Was curious, so looked for info on the 527 (PAC) Patriot Majority that is up with the “Chickens for Checkups” TV ad mentioned in my earlier post on Sue Lowden.
You can glance over a summary page of the PAC on CampaignMoney.com.
Craig Varoga, a principal with the political consulting firm Independent Strategies and partner at Varoga & Associates, is the founder of Patriot Majority (established in October 2009). Varoga is a strategist who, among other things, managed former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack’s presidential campaign and served as national field director for retired Four Star General Wesley Clark. During the ’90s, he served as communications director to Harry Reid and managed various campaigns including the victories of Texas Congressman Ken Bentsen (1994) and two Houston mayors.
(Sidebar: Here is one of Patriot Majority’s web-based email campaigns titled “The Tea Party is Over” and calling on supporters to “say no to the dangerous extremism that threatens to tear our country apart.” The page header includes a photo of an angry looking Sarah Palin.)
|1||Service Employees Intl Union Local 1199||$235,125|
|2||Sheet Metal Workers Union||$80,000|
|5||National Education Assn||$40,000|
|6||Harrah’s Operating Co||$37,500|
|9||Carpenters & Joiners Union/New England||$10,000|
|9||IBEW Local 103||$10,000|
|11||Eastern Massachusetts Bricklayer People’||$5,000|
|12||Elevator Constructors Local 4||$1,000|
|13||Communications Workers Of America||$0|
We all know who Harrah’s is.
Newmont is one of the world’s largest gold producers with active mines all over the world including here in Nevada. They are the only gold company listed on the S&P 500. Here’s the Nevada info page on their corporate website as well as their management team.
(History: Newmont discovered gold in Carlin, Nevada — just west of Elko — in 1962 and opened its first mill in 1965 under the name Carlin Gold Mining Company. In 1986 they went public as Newmont with the sale of five million shares for $47.5M. The “Carlin Trend” was the largest 20th century gold strike in North America.)