Fighting the Right

Pollster Tom Jensen Joins PFAW Telebriefing on the State of the Election

On Thursday People For the American Way hosted a member telebriefing on the current state of the 2016 election cycle to discuss the latest poll numbers and what PFAW is doing to engage in the election.

Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen joined the call to share recent polling data on both the presidential contest and key Senate races, providing an overview of the 2016 landscape just over two weeks before the election. PFAW’s Drew Courtney, Marge Baker, and Laura Epstein outlined some of the highlights of PFAW’s work in 2016 on engaging Latino voters and making the Supreme Court a winning election issue.

You can listen to the full telebriefing here:


Voter Suppression Is Not The Solution To Problems With Voter Registration

What we have is a system desperately in need of modernization. Some states have taken positive steps forward on voting rights, while others have failed or been unable to act, or even worse, have taken steps backward with new, potentially suppressive restrictions. Members of Congress have introduced federal legislation, which has yet to receive any meaningful attention from the Republican leadership – the failure to restore the Voting Rights Act being one of the worst cases.

Dolores Huerta Joins National and Local Leaders in Las Vegas to Respond to Debate, Encourage Voters to Cast Their Ballots When Early Voting Begins

People For the American Way also announces launch of Spanish-language TV and radio ads encouraging Nevadans to cast their ballots when early voting starts Saturday

LAS VEGAS—Following the third and final presidential debate, civil rights leader and People For the American Way (PFAW) board member Dolores Huerta joined national and local Latino leaders in Las Vegas to respond to the debate, encourage early voting, and address what’s at stake in the elections, especially for Latino voters.

The event was hosted by national and local groups including BattleBorn Progress, Center for Community Change Action, Feminist Majority (She Wins, We Win Campaign), For Our Future, Mi Familia Vota, Nevada’s Voice, NextGen Climate Nevada, PFAW, PLAN Action, and SEIU International. PFAW also announced new Spanish-language TV and radio ads targeting Donald Trump and Joe Heck and supporting Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto (more info on the ads here). The event and ads are part of PFAW's Latinos Vote campaign.

Key Statements:

Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and PFAW board member: “We must defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton, and Latino voters in Nevada have the power not just to do that, but also to elect Catherine Cortez Masto. Masto stands with us; Joe Heck has spent his time in the Senate voting against DREAMers, cutting Pell Grants for students, and trying to privatize Social Security. Let’s use our voices to stand up against hate, stand up against the dangerous agendas of Trump and the Republicans, and go vote! Si se puede!”

Artie Blanco, Nevada State Director of For Our Future: “Bad hombres, nasty women…What disrespect one candidate has for people, human beings. In the Latino community, respect is important. Respect in our families is important. Nobody calls my abuela a nasty woman.

“The pathway to the White House is through the West, through the strip of Las Vegas, and every Latino neighborhood in this state. We all represent the 20% of Latinos that will be deciding the election here in Nevada. It is time to reject dangerous attacks on women, on Latinos, on Filipinos, on veteran families, on Muslims. We cannot stand for that. And Joe Heck thinks we should give him a pass. He went along for the ride with Trump. In his own fundraiser, said I want to vote for Trump. So go vote, show up. Nevada will decide who’s in the White House and who’s in Congress.”

Sarah Bradshaw, She Wins We Win: “On equal pay for women, worker’s rights and workplace equality, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform and climate change – we know that Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto are leaders.  We urge Nevadans – and especially Nevada women – to vote for Hillary Clinton for President and Catherine Cortez Masto for US Senate.”

Michael Keegan, PFAW President: “Donald Trump represents an unprecedented threat to our democratic system and our fundamental values of freedom and equality for all. It’s critically important we soundly defeat him this November, and Latino voters in Nevada in particular can be a key element in defeating Trump. But it’s not enough to just elect Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. By electing Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevadans will help to create a Democratic Senate that will do its job by giving fair consideration to Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and more, instead of continuing the Senate Republicans’ obstruction.”

Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota: “"This election is not over until the last eligible voter casts their ballot on November 8, Election Day. Latino voters in Nevada are poised to decide who will best represent our interests in the White House on a variety of issues that affect Latino Americans like immigration reform, healthcare, education, the environment, the economy, and voting rights. Our futures and our families depend on our vote, and we will not leave this decision up to anyone else."

Francisco Morales, Nevada State Director of Center for Community Change Action: “We need to prevent Joe Heck from taking over and inflicting his bad policies towards immigrants. The moment I saw him trying to rewrite history that he was for immigration reform, for DREAMers, I immediately thought about the time we asked for his help, his support, his leadership to ask for Republicans in the House to bring up comprehensive immigration reform. But he’s just not there with us. This Saturday is the beginning of early vote. Vote early, vote for your family, have your voices heard. And keeping with the theme of this election, have some great tacos! Let’s celebrate the beginning of early vote and make history as Nevada elects the next President and a new Senator.”

Lizet Ocampo, PFAW Director of Latinos Vote!: When Donald Trump wasn't smearing Latinos as 'bad hombres,' he was doubling down on mass deportation; promising that he'd appoint Supreme Court justices that would be devastating for the rights of women, workers, and immigrants; railing against Obamacare and trying to defend his economic policies that would hurt working families. But Latino voters in this state can make sure Trump loses. And Nevadans will defeat not just Donald Trump, but Joe Heck as well. We know that both are pushing a damaging agenda, but Nevadans can make their voices heard through voting starting on Saturday.

Rocio Saenz, National Executive Vice President of SEIU International: “Last night, Hillary Clinton laid out a vision based on inclusion and compassion, including comprehensive immigration reform in her first 100 days. She said we celebrate diversity, that we are a nation of immigrants. We have come from different places but we have a common goal: Building a better future for our kids, families, and communities. And we heard Trump’s vision, which is filled with hatred. He’ll bring in more hate, divisiveness, and disrespect. We know we have an incredible obligation to make srue there is no Trump America. This election is about us, our families, it’s about what we want this country to be: inclusive and compassionate, a country where all families can thrive. That’s why we Latinos will vote against Trump’s hate, insults, and divisiveness. We are making it clear that he’s not getting in the White House.”

Tom Steyer, President and Founder of NextGen Climate: “Hillary Clinton showed young voters—and all Americans—that she’s standing squarely in their corner. Clinton will transition to a clean energy economy, which will not only create a million jobs but will also address the most critical issue of our generation—climate change. Millennials are going to make the difference in this election and Clinton has shown voters that she’s the only candidate who will fight for the issues that matter most—like climate change, income inequality, education, and racial and gender equity.”

Viridiana Vidal, Nevada State Director for Nevada’s Voice: “At today's press conference national and state leaders reminded us why we can't allow Donald Trump to make it to the White House. He has promised to separate our families and has no respect for any human being, he has attacked women, immigrants, veterans and the disabled. It is precisely those who have been under constant attack for several months who will be the wall between Donald Trump and the White House, our vote will be that wall and believe me it will be a strong one.”

Alexander Zapata, Communications Director for PLAN Action: “If Donald Trump had a hope to win the immigrant vote, last night during the debate he lost all of his chances. His persistence on building a wall and deporting undocumented families continues to be a danger for our community. That is why this October 22 everyone that can vote has the opportunity to say no to Trump and yes to the future of our families.”

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People For the American Way Releases Spanish-Language Ads Targeting Donald Trump, Joe Heck in Nevada

With early voting beginning in Nevada on Saturday, PFAW TV ad targets Donald Trump, Joe Heck; PFAW & PrioritiesUSA radio ad targets Donald Trump.

Following the final presidential debate, People For the American Way (PFAW) is today announcing two Spanish-language ads in Nevada targeting Donald Trump and Joe Heck and supporting Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto. Both ads start airing on Saturday, when early vote in the state begins. The TV ad ties together Trump and Heck, highlighting their dangerous agenda and the reasons to vote against them. The radio ad—launched in partnership with PrioritiesUSA—features Uriel, a DREAMer, encouraging those who can vote to do so against Donald Trump starting on Saturday. Both ads are part of PFAW's Latinos Vote! campaign. Watch the TV ad here, listen to the radio ad here.

“Donald Trump represents an unprecedented threat to our democratic system and our fundamental values of freedom and equality for all. It’s critically important we soundly defeat him this November, and Latino voters in Nevada in particular can be a key element in defeating Trump,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “But it’s not enough to just elect Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. By electing Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevadans will help to create a Democratic Senate that will do its job by giving fair consideration to Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and more, instead of continuing the Senate Republicans’ obstruction.”

Civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta added, “We must defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton, and Latino voters in Nevada have the power not just to do that, but also to elect Catherine Cortez Masto. Masto stands with us; Joe Heck has spent his time in the Senate voting against DREAMers, cutting Pell Grants for students, and trying to privatize Social Security. Let’s use our voices to stand up against hate, stand up against the dangerous agendas of Trump and the Republicans, and go vote! Si se puede!”

“Donald Trump kicked off his campaign by calling Hispanic Americans criminals and rapists and has repeatedly insulted and demeaned Hispanics throughout this campaign,” said PrioritiesUSA Communications Director Justin Barasky. “We must do everything we can to defeat him this November so people like Uriel don’t have to live in fear of Donald Trump trying to deport them or rip their families apart.”

“Nevada Latinos will determine who wins the state, and who wins Nevada could determine who wins the presidency and whether or not Democrats control the Senate,” stated PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “Our ads encourage voters to get to the polls starting on Saturday, so we can stand up for our values, our communities, our families through voting.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


People For the American Way Statements on Third Presidential Debate

In response to the third and final presidential debate, People For the American Way released the following statements:

Marge Baker, People For the American Way Executive Vice President: “In tonight’s debate, the contrast on the Supreme Court could not have been clearer. Hillary Clinton said she’ll appoint justices who understand that the Constitution protects all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful. Donald Trump, for his part, made clear that he’ll nominate justices who will protect the privileges of the wealthy and powerful, but not the rights of ordinary people. The next president could nominate up to four justices who will serve for life on the Supreme Court. That means the choice we make in November won’t just be for the next four years; it will impact our country for a generation.”

Lizet Ocampo, People For the American Way Director of Latinos Vote!: "Seeing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton side by side tonight demonstrated yet again what a clear choice we have this election. When Donald Trump wasn't smearing Latinos as 'bad hombres,' he was doubling down on mass deportation; promising that he'd appoint Supreme Court justices that would be devastating for the rights of women, workers, and immigrants; railing against Obamacare and trying to defend his economic policies that would hurt working families. Now is the time for us to stand up against Trump and for Clinton through our votes. We'll vote in record numbers this year to defeat Trump and the Republicans advancing his hateful agenda."

Earlier today, PFAW released a digital video spotlighting the Supreme Court as a central issue in the presidential election. Watch the video here, and for questions please email


Ayotte & Trump: All the Straws that Didn't Break the Camel's Back

Before the hot-mic news, NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte supported Trump despite his many assaults against equality, democracy, & liberty. She put party over country, time & time again.

Dolores Huerta Joins North Carolina Latino Leaders for Event on the 2016 Elections and the Latino Vote

Yesterday, civil rights leader and People For the American Way (PFAW) board member Dolores Huerta joined Latino leaders in Charlotte to discuss the power of the Latino vote in North Carolina and the issues at stake for Latino voters, and denounce the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino extremism of Donald Trump, Governor Pat McCrory, and Senator Richard Burr.

Dolores Huerta shared her experiences and national perspective given her experience as co-founder of the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, her lifetime work advocating for rights of workers, immigrants, and Latinos, and her work around the country getting out the vote this year and in previous years. Action NC Charlotte Director Hector Vaca and For Our Future Get Out the Vote Director Jeremiah Chapman discussed local issues and the power of the Latino vote to defeat Trump, Gov. McCrory, and Sen. Burr.

“Donald Trump has so much hate for women, immigrants, people who are disabled, and many others. Trump doesn’t share our values, and if he gets elected, it would be such a disaster for our communities. But we’re going to make sure he’ll never become the President of the United States,” said civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta. “It’s not just Trump. He’s the face of the Republican Party. We know Republicans including Richard Burr have blocked immigration reform, blocked equal pay for women. And Republicans have been really involved in voter suppression, trying to suppress our vote.” Huerta continued, “We must take time to register to vote and vote when it means so much for our community. Vote for people who will protect us, people that are going to work for us, including Deborah Ross for Senate, Roy Cooper for Governor, and of course Hillary Clinton for president. Si se puede con el voto!”

Ruth Perez, an Action NC member, will be voting for the first time this year. She explained, “For 22 years I never voted because I thought it wasn’t important. But last year, I started hearing all of Donald Trump’s declarations against Latinos. I stood up and said this is going to change something in my life and in my family. This year I registered to vote, and let me tell you all: This is going to make a big difference. As Latinos, we can make a difference by voting.”

Discussing the recent allegations against Trump and his treatment of women, Perez stated that she had made her choice even before the Access Hollywood tape came out, and later allegations this past week. As she described, “His remarks toward his daughter, not respecting his own kid, that put me in a situation where I don’t have to make any other choices. Trump’s somebody who doesn’t deserve any respect. We as women have fought for many years for our rights, we’ve fought for the right to vote, we fight every day to earn money, we struggle, a lot of single parents, mothers, that are hard workers. He’s trying to destroy this image to our kids, to our society. That’s very sad. But don’t give up. This is a time for you to show him he is wrong. Get up and get yourself to a voting booth, make your voice count.”

Action NC Charlotte Director Hector Vaca addressed the down-ballot races in particular: “What Trump is saying is appalling to our community, appalling to our country. The Latinx community here will make sure he doesn’t win. And the fact that Burr and McCrory support him, we find that to be very, very offensive. What’s more, Burr is against comprehensive immigration reform, McCrory has been part of a lawsuit opposing President Obama’s executive action that would allow so many people who are undocumented who contribute to our country, pay taxes, and run businesses here, to stay here. That’s what’s motivating people to get out in the streets, register voters and get out the votes. Trump, McCrory, and Burr don’t stand with our community, so we don’t stand with them. This election is going to be incredibly important and we’re going to make the difference here in NC.”

Jeremiah Chapman, Get Out the Vote Director for For Our Future, spoke specifically about Burr’s record: “If we look at women’s pay, Burr doesn’t advocate for equal pay for women. Latinas in North Carolina make 48 cents to the dollar of white men, and if we look at the numbers, Latinas account for 14 billion dollars of what is generated here in North Carolina. I don’t understand how some of our elected officials like Burr don’t understand the economic boon that would come from equal pay. He also shared why he’s voting: “As a first-generation Afro-Latino in this country, this election is about changing the minds and mindsets of my generation and the generation that follows. This is an unprecedented time within our country, state, and city where we can see measurable change. Getting out to vote this year will be so influential.”

This event was organized by Action NC, For Our Future, and People For the American Way (PFAW). Lizet Ocampo, PFAW Director of Latinos Vote!, moderated the panel. “Latino voters in North Carolina could decide the presidency, and their votes against the anti-immigrant McCrory and Burr could ensure that they lose their elections. This event was part of our efforts to expose and counter anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies.” Previously this year, PFAW has launched bilingual radio and digital ads in North Carolina targeting Burr for standing with Trump and urging listeners to get out to vote. For more information on PFAW’s election efforts as part of its Latinos Vote! program, email

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Demonstrators Send McCain Message That He Was "Too Little, Too Late" In Denouncing Trump

People For the American Way joined Planned Parenthood, ProgressNow, and other Arizona activists to send a clear message to Senator McCain: he jumped the Trump ship too little, too late.

PFAW Members Speak Out Against Ayotte’s Plan to Write In Mike Pence

Members of People For the American Way protested Monday outside of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester district office following her announcement that she plans to write in vice presidential nominee Mike Pence instead of voting for Donald Trump, in light of his comments about sexually assaulting women. While it’s high time that Sen. Ayotte acknowledged just how unacceptable a Trump presidency would be, a vote for Pence would be a vote for far-right policies devastating for women and the LGBT community.

“Ayotte’s withdrawal of support for Trump has much more to do with politics than principle,” said Linds Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way. “Support for Mike Pence’s agenda is little better—a man who has spent his career attempting to redefine rape, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and pass laws to legalize discrimination against LGBT people is also incredibly dangerous. A far better way for Ayotte to display the political independence she so often claims on the campaign trail would be to push obstructionists in her party to move forward on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.”


Right Wing Watch Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary, Launches New Website

Today, People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch celebrates its 10-year anniversary. PFAW first launched the site after more than two previous decades of monitoring the Right to expose and counter—in real time—the extreme right-wing activists and organizations that were having an outsized impact on our politics. Right Wing Watch has tracked fringe right-wing figures who have suddenly risen to national prominence, reported on the absurd and bigoted statements of politicians who thought no one would listen to what they said on a far-right radio show, and tracked the continued rise of the Religious Right when, year after year, countless others declared it dead.

“Right Wing Watch has spent the last ten years covering those who seek to undermine fundamental constitutional values and distort the American Way,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “Through our team’s expert reporting, we analyze and uncover the far-right and hold accountable the politicians who stand by them, uplift their voices, and perpetuate their lies. And we do this in a way that no other organization does. Right Wing Watch has built up its authority not by taking right-wing figures out of context or twisting anyone’s words, but simply by shining a spotlight on what they say and believe.”

“Right Wing Watch has always had a clear mission: to expose what right-wing leaders are saying when they think that no one is listening,” said PFAW Communications Director Drew Courtney. “Over the last decade, Right Wing Watch has collected and shared an enormous amount of information about the far-right movement in this country, and again and again that’s allowed us to hold politicians accountable when they pander to extremism. We’ve shown that politicians who try to score short term benefits from throwing in with bigotry will pay a long term political cost.”

As part of the 10-year anniversary, PFAW today launched a new Right Wing Watch website, featuring our just-published report on the extremist anti-choice movement’s return to Wichita, KS. You can see the new site at

To schedule an interview with a Right Wing Watch researcher on our work, what it’s like to cover the Right, and/or how the Right has changed over the last ten years, please email

Right Wing Watch Highlights: 2006-2016

Top Right Wing Watch highlights this election cycle:

  • While listening to conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch, Right Wing Watch was the first to report that then-presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker referred to medically unnecessary, mandatory ultrasounds as a “cool thing out there.”
  • Right Wing Watch has reported on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones since 2012—our first post detailed an interview he did where his guest speculated that President Obama was behind the Aurora movie theater shooting—so when Trump and his allies started appearing on his show, we tracked the conspiracy theories that arose from the show and made it to the campaign stump. For example, we reported on Jones and Trump ally Roger Stone discussing the idea that the 2016 election will be “rigged” the day before Trump made the suggestion at a campaign rally.
  • Right Wing Watch was the first to report that three GOP presidential candidates were scheduled to appear at an event in Iowa organized by radical Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson. Right Wing Watch monitored the conference, revealing that the candidates were appearing alongside those calling for the death penalty for gay people and other radical measures. The controversy dogged one of the candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz, for months.
  • After then-presidential candidate Ted Cruz welcomed the endorsement of anti-choice leader Troy Newman, Right Wing Watch was the first to report on the endorsement and lay out the extremism of Newman, which includes calling for the government to execute abortion providers.
  • At the 2016 Values Voter Summit, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said that the election of Hillary Clinton would result in the shedding of blood of “patriots” and “tyrants.” Of all the reporters in the room, RWW’s Peter Montgomery was the one to notice the story and make sure Bevin was held accountable for his outrageous remarks. The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel wrote: “Bevin's speech made no immediate impact…[But] Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, did hear a story. Peter Montgomery, PFAW's tireless correspondent at conservative conferences, wrote up the Bevin remarks for a Monday blog post. Hours later, the Lexington Herald-Leader's Daniel Desrochers chased the story and got an explanation from Bevin.”

Top Right Wing Watch highlights from the last ten years:

  • As Mike Huckabee became the Religious Right’s candidate of choice in the 2008 presidential election, Right Wing Watch unearthed comments that Huckabee had made in a failed 1992 Senate campaign in which he called for quarantining HIV patients. The remarks dogged him throughout his campaign.
  • In 2009, Right Wing Watch filmed a press conference at which former Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry said that assassinated abortion provider George Tiller “reaped what he sowed.” The video was widely distributed and exhibited the extremism of Terry’s wing of the anti-choice movement.
  • In 2010, news organizations reported that Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall had declared that disabled children are God’s “special punishment” for women who have had abortions. Marshall tried to claim that his comments had been misconstrued, but Right Wing Watch dug up a video proving that he had indeed clearly made those comments.
  • In 2011, Mitt Romney was scheduled to speak at the Values Voter Summit immediately before Bryan Fischer, a rabidly anti-gay spokesman for the American Family Association who also made a habit of insulting people of other faiths, particularly Mormons. Using Right Wing Watch’s research on Fischer, People For the American Way called on Romney to denounce Fischer’s bigotry—and, in his speech, Romney did just that, further marginalizing one of the most divisive figures on the Right.
  • In 2011, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his presidential bid with a stadium prayer rally hosted by extremist groups and featuring a number of proponents of “dominionism,” the idea that conservative Christians must take control of all parts of society, including the government. Right Wing Watch exposed the extremism of the event, which ended up dominating news coverage of the launch of Perry’s campaign.
  • In 2013, famed televangelist Pat Robertson claimed on his daily “The 700 Club” program that gay people deliberately infect others with AIDS by wearing special rings that cut people whom they shake hands with. Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network edited the remark from its recording of the program, but Right Wing Watch had been recording it live. Right Wing Watch resisted several attempts by Robertson to quash the video, ensuring that he couldn’t cover over his extremism.
  • In 2013, Right Wing Watch was the first to reveal that Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage, had traveled to Russia to testify in favor of anti-LGBT laws before the nation’s parliament just days after the body had passed an infamous bill banning “propaganda” about homosexuality. Right Wing Watch’s discovery highlighted the fact that Brown and his organization were interested in far more than stopping marriage equality in the U.S.
  • In 2013, Right Wing Watch was the first to draw attention to Rep. Steve King’s comments on a small conservative cable network that the majority of DREAM Act recipients have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana a across the desert.” After RWW highlighted the video, King’s comments drew national attention and helped to define the immigration debate that was raging at the time in Congress.
  • History Bonus: Right Wing Watch launched online 10 years ago, but PFAW’s research department has existed since the organization’s founding in 1981. In 2001, it was PFAW that was recording Pat Robertson’s television program when he and Jerry Falwell blamed the Sept. 11 attacks on “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way.”


Why Are Those Closest To Trump Not Contributing To His Campaign?

Over the years, Donald Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. have been relatively frequent and promiscuous political donors, making significant contributions to Democrats and Republicans alike. The three combined contributed $15,000 to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and $13,800 to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. They have given to numerous New York politicians, both Republican and Democratic. Don Jr. and Ivanka even contributed a combined $8,800 to a number of Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. 

But thus far, according to campaign finance records, Trump’s three eldest children have not donated to their father’s presidential effort, even as the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are making significant efforts to raise money from small-dollar contributors.

Interestingly, the three older Trump children have in the past been significant donors to Republican party committees, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee since 2008. (They have also made significant contributions to the three Democratic counterparts to these committees.) But these donations ceased in 2014; since their father captured the Republican nomination, the Trump children have not continued their support of GOP party committees, according to records accessed on 

Trump’s children are not the only ones close to him who are financially sitting out this election cycle. The GOP nominee routinely brags about his company creating tens of thousands of jobs, yet a search on for campaign contributions from employees of Trump’s companies returns just 19 contributions to Trump from 13 employees, totaling just $5,477.

This baker’s dozen of individuals who are financially supporting Trump’s campaign are spread throughout a number of Trump ventures. Four list their employer as The Trump Organization, including frequent Trump media surrogate and lawyer David Cohen, who contributed $250 to his boss’ campaign; others list themselves as employees of Trump buildings including Trump Tower in New Rochelle, Trump World Tower and Trump golf courses, specifically the Trump National and the Trump International clubs. Kerry Woolard, who manages the Trump Winery and spoke at the Republican National Convention, contributed $250. One contributor listed themselves as an employee of Trump Entertainment Resorts, the formerly bankrupt owner of Trump’s Atlantic City casino properties, which is now a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises. Another listed themselves as an employee of Trump University.*

Trump’s website still states that he is “self-funding” his campaign to ensure that he doesn’t “owe anything to lobbyists and special interests,” a major talking point in his successful primary run. Yet, according to, by this point in his campaign only one-third of Trump’s campaign fundraising has come from his own bank account, while 29 percent has been raised from small donors and 16 percent from larger donors. Even as Trump relies heavily on small contributions from individual supporters, reports over the summer showed that his campaign was spending lavishly on Trump-owned businesses. 

Candidates for office, especially those like Trump who have plenty of wealthy connections, often start their fundraising pitches with their friends and families. Yet Trump, even as he solicits small-dollar donations and spends them on his own enterprises, seems to be asking very little of his own family and top business associates.  

*We have only named contributors who have spoken as surrogates for Trump in the media. 

Donald Trump: Many People Say Obama 'Has Declared A War On Catholics'

In typical Trumpian style, Donald Trump sent a letter to a conservative Catholic group this month stating that many people believe that President Obama “has declared a war on Catholics” and that Hillary Clinton “promises to be even worse!”

In the October 1 letter to, which the group has posted on its website, Trump committed to signing bills such as the First Amendment Defense Act and the Conscience Protection Act, two GOP measures seeking to curtail LGBT and reproductive health access, respectively.

Our current president has not respected American’s First Amendment rights. Many believe he has declared a war on Catholics. And my opponent promises to be even worse!

As President, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear. This approach one would think is just common sense. And I don't care if people call it politically incorrect.

The priorities that the next President will need to establish are not known at this time. Protection of the nation and its citizens must come first. Getting the economy back on track must be near the top of the list. Preserving and protecting the rights of our citizens must also be in the mix. If Congress considers legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act or the Conscience Protection Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signature and enactment.

Trump Campaign Defends Sons' Appearances On Show With Ties To White Nationalist

Yesterday, we reported that Donald Trump’s son Eric had appeared on “Liberty Roundtable,” a Utah-based radio program hosted by Sam Bushman, whose network also syndicates the white nationalist radio program “Political Cesspool” and who frequently invites “Political Cesspool” host James Edwards to be a guest on his program.

This was especially surprising given that back in March, another Trump son, Donald Trump Jr., stirred national controversy when he appeared on Bushman’s program and ended up taking questions from Edwards, who had also called in to the program. The campaign apparently wasn’t deterred by the experience, and sent both Eric Trump and economic adviser Stephen Moore to Bushman’s program in the last two weeks.

While we don’t categorize the “Liberty Roundtable” itself as white nationalist, the program’s ties to Edwards, a white nationalist, are clear—a fact that the Trump campaign itself demonstrated when Donald Trump Jr. ended up speaking with Edwards on the program.

But the Trump campaign has dug in its heels this time, releasing a statement to CNN stating that “Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding” and insisting that the campaign “would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate”:

"As you know, we had no knowledge of James Edwards' participation and strongly rebuked him," Hope Hicks, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement, referring to Donald Trump Jr.'s interview. "Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding. We would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate."

Incidentally, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that a white nationalist super PAC is planning to run ads in support of Trump starting this weekend on both “Political Cesspool” and “Liberty Roundtable.”

Glenn Beck: Bill Cosby Was Destroyed Because He Spoke Out Against The Democratic Party

On his radio show yesterday, Glenn Beck continued to complain that America has become so polarized that people are being ruthlessly attacked by their own side for daring to disagree with the party line on any issue ... which is, he said, exactly what happened to Bill Cosby.

"Consitutionalists [within the GOP] are now the black population for the Democrats," Beck said, insisting that African Americans who refuse to support the Democratic Party or its agenda are targeted for destruction and now the same thing is happening to "constitutionalists" within the Republican Party.

"I contend Bill Cosby would have gotten away with everything that he did his whole life had he not rocked the boat at the end and started talking about his community and saying, 'We've got to look at our own community,'" Beck said. "Basically, what was he saying? The same things the Democrats don't want to say about the family, the same things that they don't want to say about Detroit; that the things that we've been doing and are being told to ignore are the problem."

"You can't have anybody think, you've got to shout them down," Beck said.

Will Donald Trump Sue Me Over This Post?

In a campaign speech in Nevada on Wednesday, Donald Trump threatened to sue someone over an ad he did not like—just who that person or organization is remains unclear at the moment:

"I saw today—I left the room and I saw a commercial where it was really a nasty commercial, totally made up about me with vets. There is nobody that loves the vets more or respects the vets more," Trump said. "They're spending hundreds of millions of dollars on false commercials and it's a disgrace. So what we'll do—I guess we'll sue them. Let's sue them. Right? Let's sue them."

Trump is a petulant child and suing, or threatening to sue, is how he throws a tantrum. The sheer number of times during the course of his campaign that he has threaten to sue, or sued, in an attempt to shut down criticism is staggering.

This past Saturday he threatened to sue The New York Times after the paper published three pages from his 1995 tax returns showing he claimed a net operating loss of nearly $1 billion that year.  

Two weeks earlier, Trump claimed on Twitter, “My lawyers want to sue the failing ‪@nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting.”

In April, Trump called Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter David Kay Johnson at home threatening to sue the journalist if he didn’t like his reporting.

In July 2015, Trump threatened to sue the National Hispanic Media Coalition for calling his campaign announcement a “bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant.” This was two weeks after the GOP nominee sued Univision for dropping its broadcasts of his Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. (This suit was ultimately settled.)

A few weeks later, Trump’s lawyer, Donald Cohen, threaten to sue The Daily Beast if it published a story stating that “his ex-wife Ivana Trump once used ‘rape’ to describe an incident between them in 1989.” The was after Trump’s lawyer wrongly claimed that “you cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

Prior to launching his campaign, in April 2015, Trump tweeted that suing Rolling Stone and Huffington Post was a way to “put them out of business.”

The daily grind of a presidential campaign has not halted Trump’s threats.

In February, he threatened to sue Ted Cruz if his main competition for the GOP nomination didn’t “clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads.” He went on to claim, “I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.”

A few weeks later, he made an explicit threat to, if elected, change longstanding libel laws to enable him to sue the Washington Post and The New York Times, telling his audience at a rally:

I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought the Washington Post to have political influence and I got to tell you, we have a different country than we used to have. We have a different—He owns Amazon. He wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it. That's not right. And believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems. They're going to have such problems. And one of the things I'm going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me, and I've never said this before, but one of the things I'm going to do if I win—and I hope I do and we're certainly leading—is I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. So that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected. 

He even threatened Washington Post reporters during an interview with the paper in May 2016,  telling them, “I will be bringing more libel suits as people—maybe against you folks. I don’t want to threaten, but I find that the press is unbelievably dishonest.”

He also threatened the Washington Post during a January interview about the failure of the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. “If you write this one, I’m suing you,” he told the paper.  

The Washington Post was not Trump’s only target. In April, the Post’s Erik Wemple reported that the GOP candidate had threatened to sue the Associated Press. “Trump threatened to sue the Associated Press over an October 2015 article about a movement by the directors of the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City to oust a management team installed by the Trump family,” he wrote.

The Columbia Journalism Review has detailed even more examples of Trump’s threats of litigation against journalists.

This would be just another story about a billionaire abusing the court system to bully others into silence, if the billionaire in question was not attempting to occupy an office that gives him the power to appoint judges who could fundamentally shift the definition of the First Amendment, which is the critical protection against his attempts to stifle speech he doesn’t like.

Mat Staver: Roy Moore's Suspension Signals A Breakdown In Law That Will Eventually Destroy The Republic

Mat Staver, who represented Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in an ethics trial that recently ended in his suspension from the court, said yesterday that the verdict in the case shows that “we’re seeing the breakdown of the rule of law” in America that will eventually lead to the “dissolution of the entire republic.”

Moore had attempted to stop federal marriage equality rulings from taking effect in his state, later making the flimsy excuse that he was merely providing judges in the state with a “status update” on the law, a claim that the state’s Court of the Judiciary pointed out had been contradicted by Staver’s own words.

Staver was the guest on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” program when a listener called in to ask, “If Judge Roy Moore can be suspended because of a frivolous complaint against him that has no merit, why doesn’t Liberty Counsel file frivolous complaints against all the judges on the Supreme Court and have the Supreme Court wiped out, and the legislature will obviously have to do something about it.”

Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, responded that that strategy would never work “because the deck is stacked” against groups like his and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed an ethics complaint against Moore, would “throw the rules out” to go after him.

“So what happens here is when the rule of law is thrown out and when people don’t abide by the rule of law and they make it up as they go, then the outcome is predetermined,” he said. “That is the problem that ultimately breaks down the entire freedom and democracy that we have, in terms of our representative form of government, I should say. It breaks down the whole system.”

“In fact,” he continued, “Thomas Jefferson said this: ‘The seeds of dissolution lies in the judiciary.’ What does he mean by that? He means that if the judges, if the courts, don’t restrain themselves and we the people don’t restrain them within their confined duties, then that’s where the seeds of dissolution of the entire republic are. And it will grow and grow and grow and grow, and eventually it will dissolve the entire republic of the United States of America. And that’s what we’re seeing, we’re seeing the breakdown of the rule of law, and when they make it up as they go, it doesn’t really matter. So that’s the problem that we have in this case.”

Bryan Fischer: Right Wing Watch Is 'Trolling' Me, Just Like Critics Did To Jesus

Earlier today, we posted a clip of Bryan Fischer asserting that many DREAMers, undocumented young people who were brought into the United States as children, grow up to become criminals, gang members and murderers.

On his radio program today, Fischer said that he sees nothing wrong with that statement and stands by it, accusing us of "trolling" him just like critics did to Jesus.

"Right Wing Watch is a liberal organization," Fischer said, "and they troll us, they troll this program, they are trolling this program right now as you and I are talking to each other. Right Wing Watch has their trolls down in the basement somewhere watching, taping, listening to every word that we speak."

"It's just like what the politicians of Jesus' day and the opponents of Jesus' day did to him," Fischer stated. "They were constantly trying to provoke him, constantly trying to catch him in something that he might say. So they were always trying to come up with these gotcha questions for Christ, always trying to goad him into saying something that they could use against him. So this is what Right Wing Watch is banking on, this is what they're hoping for."

Tony Perkins: Better To Disband The Military Than Include Transgender Service Members

Yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacted to the news that “the Pentagon has published a handbook for transgender service” by claiming that it would be better if the military disbanded altogether than accommodate transgender service members.

Perkins spoke about the new handbook on his “Washington Watch” program with Jerry Boykin, the FRC’s executive vice president.

“So we see the administration pushing forward without congressional input on integrating transgenders [sic] into our nation’s military,” Perkins said. “What else can this administration do to the military other than just disband it?”

Later, he added: “I probably need to take it back when I said that the only thing worse the president could do would be to disband the military. Actually, that might even be better. We’re probably better off without a military that is not compromised, because we think we have a military that’s defending our country and able to do that but we have a military that in many ways is a hollowed-out shell.”

Perkins reacted to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with similar hysteria, making a variety of predictions—such as the reinstatement of the draft—that did not come true.

Wiley Drake Insists That He And Alan Keyes, Not Hillary Clinton, Started The Birther Issue

Last week, extremist right-wing pastor Wiley Drake joined James David Manning, who is an extreme anti-LGBT preacher in his own right, on Manning's radio show to voice his outrage over the fact that Donald Trump is trying to blame Hillary Clinton for starting the birther conspiracy theory against President Obama.

Drake is outraged by the false claim and wants everyone to know that it was he and Alan Keyes, Obama's Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race in 2004, who really started the campaign back in 2008 when they ran on the American Independent Party ticket.

As Drake recounted, he traveled to Washington, D.C., with Keyes to file the necessary paperwork to run for president and vice president and they both decided to attach copies of their birth certificates to the filing forms in an effort to force Obama to release his own birth certificate.

"We proceeded to go to court to demand that Barry Soetoro produce his birth certificate equally," Drake said, "because if Dr. Keyes was and I was, we felt it only fair that he produce his. Well, he refused for a long time and therein lies the beginning of the birther issue."

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