From the daily archives: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I know a lot of Republicans read Plunderbund.  I assume they are all patriotic Americans.  So we’re gonna go back to Tim, Guy Who Lived And Worked In The Former Soviet Republics, Russo. Just for you guys. 

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So when I first heard we were running a new ad on our site I immediately went to see who was running it. And man was I surprised.

Like we’ve already discussed, the ad is for so-called “bipartisan” Peter G. Peterson foundation, but it wasn’t purchased by them. Instead ad buy came from an online media company called Craft. And the folks as Craft are as Republican as they come. This year alone these guys worked on tons of Republican campaigns including Toomy in PA, McCain and Steve Stivers right here in my own district.

They also did […]

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ODP street money chaos ongoing

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I have it on good authority that The Lancer Group, the outfit which was hired to implement the ODP’s street money operation, has actually paid some people who were not canvassers and has yet to pay some who were canvassers, because of poor record keeping.  This story is still developing.  If anyone is reading this who needs to resolve payment, there is contact info for The Lancer Group in this comment.

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You won’t hear any teabaggers quoting this op-ed from the most important man in American business, but it’s worth reading.

Well, Uncle Sam, you delivered. People will second-guess your specific decisions; you can always count on that. But just as there is a fog of war, there is a fog of panic — and, overall, your actions were remarkably effective….

…So, again, Uncle Sam, thanks to you and your aides. Often you are wasteful, and sometimes you are bullying. On occasion, you are downright maddening. But in this extraordinary emergency, you came through — and the world would look […]

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Part of the job of a new administration is to fill unclassified positions. When Ted Strickland was elected Governor four years ago he moved his transition team into state offices and he set up an official website at to accept resumes from people looking to work for the state.

That is how the process is supposed to work.

Not with John Kasich.

As Modern pointed out this morning, Kasich has converted his privately-run FixOhioNow site to accept resumes for State Government Jobs. They are also accepting applications in person at the Kasich-Taylor campaign headquarters.

Yes, these are […]

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Senate President Bill Harris has some swampland in Florida and a bridge in New York City to sell you.

The Dispatch is reporting that Harris has “clarified” the Senate Republicans’ intent to reject some of Strickland’s appointees for no other reason than to allow Governor-elect Kasich to make the appointments instead.

First, here’s the scope of the problem:

Nearly 200 Strickland appointees are awaiting confirmation by the state Senate, which has not met in full session for more than five months.

Here’s what Harris is indicating his GOP caucus is prepared to do:

Yesterday, Harris said Kasich should […]

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Kasich’s campaign website has actually scrubbed it’s more detailed links to Kasich’s plans he announced as a candidate for Governor.  (You can still find them, but the website lacks a direct link that it used to have to take you to them.)

Instead, Kasich’s campaign website lists this as Kasich’s only promises:

Lower Taxes – Create a tax climate that allows Ohio to compete with other states to attract new businesses, foster job creation, and keep our precious, existing jobs here

Make Government More Efficient and Effective – Skinny-down state bureaucracy to ensure taxpayers are getting their money’s […]

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No mention of the controversy when he “joked” that the President isn’t an American.

However, the Dispatch tries to put as much lipstick as they could on this pig.  Here’s how they characterized Zehringer’s support for getting rid of the Department of Agriculture:

A state lawmaker who at one point advocated doing away with the Ohio Department of Agriculture was appointed to run it yesterday by Gov.-elect John Kasich.

That’s the opening paragraph.  “At one point” is a phrase you use to describe something you did awhile ago that’s not really indicative of your thinking.  “At one point” […]

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After about 45 seconds of careful deliberation, we at Plunderbund have decided to begin a new series by sending our most underemployed contributor (me) out on the road.  Beginning after Thanksgiving, I’ll be hitting the trail to talk to Democrats in Ohio, focusing on video interviews with grassroots activists, talking about where Democrats go from here. Potentially, I’ll be talking to Democrats across the country.  All these posts will be tagged “russo on the road“, so they’ll be easy to find.

Why beginning after Thanksgiving?  Well, I’ll already be in Columbus for family stuff, so that gas is already […]

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Joe wrote about our new advertiser, with more to come.  So did Anastasia about their new advertiser.  So who is the Peter G. Peterson foundation?  Peterson himself is a former Nixon administration commerce secretary, who immediately went all Lehman Brothers.  Great start for a budding protozoan early Pleistocean era teabagger.

According to his Forbes profile, Peterson has a net worth of $1.7 billion after serving as chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers in the 1970s and 1980s, and then co-founding the private equity firm The Blackstone Group. He previously served as secretary of commerce […]

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