"Clintons4McCain.com" Founder = Republican Donor

According to their own website, one of Clintons4McCain.com's founders is Anne Franklin, a self-described "Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Retiree".

According to the page,

Anne is a retired executive with a background in sales, marketing, strategy, operations and human resources.  Like Hillary, Anne graduated from an all-female college.  The nun (now Saint) who founded the college said, "If you educate a man you educate a person, if you educate a woman you educate a family." That phrase stuck with Anne and according to Anne, has proven to be true from what she has seen in life.  "Hillary has a similar philosophy of taking care of the educational and healthcare needs of women/mothers to enable them to raise children who are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs and alcohol, commit violent crimes and end up on welfare, which is one of the things about her that appeals to me."

Anne is an Independent and believes that Independent voters are the most well-informed since, "we don't let Party leaders or others decide for us for whom we will vote. We have to do our own research on all of the candidates from both parties.  This year, Hillary was my first choice, followed by a Republican, followed by McCain, followed by another Democrat.  I am a moderate (as I believe are most Americans).  Hillary and McCain are both moderates.  They belong to different Parties, but I am not aligned with a Party.  So, I research all candidates' policies, their character and what each done in the past (which is the best predictor of future behavior).  I don't agree with any of the candiates 100% on their policies.  So, I look at the ones that are most important to me, where they stand and whether or not they are likely to get things done."

Clintons4McCain.com confirmed that"Anne Franklin of Fort Worth, Texas, said she became enamored with Hillary Rodham Clinton back when Clinton was the first lady of Arkansas."

What this site does not disclose is that Ms. Franklin was a significant contributor to two Dole campaigns and George W. Bush's 2000 Presidential bid.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Ms. Franklin gave $500 to Bob Dole's--Senator Clinton's husband's opponent--campaign in 1995, another $500 to Elizabeth Dole's campaign in 1999, and $1000 to George W. Bush's campaign in 1999.  Yes, it's the same Anne Franklin.

It appears she only gave to Republican causes before becoming 'converted' to Hillary Clinton's cause in December, 2007, and she does not appear to have been much "enamored" with Hillary Rodham Clinton before that.

Ms. Franklin gave Senator Clinton $800 on January 5, 2008, two days after Clinton came in third in the Iowa Caucuses.  Ms. Franklin gave Senator Clinton $1000 on March 12, 2008, a day after the Mississippi primary, when Obama erased Clinton's gains in Texas and Ohio and days before the Wright scandal broke.

Notably, Rush Limbaugh announced his "Operation Chaos" in late February, prior to Ms. Franklin's largest contribution to Senator Clinton's campaign.

In addition, Hillary Grassroots Campaign contributer "Rockin Robin", also known as Robin Carlson and protesting at the DNC alongside the Clintons4McCain.com founders, has been a major campaign contributor to the Michigan State Republican Party, as well as to Kent County's Republican Party.

Pandagon has already uncovered PUMA PAC founder Darragh Murphy's contributions to the McCain campaign.

Tags: Anne Franklin, Clintons4McCain.com, Darragh Murphy, Hillary Grassroots Campaign, operation chaos, PUMA Pac, PUMAS, Robin Carlson, Rockin Robin (all tags)

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Re: "Clintons4McCain.comn

So she supported republican candidates in the past , doesn't really mean she couldn't have been attracted to Hillary Rodham Clinton's candidacy.

Ticket splitting is not that uncommon in dixie
.

by lori 2008-08-26 08:55AM | 0 recs
Re: "Clintons4McCain.comn

Certainly true, of course, but the underlying point remains.  Why should Democrats take their marching orders from someone who isn't one now and pretty definitively wasn't one before.

There's no dishonor in ticket-splitting, but it doesn't exactly connote a conversion.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-08-26 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: "Clintons4McCain.comn

I really don't think she has much sway over democrats , whoever she is.

by lori 2008-08-26 09:04AM | 0 recs
Re: "Clintons4McCain.comn

Clintons for McCain has NEVER SAID THEY ARE A DEMOCRATIC PARTY ORGANIZATION. In fact, spokesperson Cristi Adkins has always specifically stated that she is an Independent, and that C4M is a mixture of Independents, Democrats, and Republicans who sincerely supported Hillary Clinton.

So what is your point? The C4M people are exactly those swing voters who the Democratic Party was supposed to attract in this election when the disapproval rates for George Bush's administration are so high.

There is a rift between PUMA/JSND and C4M specifically because C4M includes some Republicans, so conflating the two as though they are one is pointless, and based in either ignorance or self serving, deliberate obfuscation of the issues involved.

Each group has it's own main objections to BO, PUMA focuses more on the undemocratic process of the primary and undemocratic turn of the Democratic Party, C4M focuses more on what they see as unreconcilable flaws in BO himself as a candidate. Each represents issues the Democratic Party will ultimately have to address if they wish to be successful.

by 07rescue 2008-08-26 09:26AM | 0 recs
The point

is they are all just helping the RNC spread discord among Democrats.  That is their aim anyway.

True Democrats don't fall for this crap as we know where it is coming from and who it helps.

by GFORD 2008-08-26 10:16AM | 0 recs
So what?

This is a Democracy. People have a right to their opinons. People can vote for whoever they want.

It was Obama who all along touted that he was attracting swing-Republicans and former Bush supporters. I know a LOT of former Bush supporters who are now for Obama.

Is it so impossible to believe that Hillary Clinton did the same thing and that some Bush supporters were won over by HER?

Personally I always had a little fantasy of HORDES of Republican women marching into the voting booth and pulling the lever for Hillary and saying "screw em" under their breath... and then never telling a soul (especially not their Republican husbands). :)

Do I like it that some former Clinton supporters will vote for McCain? No. But people don't always vote for a party or for issues... sometimes they vote for a specific candidate.

by twinmom 2008-08-26 08:57AM | 0 recs
Re: So what?

That's all fair and fine.  However, every single Republican I know who voted for Hillary told me flat-out that they don't want her as president, they just thought she'd be easier to beat.  Every Republican I know who voted for Obama plans to vote for him in the general, or is at least open to doing so.

That doesn't mean that your anecdotes aren't accurate, but I've added my own for context.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-08-26 09:00AM | 0 recs
But they don't then

grab every opportunity to get themselves on TV shouting that they will vote for McCain.  These people are attempting to cause trouble for we Democrats.  You need to decide if you want the Democrats to win or not this year.  If you say No then you'll get no sympathy from me, I will consider you along with GWB and JSMcC as part of the problem.

by GFORD 2008-08-26 10:20AM | 0 recs
I didn't necessarily mean 'you'

I meant the PUMA-supporters. There is no time to handle them with kid gloves, we've got an election to win and they are just a handful of people.

by GFORD 2008-08-26 10:22AM | 0 recs
Re: "Clintons4McCain.com"

I think I learned all I need to know about this group yesterday evening when, during the group's few minutes of facetime on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, the spokesperson pointed to Obama's attendence of a "madrassa" to justify her opposition to Obama. Of all the reasons she could have offered, that is the one she chose to express on television.

Matthews, to his credit, essentially called them insane (Actually, he said, "We're all adults here and I think we can recognize insanity when it makes itself available to us.")

by DPW 2008-08-26 09:18AM | 0 recs
Another GOP operative unmasked.

Not at all surprising that when the money trail of the 'groups' now working so hard to keep any  division within the party festering, you almost always find a Republican bank account.

As usual, those who stand to gain the most from dividing us will spend the most to accomplish that goal.

by emsprater 2008-08-26 09:20AM | 0 recs
Here's another supposed Clinton supporter

being dressed down by a Clinton delegate.

http://miaculpa.blogspot.com/2008/08/cli nton-delegate-tells-off-clinton.html

by GFORD 2008-08-26 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: "Clintons4McCain"

I've always thought most of these people stirring up trouble in Hillary's name are republicans. If a republican woman wanted to vote for Hillary, I highly doubt she would go to so much trouble to stir up the pot unless she had an ulterior motive.

But then every time I turn on the one liberal radio talk show in LA they are slamming Hillary in some form. Yesterday it was Rhandi Rhodes talking about what a liar Hillary is. I mean really, who needs to get over it? Those shouting unity the loudest are the ones who need to actually practice it by cutting out the pot shots at Hillary and realize they are falling right into the Republican trap. It's very insulting to those of us who admire her and yet are falling in line and voting with Obama.

by Dari 2008-08-26 10:43AM | 0 recs

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