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Ray Allen, Mike Thomas, Donald Williams and ten other Cantor supporters continued their assault on the grassroots last night with a 13-6 vote on the committee to bleed the 7th District GOP bank account. Here is how it happened …

Last night at the Goochland Library the 7th District GOP Committee held their first meeting under the new chairmanship of Fred Gruber. [Ed. note: Gruber is the Tea Party-backed chairman who defeated Cantor's favored incumbent, Linwood Cobb, which came weeks before Cantor's loss.] The Treasurer’s Report showed that the 7th CD Committee had approximately $470,000 cash on hand, with almost the entire amount coming from Cantor’s Victory Fund. (As an aside, can the other side please stop bemoaning the loss of Linwood Cobb’s fundraising prowess? The man did nothing to raise money. He simply cashed the Cantor checks.) Ray Allen and Mike Thomas (who are not elected members of the 7th District Committee) were conveniently in attendance, carrying a voting member’s proxy, so that they could vote on the motions.  [UPDATE: Ray Allen held a proxy for a voting member (Kristi Way - Cantor's Chief of Staff); it is not clear whether Mike Thomas held a voting or nonvoting proxy.]

An initial motion was made by conservatives on the Committee to spend approximately $288K of the money to help Gillespie/Brat win in November, while saving the balance for future elections. Specifically, conservatives wanted to spend $288K to build a sophisticated grassroots operation for each of the ten counties in the 7th District to help with general election voter turnout in November. It would have far exceeded any sort of GOP victory efforts in the past, with each county having the necessary resources, talent, and technical support to increase our voter margins in November. This proposal was flatly denied.

Chesterfield GOP Chairman, Donald Williams, made a substitute motion to give $150,000 to to the Republican National Committee (RNC), $150,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), $25,000 to Ben Chafin who is running to replace the state senate seat of Phil Puckett down in southwest Virginia, $12,866 to the Republican Party of Virginia so that GOP units in the 7th district could obtain i360 data licenses, and $5,000 to all Virginia congressional campaign – leaving only approximately $86,000 in the 7th district bank account.

Interestingly, this proposal basically gave NOTHING to 7th District election efforts in November, only allocating a total of $12,866 to purchase i360 data licenses!!! The 7th District Committee decided they had no interest in growing the GOP and turning out the vote in their own district, they would rather give their money to Washington D.C.!

The Cantor allies on the 7th District Committee even slighted their own state party, not giving the Republican Party of Virginia a dime! Why do I say this? Because RPV is simply being used a pass thru to pay for i360 licenses for the 10 GOP units in the 7th District. RPV doesn’t get to keep a dime of the $12,866 they are being sent. Make no mistake, this is retribution for Pat Mullins standing up against the slating tactics of Eric Cantor, Ray Allen and Mike Thomas. Their intentions were exposed when Fred Gruber tried to offer a compromise amendment to the Cantor/Allen/Thomas/Williams budget that the $300K going to the RNC and NRCC be split three ways so that RPV would at least get $100K. This proposal was also flatly denied. No money to the RPV and only $12,866 to 7th District operations.

You need to know how your local GOP members voted. Only 6 members voted against this proposal to bleed the money from the 7th District bank account. Those were:

Fred Gruber – Chairman
Ben Slone – Goochland Unit Chairman
Nick Freitas – Culpeper Unit Chairman
Mark Daniel – New Kent Unit Chairman
Jordan Marshall – Orange Unit Chairman
Robert Stuber – Spotsylvania Unit Chairman

Here are the members who voted to raid the 7th district account and send the money outside of the 7th District:

Donald Williams – Chesterfield Unit Chairman
Chris Obenshain – Richmond City Unit Chairman
Nancy Russell – Hanover County Unit Chairman
Don Boswell – Henrico County Unit Chairman
Graven Craig – Louisa County Unit Chairman
Liza  Bradford – VFRW District 7 Rep
Kate Rennolds – Young Republican Rep
Klarke Kilgore (proxy) – College Republican Rep
Jane Ladd – State Central Presidential Rep
David Fuller – State Central Congressional Rep
Doug Rogers – State Central rep
Marie Quinn – State Central rep
Kristi Way (proxy) – State Central rep

So now you know who is truly for building the party and grassroots in the 7th District and who simply wants to protect turf, punish the grassroots, and keep the local party small and ineffective.

Folks, where do you think that money is going after it makes it to the RNC or NRCC?

I did post Radtke’s entire post here, but do visit her blog, The Bull Elephant, and thank her for the excellent coverage. Journalists like her are why, occasionally, the bad guys in Washington get sent home.

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Another RINO and poor loser - the 'R' that denotes Cantor being a republican is a sham as we are now finding out. Just another elite throwing a tantrum for being tossed from what he thinks is his birthright. Can anyone argue convincingly that any difference lay between RINO's and democrats other than the 'r' and the 'd'?

Keep telling me how good things will be when the republicans take over the senate come January. The feckless speaker of the house Boehner hasn't even got the guts to withhold money to fund the outlaw IRS, DHS, EPA and DOJ and has decided to let the courts beat up on the neighborhood bully. What makes anyone think that other than Harry Reid not heading up the senate that anything will change?

Because it won't!

Cantor has proven what I long suspected - he has no class.

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This is good coverage, thank you David.

Things like this are why I stopped giving money to the NRC.
21 weeks ago
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A disgusting little man believes he is entitled to power and riches.

MS Republican conservatives and Tea Partiers should sit out the election. RINO Republicans will only provide the bi-partisan fig leaf that the Dems crave to jam unpalatable legislations down our throats. Let them pass a few more Obamacare-like legislation and take the country to the bottom fast. We are getting there anyway.
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Eric Cantor is a very small man who deserved the drubbing he received in the polls. He exposed his smallness by looking angry over his loss to David Brat as the voting results rolled in. "Why, that's my seat! How dare Brat win the nomination over me! The Speaker of the House post was rightfully mine!"

The arrogance continued with his failure to man up and congratulate Brat, let alone promise to help him keep the House seat in Republican hands. To this day Cantor has hardly voiced Brat's name in public. Instead, the attitude remains more like, "He took my rightful place! How dare he!"

Make no mistake about what this movement of funds represents: it is a big screw-you gesture to Brat and his supporters. Yeah, the Repub bigwigs in the region voted for it, not Cantor, but you can bet Cantor played a serious role in what happened.

The Seventh District voters made the right choice in the primary. The question now is whether Brat can win, since a Democrat challenger has appeared and the Dems seem to think that now they really have a shot at winning the seat in November. Cantor's and the Republicans' funding games with Brat might have changed the outcome.
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Please, all people who care about America, do NOT let Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi-robots remain in office. Do not stay home on November 4th. Vote Republican. We MUST gain the Senate and retain the House. We MUST become the majority. OK, I understand that everyone is disillusioned and think there is no difference between the parties. I understand and mostly agree. But if we lose in November because Conservatives, Libertarians and fed-up Republicans stay home from the election, this nation is truly over. Once in office, Republicans CAN be pressured to do the right thing. They CAN grow a pair. They won't have to "go along to get along." If we wait until only Conservatives run on a Republican ticket, it will be too late. If you like the idea of Obama winning everything he and his mentors have ever wanted, opt out. If you want to have a chance at changing things, stay engaged and elect Republicans. DON'T LET OBAMA WIN.
21 weeks ago
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"Once in office, Republicans CAN be pressured to do the right thing."

I have asserted this for some time now; having them as the minority party does absolutely no good.
21 weeks ago
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Its sad but not surprising. This was going to be the Cantor campaign war chest. Cantor has no regret for letting the people of his district down. He is only sorry that he can't keep promoting the Establishment agenda in Washington. The first public thing he did was go to a Long Island synagogue to speak to national donors rather than a synagogue in his home district to talk to his constituents. The Dave Brat people will have to raise the money on their own from the grassroots.
21 weeks ago
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Paleo-you've got it all wrong. We're the RINOs. The establishment is by definition the true Republican party. The only way people interested in less government and more liberty can have a political party is either by pushing the old guard out or starting a new party. The Republican party as presently constituted exists to increase profits for the leadership's pals. The challenge for us is to try to elect the candidates who will do the least damage under the present while simultaneously building the organization to take over the GOP or start a viable new party.
21 weeks ago
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They always say: Follow the money!
Is it any wonder that Cuccinelli lost with party leadership such as this.
21 weeks ago
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It now appears that we have regressed from a two party system to a one party system. The BOGP....big ol gubmint party. Their slogan: "big government in your life for your own good.
The road to tyranny is getting shorter.
21 weeks ago
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Funny, I don't hear anything from Mr. Brat complaining about this stuff ... the man who proclaimed "I am not a Tea Party guy" on the night he won his election.

Mr. Steinberg is just trolling for butt-hurting Tea Partiers who are consumed with "I am a VICTIM!!!!!" whining, moaning, and whimpering, like a bunch of teenaged girls complaining about the other mean girls in middle school. Get over yourselves and man up. Nobody cares about this stuff but you.
21 weeks ago
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Now doesn't this move everybody to "man up" and throw money at trash like this, in the name of the RNC?
21 weeks ago
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Lame. You are what is wrong with the GOP.
21 weeks ago
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You mean guys like Dave Brat, who has and will have nothing to do with this tea party trolling stuff. He's a good guy, deserved to win, and I hope he is a very good Congressman. But he'll likely never stoop to this incessant whining and caterwauling of the far right.
21 weeks ago
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Are these the Republicans who were going to be jeopardized by Ted Cruz' filibuster of Obamacare? These were the ones to protect so they could advance conservatism?
21 weeks ago
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Worse than a democrat. Scum of the earth.
21 weeks ago
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Digger Dave, in the finer tradition of investigative journalism. We need more of this.

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