It almost seems like the right wing has turned into one giant scam designed to first terrorize its base and then separate them from their money. Case in point, Dick Morris.
Morris works for/with the popular right wing terror site Newsmax which sends out a regular stream of emails warning of the impending doom of America at the hands of the commie socialists that YOU can help stop with a donation if you would just follow this link before it’s too late!
Morris also was “lead strategist” for a SuperPAC called “SuperPac for America” which Morris constantly hyped through Newsmax emails while “renting” out his list email list from Newsmax to his own SuperPAC.
Via Media Matters:
A Media Matters review found that in the month before the election, Morris sent at least 21 emails to his mailing list featuring fundraising pitches that were “paid for by Super PAC for America.” Super PAC also “paid for” at least 25 emails to Newsmax.com’s main email list during the same period.
This is the second consecutive election cycle that Super PAC for America has paid significant money to Newsmax. The group, which was formed prior to the 2010 midterm elections, paid Newsmax Media nearly $2 million in 2010 for advertising, fundraising, and “email list rental.” At the time, Morris also sent numerous fundraising solicitations to his email list that were “paid for by Super PAC for America.” Morris also regularly used his Fox News platform in 2010 to promote the group.
That is quite the scam. This cycle, Newsmax was paid $1.7 million by the SuperPAC. It is unclear how much Morris pocketed by it’s a sure bet it wasn’t an insignificant amount.
This entire election cycle has been marked by an unusual amount of graft on the right. Mitt Romney’s campaign staff was paid an exorbitant amount of money to produce what amounted to a stack of bullshit to feed their boss. According to the Washington Times, by no stretch of the imagination a liberal leaning paper:
The Times analysis showed that largesse [sic] extended to top staffers on the Romney payroll, who had sizable bonuses written into their contracts. Seventeen Romney staffers made more money than Mr. Obama’s highest-paid staffer, despite not commencing work until months later, with Mr. Beeson making $360,000, Matt Rhoades making $330,000 and Lanhee Chen making $320,000.
Mr. Obama had 1,800 staffers work a combined 17,000 months for $56 million, while Mr. Romney’s 870 staffers worked a combined 6,400 months for $31 million, meaning Mr. Romney spent 45 percent more per staff-hour — money that could have gone toward beefing up his army.
Fox News made millions off of their audience by keeping them riveted to their TV. How? By blatantly lying to them for months. And not just the run of the mill right wing spin. This was just a denial of the right-in-your-face reality that Romney had a vanishingly small chance at electoral victory. Instead, it was a “tight race” right up until Karl Rove’s head exploded on national TV.
Curiously, even Newsmax has written about the massive amount of graft going on:
Entrepreneurs who set up super-PACs wrote their own paychecks. The new groups sometimes moved as much money into the pockets of employees as they did into races. And some showed evidence of self-dealing.
One example: Revolution PAC raised $1.2 million by pitching itself as a booster for Texas Representative Ron Paul’s run for president. Under the direction of Gary Franchi, the group spent $1 million, 83 percent of its cash, on administrative expenses, including about $153,000 for himself and his companies. A $1,766 monthly fee for “office rent” went to a Franchi company whose address is a mailbox at a Northbrook, Illinois, UPS Store. Franchi said in an interview there is a physical location for the companies, declining to give its address “for privacy reasons.”
It looks like David Frum was right on target when he noted, “I won’t soon forget the lupine smile that play over the head of one major conservative institution when he told me that our donors think that the apocalypse has arrived … that Republicans have been fleeced and exploited, and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.” Apparently the abuse didn’t stop there and the right wing fell for it.
I suppose that’s what happens when you turn your entire political movement into a haven for paranoid, misinformed lunatics. As the old saying goes: A fool and their money are soon parted.