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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 11 Mar 2015 10:29 pm

‘Main Street Advocacy’ Ads Defend Representative Barbara Comstock’s Vote To Help Implement Obama’s Lawless Amnesty

“An outside spending group aligned with the House Republican leadership will run $200,000 in ads defending lawmakers who voted for the long-term Department of Homeland Security funding bill. The Main Street Advocacy ads, which begin airing Monday night in the Ohio districts represented by Republican Reps. Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi, will air on radio stations in six districts.
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The ad buy will also support Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Martha McSally of Arizona and Mike Turner of Ohio.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout this post.)

Mrs. Comstock refers to herself as “a principled, common sense conservative leader.”

So we decided to take a closer look at Main Street Advocacy and their affiliated groups.

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle gave some of this background last April in his “Brent Bozell to Cantor: Attend Florida Anti-Conservative Summit at Your Own Peril”–

“At issue is Cantor’s decision to attend and speak at a conference this weekend on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida. The event is being hosted by “Main Street Advocacy,” a group headed by former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, whom the New York Times described as ‘one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party.’
When he served in Congress, LaTourette, a close friend of Speaker John Boehner, was also one of the top GOP allies of organized labor, and union groups have contributed funding to the ‘Main Street Partnership’ umbrella group under which the advocacy branch is organized, according to National Journal.
Among other high-profile comments criticizing top conservatives, LaTourette said ‘I don’t think he is a Republican, to tell you the truth’ about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during debate over raising the debt ceiling without any spending cuts attached.
As such, conservative movement leaders like Bozell are furious that Cantor would attend and speak at the LaTourette-hosted event, with Bozell pointedly asking Cantor why he would attend such an event.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Over a year ago, Michelle Malkin warned conservatives “Beware the Left-Wing-Funded ‘Main Street’ Republicans”–

“LaTourette heads up the so-called ‘Main Street Partnership,’ which claims to represent ‘thoughtful,’ ‘pragmatic,’ ‘common sense’ and ‘centrist’ Republican leadership. Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal New York GOP Congressman Amory Houghton includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette himself is a self-serving Beltway barnacle who held office for nearly two decades. Now he’s leveraging his new tea party-bashing platform to benefit a family-operated lobbying business.
The New York Times shed light on LaTourette’s tangled web of GOP establishment outfits last week. But that story just scratched the surface. As the paper reported, the Main Street Partnership is a nonprofit group that charges members up to $25,000 per year to rub elbows with Washington’s rich and powerful. The Main Street Advocacy Fund and the Defending Main Street SuperPAC are political satellites planning to amass $8 million to bolster Republican liberals and moderates facing tea party challengers in 2014. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is LaTourette’s lobbying firm.
“The Times notes that ‘corporations and lobbyists’ fund the Main Street Partnership. But far-left donors provided seed money for these affiliated K Street fronts. Who’s behind the Defending Main Street SuperPAC? Big Labor. National Journal’s Scott Bland reported last month that ‘two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October. Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far — and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Read all of Malkin’s January 10, 2014 post — then get more details by visiting the Republican Main Street Partnership’s website here ** and their 2013 Form 990 here.

Perhaps Andrew McCarthy best sums up the Congressional responsibility for Obama’s lawless amnesty–

“Of course, as I explain in Faithless Execution, such actions flout the president’s oath and duty to execute the laws faithfully. But that is not the half of it. Congress, too, is derelict if lawmakers agree – reluctantly or not – to fund Obama’s lawlessness. Senators and Members of the House are not bystanders; they are elected representatives who have a duty to act. It is immaterial how they personally feel about Obama’s malfeasance. The only relevant thing is that they have the power to stop it by refusing to pay for it. If, despite having that power, they consciously devise a legislative process that inevitably results in the provision of funding for the president’s decree, then they are knowingly aiding and abetting his lawlessness. That makes them equally guilty, case closed. That, moreover, would be a profound betrayal of the states, whose inability to defend themselves from illegal immigration is largely attributable to Congress’s encroachments.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Why would a House Republican like Barbara Comstock — sailing under conservative colors — want to have Main Street Advocacy acting as her defender for her deeply unconservative vote?

Why double down against the Base?

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 ** Click here for the Partnership’s declaration calling any Soros contribution a “myth.”
       Readers may wish to revisit two of our current posts pertinent to this analysis:



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