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by Michael Dennin

On February 17th, news broke that billionaire financier and Obama fundraiser Tom Steyer was planning to raise $100 million – half of which would come out of his own pocket – to run an ad campaign during the 2014 elections attacking any candidate who doesn’t support the Left’s “climate change” agenda. The news came on the heels of Steyer’s successful $8 million effort to buy the Virginia gubernatorial campaign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in 2013.

Meanwhile, the New McCarthyites in the Democratic party have doubled-down on their scorched earth campaign to silence conservative and libertarian organizations in the run-up to the 2014 mid-term elections. While the Obama administration has refused to mount a credible and effective investigation into the IRS’ self-confessed misconduct and Senator Charles Schumer called on the agency to continue its political witch hunt, the administration proposed new rules (see Kimberley Strassel’s article at bottom) targeting Right-wing groups that even the ACLU condemned as an affront to free speech and the promotion of an informed citizenry. Others on the Right accurately described the rules changes as censorship masquerading as legal stewardship.

One might ask what do “progressives” spending tens of millions of dollars on political campaigns have in common with their effort to prevent conservative non-profits from spending any money on political campaigns? Obviously, the answers are power and money. What’s less obvious but just as important to “progressives” is the perpetuation of the myth that the New Left is the party of the common man and not the party of the political and economic elite. Fortunately, conservatives such as David Horowitz and Jacob Laskin are now destroying that myth. In their meticulously researched book The New Leviathan: How the Left-Wing Money Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America’s Future [1], Horowitz and Laskin expose what might be the biggest dirty secret in American politics – how “progressive” foundations have outspent conservative and libertarian foundations by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here is a summary of their findings:

Comparative Assets and Grant Expenditures of Conservative and Progressive Foundations

Appendix I (pp.185-187)

1. Total Assets of Conservative and Progressive Foundations Compared

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Think Progress – two progressive organizations – identified 96 conservative foundations, 82 of which currently do not have zero or negative assets. As of 2010, the total asset value of the 82 conservative foundations was: $10,288,081,969 ($10.29 billion) has identified 122 major foundations as progressive, 115 of which currently do not have zero or negative assets. As of 2010, the total asset value of these 115 foundations was: $104,555,636,781 ($104.56 billion)

This represents a total asset value for the Left that is over ten times (10.16X) larger than the total assets of the Right.

2. Average Assets of Conservative and Progressive Foundations Compared

For the 82 conservative foundations that had no zero or negative assets the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Think Progress identified, the average assets value is currently: $125,464,414 ($125.46 million)

For the 115 foundations that had no zero or negative assets identified, the average assets value is: $909,179,450 (909.18 million)

This represents an average asset value for the Left that is over seven times (7.25X) larger than the average asset value of the Right.

3. Total Grants Awarded by Conservative and Progressive Foundations Compared

Of the 82 conservative foundations that had no zero or negative assets identified by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Think Progress, the total grants awarded was: $831,797,191 ($831.80 million)

Of the 115 progressive foundations that had no zero or negative assets identified by DTN, the total grants awarded figure was: $8,807,988,218 ($8.81 billion)

This represents a total grants awarded figure by the Left that is over ten times (10.59X) larger than the total grants awarded by the Right.

4. Average Grants Awarded by Conservative and Progressive Foundations Compared

Of the 82 conservative foundations that had no zero or negative assets identified by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Think Progress, the average grants awarded figure was: $10,143,868 ($10.14 million)

Of the 115 progressive foundations that had no zero or negative assets identified by DTN, the average grants awarded figure was: $76,591,202 ($76.59 million)

This represents an average grants awarded by the Left that is over seven times (7.55X) larger than the average grants awarded by the Right.

The superiority of the Left-wing money machine is further confirmed in the Center of Responsive Politics “Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014” list [2], which reveals that 7 of the top 10 political donors in America are Leftist and none of them are conservative. Here are the top 10 Heavy Hitters (Democrat donors in blue):

1. ActBlue (“the online clearinghouse for Democratic action”)

2. American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees/AFSCME (public sector labor union)

3. AT&T (non-partisan, donates to both parties)

4. National Education Association/NEA (public sector labor union)

5. National Association of Realtors (non-partisan, donates to both parties)

6. Goldman Sachs (non-partisan, donates to both parties)

7. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (labor union)

8. United Auto Workers/UAW (labor union)

9. Carpenters and Joiners Union (labor union)

10. Service Employees International Union/SEIU (labor union)

Looking over the rankings, one can’t help but notice that the Left’s favorite boogeymen, the libertarian Koch brothers, finished 59th on the list, while the Democratic party’s big union benefactors – who have been exempted from the Obama administration’s rules changes aimed at conservative & libertarian non-profits – occupy 6 of the top 10 spots.

From “progressive” California billionaires buying gubernatorial elections in Virginia to the enormous advantage in spending that Leftist foundations, unions and PACs have over their Right-wing counterparts, the public is now beginning to become aware of the fact that it is Left-wing money that is dominating America’s political landscape. In light of this, we can see that the New McCarthyites’ efforts to silence and destroy their conservative opponents through bureaucratic fiat and harassment has absolutely nothing to do with leveling a playing field that is already heavily tilted in their own favor. Contrary to their self-serving propaganda, it is clear that “progressives” really aren’t interested in fairness at all. As was the case with their Jacobin and Bolshevik ancestors, the only things that the New Left are interested in is absolute power and control.





Posted February 25, 2014 by Candidus in Elections, Government, Politics, The Left



by Michael Dennin

On November 5th, 2013 former Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race by a mere 3 percentage points. Since Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis siphoned off enough Republican and Democratic voters to finish with 6% (a record high for a third-party gubernatorial candidate in Virginia), McAuliffe won with less than 50% of the vote.

There are a few lessons conservative activists and candidates can glean from the election. Some of them are positive and some of them are negative. Here is a list of several of the most prominent lessons they can take with them heading into the 2014 elections and beyond:

1) ObamaCare is hurting Democrats.

Going into the final weekend before the election, McAuliffe had a substantial lead over Cuccinelli that was somewhere in the neighborhood of 8%. However, when news of the mass cancelation of health insurance plans across the country broke out and President Obama’s lies about Americans being able to keep their doctors and health care plans were exposed, Cuccinelli finally started linking McAuliffe to ObamaCare. The reason Cuccinelli’s 11th hour attack was relevant and significant in Virginia is because the current Republican governor refused to impose additional burdens on Virginia taxpayers by expanding Medicaid and opening and financing a state ObamaCare exchange. Once Cuccinelli belatedly started linking McAuliffe to ObamaCare and what it could cost Virginians, the Democrat’s lead instantly began evaporating. Why Cuccinelli waited so long is a mystery, and this proved to be a critical mistake – had he attacked McAuliffe earlier there’s a good chance he would have overtaken him by election day.

Consistent with McAuliffe’s decline in the polls over ObamaCare, one need look no further than the president’s plummeting approval and likability ratings to see that his Unaffordable Care Act is hurting Democrats. Despite the herculean efforts of his Leftist co-travelers in the mainstream media, Obama’s approval rating dropped below 40% by November 5th. By December, a CNN poll revealed that in a generic congressional vote, 49% of Americans indicated that they would vote Republican while 47% indicated they would vote Democrat. This represented a 10 percentage point swing within one month. The remarkable free-fall of Obama and the Democrats is indisputable evidence that ObamaCare has become a major political liability for Democrats, which also explains why the president keeps delaying the most harmful parts of the law until after the 2014 elections.

2) Make ObamaCare the central issue of the campaign and make it the central issue from start to finish.

Another lesson from the election and how ObamaCare is hurting Democrats is that Republicans must make ObamaCare the central issue of the campaign and make it the central issue from the start. Heading into the final week of the governor’s race, Cuccinelli was getting pummeled for his highly unpopular positions on abortion, which he opposes even in cases of rape and incest, but when he started attacking McAuliffe on ObamaCare he was suddenly able to neutralize his own greatest political vulnerability while exploiting that of his opponent. Had Cuccinelli dictated the battle to his opponent from the start and maintained the initiative till the end, he likely would have won. The failure to do so until it was too little too late proved to be a fatal mistake.

No doubt, Democrats and their allies in the media will do everything they can to shift attention away from ObamaCare in the upcoming year, and this strategy has already begun. The initial focus on the cancellation of millions of Americans’ health care plans – now standing at 5.9 million – has been shoved down the memory hole since the president unilaterally declared that he was postponing the requirements that caused people to lose the HC plans that they were promised they could keep until after the 2014 mid-term elections. Suddenly, there was no more mention of the president and Democrats’ lies and how they had no intention of making good on their promise to let Americans to keep their health care plans if they liked them, as if breaking their promise next year was somehow more acceptable to the public than breaking it this year. Despite all of Obama’s idle talk about his willingness to fix what’s wrong with ObamaCare, no one in the media has saw fit to ask the inconvenient question why the president has refused to fix his broken promise to the American people.

Republicans and conservatives need stay focused on this and all the other harmful aspects of ObamaCare in 2014 and stay on message while ignoring the Democrats’ attempts to change the subject. If they do so, there’s a good chance that Democrats will lose control of the Senate and set the stage for a full repeal of ObamaCare following the elections in 2016. Certainly, this will be later than many of us would wish, but better late than never.

3) Extremist positions against abortion are hurting Republicans in Virginia

This might not be a problem in some states, but opposition to abortion in all cases – rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger – is killing Republicans in statewide elections in Virginia. This opposition without exception paved the way for Democrats to win the presidential and senatorial elections in 2012 and the gubernatorial election in 2013. In all three races, Democrats incessantly pounded their Republican opponents over their “extremist” positions against abortion, and their fear-mongering was invariably successful in this purple battleground state where the Right and Left are evenly divided and the Center determines the outcome of elections for president, governor and the U.S. senate. Obviously, the GOP’s position is not playing well with the Center, which brings us to the question of how Republicans can solve this problem. There are two possible solutions – the first is to adopt the position of libertarian and pro-choice Republicans and completely abandon the party’s opposition to abortion. Since this is unlikely to sit well with social conservatives, the next alternative is a compromise that will maintain GOP opposition to abortion in principle and keep the government out of funding it with taxpayer dollars, while reasonably moderating their opposition to the procedure in extreme cases where the mother’s life is in danger or when she is the victim of rape and/or incest.

In addition to their opposition to abortion itself, Republicans are running into problems reconciling their conflicting ideological and policy positions vis a vis abortion with the public, and this strikes directly to the heart of the credibility of the Republican party. The first of the most notable examples involves the GOP’s position against abortion and its opposition to the provision of welfare payments to women who bring children into this world that they know they cannot support. The second involves the GOP’s pretense to being the party of limited government and individual freedom while advocating government interference in an individual’s control over their own reproductive decisions. Finally, Republicans have rightly and correctly opposed how ObamaCare strips Americans of individual control over their own bodies, but this opposition rings inconsistent and hypocritical in the face of the GOP’s willingness to strip Americans of individual control over their own bodies. While this is obvious to most people outside the GOP and many within it, this point doesn’t seem to be reaching a lot of Republicans, and this begs the question how many more elections does the GOP have to lose before the party gets the message?

4) Fielding compromised candidates and running weak campaigns are recipes for defeat

Looking back at the last gubernatorial, presidential and U.S. senate elections in Virginia, the Republican party fielded three weak and compromised candidates and all three of them lost what were very winnable elections. Beginning with the governor’s race, Ken Cuccinelli was damaged goods on account of a gift-giving scandal involving a wealthy Republican supporter’s donations that have drawn the attention of federal prosecutors. In the U.S. senate race, George Allen re-emerged from the political dead after losing his seat to Democrat Jim Webb following the infamous “macaca” incident where Allen hurled a racial epithet at a Democratic operative during a public event. To make matters worse, Allen was unpopular amongst fiscal conservatives on account of his association with the free-wheeling RINOs who spent taxpayer money like Democrats during George W. Bush’s administration. Finally, there was Mitt Romney, a liberal Republican who was fatally compromised by the enactment of his own version of ObamaCare in Massachusetts. Compounding his troubles, the mild-mannered Romney waged a weak campaign that fell far short of what was necessary to defeat a Chicago Alinskyite who ran one of the dirtiest campaigns in recent memory. Judging from these elections and the candidates who lost them, it is obvious that the Republican talent pool is terribly shallow in Virginia, and it appears that this problem is not confined to the Old Dominion. The GOP was poised to make substantial gains against Democrats in 2012, particularly in the Senate, but an array of weak, compromised candidates cost them this opportunity.

In addition to the personal and political problems associated with these failed Republican candidates, there is the equally critical problem of the weak campaigns that they waged against their Democratic opponents. Since 2008 it has become increasingly evident that Republicans don’t seem to understand who and what they are up against and what it takes to defeat the nihilistic neo-socialist “progressives” who are playing straight out of Saul Alinsky’s handbook Rules for Radicals. In war, the first rule is to understand your enemy, and the GOP establishment appears to be completely clueless in this respect. By now, they should have realized that they are up against a pack of radical zealots who are determined to fundamentally transform America and are willing to say and do anything to achieve that destructive end. Republicans have been masochistic fools to think they can play nice with “progressives”, so they are going to have to learn to play political hardball whether they like it or not. Consistent with this, they are going to have to start exposing the New Left’s “transformational” agenda, and most of all, they are going to have to stop being afraid to drop the S word (socialism) on their opponents. Republicans must speak openly and plainly, because “progressives” rarely speak openly and plainly about who they are and what their agenda is, and their comrades in the mainstream media will continue to do everything they can to conceal it from the American people. Neo-socialists know full well that their ideology will not stand up well to the harsh light of public scrutiny, which is why they have to present themselves as “progressives” and couch their extremist agenda in vague euphemisms such as “Change”.

5) Libertarians made historic gains in Virginia in 2013

Perhaps the biggest story of the 2013 gubernatorial race was the showing of Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, who pulled in a record number of votes for a third party candidate without any media exposure and support. What was even more remarkable is that Sarvis attracted more Democratic voters than Republicans, and this result has been attributed largely to the rising number of young Americans who are abandoning the Left and embracing libertarianism. This is great news for the Right, and it may indicate that this is becoming a trend that is building on the momentum generated from the 2012 presidential campaigns of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. What may add more momentum to this trend is the negative impact of ObamaCare on young people who are becoming increasingly aware of just how bad a deal this neo-socialist redistribution scheme is for them. As they become more disenchanted with this program and Big Government in general, the appeal of libertarianism is bound to grow. Libertarians would be wise to exploit this opportunity and build on their success.

6) Democrats and their donors spent almost twice as much money as Republicans and Libertarians

Despite their phony cries of poverty and paranoid ranting about the Koch brothers, Democrats outspent Republicans by a whopping $17 million ($38 million to $21 million) overall and by $4.7 million on TV advertisements in the Virginia governor’s race. One Democratic donor, California billionaire Thomas Steyer, reportedly spent $8 million to help McAulifffe get elected. Another billionaire, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, reportedly spent another $1.1 million in support of McAuliffe. In addition to the millions spent by out-of-state billionaires, labor unions also contributed $2.7 million to the Democratic cause in Virginia.

The superiority of the Left-wing money machine in the Virginia governor’s race is likely to spread nationwide in 2014. Big labor unions are pledging to spend $300 million dollars to unseat a handful of Republican governors while Steyer announced his plan to raise $100 million – $50 million out of his own pocket – to attack candidates who oppose the Left’s “climate change” agenda. No doubt, the Democratic party’s rich benefactors will also spend enormous amounts of money to maintain control of the U.S. Senate. Unless conservatives start putting their money where their mouths are, Democratic donors will outspend their Republican counterparts by a substantial margin in 2014.

Posted February 25, 2014 by Candidus in Elections, Politics

Obama Wins, America Loses – What Next?


by Michael Dennin

On November 6th, a majority of the American electorate made the mistake of taking another misstep down the road to serfdom and decline and voted to re-elect a socialist who has presided over four disastrous years of failed domestic and foreign policy. For sensible Americans who refused to overlook Barack Obama’s ruinous policies and myriad failures, the result of the election may come as a demoralizing disappointment and this reaction is rightly forgiven of any American who loves their country and remains true to the values that made our country great. It would also be understandable for the Americans who have remained true to those values to lose faith in their fellow citizens and to resort to impugning their intelligence as “progressives” did after the 2010 elections. Hopefully, patriotic Americans will resist this impulse and reflect, once again, on the challenges before us and redouble our efforts to overcome those challenges. While the challenges are numerous and great, and may appear overwhelming at times like this, we cannot submit to despair and defeatism if we hope to rescue our country from its current trajectory of decline.

Let us not delude ourselves – the task before us is neither easy nor one that offers immediate gratification. The Left’s long march through our nation’s institutions has been going on for almost half a century, and we have only begun to join the struggle in earnest. Consider the fact that the emergence of conservative media outlets is a relatively recent development, as were our long overdue responses to the “anti-war” Left and the “progressive” indoctrination of young Americans in our nation’s schools. While we have made some inroads, it will take decades to regain the ground that was ceded to our ideological adversaries since the middle of the 20th Century. This is going to be a long, exhausting uphill struggle that will demand every last measure of our determination, persistence and patience. We must never lose sight of the fact that our country – the last, fading bastion of individual freedom – and the values that made it great are worth preserving, for ourselves, each other, and future generations of Americans, and the only response and remedy to the nihilism of the Left that seeks to fundamentally transform our country is the vitality of the patriotic Americans who seek to save and revive it.

So, now that the long, bruising political campaign season is over, let us take a moment to recharge our batteries, regroup and rededicate ourselves to our cause. The challenges before us are far greater than one election. Our economy is poised at the edge of the fiscal cliff. Our government is growing more expansive, expensive and out of control. The assaults on our Constitution and subversion of our individual freedom continue. Our schools are still indoctrinating instead of educating our youth. Our mainstream media has become the Left’s propaganda bullhorn and promotes our decline. Secular absolutists carry on their campaign against the existence of religious life in America. Our nation is still at war, and terrorists and belligerent, rights-repressive regimes have become more aggressive. These and other problems aren’t going away and they are only going to get increasingly worse and insurmountable if we submit to defeat and throw in the towel. Let that sobering thought temper any and all of our disappointment.

Finally, on a more encouraging note, let’s keep things in perspective. First of all, the historic gains made by conservatives in 2010 that wrested control of the House of Representatives from the Left remain intact. We still control the nation’s purse strings and the president cannot ramrod the Left’s agenda through Congress. Secondly, the margin of victory in this year’s presidential election was narrower than it was in 2008. The reports of the Rights’ demise and the repudiation of its values have been greatly exaggerated.

With that in mind, perhaps the first constructive thing we can do in the aftermath of the elections is to encourage our political allies in Washington, DC to hold the line against the president and the Left’s agenda. They are going to need to know that we are behind them as they head into the looming battles over the debt ceiling, spending and taxes. For good measure, remind them that the American people have not given up on overturning ObamaCare.
House of Representatives


John Boehner
Speaker of the House

Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader

Posted November 13, 2012 by Candidus in Activism, Elections



After enduring four years of socialist governance and the ruinous domestic and foreign policy initiatives that have subverted our Constitution, inhibited economic growth and made the world a more dangerous place, America desperately needs a change in direction and leadership. Consequently, the American Patriot Council has decided to endorse Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President. The endorsement of the Romney-Ryan ticket is based on the following reasons:

– Mr. Romney has an extensive and successful background in business that has prepared him to tackle the massive economic challenges facing our country today. He has also been an unapologetic proponent and defender of our free market system and the economic freedom of the individual and a vocal critic of President Obama’s socialistic ideology and policies.

– Mr. Romney’s pro-business attitude and policies will encourage businesses and investors to inject the trillions of dollars currently sitting on the sidelines into our economy to produce growth and employment.

– Mr. Romney will halt the current administration’s insatiable appetite for more government, more spending and more taxes.

– Mr. Romney will end President Obama’s weak, unprincipled and reactive foreign policy that has emboldened terrorists and hostile regimes and made the world a much more dangerous place for America and its allies.

– Mr. Romney will repeal ObamaCare and most notably its odious individual mandate.

– Paul Ryan has shown the political courage to address the insolvency of our nation’s entitlement programs and the practical knowledge to propose solutions to those problems instead of engaging in the demagoguery, fear-mongering and inaction of his Democratic opponents who are content with the status quo.

– Mr. Romney will end Mr. Obama’s war on coal and oil and encourage the development of domestic energy sources and the security that comes with it.

– As a Republican governor of Massachusetts working with a Democrat-controlled legislature, Mr. Romney has proven that, unlike the president, he is willing and able to reach across the political aisle to get the business of government done.

– Mr. Romney has a positive, Reaganesque faith in America, her people and the things that have made America the freest, most prosperous and powerful nation on earth. On the other hand, Mr. Obama, true to his nihilistic ideology and perspective, wants to fundamentally transform America. The results have been decline and malaise.
In the negative, the APC is not endorsing Mr. Obama for the following reasons:

– President Obama is a nihilistic socialist whose goal, in his own words, is dedicated to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America”. When he speaks of “Change” and ” a new vision of America in which prosperity is shared”, he is speaking of Socialism.

– Mr. Obama’s socialistic ideology and policies have stymied economic growth and killed the confidence of business owners and investors, producing one of the weakest recoveries from a recession in American history. Since he took office, GDP growth has been anemic, unemployment has hovered around 8%, middle-class household incomes are down $4000, the government has accumulated a record $5 trillion in additional debt, America’s credit has been downgraded and Democrats have added another multi-trillion dollar entitlement program (ObamaCare) on top of the programs (ex. Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid) that are already going insolvent.

– Mr. Obama has shown a wanton disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law, that has eroded the freedom of the individual and the constraints our nation’s Founders placed on government and authoritarian statists such as Mr. Obama.

– Mr. Obama’s weak and unprincipled foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster for America and is allies abroad. The president’s foolish eagerness to appease our nation’s enemies has emboldened terrorists and hostile authoritarian regimes while abandoning the pro-democracy movements that oppose them.

– The failure of the Obama Administration to ensure the security of our diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, Libya, which contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, followed by the false and misleading narrative that was disseminated to the American people in an effort to cover up the administration’s gross negligence and incompetence, are proof that Mr. Obama is unworthy to serve as Commander in Chief.

– Mr. Obama’s war on coal and oil have made domestic energy sources increasingly unavailable to the American people and driven up the price of gas, heating oil, propane and electricity. This rise in prices is the primary reason why the disposable income of middle-class American households is $4000 lower than it was when the president took office.

– Mr. Obama’s hyper-partisanship and unwillingness to reach across the political aisle to conduct the nation’s business have imposed legislative and regulatory excesses on the American people and produced acrimony and gridlock in Washington, DC.

– Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with incompetent ideologues and politicians who have failed our country at every turn.

– The story of President Obama and his administration has been one of misplaced priorities. While the American people endured the economic hardships of the Great Recession, President Obama chose to ignore their concerns about jobs and the economy and dedicated himself to nationalizing our nation’s healthcare system. While the president should have been attending to the security of our diplomatic personnel in Libya – a country he helped turn into an anarchic, terrorist-infested failed state – he attended campaign rallies, fundraisers and TV talk shows instead.

– Mr. Obama’s nihilistic socialist ideology and agenda have produced a failed era of decline and malaise that have not been seen since the days of the Carter Administration. America can never achieve her full potential, at home and abroad, under the administration of Barack Obama, and the president’s track record is proof.

Posted November 4, 2012 by Candidus in Elections

2012 National Elections   Leave a comment


Barack Obama (Democrat)

Mitt Romney (Republican)

Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Jill Stein (Green)



Posted August 15, 2012 by Candidus in Elections