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|The Face of Rick Berg's "North Dakota Way": Josh Hursa|
|Written by Chet|
[UPDATED X 2, in red]
North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg has made "the North Dakota Way" a central theme of his campaign for the United States Senate seat being abandoned by Senator Kent Conrad. What's been fascinating is watching Berg define his version of "the North Dakota Way." A story developed over the weekend that should give us all a pretty good idea of what Rick Berg's "North Dakota Way" is all about.
A young man showed up at a parade in Linton, North Dakota (pop. 1,020), on Thursday of last week (June 21st) and approached a campaign staffer for Heidi Heitkamp. Linton is a small town about 70 minutes south and east of Bismarck. At some point in the conversation the young man indicated he was unemployed, he said he was from Billings, Montana, and was staying with his brother in Bismarck for the summer. He said things complimentary to Sen. John Tester (D-Montana), and said things complimentary of Heidi Heitkamp. He was given a volunteer card by the staffer.
The next day -- Friday, June 22nd -- the same young man showed up at the Heitkamp campaign headquarters in Mandan, North Dakota, and asked if anyone was making volunteer calls. He apparently wanted to volunteer to make calls. No calls were being made that day, so he left. On Saturday, June 23rd, the same young man showed up at the parade in Beulah, North Dakota, (pop. 2,900). Beulah is about 80 or 90 minutes north and west of Bismarck. The young man asked to get a volunteer t-shirt and was given one. He put it on. He was asked whether he would sign up to volunteer for the campaign and declined. At about that point, this young man pulled a "flip-cam" out of his pocket, turned it on, and he got all up in Heidi Heitkamp's grill, asking her questions. I don't know what the questions were, but -- based upon what I've been told -- they were pretty much the sorts of typical right-wing garbage you'd expect to get from a script prepared for a fake attack "journalist" like Shawn Hannity or Bill O'Reilly. I'm sure you'll be watching the video some time soon.
He was asked to identify himself and identified himself only as "Josh" and said something about "Revealing Politics." He continued his bullying, antagonistic tactics, trying to elicit a response, following Heitkamp through most or all of the parade route. He wore a "Heidi" shirt the whole time he harassed her. (See pictures herein.)
He followed Heitkamp around shooting video of her as she interacted with parade watchers, supporters and friends.
This is what Rick Berg's "North Dakota Way" looks like. This young man -- Josh -- is what we can look forward to from Republicans in North Dakota for the next several months.
So... who is "Josh" and what is "Revealing Politics"?
Well... Here's the biographical information for "Revealing Politics" contributor, Joshua Hursa:
Joshua Hursa was born in California and raised in New Jersey. He started off in politics at age sixteen, volunteering for his local state assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll in his office and his re-election campaign. In college, Josh served for two years as the Rider University College Republican chairman and worked for U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ). Moving to Colorado in 2009, he worked for Colorado State Representative Cindy Acree (R-Aurora) as both an intern and an aide. In 2010, he worked for Colorado State Treasurer Candidate JJ Ament as statewide Field Director. Recently, Josh has worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee as a shadow for Democrat State Representative and congressional candidate Sal Pace (D-Pueblo). He served on numerous boards in the city of Aurora and currently serves as Membership Director of the Denver Metro Young Republicans. Josh and his wife Dorothy and their newborn daughter Charlotte live in Denver, Colorado.
On Josh's "LinkedIn" page, he identifies himself as a current employee -- an account manager -- at "Sunward Consolidation Group."
Here's Joshua Hursa's current Facebook profile picture (Facebook) --- >
Same guy, right?
Josh is obviously a right-wing hatchet man. He obviously lied, on behalf of Rick Berg's support system, to infiltrate Heidi Heitkamp's campaign. He lied about being from Montana. He lied about being unemployed. He lied about supporting Senator Tester and Heitkamp. He lied about wanting to volunteer to make phone calls for Heidi. Nobody should be surprised that he's working to support Rick Berg. With a lying track record like this guy has, he'll fit right in with North Dakota's Republican leaders.
Contacted for a comment on this story, Heitkamp's campaign spokesman Brandon Lorenz provided the following statement:
"It's unfortunate that out of state trackers feel the need to deceive campaign staff in order to get video of Heidi. Maybe if Rep. Berg would take us up on our offer and agree to do more than one debate -- we've challenged him to seven -- they would get the video they need and get their questions answered."
Regarding Josh's employer, "Revealing Politics," like many of the highly-secretive, nonprofit, Koch Brothers Crime Family financed Fake News and advocacy outlets (e.g. "The Franklin Center" and "The Sam Adams Alliance."), it is a 501(c) nonprofit organization. It was formed on March 1, 2012, and uses Denver attorney "Kevin E. Holst" as its registered agent. Holst is a lawyer at the "Sherman & Howard" law firm in Denver.
When it registered as a business in Colorado, "Revealing Politics" listed its address as 1445 Market Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80202. That address is the address of the "Hale Westfall LLP" Law firm. Hale Westfall is a law firm worth digging into. Attorney and named partner Richard Westfall is currently "General Counsel for the Colorado Republican Party." (Source) Attorney Ryan Call, at the firm, "currently serves as the Chairman of the Denver County Republican Party." (Source) It is clearly a Republican Party outcropping.
Interestingly, "Revealing Politics" is run by Kelly "I live in a different paradigm" Maher who also runs a blog called "whosaidyousaid." "Whosaidyousaid" is a registered trade name used by an organization called "Citizen Media." (Source) "Citizen Media" is a "nonprofit corporation" limited liability company that spent a bunch of untraceable money on billboards in 2008 2010, attacking Barack Obama and other Democrats, which until recently used, as its registered agent, a gentleman named "Peter Krumholz" (source) who is a partner at the law firm of ...
wait for it...
Hale Westfall, LLP. (Source) ("Revealing Politics" changed its registered agent to "Kevin E. Holst" in April of 2012.) I've tried to track down a copy of the 990 nonprofit tax return for "Citizen Media" in the usual places, but I can't seem to find it. Maybe they don't believe in filing tax returns. Since "Citizen Media" is a for-profit company, its tax returns are private. It's unlikely anybody will will ever know who paid Citizen Media to put up the attack ads it bought.
The cool thing about being a 501(c)(4) nonprofit whose principal place of business is nothing more than a filing cabinet in a Denver law office is that you can keep secret everything about your organization, including your funding sources. Here's what "Revealing Politics" head honcho Kelly Maher says about it...
"We're a 501(c)(4), so we're not required to disclose our donors," Maher says. "We're not an express advocacy group, but an education and awareness group. But I can tell you that they're Colorado dollars -- a group of conservative donors who are interested in what we've been able to accomplish thus far."
WhoSaidYouSaid launched in December 2009, with Maher and partner Mary Smith creating what the former calls "a video-based blog format." Why? "There's a generation of young voters coming forward who grew up, as I did, watching Sesame Street. They're really used to processing information by video, and generally in under a minute."
Yeah. "Education and awareness group" nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Let's be really clear about one thing here: This is Koch Brothers Crime Family money, again, coming into North Dakota for Rick Berg. It may or may not be the Koch Brothers themselves laundering their money through Denver, but it's certainly a member of the "Koch Brothers Million Dollar Crime Family." When Maher says Revealing Politics is a 501(c)(4) supported only by Colorado dollars, you should believe that just as much as you should believe that her lacky, stalker Josh Hursa, is from Montana and that he wanted to volunteer to make phone calls to help Heidi Heitkamp's campaign.
Thanks, Josh, for making more clear to us what Rick Berg means whan he says "North Dakota Way." He means lying, cheating and stealing to try to get ahead. He means stalking and harassing people.
Thanks for showing us how slum lord Rick Berg and the thugs who support him plan to run his campaign in 2012.
Big Running said: