Okay, so you know about the former James O’Keefe compadres opening the American Phoenix Foundation in Texas where they train “journalists” to stalk non-tea-party state Republicans and secretly videotape them. Hannah Giles and Joe Basel are not strangers to drinking at the fountain of slime.
It is Republicans getting eaten by their children. It’s a thing I truly deeply and delightfully enjoy watching.
But now it’s getting even sweeter.
Come to find out, one of their big financial supporters is a guy who pulled some major weight around the Texas capitol and helped Rick Perry try to destroy the Texas secondary public education system. He’s semi-famous in Texas. And it’s not that he revealed himself. Oh no, he wouldn’t want to do that and give his enemies even more ammo against him. He got outted.
A private foundation led by billionaire oilman and higher education critic Jeff Sandefer has given $200,000 in recent years to help bankroll a conservative nonprofit now at the center of a scheme to secretly film lawmakers and lobbyists, tax filings show.
The American Phoenix Foundation is a 501(c)(3) so they don’t have to reveal their donors. But Sandefer’s organization – although tax exempt (Republicans will do anything to keep from paying their fair share of taxes) – has to list their donees on their IRS filing. Bingo!
When questioned about the activities of this pet project, Sandefer had a ready answer.
“We did not get into specifics of what they were going to do. I never got that far. I never heard a specific plan to do anything,” Sandefer said.
But yet he gave $200,000 to two people involved in falsely editing ACORN tapes and illegally breaking into Senator Mary Landrieu’s office disguised as a telephone repairman to gather dirt on her. Maybe he expected that they’d turned good and were going to feed poor little crippled children with his $200,000.
That, my friend, is enough caca del toro to fill Texas stadium. Nobody, no body, who has ever set foot in the Texas capitol believes that story.
For its contribution to caca ownership, the American Phoenix Foundation says it has 11,000 small donors. Yeah, sure. Honey, if they can prove that I’ll eat grandpa’s saddle on the capitol steps and let them videotape it.
This story promises to get better and better.