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How a Democratic Dark-Money Group Flooded the 2018 House Map
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49438"><span class="small">Alexander Burns, The New York Times</span></a>   
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:19

Burns writes: "A structure unknown even to some of those involved, Floridians for a Fair Shake and 13 other groups around the country are funded and coordinated out of a single office in Washington, with the goal of battering Republicans for their health care and economic policies during the midterm elections."

Floridians for a Fair Shake, an advocacy group, hosted a voter rally criticizing Representative Vern Buchanan in Bradenton, Fla. (photo: Sarah Beth Glicksteen/The New York Times)
Floridians for a Fair Shake, an advocacy group, hosted a voter rally criticizing Representative Vern Buchanan in Bradenton, Fla. (photo: Sarah Beth Glicksteen/The New York Times)


How a Democratic Dark-Money Group Flooded the 2018 House Map

By Alexander Burns, The New York Times

31 October 18

 

he billboard flickered from the side of a truck, displaying an image of Representative Vern Buchanan, Republican of Florida, wearing a yachtsman’s cap. Keith Fitzgerald, a local dignitary invited by the group Floridians for a Fair Shake, stood before it as he tore into the lawmaker’s record.

The congressman embodied “deep and profound corruption,” Mr. Fitzgerald told a thin crowd. The nautical caricature of Mr. Buchanan, a wealthy auto dealer, alluded to his purchase of a multimillion-dollar yacht on the same day he voted for a bill cutting upper-income tax rates.

Floridians for a Fair Shake has criticized Mr. Buchanan for months, with paid advertising, campaign workers, and events like this, on a recent Sunday in a beachside parking lot. Yet Mr. Fitzgerald, a former Democratic state legislator and something of the guest of honor, confessed, “Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot about this group.”

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+2 # MikeAF48 2018-11-01 07:12
Ah yes the affordable care act enacted into law under President Barack Obama is a for the people act. We older Americas all have pre existing conditions. As far as I can tell Democrats and Republican women want this act to be left alone as always everybody has a health care plan if anything work to improve the existing act. I worry about my meds. Leave it alone as we all know This President is clearly not for the people. People want to enjoy there lives now what's the matter with that live and let live.