Tour To Conclude in Fallon on Labor Day
(Las Vegas, NV) – Dean Heller continued campaigning across the state today on the sixth day of his many stops through rural Nevada. So far, Dean has visited Ely, Elko, Fallon, Fernley, Laughlin, Pahrump, Winnemucca, and Yerington, as well as Carson City and Minden today.
Dean and Lynne riding in the Winnemucca Labor Day Parade
· In Winnemucca, Dean and Lynne rode their horses in the Winnemucca Labor Day Parade. They stopped by The Pig BBQ and Pub, a popular local eating spot. Dean later tweeted, “Stopped by The Pig to grab a 1/2 slab of ribs and sweet potato fries. A must do for anyone driving through.”
· In Carson City, Dean went to the Team Nevada office and thanked volunteers for their support and hard work.
· In Minden, Dean visited Douglas County Republican Headquarters to rally supporters, remind them that there are only two short months left in this election, and encourage them to keep fighting through November.
· On Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd, Dean will attend the Fallon Labor Day Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. before participating in the Fallon Labor Day Parade at 10:00 a.m.
Read about Dean’s travels around Nevada this week:
· Lahontan Valley News: Heller focuses on future generation in campaign
· Ely Times: Heller visits Ely
· Elko Daily Free Press: Heller meets supporters, fires back at opponent
· Pahrump Valley Times: Heller claims uncertainty affecting economy
You can view a Facebook album of the tour here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151334187174505.511345.21226584504&type=1
Follow Dean on his rural tour on Twitter @Deanheller or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deanheller.
Republican leaders on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce sent a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis requesting documents, communications, and information on the Labor Department’s contract with McNeely, Pigott, & Fox Public Relations, LLC.
In 2009, the Labor Department reportedly awarded nearly half a million dollars from the taxpayer-funded stimulus package to McNeely, Pigott, & Fox Public Relations to promote the Obama administration’s “green jobs” initiative. The firm used the money to pay for television advertisements aired on MSNBC during Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show.
“We understand this contract used taxpayer dollars purchase advertisements on MSNBC during ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ and ‘The Rachel Maddow Show,’” the lawmakers wrote.
“Despite the fact that these funds were made available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — legislation President Obama said was critical for immediate job creation — an examination of public records show that the contract that resulted in the advertisements on MSNBC created no jobs.”
In the letter, Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) wrote:
Multiple news sources have reported that in September 2009 DOL spent $495,000 in “stimulus” funding to hire a public relations firm, McNeely, Pigott, & Fox Public Relations, LLC (“MP&F”), to promote Job Corps’ “existing and new training initiatives in high-growth and environmentally friendly career areas.”… Despite the fact that these funds were made available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—legislation President Obama said was critical for immediate job creation—an examination of public records show that the contract that resulted in the advertisements on MSNBC created no jobs. Upon further review of public records, we have found that DOL, since 2009, spent almost $2 million on public relations services from MP&F, resulting in the creation of one job in the last reported quarter.
The representatives also sent a letter to McNeely, Pigott, & Foxx Founding Partner and Senior Counsel Mike Pigott to request documents and communications related to the stimulus awards as well as the public relations strategy surrounding the “green jobs” initiative.
We don’t usually quote whole articles here, but this one was too good to just rip a couple quotes out of… this article originally appeared in the New York Post:
By DEROY MURDOCK
Democrats convened in Charlotte, NC, will double down on their claim that Bain Capital is really the Bain crime family. They will accuse Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Bain’s other “greedy” co-founders of stealing their winnings, evading taxes and lighting cigars with $100 bills on their yachts.
But Bain’s private-equity executives have enriched dozens of organizations and millions of individuals in the Democratic base — including some who scream most loudly for President Obama’s re-election.
Government-worker pension funds are the chief beneficiaries of Bain’s economic stewardship. New York-based Preqin uses public documents, news accounts and Freedom of Information requests to track private-equity holdings. Since 2000, Preqin reports, the following funds have entrusted some $1.56 billion to Bain:
* Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ($2.2 million)
* Indiana Public Retirement System ($39.3 million)
* Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System ($177.1 million)
* The Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System ($19.5 million)
* Maryland State Retirement and Pension System ($117.5 million)
* Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada ($20.3 million)
* State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio ($767.3 million)
* Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System ($231.5 million)
* Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island ($25 million)
* San Diego County Employees Retirement Association ($23.5 million)
* Teacher Retirement System of Texas ($122.5 million)
* Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System ($15 million)
These funds aggregate the savings of millions of unionized teachers, social workers, public-health personnel and first responders. Many would be startled to learn that their nest eggs are incubated by the company that Romney launched and the financiers he hired.
Leading universities have also profited from Bain’s expertise. According to Infrastructure Investor, Bain Capital Ventures Fund I (launched in 2001) managed wealth for “endowments and foundations such as Columbia, Princeton and Yale universities.”
According to BuyOuts magazine and S&P Capital IQ, Bain’s other college clients have included Cornell, Emory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh. Preqin reports that the following schools have placed at least $424.6 million with Bain Capital between 1998 and 2008:
* Purdue University ($15.9 million)
* University of California ($225.7 million)
* University of Michigan ($130 million)
* University of Virginia ($20 million)
* University of Washington ($33 million)
Major, center-left foundations and cultural establishments also have seen their prospects brighten, thanks to Bain Capital. According to the aforementioned sources, such Bain clients have included the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ford Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
Why on Earth would government-union leaders, university presidents and foundation chiefs let Bain oversee their precious assets?
“The scrutiny generated by a heated election year matters less than the performance the portfolio generates to the fund,” California State Teachers’ Retirement System spokesman Ricardo Duran said in the Aug. 12 Boston Globe. CalSTRS has pumped some $1.25 billion into Bain.
Since 1988, Duran says, private-equity companies like Bain have outperformed every other asset class to which CalSTRS has allocated the cash of its 856,360 largely unionized members.
Is Bain really a gang of corporate buccaneers who plunder their ill-gotten gains by outsourcing, euthanizing feeble portfolio companies and giving cancer to the spouses of those whom they fired? If so, union bosses, government retirees, liberal foundations and elite universities thrive on the wages of Bain’s economic Darwinism.
If, however, these institutions relish the yields that Bain Capital generates by supporting start-ups and rescuing distressed companies, 80 percent of which have prospered, then this money is honest — and Team Obama isn’t.