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SHOCKED To Find Gambling In This Establishment

Conservatives are finally learning that grifters gotta grift and a whole lot of them are doing it on their side of the aisle. Hilarious.

I love this:

For example, did you know that despite the fact that it raised a staggering 13 million dollars, The National Draft Ben Carson for President isn’t affiliated with Ben Carson and the small percentage of money it spent on independent expenditures didn’t go to him?

I’m sorry but Ben Carson is batshit insane. He’s a loon, barking mad, a total crackpot. If you’re giving money to get this raging narcissist elected president, I don’t feel sorry for you. You’re as divorced from reality as he is.

Sigh. If only someone had seen this coming.

Oh, wait. We did. Hell, we told you Sarah Palin’s teasing “campaigns” are nothing but one giant exercise in graft.

Don’t say we didn’t try to warn you. But no, you were too busy waving your Gadsden flags and screaming about socialism to pay attention.

Sucks to be you.

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Grifters Gotta Grift

This whole FreedomWorks/Tea Party scam reeks worse than a 40,000-pound whale carcas rotting on a Malibu beach. How long before a little forensic accounting lands some FreedomWorks mucky muck in jail? And will one of his cellmates be from Tennessee?

A lawyer in Tennessee who is mysteriously linked to millions of dollars in campaign contributions steered to congressional candidates doubled his investments in the weeks before Election Day and quietly funneled $6.8 million more to a prominent Tea Party group, according to new financial statements filed with the government.

William Rose of Knoxville previously said his business was a “family secret” and he was not obligated to disclose the origin of what now amounts to more than $12 million that he routed through two companies he recently created. Rose did not immediately return phone calls from the Associated Press on Friday.

The money went to the Tea Party’s most prominent Super PAC, FreedomWorks for America, which spent it on high-profile congressional races. The $12 million accounted for most of the $20 million the group raised this year.

You have got to be fucking kidding me. The all-powerful Tea Party group FreedomWorks got most of their money from one secretive East Tennessee guy this year? And do we think he raised that money by selling brownies and magazine subscriptions door to door? Hell, no. This is a handful of bazillionaire corporate hedge fund and banking guys calling their Tennessee lawyer buddy up to create some shell corporations so they can launder the funds through a now legal entity and buy a house or senate seat or two (or three, or four…). Wake up and smell the plutocracy, people.

Of course, there is no indication that anything illegal happened (yet). But take it from me, when you’re dealing with sums of money this large, and it’s the balance of power in Washington at stake, and you’ve got a man who says “his family business is a secret,” and then the FreedomWorks chairman abruptly resigns while accusing the group’s president Matt Kibbe of “misappropriating FreedomWorks resources for his own personal benefit” … well, all I can say is, grab the popcorn. Something sure is rotten somewhere in this mess. It might take an army of pointy-headed pencil pushers to find it but it defies belief that there isn’t a scam under this manure pile.

You know what the funniest part about all of this is? That money was wasted. It went toward defeating House candidates like Tammy Duckworth and Senate candidates like Joe Donnelly. And it was all for nought. Well, except for Dick Armey, who leaves FreedomWorks with an $8 million golden parachute.

I’m trying to think of any aspect of the Tea Party that hasn’t been sullied with the whiff of grift. Did you hear about the Dick Morris-Newsmax grift? That’s hilarious. And then there was the Tea Party TV Network grift, and let’s not forget the Sarah Palin Summer Holiday Bus Tour de Grift.

But the FreedomWorks grift is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. Because this wasn’t fleecing the gullible rubes over at WingNut Daily. This was fleecing Daddy Warbucks, stealing from the people who have been in charge. These are not people who spend $12 million and have nothing to show for it on the other end but prying phone calls from Associated Press reporters. And you just knew that was gonna happen, didn’t you?

Things at the country club are going to be mighty awkward. I wonder who the first plutocrat to get thrown under the bus will be?

As I said, grab the popcorn and take your seats. This show is just getting started.

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Can We Stop This Scam?

Tell me if you’ve received one of these phone calls:

Credit Card Services Scam

I get these calls several times a month, despite being on the “Do No Call” registry. Every time they call it’s from a different phone number, sometimes local, sometimes not. Once the name that showed on caller ID was “Michael Kors” — you know, the fashion designer from “Project Runway”? Took me a while to figure that one out, but I gleaned they had scammed the phone number from a new Michael Kors retail store that was going in to an upscale shopping mall in town.

If they call and I pick up, the message you hear is, “there are currently no problems with your account.” But of course if you don’t pick up, what gets recorded is clipped into “currently with your account” and, “it is URGENT that you contact us …”

The first few times I got these I thought it was my credit card company calling me about an issue with my account.

If you want to lodge a complaint about a “Do Not Call” registry violation, you have to have the company’s name and mailing adress. Which, if you’ve ever actually tried to talk to one of these scammers, you never get. One rookie operator let it slip that they were working out of Orlando, Florida. I’ve since learned that the company’s name is Leverage Connections. This is indeed a sleazy, scammy, spammy company. They’ve been doing this for years, telling people they can lower their interest rates, then charging people hundreds and even thousands of dollars for nothing. It’s time for this to stop.

I’ve filed complaints with the FCC but since this has been going on for years, I’m guessing no one in our regulatory agencies has the time to deal with a bunch of fraudsters ripping people off.

I’m no lawyer but any credit card company doing business with Leverage Communications is participating in fraud, near as I can tell. Since the FCC and FTC seem powerless to stop this harassment, maybe we can pressure the credit card companies? I mean really, how hard can it be to shut these shady operators down?

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Scam

I’ve been getting the same scam phone call for several weeks now. It’s a recorded message telling me in a very urgent (female, ‘natch) voice that I’m receiving my second and final notice to lower my interest rate on my credit card. If I want to discontinue the notices I have to press 2 and if I want to talk to a credit counselor I’m supposed to press 1. I’ve been getting these calls about twice a week now for well over a month and it’s really pissing me off.

What’s weird about these phone calls, other than the fact that I’m on the national “do not call” registry so I’m not supposed to be getting them, is that they come from a different number every time, and never an 800 number. One time caller ID told me it was a local Nashville number; the name read “Michael Kors.” Yes, as in that Michael Kors — the designer is opening a retail store at the Green Hills Mall this fall. I’m guessing the store’s phone number has been reserved but isn’t in use yet and it somehow got snagged by a credit scammer.

Anyway, I wanted to find out who these people are. They called tonight from a number in Delaware: 302-526-1234. I pressed 1 and got some guy. When I asked what company he was with, he hung up on me. Which strikes me as a really lame scam. I guess they’re targeting the super-gullible segment of the population who would just say yes to anything without asking any kind of logical question, like “what company are you with.” I’m not sure who these people are but I guess they’re out there or this scammer wouldn’t be in business.

It’s really annoying and I keep telling Mr. Beale we don’t need a landline but for some reason he’s really attached to this old technology. Maybe I’ll just turn the damn ringer off.

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>The TRS Scam Is Back

>I wrote about my issue with solicitors from Tuscan Reader Services last August:

I hate these college kids who come to the door and tell you they’re raising money for a (fill in the sport) team trip to (fill in the foreign country). They want you to buy magazines or books, or there’s this new thing where they just want you to write a check and claim they’ll donate the books to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for you.

Well, they’re back. We’ve had three such kids come to the door already this year. The last one, Thursday night, really pissed me off. If we hadn’t been rushing out for the evening I’d have given her a piece of my mind, but I didn’t have time for a confrontation.

The kid lied to me. I mean, I always figured they were lying, but this was a lie I could verify. She told me she lived in a particular house, but in fact I actually happen to know the family that does live there, and she isn’t one of them. She made up a whole big story about how they’re selling the house and moving one street over–also a lie. I know the family has their house on the market and they’re moving to another part of town.

This is what kills me. Every time they come to the door they make up a family name, pick a house in the neighborhood, and claim to live in it. Well, our neighborhood is pretty sociable with one another. We’ve had quite a few neighborhood get-togethers and while we don’t know everyone, I certainly know the people on my street. The assumption seems to be, since this is a suburban neighborhood, no one will know one another. Maybe that’s true for some neighborhoods but it’s not true for us.

I just find this tactic so offensive. It’s a blatant lie, for one thing. If you’re going to lie about who you are and pretend to be part of the neighborhood, then I’m going to assume you’re also lying about delivering books to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

I don’t know if Tuscan Reader Services is technically a scam (though plenty of folks on the internet say they are.) In the past I’ve bought magazine subscriptions and I have actually received a magazine–eventually. And not necessarily the one I ordered, either: once I started getting some magazine for Christian moms. That went over well in our house.

But I do know these kids are liars. And that right there is reason enough for me to feel justified in not giving them one penny.

So take this as a warning. If these fresh-faced college kids come to your door saying they live up the street and are raising money for an art trip to France, rest assured that the only trip they are taking is to another neighborhood to scam some other folks out of their money.

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