Explosive Report Shows Gillespie Served As Inside Man For Lobbying Clients While Working At White House

A new report from Shareblue uncovers more evidence that Ed Gillespie worked for the clients that made him millions – above all other interests. Time and time again, Gillespie met with former clients and colleagues from his time working as a lobbyist while at the White House and time and time again, those clients earned favorable policies from the Bush administration.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Gillespie has made millions off of his lobbying clients and now we have proof he continued to peddle their interests in the White House. Gillespie will never work for Virginian’s best interests – he’ll be too busy working for his clients–and his own pocketbook.”

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ShareBlue: Ed Gillespie secretly lobbied for his corporate clients while he worked in the White House

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VIDEO: American Bridge Launches New Ad Featuring Satirical Text Exchange Between Corey Stewart And “Establishment” Ed

Today, American Bridge launched a new digital ad campaign showcasing Ed Gillespie desperate attempts to court his immigrant-demonizing, Confederate-flag-praising primary opponent Corey Stewart. The ad imagines a text exchange between Gillespie and Stewart about a potential endorsement, based off of a recent report by The Washington Post.

Stewart has so far declined to officially endorse Gillespie. During the primary, Stewart nearly toppled Gillespie while railing against him for being a “shady lobbyist,” a “liar,” and “establishment weak-kneed, weak-chinned, weak-jawed Republican.” Since the primary, Gillespie has embraced Stewart and Trump’s immigrant-bashing, race-baiting campaign tactics, and begun courtingStewart with the help of Donald Trump henchman Steve Bannon.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following comment:

“Ed Gillespie is desperately pandering to neo-confederate Corey Stewart, showing once and for all that he’ll sell out anyone or anything — Virginians, his own dignity — to get ahead. […]

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ICYMI: Ingraham and Brat Trash Gillespie Hours Before Brat To Appear With Gillespie

Just hours before Ed Gillespie is scheduled to campaign with Rep. Dave Brat in Goochland, Brat appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show to discuss Gillespie’s failing campaign.

As Brat murmured in agreement, Ingraham trashed Gillespie’s campaign, calling his high-dollar fundraising appearance with George Bush a “huge mistake” and saying, “Ed Gillespie is seen as a strong member of the establishment GOP. The establishment GOP has approval ratings up in the high teens.”

She goes on to complain, “He never picked up the phone and contacted me. We’ve invited [Gillespie] on this radio show. He refuses to come on the radio show despite its popularity throughout the commonwealth — and that tells you everything you need to know. You know who else didn’t come on this show? Eric Cantor. John Boehner.” She concludes, “the track record for people who haven’t come on our show is not very good.”

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After Pence Touts Gillespie’s Loyalty to Trump, Gillespie Claims He Doesn’t Know Trump

Someone should tell Ed Gillespie that he isn’t fooling anyone. In an interview with The New York Times, Gillespie claimed he didn’t know Donald Trump and therefore could not attest to his ethics, a line that no one in their right mind should believe, especially considering the events of this weekend. Just days ago Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Gillespie, during which time Pence touted Gillespie’s loyalty to the Republican Party and to the Trump-Pence team.

At that event, Pence also said that “Trump is going to be working tirelessly with Ed Gillespie to pave the way for health care reform.” That same reform would undoubtedly rip away access to health care for thousands of Virginians and take away protections that ensure women don’t pay more than men for their health care.

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Ed Gillespie’s support for bigotry on full display this afternoon in NOVA

This afternoon the same Ed Gillespie who has been accused of “stoking racial fears” by launching “super-racist, anti-immigrant” attack ads plans to attend a Dulles-area Muslim society meeting, a move that will put his previous support for bigotry on full display.

This year, Gillespie has refused to criticize Trump’s Muslim Ban, tacitly approving an effort that was effectively “government-sanctioned discrimination” of Muslims. And just days before his primary, Gillespie refused to denounce an anti-Muslim activist who touted the need to preserve Judeo-Christian culture. The group he worked for was labeled an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Virginia voters won’t be deceived by Ed Gillespie – he has stood by Trump at every turn and has approved of his racist Muslim ban and divisive and disgusting […]

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Ed Gillespie: “Lifestyles of the Rich and Political”

In advance of the final Virginia gubernatorial debate before the election, American Bridge released a flyer highlighting Ed Gillespie’s tax plan, under which he’d get a huge tax break – up to $20,000. The flyer will be promoted across social media channels.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie’s tax plan illustrates exactly where his priorities lie. Instead of helping Virginia’s working families, Gillespie would give himself a tax break of $20,000 a year to support his lavish lifestyle. Virginians deserve a governor with a record of service – not a DC lobbyist like Ed Gillespie who is only out for himself.”

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Trump-Gillespie Mind Meld: Stripping Access To Birth Control

Last night, Trump made his support for Ed Gillespie official. But we already knew they shared the same backward and divisive agenda. Today, President Trump ended the birth control mandate in Obamacare, a move Gillespie suggested back in 2012.

In 2012, Conscious Cause was formed as an effort to rescind or revise the birth control mandate, described by Republican Strategist Mary Matalin as Ed Gillespie’s “brain child.”

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Make no mistake: Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie have reached complete mind meld – they both want to take away women’s access to birth control. Virginia women deserve to make their own health care choices–without comment from Donald Trump or Ed Gillespie.”

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More on The Trump-Gillespie Mutual Admiration Society

Thursday night, Donald Trump upended the Virginia gubernatorial race by endorsing Ed Gillespie and his race-baiting campaign. Trump’s racist rhetoric is always shocking, but the fact that he’s all in for Ed Gillespie is no surprise. Gillespie’s spent his whole life rigging the system for rich guys like Donald Trump, and in this race he’s fully embraced Trump’s outright racism.

Gillespie is all in on Donald Trump’s race to the racist bottom.

American Bridge has been documenting the Trump-Gillespie mutual admiration society for months. Here’s the backstory:

In recent weeks, Gillespie has abandoned his pledge to be ‘a voice for all Virginians’ and made it clear he’d only be a voice for Trump. He’s hired Trump’s former campaign staff, said he wants Trump’s help in the race, and bragged about his relationship with the Trump White House. Watch our video to see for yourself.
After racist violence in Charlottesville, Gillespie failed to stand […]

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A Day in the Life of Ed Gillespie

PART 1: Host near empty event after using a lottery system to keep opponents out

PART 2: Don’t answer questions from voters

Mom in Richmond asks Gillespie about his NRA Scorecard, “You would have answered yes to every question to earn an A.” When faced with the important question, Ed Gillespie doesn’t address the issue – at all.

PART 3: Hope no one notices overtly racist ads

*cough* courting Corey Stewart voters *cough*

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Gov. Rauner’s Politically Convenient Decision Means Nothing For Illinois Women

Today, Governor Rauner announced he would sign HB40, a decision he made after vowing to anti-choice groups that he would veto the legislation. This isn’t the first time he’s made the politically convenient choice… and he certainly has refused to stand up for Illinois women before.

Just last week, Rauner refused to stand up to the Graham-Cassidy plan, which would have rolled back Medicaid support, particularly disrupting states like Illinois that expanded Medicaid.  Rauner wouldn’t even sign on to a letter from a group of bipartisan governors opposing the plan, fearing political backlash from conservative donors.

In Illinois, more than 3 million residents were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP programs, and the eligibility levels were highest for pregnant women and children. Additionally, 71% of public fundingfor family planning in the state came from Medicaid in 2010 and those services provided a […]

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