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GeorgiaWatchdogs.com to address RICO Hearing concerning AG Sam Olens

PV, September 20th, 2014

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sabrina Smith – 770-572-5888 | SabrinaWorks247@hotmail.com

John Hunter – 770-492-4298 | Info@GeorgiaWatchdogs.com

MEDIA ADVISORY PRESS CONFERENCE:
RICO Lawsuits Against Georgia Attorney General

WHO: Georgia Watchdogs, a diverse group committed to providing a non-partisan resource for Georgia residents who want to learn more about their public officials and government agencies.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2014, 8:45 AM

WHERE:

DeKalb County Courthouse
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030-3306

(Decatur, GA) Georgia Watchdogs, a consortium of open government, taxpayer and education advocates, is holding a press conference prior to the hearing in Judge Daniel Coursey’s Dekalb courtroom for one of the RICO lawsuits filed against Georgia’s Attorney General and the Board of Regents. The press conference is scheduled for 8:45 AM, just prior to the hearing that starts at 9:30.

RICO lawsuits have been filed against the Attorney General and Board of Regents alleging criminal behavior. The lawsuits claim the defendants engaged in a pattern of illegal activity under the RICO statute, including acts of evidence tampering, identity theft, identity fraud, false statements to state agencies, perjury, subornation of perjury, mail fraud and wire fraud.

Here is an excerpt from one such case: Benedek-Complaint—FULTON-State-amended-AG-RICO

What was the response of the Attorney General to these criminal allegations? The Attorney General’s court filings do not dispute facts in the complaints but request that the court dismiss the complaints because public employees are immune from civil lawsuits.

The Attorney General’s office lost the Ethics Commission whistleblower lawsuit and was fined $10,000 by a Fulton County Superior Court judge for withholding key evidence in that trial. One of the RICO lawsuits alleges that an Assistant Attorney General, once again, withheld key evidence from a plaintiff’s attorney. Taxpayers are closely watching this lawsuit because of their concern that the behavior in the Ethics Commission whistleblower lawsuit that resulted in a fine to be paid by taxpayers may not be an isolated event at the Attorney General’s office. An Assistant Attorney General is accused in one of the lawsuits of telling witnesses their false statements would be protected by sovereign immunity.

Taxpayers were saddled with a $3 million bill because of retaliation against former Ethics Commission chief, Stacy Kalberman, when she attempted to investigate the finances of the Governor Deal campaign. If wrongdoing is proven in these RICO lawsuits, the taxpayers could, once again, be forced to pay the bill for misdeeds by public officials. With treble damages possible in RICO cases, taxpayers could be looking at another huge payout.

The Attorney General is constitutionally required to investigate public corruption at state agencies. In fact, it was just in March of this year that Attorney General Sam Olens spoke at a State Bar of Georgia’s constitutional symposium about his responsibilities. Unlike their federal counterpart, state attorneys general are elected, yet they must divorce themselves from politics once in office, Olens said.

“At the end of the day, we’re not an elected Republican or an elected Democrat attorney general. We’re the state’s lawyer,” Olens said. “And just as lawyers are sworn to uphold the constitution of their states and their country, we do it again when we’re sworn in as the attorney general for our state, and we spend a lot of effort literally defending the state constitution and the federal constitution.”

However, being put in office by the will of voters gives state attorneys general more independence to deal with separation of powers issues, Olens said. Additionally, the office has the unique ability to oppose its clients, he said.

“In our daily life, we often have clients who come to us, and we have to say, ‘No, really. You have to follow the law,'” Olens said. “And they go, ‘No, no, no. You’re my lawyer.’ And we go, ‘No, no, no. First, you’re going to follow the law, and then we’ll be your lawyer.'”

Olens pointed to the State Bar of Georgia’s adoption of Rule 9.5 decades ago. It states that lawyers who are public officials and represent the government are not prohibited from taking legal positions adverse to the government “when such action is authorized or required by the U.S. Constitution, the Georgia Constitution or the statutes of the United States or Georgia.”

Upholding the constitutions is more important than if the client is happy with you, Olens said.

The Attorney General has admitted he never investigated claims of fraud, collusion, or admitted falsification of budget reports; he never investigated claims of whistleblower retaliation; and he never investigated documentation of evidence tampering, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, perjury, and other criminal activity that sits in University System of Georgia files today.

Georgia Watchdogs is urging all Georgians to closely watch these RICO lawsuits. Allegations of criminal wrongdoing by our Georgia Attorney General could have serious implications for all of Georgia’s taxpayers. The fact that the Attorney General is claiming sovereign immunity for criminal acts should be a wakeup call for every law abiding citizen in the state.

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Will Georgia’s Corrupt AG Olens and Corrupt Board of Regents Be Brought To Justice?

PV, September 18th, 2014

This coming Monday (September 22nd), a hearing will take place at 9:30 AM in Room 7220 of the DeKalb County Courthouse (deets below).

This hearing before Judge Daniel M. Coursey, Jr. will be about the multiple lawsuit(s) filed against the Attorney General of Georgia (“Sam Olens”), and the holier-than-thou, exalted organization referred to as the Georgia Board of Regents, and all of their various alleged corrupt and criminal acts in violation of Georgia law, as well as specific components of the Georgia Racketeering Statute.

Why it is important for you to attend?

RICO lawsuits has been filed against the Attorney General and Board of Regents alleging criminal behavior. The lawsuit claims the defendants engaged in a “pattern of illegal activity under the RICO statute including acts of evidence tampering, identity theft, identity fraud, false statements to state agencies, perjury, subornation of perjury, and mail and wire fraud.”

What is the response of the Attorney General to these criminal allegations?

The Attorney General’s court filings DO NOT dispute facts in the two complaints but request that the court dismiss the complaints because state workers are immune from civil lawsuits. (So, essentially, the AG’s office is claiming they have sovereign immunity when they engage in criminal acts)

For an overview of the allegations and the AG’s office responses, checkout CBS 46’s Jeff Chirico’s report and transcript of the story here: http://www.cbs46.com/story/26310100/allegations-of-public-corruption-not-investigated-by-ga-attorney-general

After the Attorney General’s office lost the Ethics Commission whistleblower lawsuit, and was fined $10,000 by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural D. Glanville for withholding key evidence in that trial, are we taxpayers, who finance the salaries and expenses of Attorney General Sam Olens, his Department of Law lawyers, and the Board of Regents, supposed to just accept criminal behavior from these state officials?

Show up to let the Attorney General know there is no excuse for criminal behavior by public officials.

Event Details

Date: September 22nd
Time: 9:30 AM

Location:
DeKalb County Courthouse – Room 7220
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030-3306

Judge: Judge Daniel M. Coursey, Jr.

NOTE: Plan on arriving very early to locate a parking place and walk to the courthouse.

When making deals with devils, remember, the only “good” devils are deviled eggs (and Devil’s Food cake)

PV, September 4th, 2014

Rumors have it that at a specially-called teleconference meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow afternoon (Friday, September 5 at 4:30 PM) by The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (f/k/a as the State Ethics Commission), the Commission will be entertaining a motion to axe Executive Secretary Holly LaBerge in order to clear the “political cluster-storm” enveloping both the Governor and the Attorney General of Georgia.

PV Sez: If we’re wrong, we’re wrong, but we received an inside tip so strong that we felt the need to inform you.

This is a PDF copy of the email sent-out this afternoon by the Ethics Commission, and here is the Agenda:

Meeting Called to Order
Comments by the Commission
Executive Session :
a. Pending Litigation
b. Personnel
Return to Open Session
Adjournment of Meeting

It is the “Personnel” section that says to us that something pretty serious is going to happen.

LaBerge was already targeted by the Governor’s office…recall, she released the two-page memo right after some kind of communication was going on regarding her position. The Governor’s peeps could not get rid of her then.

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Ethics Memo Goes…Boom!

PV, September 3rd, 2014

Rumors have it that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville has issued a 9-page ruling against the “Ethics Commission” (sic) Executive Secretary Holly LaBerge and Attorney General Sam Olens, fining each of them $10,000.

In the story available on the AJC.com Website, they lay it out.

One quote will be pulled for the throng of readers:

“The department believes that the dedicated public servants in office worked diligently and ethically in this matter,” Lindsey said.”

PV: You mean the fact that each of them are tossing the fault of WHO should have disclosed the memo back and forth like it’s a hot potato game, Mr. Lindsey?

Can’t wait for the accusations that the judge must be a “Black, Liberal Democrat who is after the Republicans in this State and this is clearly an attack on the GOP ticket.”

Yeah, EXCEPT, this guy won an open seat on the Court with the support and help of the Fulton County GOP.

Obtain your closest pipe, and smoke it, Ladies & Gentlemen.

Pumpkin-Gate: The RICO Effect

Bill Simon, September 3rd, 2014

MEMORANDUM

To: Morris “Pepper” Petitt (witness to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm GOP Rally Incident)

From: Bill Simon, PoliticalVine.com

RE: Your exposure to losing everything you hold dear
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Mr. Pettit,

Let me be clear: I am not a lawyer. I do not practice law, I do not offer legal advice….I doubt I could even play one on TV.

However, I do know how to read legal material. And, based on what I read in this tiny little section of the O.C.G.A., 16-14-3: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”), your involvement as a “witness” in this “thing” that happened on August 23rd at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, is placing you squarely in the potential legal crosshairs of, at minimum, committing an act of perjury…and, quite possibly, the crosshairs of the State RICO statute.

You reside in the unincorporated area of Dawson County, at Parcel # L22 016, and according to the 2014 Dawson County Tax Year Value Information, your property is valued at about $1.55 million.

You appear to be a whiz in the insurance brokerage business. By “whiz” I mean very successful at building relationships with people, and being able to parlay those relationships into building a really good book of business. Enough business to own a steadily increasing piece of real estate worth over $1.5 million. That’s a really good job on your part. I admire people who can do that really well.

But, wouldn’t it be a shame if, on the advice of some lawyer you knew, someone you thought was looking out for your best interests in his advice to you…when in fact, he’s not looking out for your best interest; he is only looking out for his own interest…wouldn’t it be a shame if you were caught lying under oath on the witness stand in a trial where you were one of at least 4 co-conspirators, all relying on each other to tell their part of the story “right” to maintain the facade to protect only one of you…and one or more of the others slipped-up, forgot how he or she was supposed to say something, and they get caught on cross-examination to have lied?

See, right now, you guys (you, Johnny Burt, Kathy Burt, Clint Bearden, and likely some other folks who will line-up to testify against Nydia Tisdale), have all been told by one guy that “Okay, Pepper, this is what we have to say happened, this is what you are going to claim, and Johnny and Kathy will back us up…”

Mr. Pettit, it’s one thing to talk to a Sheriff who will look out for your best interests (especially, if y’all are poker buddies or friends in some other ways), and one thing to even go on the witness stand and let the prosecutor ask you what you saw and what someone said…and everything is just like the good times y’all have in GOP politics now…until you get cross-examined by a defense attorney who knows his/her stuff, and your buddy, the lawyer, isn’t around to advise you on what to say if Tisdale’s defense attorney throws you a curveball you could not have rehearsed for. What then?

Someone sent me a note earlier today, documenting major, glaring descrepancies between what the Tisdale video shows of Tisdale being dragged like a mannequin by Off-Duty Deputy Tony Wooten…and the comments made on the record by both Johnny Burt AND Clint Bearden in this DawsonNews.com article.

These glaring discrepancies point to Bearden and Burt making false statements to the media about the events of that day. Four statements, at minimum, that can be proven to be lies in a courtroom, if Burt and Bearden stick to their stories as they are in print in the DawsonNews.com story.

So, I wanted to show you the laws you might be exposing yourself to be committing if you are caught lying on the witness stand, after you swore ON a Bible to ‘tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth':

OCGA 16-4-3(9)(A)Racketeering activity” means to commit, to attempt to commit, or to solicit, coerce, or intimidate another person to commit any crime which is chargeable by indictment under the following laws of this state:

OCGA 16-10-20. False statements and writings, concealment of facts

Punishment upon conviction: Minimum $1000 fine and not less than one year, nor more than 5 years for each count (i.e., a “count” being each time you are caught lying).

OCGA 16-10-20.1. Filing false documents

Punishment if found guilty: punished by imprisonment of not less than one nor more than ten years, a fine not to exceed $10,000.00, or both.

Mr. Petitt, it sure would be a darn shame to…volunteer to lie on someone else’s behalf…and you get caught doing it, and then lose EVERYTHING you have because you got caught lying over something this…trivial (if I can say that word) a matter: a video-journalist participating in a political rally on a Pumpkin Farm.

I’m not in your shoes, Sir. But, boy, how embarrassed are you going to feel if you are caught lying because your other co-conspirators didn’t hold-on to their “right story” so that your lie(s) would be safely maintained?

And, forget “feeling embarrassed”….just think about your life now, as a free person…what is going to happen if you get charged with a minimum of one count of Racketeering? A criminal defense attorney may be an affordable expense for a man of your means….but, here’s the thing: If any of your current “friends/co-conspirators” in this matter ALSO get caught lying on the witness stand, and get offered a plea deal to turn all the others in via state’s evidence…you may be caught holding the short end of the stick.

You have so…so…so very much to consider in how you want to live-out the rest of your life, Mr. Petitt. I hope you make the right choice, not for anyone else’s benefit, but the right decision for you and your life.

Governor Deal’s Cognitive Dissonance in the Treatment of Commoners

PV, September 2nd, 2014

AboutForsyth.net has an interesting 26-second bit:

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal greets a Democratic tracker at the Roswell Republican Rally on August 2, 2014.

GOV. DEAL: Hey, how are you doing?
DEM. TRACKER: Good morning, Governor.
GOV. DEAL: Very nice to meet you.
DEM. TRACKER: Thank you.
GOV. DEAL: I hope my people treat you with respect. That’s what we expect.
DEM. TRACKER: That’s good to hear. I appreciate that.

GOV. DEAL: When it’s all over with, I’ll appreciate your vote.
NYDIA TISDALE: Good morning, Governor Deal.
GOV. DEAL: How are you doing?
NYDIA TISDALE: (inaudible) Fine, thank you.
GOV. DEAL: Good to see you.

Pumpkin Gate: The Dawsonville Saga Continues

Bill Simon, September 1st, 2014

Prelude

According to the DawsonNews.com website, Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Wooten has been “cleared” of any wrongdoing in his arrest of Nydia Tisdale on August 23rd at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm (and also the secret location of The Clint Bearden Official Training Camp for Former Law Partners of David Ralston on How To Batter Women), located in bucolic Dawsonville, Georgia.

Well, maybe according to “police procedures” and the way the state law as it currently must exist in this state, he is “cleared” by his employer, Sheriff Billy Carlisle, of not doing anything “unlawful.”

But, I would submit to you that when it comes to any LEO (“Law Enforcement Officer”) promulgating the laws of this state, that apparently it is the State of Georgia (“State”), the legal entity represented by the Legislative Branch (and all members of the State House and State Senate therein), the Executive Branch (the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Secretary of State, the Labor Commissioner, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture, the State School Superintendent, the members of the Public Service Commission, and all sub-departments, boards and commissions thereof), and the Judicial Branch…it is the State’s current contention that there is NO REQUIREMENT for an LEO to verbally and clearly identify him/herself AS AN LEO before grabbing someone and hauling them off to jail.

Tony Wooten may not have done anything wrong himself…perhaps his defense will be that he was acting as an duly-authorized, “qualified-immunity-protected” agent of the State of Georgia, and the federal district court judge will give him a bye.

But, the main entity responsible for this ordeal is NOT Nydia Tisdale, but the State of Georgia…and how it is the corrupt entity here to allow someone’s right to their exercise of life, liberty and their pursuit of happiness to be violated without due process of law.

The Video

Sheriff Carlisle returned Tisdale’s video-camera to her yesterday, and late last night she uploaded a segment of the tape dealing with Wooten grabbing her. As you watch this take place, you will note that Nydia Tisdale is continually ASKING Wooten what his name is, and he snidely continued to refuse to answer….and when he answered, he gleefully told her she was going to jail.

In fact, at some point in the process (around the 18-minute mark), Wooten is heard to say to Tisdale “You know who I am, you saw my badge.” And Tisdale says “No, I didn’t.”

Now, here’s the thing, While Wooten is seen wearing a logoed Dawson County Sheriff’s Office polo shirt…that does not constitute a “badge.”

Because…a logo’d shirt can be created by anyone, yes, even with the official Dawson County Sheriff’s logo on it…and have it NOT be authorized by the Sheriff’s office. Ever heard of knock-offs? Really simple to accomplish when you have the right tools and knowledge (if anyone doubts me, I’ll produce an example for Tisdale’s defense to prove it).

So, since Wooten clearly never identifies himself as an LEO, was Tisdale, as a citizen, supposed to just comply with everything he demanded? Should she have believed him that he had any authority to do so? WHY is it not required in this state that any LEO acting as an Agent of the State must say the following: “MY name is Tony Wooten, I am a Sheriff’s Deputy with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, and the owners have instructed me to tell you to stop recording”?

Because if you believe that Tisdale (or, ANY woman) who is accosted by a male merely wearing a LE logoed shirt (and who does not identify himself via his name) should simply slump and not resist, then I would suggest to you that you might be a crazy psychopathic whackjob. Or, perhaps, you are the sitting Governor of the State of Georgia. (In this particular incident, it’s the same thing in the final effect.)

Because, then you are promoting scumbags everywhere to don “official looking LE clothing” (which can be purchased online by non-LEO people) and just go up to any woman they want and grab them and pull them off…and encouraging/training the women of THIS state to immediately comply and not demand to know who the hell is grabbing them and what authority do they have.

Apparently what happened prior to Wooten’s appearance (I am surmising what happened because of Brian Pritchard’s previous discussion of the events about Bearden’s involvement), is that first, Clint Bearden had sat down next to Nydia and whispered whatever he requested her to do, but Nydia was operating under the impression that it was a “public event” and she was allowed to video-record (Note: in a few paragraphs, I will provide the evidence that this event was an event HOSTED by Governor Nathan Deal’s campaign where his campaign publicized it as a “public event.”).

After Bearden didn’t convince her of anything, Wooten was “sent” by someone to get her to stop. You cannot hear either Bearden or Wooten because the video-cam is pointed toward the stage…and that’s all you hear until all of a sudden the camera gets turned to Tisdale’s left and there’s Wooten grabbing her with his meaty paws, and then grabbing her and dragging her off. This happens at the 14:10 minute mark of this video:

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Who is Clint Bearden? He is a Georgia Political Scumbag.

PV, August 30th, 2014

Clint Bearden is receiving this distinction of being a scumbag due to his involvement and instigation of the series of events that led-up to the physical attack on Citizen Videographer Nydia Tisdale by Dawson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Wooten, who may, himself, have not been operating lawfully himself.

This is a link to the story in which Clint Bearden is a part of.

Below is a picture from the August 23rd GOP Rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm of Clint Bearden, holding the mic as master of ceremonies…looking straight at the video-camera Nydia Tisdale is holding, quietly, and in plain view, filming him:

Photo by Nydia Tisdale

Video-Cap Photo by Nydia Tisdale of AboutForsyth.net

Below is a Snapshot of what Dawsonville political POS Clint Bearden’s website looked like approximately 4 days ago…before he took it down and replaced it with whatever currently resides on his site ClintBearden.com. He took it down to cover-up the fact that he is law partners with David E. Ralston, who is under investigation for violating several serious sections of the Code of Ethics of the Georgia State Bar.

Below this graphic is the text from that website, and the formatting will be fixed over time.

ClintBearden

The Text from his old site:

Clint Bearden —- Attorney with the Law Office of David E. Ralston —– Serving Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Jasper, Dawsonville, Blairsville, Hiawassee, Dahlonega and the North Georgia Area.

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Terror at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm: Gasp! Someone is recording the speeches!

Bill Simon, August 28th, 2014

Introduction

If you are not “up” on the bullshit that happened over the weekend on August 23rd at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawson County, where someone was thrown-out and subsequently arrested for videotaping speeches, these are the links for you to read to get-up to speed very quickly so you can follow along with the side I am going to be presenting:

Story 1, written by the AJC’s Jim Galloway & Greg Bluestein (and copied into a PDF version here in case this article disappears): http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/08/25/videographer-ousted-from-gop-event-and-sam-olens-speaks-up/

Story 2, published by Brian Pritchard of FetchYourNews.com (which is the source for most of the AJC’s story): http://pickens.fetchyournews.com/archives/4611-Video-Journalist-Forcefully-Removed-From-Republican-Meeting!.html (and copied into a PDF version here in case this article disappears)

Story 3, published by DawsonNews.com on 8/26/2014 (and copied into a PDF version here in case this article disappears): http://www.dawsonnews.com/section/5/article/15480/

Discussion

There are several things that trouble me about this incident, not the least of which, according to Johnny Burt’s claims (owner of Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, the location of the GOP rally), it was he and he alone who decided Nydia Tisdale was trouble ALL by himself, and he claims he acted to get her to stop filming and subsequently told the security officer to toss her out.

Was he not aware that there OTHER people filming the speeches? Why did he, specifically, go pick on Nydia? If Johnny Burt did not want the event filmed, why not instruct EVERYONE to stop filming and stop taking pictures?

You want to know what the answer to that question is? I do not know for sure, but I will tell you what I suspect: The answer is that his story claimed in the DawsonNews article is a cover story to protect Clint Bearden, and Bearden’s actions against Nydia Tisdale.

Who is Clint Bearden? Bearden lives in Dawsonville and is the law partner of David Ralston…the guy under investigation by the Georgia State Bar for multiple violations of state bar rules. Actually…a guy under investigation for violating bar rules who has admitted he violated the rules but “didn’t mean to do so.”

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Cobb County SPLOST Action Alert!

PV, August 10th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8, 2014

Cobb County Taxpayers Association
3704 Tate Place
Austell, GA 30106

CONTACT: Lance Lamberton
(404) 925-8960

TAXPAYER GROUP TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO OPPOSE SPLOST

AUSTELL, Georgia – The Cobb Taxpayers Association (CTA) announced today that it will host its first organizational meeting to defeat the 2016 SPLOST which will be on this coming November 4th, 2014 General Election ballot for voter approval. The meeting will take place from 11 am to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the East Cobb Library, located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. Its purpose is to raise voter awareness of the upcoming vote to re-impose a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) on Cobb County residents and consumers. CTA has taken a position against the SPLOST and this meeting will serve as its launch for running a grassroots campaign to defeat it.

“A continuation of this tax, which is fraught with waste and open-ended items which would give the County a blank check to spend taxpayer money in whatever ways they see fit, is the wrong prescription for Cobb County,” said Lance Lamberton, President and founder of CTA. “On the contrary, the best approach towards economic recovery is to reduce the tax burden so that individuals and businesses will have more money to save, spend and invest in the private sector.”

If the measure is defeated, Cobb County’s sales tax would decline to 5%, making it the lowest sales tax in the region. Most counties in the Atlanta metro area have a sales tax rate of 7%. “This significantly reduced tax rate would be a boon to Cobb County residents and businesses, saving consumers hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over a six year period,” Lamberton said.

The meeting will consist of a Power Point presentation where CTA will make its case for the measure’s defeat, followed by providing attendees with ways that they can get involved in the campaign. The media and general public are cordially invited.

Representing hundreds of taxpayers throughout Cobb County, CTA was formed in 2005 to oppose passage of that year’s SPLOST, and has since been active in opposing subsequent SPLOSTS, including the 2012 Transportation SPLOST. It also supported passage of the Charter School Amendment, and is working for passage of a fractional SPLOST and other measures to reduce taxes, spending, and provide a more equitable and efficient tax system for all Georgians.

Under the organization’s by-laws that were adopted by its five member board in 2013, CTA was established to: Organize and inform voters of the benefits and advantages of reducing and/or limiting taxes and government spending; Inform the public about current issues and engage them in grass-roots activities designed to achieve the above-stated objective; Advocate and promote private sector solutions to public policy issues; Work constructively with elected officials to oppose or support legislation, ordinances and measures which support a more limited, transparent, and accountable government on the local, county and state level; and Focus only on taxation and government spending issues and engage its activities only to those which are directly related to the above-stated objectives.

For more information about CTA, go to: www.cobbtaxpayer.com# # #

David Perdue: Are you operating a money laundromat?

Bill Simon, July 17th, 2014

According to the expense transaction records (an “expense transaction” being any data entry for a payment to an entity) for the David Perdue Campaign for U.S. Senate filed with the FEC (FEC.Gov), the Perdue campaign has spent a grand total of $254,132 for ‘Website, Internet services, and ads.’

I downloaded the data and converted it to an easy-to-refer to PDF report, available here. For 98% of you, it’s pretty boring to read…which is why I am going to cut directly to what I consider to be the more questionable expenses.

Turn to Page 3 of 4 on that PDF I referenced above…and look down to the bottom two transactions shown: One is $20,000 in “IN-KIND INTERNET CONSULTING” paid on 9/30/2013 to Blake Perdue….and then a 2nd payment of another $20,000 also paid to David A. Perdue (i.e., the candidate).

I thought David Perdue was a “businessman” who was CEO of Reebok, Dollar General, etc.? When did he become qualified to perform $20,000 worth of “Internet Consulting?”
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Mississippi US Senator Thad Cochran’s Campaign Bought Votes in the Run-off

PV, July 1st, 2014

“It is illegal under several provisions of Mississippi law and federal law for campaign officials to bribe voters with cash and punishable up to five years in jail. (MS Code 97-13-1; MS Code 97-13-3 (2013) (Federal Code 18 U.S.C. 597, U.S.C. 1973i(c)) Voter fraud schemes are not unusual for Mississippi. In 1999 Mississippi’s attorney general reported massive voter fraud allegations throughout the Magnolia state. In 2011, a Mississippi NAACP leader was sent to prison for voter fraud, according to the Daily Caller.

It would seem that laws were broken here, too. At the direction of the Cochran campaign, Reverend Fielder went “door to door, different places, mostly impoverished neighborhoods, to the housing authorities and stuff like that,” telling fellow blacks that McDaniel was a racist and promising them $15 per vote. “They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office,” Fielder says.

Text messages released to Got News and a recorded interview with Reverend Fielder confirmed that Saleem Baird, a staffer with the Cochran campaign and current legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, and Cochran campaign manager, Kirk Sims, were involved in a $15-per-vote cash bribery scheme to target members of the black community.”

Read the whole story here: GotNews.com

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