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Smear No.3,483,593: RawStory Propagandists at It, Again. Unfortunately It's Stephen C. Webster's Turn

Here I thought the Austinite Stephen C. Webster could've been an ally, as he's the sole closeted 9/11 Truth activist at RawStory.

Honeymoon's over.

He's now running with the ridiculously deceptive following headline: "Ron Paul tops list of House members whose campaigns paid families $3.1 million"

Notice how he wrote the headline AS IF Dr. Paul paid his family $3.1million, when in fact, in reality, what the alluded to CREW breakdown is merely saying is that the TOTAL COLLECTIVE AMOUNT for NUMEROUS select House members who have had family on their payroll, all ADD UP to $3.1mil. And even that number is not even the total for all the members CREW assessed.

Webster is a LYING POS!

The TOTAL that Dr. Paul 'spent' on his family members running various aspects of his campaign comes out to a mere "total of $304,599 went to six of Paul’s relatives."

To SIX members of his family over 4~5yrs!

For the sake of argument, let's take the higher yield, 4 years, with 6 members. That comes out to a measly $76,149.75 PER YEAR.

Which comes out to $12,691.63 per person on average.

Do these idiots have ANY clue how much your average DC political consultant, lawyer, accountant, executive manager actually costs?? MINIMUM starting salary is $130,000. Excluding expenses.

Talk about frugal. Way to go Dr. Paul!

Plus, so after 40+ yrs of frugality, and being Mr. Consistent, he's gonna ditch 40+ yrs of integrity for four yrs?

Um, seriously, at what point does logic begin to factor in, into minds of these imbecilic Booboisie?

The most ridiculous liberal assumption is that a campaign SHOULD hire an outsider.

Really?

It's like WTF? Really, who would I trust with my own affairs more, my own family members who share the same philosophy, who are talented, informed, and capable, or a pure mercenary?

These econ-imbecilic liberals never cease to amaze me. Just when you think they finally 'get' something, then they go back to their idiot roots.

This is the kind of moronic 'analysis' that one ends up 'proudly' doing when you have no concept of economics, nor understand how much it actually costs to run a campaign. Or 'get' the cost of market value salary for doing those things.

Webster & CREW make it seem like RP had a bunch of family members get paid to do nothing and all put in under the nebulous category of 'consulting' when Jesse Benton, his grandson in law is heading this campaign and numerous aspects of C4L, his brother who is a CPA, and an Anti-FED fighter did the accounting work, and others I'm not too clear on, but I believe one of his granddaughters is also a campaign adviser, the rest I'm not too sure on. But I trust his judgment, regardless.

Besides, IF in the IMPOSSIBLE likelihood that RP did 'have something to hide,' WhyTF would he make all the info public, if what he did was 'unethical' or 'wrong' or something??

There will be NO 'coalition' building with ANYONE from the likes of RawStory, unless her name is Larissa Alexanderovna (still listed as Editor at Large, but haven't seen any of her writings there for almost two yrs) who happens to be the new wife of AntiWar Radio's uber anarcho-capitalist/R3VOL Scott Horton. And, I'm not even sure just how involved she's at RAW anymore, as it's clear from whenever it is that Michael Rogers, the gay activist co-founder took over day to day operations more, Raw resembles NOTHING like what it was during GWB reign. Now, it's 24/7 gay marriage, abortions, contraception, and otherwise mindless wedge issue-nonsense, with frequent smears against the Good Doc. They don't cover ANY real issues. There wasn't a peep about Adam Kokesh' "Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops March in DC." Nothing about fraudulent GOP establishment rigging the caucuses and primaries. NADA. And they call themselves the #1 Independent News on the Net.

Puhleeze.

By the way, I recommend that you DO NOT visit, as it'll only drive traffic to a moronically misleading 'analysis.'

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Ron Paul tops list of House members whose campaigns paid families $3.1 million

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, March 22, 2012 16:42 EDT

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) emerged this week atop a list of congressional representatives who’ve paid family members fees and salaries from their campaign war chests, congressional offices and political action committees, with one ethics advocacy group highlighting him for paying more of his relatives over the last two election cycles than any other member of the House.

The iconoclastic Texas libertarian has been on the campaign trail almost perpetually since his failed run at the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, taking in more than $34 million in the 2011-12 election cycle alone. While he’s already spent most of that, with just $2.5 million on hand as of his last Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, a total of $304,599 went to six of Paul’s relatives, according to an analysis of public disclosures released Thursday by the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

That dubious distinction means Paul paid more of his family members than any other person in Congress, although other representatives paid fewer relatives even higher dollar amounts.

CREW noted that between 2008 and 2012, his campaign committee paid salaries to “his daughter, his grandson, his daughter’s mother-in-law, his granddaughter, his grandson-in-law, and another relative.” They add that his campaign also reimbursed Paul, several other relatives, and paid his brother’s accounting firm for various services. CREW added that his political action committee, Liberty PAC, also reimbursed some of Paul’s expenses, paid his brother’s accounting firm and employed his daughter.

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The CREW report itself is

The CREW report itself is informative, but the article mentioned about the CREW report simply uses it as a jumping off point for a slanted smear attack.

precisely!

Webster's headline CLEARLY infers that Dr. Paul's campaign wasted 3.1 MILLION on his own family, when the TRUTH is that the campaign over the course of 4~5 YEARS spent measly (relatively speaking for just how expensive average political consultancy fees are these day) $300K+ between six VERY QUALIFIED family members.

The 3.1 Mil is a collective number based on OTHER Congressional members whom ALSO hired their own family members.

This is why it frustrates me to no end at the specter of econ-imbecilic liberals who actually think it's 'more ethical' to hire COMPLETE strangers and political mercenaries for political campaign.

"Nepotism" WOULD be a problem if we're talking about elected positions of power, in which an incumbent unfairly overleverages his influence to get his family members 'elected.' But this is his OWN internal private campaign infrastructure they're talking about. Not some cabinet position. Think if JFK were alive today, the same liberals would biatch about him giving Attorney General position to RFK??

Think not.

I never used words like "idiots, morons, imbeciles' to broadstroke-describe individuals who prescribe to a select ideology or philosophy, but considering they're collectivists who believe they are 'deserved' special treatment because of who they are or what they believe, it is what it is. THEY REALLY ARE.

arghghgh.

Do these kids have ANY clue just how dire our situation is??

Rhetorical, I know, but still.

So decided to really not get upset over it. It's not like one can change stupid.

Alas, guess the basis of my frustration lies in the fact that these are the minority of any given country's population that took it upon themselves to be engaged politically, be it direct or indirect. In the Age of Google, I just naively had more faith in the human family that eventually with more info available and our little fingertips than any other time in this cycle of recorded human history, I just had hoped that logical and sound discernment would eventually rule the day.

How truly naive of me. Alas, no such luck.

All internet does is simply magnify all the good and bad traits one does have, as it allows one to infinitely indulge oneself in any subject matter of their fancy; and in most people's case it's shallow hedonism, and the endlessly frequent mindless YouTube viral memes. While I'm not immune from it, it's safe to say that it's not my primary motivator nor an overwhelming indulgence in my life.

But regardless, onward, and forward!

I figure it's a numbers game, like dating, those who are open minded and curious will bite, others will be like this woman, FOREVER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBM30UIhQRA

If bitchslapping someone awake weren't considered an assault, that woman can certainly use some of that. If not, preferably other forms of more peaceful wakeup call would do.

I mean THAT woman, en masse, is precisely what we're up against. Unfortunately such insanity is not limited to GOP/RINO/neoCONS but equally rampant on liberal side as well, if not more.

MoneyBombs away!!!!!!!!!

Glad to see Doc's still in good spirits in his most recent video. I pray/pos.intention for his health, wealth, and clear mental acumen, every day.

Here's to you all, ya rabble rousers in arms!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I used to read that site every day

until I realized it was little more than propaganda masquerading as independent journalism. Coincidentally (or not) this was around the same time I discovered Dr. Paul during the last election cycle.

As the OP said, don't go to Raw Story. They try to pull you in with the anti-war-on-drugs stuff, then they proceed to hit you with statist bullshit from all other angles.

during GWB regime it was convenient for them

to feign being 'principled' and Constitutionalists and being for the Bill of Rights.

Of course, it was nothing more than pageantry, until 'their side' got in power. Just as the RINOs suddenly rediscovered their Constitutionalist hymen during Clinton years, during GWB, it's as if all their previous talk of "UnConstitutional" this, "UnConstitutional" that, all evaporated.

This is who runs RawStory now, a DC prick who made a name for himself outing closeted gays in GOP.

Meet Mike Rogers, who have turned once promising online news aggregator into nothing more than his own personal version of Advocate Magazine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GabD0Nucwa4

Though you wonder why he never outed Lindsey Graham, all things being equal. Oh right, they're collectivists: outing ALL hypocritical self-hating closeted hypocritical holier than thou homosexuals would also 'smear them, too.'

Otherwise, Mike Rogers SHOULD've gone viciously after Lindsey Graham for NDAA, and Frothy for, well... being Frothy, Mr. "She doth protests too much."

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul