SMOKING GUN UPDATE 4:04 AM PDT: Paul Singer is one of the three richest libertarians, according to Ron Paul‘s ex-Congressional Senior Aide and District Representative, Eric Dondero [Rittberg]:
The London Herald-Tribune is reporting that Libertarian Billionaire Paul Singer has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President. Singer, is a NYC Hedge Fund Manager. He’s regarded as one of the Top Three Richest Libetarians in the Nation, right up there with David Koch, and Howie Rich. Singer also is a Board Member of the libertarian Manhattan Institute. [emphasis added]
Full story and link now up at www.mainstreamlibertarian.com
The link is dead, alas. Among his fellow travelers at the Manhattan Institute: William Kristol (The Weekly Standard), Peggy Noonan (ex-Reagan speechwriter) and founder of the Club for Growth, Richard Gilder. For you do-it-yourselfers, there’s a wealth of connections to track down on Singer’s Zoom Info page, including that he was on the Board of JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. More to come.
The LA Times‘ “scoop” on the DOA electoral college initiative kicked into high gear tonight (via one of their blogs h/t Pamela L):
BREAKING NEWS: Giuliani fundraiser was mystery initiative backer
A close friend and major fundraiser of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has identified himself as the mystery financer of the proposed California initiative to apportion the state’s 55 electoral votes by congressional district instead of winner-take-all.
He is New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer. He said he provided the $175,000 to initially finance the petition drive to get the measure on the June 2008 ballot. But as The Times’ Dan Morain revealed in an exclusive story on this website last night, the drive has foundered on internal disputes and lack of further financing.
The petition drive’s backers had remained a mystery since the effort was first revealed here in a July Top of the Ticket item. Democratic critics portrayed it as a power grab to wrest away some of the state’s electoral votes, which have all gone to the Democratic candidates for the past four presidential elections. Some 19 of the state’s 53 congressional districts would seem likely to vote for a GOP presidential candidate, enough to swing some recent national elections.
A Giuliani campaign spokeswoman, Maria Comella, said today that Singer’s donation “was completely independent from our campaign.” [MORE]
I guess I don’t understand what’s the major scandal in all of this. Republicans lie? Republicans cheat? Republicans have shitloads of money they don’t mind spending to get their way?
So far it’s dog bites man.
Hmm. It can’t be that Rudy Giuliani is a scumbag whose administration utterly failed New York City, who had zero regard for legal rights, whose sidekick, Bernard Carrick, was covered in slime, and whose campaign consists solely of the fact that he was mayor on 9-11.
Which is why he has to invoke it at every opportunity — whether appropriate or not. See Todd Mitchell’s Tuesday 9-25 posting, Fundraiser: $9.11 For Giuliani.
Let’s see: one of “America’s Mayor” Rudy’s Manhattan buddies decides it’s OK to game a Western State (Where’s that salsa from? NEW YORK CITY!!?!) because, as we all know, the West remains a colony for Eastern money — a gargantuan, glorified dude ranch for tinhorns and shysters, right? And you know, all’s fair in love and New York Elections, right?
Gee. Why does that sound familiar? Hmmmm.
It’ll come to me.
Giuliani denies any involvement, of course, right?
Yeah. I’m sure we all believe that, too.
So there’s the scandal du jour: A New Yorker tries to game a Western initiative process, to game a presidential election. He uses a Missouri “front man” who sets up a shell company and makes a $175,000 stealth donation the following day.
The whole thing stinks to high heaven, and even attorney Thomas Hiltachk, who filed the petition in California holds his nose and jumps ship.
Gee, that all sure sounds familiar. Why don’t you take a look HERE, and see why. And note Hiltachk at the bottom of the page. (And me, just a little higher.)