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I received an interesting campaign mailer today, called the "California Public Safety Newsletter and Voter Guide".  It was interesting, in that it had some rather curious ballot initiative endorsements.

The curious initiative endorsements are:

  • No on 30
  • Yes on 31
  • Yes on 32

These are all the opposite of how the public safety unions in California look at those ballot initiatives. The "Yes on 32" one is particularly strange, considering it's supposedly from public safety employees.

There is a clue to who is really behind the mailer, in small print, where it says: "California Public Safety Voter Guide is a Special Project of the Policy Issues Institute"

Who are the "Policy Issues Institute"?

Well, they are a 501C4 "charity".   They also operate under the names:

Impeach Obama Campaign
United States Investigative Unit
White House Watch, The

Who runs the "Policy Issues Institute"?  A guy named Floyd Brown.  Who is Floyd Brown?  I was not familiar with the name, but the Wikipedia article has some interesting information on him.  Some of his greatest "hits":

  • Creating the "Willy Horton" ad
  • Co-founding "Citizens United"
  • pushed the bogus Whitewater "scandal"
  • a website called ""

At the bottom of the Wikipedia article, there are some amusing quotes about Brown:

USA Today: "[Brown has] established himself as one of the nation's dirtiest political strategists"
George Stephanopoulos: "Floyd Brown is a slimy thug for hire."

I think that last quote pretty much sums up this guy, and his "newsletter".

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  •  Every CA election has these fake "liberal" mailers (5+ / 0-)

    Right-wing groups send these out near election day, when they hope they'll be read by low-information voters and taken as recommended votes for Democrats. They have one or two Democratic recommendations, as camouflage, and the rest are right-wing recommendations.

    Scumballs, as always.

  •  I remember getting a fake Dem slate card when (3+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, MrPlow, navajo

    i first moved out here in the early 80s.  I noticed some of the candidates had asterisks next to their names, it meant they had PAID to be on the card.  I knew the card was wrong because some of the Democratic-endorsed candidates were missing.

    I remember wondering how this could be legal, with all the "Vote Democrat" and the donkey-flag emblem.

    In capitalist America, bank robs you!

    by madhaus on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 01:31:52 AM PDT

  •  Satan's minions. (2+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, MrPlow

    Deception is their object. They differ from run of the mill liars in that there is no ulterior motive. They don't lie to get something they want unjustly -- i.e. lying to steal -- they just do it to deceive. Deception, pure and simple, is what they are after, to demonstrate that they hate their victims.

    Why did Satan hate Adam and Eve? Jealousy.

    Why does Willard lie?  He likes it. He despises his victims. He abuses their trust.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 01:37:53 AM PDT

  •  After Tuesday (4+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, Ebby, MrPlow, navajo

    All these flim flam artists and snake oils salesmen will have to go back to trying to get grandma to sell them her gold at .05% of ore value.

    And then they will start in on the next election.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 02:32:56 AM PDT

  •  I got several (4+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, sfbob, Ebby, MrPlow

    with 'yes on 33' visible. I figured they were paid for by someone I didn't want to associate with. (I've been tossing out all of the campaign mailers that show up in my box.)

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 05:21:16 AM PDT

  •  All that crap goes straight into the recycling (1+ / 0-)
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    Every one I actually look at turns out to be from some deceptive scum-bag outfit, so I rip it up and put it in the recycling.

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 08:26:10 PM PDT

  •  Floyd Brown is a sick piece of work (2+ / 0-)
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    MrPlow, EricS

    And has been ever since I first met him at college in the late 1970s. Seems he's come down a bit in the world since his heady days of Willie Horton smears. But a human dung beetle like Mr. Brown will always make a decent living by what he steals out of blind men's cups.

  •  I throw them all in the recycling bin (0+ / 0-)

    without even reading them - doesn't matter who sends them.  

    But I did pull one out of the pile that was sent to me in Spanish by the idiotic woman that is running against my congresswoman - Debbie WS.  

    I have no idea what it says and I don't care.  It annoys me that she mailed it to me in Spanish, with a picture of herself with Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen.  I am not Hispanic.  My ex-husband's family came over from Cuba in 1957, he was born here in 1958.  He didn't learn Spanish until he was 40.  Just because I have a Hispanic last name, they assume I'm fluent in the language.  

    So I folded it up, typed a note and said "I am not Hispanic.  I am annoyed that you ASSUMED I was and sent me political literature I cannot read.  However, you don't need to send me a new one, because I wouldn't vote for you or Rubio if you were the last people on earth.  Ms. Ros-Lehtinen isn't even my district, but I suppose you put her in the picture because again, you assumed, I would vote for all the Cubans.  I love my representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and I've voted for her in every election.  I already voted for President Obama.  And when Mr. Rubio starts running again, I will vote for almost any opponent, because anybody who has not ruined regular Republicans with their tea party craziness and obstructiveness is better than him, or you.  Oh, and I will do my best to get Governor Scott out office in 2 years, also."  

    Then I put it in an envelope, stamped it and mailed it to her campaign office.  I hope she thinks it's a donation and opens it.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:01:57 AM PDT

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