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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A former Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to "concealing payments" from Paul's campaign in exchange for his support, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. In December 2011, state senator Kent Sorenson, then the Iowa chairman for Bachmann's campaign, made a surprise announcement that he had switched his endorsement to Paul. At the time, Sorenson said he made the decision based on his support for Paul's policies, but this week he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars from the Paul campaign as part of the deal.

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subtle removal of the first name, Taxman...casual readers might think it was Rand Paul....which is why you did it)

....well, in the words of Danni, "that's really going to hurt Ron Paul's reelection bid".

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-08-28 07:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

He's never going to run for office again but it is still good that the truth finally arrives about this hero of the Libertarians who actually has feet of clay.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-28 10:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

#2 You pass the baton like a pro, Danni. Can I use that quote the next time you try to deflect away some of Obama's scandals with the old "hurt his reelection" meme? :)

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-08-28 10:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG

Deflect much, dimwit?

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#4 | Posted by Dave at 2014-08-28 02:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Deflect much, dimwit?
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#4 | POSTED BY DAVE

I don't think it was a deflection. To me it looked like some good-natured ribbing.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-28 02:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

casual readers might think it was Rand Paul....

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG

Of course people like you would never consider the idea that as Rand follows much of the same ideology, he might also carry some of his fathers character flaws.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-28 06:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Of course people like you would never consider the idea that as Rand follows much of the same ideology, he might also carry some of his fathers character flaws.

#6 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

He's still a different person and guilt by association is the tactic of the intellectually-lazy (not calling Taxman that - I don't think the headline mislead was deliberate on his part).

Your point is not unreasonable, but it doesn't change the fact that the headline was (unintentionally) a bit misleading.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-28 06:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Considering the odds he was up against, I'm not surprised! Plus, consider what corporations do with their political puppets. What's the difference?

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-08-28 06:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

What's the difference?

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11

I think the difference is it is illegal.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-28 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think the difference is it is illegal.
#9 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

I think you're right, which says something about political lobbying. Let me ask you something, D-BOY, if corporations are people, does that mean corporations can go to prison?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-08-28 06:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kent Sorenson is going to jail. That means Jesse Benton, who is now Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager is also likely to be charged soon.

And unless Rand Paul can build a strong enough firewall he could get dragged into the muck as well.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-28 06:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Your point is not unreasonable, but it doesn't change the fact that the headline was (unintentionally) a bit misleading.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ

You have got to be kidding! If this was Obama's campaign manager you and your cohorts would be calling for his impeachment.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-28 06:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sick of the Iowa caucus. It forces candidates to support ethanol and any other pet projects Iowans deem important. It even lures people to do crap like this.

Don't misunderstand, I don't defend paul for anything he did illegal.

But we need to rotate Caucasus

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-28 07:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

if corporations are people, does that mean corporations can go to prison?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11

Corporations are legal fictions. But, they will continue to have more rights than you and me until we stand up and force an amendment that will return corporations to their proper status as tools of public policy and not the masters of it.

The Citizens United ruling is one of the worst rulings I have seen in my lifetime and may rival the Dred Scott decision in its consequences (do you remember what that was and how many have died to correct it?)

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-28 07:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

D-Boy

Yes and fully support your sentiments. NW!

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-08-28 07:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

So you think the Clintons and Obamas and Romney and a host of others didn't pay up to buy influence and support from local pols? Yet the corrupt biased racist media makes an issue out of one state senator? Please give us all a break!

The conspiracy political nuts on the left (and right) hate the Ron and Rand Pauls because they have an ability to change the status quo of politics meaning only Ds versus Rs. Americans generally despise both Parties which is why they register Independent in ever increasing numbers.

#16 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-28 07:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

#14 NW

#17 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-28 07:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

The conspiracy political nuts on the left (and right) hate the Ron and Rand Pauls because they have an ability to change the status quo of politics meaning only Ds versus Rs.

Actually, I liked Ron Paul. I will forever remember his speech on Patriotism. I was saddened to learn he was just as corrupt as the rest of them.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-28 08:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

if corporations are people, does that mean corporations can go to prison?

Like the tee shirt says, I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.

#19 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-08-28 09:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Does this mean Congress Critter Paul is going to prison?

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-28 09:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Politics doesn't need to be a dirty profession, but it is for those who would accept bribes for specific actions, favors and quid pro quos. It happens regularly between pols, lobbyists and others. We the people and the politicians and their employer are the last to know.

Undermining and exposing this corrupt relationship between our officials and lobbyists could be a legitimate spying function for NSA, as far as I'm concerned.

#21 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-29 08:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The conspiracy political nuts on the left (and right) hate the Ron and Rand Pauls because they have an ability to change the status quo of politics meaning only Ds versus Rs. "

Except that Rand Paul is an R. Excuse me for destroying your attempt to make another ridiculous argument against the two party system which is baked into our system. If you want it to change then you have to change our "winner takes all" system of elections.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-29 08:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The conspiracy political nuts on the left (and right) hate the Ron and Rand Pauls because they have an ability to change the status quo of politics meaning only Ds versus Rs. "

Except that Rand Paul is an R. Excuse me for destroying your attempt to make another ridiculous argument against the two party system which is baked into our system. If you want it to change then you have to change our "winner takes all" system of elections.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-29 08:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG
"casual readers might think it was Rand Paul"

Negligent or lazy, not casual. If you read the article, or even the first sentence of the synopsis above, the problem is avoided.

#24 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-29 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Funny how people automatically assume Ron Paul himself bribed this guy personally. Perhaps someone on Ron Paul's election staff did it? Perhaps no one did it? Perhaps this guy was paid "tens of thousands" by Hillary's (or anothers) campaign department to say that Ron Paul did this, just so someone could post an article removing in the headline which "Paul" (leaving first name out) it was to try to find some dirt on a possible opponent in 2016? Even with the first line in you can clearly see it was Ron and not Rand...but people eat up guilt by association.

I have an idea...let's let the law, jury and or to judge decide what happened, after all the facts are collected and all the evidence in before weighing a vote? If it was found proven that Ron Paul is guilty...then hang him out to dry....If it was someone else, hang them out...If it is inconclusive, and no guilt is found...Let it go.

Taking this guys word that Ron Paul did this himself seems a bit biased at the bare minimum. Anyone remember innocent before proven guilty? Well...prove it then.

#25 | Posted by americandodo at 2014-08-30 06:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

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