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Dick Armey resigns from FreedomWorks

by Daryl Acumen

Dick Armey has formally resigned from FreedomWorks and is severing all ties with the organization.  In an email released by Mother Jones, Armey makes clear that he no longer wants anything to do with FreedomWorks and in subsequent emails to Mother Jones went into a little more detail about why. In a nutshell, Armey is as disillusioned with FreedomWorks and the direction ...

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FreedomWorks endorses Dan Liljenquist…sort-of

by Daryl Acumen

On Saturday Russ Walker, Vice President of Political and Atroturf Campaigns at FreedomWorks,  was quoted by Deseret News as sort-of endorsing Dan Liljenquist in the 2012 Senate race. "Now it's on...it becomes the 'let's elect Dan Liljenquist' campaign.'" - Russ Walker Does this mean that FreedomWorks is FINALLY going to endorse Dan Liljenquist for Senate?  Sources inside the Utah ...

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Matt Kibbe: Photo by Gage Skidmore

FreedomWorks did little to oust Bennett in 2010

by Daryl Acumen

Bored and between conference calls, I decided to run a few numbers on the 2012 Senate primary just for fun. I've said for some time that Russ Walker and Matt Kibbe are shameless in the way they continuously accept credit for ousting Bob Bennett in 2010 and pretend that the Hatch race is somehow simply ...

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Who supports FreedomWorks?

by Daryl Acumen

FreedomWorks has said recently that they intend to double-down on the Utah Senate race in spite of exceptionally weak local support for their efforts.  I thought it would be fun to quantify how weak local support for FreedomWorks really is. Tracking total Utah individual contributions as a proxy for in-state sentiment, I pulled some rough numbers from the ...

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FreedomWorks wants an apology…seriously?

by Daryl Acumen

Last month this blog broke a story about FreedomWorks attempts to manipulate Utah's caucuses with mailers that encouraged supporters to break party rules in order to gain an advantage at local precinct meetings.  I was outraged enough to call freedom Works in Washington, DC and to demand an apology from Matt Kibbe. Instead of an apology, ...

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FreedomWorks Lied to Deseret News!

by Daryl Acumen

On March 14th 2012, Deseret News staff writer Jared Page published a story titled "Utah GOP battling efforts to manipulate party caucuses" in which he describes efforts by FreedomWorks to induce it's followers to break Utah State Republican Party rules at local caucus meetings to increase their chances of becoming state delegates.  The smoking gun was a ...

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FreedomWorks Uses Fake Polls to Bash Hatch

by Daryl Acumen

Here's another example of the incompetence of FreedomWorks: As a state delegate, I get 3 - 5 phone calls a day from pollsters asking me where I stand on various races I'm eligible to vote in. I don't mind the calls, because that's what I signed up for when I agreed to be a state delegate. ...

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Orrin Hatch & Matt Kibbe: Photo by Gage Skidmore

FreedomWorks tries to Manipulate the Utah Caucus System

by Daryl Acumen

It's no secret that Utah's caucus system is under attack.  There are those in the media and across the state who are tired of our caucus system and who want to see it replaced with straight primaries which they see as more democratic.  While I support the current caucus system, one criticism cannot be denied ...

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Empower America is dead!

by Daryl Acumen

Nothing in this world annoys me more than ignorance or pisses me off more than lies. Tonight while checking Google I saw the following regionally targeted ad: "Orrin Hatch added $7.5 Trillion to our nation's debt. Retire Hatch!" Now, as an analyst and somebody who's been studying U.S. economic and fiscal policy for over twenty years, I ...

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FreedomWorks Idea of “Conservative” Spending Priorities?

by Daryl Acumen

If you want to know what’s going on, all you have to do is follow the money. FreedomWorks is a pseudo conservative agency that is hoodwinking donors into actively working against conservative progress. Orrin Hatch, staunch conservative, is up for reelection and poised for the Senate finance committee. See my earlier posts about why this matters, Finance ...

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