Trump Donated $35K To TX Gov. After Getting A Free Pass On His Trump U Fraud

In 2010, the state of Texas nearly held Donald Trump accountable for his “university” scam that shamelessly deployed predatory sales tactics to take advantage of seniors, veterans, and hardworking Americans of all backgrounds.

The Texas Attorney General office’s Consumer Protection Division compiled a $5.4 million case against Trump University. The case the state put together (the documents are available here) is damning and exposes Trump U as a full-on scam that promoted “legally and ethically questionable real estate investment strategies.” But somehow, the division’s formal requests to sue Trump and Trump U were denied.

 

According to the Dallas Morning News, John Owens, then deputy director of the Consumer Proection Division, “the decision not to sue [Trump] was political.” In fact, Owens alleges that then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened on Trump’s behalf.

Curiously, within the next several years after the Texas AG office dropped the inquiry, now-Governor Abbott “received $35,000 in […]

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Meet Solicitor General Cruz: Extreme And Far-Right Wing

Before he read Green Eggs and Ham to shut down the government over the ACA, Ted Cruz was a state solicitor general arguing in front of the Supreme Court.

Today, Politico Magazine published a profile about Cruz’s five years as solicitor general in Texas, where the senator turned the legal job into a national platform to broadcast his brand of red-meat conservatism. The article focuses on Cruz’s fight against gun safety and how he used the position to propel himself throughout his 2012 Senate campaign. But Cruz’s time as solicitor general shows more than that. It shows just how deeply rooted Cruz’s extremism is:

As solicitor general, Cruz argued that Texas didn’t have to comply with the Vienna Conventions and inform a Mexican citizen of his right to contact contact his consulate after being arrested.
Cruz argued that Texas had the right to execute the mentally ill. 
Cruz argued that Texas shouldn’t have to provide health wellness check […]

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A 3rd & Long Day of Bad Press for Cowboys Superfan Governor Chris Christie

From his hometown editorial board to the pages of Sports Illustrated, New Jersey Governor “Cowboys’ Mojo” Chris Christie was greeted again this morning by a slew of bad headlines questioning the ethics of his attending last Sunday’s Cowboys’ game on Jerry Jones’ dime, given that Jones has a business relationship with the Port Authority of NY/NJ. Even fellow Republican governor — and potential 2016 rival — Scott Walker of Wisconsin joined the pile on.

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Ain’t No Party Like A Shutdown Party: Your 2014 GOP

A year ago today was a dark day for Washington. Like, literally dark — the Republican Party turned off the lights to the federal government, holding the economy hostage to try to score political points. It didn’t work.

In fact, all the government shutdown did was suck $24 billion out of the US economy, while leaving the Republican Party deeply damaged. It’s easy to associate the shutdown with the likes of Ted Cruz, the man who drives the GOP strategy. But it’s not just Ted Cruz who supported the shutdown. It’s nearly every Republican Senate candidate in key races and a slew of 2016 frontrunners.

Their support manifested itself in different ways. Cory Gardner voted for the shutdown, risked default by voting against raising the debt ceiling, voted to prolong the shutdown, and then hobnobbed with Karl Rove and his big-money donor friends while America paid the price for his actions.

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EXCLUSIVE Audio: AFP Summit Speakers “Appeal” To Women

Americans For Prosperity held its annual “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas last month, where top tier Republican presidential hopefuls like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson continued to court their sugar daddies, the billionaire Koch brothers — and American Bridge was there to capture some exclusive audio.

The summit featured speeches from GOP big wigs as well as breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including how Republicans can appeal to women. And, well, on that issue, speakers at the conference had some…interesting takes.

First, Carly Fiorina, who has launched her own PAC to recruit women to the GOP, offered her brand of empowerment to women in attendance by mocking efforts to close the gender pay gap, eventually blaming the discrepancy on unions, or something. Check it out.

Then, at a panel entitled “Women CEOs and the Path to Success,” AFP board member Frayda Levin made […]

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Crooked Chiefs

The Republican Governors Association says “the future of the GOP rests in the hands of the Republican governors.” Given the Tea Party antics and extreme agenda of Republicans in Congress, that very well may be true. But if it is, Republicans have a serious problem on their hands because nearly half of all current Republican governors nationwide are facing corruption charges or other scandals. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the political rise and fall of former Virginia Governor

Bob McDonnell, newly convicted on eleven counts of corruption in a scandal with a wealthy donor and benefactor all of his own making.

Investigation cover ups. Illegal gifts. Cronyism. Pay to play schemes. Taxpayer dollars going to campaign purposes. Using their office to exact political revenge on their own constituents. The list of allegations goes on and on and on. From Georgia to Wisconsin to Kansas to New Jersey, the headlines are piling up. American Bridge has conducted extensive research on each of these Republican governors, diving deep into their records to bring these allegations to light. Our new collection of research on the Republican Party’s best hope for its future shows just how dim that future may really be.

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Video: Rick Perry and Rick Scott Try To Out-Koch Each Other

The past two weeks have seen Rick Perry skip the formal reading of his felony charges to do an event with the Kochs’ AFP in New Hampshire, then explain that he was being indicted for bribery (he’s not, shouldn’t have skipped that arraignment), then return to Dallas for AFP’s “Defending the American Dream Summit.”

At the end of this Tour-de-Koch, the gaffe-prone governor sat down with Ed Morrissey of the conservative blog Hot Air, and further revealed the extent to which Republicans revere the Kochs and court their political support — they even brag about it, apparently.

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Nobody Arraigning On Rick Perry’s Koch-Parade

Rick Perry was due to appear in court in Texas today for the formal reading of his two felony charges after being indicted for an abuse of power. But Perry thought to himself, why waste time at my arraignment in Travis County when I could be flying to New Hampshire to appear at an event with the Koch brothers’ Americans For Prosperity? 

That anyone could think Rick Perry might be able rehabilitate his image to the point of being a viable presidential candidate in 2016 is stupefying. Perry’s 2012 campaign went down in flames, and since then, he’s compared homosexuality to alcoholism and been indicted on multiple felony charges. But clearly Perry is still eying that impossible comeback, because YOLO.

Why else would Perry, the governor of Texas, be flying to New Hampshire to stump with Koch cronies about the state’s business tax rate? The trip highlights Rick Perry’s Tea Party priorities, for sure. But worse, it’s yet another indicator of the new power […]

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Oops

Once upon a time, there was a belief that Republican governors like Rick Perry and Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie and Scott Walker, represented a bright future and a new direction for the GOP. 

Well it’s a new direction alright — courtward. Bob McDonnell may have started the scandal train, but now everybody is hopping on board. Chris Christie is jamming bridges as political retribution and Scott Walker is allegedly at the “center of a criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate campaign spending. With his counterparts embroiled in scandal and hogging attention, Rick Perry damn near lost relevance… until today.

Not to be outdone, Perry went ahead and abused his power as governor, finally getting back in the spotlight with a couple felony indictments. Phew, that was close.

There was a time when these four governors were celebrated for charting a new vision and speaking with conviction.

These days, the closest thing they have to a new vision is Rick Perry’s hipster glasses. And the closest thing they have to conviction is…well, conviction. But not the good kind.

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