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‘Dark Money’! ‘Corporate Interests’! The Left’s Wisconsin Conspiracy Theory

Posted on | November 25, 2013 | 76 Comments

Lisa Graves is a Democrat Party hack who apparently believes it should be illegal to be a conservative, and who thinks that cooperation between conservatives is therefore a criminal conspiracy. Graves used to work for Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy and the ACLU, but since 2009 has worked for the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a left-wing Wisconsin outfit whose funders include George Soros:

The website, for example, claims it wants “to be your go-to site for updates on the financial services re-regulation fight in Congress and for progressive net-roots campaigning against the big boys on Wall Street.” . . . is “part of the Center for Media and Democracy,” funded to the tune of $200,000 by the Open Society Institute, the charity arm of lefty investor George Soros.

While taking money from Soros — a billionaire international financier — Graves and the CMD claim that money is a corrupting influence in politics if that money goes to conservatives: The Wisconsin Club for Growth is “at the center of a tangled web of dark money“!

This bizarre paranoid nonsense is all part of a dishonest smear against supporters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who defeated a well-funded recall attempt by Democrats and their Big Labor allies in 2012.

A special prosecutor, evidently connected to the Democrat district attorney of Milwaukee County, has begun issuing subpoenas to conservative groups in an investigative fishing expedition that “suggest the government may be pursuing a theory of illegal campaign coordination by independent groups during the recall elections,” according to a Wall Street Journal report last week.

Walker’s name has been mentioned as a 2016 GOP presidential candidate. He is up for re-election as governor next year. How convenient, then, that Lisa Graves and her Soros-funded CMD are promoting this smear against Walker. M.D. Kittle reports:

If Madison’s Center for Media and Democracy has its way, government investigators armed with subpoenas may soon raid the homes and offices of conservatives across the country in a national campaign that began right here, in the Democrat-controlled Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.
Beginning with a press conference last week and promising a yearlong coordinated effort, CMD has spent several days speculating on the links between free-market political organizations. Any kind of cooperation among those groups to elect a conservative – for example, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – is evidence of wrongdoing, CMD suggests in a rambling post on its website. . . .
Multiple sources tell Wisconsin Reporter that CMD’s claim is the basis of the Milwaukee DA’s investigation into about 100 people representing some 29 conservative and libertarian groups.
Despite CMD’s assertions, there’s no law barring cooperation among political groups. That fact may derail the Milwaukee DA’s probe, now headed by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz.
It was left to a reporter to make that point during last week’s CMD conference call.
“Why should we be surprised conservative-funded groups are funding conservative causes?” the reporter asked. Doesn’t the same thing occur on the left?
The answer, according to CMD executive director Lisa Graves: Yes, but the left is morally superior in its motives.
“The question of conservative funders versus liberal funders, I think, is a matter of false equivalency,” Graves responded. “Quite frankly a number of these (corporate donors) like Koch Industries … they’re advancing not just an ideological agenda but an agenda that helps advance the bottom line of their corporate interests. That’s quite a distinct difference from some of the funders in the progressive universe.”
At the heart of CMD’s campaign is the suggestion that conservative political groups cannot legally work together. Liberal groups? That seems to be okay.

Read the whole thing at Where do people get the idea that “corporate interests” are evil in a way that liberal interests (including the interests of George Soros) are not?

Idiots like Lisa Graves need to use a better quality of tinfoil in their hats. You can’t stop CIA brain-control waves with cheap tinfoil.



76 Responses to “‘Dark Money’! ‘Corporate Interests’! The Left’s Wisconsin Conspiracy Theory”

  1. Dana
    November 25th, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    And this woman once worked for the ACLU?

  2. Dana
    November 25th, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Of course, her biggest problem is that she’s just plain ugly.

  3. rmnixondeceased
    November 25th, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Schmalfeldt ugly …

  4. rsmccain
    November 25th, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    @vermontaigne It’s a CONSPIRACY!

  5. vermontaigne
    November 25th, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    RT @rsmccain: @vermontaigne It’s a CONSPIRACY! | Of course it is, you silly man. It’s in a graph.

  6. rsmccain
    November 25th, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    RT @Lockestep1776: ‘Dark Money’! ‘Corporate Interests’! The Left’s Wisconsin Conspiracy Theory: Lisa Graves is a Democrat Party h… http:/…

  7. Dana
    November 25th, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Bill Schmalfeldt in drag, or maybe after his sex change operation?

    At this point, his wombatness should be putting together a separated at birth montage . . . .

  8. Finrod Felagund
    November 25th, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    “They can’t slushfund their money like that!” “Only we can slushfund our money like that!”

  9. Wombat_socho
    November 25th, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    That’s EBL’s specialty, and I wouldn’t presume to intrude on her turf.

  10. Dana
    November 25th, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    Mrs Bloggerlady, the ball is in your court!

  11. BobBelvedere
    November 25th, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    RT @rsmccain: @vermontaigne It’s a CONSPIRACY!

  12. instapundit
    November 25th, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

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    November 25th, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

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    November 25th, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

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    November 25th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

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    November 25th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

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    November 25th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

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  18. Liberalism is an ideology of convenience | The Daley Gator
    November 25th, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    […] no problem with being outraged over certain things, like the influence of big money in politics, unless of course that big money comes from a George Soros. In short, their outrage is only displayed when it is convenient. Lisa Graves is a great example […]

  19. I’d rather be at the center of a tangled web of green money. | The TrogloPundit
    November 25th, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    […] When is money dark? When somebody gives it to a conservative. […]

  20. robcrawford2
    November 25th, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    When I see the term “bankster” I know I’m dealing with someone with all the sophistication and maturity of a five-year-old.

  21. robcrawford2
    November 25th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    “Where do people get the idea that “corporate interests” are evil in a way that liberal interests (including the interests of George Soros) are not?”


    (One of the reasons they hate corporations is they represent VOLUNTARY economic cooperation. )

  22. robcrawford2
    November 25th, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Surprised he’s not running specials lauding the fine work of the Obama IRStappo.

  23. robcrawford2
    November 25th, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    Yes. And?

  24. Dana
    November 25th, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    One would think — apparently incorrectly — that someone who worked for the ACLU would value freedom of speech.

  25. PubliusNV
    November 26th, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    ‘Dark Money’! ‘Corporate Interests’! The Left’s Wisconsin Conspiracy Theory

  26. ORConservative
    November 26th, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    ‘Dark Money’! ‘Corporate Interests’! The Left’s Wisconsin Conspiracy Theory “It’s not facism if we do it” #p2 #tcot