Mitt Romney promises big Georgia donors access to inaugural event

A fundraising email circulating out of Georgia is already promising big donors to a Mitt Romney “victory fund” that they will have special access to a “Presidential Inaugural retreat” after the candidate’s election in November.

The presumptive email was obtained by Buzzfeed, which said it originated with a “top Georgia supporter.” (We confirmed the contents independently). Romney will be in Atlanta on June 11 for a pair of fundraisers.

From the solicitation:

The legal maximum that an individual can donate to Romney Victory is $75,800. The campaign is asking people who are able to make a $50,000 contribution to do so today and become a “Founding Member” of Romney Victory. These donors will be invited to a special retreat with Governor Romney in late June in California and will have preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat as well as yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.

As for our Georgia efforts, Governor Romney will be returning to Atlanta on June 11th to participate in two Romney Victory fundraising events.

The first will be a $1,000-a-head event, though a photo with Romney will cost you $10,000. The second, for $50,000 donors, is “a private dinner at a home in Buckhead” hosted by Tom Bell, Fred Cooper, Bernie Marcus and Jeffrey Sprecher.

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File the following under “Comments made by people you don’t control.” From rocker Ted Nugent, a Mitt Romney fan, per the Wall Street Journal:

”If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

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On Saturday, in 13 congressional districts across the state, Georgia Democrats will select 72 people as delegates and alternates to this summer’s national convention in Charlotte. According to state chairman Mike Berlon, 400 have applied.

Republicans went through a similar process last Saturday. The state GOP has yet to release an official list, but several of the meetings were marked by clashes with Ron Paul supporters.

After the 14th Congressional District meeting in Dalton – Republicans realigned after redistricting – chairman Darrell “No Relation” Galloway said he found on the floor a copy of the slate of delegates that Paul supporters were attempting to push.

Paul supporters were advised to wear Barry Goldwater buttons and similar paraphernalia, so that they might recognize each other. At the bottom of the crib sheet: “Look for others wearing these, when in doubt vote with them!”

The chair of the Dalton convention, by the way, was former House speaker Glenn Richardson.

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State Sen. Nan Orrock of Atlanta says she has resigned from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that has been accused of being a front for conservative-endorsed legislation in state legislatures across the country. “Stand your ground” bills and such.

Orrock was the last Georgia Democrat with a membership in ALEC, but she says she had a good reason. She was a mole. From Orrock, via Better Georgia, the progressive group that drew attention to her membership:

“As a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council for several years, having joined ALEC with the primary goal of better understanding the corporate-dominated organization, I know first-hand that ALEC is not the innocuous organization it claims to be.

ALEC is underwritten by corporate dollars to push corporate financial interests that disadvantage middle-class and working families. This group enrolls state legislators to promote its radical legislation in state after state, creating the false illusion of public support for its dangerous agenda. ALEC promotes legislation that suppresses voter participation, undermines state budgets and services, and impedes democracy.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at state Sen. Josh McKoon’s allegation that the state does little to regulate the activities of lobbyists in the state Capitol.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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80 comments Add your comment

Tom

April 17th, 2012
10:53 am

Jim, would love for you to do an exposé on all the violations perpetrated by Sahar Hekmati and her lackeys at the 13th District GOP Convention last weekend.

GaBlue

April 17th, 2012
10:53 am

Senator Orreck breaks it down. Will you listen? Or will you kowtow to your corporate masters who make sure that legislators represent them — NOT YOU? For those too lazy to click the link, Josh McKoon’s statement is true. There are no limits in Georgia on how much you can spend buying a legislator.

Hazel

April 17th, 2012
10:55 am

The three td posts together are perfect!

WOW

April 17th, 2012
10:56 am

Is Romney going to share what programs he plans to cut with this group of high dollar donors as well? Just wish he would share his plans with the rest of us…. but that may be asking too much

td

April 17th, 2012
11:00 am

WOW

April 17th, 2012
10:56 am

Obama has been in office for more then 3 years now and has not shared with the American people what he plans on cutting to balance the budget. When is he going to share?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
11:05 am

I love how in the contard mind, sharing a budget is equal to sharing your tax returns.

Oh, and Obama HAS submitted a budget multiple times. You might not like it, Table, Diningroom but he has submitted one.

Romney has too though. Its called the Ryan budget.

Marlboro Man

April 17th, 2012
11:06 am

td

April 17th, 2012
11:14 am

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
11:05 am

Oh that is right. The Obama budget was rejected 414-0 in the House of Reps. Not one single Democratic vote (not even from the progressive or the CBC). His Budget last year was rejected 96-0 in the Senate. Either he is not being serious or is so radical that the radicals will not even support it?

DannyX

April 17th, 2012
11:17 am

“Oh that is right.”

So you were wrong yet again.

Ol' Timer

April 17th, 2012
11:20 am

Ted Nuggent dead or in jail would be fine with me, but we don’t need all the drama — just shut up and go kill an animal.

Bob Loblaw

April 17th, 2012
11:28 am

What a lame polifact! You have reported ad nauseum about GA’s lack of a gift ban for years and now you’re going to put it to the PoliFact test to see if you’ve been telling the truth? Or are you lobbing a softball up at yourself so you can knock it out of the park?

Going Right

April 17th, 2012
11:30 am

Pity the poor Democratic fundraisers! If BHO wins, will they be left out in the cold? Of course! It’s only the Republicans that treat their backers to lavish parties at the White House

td

April 17th, 2012
11:35 am

DannyX

April 17th, 2012
11:17 am

Can you really call it a budget when you can not even get a single vote from the Congressional Black Caucus of the progressive/socialist caucus?

WOW

April 17th, 2012
11:35 am

@ TD

The President has shown what his plans for balancing the budget are. They are clearly available on the White House website. Feel free to take a look. You may not like the plan, but they are there. Romney on the other hand wants to cut taxes even more, and then tells donors that he is not going to talk about what programs he wants to cut until he gets elected.

Going Right

April 17th, 2012
11:36 am

My continuing question:
If you vote Democrat in November, you are giving implied consent to the present Administration having to borrow (at present, but growing) more than 40 cents of every dollar spent in the 2013 Budget. Do you honestly believe that this will keep our Republic from going bankrupt? Oh, I forgot: The POTUS wants to exact a 30% surcharge on the wealthy to help balance the budget. It is estimated by the CBO to bring in about 47 billion dollars in 10 years. That’s a cool 4.7 billion per year. According to BHO’s 2012 budget of 3.9 trillion, the 4.6 billion per year will help the government by giving it an extra day to spend it. At 3.9 trillion, that’s only a tad under 4.7 billion spent PER HOUR!. Think about that.

td

April 17th, 2012
11:39 am

WOW

April 17th, 2012
11:35 am

And those plans were incorporated into a budget that was defeated 414-0. Do you think those plans are the right ones for the nation?

Jeff H.

April 17th, 2012
11:39 am

File the following under “Comments made by people you don’t control.” From rocker Ted Nugent, a Mitt Romney fan, per the Wall Street Journal:

”If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Nugent should be in jail for his crappy rock music, if nothing else.

GaBlue

April 17th, 2012
11:41 am

Going Right,

Bless your heart! How about this: How about the President and Congress just immediately fire 70% of all federal workers (including the military), and cut all safety net and welfare programs (including overpriced defense contractors) out of existence tomorrow!

Then you can recalculate your little “pennies per hour” numbers, take a deep breath, and watch your hands stop trembling. Everything will be GREAT then, right?

Right? So tell us, Dear: what exactly happens then to make everything right again? Show your work!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
11:43 am

@TD – Only in the contard mind does a 410-0 rejection mean that the dem’s rejected it. Do you even have a mind? Guess what Table, Diningroom, that it was rejected so they could use parliamentary procedure to bring it back and discuss items from it. Duh.

Do you know ANYTHING about how our government works?

@Going Wrong – You have proven that you ignore answers to your questions in the past. So before I answer a question, I counter question, since you have nothing left in the credibility bank.

Do you SERIOUSLY expect us to believe that the Republican budget plan is actually more workable than the presidents or that your made up garbage that eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts for those making over $250000 a year will only raise $47 billion?

WOW

April 17th, 2012
11:44 am

TD:

That was a process vote, that the Republicans used to attempt (it didn’t work) to embarass the President and anyone who pays attention to congressional voting knows it. His proposal is a step in the right direction. I personally would go back to the Clinton era tax rates (where the budget was actually balanced). The drastic cuts that are in the Ryan budget will leave the economy in much worse shape than it is now. So yes the Obama budget is the better plan. We didn’t det this debt overnight and it won’t go away overnight.(and you conservatives certainly didn’t care about the debt under Regan, and the Bush’s)

sheepdawg

April 17th, 2012
11:48 am

hahahahahahahahah…..dreaming. but i do hate that ted nugget will be dead or in jail this time next year. wonder how he is so certain? hope he doesn’t plan on trying to take out our President with a bow and arrow

DeShaun Sanders

April 17th, 2012
11:53 am

Enter your comments here

Mark

April 17th, 2012
11:56 am

@ WOW

April 17th, 2012
11:44 am

TD doesn’t want to hear anything about the previous administration, when EVERYONE knows that GW got us in this financial mess in the first place.

Lakeisha Jackson

April 17th, 2012
11:58 am

I am certainly not a fan of Mitt Romney. But all of us who worked for President Obama’s campaign in 2008 were told that we would receive invitations to inaugural events in exchange for securing large donations. It’s politics.

td

April 17th, 2012
12:07 pm

More proof that Obama is a incompetent leader. Sonny told state employees to pay your state taxes or be fired.

http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/politics/sen-brown-bill-targets-tax-scofflaws-in-congress-20120413

td

April 17th, 2012
12:09 pm

Mark

April 17th, 2012
11:56 am

“everyone”

I think that should read when all the socialist.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
12:10 pm

@Table, Diningroom – Notice how you don’t provide many many speeches by democrats rejecting the President’s budget (since they rejected it 410-0) and instead pick another subject. That is because your arguments, like most contard arguments, have no substance.

There ARE no Republican values.

And re: your link…yes, hypocrisy is bad. Now are you clamoring for Republican politicians to be randomly drug tested too?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
12:11 pm

@Table, Diningroom

Re: Socialist. You keep using that word, but I don’t think it means what you think it means.

td

April 17th, 2012
12:16 pm

WOW

April 17th, 2012
11:44 am

“The drastic cuts that are in the Ryan budget”

Show us all some of those drastic cuts? Are you referring to the decrease or elimination in the projected growth of programs or can you actually show us where real money that is being paid by the government today will be cut in the future?

You libs like to scream that reductions in the projected growth are going to make children starve and old women having to choose between drugs and food.

Marlboro Man

April 17th, 2012
12:16 pm

The choice is pretty clear, a rich fellow owned by billionaires fighting for the rich or a man wanting to help Americans live a good life who cares about people more than money.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
12:20 pm

@Table, Diningroom – Ignoring the laughable statement that there are no ‘cuts’ in the proposal, which there are, let us simply take at face value that cuts ‘in future growth’ which, due to inflation, actually means actual cuts.

You contards like to scream that taxes are theft, and then squeal like struck pigs as soon as you don’t get your Earned Benefits (ie ‘Entitlements’).

Much like your ‘response’ to Warren Buffet’s challenge, let’s put Contards on the Ryan Budget for benefits and the rest of us on the Obama budget. Let’s see who prospers.

zeke

April 17th, 2012
12:23 pm

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/US-Economy/Pages/default.aspx

found this interesting though repubs will pooh pooh it. done by treasury and slanted in favor of obama, but it is revealing. probably more accurate than heritage or their ilk. with the scandals in govt (ie secret service, gsa, military) govt, all of govt ripe for cuts….but revenues do need to be adjusted. the bush/obama tax cuts were not economically justified and have spoiled folks. the american electorate the something for nothing crowd.

i know why repubs pushing for more gun freedoms given the growing wealth disparity….it’s going to really be ugly in a few years and this e pluribus unum will be tested like never before (except the civil war which some still fight)

zeke

April 17th, 2012
12:28 pm

td, restricting growth of budgets that generally are population driven are cuts to any rational person…..sure there is fat and we can become more efficient, but i did not see bush going after the fat that much. what washington needs is some party neutral cost accountants to swarm that city of another plantet washington dc and to really piss you repubs off go to the carter zero base budgeting….starting with congress & presidents office

Going Right

April 17th, 2012
12:29 pm

Aaron, etc: Post the question I did not answer (if it is within the limits of sanity) and I will be glad to address it. Try giving me a response to my forthright, simple question on borrowing money to finance a bloated budget. And try to stick with the question as it was presented, not go off on a tangent about the $250,000 earners, etc.

GABlue; As for you, first, I’m not your “Dear,” a$$hole. Furthermore, please copy and highlight the section of my blog that even comes near to asking that we (quote: …”just immediately fire 70% of all federal workers (including the military), and cut all safety net and welfare programs (including overpriced defense contractors) out of existence tomorrow!.
Here’s an idea: If we tax those who make $250,000/year at 100% of their earnings, it might balance the over-bloated BHO budget this coming year. Then, in the ensuing years, keep the 100% tax on those same folk; hmmmm. they chose not to make as much? Tax revenue down? Hmmm. Left with no incentive to work and earn money, those 400,000 or so have now become the “poor” and are now on the government dole. Look up the word “conundrum” in your dictionary and see what the result will be. The folks in Europe are licking their chops now…soon they will have beaten us at our own game because of voters like yourself.

honested

April 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

Mr. nugent should chose quickly and do the right thing.

Obama 2012!

Road Scholar

April 17th, 2012
12:38 pm

TD: When will the Repubs pay down their $5 Trillion debt they amassed during the Bush Presidency?

Attack Dog

April 17th, 2012
12:41 pm

Obama presents a plan, GOP add poison pill amendments, even they can’t stand, everybody votes against, and Dixiecrats claim it was a defeat for Obama. Smart, real smart.

zeke

April 17th, 2012
12:44 pm

bush caused more than 5 trillion , see my previous post and look at treasury slides….7 trillion thru 2011….w gave tax cuts, and started two wars and medicare d….all borrowed money…..remember how those wars were going to pay for themselves (at least iraq) and gas prices would be stable??? maybe they were partly correct gas under obama has not peaked to what it was when w was prez

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
12:46 pm

@Going Wrong – I did not say you ignored the questions, I said you ignore the answers. Exhibit A is the fact that you ignored what I just said. Exhibit B is Sandra Fluke.

You have learned a 1 note debating tactic which is to form a question and then say, “You ignored the question!” when no one response to you, but when someone DOES respond to you, you ignore their answer and posit either another question or simply ASK THE SAME QUESTION THAT WAS ALREADY ANSWERED AGAIN.

Thus, zero credibility in the the credibility bank.

Answer MY question first.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

The difference between a real person who is conservative vs a paid representative for ALEC or another contard think tank is that one is here to discuss and the other is here to simply present talking points and is paid by the post to meet their minimum quota.

Watch for the difference.

honested

April 17th, 2012
1:05 pm

Aaron……

The difference is astounding, but understandable.

With cons, if they don’t recite their canon talking points at least three times a day, the truth seeps through and they begin to QUESTION the approved thought.

MrLiberty

April 17th, 2012
1:11 pm

Shouldn’t he be checking with Ron Paul first to find out if even HE will be invited to Dr. Paul’s inauguration? I’m betting on a big NO.

td

April 17th, 2012
1:12 pm

All the problems will be solved in this country if we only increase taxes on the evil rich, so say the left. It does not matter that even if you taxed the top 1% at 100% then you still would not balance the budget much less pay off any debt. It does not matter that over 300,000 of the individual tax returns filed by the top 1% are actually small businesses. Just take the money is what of lib friends keep telling us.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

@Table, Diningroom – I have a friend who is very good at math who agrees with you. Unfortunately, that same friend thinks he is smarter than 97% of all scientists who believe in AGW.

If you eliminate the bush tax cuts, and eliminate the Bush wars, AND institute medical reform, you do, actually balance the budget.

Look at a chart about whether or not Republican or Democratic presidents run up the deficit. Notice who does it more. Trusting math from a Republican is a bit like trusting convicts to run the prison.

BY DEFINITION those who hate government cannot make it run efficiently.

Going Right

April 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

AARON… To ignore the answers is a fiction of your imagination. Simply to ignore is to read and disagree without note, e.g., your response to another blog (@12.10pm), “..There ARE no Republican values.” Most clear thinking folks would agree that this is a completely idiotic statement, without merit and one that cannot be substantiated. One of the reasons that BHO and his “Hope and Change” has changed the style and substance of present day discourse to one of bitterness and divide. I, as a die-hard conservative, felt that GWB had somewhat divided this country, but he looks like a choir boy compared to what your “Savior” has now – and – continues to have – accomplished in our great Republic.

[...] On Tuesday, state Sen. Nan Orrock of Atlanta, the only Georgia Democratic lawmaker with membership in ALEC, announced she was quitting. She explained that she had only been a member to “better understand the corporate-dominated organization.” [...]

Attack Dog

April 17th, 2012
1:24 pm

Let’s see. The last BHO proposal would have cut the budget by $4 trillion, but the GOP refused because it had tax increases. Remember when Reid pushed the minimum from $250K to $1M, and the GOP still said No. Remember how the GOP tried to stir up that BHO’s budget cut Medicare and Mediaid, and then turn around and said that he wasn’t cutting spending. Dixiecrats chasing their tails.

Ol' Timer

April 17th, 2012
1:24 pm

The good folks of Georgia will have one helluva election night as they watch the Peach State vote overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney. But their heads will begin to explode when the returns show that the rest of the country has a different take on the political outcome and Obama wins by a comfortable margin.

Hopefully one day the working class stiffs in Georgia will have an epiphany. Maybe they’ll see that they have been voting to support corporate welfare and the interests of the plutocrats and against their own best interests.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

@Going Wrong – You don’t have values. You shift according to whatever your reality dictates as per fox news.

And, by the way, did you answer my question?

For that matter, point to anyone else’s question that YOU have answered.

MANY people besides me answered you re: Sandra Fluke. They weren’t ‘my imagination’ but well documented facts that you didn’t like.

Obama, btw, is not ‘my savior’ but, he doesn’t look like a ‘choir boy’ since last I checked, Obama hasn’t ordered water boarding which is, FYI a war crime.

Your ‘boy’ is a war criminal.

And a Republic is an invitation to Rule by Minority. Democracy all the way. Bribing 300 million is harder than bribing a few hundred to a few thousand.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
1:27 pm

@Ol Timer – Scott Walker, one of the most radical governors in the country, is now at 50% in Wisconsin.

Snooki gets more press than most nobel prize winning scientists.

Moderates care more about being the Center of Attention than about helping the country.

This country is as dumb as a bag of hammers and is VERY likely to elect Romney and even if somehow Obama wins…so what? Without the constant threat of not being reelected and making his precious history books, he’s going to go RIGHT BACK to caving on anything the Republicans want…EVER.

Obama is a wimp.