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Fable   Paws Up 14,201
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ON THURSDAY EVENING, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the extraordinary step of publicly attacking a prominent Democratic candidate in a contested Texas primary. The party committee’s move was made all the more jarring given the background of the candidate, Laura Moser, who in 2017 became a hero of the Trump resistance movement as the creator of Daily Action, a text-messaging tool that channeled progressive anger into a single piece of activism per day.

“Voters in Houston have organized for over a year to hold Rep. [John] Culberson accountable and win this Clinton district,” DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly told the Texas Tribune. “Unfortunately, Laura Moser’s outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas’ 7th in November.”

The comment followed the release of an opposition dossier the party compiled on Moser. To date, the DCCC has made only two such memos public, one on Moser, and the other on arch-conservative Rick Saccone, a Republican running in an upcoming special election in Pennsylvania.

“Democratic voters need to hear that Laura Moser is not going to change Washington. She is a Washington insider, who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress,” warned the DCCC in its memo.

The dropping of the opposition research on Moser came after The Intercept published an article Thursday morning highlighting a rift in the race, with the pro-choice women’s group EMILY’s List backing Lizzie Pannill Fletcher against Moser. The DCCC and EMILY’s List often work hand in glove. Meanwhile, candidate Alex Triantaphyllis, a former Goldman Sachs analyst, has told people on the campaign trail he was recruited by the DCCC, according to local Indivisible leader Daniel Cohen.

Fletcher, a corporate lawyer with ties to a mega-donor steel magnate, worked for a firm that routinely represents employers. The firm recently defeated local janitorial workers in a labor law case by studying social media feeds to ensure the jury had a healthy number of Trump supporters, a tactic it later boasted about publicly. Fletcher said she didn’t work directly on the case. But the local AFL-CIO made a rare non-endorsement in the race, urging residents to vote for any candidate other than Fletcher, and pledging to do what it can to defeat her.

The suggestion that Moser, a freelance writer, has “outright disgust for life in Texas” takes a snippet of Moser’s writing from 2014 in Washingtonian magazine out of context. In an article about her preference for city over rural life, she wrote that she would “sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than move to the town where her grandparents had recently sold their house: Paris, Texas. National Democrats may not be familiar with Texas — indeed, the DCCC failed to field a single candidate in a Dallas district that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — but in fact Paris, Texas, and Houston, Texas, where Moser is running, are hundreds of miles apart and very different places. Houston is a city.

But the more serious charge the party leveled at Moser was to imply corruption and self-dealing. “In 2017, Moser paid over $50,000 in campaign money to her husband’s D.C. consulting firm. More than 1 of every 6 dollars spent by her campaign went straight into her husband’s D.C. company’s bank account,” wrote the DCCC.

Most of that money was for ad buys, which meant that it may have gone into the bank account, but it didn’t stay there long and was instead destined for TV station or digital coffers. But setting that aside, it has long been known that Moser is married to Arun Chaudhary, a partner at Revolution Messaging, a consulting firm that is most well-known for its work on the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. As The Intercept noted, Daily Action and Revolution had a financial relationship, as well, according to public disclosures.

That the DCCC would attack a Democrat for funneling money to a campaign consultant is itself rich, given how the organization habitually steers candidates to its own consultants. Its nickname in Washington, after all, is “the consultant factory,” as so many of its operatives go on to be campaign consultants working on the party dole. James Thompson, a congressional candidate in Kansas who nearly won a 2017 special election for the seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, told The Intercept last month that the DCCC told him flat-out “to spend a certain amount of money on consultants, and it’s their list of consultants you have to choose from.”

This was made explicit in a memo sent to candidates seeking DCCC support last December. In exchange for that support, according to the memo, candidates must “hire professional staff and consultants who can help execute a winning campaign,” and “the DCCC will provide staff resumes and a comprehensive list of consultants as well as helpful resources to the campaign including staff trainings.” Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said after the 2016 elections that the DCCC “need to go on a consultant detox"

The DCCC has instead done the opposite. Relationships like Moser’s and her husband’s are easy to find in Washington. A cursory look at the leadership of the DCCC, in fact, turned up a few.

Read The Full Article For More Information Here:

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/22/national-democrats-go-nuclear-publicly-slam-a-dem-candidate-as-corrupt-for-far-less-than-its-own-officials-do/

 

TLDR:

Essentially the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) decided to do opposition research on, and attack, one of their own candidates Laura Moser, who is running a grassroots campaign without taking corporate money. They smeared her by taking a quote of hers out of context that made it seem as if she hated Texas and also accused her of corruption by suggesting that she was funnelling campaign funds into Revolution Messaging, a consulting firm that is most well-known for its work on the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders and a firm that her husband is a partner in. HOWEVER not only has the money that has been put into the firm been used solely for advertising (which is the purpose of consulting firms...) but the DCCC consistently pressures Democrat candidates to use their own consultants and funnels money into them with many of the same relationships they are criticising. DCCC's independent expenditure director Jessica Mackler, for example, is the spouse of BluePrint Interactive partner Geoff Mackler. Federal Election Commission disclosures show that Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Moser’s opponent, retained BluePrint Interactive to help the campaign on its digital consulting work. That's not to say they have done anything illegal or wrong, but just that the relationships appear to parallel the one criticized by the DCCC. The DCCC is slamming Moser for something that's not only completely normal, but is rife within their own organisation.

 

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MJHolland   Paws Up 7,094
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One, it’s a stretch to say she’s a prominent candidate 

Second, it’s fair criticism. 

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Fable   Paws Up 14,201
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1 minute ago, MJHolland said:

One, it’s a stretch to say she’s a prominent candidate 

Second, it’s fair criticism. 

I mean so far she has spent the second most amount of money than any other Democrat, and that's all from grassroot support since she is taking no corporate money.

But like... How is it fair criticism? Especially when the DCCC are doing the exact same thing they are slamming her for?

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BlaqJezus   Paws Up 1,005
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I mean, sis...it's Texas, who can blame her really? A democrat is probably never going to win Texas again unless by some miracle, I think they haven't been democratic for something like 30 years or more now.

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Fable   Paws Up 14,201
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3 minutes ago, BlaqJezus said:

I mean, sis...it's Texas, who can blame her really? A democrat is probably never going to win Texas again unless by some miracle, I think they haven't been democratic for something like 30 years or more now.

I'm confused by this comment - blame who for what? :laughga: 

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MJHolland   Paws Up 7,094
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6 minutes ago, Fable said:

I mean so far she has spent the second most amount of money than any other Democrat, and that's all from grassroot support since she is taking no corporate money.

But like... How is it fair criticism? Especially when the DCCC are doing the exact same thing they are slamming her for?

Dude, SO MUCH of her money that she’s fundraiser she given to her husband’s firm...

I I read 1 in every 6 dollars has been given to her husband. 

The woman has even said she’d never want to live in Paris, TX. 

It’s an 13 person primary, I hardly think this will have much impact 

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Fable   Paws Up 14,201
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9 minutes ago, MJHolland said:

Dude, SO MUCH of her money that she’s fundraiser she given to her husband’s firm...

I I read 1 in every 6 dollars has been given to her husband. 

The woman has even said she’d never want to live in Paris, TX. 

It’s an 13 person primary, I hardly think this will have much impact 

Yeah, it says that i the article... But it's not given to her husband... It's given to her husband's consulting firm Revolution Messaging, the money spent time in the company's bank account to be spent on political ads.

"Most of that money was for ad buys, which meant that it may have gone into the bank account, but it didn’t stay there long and was instead destined for TV station or digital coffers. But setting that aside, it has long been known that Moser is married to Arun Chaudhary, a partner at Revolution Messaging, a consulting firm that is most well-known for its work on the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. As The Intercept noted, Daily Action and Revolution had a financial relationship, as well, according to public disclosures."

As the article also points out, the DCCC and her opponent have done the exact same thing:

"The DCCC’s independent expenditure director, for instance, is Jessica Mackler, the spouse of BluePrint Interactive partner Geoff Mackler. Federal Election Commission disclosures show that Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Moser’s opponent, retained BluePrint Interactive to help the campaign on its digital consulting work, paying the firm $7,500 in September. The firm also lists EMILY’s List, which is supporting Fletcher’s campaign, as a client.

Consultants often take a percentage of all media placement of election ads in addition to a consulting fee. That enabled consulting firm Mothership Strategies, founded by DCCC veterans, to earn $3.9 million from the failed special election campaign for Jon Ossoff in Georgia last year. Around $2.5 million of that Ossoff haul came from media buys. Mothership veterans also birthed End Citizens United, which has become something of a stalking horse for DCCC-backed candidates this cycle.

The DCCC’s new executive director, Daniel Sena, is married to Elizabeth Christie Sena. After Daniel was named executive director, Elizabeth was made a partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a prominent DCCC consulting firm. In the 2016 campaign cycle, the DCCC paid GQR $395,000 over two years. With Elizabeth Sena not just a partner at the firm but literally handling the DCCC account, according to her biography on the site, the firm has already pulled in $525,523 so far this campaign cycle.

The firm threw Sena a party less than a week before Ossoff’s loss in Georgia, inviting her husband, an event memorialized in Politico’s Playbook:

'SPOTTED at a Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner party last night for new COO Lindsey Reynolds (longtime COO of the DNC) and new partners Elizabeth Sena and Kristi Lowe: Anna Greenberg, John Hagner, Al Quinlan, Lauren Dillon, Jeremy Rosner, Dan Sena, Earl Fowlkes, Jeremy Baker, and Maureen Garde.'

The consulting firms did not respond to a request for comment sent after hours. None of this is to suggest that the Senas or the Macklers have done anything illegal, but rather that the relationships appear to parallel the one criticized by the DCCC."



As for the Paris TX quote. The quote comes from an article about her preference for city over rural life... 

"In an article about her preference for city over rural life, she wrote that she would “sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than move to the town where her grandparents had recently sold their house: Paris, Texas. National Democrats may not be familiar with Texas... but in fact Paris, Texas, and Houston, Texas, where Moser is running, are hundreds of miles apart and very different places. Houston is a city."

 

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River   Paws Up 17,365
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Texas needs a Graboid attack.

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I'm not serious 99% of the times ;)

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Sizzily   Paws Up 14,541
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Political groups being shady? 

I’d be damned if I’d go in; I’d had enough of all of them

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Retron   Paws Up 1,834
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I think the DCCC should stay out of it. Let the locals decide. If she wins and the party won't support her with money then that's their right.

 

1 hour ago, River said:

Texas needs a Graboid attack.

Reba is ready.

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