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EXCLUSIVE: BEAT LAMAR Blasts Alexander for Taking Money From Lobbying Firm That Backs Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Government

Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR, today criticized Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander for accepting $7,500 in political donations from employees of a Democrat led K Street firm that has lobbied on behalf Lockheed Martin, the airplane manufacturer that received $213 million from the Federal government for 20 F-16 fighter jets the Obama Administration gave to the Muslim Brotherhood led Egyptian government in early 2013.

BEAT LAMAR Volunteers“Senator Lamar Alexander raised $634,800 in itemized donations of over $200 during the first quarter of 2013, and only $650 in unitemized donations. I note with alarm that $7,500 of the itemized donations Alexander accepted came from fourteen employees of the Podesta Group, a Democrat led K Street firm that successfully lobbied Congress to pay its client, Lockheed Martin, $213 million for the 20 F-16 fighter jets the Obama administration gave Egypt’s current Muslim Brotherhood at the beginning of 2013.”

In 2011 and 2012, the Podesta Group was a registered lobbyist for the Egyptian government. Since 2004, the Podesta Group has been paid over $2.4 million by Lockheed Martin.

“On January 31, 2013, Senator Alexander voted against an amendment offered by Rand Paul in the United States Senate that would have prohibited the transfer of these fighter jets to the Egyptian government. While it may be legal for Senator Alexander to accept financial contributions from employees of the Podesta Group,” said Leahy, “it clearly compromises the senator’s independence when it comes to his voting record and behavior.”

“Unlike Lamar Alexander, Ted Cruz of Texas voted with Rand Paul to stop this gift of fighter jets to the Muslim Brotherhood backed Egyptian regime,” Leahy noted. “Tennessee conservatives deserve a Senator who will stand with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, not one who stands with liberal K Street lobbyists,” he said.

The Podesta Group takes its name from the two veteran liberal Democratic political operatives who founded the firm, brothers Tony and John Podesta. In 2012, its lobbying revenues were $21 million, according to Washington Life Magazine.

Tony Podesta, founder and chairman of the firm, has worked on Democratic Presidential campaigns since 1968. In 1980 he was a key figure in Ted Kennedy’s unsuccessful campaign, then played a similar role for Walter Mondale in 1984. During the 1980s he headed the very liberal “People for the American Way” group.

John Podesta was Chief of Staff in the Bill Clinton White House, worked on the Obama transition team, and has a reputation as one of the toughest and most ideological left wing political operatives in the country. He currently heads up the left wing Center for American Progress.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi was elected President of Egypt in June, 2012. In September, 2012, John Podesta was a part of State Department trade mission to encourage investment in Egypt by American companies. Employees of 50 American companies were part of that visit. Of these, 10 companies were clients of either the Podesta Group or Heather Podesta and Partners, a firm operated by Tony Podesta’s then wife, Heather.

Federal Election Commission records show that fourteen employees of the Podesta Group , led by Podesta Group CEO Kimberly Fritts, each gave at least $500 to Alexander for Senate 2014. The other thirteen Podesta Group employees who donated were: Peggy Binzel, Randall Gerard, Josh Holly, Lauren Maddox, David Marin, Sean McLaughlin, Elizabeth Mora, David Morgenstern, Michael Quaranta, Stephen Rademaker, John Scofield, and Michelle Tessler.

On Thursday, grassroots volunteers gathered in Memphis, and on Saturday they gathered in Murfreesboro and Chattanooga to plan their door-to-door neighborhood canvassing efforts that will defeat Lamar Alexander in the August 2014 Tennessee Republican Senate primary.

BEAT LAMAR is a project of the Real Conservatives National Committee, the conservative ground game independent expenditure Super PAC.

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