Jun 24, 201411:28 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Liberal political ‘collusion’? Hey, John Doe prosecutors: Do we have to draw a map?
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C’mon Schmitz, Chisholm, and Landgraf. On Robels! On Nickel! (On Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, and Comet!) To the top of the porch! Pound on the door! Arm the deputies. Shine the floodlights! Wake the neighbors! Make the children cry! Seize the hard drives and the cell phones! Jail random citizens without bringing charges! Ruin their reputations! Free speech is afoot!
What? Progressive citizen groups were talking among themselves, as well? Never mind.
Blaska’s Bring It! made the case last week that the John Doe investigations have been a “Partisan witch hunt” aided and abetted by a naturally left-of-center mainstream news media.
Exhibit A was the startling headlines giving full credence to prosecutors’ “theory” that Gov. Scott Walker was running what they deliriously described as “a criminal scheme.” They did so despite the rulings of two courts (and buttressed by a third) that “the prosecutors’ theory of illegal campaign coordination is faulty and itself a violation of the defendants’ right to free political speech,” as the Wall Street Journal editorialized Friday. (Attention, Pulitzer Prize Committee!)
“The document dump amounts to prosecutors losing in court but then having the press treat the prosecutors’ claims as if they were the gospel truth.”
Exhibit B was the blind eye prosecutors gave to multiple cases of obvious “coordination” by progressive groups. I cited four examples last week. Again, the Wall Street Journal:
As it happens, the “coordination” prosecutors have decried in Scott Walker’s case is nearly identical to the “coordination” employed during the 2012 presidential campaign on behalf of President Obama. In February 2012, Mr. Obama’s official campaign committee “blessed” (as the Politico website put it) fundraising for Priorities USA Action, a liberal SuperPac that supported Mr. Obama and other Democratic candidates. The big dollars soon followed.
No other mainstream news media outlet bothered to mine that rich vein. Is it because they want to believe the prosecution but not the defense?
If you need your smoking gun in graphic form, feast your eyes.
These graphs were developed by the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in June 2012 to counter progressive accounts that they had been outspent by Republicans defending Walker and the state senators in the recall elections that year. But MacIver also proved coordination befitting the National Ballet Company of China.
Of them, MacIver wrote at the time:
The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy has been tracking the grassroots activities, financial contributions and independent expenditures of more than fifty state and national leftwing organizations who were active in Wisconsin in the days leading up to the June 5th election.
So far, we can track more than $23 million dollars in financial support. … These figures include direct contributions from political action committees to candidates, independent expenditure campaigns, and individual third party expenditures. The overall effort, however, is likely much larger. Member-to-member communications and issue advocacy totals are not required to be reported to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and are therefore not included in this total.
In addition, from phone banking, to get out the vote canvassing, from rallies to radio ads, MacIver’s Liberal Mobilization Matrix chronicles the paid and volunteer ‘ground game’ activities of dozens of labor, liberal and democratic party organizations.