Dino, Ralph Carmichael's Orchestra, David Rose's Orchestra, all sorts of vocalists, etc] it was a Christian Easy Listening station. The day I heard this, the DJ didn't say who did the piece. I spent a couple of hours at the Light House Bookstore going through each and every instrumental version I could find there of Pass It On [they had demo records they'd play for you]. I was so excited to find this. I liked this arrangement so much that I used it as my closing theme on my radio show. This is still my favorite version.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 7:41pm
Wow! That version of "Pass it On" is AMAZING! Dino sounds just like Peter Nero there. I notice it's on Light Records, which was Ralph Carmichael's own label where he did several albums with Richard Roberts and the World Action Singers when he was Oral Roberts' music director, and it was where Andre' Crouch recorded all his old records and was also the first label for Jamie Owens-Collins.
About 25 or so years ago, I was in the choir for the "Handel's Young Messiah" musical when it played in Philadelphia, and Ralph was the music director for that, and there were some artists involved including Sandi Patti, Sheila Walsh, Wayne Watson and I think Larnelle Harris was there too.
So did you know Steve Hughes or was he before your time?
While we're on the subject of RC, here's a jazzed up version of his other most well known song. You can find it on the CD "Strike Up the Band":
And for my final offering, here's the entire "Instrumental Appetite" album on grooveshark.com:
Oh by the way, you probably already know this, but I just remembered "Pass it On" was written by Kurt Kaiser.
Mike from Delaware
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 8:50pm
I heard the Kurt Kaiser version was very disappointed.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 8:31am
Above where someone mentioned they were disappointed several artists had come out gay, reminded me of a recent discussion on gay marriage where the person said, "If we could know for certain that it was biological, and that it was not a issue of choice, then I could go along with gay marriage, because they would have no control over it..." He continued he couldn't see it that way; it had to be a choice....
I said that was so. It was genetic and there was nothing they could do, except either go with, or go against, what their body was telling them they should do... I don't know if you watch old movies but if you do, it is very apparent to us looking back through time, that there were a lot of gays in Hollywood back in the 30's thru 60's... Since no one knew they were gay, and gays had to stay hidden back then, people thought that very people were gay, and therefore had to be by choice... But it is obvious since mannerisms and facial features are genetic as well, to see that at least in Hollywood, quite a large number of people were gay, and worked right under everyone's nose.
Mike from Delaware
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:18am
Kavips: What I believe on the homosexual thing is, we live in a fallen world [after Adam and Eve's sin and getting thrown out of the Garden of Eden]. Prior, no sin, no imperfections, etc. After the fall, with sin in the world, imperfections such as birth defects, some genetic [Autism, Down's Syndrome, Physical and Mental handicaps, Type 1 Diabetes in kids, etc, and yes, Homosexuality]. I believe what triggers homosexuality is genetic as science seems to be showing more and more, so the individual has no control over that anymore than an autistic kid chooses to be autistic.
As Galileo said, Scripture is always correct; our understanding / interpreting it may change as we learn and grow [thus where Science and the Bible can work together, the Bible tells us how to get to heaven and science tells us how the heavens work].
So what I believe the Bible means when it says homosexuality is a sin is the act, not the being homosexual. If people can no control whether or not they're homosexual that can't be a sin, but whether or not they act on that homosexuality is something else. That is what I believe is the sin Scripture speaks of, not a person being homosexual.
Doing Homosexual acts is a sin like gossip, stealing, coveting, gluttony, etc., etc. To God, sin is sin. We in "The Church" should be welcoming homosexuals as we would anyone else. God does the saving, He does the healing or changing of a person, God does the forgiving, and God does the judging, not us. We ALL are sinners saved by God's grace, love, and forgiveness.
It doesn't mean we should say acting on homosexuality is a fine alternative lifestyle; that would be an error, because acting on it is a sin, but being a homosexual is not a sin, based on my understanding / interpreting of Holy Scripture, is a major difference. So we need to separate the two.
I realize not all Christians or homosexuals will agree with my interpretation of Scripture, but as we all see through smoked-colored glass; none of us will have all the answers until Jesus comes - the Last Judgment.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:05am
Do you contribute to political campaigns?
An interesting article by Tom Dougherty at Practical Politicking about how much Tea Party PAC money is actually spent on campaigns, and how much is eaten up by fundraising and administrative expenses.
For example he looked at Sarah Palin's "SARAH PAC" and found that only about 5% of her donations were spent on contributions to political campaigns. The rest went to consultants, plane travel, postage. From donations of over 2 million dollars, only $100,000 or so went to political campaigns. My analysis shows $90,000 for speechwriters, $400,000 for postage, $90,000 for "part-time clerical" help in Wasilla. One consultant, Timothy crawford, was paid $233,000 for "Fundraising Compliance" and two groups were paid $300,000 for logistics. This was for an 18-month period.
All this information is freely available from the Federal Election Commission. You can download all the information into a spreadsheet for easy analysis. You can search for your favorite groups here:
Just for fun I checked the PAC established by Delaware's favorite non-witch, Christine O'Donnell ("CHRISTINEPAC"). From January 2013 through June 2014 the PAC spent $115,000 dollars on Federal Operating Expenses, of which $25,000 was for a public relations consultant, $22,000 was for rent, and $18,000 was for taxes on the PAC. Her entire contributions were only $3800, while she spend $32,000 on her own taxes. I checked out her web page, and nowhere in her mission statement did she say that she will use your contribution to pay her back taxes.
Dougherty's article is here, and his analysis of a particular PAC, The Tea Party Express:
And, to be fair, I'm sure if you looked at liberal or libertarian PACs, you would find the same thing. All your contributions are feeding these guys' lifestyle. They all use the same consultants, web designers, mass-mailing clearinghouses, etc.
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