Liberty and Victory For All: A Worthy Pro-Liberty SuperPac.Submitted by Dixie-Paleocon on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 16:28
Liberty and Victory for All
Two twentysomethings have a successful, and innovative, Republican super PAC.
A week ago, two boys in their early 20s with a few million dollars managed to pull off a feat that eluded Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS machine: They helped get candidates elected. They now have four members of Congress to their credit (three representatives and one senator), including one of the House’s most eccentric new members, as well as six state-level officials. Not bad for a pair of self-described “simple southerners” without a college degree between them.
John Ramsey and Preston Bates met in 2011 while working with the Ron Paul campaign. Ramsey was raised in a middle-class household and graduated from one of the poorest school districts in East Texas. But two years ago, his grandfather, a former banker, died and left him a small fortune. He and his family hadn’t been particularly politically active, until he saw the effects of Dodd-Frank on their banking business — “we obviously got hit pretty hard by that, even though we were responsible in the way we lended,” he laments. Ramsey then decided to start volunteering on the Ron Paul campaign, where he met Bates. And when that crusade sputtered out, they were frustrated.
“The Ron Paul campaign was a total flop,” says Bates. From 2008 to 2012, “it raised more than $100 million and didn’t win a single state. So we were scratching our heads, trying to figure out how to institutionalize liberty.”
After Paul’s campaign closed up shop, Bates and Ramsey started the Liberty for All Super PAC. Working with $3 million of Ramsey’s money, they ended up investing in eleven races. Out of the eleven candidates backed, ten won, one by just 200 votes.
The Liberty for All–supported victory that got the most press attention was Kerry Bentivolio’s in Michigan’s eleventh district, the seat vacated by the one and only Thaddeus McCotter. You might remember McCotter; he was the presidential candidate who won 35 votes at the Ames straw poll, wrote a bawdy TV pilot to cope with his loss, and resigned because his staffers forged most of 1,000 signatures necessary to get his name on the ballot again. (I mapped out the decline and fall of McCotter here — it’s all pretty wacky.)
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