Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut
by Matt Stoller, Sat Oct 14, 2006 at 04:18:42 PM EDT
This picture is from mid-September, when Joe parked in a handicapped spot.
Following up on Chris's post on Lieberman's caucus choice, the 'Free Enterprise Fund' is now in the state running anti-Lamont ads. One of the largest donors to the fund is Bob Perry, the primary financial backer of the original Swift Boat for Veterans group. Perry has well-known ties to Karl Rove, and the Free Enterprise Fund is a strong proponent of privatizing Social Security.
We'll see in a few days how many of Joe's contributors are Republicans and corporate lobbyists embedded in the right-wing machine, but it's very very clear that Joe is quietly running as a Republican while pretending to independence. Joe's campaign just sent out a fundraising solicitation using the term 'the Democrat Party', which is a traditionally dismissive term and a code word to Republicans that Joe is with them.
The chairman of the Free Enterprise Fund is right-wing Grover Norquist wannabe named Mallory Factor, a New York based conservative who networks the financial elite on behalf of right-wing interests. Factor is, for lack of a better word, a corrupt asshole. Here's a good example of how he buys his way out of the laws that apply to all of us.
"It's not mine, it's the city's," says millionaire banker Mallory Factor.
"But it's only in front of your house!"
So begins another induction into the CBS 2 Hall of Shame
Last summer the city installed a fire hydrant in front of Factor's Upper Eastside townhouse, a townhouse where governor Pataki and members of the Bush administration are frequent guests. But with another hydrant just 40 feet away why was this one necessary?
"Rumor has it, it was to keep people from parking in front of that building over there, to keep the front of the building free," says a neighboring doorman.
"So they would have a place for limos?" asks CBS 2's Arnold Diaz.
"For guests, when cars arrive," responds the doorman.
That's right, believe it or not, fire hydrants may have become the latest perks of New York's rich and well connected. It guarantees them a spot for their guests' limos while depriving the rest of us of valuable parking spaces.
"I have to pay to put a hydrant in front of his house and this guy can sit in his car and not get a ticket. That's what bothers me!" says a motorist.
Factor is an ultra-conservative right-wing extremist, and he's backing Joe to the hilt. So is Bob Perry. And you can bet that it's not because he's going to caucus with the Democratic Party. Or according to Joe Lieberman and Ken Mehlman, the Democrat Party.