Castro Protests GOP Outcry Over Tweet: They’re ‘Public Records’

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) dismissed Republican outcry over his tweet listing top donors to President Donald Trump’s campaign, asserting that they are “public records.”


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1241003
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And the GOP angrily screams, “Stop being such a hypocrite and show everyone who YOUR donors are!”

To which Castro replies, “OK!”

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They are public records so, yes, if you contribute to a political campaign, you’re publicly supporting the beliefs of that politician. Free speech is not the same as being able to speak without consequence.

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Funny how many people think it is, though…

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They will take away First Amendment Free Speech rights before they will take away Second Amendment Gun rights.

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Time for Trump to assert executive privilege to protect the names of his benefactors and the amount of their bribes. It’s the least he can do to support his claim that “There has never been, ever before, an administration that’s been so open and transparent.”

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This was a bad tweet. Except for the Bill Miller BBQ guy (never ate there before, and definitely never will now), none of the names on that list appear to be people who would be susceptible to any kind of business boycott or economic pressure that would change their ways. So what, then, was the purpose of naming and shaming the obviously shameless?

Daily Kos’s Walter Einenkel did a similar thing yesterday in relation to top donations to GOP politicians. Kudos to both.

Public records are even more transparent when they’re posted without so many citizens having to go hunt for the information to find out who’s getting what from whom. The real question is, why is the GOP so embarrassed to show the public record of their donors ?

Ted Cruz (R-TX) received $309,021, but if you want to go shooting with him you better have a background check. No, seriously.

Martha McSally (R-AZ) and her $227,928, have gotten her through losing elections but we will see where that goes as she will actually have to defend the seat she was not elected to this coming year.

Steve Scalise (R-LA) took his $132,831 and a few bullets but he’s ready to oppose all gun safety proposals.

Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) $95,093 couldn’t stop him from being one of the worst people in the history of people.

Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) $85,168 is now a quiet little secret as the blue wave freaked her out, and so during this election cycle she’s pretending that she hasn’t spent a good part of her career extolling the virtues of guns.

Dean Heller’s (R-NV) $76,713 from the gun lobby got him to vote against everything from background checks to magazine sizes.

Paul Ryan (R-WI) liked collecting $65,347 from the gun lobby and loved blocking the CDC from collecting gun violence data.

Handel, Karen (R-GA) had to show up at the NRA convention in 2018 for some more of that $58,813, but she was afraid of being seen with Donald Trump. Not sure why.

Mia Love ‘s (R-UT) $50,233 didn’t win her reelection but her early retirement has led to her new bright idea that Republicans should have a policy plan for gun violence.

John Culberson (R-TX) and his $43,575 in gun money proves the rule that if you are conservative with a “TX” next to your name, you are cashing blood money checks on the regular.

Greg Gianforte (R-MT), $43,525, the man who assaulted a reporter over tough questions spent a lot of campaign money attacking the idea of an assault weapon registry.

Lou Barletta (R-PA) $41,747, has one big solution to mass shootings: “curtail” elected officials town hall meetings with their constituents.

Kevin Cramer (R-ND) received $39,796 from the gun lobby. Maybe they were impressed with his ability to compare immigrant children’s detainment cages with “playgrounds?”

Will Hurd (R-TX) took that $38,350, becoming the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives. Hurd announced his plans to not run for reelection at the beginning of August.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) didn’t have to give back the $34,986 she received from the gun lobby after she made a lynching joke and photos of her rocking Confederate gear hit the internets. Maybe wearing racist stuff doesn’t matter to the NRA and other gun enthusiasts when you have a racist organization’s gun in your hands as well?

Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and the $34,453 she got from the NRA was not able to overcome the blue wave 2018 elections.

Pete Sessions (R-TX) lost his reelection bid, but not afterblaming gun violence on “diversity” in American culture, and also receiving $34,200 from other like-minded gun folks.

Jim Renacci (R-OH) took his $33,284 in gun money, and a strip club owner’s private jet all around Ohio in hopes of taking Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) $30,297, has been voting red for so long, come hell or high water, that gun money just always trickles in.

Mike Coffman (R-CO) and his $28,085 in gun money were the focus of successful Republican attack ads.

Here are some additional highlights from the 2016 top gun money makers:

Ron Johnson (R-WI) took $165,538 and has proven that his special talent as a lawmaker is not understanding how or what laws are—especially in regards to guns … and bombs.

Rand Paul (R-KY) likes $110,500 of gun money, loves guns, and also likes inciting violence against U.S. representatives that are not white. But that’s mostly because Rand Paul, like his father, is a racist shithead.

Pat Toomey (R-PA) spent his $79,908 in gun money pretending to work “behind the scenes,” on magical gun legislation that no one has ever seen.

Ryan Zinke (R-MT) took his $79,068, a pittance considering the fact that he took private meetings as secretary of the Interior with gun manufacturers, in companies he has financial stake in—that he forgot to disclose when he was nominated for the position.

Rob Portman (R-OH) only received $52,686 during the 2016 cycle, but he’s one of the top ten all-time moneymakers from the gun lobby. But watch out, gun lobby, Portman once said he thought maybe terrorists shouldn’t be allowed to have guns. Is Portman a commie secret deep state Muslim snowflake? Only time will tell.

Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) $42,000 gets him to say stupid shit like “video games” are the real reason why people with guns kill people.

Josh Hawley (R-MO) got a healthy dose of NRA money for his Senate run in 2018. Dark money poured into his senate race against Claire McCaskill and his campaign was accused of illegally coordinating large ad buys in the state of Missouri with the NRA. The people involved were accused of the same scheme during the 2016 election, where they coordinated with the Trump campaign.

(I hope the author doesn’t mind me re-posting what’s in his article. Trust me, its all for the good.)

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I guess supporting the racist-in-chief is something these donors would prefer to do in private.

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It’s public record…
See grabyourwallet for more Trump’s donors:

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If they support Trump, They should be ashamed

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“Targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs is shameful and dangerous.”

What about Turtle making a graveyard for his opponents? Not to mention Trump’s incessant harassment of Dems.

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A hit dog hollers! Turns out MAGA pride is more like “I was just following orders.”

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There’s one part still missing from the list:

How much did Trump and his campaign take in from the NRA?

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I can think of another reason why they do not want their donors known. People might decide to stop doing business with their donors. And the donors might stop donating if that happens.

A more much likely motivation for them, as they definitely value the money more than lives.

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They really are a bunch of snowflakes aren’t they. Good for Castro. Things are changing. No more Mr./Ms. “Polite Dems.” We’ve had too much of that shit. We don’t tolerate the intolerant.

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‘Decorum’ and ‘civility’ are what the bullies cry when people fight back.

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It’s the classic behavior of bullies/cowards. Oh, they’re tough guys who wear combat fatigues, eat nails for breakfast, own the libs, and will violently take down those antifa pansies at the appropriate time.

Until someone gives them a dose of their own medicine.

Then, it’s boo-hoo, these mean people are being unfair!

The other interesting thing I’ve gleaned from comment boards is that right-wingers are too abysmally stupid to know that Castro merely used public information from the Federal Elections Commission.

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So is Kevin McCarthy admitting that they “go low”? Otherwise, what does he mean by “What happened to ‘when they go low, we go high’?” As far as the GOP is concerned, they can do absolutely anything at all with no pushback, but they should be shielded from anyone knowing anything about what they actually do, think, or support.

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