No, this is not snark or a joke.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was in the majority opinion of the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case whereby the court ruled that Corporations have the same rights as individual humans to free speech, that limiting money limits free speech, so therefore they can give unlimited money to campaigns,
has a wife named Virginia (Ginni) Thomas, who just started a Tea Party group.
The group is a “non profit” called Liberty Central Inc.
Liberty Central.org, where like minded people gather to preserve freedom in America.
She intends to take donations and issue score cards on political candidates. She used to work for the Heritage Foundation and Dick Armey. (Armey now is chairman of Freedomworks, which is an astroturfing org masterminded by Koch Oil’s David Koch, who also runs Americans for Prosperity.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F… Freedomworks is Tea Party, and harrassed Democrats at August town hall meetings in 2009.
On the endorsements page of Thomas’ new lobbying group, the first gush of lying spin blather goes:
What Others are Saying about Liberty Central…
“Liberty Central, with its focus specifically on training grassroots activists interested in returning the country to its founding principles, is a necessary component of a successful, long-term conservative revolution. With its intent to serve a broad coalition of grassroots organizations, and a long term view of the new conservative revolution, Liberty Central is an organization worthy of every conservative’s support.”
Mark Meckler / Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founders / National Coordinators, Tea Party Patriots
Mark Meckler is a Republican political front guy operative based in the Sacramento Northern CA area, and has done and been paid for Tea Party appearances for Russo Marsh & Rogers/ Move America Forward, the Republican PR firm which does Swiftboating and Smear campaigns, besides being the publicists for Kurdistan in Northern Iraq. RMR/MAF is also known for their “Thank You Sarah Palin” campaign, their Tea Party anti health care reform Bus Tours featuring the anti Muslim bigot radio jock Mark Williams, and the “You Don’t Speak for Me” campaign featuring their own pit bull in lip gloss, Deborah Johns, “Pentagon Liason,” who attacks peace activists. Meckler is also involved in the Million Mormons on Facebook, which is loaded with whacky Glenn Beck devotees who think all government activities are anti Christian conspiracies designed to turn them into communists. See links in this story
One of Meckler’s many Tea Party locations, see how it says “non partisan?” – no, Republican
The Tea Party logos on the Liberty Central site matches the one on Mark Meckler’s facebook page. They claim to be:
misunderstood and mischaracterized by much of the mainstream media. “New citizen activists have been cast as ignorant, intolerant or a radical fringe by many in the media. The facts are now demonstrating that the mainstream media is wrong and ordinary citizens are up against biased elitists who are not seemingly interested in the truth.” said Virginia Thomas, President and CEO of Liberty Central …..
Since I live in Tea Party ground zero, which is older, very wealthy Republicans manipulating anti tax populist anger combined with LDS Ron Paulian Libertarians who pretend we have no government as they collect on Medicare or work for the government, and I have witnessed Tea Party activity, let me tell you that the MSM is being too soft on them. The MSM likes to pretend they are grassroots nutters, when they interview the hapless front guys, when they are really Oil, Defense Contractor, Tobacco and Pharma Money, and Republicans with just another angle working. But they endeavor to bring out the worst of human emotions, fear, selfishness, racism, and greed.
You know what “grassroots is?” It’s not Koch Oil and others, spending millions donating to a 501(c)(4) anonymously, fronting anti tax protestors to kill health care reform, keeping the mid east mercenary drone wars going, and stopping any energy policies that would cut carbon emissions and lesson the use of petrochemicals. Add in this political “non profit” being run by a wife of a Supreme Court Justice, and we have the Supreme Court BUYING OUR ELECTIONS OUTRIGHT for the highest bidder of their services.
Jenny Beth Martin likes to make up stories about her self being just a plain, aw shucks sort of grassroots type of girl, and neglects that part on her resume where she worked for Republicans or that her failed business owes the IRS a half million dollars. http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpoi…
Can you say Republican neocon war “grifters?’ Sure you can.
Can you say “conflict of interest ? for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?”
per a law professor
“There is opportunity for mischief if a company with a case before the court, or which it wants the court to accept, makes a substantial contribution to Liberty Central in the interim,” he said.
Justice Thomas would be required to be aware of such contributions, Gillers said, adding that he believes Thomas should then disclose those facts and allow parties in the case to argue for recusal.
But it would be up to Justice Thomas to decide whether to recuse himself. He could not be reached for comment.
The LA Times story says Ginni Thomas is “intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully.”
Here’s another endorsement of Ginni Thomas’ LibertyCentral.org
Leaders committed to smaller government, fiscal prudence, and a strong national defense will be returning to Washington D.C., and I am confident that Ginni Thomas will be part of the reason it will happen.”
Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense
Neglects to say it was Sec of Defense under George W. Bush, the Rumsfeld who went to war with the Army he had instead of the Army he should have planned for a peaceful Iraq occupation, which he totally effed up, who quit on the day after the Nov 2006 election. Amen.
2 more endorsements for Ginni’s little Tea Party fundraising for political campaigns:
Morton C. Blackwell, President, The Leadership Institute http://www.sourcewatch.org/ind… The “Leadership Institute” does weekend workshops and pronounces its “graduates” as having journalism degrees (think James Guckert, the male hooker and fake reporter for Talon News (Bobby Eberle) who pitched softball questions at WH press briefings under Rove and Bush ) Blackwell is a co founder of the Moral Majority. Think also, the dreadful Barton kid and ex Minuteman who did the “wore his uniform to a war protest with a hanging effigy” and other ads for Russo Marsh Rogers/MAF and Tom McClintock. (Barton has been paid by Russo Marsh Rogers/MAF PACs)
Edwin J. Feulner, President, The Heritage Foundation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T… Right wing think tank full of Reaganites and supply sided trickle down economics. Heritage had gotten money from Joseph Coors, Olin foundation, Scaife, DeVos, (think Amway, Prop 8 and Blackwater, that family) and Bradley foundations, in 2007 they got 48.7 million dollars per wikipedia. Edwin Feulner was connected to the Abramoff scandal thru his co founding Belle Haven Consultants, which took Malaysian oil money and laundered it thru a non profit run by Tom Delay’s friends, and ended up bribing Republicans in the Bush administration with it. http://www.calitics.com/diary/… http://www.dailykos.com/commen… (How Jack Abramoff started lobbying for Malaysia only a few days after 9/11/2001, and how ex Rep. John Doolittle was involved )
The LA Times says “although Liberty Central is a non partisan group….. ”
Non partisan ?
CUT THE NONSENSE, LAT ! Have you every heard of politcal blogs, or teh google? The Tea Party is 100% Republican. What part of Supreme Court Palace Coup did you just miss ?
Clarence Thomas should be impeached and removed from the Supreme Court.