Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CCR 05-20-15 Dark Money = Sleaze?

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   As previously noted, Dylan Westie, Executive editor, Part-time wordsmith and newly appointed Social Media Troll for the CCR, has continued his digging into the nefarious "dark money" being funneled into "Irving Opportunity Council." 
   The "Irving Opportunity Council" was recently established as a domestic non-profit corporation…which means it does not have to disclose the cash cow cronies of QueenB VD who contribute to this political slush fund.  The only directors listed for this group are Marvin Randle, Joe Mapes and Scott Yeldell.

   During his digging into the newest clandestine group to hit the Irving political scene, Dylan did not find any buried bones.  However, he did find an interesting article which probably explains what might be afoot with QueenB VD, her cash cow crony supporters and dark money.  And from all outward appearances, it does not bode well for ‘beautiful downtown Irving’ and the betterment of the community.

   Here is a portion of an article which should cause eyebrows to raise as to what might be happening in the queen’s court with her plans for "Irving Opportunity Council."


"Given his lack of personal charisma, absurd policy positions, and lifetime in another state, Maryland real estate developer Matt Rosendale is going to have to do a lot of work to win a U.S. House seat here in Montana. He’s already started some of the likely quixotic process, donating a quarter of a million dollars to his own campaign and hiring a campaign spokesman who will do and say anything to help his man get elected.

The Billings Gazette reports that Rosendale has jumpstarted his campaign with a donation that will be 25 times the total raised by Champ Edmunds in this cycle. More interestingly, the article notes that Rosendale’s spokesman is former Congressional staffer and campaign manager Scott Yeldell.

Yeldell is available to work for Rosendale because the last candidate he represented for Congress, a TEA Party incumbent named Francisco Canseco, was defeated despite running one of the sleaziest campaigns of the year, a campaign that featured incredibly inappropriate and dishonest attacks."


  Immediately, Irving voters should be considering the run off election for District 4, as "Irving Opportunity Council" sent three campaign mailers in the general election utilizing "dark money."  Perhaps, the following, very serious questions, should be asked of this group that hides behind the ‘domestic non-profit corporation’ label.

*  Is Scott Yeldell affiliated or listed as a director for other "domestic non-profit corporations" whose main purpose is to collect large sums of money to prop up Tea Party candidates using any devious means possible?
*  Is the Scott Yeldell, who is a party with Marvin Randle and Joe Mapes as directors of "Irving Opportunity Council," the same individual mentioned in the above article?
*  What connection might Scott Yeldell have with Gober Hilgers, PLLC, who is registered as the agent for "Irving Opportunity Council" in Austin, Texas?

    The general consensus, of those following the local political landscape, is: "Irving Opportunity Council" is attempting to control the Irving City council for QueenB VD and her cash cow cronies who have one goal in mind…their self-interest and only their self-interest.

   The secondary phase of this "more money than sense" group is probably to position the queen for political office beyond being mayor of Irving.

   (And it might take a gigantic parcel of "dark money" to pull this off considering her malfeasance as mayor of Irving.)   

   "Irving Opportunity Council" obviously believes control of the council would be possible IF QueenB VDs efforts to defeat Joe Putnam’s re-election efforts succeed.  And this could be accomplished by a variety of efforts…including pouring campaign cash (dark money), brochures, robot-calls, newspaper ads and personal endorsements from key supporters of the queen for Putnam’s opponent.  

   Putnam’s opponent is a retired city employee who could stand to gain politically from the money-spending-dark money-slush-fund antics of "Irving Opportunity Council."

   Dear readers, how many times does the CCR need to reflect and remind you: South Irving is not for sale to the northern monied interest?

   Bottom line: "Irving Opportunity Council" appears to have little regard for Irving voters, ‘beautiful downtown Irving,’ and the total welfare of the city.  Their credo might be: "We will do and spend whatever it takes to win an election if the candidate fits our plans."

   And that, dear readers, is truly sad when QueenB VD and her Pet Rock collection have this as a political mindset for our community.

…………………..Mark Holbrook

Note:  1)  The "Irving Opportunity Council" topic continues to unravel with little good for Irving citizens and voters in sight.  Dylan assures staff of the CCR he will continue to dig until he obtains all the detail of parties involved, or a dinosaur bone!
   2)  How much "dark money" was utilized in the campaign for Irving’s State rep, "Bogus-gate Complaint" Anderson, who was highly supported by QueenB VD?  Birds of a feather?