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Ron Paul uses non-profit groups to evade campaign finance disclosure laws

Two of Ron Paul‘s foundations are skirting the edge of, and perhaps crossing, the line between issue advocacy and political campaigning and may be breaking federal tax and campaign finance laws. The non-profits, all part of millionaire Paul’s political empire, pays his campaign aides, organizes political volunteers and promotes his often unorthodox ideas, the Associated Press is reporting. An AP “enterprise” story by Ryan J. Foley, published Saturday coincides with Capitol Hill Blue findings that raise serious questions about how Paul uses money donated to both his campaigns and his various causes. By diverting funds into his foundations, Paul is
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Ron Paul’s con: Using hatred of America to get rich

Hypocrisy is the constant bedfellow of most — if not all — politicians and even afflicts Ron Paul, the so-called “savior of America” on the GOP primary ticket. Yet the grandfatherly doctor so revered by his followers is a flagrant hypocrite who evades the truth and preaches one game while practicing another. If one is to believe the self-righteous proclamations of Ron Paul and his fanatical followers, the long-time Texas Congressman is so clueless that he had “no idea” that newsletters bearing his name spewed out racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic bile during the 1980s and 90s. Yeah, right.  And there
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Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

In the end, the long-debated, often-delayed, more often gridlocked budget deal came down to a couple of voice votes in the near-empty chambers of the House and Senate, approving a $33 billion spending measure that keeps the payroll tax rate at 4.2 percent through the end of February. But the debate is far from over. It will resume when Congress returns early next year and the partisan sniping began before President Barack Obama even had a chance to sign the budget deal. Right-wing GOP representative Tom Price blamed what he called a “two month punt” on Senate Majority Leader Harry
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In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul claims he never read the racism-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, but a direct-mail newsletter solicitation sent out over his signature claimed authorship and warned potential contributors of what he called an approaching “race war in our big cities” and claimed a “federal-homosexual” conspiracy to conceal the dangers of AIDS. “Save yourself and your family,” Paul urged in the letter, sent out after he lost a re-election bid and before he returned to Congress. He added: While on Capitol Hill, I developed extraordinary sources in House and
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Ron Paul’s racist newsletters come back to haunt him

A common complaint from Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters is that the media ignores their favorite candidate. As the old Mongolian proverb goes, “be careful what you wish for.”  Paul is getting media attention now and it’s not the kind of attention he or his enthusiastic band of followers wanted. A series of racist-themed newsletters that appeared under his name in the 1990s have resurfaced and questions about those newsletters and the money he made from them caused Paul to walk out on a CNN interview Wednesday. “I didn’t write them. I disavow them,” a testy
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Anti-gay group endorses Gingrich

As former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich struggles to resurrect his faltering Presidential campaign, he gets an endorsement from the homophobic American Family Association — an organization labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center but one also funded by one of Gingrich’s funding groups. “Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the constitution,” says Donald Wildmon, head of the AFA. Wildmon may be paying Gingrich back
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Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress heads home for Christmas but the holiday gift it left for Americans is an almost-certain tax hike for the new year. As predicted by the tea party-controlled Speaker, House Republicans defeated a two-month extension of reduced payroll taxes on Social Security and extension of unemployment benefits. Then House member started packing for the trip home, joining the Senate, which left town after passing a funding compromise that provided the two-month extension. House Speaker John Boehner first backed the Senate bill but — under pressure from tea party backed Republicans — reversed his position and declared the measure dead in
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Gingrich falls to third as Paul takes poll lead in Iowa

Mirroring the fate of other frontrunners in the roller coaster ride to the GOP nomination, last week’s frontrunner is this week’s also ran as former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich falls from first to third in the latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey. Texas Congressman Ron Paul has a narrow lead over Mitt Romney — 23 to 20 percent — with 14 percent for Gingrich.  Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry tie for fourth with 10 percent while Jon Huntsman trails a distant fifth at 4 percent and Gary Johnson brings up the rear with 2 percent. When
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Romney captures key endorsements

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney gained a key endorsement Sunday from the Des Moines Register Sunday in a strong editorial headlined:  “He is the best to lead.” Romney has recaptured the frontrunner spot in the race for the GOP nomination in recent days as former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich fortunes decline. Writes the Register: Sobriety, wisdom and judgment. Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader. Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government. Those qualities help the former Massachusetts governor stand out as the most
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Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Speaker John Boehner, facing a rebellion from Republicans over the two-month payroll tax cut  compromise, appeared ready Sunday to sink the deal when the measure reaches the House Monday. The Senate passed the deal with 89 votes Saturday but Boehner told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he isn’t happy with it and wants a yearlong extension. “Two months is just kicking the can down the road,” Boehner said on the news talk show program.  “What I’m suggesting is this: The House has passed its bill; the Senate has passed its bill. Under the Constitution, when we have these disagreements, there
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