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Maggie Gallagher’s New Culture War Victory Fund Uses Santorum To Beef Up Mailing List

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Maggie Gallagher is using GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to beef up her new venture, by asking email list recipients (apparently, including me!) to “Thank Rick Santorum for Standing Up for Principle!” (Does that sound a little awkward to you, too?) Of course, to “thank” Santorum, you have to give up your name, ZIP code, and email address, so Gallagher and her Culture War Victory Fund (not to be confused with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund!) get to harvest your info, which is how most of these 501 (c) organizations ultimately make money. More on that below.

Gallagher’s email links to an email harvesting page that reads:

Yes, I want to thank Rick Santorum for his fearless defense of life, marriage and religious liberty.

Yes, I want to fight back against the hard left which attempt to smear not only Santorum but many decent and good people who stand up for marriage.

Yes I want to tell the Wall street Journal and all the GOP elites: values voters matter.

Yes I want the mainstream media to know: some truths really are fundamental to the American Republic!

(One would think for all the millions Gallagher is trying to make off the backs of the LGBT community and Rick Santorum, she could at least spell Wall Street Journal properly, but hey, she is dealing with ignorant haters. They probably can’t spell very well, either.)

You see, it’s all a sham. I’m pretty sure whatever relationship Rick Santorum has with Maggie Gallagher, her “Culture War Victory Find” didn’t clear this harvesting haven with him. (Fess up, Maggie and Rick, are you two in cahoots together?)

Find an issue, beat the hell out of it, put together a huge mailing list, (or, in the case of Tony Perkins, pay the KKK $80,000+ to buy a mailing list,) then scam America by claiming you’re going to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT EVIL ________ (insert “culture war” issue topic here.)

Don’t believe me?

Ever sign a petition?

Ever get emails asking you for money?

See?

Need more proof? Pam Spaulding explains the scam here, and links to the $1.3 million proof, courtesy of one of the biggest anti-gay liars of all time, Eugene Delgaudio, whose group earned $1.3 million in 2008, thanks to suckers who hate “the gays.”

(Of course, there are many fine organizations out there who do great work and deserve your support, but you should know that many of these are frauds and scams. Use your judgment. Or, if they’re a charity, look up how they spend their money.)

Maggie Gallagher is asking you to stand with her to thank Rick Santorum for taking a stand against gay marriage.

Gallagher, former Chair of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage — the shadowy organization that’s lost court battle after court battle attempting to shield donors who are too embarrassed that they donated to what has almost become an actual hate group — has been very busy with her latest ventures, including the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance (MarriageADA), a support network for people who feel they are living in fear because of gay marriage, (yes, seriously, that’s what it is….) and now, her latest scheme, the Culture War Victory Fund. You remember the “culture wars,” right? Does anyone aside from Bill O’Reilly actually use that term anymore?

Good Lord!

Maggie Gallagher is so cute and coy. She says, “I’m not speaking for any organization right now. Just me. Maggie, a girl with a pen.” You see, Maggie really fancies herself a journalist — first and foremost — and it’s just too bad that there was that tiny little controversy, where she accepted tens of thousands of dollars to shill for then-President George W. Bush’s “President’s Healthy Marriage Initiative,” which used your tax dollars to fight same-sex marriage and to make sure opposite-sex marriages were “healthy,” I suppose. Sadly, as she says, I forgot…

“I should have disclosed a government contract when I later wrote about the Bush marriage initiative. I would have, if I had remembered it.”

That’s right, Gallagher just simply forgot to mention that good ol’ George W. had written her a check — from your tax dollars — to tell people that straight marriage is good, gay marriage, bad.

For those of you who feel like doing some research, Maggie’s new Culture Wars Victory Fund is a product of American Principles in Action, which is related to the American Principles Project, which, both, unsurprisingly, has the same address in D.C., at least as their domain name registration, as, wait for it… NOM, the National Organization For Marriage.

Do with that what you will…

Anyway, here’s the text of Maggie’s email, which, frankly, is too long and offensive for me to read and digest and analyze fully, after spending last night thinking and writing about the suicide of a 19-year old LGBT teen whose mother performed an exorcism on him before throwing him out of the house for being gay.

Why don’t you think about that, Maggie, and your “Culture War Victory Find,” which is using anti-LGBT hatred to line your pockets?

The “Culture War,” Maggie, has real, honest to goodness, flesh and blood casualties.

Anyway, finally, here’s the text of Maggie’s email:

You and I have fought hard for marriage together with millions of other Americans.Maggie Gallagher

Will you stand with me today (regardless of which candidate you ultimately support) by thanking Rick Santorum for his fearless and consistent defense of life, marriage and religious liberty?

Click here to sign petition.

I just had to share with you the reasons for my personal decision to rally for Rick Santorum, to show him and the media how many people care about his fearless, deeply moving, personal and political faithfulness to the core principles we care about most.

I’m not speaking for any organization right now. Just me. Maggie, a girl with a pen.

Four years ago, I set out to found a single-issue national organization to fight for marriage—and win.

So, now that I’ve stepped down as NOM’s Chairman of the Board, why am I personally supporting Rick Santorum?

I explained in my nationally syndicated column here:

On Tuesday night in Iowa, he stood before the cheering throngs like a Republican Rocky, or better yet, a latter-day Rudy suddenly lifted above his Notre Dame teammates in a fantastic storybook finish.

Rick Santorum was a contender.

Santorum stood before the cameras, the living embodiment of a certain Northeastern Catholic sensibility: tough, hardworking, less than slick, often underestimated, the kind of guy who has to work hard to get respect because life is tough, not fair—the kind of man who gets knocked down but who will always get up again.

As he recalled his immigrant coal-miner grandfather’s funeral, Santorum’s words sang: “I knelt next to his coffin, and all I could do was look at his hands. They were enormous hands. And all I could think was: ‘Those hands dug freedom for me.'”

“What wins in America,” Rick Santorum said, “are bold ideas, sharp contrasts, and a plan that includes everyone.”

What moved me most are the words Rick Santorum used to “connect the dots”—to explain why support for marriage, for life, and for an economy that provides the dignity of jobs to average Americans are not three separate things. They are bound together by principles—by American principles:

“Whether it’s the sanctity of life in the womb, or the dignity of every working person in America to fulfill their potential, you will have a friend in Rick Santorum,” he said.

Unlike some values voters, I am not anti-anybody, certainly not Mitt Romney. Romney is in my view a fundamentally decent, extremely capable man, who fought hard for marriage in Massachusetts. If he is the GOP nominee, I can vote for him with a clean conscience.

But, when the guy who has taken more hits than any other for standing up for life and marriage fights his way with nobody’s help from nowhere to, well, becoming a major contender for the GOP nomination, I have to cheer. I have to show I stand with him in some special way. Will you help me? Click here now to act.

The left, which thought it had buried Santorum years ago, is going after him with a hatred unmatched. They hate him with that special ire reserved for a man’s virtues, not his vices.

They will go after him not just to defeat Rick Santorum, but to smear his good name, to associate it with their own muck, to take a decent and honorable man and try literally to make his name mean mud.

(Any mother who has tried to google “Santorum” and gotten the gross and obscene definition gay activists have tried to make of his honorable family name—a name which literally means ‘holiest of holies’—will know exactly what I am talking about).

They will not succeed.

The American people, I promise you, are not going to reject a man they would otherwise support because he believes in traditional Christian views of sex and marriage. Especially when he believes—not just with his words, and not just with his vote, but with every action of his soul and his life—that a man’s job is to support his children, born and unborn, to commit a loving and faithful marriage to one woman, and to devote himself to being a good dad.

That’s Rick Santorum.

The media and some GOP elites are trying to dismiss Rick Santorum as a mere “culture warrior” with no chance to win. Will you stand with me today against all those powerful elites who say life, marriage, and religious liberty are not “core” issues to voters?

Will you stand up and say: “Yes life, marriage, and religious liberty matter to me. Thank you Rick Santorum for fighting the good fight your whole political career?”

Here are the unconventional things I’m asking you to do: Regardless of which of these good men you ultimately plan to support, can I ask you today to sign this petition, thanking Rick Santorum for standing up so bravely for life, marriage, and religious liberty?

Can I count you as a “values voter” committed to demonstrating to the media and to Republican elites that social issues matter?

I know it will mean a lot to Rick Santorum and to the social conservative movement. And ultimately to the American Republic.

Win or lose we have a chance to demonstrate that consistent, principled support for marriage, for life, and for religious liberty, matter.

Elections come and go. God’s enduring truths remain.

By signing this petition you will be saying “yes”:

  • Yes, I want to thank Rick Santorum for his fearless defense of life, marriage and religious liberty.
  • Yes, I want to fight back against the hard left which attempt to smear not only Santorum but so many decent and good people who stand up for marriage.
  • Yes, I want to stand tall and tell the Wall Street Journal and all the Washington GOP elites: We values voters are here, we are not going away, and we matter.
  • Yes, I want the mainstream media to know: Some truths really are fundamental to the American Republic. Among these are life, marriage and religious liberty!

Thank you again for being a consistent, principled voice for fundamental truth.

I’m so proud to fight the good fight in the company of people like you.

Together, we can—and will—make a difference.

Maggie

P.S. If you do one thing this week, would you show that values votes matter by thanking Rick Santorum? In doing so, you are not committing yourself to vote for any candidate—some things are bigger than politics! Especially life, liberty and marriage! Thanks in advance for responding to my call to principled action.

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ran a Bribery Center Blocks From the White House’: Comer Mocked for Claiming No Evidence of Trump Influence Peddling

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The powerful Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James  Comer (R-KY) is being highly mocked after declaring he will investigate President Joe Biden for “influence peddling” despite admitting there’s little if any evidence President Biden has engaged in influence peddling.

When pressed, he pointed to Biden’s classified documents and one alleged email from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

But when pressed again by a frustrated CNN host, asking why he’s not investigating ex-president Donald Trump, he couldn’t offer a valid reason, except to claim there no evidence of it.

Some were quick to point out the Trump’s tenure in the White House was filled with alleged influence peddling operations.

Here’s Chairman Comer with CNN’s Pamela Brown on Sunday. While the transcript is a bit simplified, it’s not far off.

“What’s different with Joe Biden is we’re investigating the Biden family for influence peddling,” Comer said on CNN Sunday evening. “We have a strong suspicion that people around Joe Biden, mainly in his family, have been peddling access to the Biden family, with our adversaries around the world, and when we find out that they have multiple classified documents scattered throughout multiple residences and office buildings across the East Coast, then this raises a huge red flag for us. We want to make sure that those documents in the possession of Joe Biden weren’t somehow sent to our adversaries and didn’t somehow compromise our national security.”

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CNN’s Pamela Brown pushed back.

“But you’ve also talked about how you worried about the same situation with the Trump family. Trump had 300-plus documents at Mar-a-Lago, why don’t you have that same concern?” Brown asked. “I mean, there are visitors going in and out of Mar-a-Lago from different countries, including China, there’s been a Chinese spy who was arrested at Mar-a-Lago and it was in an unsecure location at Mar-a-Lago. So would you apply that same concern evenly across the board?

Comer was unimpressed with the facts she presented.

“If someone can show me evidence that there was influence peddling with those classified documents that were in the possession of President Trump, then we would certainly expect it.”

His defense for the Chinese spy? It’s a public place – making all the more dangerous for unsecured classified documents.

“Do you have evidence of influence peddling with the classified documents that was for Biden?” Brown asked. “It sounds like you don’t – you’re looking into it, but why wouldn’t you look into it in the same way for Trump?”

“We have evidence that the Biden family has been very cozy with people from the Chinese Communist Party. We have evidence that Hunter Biden was receiving payments that were that were linked directly to the Chinese Communist Party through those Chinese energy companies. We’re very concerned about all the money connected to Ukraine.”

“How is that connected to classified documents?” Brown again pushed.

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“We don’t know we want to look. We see there’s one email that’s been identified that is suspicious that we want to look into. We want to make sure that there’s one email that was on Hunter Biden’s laptop wasn’t one of the classified documents. So I think there’s ample reason to be concerned.”

Comer revealed he has no evidence against President Biden or the Biden family.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) called it a “a politically-driven fishing expedition.”

“Republican hypocrisy on full display,” Gomez tweeted in response. “How can you launch an investigation without any evidence? This is a politically-driven fishing expedition — full stop. Lots of political stunts, not a lot of problem-solving.”

But, as several people noted, there is plenty of apparent evidence against Donald Trump.

HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte called Comer out: “Trump ran a bribery center five blocks from The White House,” he shouted, referring to the Trump D.C. Hotel, while tweeting in all-caps.

“Just a stunning dereliction of duty,” charged Robert Maguire, the research director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). “Trump brought in tens of millions of dollars as president from businesses he refused to divest, which were used by special interests and foreign governments to enrich him while currying favor with him and his administration.”

Telling Chairman Comer he is “happy to chat,” Mother Jones’ David Corn tweeted, “I know of 2 billion reasons Comer and the House Republicans should look at the Trump family regarding influence peddling and overseas dealings.”

Corn is likely referring to the $2 billion “investment” Trump son-in-law and senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner received.

“Six months after leaving the White House,” The New York Times reported last April, “Jared Kushner secured a $2 billion investment from a fund led by the Saudi crown prince, a close ally during the Trump administration, despite objections from the fund’s advisers about the merits of the deal.”

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MSNBC’s Steve Benen likened Comer’s interview to “watching a snake eat its own tail.” Benen also pointed to Comer’s second attempt, Monday morning, which did not go well.

Bloomberg’s Emily Wilkins, the Vice President of the National Press Club, apparently mistakenly, said to Comer: “So you are asking questions about Trump.”

He made clear he is not.

 

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Principal Ordered Librarian to Take Down Holocaust Survivor’s Famous Quote Just Days Before Holocaust Remembrance Day

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A Pennsylvania principal drew criticism last week after telling a Bucks County school librarian to take down posters with a famous quote by Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights activist, professor, and Holocaust survivor, just days before Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Central Bucks School District reportedly has ties to an organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

Despite being under investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights after an ACLU complaint, the Central Bucks School District earlier this month voted 6-3 to pass “a contentious policy that bans teachers from engaging in ‘advocacy activities’ and displaying inclusive symbols like Pride flags in their classrooms,” WHYY reported earlier this month.

Citing that new rule, known as Policy 321, the school principal told Central Bucks High School South librarian Matt Pecic to take down four posters that displayed Wiesel’s famous quote from his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, WHYY reports.

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel said.

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The principal reportedly told Pecic if he did not comply human resources would have to get involved. Pecic, who has worked for the school district for three decades, met with the principal accompanied by his union representative.

“If I didn’t take it down, I knew there would be consequences that could impact me,” Pecic said. “It’s a horrible feeling. And you feel like you have to do something that you don’t agree with.”

Making the issue even more difficult, “Pecic’s ninth-grade daughter, a Central Bucks student at Holicong Middle School, originally emailed him the quote,” WHYY reports.

“This is where I get choked up,” Pecic said. “She said that ‘this quote reminds me of you.’”

Pecic describes himself as someone who often speaks up, “if I disagree with something, especially if I think it’s not for the benefit of students, I will say something.”

On Thursday, after uproar from the community, the district stepped in and allowed the posters with Wiesel’s quote to be put back up.

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“We regret that the decision was made to remove it,” the district said in a statement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported,  “and in a manner that promotes not only the importance of the novel, but continued awareness and education surrounding the Holocaust and its National Day of Remembrance this coming Friday. The district apologizes for any hurt or concerns this has caused, particularly for those in the Jewish community.”

The Central Bucks School District hired a public relations firm, Devine + Partners, at the cost of $15,000 a month, “in an attempt to repair strained public relations and improve the school district’s image,” The Buck’s County Herald reported last summer.

Devine + Partners was hired to help after “a series of executive decisions made by the Central Bucks School District, most of which appear targeted towards the LGBTQ+ student body.”

“This includes the removal of Pride Flags in the classroom, under the justification that they were political symbols, and as such, not fit for the classroom. It also includes only allowing students to attend Human Growth and Development classes that matched with their assigned genders at birth, and pausing said classes shortly after they began, effectively outing these students to their teachers and peers.”

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WHYY is a separate report notes on Monday that the Central Bucks School District has ties to an anti-LGBTQ hate group, the Family Research Council.

The district is currently reviewing five books after rolling out a new, harsh policy “which aims to keep books that a yet-to-be-determined group might deem ‘inappropriate’ for unspecified ‘sexualized content’ out of school libraries,” WHYY reported in July.

“Recent updates to the policy were reviewed by a conservative Christian law firm, Independence Law Center, as first reported by the Bucks County Courier Times,” WHYY adds. “The Independence Law Center is the legal arm of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which is a statewide branch of the national organization Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ Christian nationalist group designated as an extremist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Earlier this month NBC 10 Philadelphia reported on the passage of Policy 321 by the school board. Watch below or at this link.

 

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Criminal Charges Against Trump Possible as Manhattan DA Presents Grand Jury With Evidence in Hush Money Probe

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has empaneled a special grand jury and prosecutors are now presenting evidence against Donald Trump in their revived investigation into hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and one other woman during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Calling it “a dramatic escalation of an inquiry that once appeared to have reached a dead end,” The New York Times reports the Manhattan DA is “laying the groundwork for potential criminal charges against the former president in the coming months,” and says it “a clear signal” that Bragg “is nearing a decision about whether to charge Mr. Trump.”

Among the witnesses testifying is David Pecker, “the former publisher of The National Enquirer, the tabloid that helped broker the deal” with Daniels.

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Prosecutors have also contacted members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and have subpoenaed phone records and other documents that could provide evidence.

But The Times notes that a “conviction is not a sure thing, in part because a case could hinge on showing that Mr. Trump and his company falsified records to hide the payout from voters days before the 2016 election, a low-level felony charge that would be based on a largely untested legal theory. The case would also rely on the testimony of Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer who made the payment and who himself pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the hush money in 2018.”

Cohen broke with Trump and in 2016, “made the extraordinary admission in court on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump,” The Times reported in 2018.

The payments were made “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016, Cohen testified.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

“Days before then-President Donald Trump left the White House, federal prosecutors in New York discussed whether to potentially charge Trump with campaign finance crimes once he was out of office,” CNN reported on Friday, citing a new book from CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.

But they “decided to not seek an indictment of Trump for several reasons, Honig writes, including the political ramifications and the fact that Trump’s other scandals, such as efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and the January 6, 2021, insurrection, ‘made the campaign finance violations seem somehow trivial and outdated by comparison.'”

Award-winning journalist and author Brian Karem tweeted: “As someone who worked extensively with [Michael Cohen] on the book ‘Revenge’ I can say this: Facts show that the MOST dangerous criminal case against Donald Trump could be made by the Manhattan D.A.”

Read The Times’ full report here.

This article has been updated to include Brian Karem’s tweet.

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