[The above is the front-page of the May 25, 2003 Sunday issue of the Argus Leader. It was the extensive effort by David Kranz to discredit Paul Erickson, one of the Republicans who was to organize the Daschle Accountability Project. The report went on to consume the entire page 4A.]
As I said in an earlier post, the issue of accountability provides us with the kind of double standards that I have noticed in regard to the Democrats and their advocates in the MSM. Thus is the case with Steve Hildebrand, Tom Daschle’s former (?) campaign manager and David Kranz, the Chief political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
On May 26, 2005, David Kranz used his column to provide Steve Hildebrand with a platform to justify his efforts to discredit John Thune:
Responding to questions about his postelection actions, Hildebrand told Roll Call that Democrats will monitor Thune in the Senate.
"There are people with progressive voices in South Dakota who care tremendously about what happens in this state, and if he fails in any way to deliver for this state, we're going to call upon him to explain it to the voters here," Hildebrand said.
Kranz also helped the Democrats deny that their efforts were coordinated in their anti-Thune efforts:
Daschle told Roll Call there is no orchestrated effort against Thune.
"I think it's kinda silly, actually," he said. "I haven't asked anybody (to attack Thune), nor do I know of any coordinated effort. ... What's past is past."
But two years ago when the shoe was on the other foot, David Kranz presented a different story. Here is the sequence of reports and columns the Argus Leader printed that discredited the Daschle Accountability Project as a negative anti-Daschle attack performed by a bunch of political activists that were connected at the hip to John Thune:
Group seeks $800,000 for anti-Daschle media blitz
That was the headline to an April 28, 2003 front-page-above-the-fold report by David Kranz that first broke the news about the Daschle Accountability Project. Note the reference to "anti-Daschle" and here was the opening paragraph:
Two Sioux Falls political activists are teaming up to raise more than $800,000 to pay for a yearlong media blitz in South Dakota aimed at helping defeat Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle in the 2004 election.
Kranz’s tone was far from presenting a report on a group that is aimed at holding Daschle accountable. And neither was Steve Hildebrand who was quoted:
"In 2002. South Dakota saw several of John Thune’s out-of-state special-interest friends come into the state and run attack ads against Senator Tim Johnson and Senator Tom Daschle, It looks like in 2003, they are again being invited back to attack Senator Daschle," Hildebrand said.
Republicans disapprove of anti-Daschle ad campaign
That was the title to David Kranz’s May 4, 2003 column. The tone set by the state’s largest paper had even the leadership of the state Republicans running for the hills...as was gleefully reported by Kranz:
I am trying to stay as far away from that as possible," says Randy Frederick, of Hayti, state Republican Party chairman.
"I don't want to get close to those folks because they are so negative, and that is not what the South Dakota Republican Party and I are all about. You can have a good, honest, hard campaign about issues, but you don't have to be caustic."
While the Argus Leader’s reporting buckled the South Dakota Republican leadership, ABC CBS, and CNN were among those that repeated Kranz’s propaganda at the national level. This led the way for the national Democrats to tie in John Thune. On May 14, 2003 the Rapid City Journal reported on this press release:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee drew former Republican Congressman John Thune into the battle between the nonprofit Sioux-Falls-based Rushmore Policy Council and Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
DSCC Chairman Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., issued a news release calling on Thune to "disavow" the Rushmore Policy Council and its ballyhooed "Daschle Accountability Project." Rushmore Policy Council Director Rob Regier and colleague Paul Erickson were in Washington, D.C., last month trying to raise about $1 million to pay for a humorous TV campaign chiding Daschle for his policy positions.
Democrats link Thune to anti-Daschle ad campaign
That was the headline to the David Kranz report that covered the Corzine press release a full week before the above RCJ piece (May 7, 2003) showing Kranz's eagerness to carry the Democrats' water. Kranz's report included this Corzine quote:
"If he [John Thune] doesn’t [speak out against the plan], he should forgive us if we don’t see it as a coincidence that both he and his close political friends have set up non-profit groups that are nothing more than shell games to advance their political interests, " Corzine said.
Perhaps someone should report the same point in regard to the Democrats’ "South Dakotans United To Protect Social Security" today. Maybe someone should do what Kranz did two years ago.
In his May 11, 2003 column, Kranz announced the entry of Neal Tapio into the 2004 Senate race, and then Kranz tried to create a guilt-by-association connection between the two conservatives he had earlier discredited:
Tapio described himself as a philosophical Republican who is a fiscal and social conservative.
His newspaper ad directs readers to a Web site - sdakotagop.com -where there was once a list of people involved in the project. In addition to Tapio's name, listed as Neal T, others were Paul E., small businessman; Rob R., administrator; Kenyon G., administration; and Grant H., insurance. Last week, all names disappeared.
Their mission statement: "We are an active group of lifelong South Dakotans that are a not-for-profit organization established to promote and defend principled candidates who support the Reagan vision of limited government, free markets, lower taxes, family values, economic growth and a strong national defense."
Daschle's campaign has criticized the sdakotagop.com Web site as an extension of the effort to launch the Daschle Accountability Project forwarded Rob Regier of the Rushmore Policy Council and Paul Erickson. That plan got substantial media coverage around the United States in the last week, but Regier now says they do not plan to implement it.
But wait…Kranz continues:
Now that there is a possible Senate candidate, South Dakota television viewers will also get a chance as early as this week to see some anti-Daschle television commercials.
Club for Growth, visible in the state during the 2002 election cycle with spots criticizing Daschle, are making buys with a new message.
Stephen Moore, head of that organization, came to the state to discuss his plan and sought to recruit members at a gathering in a motel meeting room reserved for Erickson's business.
So David Kranz and Steve Hildebrand had a different take when it was Senator Daschle who was going to be held accountable. Instead Kranz was helping out the Daschle campaign by controlling the political atmosphere by turning any attempt to hold Daschle accountable for the positions he took in DC into a negative anti-Daschle attack by political extremists.
As the picture at the top of this post shows, Kranz was even allowed to discredit Paul Erickson on the front-page of a Sunday edition of the Argus Leader with an exhaustive report that included the sub-headline "Paul Erickson stands up for the Republican right wing".
After witnessing how Kranz helped Tim Johnson in 2002 by using Tony Dean to misinform the masses on the gun issue…and now in 2003, Kranz was preventing conservatives from talking about what Tom Daschle does in DC with regard to important issues…I went to work and began researching Kranz.
Just after becoming the Managing Editor on the Mitchell Daily Republic in 1976, Kranz wrote a column bragging about his college days with Tom Daschle. On May 29, 2003 I made this revelation known by posting it:
In a 9/4/1976 column in the Mitchell Daily Republic, Dave Kranz announced:
More familiar faces are returning from other parts of the country to South Dakota. Tom and Laurie Daschle, aides to Sen. James Abourezk in Washington have been reassigned to Abourezk’s Sioux Falls office.
Daschle is formerly of Aberdeen and his wife is the daughter of PUC commissioner Mrs. Norma Klinkel. We went to college with Daschle at South Dakota State University and worked together on a mock political convention.
Daschle masterminded one of the most successful participation events by students of an unrequired nature when he headed the political science department’s convention project. Well over 650 students got involved in the event which was patterned after the Democratic convention that year because of the general interest.
I remember our tireless search to find a renowned public speaker to address the convention such as McGovern, McCarthy, Humphrey or some other prominent Democrat. With no takers, we finally found a popular young state senator from Salem to address the group. His name was Richard Kneip.
After that revelation, David Kranz got his wings clipped a little by not being allowed to report on the 2004 Senate race. But his pro-Democrat bias is alive and kicking today. Kranz is not calling Hildebrand a far-left Democrat operative spearheading an anti-Thune attack campaign funded by Daschle’s out-of-state special interests. Kranz is not going into all the Daschle staffers who are involved in a cabal with Hildebrand featured on the front-page of a Sunday Argus Leader as the Democratic left winger out to get the guy from Murdo, South Dakota.
Todd Epp says this about John Thune’s vote against the Democrat lead filibuster of the Bolton nomination:
This is another example of Thune's flim-flam. He gets to thump his chest on how he's getting tough with the Administration while flip flopping to vote against Bolton. Flip flopping because a month ago he said he supported Bolton. But on the vote that counted--should the Senate be a co-equal branch of government and be given all the necessary documents in the confirmation process--Thune continued to be a good soldier for the White House by giving them his vote.
How tough acting is that? If he really wanted to send them a message, why not vote against the White House on both votes?
Todd, Todd, Todd. Remember the Daschle Dead Zone? Wiken did. If Thune voted to filibuster Bolton, wouldn’t the Democrats then be calling Thune a flip-flopper on the issue of the filibuster on Bush nominations? This just goes to prove that the Democrats don’t care what Thune does, they are going to hate it one way or the other.
In the meantime Epp ignores Tim Johnson’s vote to stop the filibuster of Priscilla Own, but then votes against her the next day. Why isn’t Todd Epp complaining about Tim Johnson not voting against the White House on both votes? Because Tim Johnson is a Democrat. Also note that Tim Johnson wasn't the only Democrat that did not vote against the White House both times. Perhpas they were worried about becoming "Daschled".
I am so happy the far-left blogosphere is here giving us more ammunition on the sad mindset of the Democrat Party. This should make it even easier for Republicans to win future elections.
I just wish I had days off all the time, so that I can hold the Democrats accountable full time. And then maybe Todd Epp would stick to soccer full time. Congrats on your soccer success Todd. Hope you had fun.
After thought: Notice how Epp used an unidentified "Washington insider" as an expert to give credibility to a false accounting of Thune’s actions. This is typical of what the MSM does. Anyone want to bet against the insider being a Democrat?
SDP pointed out a comment from Mount Blogmore regarding the continued hate campaign by the Dumped Daschle Disciples as depicted by the "F— John Thune" t-shirts. Here is a response left on Mount Blogmore from a blogger from the left South Dakota blogosphere and member of the Dumped Daschle Disciples followed by my response I sent to Mount Blogmore:
Speaking of T-shirts, seems to me there were some very nasty attacks on Daschle via the T-shirt Route. Can’t remember the phrasing.
Typical Wiken (and most Democrats)…BS without substance. Having diarrhea of the mouth only provides conservatives with more of what we used to defeat Daschle in 2004.
Doug, please keep it up. Continue to attack character and ignore the meat of the issues. This is what lead you to state this lie:
Well, enough of this for now. Whatever crap Thune gets he deserves. His campaign was bull from start to finish. The only thing close to a real issue was saving Ellsworth and that seems to be mighty iffy right now.
Wiken wasn’t paying attention (unlike the voters) when the truth was spoken about the Daschle Dead Zone:
I'm John Thune, and it's time to end what the Wall Street Journal calls "Daschle's Dead Zone."
With the help of thousands of South Dakotans, we are going to end Tom Daschle's obstructionism in the Senate.
The commonsense agenda of President Bush and our Senate Republican majority has been obstructed too long.
Judicial nominations are dying in the "Daschle Dead Zone." Permanent tax cuts and welfare reform are dying in the "Zone."
Repeal of the death tax and the marriage penalty are dying in the "Daschle Dead Zone." Medical liability reform is dying at the hands of trial lawyers in the "Zone."
Class-action reform is dying in the "Daschle Dead Zone." An energy bill including a national commitment to renewable fuels is dying in the "Daschle Dead Zone."
We can pass this commonsense agenda when we defeat Tom Daschle and re-elect President George Bush in November.
Roger Andal, longtime Democrat operative, was again used by the South Dakota MSM without disclosing his hidden agenda. In response to my post detailing his pro-Democrat activities, Andal emailed me and bragged about being State coordinator for Veterans for Kerry in 2004.
But many Veterans did not appreciate the political activities of John Kerry. In fact they help collaborate my previous post about Democrats actually being advocates of communism:
On the campaign trail, Sen. John Forbes Kerry regularly mentions his Vietnam War combat experience, during which he received three Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and Bronze Star.
However, the Massachusetts Democrat doesn't like to talk much about how he received the awards or the time after he returned home when he was rubbing shoulders with Hanoi Jane Fonda as a much-celebrated organizer for Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), one of America's most radical pro-communist groups.
Sen. Kerry, the "noble statesman" and "highly decorated Vietnam vet" of today, is a Far cry from Kerry, the radical, hippie-like leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in the early 1970s.
Soon after Kerry, as a Navy Lieutenant (junior grade) commanding a Swift boat in Vietnam, was awarded the Silver Star, he used an obscure Navy regulation to leave Vietnam and his crew before completing his tour of duty.
After returning home, he quit the Navy early and changed the color of his politics to become a leader of VVAW. Kerry wasted no time organizing opposition in the United States against the efforts of his former buddies still ducking communist bullets back in Vietnam.
Kerry participated in the so-called Winter Soldier Investigation where his fellow protesters accused his fellow GIs of war crimes.
Kerry's betrayal of American prisoners of war, his blatant disrespect for the families of our missing in action, Vietnam veterans, the military, his support for communist Vietnam and his waffling over the issue of use of force in Iraq proves he is a self promoting Chameleon Senator who cannot be relied on to protect the best interests of the United States.
Vietnam Veterans against John Kerry have details supporting their position that John Kerry is pro-communist:
As a national leader of VVAW, Kerry campaigned against the effort of the United States to contain the spread of Communism. He used the blood of servicemen still in the field for his own political advancement by claiming that their blood was being shed unnecessarily or in vain.
Under Kerry's leadership, VVAW members mocked the uniform of United States soldiers by wearing tattered fatigues marked with pro-communist graffiti. They dishonored America by marching in demonstrations under the flag of the Viet Cong enemy.
Much of Kerry's speech before Congress painted his fellow GIs as so brutal that, today, they could easily be mistaken for Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen killers.
He reported to Congress that U.S. soldiers had "personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."
By the following day, April 24, the publicity from the 22nd and 23rd helped draw at least 250,000 demonstrators to the Mall in a massive protest.
Kerry, wearing his combat jacket, addressed the rally from the Capitol steps.
In less than a week, Kerry was transformed from little-known former swift boat skipper to a national icon for a movement that advocated against U.S. involvement in Vietnam and for the communist Vietnamese.
Kerry was a supporter of the "People's Peace Treaty," a supposed "people's" declaration to end the war, reportedly drawn up in communist East Germany.
It included nine points, all of which were taken from Viet Cong peace proposals at the Paris peace talks as conditions for ending the war.
One of the provisions stated: "The Vietnamese pledge that as soon as the U.S. government publicly sets a date for total withdrawal [from Vietnam], they will enter discussion to secure the release of all American prisoners, including pilots captured while bombing North Vietnam."
In other words, Kerry and his VVAW advocated the communist line to withdraw all U.S. troops from Vietnam first and then negotiate with Hanoi over the release of prisoners. Had the nine points of the "People's Peace Treaty" favored by Kerry been accepted by American negotiators, the United States would have totally lost all leverage to get the communists to release any POWs captured during the war years.
Communism is alive and well, says "The End of Time" author David Horowitz.
And he should know. The son of Communist parents and a former Communist himself, he has crusaded against the Marxist left on college campuses and written books exposing the influence of the left on America's political culture.
In an exclusive interview with NewsMax.com, Horowitz spoke about his new book and the Marxist domination of today's Democratic party.
In his book, Horowitz writes about his views on life and death, and explains his belief in the destructive nature of Utopia-driven ideologies, noting: "The desire for more than is possible is the cause of greater human misery than any other."
He places Communism in that category, and recalls how his father devoted his life in the pursuit of "more than is possible." Horowitz explains how since leaving the party he has devoted his life to fighting Marxism in all its forms, not as a conservative ideologue, but as a seeker after truth and the meaning of life.
In my book "Unholy Alliance" I laid out what I called the mind of the left and showed the absolute continuity of the critique of capitalism in America between 1940 and 2003. Today's left sees the world pretty much in the same terms as the Stalinists did.
What has happened is that it has lost its faith in the working class, so its agenda is entirely negative. They've dropped the dictatorship of the proletariat and they all say they're democrats, but so did Lenin.
The vast bulk of the American left is a Communist left and they've introduced some fascist ideas like "identity politics," which is straight out of Mussolini. They don't talk about the working class, they talk about women and race. There's not much that they've learned from the history of the 20th century.
Republican officials in South Dakota and Washington, D.C., have a message for former staffers and supporters of Sen. Tom Daschle who continue to snipe from cyberspace at Sen. John Thune six months after he defeated the Senate Minority Leader in a notably acrimonious campaign last November: The war is over.
Since the "Republican officials" were not identified, the introduction could possibly been just made up to set up a false theme to the report. Such was the case as the report promotes Todd Epp, a Democrat operative who has proven to have many friendly contacts within the South Dakota MSM:
During the campaign, Thune employed a South Dakota State University faculty member and a University of South Dakota law student as bloggers against Daschle.
To that end, Sioux Falls lawyer Todd Epp - a Democratic activist and blogger himself - says: "Thune is getting a taste of his own medicine. It is completely justified."
But, he also tips his hat to the new senator.
"I think Thune showed us a different way of campaigning. It caught on," Epp says. "To be kind of a sapper or sniper from cyberspace is inexpensive and effective. Thune showed us the way. It's a page from their playbook."
Where Hildebrand insists his criticism is policy-driven, Epp acknowledges a component of revenge in his own.
"I think there was considerable bitterness about what happened to Tom," Epp says. "I think as Democratic activists have looked at ways to try to do something about it, this has been one of their outlets. I think it is for me."
Epp also says Thune should expect more of the same throughout his term in the Senate.
"To be frank with you, this is to hold John (Thune) accountable and to soften him up for a future election," Epp says. "And it's good sport, it's fun."
I will save the "accountable’ point for tomorrow after I am done researching the reaction from Steve Hildebrand and David Kranz when the shoe was on the other foot and the "Daschle Accountability Project" was unearthed two years ago .
But today, I would like to take issue with the premise that today’s far-left blogosphere is comparable to the Dakota Blog Alliance of 2004. The left is not using our playbook.
Unlike us, the left will use the "F" word when they refer to their opposition. As I posted earlier, they use character assassination, such as calling the President an asshole, instead of providing research on the issues. A Sibby Online reader gives us the negative impact the Democrats are having when they resort to such tactics:
"Time to take all those ‘Dump Daschle,’ ‘Bush-Cheney’ bumper stickers off your camo-painted pickup trucks yet? It’s time. It’s just time."
Nice to know what the east river intellectuals really think of the hoi polloi. Maybe they did pick the right leader in Howard Dean.
The Democrats end up showing their elitist attitude. They believe that they know better that the majority of folks who voted for John Thune. They also create a divisive atmosphere.
With their elitist attitude, the far-left Democrats are not capable of understanding that their positions on the issues is outside of the mainstream. Because of being outside the mainstream, the Daschle campaign had to lie about Daschle’s positions, as he was the leader of the far-left extremists when he lead the Senate Democrats . They tried to argue that he was pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-tax cut. And the South Dakota MSM was happy to promote those lies. Why would the Democrats need bloggers, if they have the MSM to promote their message?
The Dakota Blog Alliance effectively presented the truth in regard to Daschle’s positions on abortion, gun control, tax cuts and other issues, with researched documentation. This is unlike today’s left blogosphere. Instead of discussing truth, they continue their campaign of hate and lies. But in the process, we learn more about the true Democrat, and it is not pretty.
Today’s Argus Leader has a fair report about John Thune from reporter Jon Walker. Walker has provides us a Q&A with Thune that included this reference to bloggers:
Jason Van Beek and Jon Lauck wrote Web logs for you during the campaign. Are they still blogging for you?
No, although we've talked about having an official blog geared to providing information about what we're doing. We're not doing it now, but we're reserving the option of creating an office blog.
Mr. Van Beek works in your D.C. office. What does he do?
Jason is a legislative correspondent. He researches and prepares responses to people. He's a gifted writer and a quick study. Jon Lauck is coming on board June 1 in South Dakota as senior policy adviser. He's an incredibly bright guy with vast experience on ag economics. He'll probably wear a number of hats ... in our Sioux Falls office.
He doesn't work for South Dakota State University?
He's finished there as of the end of this semester.
The Dakota Blog Alliance was lead by talented well-informed writers who had the research to bake up their work. This is not comparable to today’s far-left South Dakota blogosphere. Today’s far-left blogosphere attacks John Thune by saying such things like he is for taking away the "guaranteed benefits" of Social Security. But research will tell you the truth. The Supreme Court has ruled that Social Security benefits are not guaranteed.
The Daschle staffers are not doing anything new with their blogging. The are simply repeating the same lies that the MSM helps them with now and in the past.
RUSH: "The Republicans needed 60 votes to end the Democrat..." Look at this! "Democrat procedural delay." (Laughter) A "procedural delay" that required a cloture vote is a filibuster! Sorry to scream, folks, on a holiday weekend but I want to be emphatic. "Republicans needed 60 votes to end the Democratic filibuster, move to an immediate final vote on Bolton's confirmation. Fifty-six senators, including Thune, voted to end the stalling, four shy of the threshold. Now the final Bolton vote will probably not take place until June. Thune said Thursday, "'Saving Ellsworth is inseparable from my work. It is part of the fabric of every day of our agenda and the things we are trying to accomplish here. It's something that has become a great preoccupation of mine now.' Asked whether his opposition to Bolton was because of his qualifications or the base-closing plan, Thune said dryly: 'I'm concerned about our diplomatic posture as a nation, and I'm concerned about our defensive posture. These issues are not unrelated.' Thune otherwise would not say why he would vote against Bolton's nomination." Now, the commission exists to cut and close basis bases, but the suggestions come from the Pentagon. You have to think something can be done about this. I do, anyway. Now, call me naive. Call me naive, but I think with all we're seeing that's happening here this past week, folks, something could have been done. If nothing could have been done, then there's no concern for party discipline here and there's really no reason to run for and win power if you're not going to exercise it.
Now we know the difference between the actions of John Thune and what Tom Daschle's actions would have been regarding Ellsworth. Daschle would have chosen obstruction and voted for the filibuster. I don't think Daschle's increasing that margin would have gotten Ellsowrth off the list.
For all you Democrats who think I am nothing but a loyal supporter of Thune...take note. I do not support Thune's position of not voting for Bolton's nomination. The United Nations needs someone to voice dissent.
Here is what one of the Dumped Daschle Disciples said on his web site regarding President Bush’s speech at the U.S. Naval Academy Commencement in Annapolis, Maryland yesterday:
You hear that Ellsworth employees? Our President, the guy on John Thune’s "speed dial," now says that you’ve been "[wasting] billions of taxpayer dollars, money that can be better spent on giving [those fresh naval academy grads] the tools to fight terrorists and confront 21st-century threats."
I think that makes him a Texas-sized asshole. How do you feel about that, West River? Time to take all those ‘Dump Daschle,’ ‘Bush-Cheney’ bumper stickers off your camo-painted pickup trucks yet? It’s time. It’s just time.
This angry man called the President an asshole for being fiscally responsible with taxpayer’s dollars as he adjusts the military to a new enemy.
This angry man provides us with insight into the South Dakota Democrats’ mindset. They really do not like the military. That is why they could care less if the money would "be better spent on giving [those fresh naval academy grads] the tools to fight terrorists and confront 21st-century threats."
These anti-military Democrats could care less about Ellsworth closing. Their only point in talking about it is that they want an issue to beat up John Thune with. And the South Dakota MSM is all too happy to promote their propaganda.
The true agenda of the Hildebrand lead Dumped Daschle Disciples is not reducing the deficit and increasing America's national security...it's promoting hatred toward conservatives.
I just sent this as a comment to a post at the RCJ's Mount Blogmore:
I don’t know which page, but your web site has another report titled "Daschle-Thune race still being fought". It is portrayed as an AP report, but it is nothing more than a David Kranz column from yesterday’s Argus Leader.
Kranz allowed his college buddy Tom Daschle to deny his connection with the current campaign lead by Steve Hildebrand to seek revenge against John Thune. But Kranz neglected to provide the money trail that the South Dakota Politics web site found that proves otherwise:
Since the beginning of 2005 former Daschle campaign manager Steve Hildebrand has personally been paid $2696.63 by the Daschle campaign that supposedly isn't campaigning anymore. Part of this is $809.56 on Valentine's Day. Couple this with the $1518.08 he received the same day from DASHPAC, and there was a lot of Daschle love going out to Steve Hildebrand this past Valentine's Day. You can find these payments on pages 20 and 46 of the PDF document. Hildebrand's consulting company was paid by the Daschle campaign chest a total of $3000 in March 2005 (three separate payments of $1000). You can find these expenditures on pages 31-32 of the report. Add all this up with the DASHPAC money that I noted below, and Mr. Hildebrand and his consulting interests have been paid a total of $13,214.81 by Tom Daschle from January to the end of March 2005.
Kranz also allowed the negative anti-Thune effort to be portrayed by Hildebrand as an effort to hold Thune accountable. But this is what Hildebrand thought about such efforts when the shoe was on the other foot two years ago:
Facing an early attack from an independent conservative group called the Daschle Accountability Project, Hildebrand told the Washington Post that he'll "spend a lot of time attacking the attackers."
When Todd Epp screamed about unfounded ties between John Thune and Jeff Gannon, this paper put the propaganda on the front-page of a Sunday edition. Now we have financial ties between Tom Daschle and a Steve Hildebrand led effort that includes innocent sounding names such as "South Dakotans United to Protect Social Security".
Why doesn’t’ the RCJ and the rest of South Dakota’s MSM follow the money trail into and out of the "South Dakotans United to Protect Social Security" and report it in the same manner they reported on the Daschle Accountability Project a couple of years ago?