U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says a tax-exempt organization is illegally being used to support his primary opponent
Governor Mike Huckabee faces a lawsuit over his involvement in an “illegal” Chicago campaign event Tuesday night, U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says
Martin says the Huckabee dinner is a thinly disguised political event being conducted in violation of the Internal Revenue Code.
Andy plans to sue organizers for excluding him and for converting a nonpartisan event into a partisan political meeting for Martin’s opponents; Caprio, Smith and others face litigation
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Martin says Paul Caprio, who uses a political action to committee to enrich himself personally, is also corrupting the pro-life and pro-family community in Illinois.
Martin says the tax-exempt Illinois Family Institute has “crossed the line” into politics by excluding him from a dinner at which former Governor Mike Huckabee is the speaker.
(CHICAGO)(October 6, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Tuesday, October 6th to unveil his campaign’s new website and to suggest that former Governor Mike Huckabee will face a lawsuit because of his participation in an “illegal” political event in Chicago Tuesday night.
“I am delighted to unveil our new campaign website. The graphics will become a platform that includes all of our campaign and public interest activity, such as http://www.illinoishighspeedtrains.com/,” Martin says.
“I am distressed that the integrity of former Governor Mike Huckabee is being compromised by the gutter politics of ‘consultants’ who seek to manipulate Republican politics for their own personal profit.
“I was assured that the Huckabee dinner would not be a political event, and on that basis I reserved a ticket a month ago. Monday I was told my ticket had disappeared. That is no way to treat a U. S. Senate campaign. No way at all.
“Paul Caprio, a sleazy political profiteer in Illinois politics, has corrupted the pro-life and pro-family movement in Illinois. Caprio is trying to create a profit-making opportunity for himself in the U. S. Senate primary.
“Caprio encouraged conservative leaders to ‘endorse’ his ‘Manchurian Candidate’ without disclosing that Caprio was on the payroll of the man he was supposedly ‘evaluating’ as a candidate. How can you impartially ‘evaluate’ someone who is paying you large sums of cash? Caprio had a blatant conflict of interest.
“Now, one of Caprio’s other ‘endorsers’ is excluding me from the Huckabee dinner. This is an insult to conservatives, and an insult to the Republican Party. If we tolerate the same dirty tricks and slimy tactics as the Democrats, why should people support the Republican Party or Illinois conservatives?
“When a tiny tax-exempt ‘pro-family’ organization is being used to promote Caprio’s agenda, then the line has been crossed from tax-exempt activity into political action. I have never had any prior problems with the Illinois Family Institute. But this year, because the leader of that organization is supporting my opponent, the line between impartiality and advocacy has been crossed by excluding me from a supposedly non-partisan dinner.
“We are preparing our litigation options, and urge Governor Huckabee to cancel his plans to come to Illinois to participate in this illegal event, which might also subject him to IRS scrutiny.
“I want Mr. Caprio to know that his sleazy politics are unacceptable in Illinois politics, in the Republican Party, and in the U. S. Senate campaign. Caprio should stop using a political action committee as his own personal piggy bank and start looking for honest work.
“Caprio should also stop corrupting and compromising distinguished individuals such as Governor Huckabee, and the tax-exempt Illinois Family Institute, by using them in his own personal profit-making schemes to support his own ‘chumbolone’ candidate.
“The idea that a Republican U. S. Senate candidate—the only one who has ever run on a statewide ballot, me--would be told there is 'no room at the inn’ for him, makes a mockery of the so-called Christian ‘ministry’ at IFI. IFI is apparently little more than another example of self-serving IRS tax evasion.
“Governor Huckabee: stay away. When the lawsuits start flying over Caprio and his machinations, you won’t be able to say you weren’t warned that you were coming to Illinois to participate in an Illegal event,” Martin will charge.
“As for Mr. David Smith, I suggest he publicly and visibly withdraw his prior endorsement of any political candidate if he intends to continue to operate a tax-exempt organization.
“Tax-exempt organizations are not supposed to be used as a smokescreen for political activity, directly or through transparent ‘endorsements’ by the management of the organization. Period. And I will enforce the law.
“The sanctity of life and the sanctity of the family are too scared to be defiled by these petty political moneychangers. With Jesus as my witness, I will turn over their tables and expose their defilement of the temple. If Governor Huckabee seriously wants to run for president again, he needs to join me in standing up for Jesus and standing up against these corrupt, tax-avoiding political Pharisees here in Illinois.”
October 6th news conference details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:00 P.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin unveils his campaign’s new website and says Governor Mike Huckabee will face a lawsuit over his involvement in an illegal political meeting in Chicago Tuesday night (October 6th).
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