Two weeks ago, we noted that “Representative” Alice Hausman handed the job of reading “her” gun grab bill over to registered lobbyist Heather Martens.
Martens represents “Protect Minnesota”, a gun “safety” “group”. I put “group” in scare quotes, because if the “group” has more than half a dozen “members”, I’d be frankly amazed.
But “Protect Minnesota” has a big budget, and big-money donors. They are what’s called a “Checkbook Advocacy” group – a “public interest” group with few if any members, but lots of money and powerful lobbyists. ”Protect Minnesota” can be fairly and accurately called “astroturf” – fake grass roots.
So – Alice Hausman turned her chair over to a checkbook advocacy group.
We’re not done yet.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the bipartisan push to scupper the “RoboCop” bill in the Legislature. As we noted, DFL committee chair Ron Erhard was basically a marionette for yet another checkbook advocacy group, the “Traffic Safety Coalition”.
The TSC is another checkbook advocacy group affiliated with the Robocop industry – which is closely politically and financially tied with Chicago strongman, former Obama majordomo and possible Democrat presidential candidate Rahm Emanuel.
John Gilmore at Minnesota Conservatives unpacks the various groups involved; refer to the link just above for the ties to Emanuel:
Shortly after I received the cheerleading email for this legislation, I sent it to a number of extremely competent republican activists. Suffice it to say that we tweeted the results of what we found simply by using The Google.
Could not, you know, alleged reporters do the same? Work backwards from the front group Traffic Safety Coalition to Redflex, the Australian company who bought four lobbyists (and apparently at least two GOP senators) to push the legislation, to Resolute Consulting, who “manages” the Traffic Safety Coalition non-profit! Who owns Resolute Consulting? Greg Goldner, a thug who has greased the skids for the loathsome, greasy Rahm Emanuel.
Oh: Redflex got into a lot of trouble in Chicago, too. If you’re too corrupt for Chicago, you set some kind of record. Redflex actually stopped trading its stock recently because of investigations into its affairs.
And Gilmore notes the laziness of the local media’s “coverage” of the story:
Worse, the Traffic Safety Coalition is lazily termed by the Star Tribune as “a national non-profit.”
A non-profit! Lars Leafbladism™ strikes again. If it is a non-profit, only pure motives can obtain. A front group for a thug PR guy of Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago? Why, who would suggest such a thing?
Well, nobody in our media, to give the rhetorical question a literal answer…