September 18, 2014

(Updated) SURFACED! Lots of Evidence on Mark Lloyd's (Possibly Kesari-Induced) Endorsement of Corey Stewart

Screenshot where endorsement appeared.
(9/19/14 1am EST Update: This post was revised from original form to include images from Lloyd's Facebook defending his endorsement of Stewart) 

While Mark Lloyd's 2013 endorsement of Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor of Virginia was removed from his campaign's website, a reliable source has forwarded to Louisville Courant the removed text of the endorsement headlined "Setting the Record Straight," which appears in its entirity after the headline below.

Dimitri Kesari's Hyluss Corporation received a $10,000 disbursement from Stewart in May of 2013, just two days before Tea Party activist Lloyd endorsed Stewart, as reported here Sunday, and noted here.

 "I am supporting Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor," ends Llloyd's letter. No ambiguity there.
And here are a few examples of Lloyd defending his unexpected endorsement of Stewart on Facebook:

Minnesota's Mike McFadden is who Mitch McConnell needs in Washington, and here's why

Incumbent Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) just released this commercial about his opponent Mike McFadden in Minnesota's US Senate race, exposing McFadden's involvement in overseas tax-avoidance schemes:

Sen. Mitch McConnell needs guys like McFadden in the Senate, and my regular readers have already made the connection.

As I reported here in August, McConnell's in-laws fly Liberian flags on their shipping fleet, also to avoid US tax liability. This is a scheme that is kept legal because congress does nothing about it. While you're letting that sink in, enjoy watching this Liberian-flagged ship, owned by McConnell in-laws, evade US taxes:

September 17, 2014

Ron Paul bribery scandal updates

Peninsula Tea Party
Stewart connected not only to Kesari, but also John Tate

While Sen. Mitch McConnell is closely connected to subpoenaed bribery scandal players Dimitri Kesari and Jesse Benton, Virginia's Corey Stewart is connected to Kesari and also Ron Paul's 2012 campaign manager John Tate, according to the Peninsula Tea Party.

September 16, 2014

Bush Speechwriter is 2nd American to Claim Support For McConnell Not Induced

Former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Johns has come out as the second American to formerly declare his support for Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign was not induced.

In Johns' own words:

September 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Dimitri Kesari's attorney, Ron Paul's attorney, chilling with Paul last September

Dimitri Kesari's attorney is Jesse R. Binnall. former Congressman Ron Paul and Binnall:

The attorney for Paul's failed presidential campaign was David Warrington. Warrington and Paul:


Binnall and Warrington appear to have been photographed with Paul only moments apart at the September 2013 Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC), held in Chantilly, Virginia. Warrington was one of the conference speakers.

September 14, 2014

Ron Paul bribery scandal raises questions for Virginia's Corey Stewart

Lloyd's book cover
(7/18/14: The text of Lloyd's endorsement of Stewart has surfaced and was just published here.)

Tea Party activist Mark Lloyd endorsed Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor of Virginia, two days after Stewart's campaign made a $10,000 disbursement to Dimitri Kesari's Hyluss Corporation.  

Stewart, who makes his home on a former Virginia slave plantation known as Bel Aire, is the chairman of Virginia's Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

Kesari was identified by an indicted bribee, former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson, as the "bagman" who delivered a check that served as security for the bribe which induced Sorenson to endorse former Congressman Ron Paul over Michele Bachmann in Iowa's 2012 Republican presidential primary.

September 7, 2014

Mitch McConnell reports contributions from Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and why this may get Wayside Christian Mission excited

McConnell at March 30, 2014 fundraiser w/indigenous leaders.
According to their latest campaign finance report, Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign received a $2,600 campaign contribution from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on May 20, 2014.  If history repeats itself, Wayside Christian Mission may be getting pretty excited about this news, but first some background...

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians were the first tribe to be enlisted and subsequently exploited in what came to be known as the "Jack Abramoff Indian lobby scandal" according to a 357-page 2006 report to congress called “GIMME FIVE”— INVESTIGATION OF TRIBAL LOBBYING MATTERS.

September 6, 2014

Mitch McConnell's father-in-law off limits to columnist who believes he is dead

McConnell, Chao, and Chao - all living.
While James S. C. Chao did not provide a campaign bus to son-in-law Mitch McConnell's campaign at a reduced rate, he has invested thousands in his campaign. (And that doesn't count any dark money passing through superpacs.) Chao is the founder and president of Foremost Shipping, which owns and operates a fleet of fifteen of the world's largest ships, all flying Liberian flags to evade US taxes.

Nevertheless, the Courier-Journal's Al Cross has refused to address the role Chao plays in his son-in-law's campaign in comparison to role Jerry Lundergan plays in his daughters.

At first blush, I presumed Cross's omission of the comparison was sexist. After all, in this morning's column, he dropped the term "Daddy" twice:
"This potential legal problem could be cured by an invoice and a check, but a hard-nosed manager would have realized the need to avoid anything that could make Daddy an issue for a 35-year-old woman who hasn’t completed even one term in elective office." 
"But what about Daddy’s end? Will he send another invoice?"

September 4, 2014

Recap of Mitch McConnell's Bribery Scandal Updates

The Lexington-Herald's Sam Youngman has redeemed himself by laying out most of the facts known about the Benton-Kesari bribery scandal. Check it out here:
McConnell adviser: Campaign has no knowledge of subpoenas reportedly involving former manager.

Dimitri Kesari's brother Pavlov is also a subject of the investigation. A quick googling of his phone number, 202-271-7323, reveals he offered a $500 reward for his missing black lab Sugar in 2012
That's right, there was a $500 reward for Pavlov's dog. Think about it.

Here's what folks are saying on Twitter, after the jump:

September 3, 2014

FBI questioned Mitch McConnell / Rand Paul insider in June 2013

Jonathan Duke, an insider with both the Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul campaigns, was interviewed by the FBI on June 19, 2013. If a November 5, 2013 blog entry on Page One Kentucky is to be trusted at face value, Duke bragged to blogger Jake Payne that he was being interviewed by the FBI, and even texted Payne as he left the interview. 

Duke is a former State Director for the Republican National Committee, a hardcore supporter of Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Event Chair of Rand Paul's Victory Committee. 

On Page One Kentucky, Payne wrote:

"Guess which host on this list was interviewed by the FBI for communicating with the Progress Kentucky nitwits regarding the location of Mitch McConnell’s private campaign meeting on February 2"
As one of the "nitwits" Payne was referring to, I did not need either of his clues to identify his source. I knew who I communicated with that morning. Let's come back to that.

Because blogging is distinguished from journalism in that there are no rules, Payne offered his viewers two clues on his source's identity. Fascinatingly, the first clue identifies Duke as an "Event Chair" of Rand Paul's Victory Committee.

Payne's clue #1
The second clue suggests the FBI interview occurred on June 19, 2013, and that Duke, if these messages are indeed from him, intended to call Payne about twenty minutes after he left the interview. 

Payne's Clue #2
Okay, a little background is neccesary. I had tweeted @KyJDDuke on February 2, 2013 about the location of the McConnell HQ. Another source had told me when McConnell was launching his Louisville campaign HQ, but that source had not yet told me where the HQ was when I tweeted Duke. I tweeted Duke to see if I could trick him into revealing the location of the party. Hostile I know, but fun. Duke joked back about how it was "invitation only." (Like I didn't know that already.)

I wasn't the only the only Louisville 'journalist' who knew Duke was at McConnell's party. WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey, who later co-broke the story revealing my identity as David Corn's source for the secret recording, posted vocal support for Duke the same morning I made the recording:

Insider Louisville's Joe Sonka quoted Duke in an April 2013 LEO Weekly story about Charah, Inc. (I have also written about Charah, Inc. on this blog.)

When the FBI made arrangements to interview Duke in November, he jumped the shark, presuming the FBI wanted to talk to him about tweets, and so he tipped off Payne he was headed to meet with the FBI to talk about me and/or Progress Kentucky. Presumably after FBI left the interview, Payne added these lines to his blog entry:
"Spoiler alert: they didn’t know anything about Reilly."
"We plan to cover the mess quite a bit more in the weeks to come."
Payne's plans to "cover the mess never quite a bit more" never materialized. Duke went on support McConnell through the primary:
My first introduction to Duke was when he was working to ridiculing Ashley Judd by sexualizing her. Oh wait, I have a screenshot:

(This Tweet was deleted the first time I published it.)

Here's Duke's Linked In indicating his former role at Kentucky's RNC state director:

In the context of the breaking news that two former McConnell campaign operatives, Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari, are subjects in an FBI bribery investigation, Duke's interview probably was not about his tweets with me, but about Benton, Kesari, McConnell or Paul. Let that sink in.

The million dollar questions in the bribery scandal are of course, what did McConnell know, and when did he know it? But since McConnell's unlikely to entertain those questions, here are a few more: What did Duke know? Did he tell the FBI? Did he tell McConnell what the FBI asked him about? 

9/4/14 5:47 pm Update:
While Duke may be ignoring the dozens of tweets tagging him in relation to the McConnell campaign's bribery scandal, that's not to say his head is completely in the sand. He's watching, and like McConnell, hoping this all goes away. Not going to happen, bro.