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All the stats show health care costs are going down, yet this greedy corporation lies once again. AVB
The Huffington Post
October 7th 2014
Wal-Mart employs 1.3 million people in the US, making it the country’s largest employer
US retail giant Wal-Mart has said it will end health insurance coverage for some of its part-time workers, citing rising healthcare costs.
About 30,000 Wal-Mart employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week will be affected by the change.
Wal-Mart employs 1.3 million people in the US, making it the country’s largest employer.
In a blog post, the firm said it made the change following similar moves by rival Target and others.
“Like every company, Wal-Mart continues to face rising health care costs,” wrote the company in the post.
“This year, the expenses were significant and led us to make some tough decisions as we begin our annual enrollment,” it added.
Wal-Mart said it would also increase the amount that current members of its healthcare plans must pay in premiums.
It said it expected its healthcare costs to rise to $500m (£310m) this year.
In August, the company cut its profit forecast, partly as a result of rising employee healthcare costs.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples across Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin scrambled to tie the knot Oct. 6 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from those five states which sought to prohibit same-sex marriages.
Just hours later, county clerks in those five states began issuing marriage licenses to those couples — and their impromptu ceremonies, as seen on social media, are just heartwarming.
The flurry of marriage equality victories doesn’t seem likely to end anytime soon, as Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming are in the same judicial circuits and must abide by the appellate rulings that were put on hold pending the Supreme Court’s review. When all is said and done in those states (which could happen in short order, according to the Associated Press), same-sex marriage will be legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Check out photos of the first same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses below. Congrats, all!
Another happy couple… Marriage license in hand. They’ve been together 8 years. pic.twitter.com/leTZ3XpHZK
— Kristin Smith (@kristin8news) October 6, 2014
You may kiss the bride! #marriageequality pic.twitter.com/sjDEPQ6tWq
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) October 6, 2014
Scene outside Arlington County Courthouse in VA as couples begin to marry #MarriageEquality Photo (c) Pop! Wed Co. pic.twitter.com/tnD2rsTpp1
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) October 6, 2014
The first same sex marriage license issued in Norfolk to Bostic and London #vagaymarriage pic.twitter.com/23EPelen9n
— Patrick Wilson (@patrickmwilson) October 6, 2014
First gay couple to get paperwork pic.twitter.com/vh7Gbwgqw8
— Graham Moomaw (@gmoomaw) October 6, 2014
@SLCoClerk issuing licenses again for #samesexmarriage #marriageequality #lgbt #utah pic.twitter.com/rDZxF3IFrh
— Nate Currey (@ncurrey) October 6, 2014
Together nearly a decade, finally able to be legally married in the state of Utah, this couple celebrates. #LGBT #UT pic.twitter.com/DPQ5Dug8AS
— Nicole Vowell (@NicoleVowellKSL) October 6, 2014
COMING UP AT 12:30 Hear from Zachary Smallwood and his partner Jason McDermaid about their new same sex union. #KSL pic.twitter.com/sToAn6dtXj
— Nicole Vowell (@NicoleVowellKSL) October 6, 2014
More pics from Oklahoma County’s first few same-sex couples pic.twitter.com/VEkCTzma4E
— Ben Felder (@benfelder_okg) October 6, 2014
Bo Bass and Kenny Wright waiting for license. #oklahoma pic.twitter.com/0ldBHyNhb0
— Ben Felder (@benfelder_okg) October 6, 2014
It’s official. Mary Bishop & Sharon Baldwin married in Oklahoma. #okeq #okequality pic.twitter.com/oF8jmQY5o1
— Ginnie Graham (@GinnieGraham) October 6, 2014
Second gays couple to marry in OK. Josh McCormick & Bill Owens. #okeq #okequality pic.twitter.com/LrhSWMxUfA
— Ginnie Graham (@GinnieGraham) October 6, 2014
More reporters than people seeking marriage licenses. pic.twitter.com/mjvLJwS3QM
— Jerry Wofford (@jerrywofford) October 6, 2014
Second same sex couple to get marriage license. They are getting married tonight @FreedomOklahoma #ok4marriage pic.twitter.com/gxAcRJ6aFl
— Lisa Monahan (@lmonahan) October 6, 2014
The unemployment figures are remarkable, we are well protect it from terrorist and the President has the everything has power to reach across the aisle. These are all factors that way into is upcoming midterm election. Now let’s all go out and vote, it’s our only defense against Citizens United! AVB
BY CARRIE DANN
Independent candidate Greg Orman is leading incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas by 10 points, while Democrats have a slim lead in North Carolina’s contest and both candidates are in a dead heat in Iowa’s Senate race, new NBC News/Marist polls find.
The Kansas poll, which shows Roberts trailing 38 percent to Orman’s 48 percent, is full of bad news for the incumbent and for Republicans, who have suddenly seen Roberts’ sleepy re-election race turn into a very real pickup opportunity for Democrats if Orman decides to caucus with them.
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, left, answers a question during a debate with independent candidate Greg Orman listens during a debate at the Kansas State Fair Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Hutchinson, Kan.
“He’s in a great deal of trouble out there,” Marist pollster Lee Miringoff said of Roberts. “He’s got high negatives, his intensity of support is low, he’s losing independents by more than two to one. His to-do list is rather large in the remaining time before Election Day.”
In the North Carolina Senate contest, Democrat Kay Hagan has a slight advantage over Republican Thom Tillis – 44 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, while the Iowa Senate race between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley remains neck and neck, 46 percent to 44 percent.
Republicans can boast of having the strongest candidate out of the three state polls: Incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad, who’s up by 22 points over Democrat Jack Hatch.
But another Republican governor is in the fight of his political life. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Paul Davis, 43 percent to 44 percent.
While some Democrats are faring somewhat better than expected in North Carolina and Kansas, any resilience they are showing isn’t exactly due to an outpouring of positive sentiment in each state towards their party’s leader, President Barack Obama. Obama’s job approval rating sags at 39 percent in North Carolina, 39 percent in Iowa, and just 35 percent in Kansas.
The unexpected shakeup in the Kansas race after Democrat Chad Taylor’s abrupt exit knocked longtime Sen. Pat Roberts onto his heels. Only 37 percent of likely voters say they have a positive opinion of the incumbent, who’s seeking his fourth term in the Senate, compared to 47 percent who have a negative opinion. Over 45 percent of likely voters give Orman a thumbs up.
Orman is also benefiting from cross-party appeal. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Republicans say they’re picking Orman over Roberts. Just eight percent of Democrats support Roberts, meaning that he’s losing two Republican voters for every Democrat he gains.
He’s got high negatives, his intensity of support is low, he’s losing independents by more than two to one. His to-do list is rather large in the remaining time before Election Day.
Orman is also winning independents by more than two-to-one, picking up 57 percent of independent support while Roberts gets just 27 percent.
And a majority of Orman’s backers – 55 percent – say they’re backing the independent candidate mostly because they’re against his opponents.
The silver lining for Roberts: Orman remains relatively undefined. Among likely voters who back him, only 48 percent say they’re firmly committed to him. And 28 percent of likely voters say they haven’t heard of him or aren’t sure of their opinion about him.
Randall Batson, a libertarian candidate, is picking up about 5 percent support, according to the poll.
Gov. Sam Brownback is also struggling among key demographics as he fights to keep his job amid the backlash from a series of unpopular budget cuts. While 85 percent of Democrats support their candidate, Paul Davis, more than two in ten Republicans say they’re not ready to back Brownback. Davis is winning independents 49 percent to 34 percent.
Brownback’s job approval rating among likely voters sits at 40 percent. Twenty-two percent of Republicans and 62 percent of independents give him a thumbs down for the job he’s doing as well.
A gap in gender and marital status characterizes the close contest between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis in North Carolina. Hagan carries women by 19 points and has almost a three-to-one advantage with single women, while Tillis is winning men by 13 points and ahead with married men by 23 points.
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., greets supporters during a visit to a campaign field office in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Hagan gets 84 percent of the African American vote, while Tillis leads among white likely voters, 52 percent to 31 percent.
A barrage of negative advertising has taken its toll on both candidates, who each have upside-down favorable ratings. Forty-eight percent of likely voters have a negative view of Hagan, while 42 percent have a favorable one; for Tillis, the split is 47 percent unfavorable / 36 percent favorable.
Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh takes seven percent of the vote.
Ernst has a narrow lead of two points in this race, within the margin of error. But she appears to have an advantage when it comes to enthusiasm.
“It’s all much more about Ernst than it is about Braley,” Miringoff says.
Republican senatorial candidate State Sen. Joni Ernst, makes a statement to the media after her debate with Democratic senatorial candidates Rep. Bruce Braley, at Simpson College Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
More than six in ten Ernst supporters said they chose her because they actively support her candidacy, while 34 percent said their backing of Ernst was a protest against Braley.
But those numbers were flipped for the Democratic candidate. About six in ten Braley backers said their vote was mostly due to opposition to Ernst.
And 62 percent of Ernst supporters were firm in their decision between the candidates, compared to 51 percent for Braley.
The polls were conducted September 27th through October 1st. The margin of error n the North Carolina poll is +/- 3.8 percentage points. The margin of error for the Iowa poll is +/- 3.5 percentage points. The margin of error for the Kansas poll is +/- 3.9 percentage points.
The truth is becoming more and more inconvenient for the GOP. In their minds if you say a lie enough it will become the truth. AVB.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tried Sunday to defend the Texas anti-abortion law that shut down 13 clinics this week. But he seemed to have no idea what the law actually does.
“The issue for us is only one thing, and that’s whether you ought to use taxpayer money to fund abortion,” Priebus said of the state law on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The statute in question has nothing to do with taxpayer funding of abortion. It requires all abortions in Texas to take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, and requires all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The law also bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and limits how doctors can prescribe medication abortions.
Since the first provision of the law went into effect nearly a year ago, all but seven of the 44 abortion clinics in Texas have been forced to shut down or stop offering the procedure.
Chuck Todd, the host of “Meet the Press,” asked Priebus why Republicans “don’t like a lot of regulations on businesses, except if the business is an abortion clinic.” He noted that the new law has effectively closed 80 percent of the abortion clinics in Texas.
Priebus dodged the question.
“The fact of the matter is that we believe that any woman that’s faced with an unplanned pregnancy deserves compassion, respect, counseling, whatever it is that we can offer,” he said.
First and foremost the progressive wing of the Democratic party needs to go out and register and make sure they vote in the midterm elections. Without boat from the base President Obama will never get a chance to get a new nominee for the Supreme Court through the Senate. I fear people like a cruise making decisions about our lives. AVB
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Oct 4, 2014, 8:37 AM
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps.
There’s a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear.
At one end of the spectrum, at least eight GOP members of Congress have endorsed same-sex marriage, and two openly gay GOP candidates for the House hope to join them.
In Massachusetts, Richard Tisei has run ads featuring his husband. In California, Carl DeMaio ran an ad showing him and his long-term partner in San Diego’s gay-pride parade.
On the other flank, conservative Republicans in Congress have introduced legislation seeking to protect states from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages. One of those lawmakers is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential presidential contender who drew applause at a recent conservative gathering by saying, “We stand for marriage,” and insisting that his party not shy away from “family values.”
Then there’s the large group in middle, not ready to embrace same-sex marriage but wary of antagonizing its supporters, including what polls suggest is a solid majority of Republicans under age 30.
Several GOP governors fit into this category, including Chris Christie of New Jersey, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada. Each decided within the past year to back away from all-out legal fights against gay marriage.
Sandoval said Nevada’s gay-marriage ban “is no longer defensible in court.”
In the Great Lakes region, three GOP governors who are up for re-election and may be nursing presidential ambitions rarely raise the topic on their own.
Rick Snyder of Michigan, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio haven’t disavowed past support for their states’ bans on gay marriage, but don’t seem eager to make it a high-profile issue as the bans are challenged in court.
The Supreme Court may soon say whether it will take up one or more same-sex marriage cases in its term that begins Monday. Were the justices to rule that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states, some activists and political analysts believe it would be a relief for the GOP’s 2016 presidential hopefuls.
“Then they wouldn’t have to talk about it,” said Evan Wolfson, who heads the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. “They’d really like the Supreme Court to finish the job and be able to move on.”
For now, the issue remains volatile in several campaigns.
Three conservative groups, including the National Organization for Marriage, recently told GOP leaders in Congress that they would actively oppose Tisei, DeMaio and the GOP Senate nominee in Oregon, Monica Wehby, in large part because of their support for same-sex marriage.
“These candidates are betraying the party,” said the group’s president, Brian Brown. “The base of the party is very solid on social issues. The leadership cannot throw this base to the curb and expect to win any national election.”
From the other direction, American Unity PAC, launched in 2012 by billionaire hedge fund manager and Republican donor Paul Singer, has been donating money to federal and state GOP candidates who support same-sex marriage. Money from the political action committee helped Rep. Richard Hanna, a gay-rights supporter, fend off a more conservative challenger in the June primary in the central New York district.
Jeff Cook-McCormac, a senior adviser to American Unity, said the GOP establishment is increasingly reluctant to take an aggressive stance against same-sex marriage, which is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
“Republicans now recognize that focusing on this issue in a divisive way doesn’t sell,” he said. “People on both sides of the issue can and should be able to peacefully coexist.”
At an American Unity event in Washington on Thursday, the president of a leading gay-rights group, Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, said Republicans have “an indispensable role” in the push for marriage equality and nondiscrimination laws.
“Once folks realize that LGBT people and our families aren’t boogeymen, that we have real stories to tell, that’s when we start to move forward not as Democrats and Republicans, but as Americans,” Griffin said.
A major test for the GOP may come at its 2016 national convention in Cleveland, when a coalition called Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will learn the results of its campaign to strip the party platform of a plank opposing same-sex marriage.
The campaign’s manager is Tyler Deaton, a GOP state committeeman in New Hampshire.
“The Republican Party has to become much more respectful and inclusive of gay people and the people who love them,” Deaton said. “It’s the right thing to do. It’s the politically smart thing to do.”
Among the members of the Young Conservatives’ leadership committee are Meghan McCain, daughter of GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and the three eldest daughters of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a GOP moderate who ran for the presidency in 2012.
Another political offspring, Mary Cheney, spoke Sept. 17 at a dinner hosted by the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans. In 2012, Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, married her longtime partner — a union that caused a rift last year with Mary’s sister, Liz.
“Simply and clearly affirming the rights and dignity of gay men and women will not make us a weaker party — it will help make us a majority party,” Mary Cheney said.
A former head of the GOP Senate campaign committee, political consultant Rob Jesmer, predicted that the same-sex marriage issue would fade in prominence as today’s young Republicans take a bigger role in the party.
“It’s going look completely out of step to oppose it under all circumstances,” Jesmer said. “For people 40 and under, they look at you like you’re from Mars.”
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I really like Joe Biden. I believe he’s done a pretty good job as Vice President. Without him pushing the boundaries I don’t think that President Obama would have evolved as quickly on marriage equality. That being said, Vice President Biden has an incredible case of foot in mouth disease. He does this on a routine basis and therefore makes me uncomfortable to think that he would be the President. AVB
The Huffington Post
October 4th 2014
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday demanded an apology from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and warned he would become “history for me” over comments in which he said the Turkish leader had admitted that Turkey had made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.
Erdogan denied ever saying that and told reporters in Istanbul that Biden “will be history for me if he has indeed used such expressions.” Responding to questions following his speech at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday, Biden described Erdogan as “an old friend.” Biden added: “He (Erdogan) said: ‘You were right. We let too many people through.’ Now they’re trying to seal their border.”
Erdogan said: “I have never said to him that we had made a mistake, never. If he did say this at Harvard then he has to apologize to us.”
“Foreign fighters have never entered Syria from our country. They may come to our country as tourists and cross into Syria, but no one can say that they cross in with their arms,” Erdogan said.
He said Turkey had prevented 6,000 suspected jihadis from entering the country and deported another 1,000.
The spat comes as Turkey, a NATO ally, is expected to define the role it will play in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic state militants who have captured a swath of Iraq and Syria, in some cases right up to the Turkish border.
This week Turkey’s parliament approved a motion giving the government powers for military operations across the border in Syria and Iraq and for foreign troops to use Turkey’s territory.
A day earlier, the two men held a telephone discussion of ways their two countries “can work together to degrade and destroy (the Islamic State group) and restore security and stability to the region,” according to the White House.
At Harvard, Biden said that “our biggest problem is our allies” in responding to the civil war in Syria.
“The Turks, who are great friends — I have a great relationship with Erdogan, whom I spend a lot of time with — the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down (Syrian President Bashar) Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war,” Biden said.
“What did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al-Qaida and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”
One by one the states are falling into line with same sex marriage. It’s the right thing to do. AVB
The Huffington Post
October 3rd 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge struck down part of Missouri’s gay marriage ban for the first time on Friday by ordering the state to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, saying state laws banning the unions single out gay couples “for no logical reason.”
The order means such couples will be eligible to sign up for a wide range of tax, health insurance, veterans and other benefits now afforded to opposite-sex married couples. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who has defended the state’s ban on gay marriage, said his office was reviewing the ruling. The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by 10 same-sex couples who legally married outside the state, including Arlene Zarembka and Zuleyma Tang-Martinez. The St. Louis couple, who married in Canada, said Friday’s ruling could boost their household income, and they plan to apply Monday for Zarembka to receive Social Security benefits as Tang-Martinez’s spouse.
“To me, it’s a real validation by the judge of our relationship and our commitment to each other,” Tang-Martinez said.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is helping the couples, noted the ruling was a first in the state.
“We’re gratified that the court recognized that married same-sex couples and their families are no different than other couples, and that the Constitution requires them to be treated equally,” ACLU attorney Tony Rothert said. “This is not the first court to reach this conclusion, but it is the first court to do so in Missouri, so it’s a tremendous day for our state.”
Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs sided with the couples, who argue that their rights to equal protection and due process are being violated by Missouri’s ban on gay marriage. Youngs said the couples deserve the same recognition as opposite-sex couples who married in other states.
“The undisputed facts before the Court show that, to the extent these laws prohibit plaintiffs’ legally contracted marriages from other states being recognized here, they are wholly irrational, do not rest upon any reasonable basis, and are purely arbitrary,” Youngs wrote. “All they do is treat one segment of the population — gay men and lesbians — differently than their same-sex counterparts, for no logical reason.”
The lawsuit before Youngs only challenges Missouri’s refusal to recognize marriages legally performed outside the state, not laws that bar same-sex couples from getting married in Missouri.
Rothert said the ruling means that thousands of Missouri couples can now qualify for spousal government benefits and, on a smaller level, change their last names to match their spouse’s on their Missouri driver’s license.
The case is among at least three challenging Missouri’s ban: There is a federal challenge in Kansas City, and a St. Louis case focuses on city officials who issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples to trigger a legal test of the ban.
The lawsuits are based on the same arguments that led the U.S. Supreme Court last year to overturn part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denied a tax, health and other benefits to legally married gay couples.
In Missouri, Youngs said he expects the state Supreme Court to “provide the last word on all of the important legal issues presented by this case.”
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The ACLU has cases pending against 13 other states with such bans, including five cases currently before federal appeals courts.
Associated Press writers Summer Ballentine and David A. Lieb contributed to this report from Jefferson City, Missouri.
In my opinion he was a terrible Governor of the State of Florida. I don’t think he would be a great President either. AVB
October 2nd 2014
Former President George W. Bush says he thinks his brother Jeb “wants to be president.”
In an interview with FOX News, the former president says Jeb Bush understands what it takes to run for and serve as the commander in chief.
“Yes, I think he wants to be president,” he said. “I think he’d be a great president. He understands what it’s like to be president — for not only the person running or serving, plus family,” he said.
Bush added that his brother is “a very thoughtful man and he’s weighing his options.”
The younger Bush has been campaigning aggressively for Republican candidates running this midterm cycle, and he remains much discussed as a potential 2016 candidate. But it’s unclear whether he would have the full support of a Republican establishment that’s also eying Gov. Chris Christie and other possible contenders, and the primary is likely to be a contentious one that pits more mainstream GOP hopefuls against conservative firebrands like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
It’s also not clear that Jeb Bush wants to RUN for president. He’s made his distaste known for the negativity of campaigns, saying at the beginning of this year that he would only run if he could do so “joyfully… because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits.” He’s also suggested that family matters could prevent him from entering the race.
I think that they have made up their minds on same sex marriage. AVB
The Huffington Post
October 2nd 2014
The Supreme Court took no action Thursday on requests that it decide whether there is a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry.
The court accepted 11 new cases but gave no indication about petitions from Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin, where federal appeals courts have struck down state bans on same-sex marriages. Both the winners and losers in those cases have asked the court to provide an answer to the question that would apply nationally.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2014
7 Count Sworn Complaint Shows NOM Failed to File Required
Campaign Reports and so did 7 of NOM’s Major Donors
SACRAMENTO, CA – The nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT political organization, the Washington, DC based National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has run afoul of election laws from Hawaii to Maine. Now it appears they have once again broken state law during their ill-fated attempt to quality a referendum in California earlier this year.
NOM antagonist, Fred Karger, president of Rights Equal Rights, today filed a 35 page sworn complaint against Brian Brown and his NOM with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the state’s campaign ethics enforcement agency.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL COMPLAINT
“The known hate group, NOM came into California once again to go after the LGBT community. NOM sponsored and led the attempted repeal of the landmark “School Success & Opportunity Act,” AB 1266. The law passed last year by the legislature and signed by the governor, allows transgender students access to the appropriate facilities in our schools,” said Karger.
The NOM Shady Seven
State law requires that the seven individuals and organizations listed below each file a Major Donor Report with the California Secretary of State’s office. These reports were due by January 31, 2014, because these donors contributed $10,000 or more to NOM’s “Privacy for all Students – Repeal AB 1266” referendum qualification. None filed a Major Donor report with the California Secretary of State.
Sean Fieler – New Jersey’s Sean Fieler gave Privacy for all Students (PFAS) at least $200,000. Fieler contributed $80,000 to PFAS on 9/25/14, $70,000 on 10/7/14 – $50,000 on 11/1/14 for a total of $200,000. Fieler did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials.
NOM’s #1 Backer, Sean Fieler
Peterson Holding Company – gave $10,000 to PFAS on 11/10/13. Peterson Holding Company did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials.
Thomas Bengard — this investor from San Clemente, California gave $10,000 to PFAS on 10/18/13. Bengard did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials
Andrew & Rebecca Hagelin – these Placida, Florida residents gave $25,000 to PFAS on 10/24/13. The Hagelins did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials.
Calvary Chapel of Chino Hills — this California church gave $10,000 to PFAS on 9/26/13 & $10,000 more on 10/25/13 for a total of $20,000. Calvary Chapel of Chino Hills did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials.
Pacific Justice Institute – this Sacramento, California based anti-LGBT designated hate group gave $10,000 to PFAS on 9/23/14. Pacific Justice Institute did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials.
Larry Smith – of Newport Beach, California and President of MHI Real Estate gave $10,000 to PFAS on 10/7/13. Smith did not file a Major Donor Report with California election officials
Consultant Frank Schubert in Hot Water Again?
“NOM longtime political director, Sacramento based Frank Schubert should know better. In our 35 page complaint, we show exactly how NOM appears to have avoided reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars raised and spent by “Privacy for all Students – Stop AB 1266,” the campaign committee it ran (I.D. # 1359959). As NOM’s lead consultant, Frank Schubert should not only know California election laws, but should obey them.” said Karger.
NOM’s Political Director, Frank Schubert
Karger filed his first complaint against NOM in California back in 2012 for not reporting $345,000 it received to qualify and pass Proposition 8 (including $10,000 from Mitt Romney). The FPPC launched an immediate investigation, but soon thereafter, NOM threatened to sue the 40 year old ethics office asking them to destroy the complaint and the evidence. NOM later had me subpoenaed in its federal lawsuit against the IRS as revenge.
“NOM head Brian Brown and his operation are ruthtless. They’re under investigation all over the country, and now it looks like we’ve caught them red-handed once again,” added Karger.
NOM Guilty in Maine and Under Investigation All Over
NOM was recently fined a whopping $50,500 in the state of Maine for money laundering in that state’s 2009 election to repeal Maine’s’ same-sex marriage law. NOM fought that sworn complaint, also filed by Karger, all the way to both the Maine and United States Supreme Courts. NOM lost both state and federal lawsuits in its attempt to keep its donors secret in absolute violation of that state’s election law.
NOM is under investigation by the Hawaii Ethics Commission for not reporting its lobbying activities and money spent last year while it tried to stop marriage equality from passing in the Aloha State.
NOM is currently under an over one year investigation by the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board for alleged money laundering during its participation in two recent Iowa State Supreme Court judicial retention elections.
And NOM along with former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Iowa’s Bob VanderPlaats of the Family Leader are all under a Federal Election Commission investigation on charges of laundering nearly $1 million to help Santorum’s presidential campaign in the 2012 Iowa Caucus.
Because of NOM’s long history of intimation, threats and law breaking, we are sending copies of our sworn FPPC complaint to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully and incoming Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert (sister of NOM’s Frank Schubert).
HELP US FIGHT BACK AGAINST NOM. SUPPORT RIGHTS EQUAL RIGHTS!