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I got this great tip from a reader. Our friend Mr. Huckabee is involved in even more shady dealings than we could ever hope to cover. There are some deep pockets creating all kinds of 527 special interest groups that can’t be traced thanks to McCain-Feingold. The other problem is that there are tax-exempt issues that disallow tax-exempt institutions from endorsing any candidate.

At Americans United for Separation of Church and State or AU, “Under the Radar: Secret Pastors’ Briefing Seem to Have a Partisan Purpose“, lists some of the slithery things the Huckabee/Evangelical camp are up to.

A shadowy collection of Religious Right fat cats appears to be working behind the scenes to encourage churches to promote the presidential candidacy of Mike Huckabee.

For months, Americans United has been receiving reports about state-based groups with names that include words like “renewal” and “restoration.” The idea seems to be to bring together fundamentalist pastors for closed-door meetings that, organizers say, discuss social issues.

If that’s really all they are doing there would be no problem, at least as far as the tax question goes. Tax-exempt religious groups can take stands on political and social issues.

But there’s another wrinkle to this that is more problematic: These groups keep scheduling Huckabee to speak to them – Huckabee and only Huckabee. And Huckabee doesn’t seem to want it to be known that he’s speaking. The events don’t appear on his public schedule. They are not open to the media. Attendees say little or nothing about them in public.

The Eve Fairbanks, from The New Republic did attempt to “infiltrate” one of the ritzy but ever so secret meetings.

Fairbanks also noted the secrecy of the event, writing, “Roaming around the Metropolitan Convention Center after last night’s session was over, looking for the event’s principals, I felt like I’d accidentally wandered into a meeting of the Masons, where a hilariously intense aura of secrecy, whispers, and special handshakes is deliberately cultivated.”

So then Huckabee makes a little campaign detour to the Cayman Islands – staying at the Ritz Carlton –

The unusual detour in the middle of a campaign, on the weekend before the Wisconsin presidential primary, had raised many questions: Is it appropriate to take a speaking fee while running for president? Is it appropriate to pick up cash in an offshore tax haven when routinely criticizing that haven for putting a burden on the American economy? Was this detour more or less an admission that he was not serious about his campaign?

But when asked how much he made on this gig – he “didn’t know”.

Mr. Huckabee said the matter was simple: He came here because he needed the money.

Yet, when asked how much he received, he suggested that he did not know.

The he gets a little defensive and takes a poke at McCain:

“No taxpayers pay for me to have health insurance, to pay my mortgage, to pay my bills,” Mr. Huckabee said. “And so to me, it’s not just absurd, it’s beyond absurd — it’s insulting — to think that there’s something nefarious about my being here when nobody has raised the question about sitting U.S. senators taking their full paycheck and enjoying all the magnificent perks they get from the U.S. taxpayers.”

But in the middle of shoving Mitt Romney out of the race and blasting him because he is wealthy, get a load of this pile of doo doo:

Mr. Huckabee himself has never been rich, drawing a $74,000 salary as governor, though when he left office, he bought a house in Little Rock for $525,000. On his most recent federal financial disclosure form, for 2006, he valued his assets at between $318,000 and $895,000. He earned nearly $150,000 in book royalties and made approximately $50,000 in speaking honorariums that year. His highest speaking fee was $17,000.

Enough said, but I do know that he was charging $35,000 a speaking gig a few months back. I’m sure his fees are only going up as he milks the campaign for all it’s worth.

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Oh here it is folks, and with GREAT joy, I hand you this bombshell on a silver platter:

IRS Probes Pastors Huckabee Endorsement

Thursday, February 14, 2008 9:05 AM from Newsmax

A Southern Baptist preacher who endorsed GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on church letterhead said Wednesday he was being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service for mixing religion with politics.

Rev. Wiley Drake, a prominent pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention, said he received a 14-page letter from the IRS on Feb. 7.

Under federal tax law, church officials can legally discuss politics, but they cannot endorse candidates or parties without risking their tax-exempt status. Most who do so receive a warning.

On Aug. 11, Drake wrote a press release on letterhead from the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park that announced his personal endorsement of Huckabee and asked all Southern Baptists to get behind the candidate.

“After very serious prayer and consideration, I announce today that I am going to personally endorse Mike Huckabee,” the release said. “I ask all of my Southern Baptist brothers and sister to consider getting behind Mike and helping him all you can.”

He continued: “I believe God has chosen Mike for such an hour, and I believe of all those running Mike Huckabee will listen to God.”

The letter sent to Drake by the IRS also quoted from segments of the pastor’s church-based Internet show, “The Wiley Drake Show.” In the quotes, Drake endorsed Huckabee again.

Read the rest here.

All I can say is HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! I did get some pretty nasty comments to my blog entry titled: “Baptists And Evangelicals Break the Law When They Preach Huckabee From the Pulpit

More from the article:

In September, the IRS closed a lengthy investigation of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena without revoking its tax-exempt status.

But you know, if this had been the Latter-day Saint Church – oh, the tax-exempt status would have been pulled in seconds.

Today, during a routine visit with a doctor led to a wonderful Conservative conversation. Shockingly, this doctor said that he was also supporting Governor Romney until he dropped out. He made this observation that  “Mitt Romney wasn’t electable because he was Mormon – that church just has too many weird ideas.” Well, there was a very noticeable  silence when his jaw dropped on the floor.

I made some comment about what a great influence this church has had on my life. He back peddled and made a comment that it’s almost like he’s “black”. Then I said that at least if people said that it if they said “black”, they would get in trouble, whereas, with it being “Mormon”, nothing happens.

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I actually had a lot of respect for Ron Paul and thought he was above this kind of thing. Now I’m getting two bits of information for West Virginia:

McCain-Huckabee Backroom Deal:

From The Hill:

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic reported Tuesday that, after the first ballot, McCain’s campaign called his supporters there and urged them to vote in favor of Huckabee.

“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change,” Beth Myers, Romney’s campaign manager, said in a statement.

Huckabee-Paul Backroom Deal:

From Reason Magazine:

I just spoke with a source inside the West Virginia Paul campaign and got some insight into the decision to push their votes to Huckabee. “There are two dynamics in West Virginia,” the source said, “the national dynamic and the local dynamic. The local dynamic is frustration with a GOP establishment that doesn’t believe in freedom and liberty but mouths support for those ideals in order to win elections.” This, he explained, was the common cause between compassionate conservative Huckabee supporters and libertarian Paul supporters.

Both Paul supporters and Huckabee supporters were angry at a convention process that seemed to be rigged for Romney. So after the first balloting, when they were knocked out of the running, Paul delegates met in a room to hear arguments for supporting one of the remaining candidates. Huckabee’s supporters offered a deal: If Huckabee won the convention, three members of his delegate slate would resign. Responsibility for replacing those delegates goes not to the state party or national party but to the winner of the convention. Thus, Huckabee’s campaign would replace the three delegates with three Ron Paul delegates.
“This was a gentlemen’s agreement,” my source said. “We’re going to trust but verify.”

The Official Statement from the Romney camp:

“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change.

“Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues.  This is why he led on today’s first ballot.  Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”

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Here are a couple nice comments found around:

From Fairness:

Here is the dirty BIG secret that Dick Morris, the Democtrats and libereal media don’t want McCain and Huckabee supporters to understand:

1. a vote for Huckabee at this point in the race is a vote for McCain. Huckabee CANNOT win the primary and is almost out of money.

2. a vote for McCain in the Primary is a vote for Obama or Clinton in the general election. McCain CANNOT win the general election and he knows that without the base of the party he like Dole before him will loose. The base will never support liberal McCain. Independents will flock to Obama.

For the reasons previously stated in this post, McCain who is hated by the Republican base will go down in flames in the general election. Anyone voting on super Tuesday and beyond who is considering McCain or Huckabee needs to think long and hard about who they are rally voting for. Do these folks prefer Obama or Clinton over Romney. If so my friends, you are playing right into the Democrat playbook to win the White House in ’08.


From Lynn in San Diego:

America needs to realize that Mitt Romney is not the usual candidate.  People like Romney do not usually run for office.  He is doing this because he feels that he is the right person for the job at this time in Americas history. I think when the topic of the economy comes up in the White House our President should be the smartest person in the room.  That person is Mitt Romney.  He is not a polished politician or comedian.  He is a serious man for a serious time for America.  I am tired of Washington insiders running this country.  I am ready for new ideas outside of Washington.  Republicans should wake up and vote for Mitt Romney.  

WOW!!! this is a perfect post!!
Yes, this is what those of us who are never asked by the media are wanting to shout from the rooftops!!!

Enough picking on stupid little things, if you want to avoid an economic catastrophe you have to put in a expert and quit picking!! Of course the media does not want to air our view…they just want to keep pushing the same people on us who are just peddling a different message disguised as change. Unfortunately Florida showed us that they really don’t want change by voting for the most stale politicians we had to choose from. Maybe America is truly afraid of change!

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Well, I predicted this was going to happen and got some pretty hateful comments on this one. These people have been doing this all across America since this filth went into public office.

Copeland Ministries accused of ‘shady’ Huckabee donation

Allie Martin – OneNewsNow – 1/31/2008 1:50:00 PM

HuckabeeOne of six televangelists targeted in a Senate finance inquiry is being accused of turning a recent pastors’ conference into a fundraising opportunity for GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Last week, Kenneth Copeland Ministries held an annual — by invitation only — ministers’ conference at his headquarters in Newark, Texas. The Trinity Foundation, a Dallas-based nonprofit group that monitors televangelists, reports that during a live webcast Huckabee called Copeland and requested emergency financing.
Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation, says Copeland immediately adjourned the conference and then reconvened the group in a private meeting, in order to stay within guidelines on fundraising. “They raised $111,000 in cash and maybe in excess of a million dollars in pledges for Huckabee,” says Anthony. “If that isn’t a violation of the law, it certainly strains at ethical positions.”

Read the rest of this sick relationship these types of Evangelicals have with the law. The LDS Church makes no bones about keeping Religion and Candidates separate. Let’s not forget that at this point, Mike Huckabee has no PRAYER to win and is only in for his usual vindictiveness against someone who is successful

Go here to read more.

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Washington Prowler
Huckabee Broke
By The Prowler
Published 1/22/2008 12:08:32 AM

Less than a month after a huge upset victory, and promises that fundraising would be ramped up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is asking his senior staff to keep working for him without pay, while lower level campaign staff are seeing their salaries cut dramatically or eliminated altogether.

“The goal is to get a leaner, meaner campaign structure moving into Super Tuesday,” says a senior campaign adviser.
But many of those being asked to take the cut are refusing, and walking away, leaving the campaign with holes to fill.

“The money simply hasn’t come in at the rate that we expected,” says the aide. “Florida is a $7 million commitment that we can’t meet, and if we did, that leaves us exposed for Super Tuesday, where we have a lot of states and a lot media buys. We had to make tough decisions.”

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