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Taitz highlights Cold Case Posse inaction

In a new title on the Orly Taitz web site:

March 6, 2014, still no “Universe shattering” evidence which was promissed (sic) to be released in March of 2014 by Sheriff Arpaio and CCP director Mike Zullo after two and a half years of heavy fundraising for investigation. Demand from Arpaio and Zullo immediate release of evidence, if any, so Attorney Orly Taitz can submit it to judges in ongoing cases in MD, MS, DC and CA

Taitz published a comment [link to Taitz web site] from Brian Reilly who was instrumental in the original dealings between the Surprise Arizona Tea Party and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. According to WorldNetDaily, Reilly was the one who came up with the idea of approaching Arpaio after being impressed by a presentation to the Tea Party group by Jerome Corsi. In this comment Reilly says that the Posse is “using Internet radio talk show hosts to tease the public with the childish approach, ‘I know something you don’t know.’” Reilly also questioned the withholding of the Reed Hayes report.

Taitz and Zullo are natural enemies since they fight for the same birther PayPal dollars. Taitz highlights this (well I highlighted it, but …), and Reilly mentions in passing, “all of the financial donations that we have given to the non-profit Cold Case Posse.”

I characterize both Taitz and Reilly as saying to Zullo and his posse, “put up or shut up.” My own view is that they should just shut up because they are wrong, and no amount of additional time can change that.

Election leftovers: Conservative Majority Fund

I wrote an article titled “Birther PAC” in August 2012, abut the Conservative Majority Fund, a political action committee (treasurer Scott  B. MacKenzie) that in just one month spent half a million dollars on fundraising and robocalls  promoting birtherism. They produced the infamous video called “Shady Past.” I wrote then:

I’m no election law wonk, but it looks like their first donor report won’t be due until October 15, so the election will be upon us before we know where the money is coming from.

In that subsequent October report, the PAC had raised over $1.4 million and by years end the total had topped $2.8 million. The main expense: robocalls.

Read more:

Arpaio’s millions

The birthers seem to think that Sheriff Joe Arpaio raised $7 million in support of his investigation of Barack Obama, a veritable mandate for him to prosecute a case against the President. Here are two examples:

Give us Liberty 1776 blog:

URGENT: Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse have successfully raised more than $7 MILLION dollars to fuel their law enforcement investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States after being compelled to do so by constituents concerned about the integrity of our ballots. And the Posse professionals [?] found evidence of systemic fraud, forgery, corruption and cover-up! Now, we are demanding that Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse put their money where their mouth is and FILE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT!

Orly Taitz blog:

Since Arpaio did not file a criminal complaint against Obama and refused to comply with subpoena and testify at trial, demand that he refund the public 7 million that he collected!

In truth, that money was raised for Arpaio’s re-election campaign. According to his campaign finance reports, not a nickel of that money went to investigating Obama.  Arpaio raised a total of $8,476,526.18 for his 2012 campaign, and reports spending all but about $300,000. The money is gone. If you expected your donation to go to the Cold Case Posse, you’ve been ripped off. If you want a refund, forget it.

You can read Arpaio’s complete campaign finance reports at the Maricopa County Recorder’s web site.

Rush plays the idiot, tells lie

We have campaign finance laws in the United States that prohibit political contributions from foreigners; if you make a political contribution, you’ll be asked to state that you aren’t one. This is also true when you buy merchandise from the Barack Obama store, including the insanely popular (just kidding) button pictured below.

ObamaBCButton

Rush Limbaugh thought it ironic saying:

You have to prove your citizenship to buy one of those, because it’s a campaign contribution. I kid you not, folks. [My call screener Bo] Snerdley is in there laughing. He’s got fluids coming out of every bodily orifice in there laughing so hard. It’s true. They’re the ones out there selling all the birth-certificate stuff, trying to make money.

Limbaugh is lying. You don’t have to prove your citizenship; you just have to say so. And anyhow, Obama has already proven his citizenship. So, has anybody seen Rush’s birth certificate?

Obama campaign jumps on Romney birther flirt

They say that all’s fair in love and war, to which I add political fundraising. The Obama Campaign is sending a mass fundraising email titled “A new low for Mitt Romney” to potential contributors saying:

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president of the United States, just said this:

"No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

Take a moment or two to think about that, what he’s actually saying, and what it says about Mitt Romney.

Birther SEAL brings in the bucks

Former Navy SEAL Larry Bailey, founder of a group called Special Operations Speaks (SOS)  told Foreign Policy magazine that he’s a birther and doesn’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US. I’ve been over there yesterday and today commenting in response to the usual gang of birthers: Sewell, Farrar and Voeltz who are trolling the Internet these days looking for places to dump their discredited legal theories about Obama’s eligibility. Those guys bring out the worst in me.

This is the second allegedly unrelated Special Ops organization to go public within about a week. The other is Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund.

Bailey told US News and World Report that his SOS group experienced a “big”spike (800 new donors) in fundraising during the three days following his exit from the birther closet.

While the Special Ops PACs might raise money, they also are attracting sharp criticism from their compatriots. Army Special Forces Maj. Fernando Lujan called the video activism “an unprofessional, shameful action on the part of the operators that appear in the video, period” and “in violation of everything we’ve been taught, and the opposite of what we should be doing, which is being quiet professionals.” Read more at the Marine Corps Times.

Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analysis and author of a book on the tracking and killing of Bin Laden, weighs in with a devastating critique of the Special Ops video Dishonorable Disclosures.