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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Boehner In Denial, The Dissident 23, Money For Some To End Shutdown

The self-proclaimed and the shadowy Republicans in Congress caught in a stampede of political posturing.

We know they are there: the overt and the shadowy. Some are hiding behind an opportunity for a secret vote.  All are like rare zoo specimens. They will vote to pass a Clean Government Budget Resolution, if given a chance to vote. We call the more overt of the specimen: "23 Men Out."  

Speaker of the House Boehner knows they are there. He also knows there are more in the shadows who have forsaken the failed GOP strategy born of David and Charles Koch.  Yet, Boehner takes an all to familiar position of knowing the truth, but acting out his role of none seeing ad subservient follower. He reminds of this guy when he claims,"There are not enough votes to ass a clean bill."

No Boehner "did not even get up this morning," but he knows the defund Obamacare strategy failed, and he is left holding his golf clubs and cigarette.

We have posted (below) an image of the Dissident 23, and we have published at least one piece over the past week showing how they are not part of the money trail associated with the defunding effort. 

Two quick MSNBC segments before we move to the Open Secrets Dissident 23 .

Let's have a vote!
Congressman Barton from Texas who apologized to BP for Obama's ire and seriousness regarding a BP clean-up spoke with Greg Melvin, MSNBC.  This guy is dweeb tea party personified.
Each clip above spoke to how Boehner could not help, but know he has managed a lost strategy. Notice how Barton attempted to move GOP issues beyond ObamaCare.

The Dissident 23: Sane and 'stand-up' Republicans. Look carefully. These specimens are few and very far between and could be dissolving towards extinction.

Re-Blog for Open Secrets and The Center for Responsive Politics: The Money Behind the Republicans who want to End the Shutdown.
 OpenSecrets Blog

The Money Behind the Republicans Who Want to End the Shutdown

The 23 House Republicans who have said they're willing to pass a "clean" budget bill and end the shutdown have, on average, received more in contributions from the defense sector, labor unions and the House GOP leadership than their colleagues -- backing that could play a role in their decision to break ranks.

The 23 lawmakers -- identified by the Huffington Post using public statements they've made indicating they'd favor an unencumbered budget bill -- have received an average of $14,530 in the 2014 campaign cycle from the defense sector. The average House Republican has received just $12,000 from defense interests. Defense has been hit hard by the government shutdown, as thousands of employees for contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have been furloughed. Republican lawmakers from Virginia are especially vulnerable to the shutdown, as they come from districts heavily dependent on Pentagon contracts. Two Virginia Republicans on the list of 23, Reps. Rob Wittman and Randy Forbes, were the top recipients of defense contributions: Wittman received $66,850 and Forbes received $52,500. Other top recipients from this sector were New Jersey congressmen Jon Runyan, who received $34,800, and Frank LoBiondo, who received $23,800. Unions -- traditionally supporters of Democratic candidates -- have also contributed large sums to many of the Republicans on this list. Their average contribution of $23,022 is well above $6,280, the average amount they donated to House Republicans in general in the first six months of 2013. The top labor recipient on the list was Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who was given a whopping $106,500 by unions, many of which are in the public sector. Finally, many of the nearly two dozen lawmakers have received generous contributions from House leadership -- in contrast to some of the most hardcore dissidents who want to keep the government closed unless the Democrats make major policy concessions. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) benefited most, among those on the list, from leadership PAC money, receiving a total of $92,195. Among those PACs that have contributed to him are House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)'s "Freedom Project" PAC, which gave him $5,000, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)'s "Every Republican is Crucial" PAC, which gave him $10,000. The other top recipient of leadership money on this list was Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), who received a $10,000 contribution from Cantor's PAC as well.

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