More Republican Corruption O'Reilly Has Ignored
By: Steve - September 1, 2014 - 10:00am

Former Iowa state senator pleads guilty in Ron Paul endorsement-for-pay scheme

A former Republican Iowa state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to concealing campaign expenditures and obstructing justice as part of an endorsement-for-pay scheme that roiled the Iowa Republican caucuses in 2012.

Kent Sorenson, of Milo, Iowa, admitted in federal district court that former Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign secretly paid him $73,000 after he dramatically dropped his backing of Rep. Michele Bachmann in late 2011 and endorsed Paul's White House bid, saying at the time that Bachmann was no longer a viable candidate.

An attorney for Sorenson, F. Montgomery Brown, said in a statement that his guilty plea was part of his process "of taking complete responsibility for the series of compounding errors and omissions he engaged in."

David A. Warrington, who served as general counsel to Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, did not return requests for comment.

In December 2011, after two months of secret negotiations with Paul's campaign, he met with a Paul political operative at a restaurant in Altoona, Iowa, and agreed to change his allegiance. The operative gave the state senator's wife a check for $25,000 to secure Sorenson's support.

Paul's campaign chairman at the time was Jesse Benton, who is now running the re-election bid of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Benton did not respond to requests for comment. Jesse R. Binnall, an attorney representing Kesari, also declined to comment.

After Sorenson publicly switched his endorsement, Paul's campaign routed the state senator a total of $73,000 in 2012, transferring the payments through a film production company and another company to conceal the intended recipient, according to court filings. Sorenson wanted the payments kept secret because of Iowa Senate ethics rules that prohibit sitting senators from accepting payments from a political campaign.

Last year, when a state independent counsel was investigating allegations that Sorenson switched his endorsement for money, the state senator lied under oath that he had been paid by either campaign, the court filings said.

On Wednesday, 42-year-old Sorenson pleaded guilty to one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the first count and up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the second count, but prosecutors plan to recommend he receive a reduced sentence for accepting responsibility.

UPDATE - 8-30-14 -- McConnell's campaign manager resigns over Iowa bribery scandal

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign.

Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell "reluctantly accepted."

Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a "heavy heart."

And that's not all, there are two other Republican scandals O'Reilly has totally ignored, and one involves his Fox News friend Karl Rove.

8-30-14 -- TV station pulls anti-Shaheen ads off air

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A super PAC's negative ads against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled off the air Wednesday after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot.

Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group, claimed in ads that "Shaheen's wealth has surged while in public office." Her financial disclosure forms filed with the Senate show the opposite, with her personal wealth dropping by at least $562,000 and perhaps as much as $1 million.

The anti-spending group's 30- and 60-second ads had aired on Boston's NBC affiliate, WHDH. Boston's media market covers the population-heavy southern tier of New Hampshire and campaigns often buy airtime on those stations.

"Scott Brown's Wall Street buddies put up an outrageous attack ad against Jeanne Shaheen that's being pulled off the air because it's dead wrong and completely false," Shaheen campaign manager Mike Vlacich said. A spokeswoman for Ending Spending did not immediately respond to a message seeking reaction.

8-30-14 -- News Outlet: Karl Rove Twisted Our Reporting For His Anti-Dem Attack Ad

The Colorado Independent criticized Fox News contributor Karl Rove and his political group for twisting its reporting into a misleading attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

Rove is the co-founder of Crossroads GPS, an IRS 501(c)(4) group that funds attacks against Democratic candidates across the country. The Associated Press reported on August 19 that GPS plans to spend more than $6 million on television ads in Colorado.

The group's latest Colorado ad attacks incumbent Sen. Udall for supporting health care reform, with a narrator claiming that "on the Eastern Plains, patients now outnumber doctors 5,000 to one." The group cites the Independent for the statistic.

But the news outlet responded that GPS is misrepresenting its work. Reporter Tessa Cheek, whose reporting was quoted by GPS, wrote that the commercial added the word "now" to deceptively suggest the patient-to-doctor ratio is a result of the ACA when in fact it "has nothing to do with the new law":
The difference is the word "now," and it's the difference between true and, well, not true, because "now" makes the 5,000-to-one figure look like an outcome of the Affordable Care Act. The figure has nothing to do with the new law.

"All of that data is pre 2014 Affordable Care Act implementation, so pre-Medicaid expansion, pre-ACA rollout," confirmed Rebecca Alderfer, Colorado Health Institute senior analyst and an author of the report we cited in our article about the systemic challenges facing rural health care expansion.

In addition to being unrelated to the ACA time-wise, the figure is also not directly about insurance. Specifically, it reflects the number of primary care doctors in relation to the number of people living in their area. It's not a figure that speaks to the number of insured people or the number of providers who will accept their insurance.
In other words, Karl Rove is running dishonest political ads to lie about Democrats, and he uses his job at Fox News to keep a public profile so he can raise more money to be a lying corrupt partisan. O'Reilly not only does not say anything about any of it, he helps him by putting him on the Factor as a regular political analyst. Without ever disclosing the dishonesty by Rove, or the conflict of interest.

And that's not just one example, Rove and GPS have been airing false and hypocritical ads against Democratic candidates all over the country, when every ad they run is dishonest, because that is what Rove does. GPS previously aired an ad that, as FactCheck.org wrote, "leaves the false impression that a Colorado woman 'had to go back to work' to pay for health care insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Even though she told a local TV station that her decision to get a job had nothing to do with the health care law."

Those are all stories about political corruption by the Republican party, and one of them is about a current Fox News employee, Karl Rove, and a regular Factor guest, but O'Reilly has ignored it all. Not a word about any of it, even though this is the exact type of political corruption O'Reilly jumps all over when it involves a Democrat. But when Republicans do it, he says nothing, he is silent.

Now imagine if one of the senior political analysts at MSNBC was doing for Democrats what Rove was doing for Republicans, while at the same time working for the MSNBC News Network. O'Reilly would lose his mind, have segments about it every night, and call for MSNBC to fire him. But when Rove does it for Republicans at Fox, O'Reilly says nothing, nada, zip, zilch.




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