Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Heartland friend James O’Keefe dropped his third video today (and he promises more) exposing corruption in the election process. [See the whole series here.] It contains a confession from long-time Democratic operative Bob Creamer — husband of sitting Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) — that he and others at lefty political action committees (PACs) are communicating directly with Hillary Clinton and the DNC to coordinate their activities against Donald Trump.
You may think this is no big deal, that it happens all the time, but it’s actually against the law. Crazy as it may sound — and our federal election laws are insane — it is illegal for PACs and other outside political operations to coordinate their activities with a candidate or a campaign for political office. The idea is to get “money out of politics” and fight corruption. I know. Crazy. But that’s the law the lefty crusaders gave us, and so both sides must adhere to it … unless, of course, you’re on the left. Then the rules don’t apply to you because the left controls the levers of power in America.
The left’s rules were recently applied viciously by corrupt prosecutors in Wisconsin upon their fellow non-connected conservative citizens in the infamous “John Doe investigations.” Milwaukee County’s Democratic district attorney John Chisholm directed an investigation of conservative activists in the Badger State, accusing them of illegally coordinating with Gov. Scott Walker in his recall campaign. The investigation featured raids on the Wisconsin homes of these Tea Party patriots in the middle of the night, scaring their children. George Will has a great account of this outrage from 2014:
The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told that it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids.
That’s right. It “would be a crime” for any of the targets of Chisholm — who weaponized the law to attack his political opponents — to talk about this traumatic experience with anyone, even their own attorneys. That’s why it was a “John Doe” investigation. The whole process was to be anonymous … for only the victims. All the better to keep them in a state of terror.
In August, Heartland hosted and event with one of the targets of these midnight raids, Eric O’Keefe (no relation to James). You can read about and watch his harrowing account here. The persecutions were eventually stopped, not only because the manner of the investigations were improper, but because the conservatives targeted by Chisholm were not remotely “coordinating” with the Walker campaign. Bottom line: They did nothing wrong; they did not break the law. Not even close. But the damage — and the whole intent of the exercise — was done. The process was the punishment.
The John Doe investigations in Wisconsin were acts of political persecution. There was no evidence at all that those Wisconsin conservatives — who were not professional political operatives — were coordinating with a campaign. Yet those relentless, trumped-up persecutions nearly ruined their lives, violated their constitutional rights, and scared them off future political activity. Mission accomplished.
Which brings us back to the latest Project Veritas videos. James O’Keefe has uncovered actual illegal coordination between professional political operatives in a legally “separate” PAC and a political campaign. But they, of course, will face no prosecution. Their lives will not be ruined. Their children will not be awakened in fear in the middle of the night. They will get away with it with no legal repercussions. Which means they will likely do it again, and get away with it again, next time.
An iron-clad law of the left: Accuse your opponents of doing what you, in fact, are doing – especially if what you are doing is illegal.