Barbara Comstock’s Donors should be disconcerting for everyone–even conservatives might be taken aback to learn the big money Barbara Comstock has received from a pro-amnesty pro-gay conservative donor Paul Singer. Here’s an overview from, the Daily Caller’s, Alex Pappas’s opposition research on Barbara Comstock:
Paul Singer ($30,000)
On October 31, 2013, Paul Singer donated $30,000 dollars to the Comstock campaign, by farthe largest donor. Singer has contributed to gay-rights causes and same-sex marriage campaigns,and has also actively sought to persuade other conservatives to support gay marriage. He has joined other Wall Street executives in support of LGBT equality in the workplace as a means of retaining employees and improving overall business outcomes. In 2012, Singer provided $1 million to start a PAC named American Unity PAC. According to the New York Times, thePAC’s “sole mission will be to encourage Republican candidates to support same-sex marriage,in part by helping them to feel financially shielded from any blowback from well-funded groups that oppose it.”
Singer has given nearly $10 million of his own money to gay-rights initiatives, including thesame-sex marriage efforts not only in New York but also in New Hampshire and New Jersey. “And that figure doesn’t include his assistance in tapping a broad network of donors for individual candidates. He was pivotal in rounding up about $250,000 apiece for theRepublican state senators in New York whose votes for same-sex marriage provided its margin of victory in the Legislature.”
In 2012, Singer stated in an interview that he’s confident that in Congressional races, whichwould most likely be the super PAC’s initial focus, there are more than a few Republicans“who could be on the verge of support” or are “harboring and hiding their views.”
Politico reported that Paul Singer has held a series of informal, and a few very formal, discussions in recent months with other extremely wealthy donors about how best to spend their cash in 2014, including debating the idea of forming a new entity to play a serious role in the midterm races. Barbara Comstock will assuredly be one of his candidates for this cause in 2014
Paul Singer has quietly gotten involved in the fight for immigration reform, making a six-figure donation to a group involved in marshaling conservatives to support an overhaul of federal laws,POLITICO has learned. Singer, the hedge fund billionaire who has become one of the Republican Party’s most prolific donors and bundlers over the past seven years, made the donation to the National Immigration Forum. The group has been focusing, in part, on getting support from the business community, faith leaders and law enforcement for the reform effort.Singer, whose fundraising is relied upon by a number of rank-and-file members of Congress and the Senate, is one of the biggest fish to lend his name to the immigration overhaul effort.
Karl Rove ($2,000)
“Even though Karl Rove’s American Crossroads brand has been damaged after the group
declared war against conservative candidates, the group will reportedly try to influence the 2014 midterm elections by bullying campaigns and creating groups that, on the surface, do not seem to
be affiliated with them.”
Lewis “Scooter” Libby ($3,000)
Libby is the highest-ranking White House official convicted in a government scandal since John Poindexter, the national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan in the Iran–Contra affair.
Pete Snyder ($2,500)
Pete Snyder was the chairman of the 2012 Virginia Victory Campaign and ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the 2013 United States elections where he was eliminated in the primary.
Mel Sembler ($1,000)
Melvin Floyd Sembler (born May 10, 1930) is former United States Ambassador to Italy (2001–2005), and former Ambassador to Australia and Nauru (1989–1993). He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Sembler Company, which develops and manages shopping centers, and co-founder of Straight, Inc., a controversial drug-treatment center. Currently, Sembler serves as chairman of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust, and was a co-chair of the Florida Finance Committee for Mitt Romney.
Sembler’s Drug Free America Foundation continues to campaign for hard-line drug policy. Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, the brother of President George W. Bush, Former Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Karen Tandy, and Congressman Dan Lungren of California are on the advisory board.
Before they led Save Our Society from Drugs, and its sister nonprofit, the Drug Free America Foundation, the Semblers were at the helm of STRAIGHT, Inc., which operated drug abuse treatment centers, mostly for teenagers, from 1976 through 1993.
Former clients of the rehab center recount episodes of brutal beatings, rape and systematic psychological abuse.
At one facility in Yorba Linda, California, state investigators found that STRAIGHT Inc. subjected children to “unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse…and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting.” Samantha Monroe, who was placed into a STRAIGHT Inc clinic in Tampa at age 13, says she was locked in a room, and forced to wear a clothes stained with urine, feces and menstrual blood—a punishment her counselors called “humble pants.”
Richard Bradbury, a former STRAIGHT patient and counselor-turned-whistleblower, told the St. Petersburg Times that Monroe’s experiences weren’t unique. “It was pure child abuse,” Bradbury told reporters. “Torture.”
In 1988, Fred Collins, an 18-year-old college student, paid a visit to his brother, who was in treatment for drug abuse, at an Orlando STRAIGHT Inc. clinic. Counselors accused Collins of being high on marijuana because his eyes were red, and held him against his will for months. The abduction, strip-searches and other abuses ended when Collins managed to escape. He was one of many to win judgments against the chain of drug rehab clinics before it was forced to close after investigations and lawsuits began to mount in several states.
Though the STRAIGHT drug rehab clinic no longer exist, the Sembler network of anti-drug
nonprofits have proliferated, in part because of the family’s extensive political connections.