Yesterday we wrote about how Democrat legislators use public committee hearings to raise money from Garden State Equality (GSE), a notoriously political gay-rights lobbying and campaign organization. We covered Monday's Assembly Budget Committee hearing, at which Democrat Assemblymen John "Porno" Burzichelli, "Hammerless Troy" Singleton, and Gary "The Hand" Schaer behaved like puppies trying to edge each other out in the effort lick the butt of their paymasters from Garden State Equality.
Today we follow that up with a piece of legislation designed to use the power of government itself -- and your tax dollars -- to fund Garden State Equality's lobbying and political efforts. In effect, the Democrats want to create a program of government -funded lobbying and political campaign activity -- but only for one side.
And this is being done expressly for Garden State Equality, a group with a history of threatening Democrats when they don't get their way. Here is what happened when a few Democrats voted their conscience and opposed same-sex marriage in 2010:
Garden State Equality fires new broadside at Dems
By Max Pizarro | February 8th, 2010 - 10:41am
Smarting over the state Senate's refusal to pass marriage equality and disillusioned at the moment with the Democratic Party majority, Garden State Equality’s 85-member Board of Directors unanimously decided against giving financial contributions to political parties and their affiliated committees.
Under the new policy, Garden State Equality will make financial contributions only to individual candidates and to non-party organizations that further equality for the LGBT community, according to a release issued this morning by the organization.
“No political party has a record good enough on LGBT civil rights that it can rightfully claim to be entitled to our money on a party-wide basis,” said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality. “No longer will we let any political party take our money and volunteers with one hand, and slap us in the face with the other when we seek full equality.
"Our Board of Directors felt so strongly about adopting this new policy," he added, "that it unanimously decided to include it in the organization's bylaws."
Garden State Equality estimates that since 2005 they have given $500,000 to Democratic Party candidates while giving only minimally to Republicans.
"Is this a broadside at the Democratic Party?" asked Goldstein. "Of course, it is."
"With the exception of Speaker (Shelia) Oliver, who has had a long record of being a champion of equality, nobody in the Democratic Party's leadership reached out to us," said Goldstein. "Come on, if you're Steve Sweeney, pick up the phone. If you're John Wisniewski, pick up the phone. We have been the most unstintingly loyal organization to the party. Other than organized labor which is in its own league, no other constituency has been as loyal to the party."
Well it appears that Assemblyman Wisniewski got the message, because he's been subserviently sucking GSE ass ever since. He sponsored A-4790, the GSE rip-off bill. Here's what it does:
An Act providing for the issuance of “Equality” license plates and supplementing chapter 3 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes.
How's that for making government work for you!
So an organization that is involved in lobbying, political campaigns, and funding the Democrat Party is going to get its own government bank account and source of government funding. WTF!
Oh it has been proposed. Former Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, whose husband served three tours overseas in the war against terrorism, proposed it again and again... but the Democrats stopped it every time.
The Democrats remain so focused on the groin, on genitals, on the sexuality of little children -- that they cannot be bothered with honoring the men and women who preserve their institutions, their freedom, their very being. Screw veterans, say the Democrats... Ass Uber Alles!
Hopefully the Republican generalissimos responsible for defending and capturing legislative seats are paying attention, because if you can't design direct mail, cable, radio, and Internet advertising using this clear contrast -- then something is very wrong. This is easy, clear-blue-water stuff that will drive up GOP turnout as it shames blue collar Democrats into taking a pass.
Assemblyman Wisniewski, a normally thoughtful man, is allowing himself to be corrupted. A-4790 is a very public shakedown by a lobby group/political action organization because it has the power to name and shame. GSE is corrupt in the way that the mob is corrupt: Do what we say or we will withhold money or use it against you or try to destroy your reputation.
Anyone who cares about democracy and honest government will oppose A-4790.