The Hypocrisy of Delbert Hosemann

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Recently, two Jackson-based Republican political operatives, Greg Brand and George Williams, entered no contest1 pleas for a misdemeanor charge concerning a printed campaign mailer distributed during the 2015 state election cycle.

Their target was Madison mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler, who was running in the primary for State Auditor. The mailer ridiculed Hawkins-Butler but was also anonymously distributed with no names or addresses listed, a violation of state law because it mentioned a specific candidate for office.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees the state’s election laws, referred to such seemingly outrageous conduct as “destructive to the republic.” Columnist, political consultant, and establishment mouthpiece Brian Perry pushed the same narrative in a recent column, writing that “if you mention a candidate, put a disclaimer on it” because “it’s the law, and also just good manners.” [Read more…]

Jackson Free Press: Pro-Cochran All Citizens for Mississippi PAC Files FEC Report Despite Founder’s Africa Trip

All Citizens Files Reports Despite Founder’s Africa Trip

By Anna Wolfe, Jackson Free Press, October 17, 2014

Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church International left for Africa on Oct. 7, but that didn’t delay the filing of the Federal Election Commission report for his super PAC, All Citizens for Mississippi, which was due Oct. 15.JRA_Ronnie_Crudup_TB_t320

You can view the documents here: All Citizens For Mississippi FEC Report

Included in the report are donations from Haley and Henry Barbour’s super PAC, Mississippi Conservatives, in the amount of $10,000 and an outstanding debt to American Media & Advocacy Group for the amount of $20,577.81.

The super PAC got attention after influencing the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate election between incumbent Thad Cochran and Sen. Chris McDaniel in June, in which Cochran won by 7,667 votes.

All Citizens, which is a pro-Sen. Thad Cochran committee, is best known for distributing racially charged radio advertisements telling African Americans to vote for the incumbent. The bishop, who founded the super PAC, came under fire for not reporting all of his donations and expenses in July after the McDaniel-Cochran run-off June 24. [Read more…]

Red State: No, the Racist Mississippi Primary Ads Weren’t Just a Cabal of Elderly Democrat Women

No, the Racist Mississippi Primary Ads Weren’t Just a Cabal of Elderly Democrat Women

By Aaron Gardner, Redstate.com, August 6, 2014

Nearly everyone with any interest in the Mississippi GOP Senate Primary and Runoff has seen or heard the racist radio ads, mailers which portrayed Sen. Thad Cochran’s primary opponent, Chris McDaniel as the second coming of Byron De La Beckwith. Unfortunately for Team Thad, those ads were traced back to the circle of influencers who helped drag him across the finish line with votes which more than likely were bought. [Read more…]

Breitbart: Top Conservatives Demand Reince Priebus Investigate, Censure Henry Barbour For Race-Baiting Mississippi Tactics

Top Conservatives Demand Reince Priebus Investigate, Censure Henry Barbour For Race-Baiting Mississippi Tactics

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News, July 16, 2014

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A coalition of powerful conservative leaders, led by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, is demanding that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus censure RNC committeeman Henry Barbour for his role in racially incendiary appeals to Democratic voters that voting for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) was a means of helping stop the Tea Party.

The coalition, which includes TPPCF Chair Jenny Beth Martin, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell, Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie, former RNC grassroots director Drew Ryun, Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins, and SOS4SOS PAC Chairman Ken Blackwell, is calling on Priebus to create a special RNC committee to investigate the matter and eventually issue a formal RNC repudiation of the actions taken in Mississippi. [Read more…]

Breitbart: FEC Probes Pro-Cochran Barbour-Run Super PAC

FEC Probes Pro-Cochran Barbour-Run Super PAC

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News, July 2, 2014

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The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a pro-Thad Cochran Super PAC, called Mississippi Conservatives, to provide additional information about what the newspaper Roll Call said “appears to be campaign finance violations.”

At issue are last-minute expenditures made by the PAC in the days before the initial June 3 primary. The FEC “Request for Additional Information” says the PAC does not appear to have disclosed some of its spending in a timely manner.

The FEC notes in the letter sent to treasurer Brian Perry that failure to “adequately respond” by Aug. 1 “could result in an audit or enforcement action.” [Read more…]

Sam Hall: Democrat Says He’s Leading Black GOTV Effort For Cochran

Democrat Says He’s Leading Black GOTV Effort For Cochran

Sam R. Hall, Clarion Ledger, June 17, 2014

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A Democratic political operative says he is working with Mississippi Conservatives PAC to drum up votes for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

James “Scooby Doo” Warren said he has put together a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) plan and is “putting it in place across the whole state.” Warren said he is not working with the Cochran campaign itself but for the PAC and Bishop Ronnie Crudup Sr.

Crudup is the pastor at New Horizon Church, which shares an address and chief financial officer with a newly formed super PAC that has ran print advertising in the primary supporting Cochran.

When asked if he was getting any blow back for working in a Republican primary, he said he “got all that taken care of on the front end.”

“I called D.C. and told them what was going on with the tea party,” Warren said. “But I can’t do anything after the 24th because I’m a Democrat … Whoever wins will have to deal with me in November.”

But Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said he doesn’t like the idea of Democrats “crossing over to vote for the weaker candidate” in a Republican primary.

“I think Democrats ought to vote for a Democratic nominee; Republicans ought to vote for a Republican nominee, and independents ought to wait until November,” Cole said Tuesday.

In a Facebook message to a Wall Street Journal reporter that was tweeted by state Sen. Tony Smith, Cole said he thought Warren was working with Pete Perry. Mississippi Conservatives PAC paid Perry’s company received money during the primary to do GOTV supporting Cochran. Perry’s involvement in the race drew criticism because he is chairman of the Hinds County Republican Executive Committee, which oversees GOP primary elections.

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“Large sums of cash are being passed around,” Cole said in the Facebook message. “These guys are old-school ‘walking around money’ vote buyers. It is happening in Hinds County, but they are trying to move black voters in the Delta, adams (sic), jefferson (sic), and claiborne (sic) too.”

Cole confirmed the message was his, but it is not clear how Smith came to have it. Smith is a Republican lawmaker from Picayunne who supports McDaniel. He could not be reached for comment.

Henry Barbour, who heads Mississippi Conservatives PAC, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Chris McDaniel to Newsmax: ‘I Will Defeat Sen. Cochran’

Chris McDaniel to Newsmax: ‘I Will Defeat Sen. Cochran’

By John Gizzi, Newsmax.com, June 15, 2014

MISSISSIPPI SENATOR MCDANIEL SPEAKS DURING A TOWN HALL MEETING IN OCEAN SPRINGS

With just over a week to go before the nationally-watched run-off election in Mississippi June 24, signs strongly point to defeat for 36-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, his state’s first Republican senator since Reconstruction and possibly the next chairman of the all-powerful Senate Appropriations Committee if the GOP take control of the Senate this fall.

According to two just-completed polls, Cochran trails conservative State Sen. and tea party favorite Chris McDaniel, who made headlines nationwide when he outpolled the veteran senator in the initial primary last month.

A recent  Chism Strategies poll shows McDaniel beating Cochran by a margin of 50.6 percent to 47.6 percent among likely voters, while a National Strategic poll showed McDaniel ahead of the senator by 52 percent to 46 percent. [Read more…]