The latest notes that the Pro-Death penalty forces raised nearly $1M for the signature petition process — with the repeats that the Ricketts family weighed in heavily. And now there is a new name associated with it — Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund operator. And Judicial Watch added $100K to their previously donated $200K.
Hedge Fund manager! Spending money on politics in Nebraska? Outrageous!
(At least that’s the implication, and we have seen that repeated here in the Leavenworth St. comments.)
But then we see that “Nebraskans for the Safety Patrol” or whatever the anti-Death Penalty forces are calling themselves raised and spent over $433,000. And they didn’t even have to get petitions signed.
But, gee, I’m looking for the mention that Dick Holland chucked in $200K of his own money into that cause. My gosh, that’s Joe Ricketts type of cash!
But narry a mention.
And then there’s $400K from something called the “Proteus Action League.” They were on Saturday Morning Cartoons in Hungary, a foil to the American Justice League, and…
Wait. Not so much?
Oh, but there is a Hungary connection you see. That’s because billionairre George Soros drives and funds that group. See Hungarian Soros wants to see HIS views dominate in American politics. And where did he get his money? Well he made a billion or so betting against banks and shorting stocks.
All great stuff. He’s just like a goulash dealer selling on the strees of old timey New York! Except he’s betting on you dropping your goulash and becoming poor.
But hey, no reason to mention him!
Did you see Hal Daub gave $5K?!
And by the way, we are hearing that the Anti-Death Penatly folks will be WELL funded through next year…
Speaking of the Rickettses, ESPN.com did a major story on the family and their work on the Cubs and Wrigleyville.
No much mention of Pete, except to say that he’s not at the ballpark much.
Oh, and ubermodel Kate Upton makes an extremely random appearance with the fam.
See it here.
And another little follow-up on the “race” for the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Chip Maxwell, candidate for #NE02 sent off a little missive that hit a few good points:
Congressman Ashford said on the radio this morning that the job of a representative is to govern, which he described as compromising and making deals and moving government forward. The gist of the conversation was that House Speaker John Boehner did as well as he could given the unreasonable demands of conservatives.
…The kind of compromise Congressman Ashford endorsed boils down to: Let’s not fight over spending reductions; let’s grow government, make everybody happy, salute ourselves as enlightened compromisers, and take on more debt to pay for it.
As noted here before, Maxwell will have a tough time through the primary, let alone next November’s election.
But the point he makes is valid, and one that could push Brad Ashford a bit. Ashford is the pinnacle of the just-go-along kind of guy. He doesn’t even stick up for his own (new) party.
Is he likely to make any of the hard decisions that people seem to want out of Congress now?
Of course Ashford is likely good for pivoting his votes as the winds shift. But in this political climate, the voters of the 2nd District may be looking for just a little stiffer backbone.
And you can read this headline at The Hill…
…but of course, as a Leavenworth St. reader, you already read about this yesterday.
However, National Review’s Jim Geraghty says, “The ‘Rand Paul will drop out soon‘ talk feels extremely premature.”