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AB Leadership Friday, Oct 21 2011

The Hill: Liberal group jumps on Rubio controversy in attack video

On October 21, 2011, The Hill reported:

"A Democratic-leaning group released a video attacking Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over the recent controversy surrounding a Washington Post article that disputes statements the senator made about his family’s past. The American Bridge 21st Century video features a montage of news clips and speeches in which Rubio discusses the influence of his family’s story on his life...

News Friday, Oct 21 2011

Billings Gazette: Rehbergs: Suit against city 'not about the money'

On October 21, The Billings Gazette reported:

A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and his wife has offered to settle a lawsuit against the city of Billings "without monetary compensation" for a 2008 wildfire that threatened the couple's subdivision. In exchange, the Rehbergs want the city to adopt "specific wildland firefighting standards" that may prevent future property loss or damage, according to a letter provided to The Billings Gazette by Jan Rehberg. After sitting idle for more than a year, the lawsuit has been the subject of a recent flurry of activity, including an official response from the city to the lawsuit that was never formally served and the settlement offer from the Rehbergs.

News Friday, Oct 21 2011

Huffington Post: George Allen Campaign Pays Finance Expert Linked To RNC Money Woes

On October 20, 2011, the Huffington Post reported:

A former Republican National Committee finance official who was forced to resign last year following allegations that she had spent party money at a jewelry store has found a new home in the free-spending campaign of Virginia GOP Senate candidate George Allen. Debbie LeHardy departed the RNC, where she was the deputy finance director, after reports emerged that she was reimbursed $450 for a purchase at a Manhattan jewelry store that she listed as a meal. [...] Those problems apparently did not discourage Allen from hiring LeHardy as a consultant and paying her well. According to Federal Election Commission records, her firm has received more than $75,000 for advice since February.

News Friday, Oct 21 2011

VIDEO: Marco Rubio's History Of Embellishing His Family's Story

As reported in the Washington Post, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was caught embellishing his life story. Despite numerous claims that his parents fled Cuba after Castro's regime took power in 1959, documents show his parents came to the U.S. in 1956. Rubio made the false assertions not just on his official Senate bio, but in numerous speeches and cable television appearances over the years. Watch a sampling of his embellished statements in a new video from American Bridge 21st Century:

News LGBTQ+ Thursday, Oct 20 2011

North Platte Bulletin: Stenberg wants to amend Constitution, seven times

On October 19, 2011, the North Platte Bulletin reported:

Don Stenberg stopped in North Platte Tuesday proposing seven new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, all of them conservative.

News Thursday, Oct 20 2011

Huffington Post: Scott Brown's Campaign Pays Operatives With History of Bareknuckle Politics

On October 19, 2011, the Huffington Post reported:

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is paying tens of thousands of dollars to campaign consultants and fundraisers with histories of playing hardball, a review of the senator's federal election filing reveals.

News Tuesday, Oct 18 2011

NY Times: Questions Raised Over Perry Campaign’s Reimbursements for Use of Private Plane

On October 17, 2011, the New York Times reported:

In the first two weeks of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, his aides turned to Brian D. Pardo, a Texas businessman under investigation by federal securities regulators, to use his Cessna Citation X business jet to fly to campaign events. The Perry campaign paid Mr. Pardo about $21,000 for two days of flights that, according to logs from, totaled about nine hours in the air, a number Mr. Pardo said sounded accurate. [...] But had the campaign rented the same plane from a charter company, it could have cost up to three times as much, other interviews suggest. Because of changes in federal campaign regulations, that raises the question of whether Mr. Perry, the Texas governor, effectively received an unreported campaign contribution by underpaying Mr. Pardo.

News Tuesday, Oct 18 2011

American Independent: Ally of GOP Senate candidate says Muslim Brotherhood is behind Occupy Orlando

On October 17, 2011, The American Independent reported:

In a video clip and blog post published today, a right-wing activist with ties to GOP Senate candidate Adam Hasner alleges that Occupy Orlando, a Central Florida group that has sprung up in solidarity with the New York-based Occupy Wall Street movement, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

News Tuesday, Oct 18 2011

AP: Rehberg Bashes Lobbyists as Son Works for One

On October 18, 2011 the Associated Press reported: U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg has made a point of criticizing Democratic Sen.…

News Tuesday, Oct 18 2011

The Hill: NM Senate candidate dismantles campaign, giving opening to opponent

On October 18, 2011, The Hill reported:

Greg Sowards, a Tea Party-affiliated self-funder who has played the spoiler role in New Mexico’s GOP Senate primary, has fired all of his campaign staff and consultants and will go it alone. Sowards had been complicating the race for Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R), who has sought a win by running to the right of the centrist candidate — former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.). Now, by firing everyone on his campaign, he might have made himself a non-factor in the race...

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