Tag Archive: Freedom’s Watch

How I paid for Freedom’s Watch to bash Adler

Believe me I’m not proud of it and I was kinda annoyed to learn this news about Ed Snider:

Snider, who oversees the Flyers and 76ers as the CEO of their parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, has not only donated more than $34,000 to GOP causes, including John McCain’s campaign, but also is reportedly a major donor to a hawkish pro-Iraq War group called Freedom’s Watch.

Earlier this month, Snider had Sarah Palin drop the puck for the 1st Flyers game this season and tried to defend the move when it brought boos and heat:

Comcast-Spectacor turned down a request by the Daily News to interview Snider. Last week, Snider told the Inquirer that Palin’s appearance “has nothing to do with politics. This is to have some fun with the fabulous statement she made” – that is, describing herself in political appearances as a “hockey mom” from Alaska.

The Flyers, in the wake of the publicity over the phrase, held an “ultimate hockey mom” contest and then invited Palin to drop the ceremonial opening-day puck with the winner on Oct. 11. The team went out of its way to brand the event as nonpolitical and didn’t even mention her vice-presidential candidacy in its news releases.

Ok, so she’s a hockey mom.  I think that’s a lame justification, but I’ll let it go.  She only dropped the puck. So how the hell do you explain the group you helped fund bashing my Congressional Candidate. Here’s what I posted Oct 20:

Earlier in the cycle, Freedom’s watch reared their head for Leonard Lance going after Linda Stender. Now we have them doing the bidding of Chris Myers attacking John Adler with a new robo call going into district homes.  You can hear the audio and the caller goes after Adler for supposedly supporting:

“legislation that could give taxpayer funded healthcare to illegal aliens and taxpayers like you would pay for it.”

I have spent more money than I care to admit on merchandise, concessions and tickets to games over my lifetime as a Philadelphia sports fan.  Ed Snider is perfectly entitled to do what he wants with his money but it would be great if he’d stop using my sports teams to fund lies and racist robocalls.  The 3rd Congressional district has a large amount of Philadelphia sports fans.  I can’t imagine it’s good for business to take sides in an election and piss off a nice chunk of your fan base.

John Adler v. Freedom’s Watch

I live in Barnegat, Ocean County and I’m getting all kinds of negative junk mail from Freedom’s Watch, a pro-war GOP attack group, about John Adler.  This group is putting out racist flyers against immigrants and accusing John Adler of raising taxes to pay for services to immigrants.

I’ve read that Freedom’s Watch is bankrolled by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, and among their biggest contributors is Philly Flyers and Sixers owner Ed Snider.   I wonder if Snider is aware of his money being spent to defeat Adler whose constituency provides a significant number of the fan base.  Some of those fans, like myself, may want to boycott games or in some other fashion make Snider aware of their displeasure over his support for Freedom’s Watch.  We all know about Sarah Palin being booed at the Flyers game, but I doubt if many of those fans are aware of the extent Snider’s money is being used to defeat John Adler and promote xenophobic hostility to immigrants.

2 Weeks – Linda Needs your help TODAY

There’s only two more weekends until Election Day. While that may not seem like a lot, it’s still plenty of time to make a difference.

We are under attack by Freedom’s Watch (we’ve heard from this shadowy group before) and NRCC – on TV, in the mail, and on the phones. These organizations are nothing more than an outlet for Bush smear attacks against Democrats. They are throwing everything they have at us because they know they are in trouble.

We need your help to combat against these ads which is why we are asking you, with only 14 days to go, to please make a small contribution to Linda Stender’s campaign. Help us make sure we have the resources for our major GOTV effort, taking place on October 31st, November 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and of course, 4th.  

We know we’ve asked a lot from you already. But, even with the finish line so close in sight, we can’t slow down now.  Our massive Get Out The Vote effort is expensive, with canvassers, lunches, vans, and literature, just to name a few of the necessary expenses.  Here in Jersey, Democrats know how to get our supporters to the polls but it all costs money!

Linda is fighting hard on behalf of all hard-working families in the 7th District. She will fight to end tax cuts for Big Oil, save Social Security and protect women’s rights when she gets to Washington.  Linda just needs that extra push from you to put her over the edge.

Help us raise $6,500 to help pay for our GOTV program in these final few weeks by making a contribution to Linda’s campaign for change.

Linda came so close to winning in 2006, and you have been with her every step of the way. Our GOTV program is massive and is essential to winning this race. In the critical days leading up to November 4th, we will need a gigantic grassroots force knocking on doors and making phone calls to ensure our supporters get to the polls. But a successful GOTV program costs a lot of money, and your support could make the difference as we fund this vital operation.

There is no way Linda could possibly be so close to victory without your help. However, while grassroots action is at the heart of this effort, it still takes money to communicate our message to the voters.

Please help us for the final push — make a contribution to help out Linda Stender today!

Freedom’s Watch attacks Adler in NJ-3

Earlier in the cycle, Freedom’s watch reared their head for Leonard Lance going after Linda Stender. Now we have them doing the bidding of Chris Myers attacking John Adler with a new robo call going into district homes.  You can hear the audio and the caller goes after Adler for supposedly supporting:

“legislation that could give taxpayer funded healthcare to illegal aliens and taxpayers like you would pay for it.”

The Adler campaign responded condemning the calls and challenged Myers to refute them:

“It’s been evident for weeks now that Chris Myers has run out of ideas and has no plan to solve the very serious problems facing middle-class Americans, but stooping to these kinds of Karl Rove dirty tricks is an insult to the voters in Burlington, Ocean and Camden counties,” said Mark Warren, Adler’s campaign manager. “The accusations that Freedom’s Watch is making are false, inflammatory and a sad reflection on Chris Myers.  Myers should disavow Freedom’s Watch’s support and demand that they stay out of the third district race.  Not surprisingly, the fingerprints of George W. Bush are all over this sorry gambit as the president, Karl Rove and their deep-pocketed friends use this radical right-wing group to bail out Myers, Bush’s handpicked candidate in the 3rd District.”

Rather than answering the charges, Myers campaign predictably attacked Adler back saying he was trying to distract attention, as if the Adler campaign asked Freedom’s Watch to start making these phone calls. We’ll see what their entrance means to overall race.

George W. Bush’s Cavalry Arrives For Leonard Lance

[If you think that NJ7 is a gimme, then you really need to read this and understand that this is a real fight — promoted by huntsu]

(Cross-posted at Daily Kos.)

After the bruising the Republican Party took in the 2006 election cycle, a tight-knit core of right-wing operatives and donors loyal to George W. Bush and Karl Rove came up with a plan: organize a well-funded, “independent” political organization to sell the American people on the virtues of the Iraq War. This organization, known as Freedom’s Watch, has since become the single most reliably pro-Bush organization in the country, demagoguing issues from immigration to Social Security privatization.

And now they’ve come to New Jersey in full force, with Linda Stender in their cross-hairs. While Freedom’s Watch is targeting a number of Democratic Congressional candidates with new ads at the moment, Stender is clearly at the top of their hit list, with their $500,000 ad buy in the 7th district being their largest expenditure at the moment.

Hot on the heels of Bush’s multi-million dollar rescue operation for Leonard Lance and Chris Myers, the White House has clearly put the word out that getting Lance elected is one of their top priorities. Who knows what’s they’re going to come up with next. Lance can try to weasel his way out of it, but the proof is undeniable at this point — George W. Bush and Karl Rove want nothing more than for folks like Leonard Lance to be elected to Congress to protect their legacy. They know that electing people like Linda Stender means that their dreams of permanent majorities rubber-stamping policies from Social Security privatization to endless war in the Middle East will come to an end.

To help us respond to the coming right-wing onslaught, please consider making a contribution to the campaign at LindaStenderForCongress.com/Contribute.  And if you aren’t in a position to contribute, sign up to get involved with the campaign at LindaStenderForCongress.com/GetInvolved/Volunteer.  You can help us immediately by knocking on doors, making phone calls, and letting your friends, neighbors, and family in the 7th district know that real change isn’t going to come from the same tired Bush team in Washington and their handpicked candidates across the country. It’s going to come when we elect more people like Linda Stender to Congress.