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If you don't know, you should. He may soon be you.

Who Is Eric O'Keefe?<br>
Paul Jacob | Nov 24, 2013

Americans have become far too familiar with the existence of secret courts — about which, of course, we know next to nothing. But, thank goodness, these “aberrations” are only for “terrorists.”

And you’re not a terrorist. (Or, so you say.)

How about a conservative . . . or a Tea Partier? Do you fit either of those criminal profiles?

Or, perhaps you are more aptly classified as an independent, even a libertarian, and you often engage in speech designed to nudge people to think about issues you deem critical. You’ve probably noticed that folks tend to be more receptive to political ideas right before an election, so you carefully enter that arena, knowing that voters might go so far as to cast a ballot that shows the influence of some newly found information. That you happen to offer.

Heavens! Are you one of them?

My friend Eric O’Keefe is.

Last weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported that O’Keefe, the head of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, had his records subpoenaed as a target in a top secret, “John Doe” investigation whereby a District Attorney in Milwaukee County is reportedly sweeping up O’Keefe’s — and 28 other conservative organizations, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign committee — in a multi-county witch-hunt.

The District Attorney is a Democrat, by the way. This fact is almost certainly not irrelevant.

According to the Journal’s editorial, one subpoena calls for these conservative groups to turn over “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.” As the editorial puts it, “In other words, tell us who your donors are” — noting that, “The disclosure of conservative political donors has become a preoccupation of the political left across the country.”

After all, one cannot harass donors if one doesn’t know who they are.

While O’Keefe was subpoenaed, at least three individuals had their homes ransacked in dawn raids. Still, we know very little. These John Doe investigations are somewhat unique to the Badger State, and their defining feature is to slap their targets with gag orders forbidding them from talking about the case.

The prosecutors aren’t talking. Neither are the conservative groups being raked over, and who are threatened with criminal prosecution if they speak about it.

Except for Eric O’Keefe, who could be facing jail time for speaking up. (The only reason we know anything about this is that O’Keefe broke the gag order.) And this threat of jail is not an empty one. That’s what has happened in previous John Doe investigations — even in cases where those jailed have later been exonerated. But O’Keefe refuses to be silenced.

After all, it’s not as if O’Keefe lacks a legitimate complaint: even if no one is ever convicted of any crime, “the process” of being targeted and silenced “is the punishment.” Meanwhile, the massive sweep of subpoenas and the gag orders have made it difficult, if not impossible, for targeted groups to communicate with each other, which is the First Amendment right of freedom of association and to be politically active as the 2014 campaign season begins for Governor Walker. As O’Keefe points out, it certainly “froze my communications and frightened many allies and vendors of the pro-taxpayer political movement in Wisconsin and across the country.”

That could very well be the goal. If a crime has been committed, then charge the individual(s) or group(s) and prosecute the case. But to launch a massive fishing expedition into “possible” wrongdoing and to, as part of the process, seek to silence political groups and prevent them from talking to each other and working with each other . . . well, that is tyranny.

If it can be successfully employed in Wisconsin to combat the success conservatives have had at the polls in recent elections, you can bet it’ll find its way into regular use elsewhere.

Americans owe it to themselves to back Mr. O’Keefe as this legal assault, this persecution, continues in Wisconsin.

And perhaps they owe it to themselves to learn a little bit about the man and his cause.

Eric O’Keefe’s hasn’t sought public office or made a big noise to “make a name for himself” in politics. Instead, O’Keefe made enough money decades ago to gain the independence to put much of himself, his time and effort as well as money, into political issues — specifically issues designed to hold government accountable to the people.

Like term limits.

O’Keefe should be known, but isn’t, as the man who came up with the plan to blitz the country with statewide ballot initiatives aimed at limiting the terms of politicians. Following that plan in the 1990s, U.S. Term Limits worked with citizen leaders from all across the country to place more than four-dozen term-limit measures before voters — winning virtually every vote. (O’Keefe served on the U.S. Term Limits board of directors during the 1990s; I worked as executive director during the same time.)

O’Keefe authored an important book on the term limits movement and its broader implications, Who Rules America?: The People vs. The Political Class, wherein he wrote that

proponents of term limits are not a mob of disaffected rabble, scouring the ground for sticks and stones with which to clobber congressmen. The junkets, the venality, the occasional Honorable who is caught with his hand in the cookie jar are cause for concern, but they are not what motivate us. We are not in this to punish members of Congress or harass Washington monuments. Anger is not the presiding emotion within the term-limits movement. The real spur is love: love of country, love of community, and belief in the promise of the American Founding.

Eric O’Keefe has remained active in politics beyond the term limits issue, playing a critical role usually as a volunteer activist and a facilitator helping activists and donors get together to pursue ideas. He has served on the board of the Cato Institute and helped found the Center for Competitive Politics, which works to protect political speech. And he has been active within Wisconsin politics backing the policies courageously pursued by Governor Walker.

But how long will O’Keefe — and those valiant souls like him — remain engaged in politics, when to do so risks attack from the full force of state power?

Who is Eric O’Keefe? If you don’t know, he may soon be you.

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Pukes have been trying to get Walker in whatever way they can since Act 10 bloodied their noses.

Public sector union membership has tanked and a couple have failed to recertify.

It's not over in Wisconsin.


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Yep, Communist never give up, they just keep turning up under different titles.

Since conservatism is their polar opposite, they will always attack the person,
not the ideology.

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...and the slow boiling of the frog continues.

In more important news, did anyone see Amazing Race last night?


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Eric O'Keefe
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Eric O'Keefe is a right-wing political operative that has deep ties to the Koch brothers.He started in the Libertarian movement int he 1980s, worked to enact congressional term limits in the 1990s, and transitioned into a leader of the Tea Party movement in the late 2000s. His group, the Sam Adams Alliance, led to the founding of numerous tea party organizations.

Subpoena controversy

In October 2013, O'Keefe was served with a subpoena in the investigation into the funding of Scott Walker's campaign against public-sector unions and subsequent recall election. The investigation was conducted under Wisconsin's John Doe laws, which is similar to a grand jury investigation. O'Keefe spoke to the Wall Street Journal, detailing the subpoena's requests. The Journal's article spun the investigation as unnecessary probing and an attack on free speech.[1]
Ties to Right-Wing Groups
Sam Adams Alliance

O'Keefe founded the Sam Adams Alliance (SAM) and served as chairman and CEO. According to O'Keefe's website, SAM was intended to be a right wing source of support for freedom of speech and discussion of political issues, training citizens to be activists and bloggers. The organization was active from 2007 to 2011.[2] The development of SAM led to the foundations of the tea party movement, allowing activists like Eric Odom the opportunity to develop websites and social media as a organizational platform. Odom was SAM's new media director before he branched out on his own.[3]
Koch Funded Groups

O'Keefe has been featured at events funded by David Koch's Americans for Prosperity (AFP) group which is heavily involved in supporting right-wing politicians with independent expenditures and other assistance that stretches the limits of legality. He sits on the board of the Koch's Institute for Humane Studies(IHS). SAM's internship recruitment page was connected to Koch Industries through the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program. The program was administered through the IHS and the State Policy Network and featured on the IHS website.[3]
Libertarian Party

In 1980, the Libertarian Party presidential ticket was Ed Clark and David Koch. O'Keefe worked as the national director of the party that year in support of Clark/Koch.[4]
Other Groups

O'Keefe helped launch the American Majority Tea Party group which trains right-wing candidates to run for office. He sat on the Board of Directors and was the Chairman of Club for Growth Wisconsin, which ran divisive ads in support of Governor Scott Walker's radical overhaul of collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin workers. [5]

O'Keefe was also co-founder of the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC funding opposition to incumbent members of Congress.[5] CPA does not have a partisan alliance. Rather it spends millions of dollars funding attack ads against any incumbent member of Congress.[6]

O'Keefe helped found and is a board member of Citizens for Self-Governance, an organization dedicated to supporting grassroots movements and citizen involvement in politics.[7]

O'Keefe also chairs the Health Care Compact Alliance.[8]

O'Keefe is a director of the Cato Institute, an libertarian think tank focused on promoting limited government and individual liberties. He also helped found the Center for Competitive Politics, a legal organization that criticizes campaign finance regulations, taxpayer-financed political campaigns, as well as provides pro bono legal services for lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of election statutes.[4][9]
Other Affiliations

Board of Directors, Citizens in Charge, an Initiative and Referendum advocacy group.
President, Legislation Education Action Drive, a pro-voucher PAC[citation needed]
Longtime Libertarian Party activist, along with his wife, Leslie Graves (formerly known as Leslie Keys), and reportedly aligned with Ed Crane through her ties to Update newsletter[10][11]
Lucy Burns Institute, official sponsor of Ballotpedia and Judgepedia. His wife is president and the organization receives funds from SAM[10]
Also connected to "Rachel's Vineyard," an "abortion recovery" group, through his wife, who has been involved in managing the group's publicity [10]
Author of book that argues for term limits (entitled Who Rules America: The People versus the Political Class)

Articles and resources

? Mary Bottari, Heart of Darkness: Criminal Investigation of WI Recall $, prwatch. org, Nov. 25, 2013
? Eric O'Keefe, About Eric, personal website, accessed Nov. 25, 2013
? 3.0 3.1 Alex Brant-Zawadzki and Dawn Teo, Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: Sam Adams Alliance, Huffington Post, Dec. 11, 2009
? 4.0 4.1 Wisconsin Political Speech Raid, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 18, 2013
? 5.0 5.1 Marc Fisher, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall: Big money fuels small-government fight, Washington Post, Mar 25, 2012
? Paul Kane, One super PAC takes aim at incumbents of any party, Washington Post, Mar. 7, 2012
? About Citizens for Self Governance / Mission, organization website, accessed Nov. 25, 2013
? Health Care Compact Alliance website, "About Us" page, accessed Apr. 12, 2011.
? About the Center for Competitive Politics, organization website, accessed Nov. 25, 2013
? 10.0 10.1 10.2 [Sara Jerving, "Lucy Burns Institute (Publishers of Ballotpedia and Judgepedia) and Her Right-Wing Bedfellows"]
? The Libertarian Forum. Volume XVI, Number 6, July 1982. "Double Victory for Agression", from "Ludwig von Mise Institute", organizational website, accessed November 2012

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In typical liberal fashion, background is dug up on the person who is a target of the liberals, but no mention is made about how the liberal machine is abusing the system to accomplish this. This is because to liberals the ends always justify their means. And liberals will not debate an issue. They deflect from it.

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My kind of guy.

So just what the hell is "deep ties" to the Koch Brothers? Are they pen pals or what?

Or is that just some info from Deep Throat?

Bet you don't know he was the mail boy in the Hunt Brothers' offices.

Or that he once rode his bike past Monticello.


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