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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 06 Apr 2015 08:26 pm

What’s The Deal Between Barbara Comstock & Paul Singer?

Major Republican donor Paul Singer is both a long-time (click here) and a continuing patron of GOP Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10). 

Our question as conservatives is how much hedge fund billionaire Singer — and his political circle — influence Mrs. Comstock in the House of Representatives on immigration and on the gay activist agenda.

Of course reports (click here) that Paul Singer bankrolls directly or indirectly part of the pushback against the president’s lethal accommodation with Iran, should be welcome news for conservatives. 

But we are concerned with Mr. Singer’s domestic agenda for immigration which will certainly lead to even bigger government, and his support for the gay political agenda some of whose paladins, as we have just seen in Indiana, jeopardize religious liberty.

How influential is Mr. Singer with the House GOP leadership?

According to Paul Blumenthal of the Huffington Post

“The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC tied to the hip of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), receives 44 percent of its funds from Adelson and Singer.”

“Winning Women 2016”

Most recently, in an exclusive money-raising event “Winning Women 2016” last Tuesday in Manhattan co-hosted by Mr. Singer, Barbara Comstock was slated to be feted with four other Republican incumbents.

“Political Party Time Fundraiser in the News
A fundraiser for:
Winning Women 2016, a joint fundraising committee for
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.
News source:
Event description:.
Lunch Fundraiser
TBD, New York City, NY
March 31, 2015
Up to $5,400 per candidate
Hosts and other lawmakers:
Paul Singer Annie Dickerson Chuck Schwab
Additional information:
Source: Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time www.politicalpartytime.org. The Sunlight Foundation collects these invitations from anonymous lobbyist sources.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)

As we explained last March 13–

“Fundraiser co-host Paul Singer ‘has particularly attracted attention in recent years for his advocacy of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, as well as hawkish national security policies,’ according to CNN.”

Just to set the political context at the event scheduled for last Tuesday, here are Conservative Review’s Liberty Scores of each of the honorees:

U.S. Senators: Kelly Ayotte 44% (F); Lisa Murkowski 22% (F);
U.S. Representatives: Barbara Comstock 40%(F); Martha McSally 40% (F); Elise Stefanik 40 %(F).

The voting records of all the Republican incumbents scheduled for this meeting, moreover, make it very clear they are members of the GOP Establishment.

As we noted last month–

“This is not Mrs. Comstock’s first trip to New York City for a fundraiser under the Singer auspices. 
Click here for Jaime Fuller’s Washington Post April 2014 article “Meet the wealthy donor who’s trying to get Republicans to support gay marriage”–
‘However, several of the organization’s members have teamed up to hold unaffiliated fundraisers for the kind of candidates they think should be the future of the party. Last week, Singer and other donors threw two fundraisers for Republican candidates in New York City. The first one supported Thom Tillis, the House speaker in the North Carolina state legislature. He is facing a tough Republican primary, which has also drawn funding from American Crossroads. The event raised about $280,000.
The second fundraiser — co-hosted by Sylvie Légère Ricketts, who is married to a son of one of the Republican Party’s biggest donors — supported three women running in House races, Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th District and Martha McSally in Arizona’s 2nd District. It raised more than $400,000.’ (Highlighting Forum’s.)”

 And amnesty and porous borders? We reported–

“But same-sex marriage and allied matters are not Paul Singer’s only interests:
Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle in August 2013 revealed ‘Romney’s Top Donor Teams with Soros Front Group on Immigration Reform’–
‘According to a new report from USA Today, GOP mega donor Paul Singer is helping fund the National Immigration Forum (NIF) for its Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) initiative.  Singer is the founder and CEO of Wall Street hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation and the man who made Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president happen.’
 Politico’s Alexander Burns and Kenneth P. Vogel declared in their February 2014 ‘Mega-donors plan GOP war council’–
“Since the 2012 election, Singer has stepped up his advocacy for an overhauled GOP agenda. He donated to an immigration reform group, the National Immigration Forum; and last month, Singer and Loeb organized events, including one with the Human Rights Campaign, at the World Economic Forum in Davos focused on LGBT issues.”

Barbara Comstock’s is a long political relationship with one of the heaviest hitters of Republican donors. Paul Singer is an astute financier and likely wastes neither his time nor his resources. He has clearly “invested” in advancing her career in politics.

Does her association with Paul Singer consequently mean that Barbara Comstock–

  • Will not get behind those House members continuing their efforts to derail amnesty?
  • Will work to expand H1B visas thereby threatening the jobs of US high-tech workers? See the practices exposed by senator Jeff Sessions here!

And will Barbara Comstock speak on behalf of religious liberty and publicly try to discourage the kind of Big Gay Hysteria we saw last week in Indiana?

As gay conservative Tammy Bruce declared

‘Gay BULLIES attacking Christians goes AGAINST what EVERY Civil Rights movement was about’ 

We asked Mrs. Comstock’s staff whether she had, in fact, made it to the planned New York City fund-raising luncheon last Tuesday. They declined to respond but no matter. The Comstock-Singer connection is a long and apparently durable one.

Too bad she does not cultivate the same ties to Virginia’s conservative base.

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