VIDEO: Triggliots Go Bonkers, Campus Cops Try To Shut Down Trump Event

vlcsnap-2016-06-11-00h51m34s46The Portland State University Students For Trump chapter were back at it, this time holding an event called “BUILD THE WALL”, where they literally brought a replica wall to campus.

At first campus police told them they could not bring it on the university property because it is a “structure” and they didn’t have a permit. What’s quite interesting about that is the fact that the wackjob SJW groups on campus have been getting away with violating “policy” after “policy” over and over during their protests and marches. They use amplified devices, march through the halls of the buildings screaming and yelling, they literally took over a PSU board of trustees meeting that cause the board members to flee, and they staged a “die in” in the street, all of which were ignored by campus police and, as far as this author can tell, no punishment was handed down. If there were, then they were so light that it did not cause any of the students to think twice before doing it all again at the next protest.

The students began setting up The Wall off campus, then realized what cucks the campus police are and that none of the policies would be enforced, so they returned to the park blocks in the heart of the campus. This time a city park Ranger decided to tell them the wall had to go. The students made the case that The Wall was a “sign” and not a “structure”. The Ranger cucked himself off and the students continued on, with police monitoring both on the ground in uniform, and in plain clothes from the balcony of a nearby building, where an officer had a video camera and was filming the event.

While there was no mass counter protest, as previous Students For Trump events have seen, there were several passers by who decided they would try to get into it with the Trump supporters. The most eccentric of them were these two, where

the female says to the group “You all are intolerant… I don’t want to coexist with this hate” as they discussed illegal immigration. She asks if anyone has tried to get citizenship in another country, and a Trump supporter responds with “No, because I love my country.” The Trump supporters start to chant “USA! USA!” while the male dissenter starts shaking and screaming “WAIT A MINUTE! WAIT A MINUTE!” as the worried look overtakes him apparently triggered by the chant of USA, while a look of disgust overtakes the female as she calls them “pathetic”. The dude loses it and starts going off. “YOU THINK SHOUTING USA IS THE ONLY THING YOUR PATRIOTISM MEANS?!?!?!” as the chant morphed into “BUILD THE WALL! BUILD THE WALL!”

The female goes on to hold a long drawn out quote from poet Robert Frost, while insulting the Trump supporters’ IQs. “You are the party of ignorance” she says, as the male starts to have a break down. He steps away while the female continues to engage. After a brief exchange about past Presidents and policies, she goes “I can’t believe what you are doing. You are making people unsafe. You are making people unsafe.” When asked to clarify how the Trump supporters are making people unsafe, she responds with “Look how combative you people are”, even though she’s the one who came over and started calling people “idiots”. One man pipes up and says “If this is unsafe, maybe you should take a trip to the other side of the Mexican border” while the female says “I will spend the rest of my life making sure…” but then doesn’t finish. “We’re gunna make it against the law for this” says the SJW female. “Free speech will be against the law, according to the tolerant left” says a Trump supporter. She responds with “We are going to expand the definition of ‘hate speech’ to include what you are doing right here”, as she then starts shaking her head in disgust with the mere mention of the Constitution. “Well, good luck with your pasty, white bread America you want so badly” she comes back with. The last question lobbed her way was “What other federal laws should just be ignored?” to which she says “I’m done”. “If you want one federal law to be ignored, should, say, the gun laws be ignored? Should the civil rights act be ignored?” as a look of total confusion overtakes her. “Why aren’t you protesting Mexico’s southern border wall?” as she storms off, flipping the bird to everyone.

Also on hand were LGBT Trump supporters, as others took to chalking the sidewalks with pro Trump slogans and imagery, including a chalk wall. Mainstream media asked the Trump students to clarify on the race issue. One old bag and her daughter (?) went on about how Trump’s immigration policy is racist, and while a Trump supporter is calmly responding, the young hagling just says “Let’s go. Fuck Donald Trump” while, as usual, flipping everyone off.

Inside A “Critical Race Theory” Workshop

vlcsnap-2016-06-01-17h40m37s21Ever wonder what goes on at a “critical race theory” workshop?

For those unfamiliar with the term, “critical race theory” (CRT) is a modern academic concept that talks about how whitey is evil and how all the “people of color” are being harmed by white people, a society of systemic racism, and the evils of capitalism and the oppression that accompanies it.

The sociology page on about.com describes critical theory as:

Critical theory emerged out of the Marxist tradition and was developed by social scientists and philosophers in Germany during the mid-twentieth century. It is a type of theory that aims to critique society, social structures, and systems of power, and in doing so, to foster egalitarian social change.

Critical theory as it is known today can be traced to Marx’s critique of economy and society put forth in his many works. It is inspired greatly by Marx’s theoretical formulation of the relationship between economic base and ideological superstructure, and tends to focus on how power and domination operate, in particular, in the realm of the superstructure.

Over the years the goals and tenets of critical theory have been adopted by many social scientists and philosophers who have come after the Frankfurt School. We can recognize critical theory today in many feminist theories and feminist approaches to conducting social science, in critical race theory, cultural theory, in gender and queer theory, and in media theory and media studies.

Now just apply to the modern day version of racism, which is basically “EVERYTHING’S RACIST! IT’S ALL WHITEY’S FAULT!” and you have contemporary CRT. Not only is this being taught in colleges, but high schools and even elementary schools are now “teaching” CRT to young children.

As part of Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” in April, a CRT workshop was held for instructors to compare notes, ideas, and syllabi. The workshop was hosted by PCC art and law instructor Ann Su. What follows is a series of videos from that workshop.

First off, a brief description of CRT. Note the part about “neo-marxist critical legal studies” and the “critique of capitalism”.

One of the participants, Laura Horani, who evidently teaches ESOL (English for Speakers Of Other Languages), explains how it’s culturally insensitive to hold eye contact, and how she accidentally offended her class by reading a sentence regarding such. First smiling became racist, now making eye contact is racist, too.

Horani is also featured in a different story, mocking people who use the phrase “I’m for one race, the human race”.

Su goes on to try to tie “social construction of knowledge” into CRT, and says “Who’s been writing all the text books? From what perspective? The perspective that’s been represented has been the mythic, white male, ya know. At least in this country, in Eurocentric underpinnings. White, male, gen-tried, like, money, property, land owners, all those things. Even though on its face, it looks neutral, just like our laws look neutral, embedded in that is a presumption of experience. You know, culturally, historically. So understand that that can feel marginalizing to people that have not been part of that.”

Back on the ESOL track, they talk about how “accent reduction” is “cultural genocide”. Horani explains “There’s no neutral with CRT. No discipline is neutral or safe from being infused with racism… I think a lot of instructors get into the field [of ESOL] to help students assimilate. And then that is so complicated, right, because, and people that talk about accent reduction, I’m like ‘cultural genocide! stop it!’… I don’t tell my students anymore that ‘learn English and you can do anything in the U.S.’ cause, honestly, that’s just not true”

One of the participants later says “There’s this myth of America as being the place where everyone has an opportunity, the streets are paved with gold kind of thing,” and another reaffirms that by saying “That myth of meritocracy”. They all start laughing over the concept of “meritocracy”, then they immediately contradict themselves by saying that, in some ways, it’s true for immigrants from countries with caste systems that the U.S. is land of opportunity for them.

Other highlights include the college instructors praising students who plagiarize art; Saying that CRT should “be taught to people when they’re coming, as part of being integrated, because the race thing is so confusing, for people coming into this culture, because it’s like, what we say is going on and what they see is going on are two completely different things”; How to incorporate CRT into arts: “All the different aspects of identity” as it relates to CRT and art; And pondering how people know a square is a square;

Portland Community College president Sylvia Kelley can be reached at 971 722 4365.

Professor Says American Patriots More Dangerous Than Foreign Terrorists

DavidAlpherDavid Alpher has a PhD in “conflict resolution” and teaches at George Mason University. He also writes for some leftists website that no one’s ever heard of until now called The Conversation. His most recent article was picked up by Raw Story on June 1st, at the stroke of midnight.

Entitled “An expert explains why domestic extremists are a much bigger risk than foreign terrorists in America“, Alpher attempts to make a case for painting the modern Patriot movement as being the most dangerous group on the planet. The article originally featured a picture of a Trump rally, but was since replaced with a collage of the mugshots from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover.

Alpher starts off by trying to blame everything on Trump, by saying:

Take America back from those who have stolen it.
Protect America from those who want to destroy it.
Restore the principles that these usurpers betrayed.”

These are the messages that have defined the GOP presidential race. They have been used for the past eight years to justify obstruction of the Obama administration, and are now being used to paint the democratic candidates as dangerous. In the late stages of the GOP primary as the rhetoric became increasingly xenophobic, they were applied to increasingly broad swaths of the American population as well.

Years of constant repetition by members of the GOP have given them an appearance of legitimacy, now strengthened by Donald Trump’s victory in the GOP primary contest and the party’s growing embrace of him as their standard-bearer.

Unfortunately, the Republican Party isn’t alone in using these messages.

Right-wing extremist groups use them as well, and to very specific ends: to define the conditions under which antigovernment violence becomes legitimate in their worldview.

I have spent nearly 15 years studying how the risk of violence grows within societies around the world, and running programs designed to stem the tide. I have seen rhetoric like this used to mobilize violence in countries like Iraq and Kenya.”

He then uses a picture of someone at the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014, where not a single shot was fired, no one was beheaded, no one was killed, and no one was tortured.

He goes on to say:

For months, Republican candidates traded shots claiming that each other, liberals, immigrants and Black Lives Matter protesters – to name a few – are to blame for the picture they’ve painted of a degraded America that’s fallen into hostile hands.

Apparently he is completely unaware of things like a Black Lives Matter leader getting hauled in for sex trafficking, or another pair who assaulted a decorated veteran, or Black Panther leaders calling for killing all white people, or 124 illegal aliens who were set free from jail only to eventually get hauled back on a total of 138 murders, or El Chapo’s drug cartel literally beheading people. This list could go on and on.

Alpher continues with:

Every violent group in history describes its own violence as the legitimate response to a threat that was forced on them. Groups survive in the long term when that description makes sense to enough of the population to buy them tolerance and safe space to operate, plan and grow. That’s true of terrorism and violent extremism – but because protesters and supporters alike view each other as enemies of the state and therefore legitimate targets, it also helps to explain the growing physical violence at Trump rallies. It should also provide a warning for what that as-yet-limited violence could grow into.

Once again, Alpher seems to be unaware that it is the people protesting Trump, not his supporters, who are starting violence at these events, such as the guy who punched a Trump supporter, or the riots that broke out Costa Mesa, where fires were started and cop cars were turned over. But he is right in the sense that people are concerned over what the “as-yet-limited” violence could grow into.

David Alpher throws in the token Timothy McVeigh reference, something that happened 20 years ago, as there are no recent examples of anyone actually getting attacked and/or killed at any Patriot function, gun rally, Trump event, Tea Party rally, or anything else remotely “right wing”.

He ends by saying:

In an age defined by the fear of terrorism, “taking America back from people who betrayed her security” has real power at the polls, as Trump can attest. But this strategy for winning elections isn’t just divisive. It’s creating a risk of violence that has already outgrown the threat it’s supposed to be a shield against.

Trump’s emergence as the GOP candidate has added fuel to the fire, especially while the GOP dithers over whether or not to embrace him and his message. Trump himself is unlikely to stop or be convinced of the effect he’s really having on American security. It’s left to the GOP to decide whether American security or winning an election is more important to them.

Rather than focusing on groups who speak positively about the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment while carrying Gadsden Flags, perhaps the domestic terrorists that Alpher is looking for are the groups who sport Che Guevarra shirts, make Atzlan references, carry #BlackLivesMatter signs, and draw checks from the federal government, as more people have been killed and harmed by those demographics than by anyone associated with the Patriot movements.

Meanwhile, maybe someone as delusional as David Alpher should be staying far, far away from any educational institution that young adults are attending.

Meet Portland’s Anti Gun “Acting” Police Chief

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Donna Henderson, laughing as she’s being sworn in at her promotion from Commander to Assistant Chief in 2013

As Portland police chief Larry O’Dea takes his paid leave of absence, after he got drunk and accidentally shot a friend on a hunting trip then lied about it to cover it up, assistant chief Donna Henderson has been appointed as “acting” chief until the situation is resolved.

Henderson is not without her own sordid past.

For starters, in 2009, she was demoted from Commander to Captain as then-Chief Rosie Sizer reorganized the bureau. Then, in 2013, after being re-promoted to Commander and promoted again to Assistant Chief of Investigations, she can be seen laughing during the swearing in ceremony, as she’s taking her oath (not very seriously).

In 2014, she defending what is known as the “48 hour rule”, which is a rule that was implemented by the officers union that says that officers involved in deadly shootings or death in custody cannot be interviewed by internal investigations until 48 hours have elapsed.

Earlier in 2014, she appeared at the Oregon state capitol in Salem to testify in favor of SB 1551, that year’s “universal background check bill”. The bill eventually stalled in the legislature. She appeared along side disgraced former governor John Kitzhaber and gun toting hypocrite Mark Kelly.

The 2015 Donna Henderson broke bureau policy by allowing officers who were involved in a shooting to review surveillance footage before giving their official statements. This was also condemned by the U.S. department of justice.

Looks like we’re just getting started with Donna Henderson’s corrupt practices. If the “acting” tag is removed and she is promoted to full time chief, you can expect more stunts from her.

“Go To The Other Restroom”, Says College To Women

vlcsnap-2016-05-30-02h56m26s153It’s literally called “Theater Of the Oppressed”, and it takes place at Portland Community College, as part of a larger endeavor entitled Illumination Project. This edition of the theater is called “Cis-Stemic”, and it features some of the day-to-day oppression that a transgender person suffers through. College students and faculty act out scenes from a trans person’s experiences, and the audience members get a chance to interrupt this by inserting themselves into the scene in order to solve whatever evil doing is happening.

In one scene, they are in a bathroom, and the male-to-female transgender is washing his/her hands, as an actual female comes in and is taken aback by the fact that there is a dude wearing women’s clothing in the women’s restroom. A green haired feminist, who was previously seen using an autism awareness display to block cameras, hollers out “STOP” in the middle of the scene and inserts herself into the scene.

She stands up for the trans person by saying “There are other restrooms, and if you’re not comfortable here, then you can go to the other restroom” to the actual woman.

Yes, college students are now being conditioned to tell properly gendered people to use a different restroom if they are uncomfortable with a transgender.

After each scene, they all kumbaya and reflect on their brave interruption of… uhh, something.

The guy facilitating this is Brad Fortier, of PCC’s women’s resource center. Fortier can also be seen in the “white guy smile” video.

The entire performance can be seen on the Laughing At Liberals channel on YouTube.

The Illumination Project page on the PCC website describes its mission as:

The Illumination Project’s mission is to create an inclusive, socially just academic and general community through student leadership development and social change theater. The main purpose of the Illumination Project is to create a campus climate that is inclusive and promotes equal access to education. The Illumination Project’s interactive community performances are designed so that large factions of the campus participate in problem-solving around issues that traditionally have made education more difficult for students of color, women students, poor/working class students, immigrant and sexual minority students.

In a realistic yet safe atmosphere actors and audience members have the opportunity to rehearse situations in order to build their communication skills and understand possible alternative behaviors. The Illumination Project also enables audience members to take on different characters in order to build empathy with the experience of others – a key element in living respectfully within a pluralistic society.

The Illumination Project curriculum covers current research and theory on institutional oppressions. The curriculum addresses the affects of oppression on individuals and society and the best practices to challenge oppressive behavior. The curriculum draws on multiple traditions – crafting links between feminist, critical, multicultural, queer, postcolonial, and other movements toward social justice.

Issues addressed include community building, consciousness-raising (around issues of race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and ability), skill building, and taking action. Anti-oppression work is deep and complex. All activities are contextualized and are only used as the group is ready, working from lower risk to higher risk so that learning may take place in a safe and conducive environment.

Concurrently, students learn social justice theater and popular education techniques. Much of the work the Illumination Project does is based on “Theater of the Oppressed”, a form of social justice theater developed by Augusto Boal, a Brazilian theater activist. In “Theater of the Oppressed” plays are performed once without interruption and then again, allowing audience members to enter the scene, take on a character and positively alter the outcome of the scene.

Bloomberg Owned Police Chief Moving Up To County Sheriff

vlcsnap-2016-05-30-02h16m53s12Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is stepping down in August, on the heels of several ethics scandals that have come to light. These include dismissing a staffer who revealed that the corrections department uses unnecessary force, a female deputy was harassed and “fat shamed”, and, most recently, his souped up Dodge Charger cruiser that he ordered for himself on the county dime, against policy.

Set to take over for him on an interim basis is former Portland police chief Mike Reese.

Reese has recently become a bobble head for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety. He was at the state capitol last year testifying, twice, in favor SB941, the “universal background check” bill that eventually passed, and has been spotted getting involved with Gabby Giffords’ anti gun group, Americans For Responsible Solutions, which, coincidentally, was handled by the scandal plagued Hilltop Public Solutions, the subject of a recent story here on Progressives Today.

During Reese’s testimony in favor of SB 941 in 2015, he was unable to explain how the new law would work and how it would be enforced, as he was grilled by one of the Senators at the hearing, until committee chair, Floyd Prozanski, bailed him out.

Reese also inadvertently made the case against the background check bill by stating that criminals get their guns from licensed dealers or gun shows, both of which require background checks, or by stealing the guns.

He was even drafted by Bloomberg to star in a series of TV ads to raise awareness about the new background check law.

As Reese was making his way out from a Giffords event in Portland in February, he was asked about crime in the city going up after this new background check law had taken effect. Of course, he had no comment.

VIDEO: Reporter BUSTED For Key Milo Yiannopoulos Omission

vlcsnap-2016-05-28-02h54m12s133Milo Yiannopoulos recently spoke at the University Of Oregon in Eugene. Several reporters were at the event, but no one from the Portland based Oregonian, the largest newspaper in the state. Still, one of their writers, Eder Campuzano, did a write up on the event. His story was literally based on tweets sent out by students from the college’s newspaper, The Daily Emerald. His headline? “Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of Oregon: ‘I don’t want any Muslims in the country’“.

There’s just one problem: Campuzano never explains why Mr. Yiannopoulos said that. Such facts were conveniently omitted from the story.

Yiannopoulos explained that he feels that way because a recent poll showed that 52% of Muslims in Britain wanted to outlaw homosexuality, to which Milo says “This is a direct assault on who and what I am. And this is people who live on the street next to me. They believe that my sexuality should be against the law. Progressives have nothing to say about that.”

Yiannopoulos goes on to say that this same survey shows that 39% of these so called “moderate” Muslims think that women should always obey their husband. “Feminists have nothing to say about that.”

I happened across Mr. Campuzano shortly after that event happened and his article came out on the Oregonian website. I decided to ask him why he left out this key piece of information. He immediately deflected the question and instead started talking about Christians who want to ban gay marriage, and he didn’t think including the reason why Mr. Yiannopoulos said what he said was relevant to the story.

The entire talk with Milo Yiannopoulos at the event in question is also posted online.

Smiling Is Now Racist, Because “White Fragility”

vlcsnap-2016-05-26-02h29m21s74At one of the many recent “whiteness history month” events at Portland Community College, Women’s Resource Center director Brad Fortier and instructor of education Tanya Mead lead a discussion entitled “It’s Not My Fault”, which centered around a notion of “white fragility” and microaggressions that white people, supposedly, do all the the time that are racist.

The event started off with Mead going on about how she “struggles with white fragility”.

They then go on to define “whiteness”. “Privilege” answers one student. Another says “Lack of knowledge of other people going with you because of the privilege that you have every day, so, things that you don’t see because of it, and you don’t realize (???) some people don’t exist, even though they do”. Yet another says “It’s a classification that has been created, especially by western Europeans, to sort of create discrete groups to justify the superiority of one group, obviously, shockingly their own, over people that were not viewed the same to help justify and also enforce and maintain these sort of very disproportionate and unfair power balances within the context of otherwise much more difficult and nuanced interactions so they can (???) them quickly and determine who is part of ‘us’ and who is not.” Mead goes on to praise Professor James Harrison, who is best known for his presentation on imagining a world without whiteness. “When I think of whiteness, I think of people, it’s the unnamed, unseen, un-talked about things. It’s the standard. It’s the normal. You’ve got people and ‘people of color’, and that’s what establishes whiteness, just this idea. And I never hear anyone say ‘I’m just African American’, I always hear ‘I’m just white’. And it’s that un-examined, un-self reflective idea ‘well I’m just a person, y’all are marked, because you’re not white’. So it’s an undefined, unspoken thing” says another student.

They continue on to ponder if they are racist for crossing the street the wrong way, or when they smile at people of color. “Am I doing the ‘white guy smile’?” asks one of the students.

After prejudging white people and making the assumption that they all live in the suburbs with white picket fences, Mead goes on to explain how “white people in North America live in an environment:
A) that protects and insulates them from race based stress
B) builds white expectations for racial comfort
C) lower the ability to tolerate racial stress.
She goes on to use Robin DiAngelo’s definition of “white fragility”. She then cites Tim Wise and explains the “typical white responses” to this supposed “fragility, of which the emotions include anger, fear and guilt, while the behaviors are argumentation, silence, tears, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.

Somehow “these behaviors function to reinstate the white racial equilibrium”.

Mead and Fortier go on to explaine the Helms Model Of White Identity Development.

It’s basically the 6 step process of going from not being racist, realizing you’re racist because you’re white and that makes you racist, then guilting yourself into making meaningless gestures to absolve yourself of this racist guilt, even though, in the end, whitey is still racist, regardless of anything.

After a young cuck says “I’ve thought about this a lot, why people are so defensive, and why this, like, concept is so fragile. I feel like it comes from a place of, like, people don’t want to accept that it’s real, or that there are these problems that we have because that would also mean accepting the fact that they benefit from them?” another person exclaims “I think part of it has to do also with being white, you don’t want to be part of the problem, even as active as you may be, like, it’s that you just have to admit that you’re part of the problem, because there’s stuff that you are taught through society and your parents without even being like ‘outright racist’.

They also discussed “triggers” for whites, which, sadly, didn’t include any references to things like “double action” or “single stage”

You can reach PCC president Silvia Kelley at 971 722 4365

Have You Paid Your GOPHER TAX?

mazama-pocket-gopher-01b-rodgilbertCommissioners in Thurston county, Washington, have invented a new gopher tax, and it could be as high as $42,000 for new home buyers.

We The Governed reports:

The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have created a novel method of extracting additional tax dollars from prospective new homeowners in Washington State.  According to public documents, Thurston County staff has proposed a new gopher tax, up to $42,000 for new homeowners who might consider building a home on or near land that might be inhabited by a rodent called the Mazama Pocket Gopher.  This gopher tax (called “mitigation” in planner-speak) would be in addition to any other fees, permits, taxes, or other costs that might be imposed on the construction of a new home in Thurston County, Washington.  For direct links to the concept files written and presented by Thurston County planning staff go here and here.

The $42,000 gopher tax is likely to become law later this year.   Two of the three Commissioners (Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe) have been supportive of the plan and the process for many years now.  In addition, the Thurston County Planning Department has been largely controlled by the US Fish & Wildlife Service for years – many of the county employees are entirely subsidized by USFWS grant money.  This has been a concern of property rights advocates for many years because local county staff won’t question their orders from USFWS when their jobs depend on grant dollars from that federal agency.

Another aspect of the gopher tax that has local observers concerned is the current plan for much of this money to be transferred to an out-of-state nonprofit organization.  Some of these gopher tax monies would stay in Thurston County, but it appears that after insiders get their cut, most of these funds would be sent to an out-of-state organization to manage local taxpayer-purchased land that could be set aside as bonus pocket gopher habitat.

Cliff Moore1Apparently the gopher is now considered an “endangered species”, but only in the Puget Sound area, as the animal is listed as “least concerned” on its wikipedia page.

County Manager Cliff Moore is said to be the brains (or lack there of) behind this, telling property owners to pound sand.

Lobbyist Firm In De Blasio Scandal Has Repeated Shady Dealings In Past

vlcsnap-2016-02-20-16h25m56s160As the Bill De Blasio scandal continues to unfold, the New York City mayor is taking accomplices down with him. DeBlasio is trying to keep certain ally’s communications with his office from becoming subject public records laws. One such group is the consulting firm Hilltop Public Solutions, which, as it turns out, has had their hands in many shady dealings throughout recent years.

The lobbying and PR firm has been very active in many states in recent years, including Oregon, Montana, and New Hampshire. The organization was involved with staging a press conference fluff session on behalf of Gabby Giffords’ anti gun group, Americans For Responsible Solutions, and an Oregon based anti gun group called Gun Owners For Responsible Ownership, where only invited media was allowed in to hear public officials discuss public policy matters relating to gun laws, and other media was ejected by Hilltop’s Colin Cochran and Jake Weigler, who has also has his hands all over other anti gun groups in the state, such as the Oregon Alliance For Gun Safety, and appearing at forums to discuss the matter.

Hilltop had their hands all over the John Kitzhaber scandal and the controversy over Oregon’s clean fuel bills. The Oregonian reported:

Despite the cost and complexity of the fuel standard, removing the 2015 sunset date has continued to be a priority of the environmental left, Kitzhaber and a nonprofit that sent tens of thousands of dollars fiancée Cylvia Hayes’ way. An adviser to Kitzhaber’s 2010 campaign helped create a $118,000 fellowship for Hayes through the Clean Economy Development Center, Nick Budnick and Laura Gunderson of The Oregonian/OregonLive reported recently. Of that sum, the nonprofit Energy Foundation contributed a total of $75,000 in 2011 and 2012. The foundation expected Hayes to develop communication strategies and build support for clean energy policies in the Northwest.

The Energy Foundation was focused specifically upon Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard during a period in which it also was sending money to Hayes.

This fellowship has received much attention because the money was not accounted for fully on tax returns Hayes provided to The Oregonian/OregonLive. But the Energy Foundation gave another $25,000 to the Clean Economy Development Center in 2013. The CEDC’s role this time, says the Energy Foundation, was to oversee the work of a public affairs firm, Hilltop Public Solutions, to “help us achieve our goal of educating businesses, economic development organizations, and policymakers about the economic benefits that a continuation of the Clean Fuels Program would bring to Oregon communities.”

The Energy Foundation, in other words, was focused very specifically upon Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard during a period in which it also was sending money to Hayes, who served as an energy policy adviser to Kitzhaber. In 2014, curiously, the governor decided to finish writing administrative rules for the low-carbon fuel standard even after lawmakers declined – again – to remove the sunset date.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 2.13.04 AMWeigler also runs his own campaign management and consulting outfit called Path To Victory.

Hilltop was also one of the consulting firms hired for 2014’s “No On 92” campaign, to oppose GMO labeling in Oregon. It was one of the most expensive campaigns in Oregon history, with Big Ag corporations such as Monsanto, Pepsi, Kraft, General Mills, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, Dow AgroSciences, and others kicking in several million dollars. According to Orestar, Hilltop Public Solutions profited $76,496 from the evil corporations that left wing groups are supposed to hate.

Some of the campaign finance reportings involving Hilltop Public Solutions in Oregon. Someone's getting rich!

Some of the campaign finance reportings involving Hilltop Public Solutions in Oregon. Someone’s getting rich!

Apparently Colin Cochran, the Oregon liaison for Hilltop, couldn’t even put together a proper press conference and sent out botched releases. The day after the 2014 election, the Portland Mercury reported:

In fact, Oregon’s result could be closer than the Washington and California measures. As I write this, the Secretary of State shows the measure losing by just 16,330 votes.

That might seem too close to call, particularly since Measure 92’s boosters were relying on late vote totals. But the O has quoted supporters who apparently acknowledge defeat (our calls haven’t yet been returned), and a group with the anodyne name Coalition for Safe Affordable Food just sent out a press release hailing the result. Oh, and here’s a newly sent statement from the No on 92 Coalition’s Colin Cochran. It appears to be a draft, because this is the first sentence.

“Oregon voters have [decisively] rejected Ballot Measure 92, which would have mandated a food labeling system in Oregon that doesn’t exist in any other state, and would have required misleading labels on some foods produced with genetic engineering.”

Cochran would do well to take that “decisively” out of brackets, and out of the thing altogether. Same with a quote from another campaign flack saying voters had “soundly rejected” the measure. This was no mandate.

Update, 11:40 am: I spoke with Cochran, the No on 92, spokesman. He acknowledged his statement’s wording was too strong, and said “someone in our campaign pulled the trigger a little bit early.” A new statement should be coming out shortly.

I also asked Cochran about the spare, overtly corporate (see photo in our Live Blog from last night) “media availability” room the campaign set up last night, rather than a proper campaign party where supporters might commingle over booze. He wouldn’t talk to me about it.

In 2012, they were responsible for a deceptive ad campaign in Montana, in which a phony pro gun and fishing organization, called Montana Hunters and Anglers, which was really just a left wing front group, created to sway outdoorsman voters to vote for democrat Senator John Tester.

ProPublica reported:

Many liberal groups active in Montana, including Montana Hunters and Anglers, were connected through Hilltop Public Solutions, a Beltway consulting firm.

Barrett Kaiser, a former aide to Montana’s other Democratic senator, Max Baucus, is a partner at Hilltop and runs its office in Billings. The Hilltop website notes that Kaiser helped with Tester’s upset Senate win in 2006. Kaiser is also a good friend of Messina, the manager of Obama’s 2012 campaign, who also once worked for Baucus.

Kaiser was on the board of the Montana Hunters and Anglers dark money group. Another Hilltop employee in Billings served as the treasurer for the Montana Hunters and Anglers super PAC.

Hilltop partners in Washington also helped run two other darkmoney groups that spent money on the Montana race: the Citizens for Strength and Security Fund and the Partnership to Protect Medicare.

The League of Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana paid management fees to Hilltop.

No one from Hilltop returned calls, but Nayak and Love said they worked with Hilltop independently of other groups.

Outside groups are allowed to coordinate with each other or use the same consultants — they’re just not allowed to coordinate with a candidate. By working together, groups can disguise who is actually behind an ad.

In early July, for instance, the League of Conservation Voters gave $410,000 to the Montana Hunters and Anglers super PAC — almost all the money the group raised as of that date.

When the super PAC spent the money on TV ads against Rehberg later that month, the spots were paid for by what appeared to be an organization of Montana hunters, not some Washington-based conservationist group. Nayak said that was not a coincidence.

“We figured having a local brand like that and partnering with them on local issues made more sense than having a D.C. brand,” he said.

Equally deceptive, Hilltop Public Solutions was also behind the astroturf movement against free tax filing, which, as it turns out, was being funded by Intuit, the company that runs Turbo Tax. In 2014, Business Insider reported:

Over the last year, a rabbi, a state NAACP official, a small town mayor and other community leaders wrote op-eds and letters to Congress with remarkably similar language on a remarkably obscure topic.

Each railed against a long-standing proposal that would give taxpayers the option to use pre-filled tax returns. They warned that the program would be a conflict of interest for the IRS and would especially hurt low-income people, who wouldn’t have the resources to fight inaccurate returns. Rabbi Elliot Dorff wrote in a Jewish Journal op-ed that he “shudder[s] at the impact this program will have on the most vulnerable people in American society.”

“It’s alarming and offensive” that the IRS would target the “the most vulnerable Americans,” two other letters said. The concept, known as return-free filing, is a government “experiment” that would mean higher taxes for the poor, two op-eds argued.

The letters and op-eds don’t mention that, as ProPublica laid out last year, return-free filing might allow tens of millions of Americans to file their taxes for free and in minutes. Or that, under proposals authored by several federal lawmakers, it would be voluntary, using information the government already receives from banks and employers and that taxpayers could adjust. Or that the concept has been endorsed by Presidents Obama and Reagan and is already a reality in some parts of Europe.

So, where did the letters and op-eds come from? Here’s one clue:

Rabbi Dorff says he was approached by a former student, Emily Pflaster, who sent him details and asked him to write an op-ed alerting the Jewish community to the threat.

What Pflaster did not tell him is that she works for a PR and lobbying firm with connections to Intuit, the maker of best-selling tax software TurboTax.

“I wish she would have told me that,” Dorff told ProPublica.

Another instance in which CCIA solicited a letter wasn’t successful. Angela Martin, director of an Oregon nonprofit, said a PR professional gave her a sample anti-return-free filing letter last year for her organization to send to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Martin knew the caller, Colin Cochran, who works for the firm Hilltop Public Solutions.

Cochran used “a lot of words that advocates would be sympathetic to, like ‘oh, it’ll hurt people with English as a second language,'” Martin said.

Martin was skeptical. So she asked Cochran who he was representing. He said he was working for the CCIA and, when asked, said yes, that Intuit is a member.

Cochran confirmed the details of his discussion with Martin, including that he was working for the CCIA. His firm boasts on its website of a “winning grasstops approach” 2014 “grasstops” is industry lingo for recruiting the support of community leaders.

Two other letter-writers told ProPublica they were approached by lobbyists, though it’s not clear who the lobbyists were representing.

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, The Granite Grok blog gave a warning back in 2014:

Hilltop Public Solutions has been implicated in connection with illegal electioneering, dark money, and other questionable practices in Montana, Missouri, Connecticut, and Oregon…perhaps Michigan as well.  That will all come out in the next few days and weeks, maybe even months.

So why should New Hampshire care?  Several members of their leadership team, including Pete Kavanaugh and Greg Wassestrom,  joined the lefts crowded pantheon of out-of-state Democrat vote-sealers from the 2012 election in New Hampshire.   They presented themselves as domiciled here for voting purposes from a residence in Manchester.   Hilltop Public Solutions has also been giving money to Jeanne Shaheen.  In past years their leadership has  donated to John Lynch, Andrew Hosmer, and Donna Soucy.   So they’ve expressed some interest in our elections and were very active for Obama in 2012.   That should concern you.

Granite Grok followed that up with another article just three days later, going into some detail:

The accusations against Hilltop Public solutions go something like this.  They set themselves up in a state, and along with third party and non-profit groups–many of which they create and direct–funnel tens of thousands of dollars from other Democrat groups into specific support for candidate campaigns, well…here’s an example.

Meanwhile, back in Montana, Hilltop was also hired for another politician, Kendall Van Dyk, in 2013.

Unfortunately for Van Dyk, many of the same national media outlets that mentioned him as a possible replacement for Baucus, also cited emerging scandals involving Schweitzer’s ties to dark money groups as a probable reason for the governor withdrawing his name from consideration for the post.

How this relates to Van Dky lies in his own ties to groups like Hilltop Public Solutions, which is currently under investigation by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

In February of this year from the floor of the Montana State Senate, Senator Van Dyk derided conservative-leaning dark money group, American Tradition Partnership, while calling for the passage of legislation in the state requiring the full disclosure of anonymous donations to such groups.

“We shouldn’t be beholden to these shadowy outfits” said Van Dyk.

Unfortunately for Van Dyk, many of the same national media outlets that mentioned him as a possible replacement for Baucus, also cited emerging scandals involving Schweitzer’s ties to dark money groups as a probable reason for the governor withdrawing his name from consideration for the post.

How this relates to Van Dky lies in his own ties to groups like Hilltop Public Solutions, which is currently under investigation by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

In February of this year from the floor of the Montana State Senate, Senator Van Dyk derided conservative-leaning dark money group, American Tradition Partnership, while calling for the passage of legislation in the state requiring the full disclosure of anonymous donations to such groups.

“We shouldn’t be beholden to these shadowy outfits” said Van Dyk.

And rounding it out with another trip back to Oregon, turns out Colin Cochran had been involved with the anti gun zealots back in 2013, as he was mentioned in an email from anti gun state Senator Ginny Burdick:

Many people have also asked how they can get involved. You can do four things to help in the effort to pass sensible gun safety legislation:

1) Come to the gun safety lobby day at the Capitol on April 4!

2) Have your neighbors, friends and family contact the state senator and state representative from their district and ask for their position on the bills. Urge them to sign onto the legislation and support it if it comes up for a vote. Members listen to constituents. You can find your legislator by entering your address here:http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/ . Sign up for newsletters. Attend town halls for your legislators and bring up the issue of gun safety at every opportunity.

3) Get involved in groups supporting gun safety. Ceasefire Oregon is a great organization and would love additional support. http://www.ceasefireoregon.org/cfo/index.html[email protected]. One Million Moms 4 Gun Control is another great organization that would love additional [email protected] and (503) 610-2749. You can also check out the Facebook page of a new advocacy group, Oregonians for Gun Safety at https://www.facebook.com/#!/OregoniansforGunSafety.

4) If you are a member of law enforcement or a gun owner who is looking to make a difference, please contact Colin Cochran and let him know you are interested in getting involved. Email him[email protected].

Their ties to the green mafia don’t end with the Kitzhaber scandal. A supposed electric car lobby, Drive Oregon, has apparently brought Cochran on to assist with PR:

The Outreach and Communications Workgroup, the latest addition to the Energize Oregon Coalition, is chaired by John MacArthur of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium and Colin Cochran of Hilltop Public Solutions, on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Tasked with promoting the benefits of electric vehicle technology and accurate information about vehicle and charging options, this evolving group is presently working to mobilize public support for the Clean Car Bill, while also working to coordinate more general EV outreach activities and information.

If Hilltop is the “solution” for the public, perhaps we’d be better off with the problem instead.