Strange Things Afoot in the Golden State

Actually, stranger than normal things are afoot in the Golden State. Considering they elected a governor who can’t pronounce “Golden State,” stranger than normal is a stretch in the land of fruits, nuts and O.J. jurors.

But, when Californians step into their voting booths on Nov. 2, they will face a choice which has drawn considerable interest from parties far and wide, most notably from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. 

California’s Proposition 19 is a ballot measure which would reclassify growth, use and sale of recreational marijuana as a legal activity, within certain parameters. (Sorry Spicoli, you still won’t be allowed to get baked in the bathroom before biology.)

Last week, Holder announced that while Californians might give Prop 19 the thumbs up, the administration of President Barack Obama will continue the decades-old tradition of giving it the Federal thumbs down. Specifically, the Feds will:

"…vigorously enforce the Controlled Substances Act against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law."

Does decriminalization really threaten a state in which the doddering Zen Master Jerry Brown is leading in the race for the Governor’s Mansion?  For that matter, does decriminalization threaten a nation in which Barack Obama is President, and one of the top rated programs on television involves the saga of halfwits called “The Situation” and “Snookie?”  Is it possible that we have more pressing concerns than either, or even “J-Woww?”

Of the massive taxpayer dollars dedicated to keeping taxpayers off drugs, about $15 billion go to marijuana enforcement. Marijuana-related arrests are closing in on 1 million annually. Law enforcement man-hours, criminal court calendar backlogs and those insipid “Ad Council” spots which try to convince you that lighting up now might keep you from being President (even though lighting up then didn’t stop Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton) all cost time, resources and money. 

For many of you who regularly join me Outside the Asylum, the idea of decriminalizing marijuana is surely anathema. Let me be clear:  I’m merely suggesting that this is a debate worth having. I am NOT suggesting we roll a legal snowball down Narcotics Mountain.

Drugs like heroin, cocaine/crack and crystal meth should remain illegal, despite the potential Social Darwinian benefits of allowing the deserving members of the American herd to engage in self-culling behavior. Anything which makes stabbing yourself in the carotid with a dirty hypodermic needle, shooting the 7-Eleven clerk because he asked why your jaw was rattling like Jimmy Buffett doing a benefit show in Antarctica and washing your face with steel wool is a bad idea in the same vein as: “Don’t worry, our daughter caught a ride with Senator Kennedy.”

Consider legalization logic outside of the burden on law enforcement. This isn’t just an issue for slack-jawed frat boys, mouthy rock stars and the creepy guy with the dreadlocks who spends all day in front of the liquor store smelling like he rolled in something awful. 

Imagine the economic benefits if pot farming was legal. 

Pot is currently the top cash crop in about a dozen states, including Personal Liberty Digest’s home state of Alabama. In fact, it ranks in the top 10 in every state in the union except North Dakota (where it’s 11th).

Marijuana grows like a… well… weed. And I suspect those statistics understate reality. I somehow doubt every Farmer Brown in the hinterlands is entirely forthcoming with the United States Department of Agriculture inspector who drops by to check the sorghum fields.

Instead of $15 billion spent on the War on Weed, U.S. farmers could produce $115 billion in taxable commodity. Perhaps that explains support for decriminalization from Ron Paul, the late William F. Buckley and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. They recognize $42 billion in wasted total tax revenue when they see it.

In 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution made booze verboten. For the next 14 years, organized crime grew from cottage industry to colossal enterprise. Getting tanked is legal again, while getting stoned is decidedly less so. But anecdotal evidence suggests alcoholics are much more likely to slide into a family of four while doing Mach 2 through the subdivision than the pothead who can’t find the keys to the minivan because they’re in… his pocket.

We’ve been fighting an intramural War on Drugs (marijuana division) for decades. We’ve spent billions on largely ineffective enforcement initiatives and put millions of otherwise non-threatening citizens behind bars, often turning them into hardened offenders by the time they get out. As unlikely as it seems, perhaps California has shown us a better way… dude.

Low Vitamin D3 Doubles Death Rate

There is more than enough evidence to support the need for daily Vitamin D3. Check your levels if you want to, but the bet is that you are low, very low if you haven’t been on a daily vitamin D3 supplement.

Vitamin D3 protects against heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis (osteomalacia) and every killer disease of aging. Did anybody hear this mentioned by the greedy politicians ranting about the so-called healthcare bill?

Food For Food And Food For Barter!

If you can’t imagine being hungry in the midst of chaos then you will probably ignore this suggestion, but you won’t forget it. And it will haunt you if you fail to take action. But if you take action, just eat your stored food in the difficult years ahead.
And if the system collapses, as many predict, use your stored food for food and for barter.

I will share with you the following list of items that I have in my food storage: Salt, water in gallon jugs, Clorox and Lugols iodine for disinfecting and purifying water (six drops per gallon of water), brown and white sugar, dry beans and pastas of all kinds, chili (Bryan brand is in cans that are white inside), mayonnaise, coffee, sardines, tea, olive oil, rice, baked beans and pork and beans, cereal, canned soups, kraut, salmon, canned white tuna in water, food bars, a few frozen dinners, olives, pickles and treats (chose those you like), minimum amount of cake mix, flour, cornmeal, seasonings for cooking, dried and canned milk, all paper products, cleaning products, basic patent medicines such as cough medicine, cough drops, Tylenol®, eye drops  (remember to store any that you use on a regular basis).

One of the best foods to store is vacuum sealed dry foods of all kinds as recommended by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). These will last for years and years. The variety was limited when we bought from them last, mainly because they focus on basics. Most Mormons can tell you where to find it, and you don’t have to be a member of their church to buy from them.

For inspiration, think of Scarlett O’Hara living on turnips after Tara had been overrun and pillaged at the end of the Civil War.

The Politician

"You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold." –George Bernard Shaw.

I have written to you in the past that we must know the mind of government or pay a huge price and perhaps pay with our lives. Ask the people of World War II Germany.

They didn’t think that the National Socialists would be too bad. Then they thought that things would get better. Then they lost everything, and many lost their lives.

The U.S. today is a fascist state no different from Nazi Germany. The only thing missing is the swastika and the jackboots. American fascism is far advanced from the German National Socialists.

The State has had many years to build on the Nazi state. The machinery is fine tuned and the propaganda is far, far advanced over Herr Goebbels. This means that American fascism can advance its agenda much further without detection.

But our subject today is the politician. Moreover it is about the mentality of the politician/bureaucrat and the fringe big business and the investment bankers. The point is, if we know the mind of the politician, we know all the above. They are all in “the club.”

Right off purge the thought that “your elected representatives” are yours. They belong to the government. The government owns them and the government pays them. They don’t vote for you. They vote for the government.

One thing here, we are talking about politicians, not statesmen. Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is the only statesman in Washington as far as I know.

What we’re about to do is describe and define the mentality of the American politician. We will profile them so that in the future we can read, decipher and know their minds.

Of course, it really is simple. If we believe the opposite of what they say (as I have taught my children) we will be on terra firma and we can know their Ponzi mentality and their despicable demeanor.

Politicians, bureaucrats, et al are wordsmiths. They twist words that sound good to us but lead to opposite conclusions. This semantic trickery is used in everything and in every proposed legislation.

Many are lawyers, and doublethink legalese is their forte. Their political life is all about deception. This is their cover so that they hide the fact that they work for the government.

I should now go back to explain the source of this evil stealth empire with moral rot that has become endemic. The source of this crescendo of total moral breakdown is the paper money syndrome.

Paper money fiat is directly the foundation of Machiavellian mentality. Politicians, et al have a defective gene which draws them toward politics and they feed on fiat no different from a cow feeding on grass. The politicians’ fiat mentality can be described as a parasite that attracts other parasites of like mind.

The fiat (paper money) mentality is rot and decay that attracts likes because they can’t survive independently as creators of wealth. They are destroyers and consumers of wealth. They love the politics of envy, they are the epitome of greed, selfishness, laziness and physical dependence on authoritarianism. They are vipers who eat their young. A police state is their ultimate dream.

They protect the power elite and they want power over the people at the people’s expense. They want the world in a concentration camp. They harbor a perfect hate for humanity and they would love the Gestapo. You remember, of course, that they almost unanimously passed (rubber stamped) the Homeland Security Act and the USA PATRIOT Act which police the American people.

They have not objected to turning America into a national concentration camp.

Politicians don’t know the truth from a lie and they live it. They live and breathe deception. The rule of law is for the peasants. Force should be used along with the mass murder of war if necessary. Tyranny is a prerogative of power.

Politicians want the political state in which they have the status of untouchables. Yes, politicians have the same psyche and privilege the world over, but at this point in history greed is more contained outside the U.S.

Politicians want to regulate everybody who is not in “the club.” They act as if they despise the people and reserve for themselves privilege. They are perpetually embittered at the producers and creators of wealth. They want to pile on horrendous taxes as perfectly wished by the bureaucracy.

They justify everything in their behalf. They are the frontline of a vindictive power elite culture, the worst in world history. Not a politician alive can understand that their orgy of oppression of the public and prestige and privilege for themselves is a house of cards built upon the quicksand of fiat money. They couldn’t possibly care about the generations yet unborn.

The truth is anathema!

Double jeopardy is a cruel joke. Incarceration without charge and trial is unannounced and the system drunk on the blood of the unsuspecting public will not admit it.

U.S. courts and Federal judges (U.S. prosecuting attorneys) have become Star Chambers. U.S. citizens cannot file criminal charges in the Federal system. The only judges to ever get prosecuted are the few who rule for the people and the Constitution.

More people are arrested and in jail in the U.S. than in the rest of the world which doesn’t have habeas corpus. Bush negated habeas corpus and it was reinstated for public consumption.

Everything in the U.S. is for sale. When will Americans ever discover that the foxes are in charge of the henhouse and that politicians are in secret league with the system like a wolf pack devouring the population?

The public has been trained to think in terms of what is legal and what is illegal. The politicians and their elite bosses operate above the law and outside the law. They place themselves outside the law, just as in Obamacare they placed themselves outside their health legislation. This is contempt for the people.

Their Achilles heel is that they all have a paper money mentality, the paper money syndrome. They are infected with rot which makes them believe that this inflated myth will go on forever with perfect bliss for themselves with privilege.

Politicians hate gold because their whole purpose is to stay in office, and fiat paper money is perfect for them. Have you ever heard any politician or bureaucrat mention gold in a positive way… other than Paul?

But thank God some Americans are waking up. They can see that higher and higher prices translate into cheaper paper money. No problem to see who loses in the paper money game.

At least some Americans are beginning to see that the Emperor has no clothes and that they see a culture within a culture. Obama a Muslim? The five pointed red star is an esoteric Muslim Order. Obama is not alone. Follow the trail of the serpent!

Politicians, bureaucrats, judges and their friends are untouchables. They are a parasite culture which produces nothing but organized crime at the highest levels.

Parasites in time consume their host. This is an organic phenomena that applies to criminal politics.

The saturation point is coming and it can’t be stopped. Sociopathic political behavior self destructs over time. Satan rends himself. Ethics and decency in politics are anathema. A politician is not a statesman and a statesman is not a politician.

Politics is power and politics creates predators. Money has surpassed self worth and dignity. Politics in America is incest with the government. “Just show me the money.”

Do we hear politicians warning Americans that the money creators (quantitative easing) are destroying their savings, their retirement and their purchasing power, as well as that of future generations?

The system is now beyond resolution. We are in the final stages of economic, social and moral collapse.

Investment banks have made billions while destroying America. They create financial products that are designed to fail, market them to the unsuspecting and then take short positions against them. They are a show-me-the-money culture and the system protects them in their financial crimes. The giant real estate collapse is their work.

The word “conspiracy” is an establishment word to imprison multitudes of non-violent people (who are not in favor of the power structure) and confiscate their property outright without due process and under a feigned color of law. The politicians know this.

This is no different from the old Star Chamber motivated by the word “treason” (today it is “conspiracy.”) Then came the thumb screw and the rack to extract confession and an excuse to hang the victim. So what’s the difference today?

There are clearly privileged classes in America; those in political power backed by illegal police power. They act against the people outside the law and the Constitution. My friends, it has become so obvious.

While we slept the political regime has shifted the “burden of proof” to the defendant. One is entrapped, charged and prosecuted under Merchant Law without his knowledge. This is the new democracy. Democracy is rule of the rabble by the elite.

The possibility of reform has passed. The point of saturation of the full measure of disgust is near. Sparks can trigger revolution.

Morality has collapsed. Politicians, Federal judges and prosecutors will eat their young for fiat money, power and aggrandizement. They all have a lawyer Ponzi mentality.

Scripture condemns scribes, lawyers and hypocrites: “Woe unto you scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites…”Mat. 23.13, 27; Luke11.42,44.

Shakespeare in King Henry VI, pt ii, Act IV Scene 2, line 72: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Corporations have no rights, therefore corporate officers have no rights. A corporate person can be imprisoned with no limit, even without charge or habeas corpus, denied the right to appeal, denied counsel, denied the use of one’s own funds for defense or other purposes. The corporate officer can then be left in jail to die because he worked for a corporation. Next will be torture and denial of medical care.

John Stuart Mills wrote in his On Liberty in 1859, “let us not flatter ourselves that we are yet free from the stain of legal persecution.” Oxford World Classics pp 34, 1998 edition.

The soul of America has been penetrated with toxic greed. Political rigor mortis is everywhere. The State is collapsing of its own corruption.

Politicians beware, you “elected” vipers!

Obama Unveils $50 Billion Stimulus Plan To Revamp Infrastructure

Obama unveils $50 billion stimulus plan to revamp infrastructure President Barack Obama has requested $50 billion in stimulus spending on the nation's infrastructure, claiming that an overhaul of America's roads, bridges and railways can help create jobs and boost the economy.

According to media reports, Obama proposed a six-year plan on Oct. 6 that would improve an infrastructure that, he says, is "woefully inefficient" and "outdated." The President said the overhaul would rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, lay and maintain 4,000 miles of railways and restore 150 miles of runways. He also called for the creation of a national high-speed rail network and an electric grid focused on clean energy.

Obama first introduced the infrastructure package in September when he also called for $130 billion in tax cuts and write-offs for businesses, and a $30 billion small business lending bill. According to TalkRadioNews.com, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized the proposal, saying that government spending is one of the reasons why the economy is struggling to create new jobs.

Obama's stimulus plan would need approval from Congress, which is currently in recess to campaign for November's midterm elections. According to the Los Angeles Times, a GOP aide questioned Obama's timing, suggesting that the proposal should have been unveiled before legislators left Washington.

"Because the November lame-duck session is all booked up, the very earliest the Senate could consider the President's proposal now would be December," Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), told the news source. "And that's assuming that the committees could [or] would want to act in time — a huge 'if'."

Angry At Everyone In Washington, Tea Party Candidates May Yet Help The GOP

Angry at everyone in Washington, Tea Party candidates may yet help the GOPWhile some polls have been showing Democrats apparently closing in on their Republican opponents, a major Tea Party event is expected to boost the GOP's chances in the midterm elections, which are just over two weeks away.

The first Virginia Tea Party Convention was held on Oct. 9 in the state capital Richmond, and attracted some 2,000 activists who demonstrated their anger through banners that said "No Socialism" and "Keep America Free," according to media reports.

Among the high-profile speakers were former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) as well as former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

Interestingly, even though the candidates backed by the grassroots movement run under the GOP banner, their independence and anti-establishment agenda were clear.

"I don't think there'd be a Tea Party if the Republican Party had been a party of limited government in the first part of this decade," said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, quoted by The Washington Post.

In a straw poll held in conjunction with the event, New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie won the first place with 14 percent support, followed by Sarah Palin at 13.5 percent.

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) rounded off the top five most popular candidates. 

Paladino Faces Backlash Over Controversial Comments About Homosexuality

Paladino faces backlash over controversial comments about homosexualityRepublican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino of New York has received harsh criticism following his recent comments about homosexuality.

During a meeting with Hasidic Jewish leaders on Oct. 10, the Tea Party-backed hopeful said that he doesn't want children "brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option," according to media reports. He was making reference to his Democratic opponent in the New York gubernatorial race, Andrew Cuomo, who marched with his young daughters in a gay pride parade.

Politico.com reports that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has criticized Paladino for his comments.

"All candidates should be focused on solutions to our problems and not the personal lives of our fellow citizens. He should recognize his remarks were highly offensive and he should apologize for them," Giuliani said in a statement, according to the news provider.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that political commentator Ann Coulter has defended Paladino, calling him a "great warrior" who wants to cut taxes. During an appearance on FOX News, she said that Paladino was simply telling his audience, a group of conservatives, what they wanted to hear.

"He's speaking to Hasidim. It's like going to Chicago, you say 'Go Cubs'," Coulter told the news provider.

More Natural Supplements Could Be Produced From Plants

More natural supplements could be produced from plantsResearchers have discovered how to create micro-nutrients in crops, such as from the cassava plant. As a result, this could produce more healthy food.

According to the study published in The Plant Cell, scientists from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture at Columbia University and Freiburg University in Germany researched a variation of cassava with white and yellow roots. This was used to help them understand how provitamin A carotenoids are produced.

White cassava roots have relatively low levels of pro-vitamin A, while the yellow rooted version of this plant could contain up to 20 times that amount. The researchers compared the different cassava roots and found the difference was a single amino acid change that contributes to the production of carotenoids.

As a result, the scientists were able to turn the white rooted cassava plants into yellow ones that produced higher provitamin A levels by increasing the amino acid levels in the white cassava.

Peter Beyer, one of the researchers involved with the study, said that the findings will encourage new ways of creating provitamin A in these plants "by the exchange of a single amino acid already present in cassava."

The scientists hope that this method will eventually help individuals who are vitamin A deficient.
 

Antioxidants Could Improve Insulin Sensitivity In Some Adults

Antioxidants could improve insulin sensitivity in some adultsApproximately 34 percent of adults in the U.S. who are aged 20 years and older are obese, according to the latest statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. However, new research has discovered that natural supplements could improve these individuals' health.

Italian researchers have found that natural antioxidants may have a positive impact on insulin-resistant obese adults, the Cortlandt Forum reports. The results were revealed at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting.

Although previous studies have shown that antioxidants can prevent further damage to cells, this was the first time that scientists looked at how the hormones of obese adults react when subjected to antioxidants, the news provider reports.

The researchers studied 13 women and 16 men who were between the ages of 18 and 66 and were obese. Each of the subjects ate a Mediterranean-type diet which was low in calories.

According to the news source, the participants were assigned to four different groups, three of which involved adding metformin, increasing the amount of antioxidants or a combination of both.

Researchers observed a significant decrease in insulin-resistance for the individuals who were assigned to the antioxidant diet. This was most prevalent in the group which had consumed the majority of these natural supplements.

National Security Advisor Is The Latest To Join Exodus Of Obama’s Aides

National security adviser is the latest to join exodus of Obama's aidesAnother member of President Barack Obama's staff will leave the White House before November's midterm election.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Jim Jones will resign from his post in two weeks, according to media reports, and he will be replaced by Tom Donilon, the current NSA deputy. In Bob Woodward's book "Obama's Wars," Defense Secretary Robert Gates is quoted as saying that a Donilon promotion would be a "disaster," according to TheHill.com.

The announcement of Jones' departure came one week after Rahm Emanuel relinquished his position as the White House chief of staff. Two members of Obama's economic team resigned over the summer. Larry Summers, the chief economic advisor, is scheduled to depart after the elections.

Emmanuel was widely believed to be able to effectively negotiate with lawmakers in order to convey Obama's objectives. Considering that Pete Rouse — Emmanuel's replacement who has never held elected office — is the new chief of staff and that Republicans are projected to take control of the House of Representatives, Obama's plans could face more opposition.

The Los Angeles Times reported that, if conservatives end up in control of the House, the best method for Obama to implement his agenda may be through executive orders and regulatory powers.

"This would fit into the status quo for the White House," said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.) "The White House is showing no effort to work with Republicans. It has shown no interest in listening to the American people and has at all costs tried to ram through legislation that was tremendously unpopular."

Watchdog Group Calls For Federal Investigation Of Chamber Of Commerce — Again

Watchdog group calls for Federal investigation of Chamber of Commerce — againA watchdog group has reiterated its plea that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate the U.S. Chamber of Commerce following an insider's allegation of fraud and recent accusations involving the group's use of foreign aid to help fund conservative political campaigns.

StopTheChamber.com spokesman and attorney Kevin Zeese urged immediate action from Federal officials because of corroborating allegations against the Chamber that have been made by different sources. In August, a Chamber insider compared the organization's CEO, Tom Donahue, to Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and Bernie Madoff, who have been the center of high-profile corruption cases in recent years.

"The criminal allegations against the Chamber have now reached critical mass and Federal officials must take immediate action to protect companies, shareholders, citizens and elections," Zeese said.

International Business Times reports that Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) recently called for an investigation of the Chamber as well, following a report on the ThinkProgress website alleging that the organization has used fees and donations from foreign affiliates to help fund its political campaign.

On CBS's Face the Nation on Oct. 10, President Barack Obama's adviser David Axelrod recommended that the Chamber disclose its donor list to put the controversy to rest. According to FOX News, Obama has scaled back his rhetoric regarding the allegations against the Chamber. During a rally on Oct. 7, the President said the organization was paying for GOP campaign ads while taking money from "foreign corporations." Two days later, Obama said the Republican Party is being helped by "special interest groups."

He suggested the aid could be coming from oil and insurance companies.

My Crazy Aunt Ida

Let’s take a break from all of the political mudslinging for a few minutes. Let me tell you the story of one of the most amazing characters to be found in the branches of the Wood family tree. I think you’ll enjoy it. And you may even learn something about wealth that thieves cannot steal and moths and rust cannot corrupt. We’ll see.

Technically, Ida Mayfield Wood wasn’t really an aunt. Not even a great aunt. Cousins who have studied genealogy much closer than I have tell me she was actually “the wife of a half-5th cousin, three times removed.”

I’ve got to admit, I don’t have the faintest idea what that means. All I know is that I found the story of Ida Wood absolutely fascinating. A century ago, she was the subject of literally thousands of newspaper articles.

At least one best-selling book was written about her and the historic inheritance case that resulted from her death. The subtitle of The Recluse of Herald Square promised “A stranger-than-fiction report of intrigue and greed that resulted in one of the most important and exciting inheritance cases in American law.” That it was, and then some.

Ida Mayfield captivated New York society when she appeared on the scene in the mid-1800s. She claimed to come from the family of wealthy plantation owners in Louisiana. Since she was young, lovely and vivacious, she was welcomed at the soirees and balls of the day. There were newspaper accounts of her dancing with Edward, the Prince of Wales, and Samuel Tilden, the Democratic candidate for President. She wore dazzling gowns and jewelry to balls in the New York City.

Ida was pursued by several young men but finally settled on a millionaire businessman and former U.S. Congressman, Benjamin Wood. Benjamin was the brother of Fernando Wood, the mayor of New York City at the time, and owned a popular newspaper, the New York Daily News (no relation to the paper of the same name today). For a while the couple lived the high life — elegant dinner parties and fancy balls and lengthy trips to Europe, with Ida always draped in the most fashionable clothes and wearing the most expensive jewelry.

But it turned out that Benjamin was a philanderer and an inveterate gambler. After a few years he lived apart from Ida most of the time. He continued to lavish large amounts of money on her, which she put into stocks and savings accounts.

When his fortunes turned and he subsequently asked her for some of that money back, she loaned it to him on very strict terms. When he needed even more money, she paid him $100,000 (over a million dollars in today’s money) to purchase a controlling interest in the Daily News.

Ida became one of the first female publishers of a large metropolitan newspaper. For a while she took a direct interest in the day-to-day affairs of the paper, even writing many of its editorials.

When Benjamin Wood died in 1900, Ida’s mental state began to deteriorate. She became increasingly reclusive and paranoid about her finances. The financial panic of 1907 apparently set her over the edge. She sold the newspaper for $340,000 (making a hefty profit on her investment), and withdrew all of her money from the banks.

Ida took her cash — estimated at more than $1 million (the equivalent of more than $10 million today) and moved into two rooms at the Herald Square Hotel. Her sister Mary and a woman she identified as her daughter Emma later joined her. The three women cooked their own meals and rarely ventured outside their rooms. Mary and Emma died in the late 1920s, leaving Ida alone. She became increasingly reclusive, refusing to open her door even when the bellman brought the food she ordered. She insisted that he toss it over the transom.

By 1931, Ida was 93 years old, partially deaf and nearly blind. She had not left her room at the Herald Square Hotel for several years. One contemporaneous account described her as “feeble and emaciated, weighing 70 pounds and bent over like a question mark.” She hoarded her cash, living on pennies a day. Her diet consisted mainly of toast and condensed milk. She lived in constant fear that someone would rob her.

Finally, in the fall of 1931, her closest relative — Otis F. Wood, the son of her husband’s brother, Fernando — petitioned the court to declare his aunt incompetent and make her his ward. The judge agreed and Otis Wood became her guardian. And here is where the story really gets interesting.

When Ida refused to permit Otis to go through her possessions he ordered a sedative put in her food. While she slept he had her rooms searched. What they found astounded them. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash was stuffed into various pots and pans. Ida had hidden 50 $10,000 bills in a pouch tied to her waist. (The bills had been printed by the U.S. Treasury more than 50 years earlier.) There were shoeboxes filled with yellowed stocks and bonds worth tens of thousands of dollars, some with interest and dividend coupons that had not been redeemed in decades. A diamond necklace was found in a cracker box.

The discoveries made newspaper headlines around the country. Typical of the coverage was this story from the Brooklyn Standard Union of October 7, 1931:

“RECLUSE, 93, HOARDING MILLION DEFIES TREASURE SEARCHERS

“A frail but spirited little lady of 93 years, once the belle of mid-Victorian days, today stomped her defiance of searchers spurred by discovery of nearly a million dollars in currency she hoarded in her hotel room ‘because she was afraid of banks.'”

Otis Wood told reporters that he wanted to move his aunt to better quarters. In the meantime, he hired guards to patrol the hallway outside her room 24 hours a day. Ida refused to move and, because of her failing health, Otis was reluctant to use force to relocate her.

Ida died five months after the story broke. A will was found, in which she left everything she owned to her sister and her daughter. But both women died before Ida and neither left a will. The New York Surrogate Court referred the case to the city’s Public Administrator, the official charged with settling the estates of people who died without valid wills or verifiable heirs.

Within weeks more than one thousand people named “Wood” or “Mayfield” had filed claims on the estate. Joseph A. Cox, counsel to the Public Administrator, was assigned to conduct an investigation into the family lineage of Ida Wood.

It took Attorney Cox several years to unravel the mystery of Ida Wood’s antecedents. After a search that took him from boxes of dusty documents found in Ida Wood’s hotel room, to an overgrown grave in Massachusetts, to a bakery in Ireland and long-ago births in England, Joseph Cox told the court he had discovered the truth:

“Ida Mayfield” was in fact Ellen Walsh, the daughter of Irish immigrants. She was born in England and raised in Massachusetts. She was not related to anyone in Louisiana; in fact, as far as he could determine, she had never visited the state. Instead, she had left home in Massachusetts in 1857, a lovely and determined lady of 19 years, whose wit, beauty and vivaciousness bought her entrée into New York society under her assumed name.

The various Woods and Mayfields were understandably upset by the news and filed suit to get “their fair share” of the estate. The subsequent trial before Surrogate Judge James A. Foley resulted in the finding that Ida E. Mayfield was a false identity assumed by Ellen Walsh, who died with no direct heirs. Therefore, the court awarded her estate not to descendents of the Wood family, nor to the hundreds of Mayfields who claimed they were related, but to Katherine Sheehan and nine other living relatives of Ellen Walsh, an Irish lass who ran away from home at age 19.

In addition to Sheehan, two O’Donnells, three Kennedys and a McEnearney, Murphy, Gallagher and Reynolds each received a share of the estate valued at about $90,000. Again, this would be the equivalent of around $900,000 in today’s dollars. It would be a hefty sum today. During the depths of the Great Depression it was a staggering amount of money.

After he retired, Joseph A. Cox wrote the story of his quest to find the truth about Ida Mayfield, nee Ellen Walsh. The Macmillan Company published The Recluse of Herald Square in 1964. I found a copy of the first printing, signed in September 1964 by the author himself, on Abebooks.com, my favorite source for used books. It is from that account, as well as newspaper stories of the day, that this column has been drawn.

I hope you found the story of Ida “Ellen Walsh” Mayfield Wood interesting. And that at least for a few moments, it helped you forget the cares and concerns of our world today. And who knows? Faced with today’s market worries, it just might encourage you to hide some loot yourself. As you know from last week’s column, personally, I prefer gold.

And here’s another idea: Why not do some genealogical research into your own family tree? Unless you do, you’ll never know what heroes and scoundrels you might find there.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

What’s Behind The Symbolism?

*What so proudly we hail. Thanks to all of you who enjoyed my column Honoring Our Country’s Flag that ran two weeks ago. You made it one of the most-read columns in the history of Personal Liberty Digest. (If you missed it, click here to see it — and maybe share it with a friend.)

That article has gotten nearly 500 comments and more are coming in every day. I’m sorry I can’t reply to each and every one (yes, even the ones from those loony liberals, who keep attacking all of us who still value patriotism).

One of the best suggestions I saw was to explain the symbolism behind our country’s flag. What do the stars and stripes mean? What do the colors represent? These are great questions and I’m glad to say they have great answers.

Back in 1777 Charles Thompson, the secretary of the Continental Congress, said this about the colors red, white and blue, which were used in the Great Seal of the United States, as well as our first flag:

“White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief [the broad band in which the stars appear] signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

The U.S. House of Representatives, in a book about the flag published 300 years later, added:

“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of rays of light emanating from the sun.”

So you see, there’s a lot more involved here than just 13 stripes representing the original 13 colonies that formed the United States of America; or 50 stars, representing each individual state. Aren’t you glad you asked?

— Chip Wood

Nonprofit Leader Says DHS Illegal Immigrant Removal Report Is Skewed

Nonprofit leader says DHS illegal immigrant removal report is skewedA nonprofit organization has criticized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for boasting inaccurate illegal immigrant removal statistics.

Responding to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's report that the 2010 fiscal year was a record-breaking period for criminal alien removals, Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said that the total number of recorded deportations has remained roughly the same, while the deportation of non-criminal aliens has dropped significantly.

FAIR claims that about 56,000 fewer non-criminal illegal immigrants were removed from the United States in fiscal year 2010, compared to 2009. The group said the government has adopted new policies to protect non-criminal aliens from being deported.

Stein also stated that Napolitano's comments were part of a plan to fool the American public before November's midterm elections by trying to convince voters that the immigration crisis is being addressed.

Arizona Republican Jesse Kelly, a candidate for U.S. Congress, recently suggested more border control is needed in his home state. According to The Arizona Republic, Kelly's platform includes the construction of a double-layer border fence, the hiring of more patrol agents and the deployment of 10,000 National Guard troops — eight times more than the number sent to the border by the Obama administration.

Wishing It Were So

Elected elites have been subverting the Constitution and encroaching into our affairs for decades.

The majority of the electorate — long content to occupy itself with earning a living, raising families and considering politics for only a short period of time (typically between Labor Day and the election) has finally awakened to the reality of a bloated and overbearing government. A poll released this week bears this out.

The Gallup/USA Today poll shows that a growing percentage of Americans are coming to view the government as too intrusive and powerful. The poll, conducted Sept. 13-16, shows that 59 percent of the country believes the government has too much power, compared to 33 percent who think it has the right amount. In 2002, only 39 percent believed the government was too powerful while 52 percent said it wielded the right amount of power.

A growing majority, 58 percent, believe the government is trying to do too many things that should be left up to individuals. Only 36 percent believe government should do more. Two more things the poll revealed: 49 percent believe there is too much government regulation, 27 percent believe there is too little government regulation and 21 percent believe we currently have the right amount; and 46 percent believe the government poses an immediate threat to the freedoms of ordinary citizens and 51 percent believe it does not. However, that 46 percent number is up from 30 percent in 2003.

These numbers are reflected in the rise in the Tea Party movement.

But, according to the administration of President Barack Obama, it’s not a concern about an ever-growing government that’s behind the growth of the Tea Party and decline in the popularity of incumbent politicians — particularly Democrats and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs). No, the administration just thinks the electorate is dumb… and it’s saying so.

Democrats aren’t running on the administration’s accomplishments like healthcare and financial-regulatory overhaul and the stimulus because “it’s just too hard to explain,” Vice President Joe Biden told Bloomberg News.

“The 24-hour news cycle is just so lightning fast and the attention span I think is so short that sometimes it’s difficult to keep everybody focused on the long term,” Obama told a crowd at George Washington University.

The truth is that explaining how a healthcare bill that costs more, benefits fewer and eliminates choices is a good bill is difficult. Explaining how trillion dollar bailouts for big banks and Wall Street are beneficial while Americans see their way of life destroyed is difficult. Biden is correct on that count.

It’s a difficult sell because Americans are smart and they’ve seen through the charade. But I would be surprised if the electorate’s attention span is so short — as Obama believes — that it’s going to forget by Nov. 2 what the elected elites have done these last 20-plus months. The elites just wish it were so.

Hoisted With Their Own Petard…

President Barack Obama’s most recent assault on conservatives is a new twist for the Democrats’ old school tactics of distraction, duplicity and defamation. As a November to Remember approaches in the fast lane, Obama has pulled the handbrake on reason… and steered his party into oncoming traffic.

His latest tactic: An effort to chain conservatives to that hotbed of radicalism, foreign intrigue and evil known colloquially as the United States Chamber of Commerce. Although seemingly a mild-mannered bunch of folks who wear khakis to work and own small businesses with those digital time-and-temperature displays out front; the Chamber, according to the Democrats, is a front for a massive monetary pipeline which funnels ducats from the darkest corners of the earth into the accounts of Republican and Tea Party candidates here at home.

We know what depths these bastards are plumbing, because Obama and his ever-vigilant allies have presented us with a mountain of… er… a plethora… um… a couple of examples… well, they said so; so it must be true.

They have it partly right. There IS a candidate out there who has collected huge sums of untraceable largesse from some fairly shady characters in some fairly shady locations. Some of this particular pol’s hauls were loaded in HAMAS and Tamil Tiger terrorist camps (more than $35,000). Some flowed forth from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (more than $25,000). Some of the yuan even started its journey in Chinese communist checkbooks (a whopping $366,708.22).

But this mendacious money-grubber is no Republican. There is no Tea Party-backed candidate with their fingerprints all over this overseas swag. The beneficiary of the booty in question is none other than Barack Hussein Obama.

That’s right, kiddies. Every single shovelful of cash I just described went to your community activist-in-chief. It should be noted that when informed of a similar Tamil-tainted donation, Hillary Clinton returned the loot. The HAMAS-linked Money Claus listed his hometown as “Rafah, GA, 972.” Rafah isn’t some pastoral Peach State paradise, it’s a HAMAS-controlled refugee camp in Gaza (hence the GA).

As for the “972” — it’s clearly not a metro Atlanta zip code, but it IS the telephone area code for Israel, including the Rafah refugee camp. Also in Obama’s kitty: Cash from a donor listed with the Federal Election Commission as “Doodad” ($10,780), who listed his (or her) employer as “FDGFDGF,” where “Doodad” toils as a “DFGFDG.” Additionally noteworthy is a list of donors — whose largesse included dollars AND cents (think foreign exchange) — nearly as interminably long as a Proust seminar taught by a Chevalier impersonator with a speech impediment.

Last Sunday morning David Axelrod, Obama’s latter-day Goebbels, found himself squirming in the unlikely crosshairs of none other than Bob Schieffer. Schieffer, who once claimed he was unaware of the Democrats’ connection to the New Black Panther Party because he was “on vacation,” is apparently back from his intellectual beach house. When Axelrod vomited up Obama’s “Chamber of Commerce + GOP = some cat with too many consonants in his name is stealing the election” talking points, Schieffer — to paraphrase Obama’s own administration — stepped on Axelrod’s neck:

Schieffer: “But this part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts, Mister Axelrod, I mean, do you have any evidence that it’s anything other than peanuts?”

Axelrod: “Well, do you have any evidence that it’s not?”

Axelrod’s response reveals the old “throw enough poo at the wall” strategy, one step from a “list of 205 names.”

Schieffer’s “peanuts” comment was a reference to a report in The New York Times (the rats are leaping off the liberal ship) which revealed that not only do the Democrats’ latest attacks on the Chamber and GOP lack citation, they’re purely defamatory, a simple “big lie” gambit. Evidently, Obama is counting on CBS returning Nielsen ratings which couldn’t make the Knitting Channel jealous because Obama was beating the drum again Tuesday. According to Obama’s spokesmodel Robert Gibbs:

"There’s no reason to back off. If there are organizations raising tens of millions of dollars that won’t tell us who their donors are, my guess is they’re not telling us for a reason — because they have something to hide."

Setting aside the fact that Obama has bagged boodle from Bangkok to British Petroleum (he’s the largest individual recipient of BP’s black gold), I can put this chapter of the DNC’s desperation down as quickly as Michael Moore can hover the spread on the craft services table.

But, I’ll give the honor to Schieffer:

“If the only charge three weeks (from) the election that the Democrats can make is that somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?”

Bad Economic Reports May Boost GOP’s Chances In November

Bad economic reports may boost GOP's chances in NovemberSome recent polls suggested that President Barack Obama's approval ratings were inching back up into positive territory, but this may all change after the employment report published on Oct. 8 showed the labor market has suffered another month of poor performance.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, which was worse than most economists expected. These figures are also more than the previous month, when 57,000 positions were eliminated.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent.

These results may spell trouble for the Democrats in November, as this is the last employment report before the midterm elections. Many Democratic incumbents who run for re-election have defended their support for the massive stimulus package in 2009, saying it was designed to spur economic growth and boost employment.

However, this was not the end of bad economic news, as a preliminary report from the Congressional Budget Office found that the Federal government racked up a $1.3 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

Many political commentators have attributed the success of Tea Party-backed candidates in midterm primaries to excess government spending, which many Americans increasingly worry will be passed on to future generations. 

Experts Offer Smoke Alarm Safety Tips During Fire Prevention

Experts offer smoke alarm safety tips during Fire Prevention The week of Oct. 3-9 has been marked as National Fire Prevention Week, and safety experts have used it as an opportunity to educate Americans about how to keep themselves and their families safe during a similar emergency.

For example, Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania, says that more than 400 American children die in home fires alone each year, but correctly installed and working smoke detectors can cut the risk nearly in half.

Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of a house and near each sleeping area or bedroom. Since smoke rises to the ceiling during a fire emergency, they should be paced as high as possible and toward the center of the room.

Proper maintenance of this system is also an important part of ensuring survival in the case of a fire. Alarms should be tested once a month and vacuumed regularly to prevent blockage with dust and other particles. Batteries should be replaced once per year.

Finally, families should conduct periodic fire drills so that during an emergency everyone — especially young children — know several escape routes and a safe meeting place outside. 

The Celebration of Class Warfare

The weather was perfect — 72 degrees and sunny — for the "One Nation Working Together" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Oct. 2. I was determined to go with an open mind because I wanted to try to understand what would motivate someone to attend an event sponsored by unions and self-proclaimed socialist and communist groups.

The first time I heard about the rally the thought crossed my mind how embarrassing it was that union bosses and their counterparts in a wide variety of extremist, left-wing organizations would put on an event to counter one sponsored by a television commentator, Glenn Beck. It was like a third-grader trying to one-up a popular rival on the playground.

Of course, the organizers would now deny they were responding to Beck’s 8/28 Restoring Honor event, but that in itself would be embarrassing given that they’ve been talking about it being their answer to his hugely successful rally since they first came up with the idea. On Saturday, I only heard bits and pieces of a few speeches, but at least one of the speakers shouted, "Somebody tell Glenn Beck there are more people here than at his event."

The rally started at noon and, as planned, I arrived in Washington just before 2:00 p.m. As I entered D.C. from the Virginia side, the first thing I noticed was that people were walking away from the rally site in droves. Not a good sign for an event that was scheduled to last until 4:00 p.m.

As I stopped at the first light after coming across the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge, I glanced to my left and was surprised to see a number of vacant parking spaces on 23rd Street — something unheard of in a city where you can drive around for an hour in search of a parking spot. I did a quick left onto 23rd and promptly backed into one of the available spaces.

My wife and I then started walking toward the Lincoln Memorial, an easy trek compared to the exhausting walk we had endured for the 8/28 Restoring Honor rally when the closest parking we could find was at the Willard Hotel on 14th Street. As we walked toward the Lincoln Memorial, people wearing T-shirts emblazoned with logos and wording in keeping with the theme of the rally continued streaming by us in the opposite direction.

On arriving at the site the first thing I did was try to estimate the crowd size, which I’ve become pretty adept at. This particular case, however, was unusually difficult because of the nonstop flow of people leaving the event early. At any given time, however, I estimated that the density of the crowd ranged from one-fifth to one-tenth that of the Restoring Honor gathering.

At the Beck rally it was strictly shoulder-to-shoulder, virtually impossible to walk in most places. That crowd was no less than 500,000 — and perhaps as high as 750,000. But one of the many differences with the 8/28 event was that virtually everyone stayed until the rally was officially over. They were there by choice.

To be as fair as possible, I generously factored in the large number of people who had departed two hours or more before I arrived at the One Nation rally and came up with a crowd estimate of between 75,000 to 150,000 — far more than the 30,000 to 50,000 I had guessed might show up. Clearly, I had underestimated the power of union bosses handing down mandates to their rank and file to attend.

But to me the crowd size didn’t really matter, because they were two totally different events. Beck is just one individual — a radio and television personality — who produced a rally (primarily using his own money) with a theme of restoring honor to America and to honor fallen U.S. soldiers. By contrast, the 10/2 event was a political rally sponsored by a wide array of well-funded, far-left organizations.

The big question is not who had the largest crowd; that wasn’t even close. The more important question is why rally organizers like Al Sharpton would be so focused on trying to show the public they could outdraw a media personality.

To the crowd’s credit, though the signs and rhetoric were brazenly anti-freedom and anti-free market, people were generally well behaved, though clearly lacking in enthusiasm. To their discredit, however, trash was everywhere, which I have found to be a trademark of those on the left — especially the environmental crowd.

Again, by contrast, it was hard to find any trash on the ground at Beck’s 8/28 event. There are many conjectures I could draw from this observation, but due to space limitations, I’ll leave that psychological endeavor up to you.

Tabloid-size "newspapers" were all over the place. One was called The Militant, which featured the headline: "Public education is a birth right, not a corporate profit."

Another one, Challenge: The Revolutionary Communist Newspaper of Progressive Labor Party, sported a logo that read "Fight for Communism." Mind you, this was a rally called "One Nation Working Together" — in the capital city of the United States of America!

Then there were the signs:

  • "Wages that are rightfully ours."
  • "We demand $$$ for jobs and education."
  • "The American Dream promises a free education."
  • "Black Is Back."
  • "Capitalism is failing. Socialism is the answer."

At one of the many tables where books were being sold I wrote down such titles as Bolshevism, What Is Marxism, The Communist Manifesto, Four Marxist Classics and Black Liberation and Socialism. Quite an array of reading material for an event titled "One Nation Working Together."

Then there were the pamphlets, with such patriotic verbiage as:

  • "Fight for a Two-Year National Moratorium to Halt All Foreclosures and Evictions."
  • "Jobs for All! Public-Works Program Now!"
  • "Make the bosses pay for their crisis!"

I could fill a book with what I saw at the rally, but to me the bottom line is this: The Oct. 2 "One Nation Working Together" event was simply a celebration of that age-old disease, class warfare. Unwittingly, the hate peddlers who promoted it provided a public-service by letting us know they are still out there, alive and well. And they are poised and ready to bring down the American way of life — especially freedom and the free-market system.

As I walked back up 23rd Street after my short stay at the rally, the little security guard inside my brain whispered to me, "This was a reminder that America is irrevocably split into those who want to put a stop to the government’s policy of redistributing wealth and those who demand that the government use force to give them even more of other people’s wealth.

The latter group (which I estimate at nearly one-third of the current U.S. population) is fully prepared to sell their souls to a totalitarian regime in exchange for the "stuff" they think they deserve. I’m not sure how they define deserve, but it matters not. What does matter, sadly, is that they are nothing more than pawns in a power game that has existed probably since the Neolithic Age.

These pawns have long been referred to — by everyone from George Orwell to Alvin Toffler to Saul Alinsky — as the Have-Nots. This is what the "One Nation Working Together" rally was all about, nothing more and nothing less. It’s an old theme that will continue to be with us until the last breath of humankind has been extinguished.

And the truth that many people do not want to believe is that there is no solution to the problem. The only hope is containment. Right now, a majority of Americans are poised to push back and try to contain the radical left from bringing down the curtain on capitalism and individual sovereignty. But no matter what happens on Nov. 2, no one should be deluded into believing the war is over. The war will never be over.

Start preparing your mind now for what’s coming after Nov. 2, and teach your children what Ronald Reagan said back in 1964:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

After what I saw and heard in D.C. on Oct. 2, I can vouch for the Dutchman’s words.

—Robert Ringer

A Wise And Frugal Government

As September ended Congress scurried out of town hoping they had time to convince enough voters to support them during the mid-term election Nov. 2. In doing so they left the specter of the largest tax hike in history hitting a fragile U.S. economy on Jan. 1, 2011.

Unable to agree on which Americans should receive how much, the Democrat majority punted, leaving President Barack Obama to defend his notion of redistributing the wealth of those he considers rich — that is anyone making $250,000 or more a year.

In addition to taxing the “rich,” Obama wants to practice a little social engineering. He’s advocating tax incentives for businesses that hire and inserting other benefits and penalties for certain behaviors, rather than trusting businesses to act in their own best interests and hire when it’s economically feasible.

But the Founders believed government should get out of the way of business. During his first inaugural address in 1801, Thomas Jefferson said, "[A] wise and frugal government…shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

Will we ever again see a wise and frugal government?

Watchdog Groups Single Out Chamber Of Commerce For Role In Funding Controversy

Watchdog groups single out Chamber of Commerce for role in funding controversyFollowing allegations that the United States Chamber of Commerce has been actively soliciting money from foreign countries to influence American elections, a group of watchdog organizations had called for a criminal investigation and complete audit of the business lobbying group.

StopTheChamber.com has urged the FBI, Department of Justice and IRS to examine the most recent accusation made by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) against the Chamber. The CAPAF claimed on Oct. 5 that the Chamber has obtained money from foreign organizations, including some funds tied to overseas governments, and has used it to influence political campaigns.

On Oct. 7, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly asked the Chamber and other politically active groups to reveal their list of donors before the November midterm elections. According to the Huffington Post, it was the second request in as many days from Gibbs.

"I think the best thing to do for the American people would be to let everyone see all of the supporters. Let everyone see who has supported each of the different entities… by letting the American people know exactly who has written checks," said Gibbs, according to the news source.

According to The Associated Press, Chamber spokeswoman Tita Freeman said the claims are "unfounded, deceitful and completely erroneous." She added that no foreign money has been used to fund political activities.