Egregious Ellison

Big League PoliticsKeith Ellison Running to Become Attorney General with Inactive Law License in Minnesota

One of the Democrat party’s loudest mouthpieces has found himself in quite an embarrassing situation.

 

Published   on Jul 18, 2018
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One of the Democrat party’s loudest mouthpieces has found himself in quite an embarrassing situation.

Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN), who has served as a Representative for Minnesota’s 5th District since 2007 is currently running to become the Attorney General of Minnesota. He announced that he would be running for Minnesota Attorney General in early June, however, there’s just one problem. Ellison as of date does not have an active attorney’s license, making him ineligible to practice law in the state of Minnesota.

In Minnesota, it is not required that the state Attorney General have an active law license, but one would expect those running to become the leading voice of law within the state, the highest appointed attorney in the state to have an active attorney’s license.

Along with being a six-term lawmaker who represents Minnesota’s 5th District, Ellison is the first Muslim to ever be elected to the U.S. Congress, and has served as the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2017. When he was sworn into office, Ellison refused to be sworn in with a Bible, and instead demanded that a Quran be used as a way to emphasize “religious tolerance”.

Despite running to become Attorney General in Minnesota, Ellison has remained in his leadership position at the DNC. When Ellison announced his plans to run, Tom Perez, the DNC chair, said Ellison has been “an invaluable voice in shaping our party’s future” as his right-hand and applauded his choice to run for the state’s top law enforcement position.

“I have come to know Keith as someone who is passionate about finding every possible way to help the greatest number of Americans achieve a better quality of life,” Perez said in a statement. “And I have witnessed that passion in every single decision he has made, including whether to continue the fight in Congress or to run and serve as Minnesota’s chief law enforcement official.”

Ellison decided to run for the position of Minnesota Attorney General after Lori Swanson, the incumbent announced her plans to run for Governor of Minnesota. When he announced his candidacy on June 5, 2018, Ellison, who is a Muslim, said that he wants to become Attorney General so that he can influence immigration reform, among other issues, taking a jab at President Trump in his official statement. “No one, not even a President, is above the law. From immigration reform to protecting our air and water, it has never been more important to have a leader as Attorney General who can stand up against threats to our neighbors’ health or freedoms,” Ellison said.

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TAINTED TINA

SmithTina Smith is the highest ranking former Planned Parenthood executive in U.S. politics. Senator Smith was Planned Parenthood’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs in Minnesota before serving as Chief of Staff to then-Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. She went on to be Chief of Staff for Governor Mark Dayton and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014. Smith was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2017, filling a vacancy created when Al Franken resigned. Six Things You Should Know About U.S. Senator Tina Smith

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Below are the progressives that have endorsed Tainted Tina’s run for Senate. In the words of Dinesh D’Souza, “Progress for progressives simply means an increase in government power.”

“Tina is a progressive champion who will be an extraordinary senator for the people of Minnesota. From expanding broadband access in rural areas to investing in early childhood education, Tina has always put working people ahead of special interests, and that’s what she’ll do in the Senate.”

U.S. Rep. Keith EllisonU.S. REP. KEITH ELLISON

“I am constantly impressed by Tina Smith’s commitment to Minnesota kids and families. I am proud to call her a mentor and a friend.”

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin CarterSAINT PAUL MAYOR MELVIN CARTER

“Throughout my time in the legislature, I’ve known Tina Smith to be accessible and motivated to learn the issues facing Minnesotans of every age, race, religion, gender, and ethnicity. Tina Smith is a strong advocate for women, for immigrant and refugee families who are feeling extremely threatened in the current political climate, and she believes that every person deserves to see the economic benefits of a strong economy that works for everyone.”

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan OmarMINNESOTA REP. ILHAN OMAR

State Rep. Jamie Becker Finn
State Rep. Connie Bernardy
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Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede
State Sen. Lyndon Carlson
St Paul Mayor Melvin Carter
State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion
State Sen. Greg Clausen
State Sen. Dick Cohen
U.S. Rep. (Candidate) Angie Craig
State Sen. Jim Davnie
Governor Mark Dayton
State Sen. Scott Dibble
State Rep. Rob Ecklund
State Sen. Kent Eken
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
State Rep. Mike Frieberg
State Rep. Laurie Halverson
Ron Harris, Democratic National Committee
State Sen. Foung Hawj
State Sen. Jeff Hayden
State Rep. Debra Hilstrom
State Rep. Frank Hornstein
State Rep. Melissa Hortman
Jaylani Hussein, CAIR Minnesota

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State Sen. Jason Isaacson
Nick Khaliq, Saint Paul NAACP
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
State Rep. Erin Koegel
State Rep. Mary Kunesh Podein
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson
State Rep. Ben Lien
State Sen. Tony Lourey
State Rep. Tim Mahoney
State Rep. Carlos Mariani
State Rep. Erin Maye Quade
U.S. Rep Betty McCollum
Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire
Vice President Walter Mondale
State Rep. Rena Moran
Ann Mulholland, Saint Paul Foundation
Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness
State Sen. Jerry Newton
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan
State Rep. Liz Olson
State Rep. Ilhan Omar
State Sen. Sandy Pappas
Former State Rep. John Persell
U.S. Rep. (Candidate) Dean Phillips
State Rep. Dave Pinto
State Rep. Jeanne Poppe
State Sen. Ann Rest
Former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
State Rep. Paul Rosenthal
Former Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak
State Rep. Jennifer Schultz
Tony Sertich, The Northland Foundation
State Sen. David Tomassoni
DFL State Executive Committee Tim Velde
MN DFL African American Caucus Hollies Winston
State Rep. Cheryl Youakim


Read articles about Tainted Tina written by the National Republican Senatorial Committee

The NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) is the only national organization solely devoted to strengthening the Republican Senate Majority and electing Republicans to the United States Senate.

 

VOTE EARLY IN THE PRIMARIES

From AJ Kern

Dear Friends,

I’m asking for your vote!!  You may also vote early!  I did!!

Anyone with an ‘R’ behind their name in the conservative Sixth Congressional District will win in the General Election in November. 

It’s the Primary election that is key to WHO represents you… the Deputy Chair of a D.C. private organization who partners with Democrats Ellison & Klobuchar to funnel tax dollars out of the state… or a Grassroots Conservative.

Please visit my blog: AJ KERN FOR CONGRESS

 

VOTE EARLY IN PERSON


You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.

Locations

All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.
  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk’s office for more information.

Hours

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)
  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.
  • This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections.

Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction for more information.

2018 Early Voting Dates

PRIMARY ELECTION

First day to vote early in person: Friday, June 29

Last day to vote early in person: Monday, August 13

GENERAL ELECTION

First day to vote early in person: Friday, September 21

Last day to vote early in person: Monday, November 5

Have an agent pick up your ballot (agent delivery)

In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. This is called ‘agent delivery.’  

VOTE EARLY BY MAIL


To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply.

Read before you apply

For your ballot to count, remember this important information:

  1. Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
  2. You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.
  3. Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.

Apply online

Go to online application

Application deadline

You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day.

Ballots will be sent starting June 29 for the 2018 Primary Election, and September 21 for the 2018 General Election.

Deadline to return your ballot

Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters.

Twin Cities Courtrooms Added to Judicial Hellhole List

Below is an article by the American Tort Reform Foundation that publishes reports on various abuses within the civil justice system with a focus on judges and the courts. I would add Dakota County into the distinction of being on the list not only in the civil litigation arena, but the criminal court as well.

In our high profile parental deprivation criminal cases, we filed criminal complaints against Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Assistant Dakota County Attorneys Phil Prokopowicz  and Kathryn Keena for misuse of public resources (609.52 Theft), criminal misconduct (609.43 (1)(2)) and willful refusal to comply with the Minnesota Data Practices Act (13.09) in regard to the illegal withholding of evidence in our cases.This was also in our appeals which were affirmed by the appellate court.

Image result for Kathryn KeenaThe missing evidence includes Preliminary audio recorded statements from key witnesses, Stearns County Evidence, Private criminal investigative data and the Blue ray disc containing MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports.

We have audio recorded phone calls made to and with the Dakota County Commissioners in regard to the obstruction of justice that proves the Dakota County Commissioners are definitely members of the “good ol’ boy’s” club. County Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler admitted that she’d been advised to lawyer up and not investigate this misconduct. In fact, she actually hung up on me when I attempted to give her information on the obstruction of justice by the Dakota County Attorneys Office. 

On July 10th, 2018, a request was once again made with the Dakota County Commissioners Board to immediately launch an administrative investigation into the Dakota County Attorneys’ criminal misconduct. I’m going to assume we’ll be hearing crickets.

Read the ATRF Twin Cities addition to the Judicial Hellhole list below:

ATRF annually surveys ATRA members and others with firsthand experience in Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions as part of its research process. Because the program has become widely known, ATRF also continually receives and gathers information provided by a variety of additional sources. After interviewing such sources, Judicial Hellholes reporters work to confirm the information with independent research of publicly available court documents, judicial branch statistics, press accounts, and various studies. As the Judicial Hellholes program goes online, it also invites visitors to provide additional firsthand leads and inside information.

(The Judicial Hellholes program considers only civil litigation; it does not reflect in any way on the criminal justice system.)
JULY 9TH, 2018

ATRA Announces Mid-Year Addition of Twin Cities to Judicial Hellholes List

Troubling trends in Twin Cities courtrooms, unprincipled actions by Minnesota’s attorney general and multiple vetoes of common sense reforms by Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) have earned the Twin Cities of Minnesota the unenviable distinction of being named a rising jurisdiction on the Judicial Hellholes Watch List.  There is a pervasive liability-expanding view that is spreading throughout the state.

While it is only July, the first half of 2018 has been especially concerning in the “Gopher State,” and it is our hope that the Twin Cities and the state’s leaders will quickly correct their path to avoid becoming a full-blown Judicial Hellhole in December.

Minnesota voters sent a strong message in 2016 when they elected a reform-minded, pro-business majority in the state legislature for only the second time since the early 1970’s.  During the 2017 session, legislators passed several commonsense initiatives long stalled in the state.  Regrettably, however, Governor Mark Dayton’s (DFL) ‘Veto Triple Play’ preserved the status quo in favor of the personal injury bar – a generous supporter of his campaigns.  The measures that Governor Dayton vetoed enjoy widespread support across the country.  The “trespass” bill that the Governor vetoed, which merely codified existing law to guard against judicial adoption of an extreme proposal of the American Law Institute is extraordinary since he is the only governor ever to veto such a measure.  By contrast, 24 other governors of both parties have signed such legislation since 2011. The other bills he vetoed would have lowered the prejudgment interest rate and allowed defendants in auto-accident cases to introduce evidence as to whether plaintiffs were wearing their seatbelts.

Minnesota Attorney General’s Outrageous Handling of Groundwater Contamination Case against 3M

One would hope that, since Governor Dayton will not seek re-election in 2018, prospects for successful enactment of reform legislation will improve.  That remains to be seen, but if one of the leading candidates, Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson (DFL), follows Dayton into the Governor’s mansion, that may not be the case, based on recent actions she has taken in her current position.

Recently, Attorney General Swanson has come under fire for paying $125 million in attorneys’ fees to an out-of-state law firm after hiring it to manage a suit against 3M for ground water contamination caused by its disposal of perflourochemicals (“PFCs”). After seven years of litigation, 3M and the state agreed to a settlement in the form of an $850 million grant. Of that settlement, the state paid $125 million in contingency fees to the private attorneys, or roughly $47,000 per day for seven years.

Members of the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the settlement in mid-May over concerns about the fees paid and the fact that none of the fees would be injected back into the Minnesota state economy because it was paid to an out-of-state law firm. Following the hearing, efforts were undertaken in the House to prevent these types of contingency fee payments in the future. The House passed a budget bill that included a provision prohibiting the attorney general’s office from contracting with outside private attorneys on a contingency fee basis, except in limited cases; however, it was excluded from the final version of the bill.

The state agency responsible for the safety and welfare of residents also raised a central problem with the attorney general’s case.  The Minnesota Department of Health concluded in reports as early as 2007 that there was no increase in the number of health problems seen in the affected areas. The Department of Health released a statement saying, “After hundreds of hours of review and analysis by highly trained and experienced statisticians and epidemiologists … [the department] has concluded that there are no unusual occurrences of adverse birth outcomes or cancer occurrences that could plausibly be related to PFC exposure in the East Metro area.”

Despite the conclusion of her own state’s Health Department that there were no health issues attributable to 3M’s actions, Attorney General Swanson chose to move forward with the lawsuit.

Had the case gone to trial instead of settling, the Attorney General was prepared to rely on the testimony of Dr. David Sunding, a professor at UC Berkeley. Alan Bender, a health department official and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, claimed the data used by the state’s department was “far superior” to that used by Sunding. According to Bender, Sunding’s claim that PFC pollution caused increased rates of childhood cancer deaths was the “most off-the-wall of his many mischaracterizations.”

Moreover, despite the fact that the case is sealed, Attorney General Swanson has made public many of the arguments and documents her office obtained in discovery that support her side. She failed to publish several key factors in the case, including the fact that the disposal was permitted under Minnesota law, the chemicals are dispersing as time passes, and that the Minnesota Department of Health had a differing view of the health impact.  She also failed to publicize that the state began a clean-up program with financial support by 3M, but it was not done properly.

Hennepin County Trial Court Judge Hands Down Unwarranted Sanctions

This liability-expanding mindset has trickled down to the trial court level, where a recent series of judicial decisions in a case involving BNSF Railway clearly demonstrates why defendants believe they face an unfair and uphill battle in Twin Cities’ courtrooms.

Judge Amy Dawson, a judge in the Hennepin County District Court, the largest trial court in Minnesota and the court for Minneapolis, showed extreme disregard for the rule of law and failed a basic test of fairness in her handling of this case, which helped solidify the Twin Cities’ position on the Watch List.

Here, the plaintiff claimed to have sustained permanent injuries as the result of an alleged exposure to “hazardous chemicals” while working next to a specific railcar in BNSF’s yard in January of 2014. BNSF conducted an immediate and thorough investigation with the local fire department, company hazmat responders and two emergency-response contractors, and found no odors, signs of leakage, or abnormalities in the railcar identified by Plaintiff.

It was not until three years later, after litigation had commenced, that the plaintiff for the first time declared that his injuries were the result of exposure to “hydrocarbons” leaking from one of eleven different railcars, not owned or leased by BNSF, located on a different track in the yard. The court ordered BNSF to produce the eleven cars during the discovery stage; however, they were unable to do so because three years had passed and they did not own or lease the cars in question.

Following BNSF’s inability to produce the cars, the plaintiff filed a motion for sanctions.  The motion was not limited to the missing cars but also included broad claims of spoliation of evidence and other alleged discovery and evidentiary abuses, without supporting evidence.

In the motion, the plaintiff failed to provide evidence that the product being transported in the specified cars on the day of the alleged injury was “hydrocarbons”, also known as “natural gas condensate.”  He argued, however, that he “unearthed” documentation that BNSF reported to the federal government on six different occasions the unintentional release of “natural gas condensate” around the same time period of his alleged exposure. Plaintiff argued that this proved BNSF had additional documents concerning the exposure that it failed to produce and that the material in the cars must have been “natural gas condensate.”

BNSF repeatedly disputed the accuracy of this information and offered to provide testimony in support of its position, but the Court refused to allow in the evidence, and instead, wholly accepted and adopted Plaintiff’s claims.

Data in the documents relied on by Plaintiff were later corrected by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration because a technical glitch in the reporting system inaccurately reported “natural gas condensate” as the technical/trade name for BNSF’s submission of the materials involved in the incidents. Despite this fact, the judge relied on the inaccurate data and denied BNSF’s attempt to introduce refuting evidence.

Plaintiff also claimed that BNSF engaged in spoliation of evidence by not providing the 11 cars for discovery.  BNSF argued that, because they were not aware of the involvement of the specific cars in the accident until nearly three and a half years later and they had no control over their whereabouts, this claim is baseless.  Judge Dawson, not surprisingly, nevertheless agreed with the plaintiff.

Not only did Judge Amy Dawson impose sanctions, she took the additional step of striking all of BNSF’s liability and causation defenses in the underlying case, allowing it to proceed to trial solely on the issue of damages, and ordered BNSF to pay the plaintiff’s costs and attorney’s fees. Essentially, BNSF was forced to go to trial with both hands tied behind its back.  The judge unfairly stripped BNSF of its right to have a jury decide the question of liability, and it simply became a question of how much money the plaintiff should be awarded.

Following the order for sanctions and the judge’s decision to strike all liability and causation defenses, BNSF also was denied the opportunity to present essential testimony on damages, including evidence that the plaintiff’s condition was actually the result of an underlying pre-existing condition and natural causes, and not related to the alleged exposure to any chemicals.

In a result that should surprise no one, the jury returned a $15 million verdict in favor of Plaintiff.  In April 2018, Judge Dawson, again without a hearing or any responses by Plaintiff to BNSF’s post-trial motions, denied BNSF’s post-trial motions and entered final judgment against the company.  The case is now on appeal.

Adoption of Daubert Standard and Appointment of New Supreme Court Justice

The Minnesota Supreme Court is poised to rule on whether or not to adopt the Daubert standard for admitting expert evidence testimony sometime this summer.  This decision will serve as a true litmus test for the court.   Adoption of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 702 ensures that junk science is kept out of the court rooms, and that all expert evidence is based on reliable principles and methods.  It instructs the trial judge to serve as a gatekeeper who must ensure that testimony is the product of reliable scientific method.

Adoption of the Daubert standard would bring Minnesota in line with more than two-thirds of the states. It would bring about greater consistency among courts and discourage forum shopping, which is of great concern as Minnesota has increasingly become an outlier in its approach to evaluating the admissibility of expert testimony.

While there is hope that the court will do the right thing and adopt the new evidentiary standard, especially after the Advisory Committee recommended similar amendments, there is concern after the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice.  In April, Governor Dayton appointed longtime Democratic state Representative Paul Thissen (DFL) to replace Justice Stras, who was recently appointed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thissen is the fifth justice appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Dayton, and the latest in a long line of partisan selections.  The other two members of the seven-judge panel were appointed by former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R). Thissen also is the first lawmaker to make the immediate jump to the Minnesota Supreme Court. While he does not have a judicial track record, he was known to support progressive liability-expanding initiatives during his time in the House.

We will be watching closely as Justice Thissen and his colleagues address this issue. Will they follow the mainstream of state procedures for expert evidence, or will they preserve the status quo, which serves the interest of the personal injury bar?

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No Guts for Governorship

Ex-Swanson aide didn’t like what she saw in AG’s office. So she offered to tell her story

By Eric Black

                                                                                     MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Attorney General Lori Swanson speaking to reporters about her candidacy for Minnesota governor.

After some of the comments on some of my previous pieces about Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s tenure in office criticized me for criticizing Swanson, a woman who worked in the AG’s office during Swanson’s first term offered to tell me her story. Here it is.

The Rev. Linda McEwen, who worked as a Lutheran pastor during much of her career, was hired to work in the AG’s office not long after Swanson was elected to her first term.

She didn’t like what she saw. It ended badly.

McEwen, who is now mostly retired and lives in Mahtomedi, was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1979, when female ministers were still relatively few. She considers herself a proud feminist.

In 2006, when Swanson became the first woman attorney general in Minnesota history, McEwen says, she was gladdened that another portion of the glass ceiling had been broken. At that time, McEwen said, she had recently retired from a pastoral position and decided to apply for a position with the new AG, and she was soon hired to be Swanson’s executive assistant. Her job included managing Swanson’s calendar and her professional contacts and arranging meetings, including those with legislators.

But, McEwen says, she was disappointed to discover that Swanson relied almost completely on Mike Hatch, her predecessor and political mentor, in running the office and deciding about matters that arose. Hatch, who had just been defeated in his own run for governor, had stayed on (somewhat awkwardly and controversially) in the AG’s office under circumstances that suggested that he was still exerting a lot of influence if not outright control.

“It was embarrassing,” McEwen said. Legislators and other officials who had business to discuss with the AG’s office would come in to see Swanson, and she generally wouldn’t even take the meeting. Instead, McEwan said, Swanson would buy time, try to find out indirectly what the legislators wanted, or have Hatch call them to find out, and then he would decide how to respond.

“She’s an intelligent woman,” McEwen said of Swanson, who is now a candidate for governor. “But she didn’t have the confidence to respond face-to-face to people who needed her to make a decision.”

“It was strange,” McEwan told me.

McEwen pushed back a bit, then a bit more, and when her attitude about the not-very-secret role of Hatch as the major decision-maker in the office became too obvious, she was fired, in her third year on the job.

Like a lot of others who have worked in the office during the Hatch-Swanson era, McEwen decided to go quietly for fear of retribution if she criticized them publicly.

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PAY-TO-PLAY POLITICS

We are here to let you in on a dirty secret in Washington: To serve on the most influential committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers are expected to raise a certain amount of money for their respective political parties. The sums involved have become astronomical — more than one million dollars for the most coveted spots. And neither party can claim the moral high ground: Democrats and Republicans alike expect this of their members.

You should not have to buy a position on any committee in Congress. That’s just wrong. To be a successful politician, you should not be judged solely by how much money you can raise. Issue One’s “The Price of Power” report illustrates just how rampant such pay-to-play politicking has become, and it offers solutions so that those serving in Congress can prioritize legislating instead of fundraising.

Constantly raising funds for the political parties interferes with the work of serving your constituents and your country. Hours spent fundraising — and worrying about fundraising — are time and energy diverted away from lawmakers’ legislative responsibilities. When members of Congress get out of bed in the morning, they should be thinking about solving the country’s problems as opposed to how much cash they can raise that day.

It should not come as a surprise that most members of Congress dislike both the fundraising quotas placed upon them and their second job of “dialing for dollars” as telemarketers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Lawmakers could undo these shackles by adopting simple, common-sense reforms as quickly as possible to sever the ties between fundraising and committee leadership, which would also reduce the conflicts of interest created by our current system.

It should be against House rules to require that legislators raise money to stay on a committee or to become the chair or ranking member of a committee. Moreover, members of Congress should be prohibited from soliciting funds during work hours while Congress is in session so their focus can be on the people’s work. Republican and Democratic leaders should also agree to bring “party dues” back down to earth. Furthermore, these dues should be publicly disclosed.

We are not saying that committee chairs should not be involved at all with fundraising to help their parties or their colleagues, but it should not be the primary arbiter of whether they ascend to, or stay in, positions of leadership.

It is unhealthy for our country and our democracy for money to be such a critical component of how legislative leaders are selected. This dirty secret has metastasized into a major cancer afflicting our legislative process. The time to combat this is now. Nothing less than the public’s trust in government itself is at stake.


Commentary by AJ Kern 

To understand the problem with Tom Emmer serving as the Deputy Chair for the NRCC, a private organization…  PLEASE READ the link: https://www.issueone.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/price-of-power-final.pdf

This is why the ‘establishment’ remain in power.  Why politicians do not listen to you but, are influenced by lobbyist and special interest….  Big money also means grassroots conservative candidates don’t stand a chance.  

Emmer would never be a member of the ‘Reformers Caucus’ because Emmer is a player in the problem the Reformers Caucus is attempting to solve…  

Reformers Caucus seek to end ‘pay-to-play’…

      “Today, most lawmakers do not spend the time building relationships with members of the opposing party or developing subject-matter            expertise related to their committees and constituents.   

       Instead, members of Congress are incentivized to spend up to 30 hours a week raising money, talking to a narrow set of deep-pocketed           donors or special interests, who also fund outside groups and “dark money” organizations to discourage political courage and fuel                   dysfunction in Washington.”  https://www.issueone.org/why-it-matters-2/

You think Emmer is bringing money back to the district?  That’s his excuse!  

How does this serve YOU?  How does this serve the district… or St Cloud?  

This isn’t a personal attack…  it’s just the truth.  Our country is in deep trouble and this is a huge part of the problem.

AJ Kern