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Apr 24, 2014
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Apr 24, 2014
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Ron Paul Classic: Close down the Export-Import Bank

Apr 24, 2014

The Export-Import Bank (Eximbank)’s kicks off its annual conference today in Washington, D.C.  Eximbank is up for renewal this year and the big business lobby is preparing to pull out all the stops to make sure the taxpayer subsidies keep flowing to small, struggling companies like Boeing. Then-Senator and presidential candidate Barrack Obama said that the […]

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Apr 24, 2014

Who will watch the watchmen? The former Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security routinely passed information about investigations to department officials according to a Senate Report. From The Washington Post: The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent […]

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Rand and Ron Paul’s family business – Washington Post (blog)

Apr 24, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is trying to expand his base of support and donors beyond the confines of his father’s unsuccessful presidential runs. So far, donors, as they are with all 2016 contenders, are generally holding back. But it will be hard for him to lure donors and convince voters that he is his own man, and not simply a more sophisticated version of his father, former U.S. representative Ron Paul, so long as he surrounds himself with so many of his father’s allies and aides. Moreover, dependence on the same people who ran his father’s campaigns and direct mail operation may account for his foreign policy stumbles and heated dustups with a growing list of conservative media figures. (A number of the latter have focused on Rand Paul’s past statements and challenged his conspiratorial views, some of which bear a striking resemblance to Ron Paul’s far right/dogged libertarianism.)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, N.H., on April 12. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

As a starting point, it is not unusual that Rand Paul, who came to politics late in life with no political experience or organization of his own, should turn to familiar faces from his father’s circle of friends and advisers. After all, his involvement in his father’s campaign would have put him in the company of close Paul family confidantes, all too familiar with the family potholes (e.g. the racist and conspiratorial newsletters that went out under Ron Paul’s name). In effect, Rand Paul finally was going into the family business. However, by keeping his father’s people in his own inner circle, he will make it harder to claim he’s not part of his father’s fringe political world.

It is not easy piecing together the Rand Paul circle(s). The Post has reported: “Paul’s leadership team is set up as part of Rand Paul Victory, a group that pools donations. It is a joint committee that overlaps the fundraising efforts of Rand PAC, Paul’s political action committee, and Rand Paul 2016, his Senate campaign, and his aides describe it as the basis for a presidential campaign.” There was also the super PAC Stand With Rand, which closed down after questions about its association with Rand Paul’s political groups, but which returned under the title Reinventing a New Direction – RAND PAC. Interestingly, the treasurer for that group is Dan Backer, the same person who helped run the Ron Paul super PAC Endorse Liberty and a second super PAC, Revolution PAC, which also supported Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.

Then there is John Tate, Ron Paul’s campaign manager. He is now president of the Campaign for Liberty, appears with Rand Paul and is reported to be among his close advisers. In January, he started a new super PAC, as the Sunshine State News reported:

John Tate from the Campaign for Liberty, currently chaired by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, will take over America’s Liberty PAC, a new super-PAC. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., weighed in on Tate’s new assignment. Tate headed up Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2012 and was the national political director for his 2008 presidential bid. “John will be missed,” said Rand Paul on Wednesday. “I’ve known John since before I even ran for the United States Senate. He played a crucial role in bringing top-level staffers onto my 2010 run for the Senate – including my political director, Doug Stafford. John has been someone I’ve leaned on ever since.

There is also Trygve Olson, a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential election team who is now with Rand Paul. The overlap continues. A.J. Spiker, a longtime Iowa Republican operative who helped Ron Paul’s presidential operation, recently left the Iowa GOP to join Rand Paul’s nascent presidential team. Jesse Benton, who ran Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate race and Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, is currently working for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whom Rand Paul endorsed (and with whom Rand Paul mended fences after an acrimonious primary in 2010 in which McConnell endorsed Paul’s opponent). Many Republicans expect that Benton will return to Rand Paul’s operation after the McConnell campaign.

Jack Hunter was yet another Ron Paul campaign aide. He was hired on to work for Rand Paul and to write his book, but when Hunter’s past neo-Confederate ramblings came to light, he was forced to step down.

Then it really gets complicated. Slate’s David Weigel recently has reported on direct mail operations run by the National Right to Work Committee and National Association for Gun Rights. Both Pauls drew on talent working in this quadrant of the right wing:

From 1987 to 1991, Mike Rothfeld oversaw National Right to Work’s direct-mail program. He left to form Saber Communications, which would run mail operations for the National Association for Gun Rights and the National Pro-Life Alliance, and then do direct mail for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign[.] Different groups, same strategy: reaching out to the maximum number of conservatives to bring them aboard a campaign for (usually hopeless) legislation the establishment wouldn’t touch.

This network, little understood even inside the right, would supply some of the key talent to Ron Paul’s growing organization. John Tate spent 14 years at National Right to Work, six of them as vice president. He went on to become the political director for Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign, and has led the Campaign for Liberty (the main organization that grew out of the 2008 run) since 2010. Doug Stafford, who was Rand Paul’s chief of staff until he left to run his RANDPAC, came directly from National Right to Work.

If you’re a little dizzy from all the Ron and Rand associates, that is understandable. None of this is to suggest Ron Paul is directly pulling the strings or that Rand Paul has adopted the entire worldview propounded by his father and advisers. What is significant about all this is the degree to which Rand Paul, despite his efforts to insert himself into the GOP mainstream, has clung to (or tried to cling to, in the case of Jack Hunter) the same crew that surrounded his father. When he has added people such as Richard Burt (a foreign policy adviser), he hasn’t necessarily extended his ideological reach. (Burt backed anti-interventionist Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary and co-founded the Global Zero outfit that recommended unilateral disarmament.) And when he repeats conspiracy theories (e.g. on World War II and former Vice President Dick Cheney) that compatriots of his father would find unexceptional, he gives fodder to those who conclude that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

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Apr 23, 2014
The IRS’s fight for power continues. Watch Ron provide an update on the continuing conflict between Campaign for Liberty and the IRS here: http://bit.ly/1jDmxt6


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This isn’t freedom, this is fear

Apr 23, 2014

that statement was uttered by an American hero and champion of the Constitution upon hearing of a plan to place drone-like devices over the earth. These devices would have the ability to preemptively take out anyone the agency deploying the drones has determined could be a threat. The person who uttered that line is determined to […]

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Civil Liberties Hodgepodge

Apr 23, 2014

This week there’s been a number of stories worth highlighting regarding your civil liberties. On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled the administration must disclose the legal rationale behind the targeted killing program that has  resulted in the deaths of several Americans, most famously Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, a Pakistani […]

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Internet Sales Tax Supported by Amazon Hurts Amazon Sales

Apr 23, 2014

According to a new study at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University found that Amazon’s sales decreased in states after they implemented an internet sales tax. Via The Daily Caller: Households in the states that have the tax reduced their overall spending on Amazon by about 10 percent compared to those in states […]

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Bundy Ranch is Not Another Wounded Knee – Indian Country Today Media Network

Apr 23, 2014

Bundy Ranch is Not Another Wounded Knee
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In a recent article the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity website posed the question is “The Cliven Bundy Standoff: Wounded Knee Revisited?” As a Dakota woman with painful family memories of the atrocities that took place at Wounded Knee in ...


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IRS awards bonuses to employees who didn’t pay taxes

Apr 22, 2014

The IRS doled out millions of dollars worth of bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues, including employees who hadn’t paid their taxes. Via USA Today: The Internal Revenue Service handed out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues — including more than $1 million to employees who didn’t pay their federal taxes, a […]

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Federal Government: Sorry America, no powdered alcohol for you

Apr 22, 2014

Last week, the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax, and Trade Bureau announced it had approved the sale of powdered alcohol, which is dry alcohol that can be mixed with water to create an alcoholic beverage. Today the agency announced that the initial approval was issued “in error” and has now been rescinded. So we can add […]

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Apr 21, 2014
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One Step Closer to Victory in Colorado

Apr 21, 2014

Congratulations to Colorado Campaign for Liberty on SB 181, a bill to repeal and remove red light cameras in Colorado, passing the State Senate by a 21-14 vote!  It’s now up to the House to act. This is just another example of how Campaign for Liberty members are making a difference all across the country […]

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Ron Paul: Nevada Standoff Symptom Of Increasing Authoritarianism – FITSNews

Apr 21, 2014

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By Ron Paul || The nation's attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by accessing “fees ...

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Time running out to win an AR-15!

Apr 21, 2014

  Win the gun that Diane Feinstein wants to ban! There can be no freedom without the ability to defend it. C4L is standing up for freedom every day by fighting to Audit the Fed, repeal ObamaCare, stop NSA spying, and reclaim our Republic. But each and every one of us has a God-given right […]

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Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month

Apr 21, 2014

City University of New York will pay Paul Krugman $225,000 to work for the university’s Income Study Center, which researches income and income inequality. Via Gawker According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest […]

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Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism

Apr 21, 2014

Here is Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul’s latest Texas Straight Talk on the standoff in Nevada. Under Dr. Paul’s leadership, Campaign for Liberty will continue to work to increase freedom by limiting government to its constitutional limitations. Please join our efforts. Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism   The nation’s attention has for […]

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Up to Us

Apr 18, 2014

The below video featuring Ben Bernanke at the National Press Club on February 3, 2011, isn’t notable so much for its content (which is full of the usual distortions and talking points) but for its existence. After all, the Fed Chairman is one of the most influential, powerful figures on the political/economic scene, yet he […]

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Here's The Weekly Podcast! Cattle rustlers and cowboys on horseback riding to a…

Apr 18, 2014
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Cattle rustlers and cowboys on horseback riding to a showdown. It had all the makings of an old fashioned range war. But the rustlers were government agents who were rounding up rancher Clive Bundy’s cattle.

Violence has been averted… for now. But what happens next?

Ron Paul talks about the Nevada showdown between Bundy and his supporters versus the Bureau of Land Management, and about property rights and the federal government’s massive land ownership in the western states.

And a conversation with Pat Buchanan who has long been warning about the dangers of expanding NATO to Moscow’s’ front door. It is policy now beginning to bear grim consequences. Buchanan talks about the showdown in Ukraine and the danger of the security guarantees America has given around the globe.


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