Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore’s top supporter is a hardline Confederate sympathizer with longtime ties to a secessionist group.
Michael Anthony Peroutka has given Moore, his foundation and his campaigns well over a half-million dollars over the past decade-plus. He’s also expressed beliefs that make even Moore’s arguably theocratic anti-gay and anti-Muslim views look mainstream by comparison. Chief among them: He’s argued that the more Christian South needs to secede and form a new Biblical nation.
The close connections raise further questions about the racial and religious views of Moore, the former Alabama supreme court chief justice and the front-runner to become Alabama’s next U.S. senator.
Peroutka, a 2004 Constitution Party presidential nominee who in 2014 won a seat as a Republican on the county commission in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, spent years on the board of the Alabama-based League of the South, a southern secessionist group which for years has called for a southern nation run by an “Anglo-Celtic” elite. The Southern Poverty Law Center designates the League of the South as a hate group (a designation Peroutka regularly jokes about). That organization, after Peroutka left, was one of the organizers of the Charlottesville protests last summer that ended in bloodshed.
A GoFundMe account set up to help restore a historically Black Mississippi church defaced by vandals has raised over $200,000.
On Tuesday Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church congregants in Greenville, Mississippi found their sanctuary set ablaze with the words “Vote Trump,” spray painted on one of the church walls, ABC News reports.
According to the outlet, no one was harmed in the fire, but the blaze left behind charred pews and inside structure damage.
At a Wednesday news conference, Hopewell’s pastor, Carolyn Hudson, said parishioners were “heartbroken,” but was faithful that “God would allow us to build another sanctuary in that same place.”
Blair Reeves, a New York Native who organized the GoFundMe campaign, told ABC he felt “compelled” to act and was overwhelmed at the response.
“The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore,” Reeves wrote in the campaign’s description. “Only two weeks ago, the internet came together to help repair a North Carolina GOP field office that had been burned by thugs. Justice demands we do the same now.”
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The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.
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Over and over, members of Congress asked the IRS to scrutinize 501(c)4 groups for their political activity—and also to scrutinize the agency’s scrutiny of those groups.
A report in Roll Call in March 2012 revealed that leading members of Congress not only were aware that the Internal Revenue Service had begun investigating the political activity of would-be 501(c)4 Tea Party groups that winter, but showed to what an extent members of Congress had been actively putting pressure on the agency to take a closer look at tax-exempt conservative organizations in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Reported Janie Lorber in 2012:
Tea party outrage over a spate of IRS letters to conservative groups has revived a long-standing dispute over the agency’s controversial role in policing politically active nonprofits.
In January, the IRS began sending extensive questionnaires to organizations applying for nonprofit status as part of a broader project to understand whether social welfare organizations—which are not required to disclose their donors—are actually acting as political committees.
Campaign finance reform groups and lawmakers in both parties have repeatedly demanded that the IRS examine the activities of tax-exempt advocacy groups, which proliferated during the 2010 cycle and are on pace to play an even larger role in 2012.
Democrats, whose affiliated outside groups have lost the fundraising race to Republican organizations this year, have been particularly vocal, sending repeated letters to the agency requesting an investigation. On Wednesday, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) asked his colleagues in Congress to sign yet another.
Saturday marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti that claimed between 230,000 and 300,000 lives. The grim landmark has prompted much discussion about the struggles surrounding reconstruction and also some hope about what may come next.
Most observers agree that the international response to the quake was overwhelming. Haiti received an unprecedented amount of support: more than $9bn (£5.6bn) in public and private donations. Official bilateral and multilateral donors pledged $13bn and, according to the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, almost 50% of these pledges ($6bn) have been disbursed. Private donations are estimated at $3bn.
Where has all the money gone? Three years after the quake, we do not really know how the money was spent, how many Haitians were reached, or whether the desired outcomes were achieved. In a policy paper published in May, and in a more recent blogpost, we unpacked the numbers, many of which came from the UN Office of the Special Envoy.
The man who publicly said the single thing he and his colleagues wanted to achieve was to make President Obama a one-term president is at it again. Now Mitch McConnell(R-Kentucky) is whining about the Obama campaign’s criticism of conservative donors and even invoked Richard Nixon saying, “you’d have to go back to Richard Nixon to find the last time you had a group of people both through the campaign and through the power of the federal government really trying to harass and silence critics.” He feels it’s time to roll back the Watergate-era requirement for public disclosure of campaign donors and says the ban on secret contributions stifles free speech.
It’s ironic that McConnell brought up rolling back Watergate-era requirements, Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of the break-in which was fueled in part by secret campaign money. It’s clear now as it was then that money corrupts the system. Nixon’s lawyer, John Dean said as much believing that Watergate might never have happened without all that money sloshing around. That $20 million raised in four weeks in 1972 is nothing compared to today when tens of millions of undisclosed dollars have already flowed into the 2012 presidential race. Just last week, casino pimp Sheldon Adelson gave $10 million to the Romney dedicated PAC Restore our Future. Read that again…that’s a $10 million check from one man but at least he’s not hiding it. Nixon’s pickup men who roamed the country gathering checks and cash for his reelection campaign wouldn’t have to go far these days and they wouldn’t have to do it in secret because it’s all legal now. Obama’s gotten some million dollar checks too but his donors(like Bill Maher) have all seemed to disclose.
Many donors, especially on the Republican side, don’t want their business put out there, so to speak. Frank VanderSloot who owns cleaning products company Melaleuca wrote checks totaling $1 million to Restore Our Future isn’t happy his name was spotted on Federal Election Commission disclosures but he had to know he was fair game for journalists and that he might lose customers. The Koch Whores(Charles and David) have given millions publicly but there is no way to know how much they’ve really given because some of their donations go to so-called social welfare organizations which remain secret. They say they’ve been targeted too much like the target they put on the President the moment he took office.
Now McConnell is singing their blues but that wasn’t the case in 2003 when he said, “Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about, provided the donations are limited and disclosed, everyone knows who’s supporting everyone else.” So why has that changed now to, “I don’t think everybody else in the country ought to have to pay that price as a condition for speaking out and being involved in causes that they feel strongly about.”
No one is stopping anyone from speaking out but with that you should be proud to write your check with you name in big bold letters. I don’t understand why you’d want to hide when you’re doing so much to help your man win the White House. I think even superdonors know that deep down inside they are buying the election and right now team Romney is large and in charge assuring that if money is the issue Obama will be a one-term president.