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The Shoe Falls

A complaint was filed by a government watchdog organization against James Bopp, the architect of Citizens United  yesterday.  Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington filed a whistleblowers complaint against Bopp and his organization, the “James Madison Center for Free Speech.” The complaint alleges he diverted nearly all of the funds from the non-profit to his own law firm in violation of prohibitions against using charitable organizations for private inurement and private benefit.  

As the Wall Street Journal reports,

 As a result, JMCFS and the Bopp Law Firm now owe the IRS more than $6.2 million in back taxes. Further, by repeatedly signing and submitting to the IRS inaccurate tax forms, Mr. Bopp may have made false statements in violation of federal criminal law.

James Bopp was one of the original lawyers for Citizens United, the legal challenge led to the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said corporations are people and can spend money to influence elections.

Besides deregulating the nation’s campaign finances, Bopp has been up to no good in Montana too.

In 2010, the Helena IR reported that the Bopp’s firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of Jennifer Olsen and the Billings “Montana Shrugged” TEA Party faction is suing the state to invalidate Montana transparency laws and political reporting requirements. Olson was the Chair the Billings GOP Republican Party who was caught posting a photo of a device designed to trap president Obama by luring him with a watermelon in February. She did not seek re-election after the post became public.

And in 2012, the Billings Gazette reported, Bopp and his firm were listed as lead counsel for the failed recount effort of Republican Office of Public Instruction candidate Sandy Welch.

 

GOP Chair Behind Racist ‘Watermelon Trap for Obama’ Post Won’t Seek Re-Election

Says She’s Been Thinking About Resigning for Months to “Spend More Time With Boyfriend”

by Cowgirl

The Billings Gazette is reporting today that the Chair of Montana’s largest GOP county group won’t seek re-election and is instead “looking forward to spending some time with my wonderful boyfriend.”

Jennifer Olsen, the Billings GOP Chair, was caught posting a photo of a device designed to trap president Obama by luring him with a watermelon in February.

Olsen at first refused to comment on the post.  She kept mum while allowing the GOP to release an idiotic statement on her behalf, defending her on grounds that “none of Olsen’s 1,000 or so Facebook friends have corroborated” that they ever received the posting, and that the possibility thus exists that Olsen “may have been hacked.”

Later, Olsen issued a garbled statement accusing the Montanafesto blog author (a woman with an impeccable reputation who posted a screenshot of Olsen’s Facebook page which clearly showed that Olsen posted the photo) of faking the screenshot.

But the shoe finally dropped for Olsen when a young conservative who was friends with the Chair on Facebook came forward and told reporters at the Billings Outpost that he received Olsen’s racist Facebook post in his news feed. He even took a screenshot of the incident.

Olsen told the Gazette that she will “remain a politically active Republican.”

Montana TEA Party Calls for Secession

The Montana TEA Party is circulating a petition asking President Obama to allow Montana to secede from the union.

In an email sent to TEA Partiers yesterday, the Montana Shrugged Billings TEA Partiers wrote that it was time to “put the White House on Notice” and ask the president to  “Peacefully grant the State of Montana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

Perhaps the impending secession is the reason TEA Party Republican Jerry O’Neil is demanding his legislative salary be paid in gold. 

As of this posting, only 24 people had signed the petition, so the thousands of members the Montana Shrugged TEA Party had claimed to have must have dwindled somewhat.

The entire secession email can be read below the fold.

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Montana TEA Party Leaders Call for Violence Against Political Opponents

The leader of the Billings Montana Shrugged TEA Party and a TEA Party Republican state lawmaker have been caught posting remarks online that imply support for shooting their political opponents.

The incident comes on the heels of another Montana TEA Party scandal.  TEA Party leader Tim Ravndal was forced to resign after his comments about lynching gay people Matthew Shepard style were reported on blogs and in the state and national media.  The latest exchange, which was captured today via screenshot after it caught the sharp eye of Billings politico Kayla Corcoran, is pasted below.  Here’s the screenshot.

James Knox
Up in thought this AM. I often get up early and read, write and so on. Some of my most productive and peaceful moments are between 4 and 5 am… then the sun rises and I want to attack socialists!!!

Jennifer Olsen Totally agree. I’m the same way.

James Knox Kindred souls! Got ammo?

The TEA Party has a penchant for referring to its political opponents as socialists.  As the exchange continues, it becomes apparent that this isn’t rhetorical ammunition she’s talking about.  Here’s the Billings “Montana Shrugged” TEA Party leader again:

Jennifer Olsen Actually, I just bought more :) stocking up. For what…..I’m not entirely sure yet.

Jennifer Olsen That along with rice and beans is going in my safe. Haha, can’t barter with gold.

Ms. Corcoran calls them on the rhetoric.  One would think that this would be the time someone who wasn’t serious would apologize or attempt to clarify the statements as “jokes.”  Instead, Ms. Corcoran is told by Olsen and Knox that she’s the one in need of a reality check.

Kayla Corcoran Mr. Knox, you should be ashamed of yourself. This type of rhetoric is unacceptable, especially from an elected official.
Jennifer Olsen Kaya [sic] – are you serious? ·
James Knox Kayla go to someplace safe…..for your [sic] not in the real world!

 

After Ravndal was expelled from the Helena TEA Party for his violent bigoted remarks, Olsen spoke up.   But instead of condemning the call for violence against gays, Olsen expressed her support for Ravndal, as you can see from the screenshot here.   Olsen’s is the final comment in the thread.

Olsen signs the TEA Party blast emails and boasts of leading a group of some 3,000 activists.  She was a candidate for vice-chair of the Montana Republican party in 2011 and has filed to run in a contested seat for the Billings City Council.  The Montanafesto Blog also reported that Olsen is the administrator of the Ken Miller for Governor Facebook page. James Knox became one of the most radical TEA Party legislators in the state despite the fact that he was elected to represent a moderately democratic district in the Billings Heights in 2010.

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