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Is Jerry Sandusky Buying Ads For Rick Berg? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Sunday, 04 November 2012 08:36

SanduskyBerg2I was watching "UP w/ Chris Hayes" this morning when Hayes said something about North Dakota that I hadn't heard before.  Here's what he said:

.. and then there's a great story... Nick Confessore -- who's also done some really good reporting on this -- had in the New York Times the other day that now that the disclosure window has passed for this election, all of a sudden a bunch of superPACs have popped up; there's a new one that took out a million dollar ad buy in North Dakota against Heidi Heitkamp, who is the Democratic Senate candidate who is actually running above expectations there, and we won't know who's funding that until after election day...

UP w/ Chris Hayes on MSNBC 

(I'm glad I don't have to do a sentence diagram for that sentence, by the way.  Trying to punctuate it was hard enough.)

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I hadn't heard about this, so I googled it.  What I learned is that Hayes got this wrong, a little.  It's not -- apparently -- a million dollar ad buy in North Dakota; it's a million dollars worth of ad buys in North Dakota AND Montana.  

In mid-October, a Republican lawyer in Washington sent paperwork overnight to the Federal Election Commission forming a new “super PAC” called Freedom Fund North America. The group did nothing for more than a week, until the last deadline passed for publicly disclosing donors before Election Day.

Then it spent nearly $1 million on advertising against Democratic candidates for the Senate in North Dakota and Montana, races that could determine control of the chamber next year.

A last-minute burst of below-the-radar cash has begun flooding into the national elections, most of it financing advertising against Democrats, often in markets where television time is still cheap. But unlike the well-known outside groups that have dominated the airwaves until now, many of the new spenders did not formally exist a few weeks ago. They have generic-sounding names, rarely have Web sites and are exploiting a loophole that will keep their donors anonymous until long after the last votes are counted.

“You get used to the same old crew,” said Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for Senate in North Dakota, referring to outside groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that have already poured millions of dollars into the race on behalf of both candidates. “But then you see a group place an ad, and don’t know what their interest is, you wonder who they are. And when you do some research, you find nothing.”

New York Times

So we won't get to find out which one of Rick Berg's billionaire owners is secretly trying to buy the election for him until AFTER the election.

When corrupt people do something corrupt (though legal) like this, it is in our best interests to assume the secret funder is the worst, most evil, rotten imaginable dreg on the planet.

With that in mind, I'd invite you to join me in speculating who dumped the million dollars into trying to buy an election for Rick Berg in North Dakota.

I believe it's Jerry Sandusky.  Anybody else have a better guess?

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