CONFIRMED: Senate Republican Leaders Paid for Attacks Against Conservatives

Erick Erickson, Red State, July 15, 2014

I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. {snip}

The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour backed group called Mississippi Conservatives.

Mississippi Conservatives, in turn, was funded in part by Sally Bradshaw of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the political action committees created for Senators Mitch McConnell ($50,000), John Cornyn ($50,000), Rob Portman ($25,000), Bob Corker ($25,000), and Roy Blunt ($5,000).


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  • Oh, isn’t that wonderful? The Republicans are betraying their white base once again!

    How many times does the GOP have to betray its white conservative majority before we realize that this is NOT the party for whites?

    • Oil Can Harry

      At one time Haley Barbour was giving speeches before the awesome C of CC. Now he’s leading the fight for Amnesty on Mark cockZuckerberg’s payroll and slandering the Tea Party.

      Just goes to shows how far Barbour has fallen. Or was he always a hustler?

      • Well technically that wasn’t a CofCC function. It was a big political rally held in Carroll County during Mississippi’s statewide election political season called Blackhawk; the CofCC has been a long time sponsor. Haley Barbour did speak at it during his 2003 campaign for Governor. The incumbent Democrat Governor, Ronnie Musgrove, was also a speaker there.

        For as long as I’ve heard of Barbour, I’ve figured him for a greaseball. His only use was in 2003, turning out the flag-hating Musgrove (Musk-Rat), but that’s it.

      • Sick of it

        The CofCC is too lightweight. They have done nothing to equal what ordinary men and women in the South once did. They are nothing.

    • Hal K

      Mainstream white conservatives think it would be wrong to consciously select a party based on whether it is good for whites.

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        White people hate white people who want to help white people.

        • UncleSham

          White people love irony.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Amusing ourselves to death on a higher plateau.

    • WR_the_realist

      The Republicans are the party of crony capitalism. There are a few Republicans that don’t fit this characterization but not many (and they are the ones who are always attacked by the mainstream Republicans). The Democrats are just openly anti-white and make no bones about it. They are thrilled at the prospect of whites becoming an ever smaller minority.

      So we are screwed by both parties. Whites vote for Republicans only because the only alternative is the Democrats.

    • JohnEngelman

      The Republican Party is the party for rich whites. It always has been.

    • It’s worse than that; not one of these senators is actually from Mississippi, so they’re not directly threatened by anything that happens there.

      Incumbent Thad Cochran defeated McDaniel in a runoff election for the GOP nomination. While solid on gun rights, he’s a big fan of earmarked pork-barrel spending, which doubtless is what so annoyed the Tea Party. In 2010, Corchran requested a total of $490 million in earmarked pork.

  • dd121

    As traitorous as some Republicans have become the Democrats are even worse. Slightly off topic but appropriate (another poster from another site).

    “Why I vote Democrat

    I vote Democrat because I believe it’s okay if our federal
    government borrows $85 Billion every single month.

    I vote Democrat because I care about the children … but saddling
    them with trillions of dollars of debt to pay for my bloated leftist government
    is okay.

    I vote Democrat because I believe it’s better to pay billions of
    dollars to people who hate us rather than drill for our own oil, because it
    might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.

    I vote Democrat because I believe it is okay if liberal activist
    judges rewrite the Constitution to suit some fringe kooks, who would otherwise
    never get their agenda past the voters.

    I vote Democrat because I believe that corporate America should
    not be allowed to make profits for themselves or their shareholders. They need
    to break even and give the rest to the federal government for redistribution.

    I vote Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of
    babies being aborted, so long as we keep all of the murderers on death row

    I vote Democrat because I believe it’s okay if my Nobel Peace
    Prize winning President uses drones to assassinate people, as long as we don’t
    use torture.

    I vote Democrat because I believe people, who can’t accurately
    tell us if it will rain on Friday, can predict the polar ice caps will melt
    away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Chevy Volt.

    I vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is not as important as
    preventing people from being offended.

    I vote Democrat because I believe the oil companies’ profit of 3%
    on a gallon of gas is obscene, but the federal government taxing that same
    gallon of gas at 15% isn’t obscene.

    I vote Democrat because I believe a moment of silent prayer at
    the beginning of the school day constitutes government indoctrination and an intrusion
    on parental authority ….. but sex education, condom distribution and
    multiculturalism are all values-neutral.

    I vote Democrat because I agonize over threats to the natural
    environment from CO2, acid rain and toxic waste ….. but I am totally oblivious
    of the threats to our social environment from pornography, promiscuity and
    family dissolution.

    I vote Democrat because I believe lazy, uneducated stoners
    should have just as big a say in running our country as entrepreneurs who risk
    everything and work 70 hours per week.

    I vote Democrat because I don’t like guns ….. so no one else
    should be allowed to own one.

    I vote Democrat because I see absolutely no correlation between
    welfare and the rise of illegitimacy.

    I vote Democrat because I see absolutely no correlation between
    judicial leniency and surging crime rates.

    I vote Democrat because I believe you don’t need an ID to vote
    but you do to buy beer.

    I vote Democrat because I believe marriage is obsolete, except
    for homosexuals.

    I vote Democrat because I think AIDS is spread by insufficient

    I vote Democrat because I think “fairness” is far more important
    than freedom.

    I vote Democrat because I think an “equal outcome” is far more
    important than equal opportunity.

    I vote democrat because I would rather hide in a class room
    while others fight for my freedom.

    I vote democrat because I’m not smart enough to own a gun and I
    need someone else to protect me.

    I vote democrat because I would rather have free stuff than

    lastly, I vote Democrat because I’m convinced that government programs are the
    solution to the human condition, NOT freedom.”


    • “I vote Democrat because I think AIDS is spread by insufficient funding.”

      That was funny!

      • TruthBeTold

        Yes it is.

    • Democrats are out of the closet Leninists. Thats no secret.

    • JohnEngelman

      I vote Democratic because I am not rich enough to benefit from Republican economic policies. Even if I was, I would rather be a Georgetown than own a mansion outside of Dallas.

      • dd121

        That seems to trump everything. Half the people don’t pay income tax, 50 million are on food stamps. In the face of those numbers how could any conservative ever be elected? There is more to life than your own personal rice bowl, but that seems to be a very tough sell.

    • CalMark

      The Republican candidate for President has lost the popular vote five out of the last six elections. If they want to run the show, they better learn how to appeal to the majority. That’s the reality of it.

      • dd121

        That’s what Republican leaders keep telling us. Yet if they become Democrats-lite they’ll lose their base. I for one will simply stop voting and wait for the collapse and coming counter revolution.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Did Senate Republican Leaders Pay for Attacks Against Conservatives?”

    Do bears… well… you know the rest…

    • Do RINOs sh*t on the savannah?

  • While all this is true, I don’t think this was the real crucial factor to explain why Thad Cochran eked it out.

    If you’re a racial activist, you come to learn quite a few things about the state of Mississippi, precisely because it’s where a lot of racial activism had its start and still prospers today.

    Two things I know: One, the state has even worse than usual an incumbent-happy political culture. The sixty years between 1947 and 2007 saw the state only having four individual men represent it in the U.S. Senate: John Stennis, James Eastland, Trent Lott, Thad Cochran. And two, the state and especially the Deep South in general still has a lingering almost Weberian elder-deferential culture.

    Roll the two together.

    There were a lot of older white voters who, when the time came, just could not bring themselves to taking something away from the old man with silver hair and handing it to a young man. In fact I think there was a lot of resentment towards Chris McDaniel that he was jumping in line, not waiting his turn, disrespecting his elders. I think that was far more important than any black votes the state Republican establishment ginned up.

    However, the uncomfortable point remains that the state Republican establishment on behalf of the Cochran campaign did engage in this kind of racial treason. And it cannot stand, and cannot be rewarded. I recommend voting for the Democrat in November, even if it means the Republicans not taking the Senate.

    • jayvbellis

      All true. But it’s a terrible weakness of our people that we always re elect, old, clueless men who just don’t want to face brutal racial realities in the here and now.

      Orin Hatch, Dick Lugar, even senile Ronald Reagan in his second term. Reagan wasted the 1980s fighting….

      The Russians!

      I hope Black thugs play the knock out game on these traitorous, senile old White men.

      • TruthBeTold

        Well the people in Mississippi TRIED to elected fresh blood.

        So there are people looking for change. Only the establishment Republicans aren’t going to give it to them.


    A number of years back, there were people on Amren praising Haley Barbour because he spoke at a CofCC event.

    Barbour has always been a soulless, amoral operator.

  • Epiminondas

    As long as the GOP exists, America will continue its slide into moral and economic chaos. And I see no way to outspend the aristocrats who run that party. Because the GOP is not an effective opponent of Democrat policies, especially their social policies, then why should we expect them to act any differently when in power? The best thing about Romney’s defeat is we get to see in a short period of time what his policies would eventually have led to. I applaud any social conservative attempting to get elected as a Republican. But let’s be realistic about what will happen to that person if they challenge the establishment.

  • david dorian

    Republican, Democrat.

    Different sides of the knife. That’s all the difference.

    • Sick of it

      Even worse – Different sides of the knife they are sticking into us and our children. When I was growing up, we burned trash.

  • jayvbellis

    Haley Barbour is a terrible Scalywag.

  • TruthBeTold

    Talk about winning the battle and losing the war.

    What’s the long-term cost of a Pyrrhic victory?

    The next time the Republican leadership has to fend off charges of racism, they’re going to have to fight the lies they created.

    They’re also going to have a difficult time regaining the trust of the rank and file.

    I sure hope the number of people who voted for McDaniel and decide to sit out the election isn’t greater than the margin of victory for Thad Cochran needs to win.

  • IstvanIN

    We have NO political friends. More and more it seems only a White military government can clean things up.

    • I wouldn’t want that.

      • IstvanIN

        Hopefully they would be too busy cleaning up the “flotsam and jetsam”, so to speak.

  • Guest

    The tea party, just like Christianity, has been infiltrated and become controlled opposition.

    • WR_the_realist

      What is impressive about the Tea Party is how quickly this grass roots, anti-business-as-usual movement was taken over by the neocons. In no time at all they were glomming onto Sara Palin and all the usual Fox News candidates.

  • jayvbellis

    Can’t understand how the good Southerners in the once great southern state of South Carolina have this lisping, flaming queer, open borders immigration RINO as a US Senator.

    South Carolina doesn’t have a heterosexual White Southerner in the offices of Governor and US Senate.

  • jayvbellis

    Publicly challenge these scalawags to public fistfights. Forget guns, you/we can take them in man to (not really) man fist fights. Get in there, bloody some noses.

  • IstvanIN

    Mississippi Whites should get together and vote for someone else, a third party candidate, even if it means a Democrat winning, to teach them a lesson.

  • Don’t forget welfare soaks and illegal aliens. Maybe the GOP is the party for the rich, but the Democrats are a party for freeloading ethnic bloc-voters.

  • dd121

    The libs love to spin the difference between repubs vs dems as rich vs poor. There’s more to it than that. At least in theory the repubs are in favor of less government, lower taxes, less government meddling in your personal life. True, they don’t always live up to that but the dems don’t make any bones about running every aspect of your life. If they don’t like guns, then they believe you shouldn’t have them either. It’s just a different perspective.

  • scutum

    I will not vote for any establishment Republican. In my opinion we are better off with Democrats in office because we at least know where they stand. There is nothing worse than supporting a Republican you think is a conservative and then have them join the John Mitch McConnell wing of the Republican Party and stab conservatives in the back the first chance they get.

  • Lots of these RINOs think “Jesus” is a magical password that will get them anything they want from conservative voters, who are then expected to look the other way when we later are stabbed in the back on other issues. As an agnostic, religion is never a campaign issue for me, unless some idiot candidate goes out of his way to make it one and succeeds in annoying me with his or her grandiose posturing on the subject.

    • dean53

      Unfortunately, candidates’ professed religion, or as you call it, “piety,” often has nothing to do with their actual practices, especially if they claim to be a Christian. The only thing that one can safely predict about the vast majority of “Christian” politicians is that they will be hypocrites. They will say one thing to get elected, but once in, they will do whatever it takes to stay in office and avoid getting crucified by Malignant Left Wing Fanatics. On the other hand, voters can more accurately predict the political policies of candidates who claim to be Muslim, Jewish or Feminist. They will almost certainly enact policies that harm white gentile Americans and are contrary to traditional, conservative Constitutional law.

  • Rhialto

    The only gut issue that the Repubs have is private ownership and use of guns. The Repubs have been unpredictable and treacherous on all issues except gun control. The Dems seem to be keeping quiet on the issue, but Americans who value gun rights know what the Dems want to do to gun owners.