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Another? Eric Cantor’s Top Consultant Given $1.13M by Virginia GOP

April 24th, 2014 - 9:53 pm

After learning that newly installed Virginia GOP Executive Director Shaun Kenney is on Eric Cantor’s payroll, Virginia Republican voters are now hearing that a company run by Cantor’s top consultant, Ray Allen, is wealthy from party money. Allen’s Creative Direct, LLC is not just on the Republican Party of Virginia’s payroll, it represents the single largest expenditure on the party’s 2013 campaign finance disclosures.

Sound like a fair primary landscape for Cantor’s opponent, Dave Brat?

Should Eric Cantor survive this primary on June 10, he is the presumptive next speaker of the House, although this is dependent on what occurs with John Boehner and the large caucus of House Republicans who oppose his speakership. If he becomes speaker, Cantor would be the voice of what is shaping up to be a significantly larger Republican House majority due to the nation’s disgust with Obamacare. This majority would certainly benefit from a scandal-free environment in which to battle for the actualization of that mandate to repeal.

With that situation as background, local Virginia political site The Bull Elephant has broken this story about Ray Allen:

Why Rep. Cantor thinks it is a good idea to needlessly antagonize half the party he wants to lead is beyond me.

That’s why it is intensely interesting to look at the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2013 campaign finance disclosures, available on VPAP.org. The vendor with the single largest spend of RPV dollars (and RNC Victory funds channeled through RPV)? Yep, you guessed it: Ray Allen’s Creative Direct LLC, to the tune of $1.13 million. So far in 2014 we haven’t had any elections, but Creative Direct has been tapped to do fundraising direct mail pieces for RPV, fattening Ray Allen’s wallet by another $26,000 while Allen orchestrates destructive slating campaigns at various Republican units around the state.

I don’t know about you, that doesn’t sit right with me. I think that if Ray Allen has access to Rep. Cantor’s money, then let him have at it. But, the Republican Party of Virginia must stop subsidizing the corruption of its own processes — immediately. Not a single dime of RPV money should find its way into the unclean hands of this political thug ever again.

Donors to the Republican Party of Virginia invest considerable money and trust in the organization. I suspect many thousands of them would be appalled by the revelation that the party’s largest recipient of expenditures is one candidate’s — the sitting incumbent’s — top consultant.

Below, a Bull Elephant commenter shares his anger. The presumptive result of the Ray Allen and Shaun Kenney scandals is the GOP’s aiding in the crowding out of primary challengers to Cantor’s seat; with that in mind, the commenter mentions the Amelia Island retreat Eric Cantor recently headlined. The retreat’s sole topic of discussion? Strategy for aiding GOP incumbents facing a strong conservative/Tea Party challenger:

Donors give to RPV thinking their money will be used to fight Democrats. Instead, it’s used by Ray Allen and Eric Cantor to attack and disenfranchise Republicans. Don’t forget, Eric Cantor just got back from a Soros-funded conference on how to destroy the Tea Party. And he and Ray Allen have disenfranchised hundreds of conservative GOP activists all across the state this year.

It’s kinda like the Russians sending saboteurs into Ukraine to stir up trouble, then using the trouble as a pretext to invade. Likewise, the Cantor/Allen machine uses donors’ dollars to bloody the convention process, to argue that it’s “too messy and exclusive,” so as to get back their primaries and their direct mail contracts.

The commenter, by mentioning “direct-mail contracts,” is referring to the business of Ray Allen’s company, Creative Direct. The company creates direct mailings for political clients.

With “disenfranchised hundreds of conservative activists all across the state this year,” the commenter is referring to “slating.” Allen is accused of helping orchestrate the procedure to the benefit of his clients this season, including Eric Cantor. Read here and here for background on slating.

Pat Mullins is the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. I am sending this post to Mullins, and asking if he was aware of the magnitude of the payments being sent to Allen, if he believes the payments represent an unacceptable conflict of interest, and if he is going to terminate the contract with Allen.

I will update this post if I hear from Chairman Mullins.

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It was last year in Virginia that the intelligent and principled Ken Cuccinelli (he brought the first anti-Obamacare lawsuit as AG) was defeated (just barely) for the governorship by Clintonian sleazeball Terry McAuliffe,

Reportedly, the VA GOP didn't do much to help Cuccinelli financially or any other way during the campaign.
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Cantor is pro amnesty/big rewards for tens of millions of third world invaders and for the good of the country has to go, and certainly not made ruler of the house. And now it looks like he's a crook too.
26 weeks ago
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Yea,that Shaun Kenney was quoted in a meeting with some La Raza types that he saw part of his job as running "nativists" like me out of the GOP if we don't go along with the whole amnesty for illegals thing....so nothing this Cantor clique does surprises me now
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For the record, I'm both a Tea Party supporter and a member of the Fairfax County Republican's Committee (in Virginia) as well as an county election officer. Most GOP members I know joined like me to change the party to represent conservative values that I had hoped could win back the country.

Today, I don't know what to think. Cantor used to show some backbone and every time I'd email him to vote conservative on issues Republicans were waffling on, he did, including against his own leadership. Now others like Dave are saying he's sold out to Soros? That he's for immigration even though he voted against it in the past?

As for other GOP candidates including Tea Party candidates, they are all struggling to put together an articulate message and campaign that can attract supporters who have money. Few make it out of the gate for lack of money. All the lies and allegations that come from the left about conservatives and the Republican candidates get full play in the last two weeks of an election. The last two weeks of an election is when most non-aligned voters start looking at who to vote for. Even so, its often only the hard core political base that votes on either side. In a non-Presidential year, we're lucky if 20% of the electorate votes. That means less than 10% of the eligible registered voters decide an election. Most elections in Northern Virginia are decided by 10 votes or less per precinct.

Every election the Left/Dems do three things. They try to sow distrust in the ranks of conservative voters in their candidates by saying things such as David does here about Cantor. This is to make the GOP base not turn out to vote. Another trick we've seen is the sudden emergence of an independent conservative candidate who says he has conservative values but in fact is funded by the left secretly and whose only role is to split the conservative vote so the left can win. to They work to energize their own base to turn out. And they do a last minute all media smear of GOP candidates to influence those independents who might vote.

For instance Terry McAuliffe's win over Cuccinelli was just that, fueled by millions of dollars of out of state DNC funding that the RNC refused to match for Cuccinelli. As a result, I will never give the RNC another dime. He also had a independent funded secretly by the left to drain votes away from himself.

While I agree that there is much wrong with the GOP, the majority of grass roots supporters in the GOP are working to get a winning message and winning candidates that represent the values of our founding fathers. The problem we face is the GOP in Virginia did politics only part time and limited funds, against a Dem machine that does it full time, has the press in their pocket, and has seemingly endless funds from unions, Soros, etc.

I can't help but wonder if Dave's post is more of the same. Painting GOP candidates with a scandal brush early to influence the GOP base not to vote thus giving the win in November to the Left by default.


25 weeks ago
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Any thoughts on this now that Brat won, and the Democrats did not have their own primary challenger?
19 weeks ago
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Just another RINO rat-bastard that should either be marginalized (no speakership) or be primaried out.

But with all that $ and name recognition? Nahhhh.
26 weeks ago
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Tea Parties and other true Conservative groups are in BIG Trouble...The GOP/RNC 'ruling class' has teamed up with the Progressive 'left'...What good can come from that? To say our Constitutional Republic is in distress is putting it mildly. Our options to save ourselves are being limited by people who are supposed to represent us. NOT 'rule' over us. What are we to do?
26 weeks ago
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Oh, this stopped being a republic quite some time ago. Seriously - ancient history. We haven't been a democratic republic in almost as long. These days, we're not even a proper democracy. It's a corrupt oligarchic tyranny, really. In short, America is now a fascist state (regardless of which side controls D.C.).
26 weeks ago
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Strangely consistent with the Republican Ruling Class modus operendi, isn't it?

But we should support them because they "know how to win". And the Tea Party is full of kooks who don't understand politics.

Well, some of us have finally got it, and aren't going to vote for the lesser criminals again.

Either we will take over the Republican Party or it will wither away. Take your pick Mr Cantor and friends.
26 weeks ago
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I don't know anything about "slating" but the GOP in Virginia was far, far right. So was Cuccinelli.
26 weeks ago
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GOP politics has been ruled by the far right (Pat Robertson) wing of the party for years. No wonder Independents are making so much progress in the state.
26 weeks ago
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Does Mr Cantor get any of this free-flowing money. I mean, it's hard to believe that he's encouraging his friends with all this lucre without somehow benefiting himself or his family. You know, family first? Maybe he's following the Harry Reid model of income enhancement and affirmative money management.

If you can't get rich in Washington politics, then we don't want you as our representative; you lack that 'get rich at the public's expense' attitude that's indicative of the natural politician.
26 weeks ago
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If the GOP actively wanted to throw elections, what would they be doing any differently?
26 weeks ago
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I know the VA GOP: they are a joke, a throwback to 1958. Tea Party Virginia for a free Commonwealth. Sic semper tyrannis!
26 weeks ago
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Cstino, I'm with you. The GOP had ample opportunity to defeat Moran who is a drunken boor. They ran the wife of a national Republican dignitary to defeat him. I always called her the "Stealth" Candidate because she was unknown, had no brochures...no nothing. They could have beaten Moran the year he was "car-jacked" by a little kid. Eventually the districts were changed but he has been in Congress for YEARS.
26 weeks ago
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Wha'?? Huh?? You mean there's corruption in the gop?? Never!! Couldn't be!! I guess Cantor learned a lot from Soros at their little confab.
26 weeks ago
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The GOP in Virginia preceeded Soros. They knew all the bells and whistles of crony politics.
26 weeks ago
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I'm sure you're right, but I was referring to this little gem: "Don’t forget, Eric Cantor just got back from a Soros-funded conference on how to destroy the Tea Party."
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