THE GEORGE JARKESY SHOW WELCOMES THE REPUBLICAN UNION PAC SPOKESMAN, BO HARMON AS WELL AS MARKET TRADERS INSTITUTE AND JOHN ROTHE FOR STOCK WATCH.
Bo Harmon, one of the founders of Republican Union, explained that the goal of the PAC is “to help Republican candidates by providing boots on the ground grassroots operations in targeted states.” He said that the Republican Union has begun fundraising operations to pay for travel and lodging of conservative activists willing to travel for anywhere from a few days to a few months to provide grassroots campaign support.
“Organizers found that local volunteer participation is often difficult because people have work, family and other obligations, leaving time for grassroots volunteering at a sporadic minimum,” he told Newsmax.
“Deployed volunteers, those who live in another area or state coming in for a few days to a few weeks specifically to help the campaign effort, have no other obligations during that time and are able to spend all day helping with volunteer activity. Those volunteers are often the most engaged and motivated as well and their enthusiasm is persuasive to undecided voters.
“’If someone is willing to give us a week or more of their time as a volunteer, we will cover their basic expenses’ is the essence of the group’s pitch to activists around the country who may be interested in travelling to a battleground state to be in the middle of electing the next President and determining which party holds the balance of power in Congress.”
Republican Union is the brainchild of three veteran political operatives: Harmon, who managed field and political operations for Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich and ran voter targeting and voter contact operations for McCain-Palin 2008; Patrick Davis, a political consultant who worked on Senate, House and gubernatorial campaigns and in 2004 was the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee; and Jamie Brazil, who served as a senior consultant to Bill Clinton during his presidential campaigns as well as for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run.
The group’s plan to counter unions is ambitious. Recent reports, including one in The Washington Post, reveal that big labor hopes to match the $450 million spent in 2008 with the usual suspect of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the National Education Association leading the charge.
“There are so many different ways to go at voters, but at some point what’s really going to matter is who’s in your network, who’s in your community, and who do you trust?” Carrie Pugh, campaign manager for the 3.2 million-member NEA told the Post. “We are banking on our members.”
Labor unions also believe that the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission freed them up to reach out beyond union members to regular citizens and urge them to vote for specific candidates.
“It’s always been the bread and butter of labor that we had our ground game, but this really expands the possibilities,” Eddie Vale, a spokesman for Workers’ Voice, told the Post. The group is a super PAC started by the AFL-CIO to focus on grass-roots organizing.
Folks at Republican Union are well aware of the power of the unions.
“It is the Democratic unions who have provided the manpower for door to door campaigns, neighborhood canvassing, phone banks, poll workers, voter ID and GOTV that has been the backbone of Democratic victories over the years,” Harmon noted. “The organizers say that such an infrastructure is lacking on the Republican side and is much needed
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John Rothe is Portfolio Manager of the ARTAIS Fund and President & Chief Investment Officer of the Rothe Financial Group.
Prior to starting his own firm, John was Vice President & OMEGA Portfolio Manager with Oppenheimer & Co., and began his career at Morgan Stanley where he served as Vice President-Investments.
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