We’ve seen this movie before: a Jeb Bush news dump headed into a holiday so he can claim transparency while keeping the big news safely buried. Here’s a start: Jeb! paid zero federal income tax in at least three years.
American Bridge is giving you a sneak peek at four of Bush’s returns already, and has made them available at the following links:
American Bridge is hitting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with targeted web ads wrapping up the latest in a series of…
After reports surfaced that Scott Walker was aware of the approval of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) loan awarded to one of his political donors, the governor's flagship program has been back in the news this week. Check out some of the crushing clips about the failures of Walker's taxpayer-backed slush fund:
MSNBC: Scott Walker jobs agency in ‘chaos’ amid calls for federal probe
Four years later, as Walker lays the groundwork for a presidential run, WEDC appears rudderless and deeply troubled. Government and press reports have raised serious questions about the agency’s transparency, effectiveness, political independence and compliance with the law. Walker, who serves as chair of the WEDC board, has twice in recent months announced major shifts to the agency’s structure and mission—and this week he has been forced to deny that he knew about a questionable loan to a political contributor’s company.
Democrats are calling for a federal investigation. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s job growth continues to lag far behind the nation’s—taking a toll on the governor’s popularity at home.
Republicans have a bridge to sell to anyone who thinks Chris Christie still has a chance at the White House. The George Washington Bridge scandal is just the latest low point in Chris Christie's two decade career. Here is a look at his 10 worst moments.
NJ.com: 10 worst moments of Chris Christie's political career
The author of “Clinton Cash,” the latest conservative hatchet job against Hillary Clinton, is a right-wing Republican operative who was an advisor to Sarah Palin and a speechwriter for President George W. Bush. But what you might not know about Peter Schweizer is that he has deep ties to the Koch brothers and the right-wing billionaire bankrolling Sen. Ted Cruz’s nascent campaign. He’s a current contributor to conservative blog Breitbart and is the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI).
“Clinton Cash” has already been repeatedly debunked by reporters given early access to the accusations, which is no surprise given Schweizer’s history as a conservative researcher peddling misleading and false attacks that have discredited his work. American Bridge today released a video of FOX, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC anchors confronting Schweizer during his media blitz with the pesky fact that he doesn’t have any evidence for his theories.
Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century:
"Chris Christie's administration sought political retribution by forcing thousands of New Jerseyans to endure hours of traffic, leaving students stranded on buses for their first day of school, and making it harder for EMTs and law enforcement to do their jobs. Now that one of Christie’s longtime allies, David Wildstein, has pled guilty and his close aide and a political appointee are getting indicted, the cloud swirling over Chris Christie is only getting thicker. Wildstein’s lawyer is adamant that Christie ‘knew of the lane closures as they occurred’ and that ‘evidence exists.’ Christie’s record low approval rating is going to tank further by the time this is over."
NYT: Ally of Christie Pleads Guilty in George Washington Bridge Case; 2 Others Indicted
Peter Schweizer claims he wrote Clinton Cash as "bipartisan citizen action" in the preface, but he has a history of making personal and erroneous attacks on the Clintons. In 2008, Schweizer released Makers and Takers, where he targeted Hillary Clinton, saying she had an "impressive record of public whining." He also said that the political couple was not charitable enough and that they were “preoccupied with material things.” Don't be fooled by his fake call for "government accountability," Schweizer is only interested in furthering his extreme conservative agenda.
Top Chris Christie crony and former Port Authority political appointee David Wildstein -- a figure smack dab in the middle of the Bridgegate scandal that has bludgeoned Christie's presidential aspirations with a traffic cone -- is set to plead guilty to criminal charges as soon as tomorrow. Wildstein is infamous for his "Got it" response to the "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email from Christie's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Ann Kelly. If only he used a carrier pigeon...
The slow drip of news that the federal prosecutor is looking into David Samson's potential extortion of United Airlines for his "chairman's flight" means that Christie's headache is far from over. Wait to see if Christie's New Jersey approval rating can fall any lower than 38 percent (lowest yet) due to what National Journal described as "endless scandal and economic stagnation back home."
Eaton Corporation, a company awarded money by Scott Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has announced the upcoming layoff of 93 workers at it's Watertown plant. The company previously faced criticism when it outsourced jobs to foreign countries shortly after receiving millions from WEDC.
Eaton is just one example of the failures that have plagued Walker's WEDC -- including the governor's beloved Kohl's -- since its start.
Over the weekend, Scott Walker joined the 2016 GOP field in their pilgrimage to Iowa, but leaving his home state didn't help him escape the John Doe investigation into his 2011 campaign. In a radio interview, Walker took issue with the controversy. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm was quick to hit back at the governor's reprehensible comments:
In a separate statement, Schmitz said he was surprised Walker would "speak publicly about specific issues which are now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a decision."
"His description of the investigation as a 'political witch hunt' is offensive when he knows that the investigation was authorized by a bipartisan group of judges and is directed by a Republican special prosecutor appointed at the request of a bipartisan group of district attorneys," Schmitz's statement said.