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Secret ‘Tea Party’ Money Slushing in Wisconsin

We were talking about tea.

Ad in letter below shows up on Faux Nooz™

Glad to see that Bill Clinton is in Wisconsin.

Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton hits a home run in Wisconsin.  Will it be enough? —  Bill Clinton, in his speech in Wisconsin just now, framed the recall election as a stark choice between unity and division, between cooperation and conflict, and between shared prosperity and right wing winner-take-all economics…

But there are some other old acquaintances who are in Wisconsin this week, flying under the radar, as they have for years now.


I pass along this letter forwarded, because  it is another dot connected and continues reporting on a group I’ve been tracking through several mask changes and incarnations going back to 2005, when they were trying to quash anti-war coverage (or at least garnering the required “equal time” from the predictable and semi-comatose national press) by running several bus tours as “YOU DON’T SPEAK FOR ME, CINDY [Sheehan]!”

[See this archived site letter from Howard Kaloogian, who was a mover and shaker in the Gray Davis recall that installed Arnold Schwarznegger as California governor. And, of course, my 2005 piece “Swift Boat Moms in Winnebagos 30 Aug 05 (cited by SourceWatch)]

Here ’tis…

[Note: “Christopher” at is of Russo Marsh and Rogers of Sacramento, California, the capitol of state in which, coincidentally, Michael Reagan lives. Sal Russo started his political career with Ronald Reagan’s campaign for governor of California in the mid-1960s. From their website [emphasis added]:

RM+R understands the commitment it takes to run for office. And whether our client is political or corporate, we always give 110%.

RM+R provides its clients (ranging from County Supervisor to President of the United States) a solid strategic plan combining direct mail, fundraising, research, broadcast advertising, audience targeting, etc.

At RM+R we know that each campaign is unique and we are serious about winning. There are no simplistic formulas; creativity is essential.With our strategy and skill at implementing the right tactics, RM+R is a proven organization with a solid track record of winning races.

Russo Marsh + Rogers, Inc.
8795 Folsom Blvd, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95826

I can’t find “christopher” but dlacombe can be found on the “Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama” “about us” page:


Donald is a politically passionate Dad who has been willing to go toe to toe with the left in the streets everywhere from Berkeley, CA where Code Pink was trying to run the city to Crawford, TX where Cindy Sheehan was mesmerizing the media from her roadside camp. He’s worked on various political causes and looks forward to the biggest fight yet.

From RMR West of Sacramento and Sheehan Swiftboating, known for their Tea Party Express buses (see “The Astroturf on Lambeau Field”) here is how they’re handling the Scott Walker recall Tuesday… (and, by “you” in the subject line, one presumes he means probable donors, since this is a money-making political solicitation for RMR’s “subsidiary”)]:


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Christopher” <>
Date: May 31, 2012 2:03 PM
Subject: You were on Fox News yesterday!!!
To: ****

Yesterday Fox News Channel featured one of our latest ads in our campaign to DEFEAT the RECALL, and I wanted to make sure you had the chance to watch the segment.They showed our new ad and interviewed Michael Reagan, please take a moment to watch the clip from Fox News, below:

.We are going to keep making you proud as we fight to DEFEAT the RECALL.  As of Thursday morning we’re half-way to our Money Bomb goal of $250,000.Below you will see the latest version of our TV ads, and as well as our Heroes List of individuals who contributed $200 or more to this important fight.  We need everyone’s help if we are going to reach this $250,000 goal.  You can make a contribution online -CLICK HERE to CONTRIBUTE.

Here is a review of our latest TV ads – you can click on each image to view the ads:


HEROES LIST: Below is the list of individuals who have contributed $200 or more to this $250,000 Money Bomb:

Frayda Greenwich CT 1000
Anita Westminster,ca CA 1000
Marc Charlotte NC 1000
Pat Tarzana CA 1000
Ruth Memphis TN 1000
Oliver Palm Beach FL 500
Steven Clinton NJ 500
Joseph Orlando FL 500
Sharon Centreville VA 500
Frederick Lutherville MD 500
Eric Malibu CA 500
John Pewaukee WI 500
Jeffery Vacaville CA 500
Richard Warminster PA 500
Ronald Dallas TX 500
Don Temecula CA 500
Peter Arcadia CA 500
Shawn West Sacramento CA 500
Pat San Antonio TX 300
Carl A Cheyenne WY 300
Malcolm Kirkland IL 300
Terry Kittery ME 275
Raymond San Diego CA 250
Erron West Hollywood CA 250
Tim Fairfield CT 250
Karen Edmond OK 250
Paula Los Angeles CA 250
William Dallas TX 250
Marvin Orlando FL 250
Ed Wilder ID 250
John Chicago IL 250
Robert Key Largo FL 250
Ronald Ukiah CA 250
Barbara Fernandina Beach FL 250
James Easton MD 250
Clarence St Joseph MO 250
Rick Knoxville TN 250
Daniel Topanga CA 250
Brad Dallas TX 250
John F Ewa Beach HI 250
Patrick Pewaukee WI 250
Richard Saint Petersburg FL 250
Adi New York NY 250
Greg Playa Del Rey CA 250
Douglas Lakewood CA 250
Vince Dallas TX 250
Phyllis Greenwich CT 200
Lavon Fresno CA 200
John Maumee OH 200
William Oakland CA 200
Victoria Mesa AZ 200
John B Berkeley Heights NJ 200
Warren Woodland Hills CA 200
Ronald Nashua NH 200
David Tulsa OK 200
Joyce Fort Collins, Co CO 200
Carolyn Lexington KY 200
Gordon Fort Worth TX 200
Joseph Ontario CA 200
Randol Sheridan WY 200
Michael Calistoga CA 200
Edwin Bennington KS 200
Eugene Pittsburgh PA 200
Mary Grayslake IL 200
Robert Chula Vista CA 200
Jack Durango CO 200
Dick Greenwood Village CO 200
Patricia Brooklyn NY 200
Leonard Dundalk MD 200
Ray San Jose CA 200
Robert Santa Barbara CA 200
Paul Scottsdale AZ 200
Bruce Maumee OH 200
Soraya Bethesda MD 200
Carl A Cheyenne WY 200
Steven Amarillo TX 200
John Springfield VA 200
Paul North  Agusta SC 200
James Colorado Springs CO 200
Sharon St. Cloud FL 200
James Princeton NJ 200
Joyce Palos Heights IL 200
Danny Cherokee NC 200
Garry Sedona AZ 200
Rita J Clearwater FL 200
William Jonesboro AR 200
Thomas San Diego CA 200
Melvin Portersville PA 200
Richard Davis CA 200
Dale Mesa AZ 200
Roger Holland MI 200
Roger Washington DC 200
Leroy San Antonio TX 200
John Danville IL 200

Again, we urgently need your help to reach our goal of $250,000 within the next 5 days for our campaign to DEFEAT the RECALL.

HEROES LIST:  We will also be posting a list of great patriots who are able to support this effort by making a contribution of $200 or more.  To make a contribution of $200 or more – JUST CLICK HERE.

If you prefer, you can also mail in a contribution to our campaign headquarters here:

Campaign To Defeat Obama
P.O. Box 601684
Sacramento, CA 95860-1684

Thanks so much everyone for your help and support.  We’re going to win this fight, we’re going to DEFEAT the RECALL, and we’re going to stop Barack Obama from getting Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral Votes.

… …

This message was intended for: ****
You were added to the system May 27, 2012. For more information
click here.
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And that is it, in its entirety, save for my removing of tracking identifiers and email addresses of our anonymous tipster.

Here’s the video they’ve cribbed from Faux Nooz™ (even though Faux supposedly frowns on reposting News Corp properties on YouTube) that’s on the donations page you’re continually shunted to:

And here’s the video:

Scott Walker on Faux Nooz – Faux and Fiends

Gee. A Sacramento California political consulting/media circus company running a completely opaque astroturf operation in a Wisconsin recall battle? A group noted for having completely commercialized the “Tea Party” brand asking for money to make commercials?

And what about “Paramount Communications” who’s handling the email subscriptions? From their website:

… As the email marketing industry grew, emphasis shifted from a “batch and blast” mentality toward increasing relevance through targeting and segmentation. The proprietary database we access through our relationship with Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV) gives us a real competitive advantage by allowing virtually unlimited segmentation capabilities. As marketers learned more about the possibilities Paramount’s unique database configuration offered them straight out of the box, we began attracting large retail clients who were eager to tap into our strategic knowledge and put the Digital River tools to work in cutting edge ways….

Well, then. It’s so nice to know that Digital River (who are the fulfillers of many of my software purchases) is helping keep Scott Walker from being recalled.

Here’ s the “Tea Party Express” bus in Wisconsin during this recall season:

Here’s their WHOIS information (background noise filtered):

Tea Party Express Roaring Into WisconsinJune 1-6

Domain ID:D155903518-LROR
Created On:20-Apr-2009 06:39:22 UTC
Last Updated On:27-Feb-2010 19:17:57 UTC
Expiration Date:20-Apr-2011 06:39:22 UTC
Sponsoring, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Registrant ID:CR18396366
Registrant Name:Steve K
Registrant Organization:Our Country Deserves Better PAC
Registrant Street1:770 L Street
Registrant Street2:Suite 1020
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Sacramento
Registrant State/Province:California
Registrant Postal Code:95814
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.5302310712

click for the official press release

And here’s the Whois Record:

Created on: 05-Jan-11
Expires on: 05-Jan-13
Last Updated on: 06-Jan-12

Administrative Contact: K, Steve [email protected]
770 L Street
Suite 1020
Sacramento, California 95814
United States

And, of course, Our Country Deserves Better:

Registrant: Our Country Deserves Better PAC
770 L Street
Suite 1020
Sacramento, California 95814

United States

Registered through:, LLC (
Created on: 21-Jul-08
Expires on: 21-Jul-12
Last Updated on: 22-Jul-11

Administrative Contact: K, Steve [email protected]
Our Country Deserves Better PAC
770 L Street
Suite 1020
Sacramento, California 95814
United States

The third 2010 “Con the Rubes that this is grassroots” tour

And here is the original (pre-scrubbed) domain registration for Move America Forward:

Domain ID:D102814530-LROR
Created On:18-Nov-2003 18:00:16 UTC
Last Updated On:18-Jan-2004 04:01:27 UTC
Expiration Date:18-Nov-2004 18:00:16 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:R1247-LROR
Registrant ID:tu8pc8CxYzcAY6KV
Registrant Name:Douglas Lorenz
Registrant Organization:Russo Marsh & Rogers
Registrant Street1:770 L Street, #950
Registrant City:Sacramento
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:95814
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.9164413734
Registrant FAX:+1.9164416057
Registrant Email:[email protected]
Admin ID:tu8pc8CxYzcAY6KV
Admin Name:Douglas Lorenz
Admin Organization:Russo Marsh & Rogers
Admin Street1:770 L Street, #950
Admin City:Sacramento
Admin State/Province:CA
Admin Postal Code: 95814
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.9164413734
Admin Email:[email protected]
Tech ID:tu8pc8CxYzcAY6KV
Tech Name:Douglas Lorenz
Tech Organization:Russo Marsh & Rogers
Tech Street1:770 L Street, #950
Tech City:Sacramento
Tech State/Province:CA
Tech Postal Code:95814
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.9164413734
Tech Email:[email protected]

NOTE: The FAX number 1.9164416057 is/was the FAX number for Russo Marsh + Rogers. When the RM+R connection was scrubbed, following this WHOIS (see here9164416192 is/was actually the phone number of a Sacramento bar, “The Downtown Purgatory.” (See Counterpunch, HERE)

And here we are. (Here’s CNN getting conned in 2010)

CNN’s own 2010 illustration. See “CNN completely sells out

And of course, nobody cares about the subterfuge, the masked funders or the “politics for profit” aspects, because we’re all, you know, so sophisticated. No scandals here. Move along, move along.

Of course, we don’t know anything about their finances — especially this year — but this  bus tour dog and pony show must be lucrative. Else, why continue it for seven years with several different paint jobs?

Not a witch for not an astroturf  scam

So, who’s being punked?

How many lumps would you like with your tea?



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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