Democrat strategist, Pat Caddell, who is no admirer of Barack Obama, was a CPAC 2013 panelist in a discussion titled “Should We Shoot All Consultants Now?” He didn’t give an opinion on using guns but did strongly suggest RICO charges might be in order…and he wasn’t joking. Just my opinion here, but I believe this is exactly why Senator Jim DeMint left the Senate.
In the first paragraph below Caddell seems to accuse The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Chief of Staff Jeff Larson and Romney’s political director Rich Beeson to firms racking in $150 million from Romney’s failed campaign, according to the FEC. Caddell doesn’t the men by name, but this article seems to, along with Romney “digital director” Zach Moffat.
RICO = Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.
“When you have the Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee and the political director of the Romney campaign, and their two companies get $150 million at the end of the campaign for the ‘fantastic’ get-out-the-vote program…some of this borders on RICO [the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] violations,” Caddell told the crowd. “It’s all self dealing going on. I think it works on the RICO thing. They’re in the business of lining their pockets.”
“The Republican Party,” Caddell continued, “is in the grips of what I call the CLEC–the consultant, lobbyist, and establishment complex.” Caddell described CLEC as a self serving interconnected network of individuals and organizations interested in preserving their own power far more than they’re interested in winning elections.
“Just follow the money,” Caddell told a rapt audience. “It’s all there in the newspaper. The way it works is this–ever since we centralized politics in Washington, the House campaign committee and the Senate campaign committee, they decide who they think should run. You hire these people on the accredited list [they say to candidates] otherwise we won’t give you money. You hire my friend or else.”
Financial corruption is a key component of the current process, according to Caddell. “There’s money passing under the table on both parties. Don’t kid yourself…If you can’t see racketeering in front of you, God save you.”
Haven’t we all seen how Democrats never split down the middle. They are in lock-step, and we Republicans are perpetually proud of the fact that we are independent thinkers and we will pick what’s right, and then support it. Yes, that’s what we do. He calls some of us “suckers,” and I felt like one because once again we had a candidate who was not remotely conservative, a candidate I didn’t want to support. but…