Monday, October 7, 2013

Bustos Votes for Special Congressional Exemption

Did you see this? 

All I can do is shake my head...

As many of you know, Obamacare has an exemption for Members of Congress. They're exempt from the individual mandate and all that jazz.

So in the midst of voting for a government shutdown, Bustos took another curious vote. She rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have nullified that exemption. It would have made Members of Congress subject to Obamacare like everyone else.

And Bustos voted no.

Bustos voted to keep her special congressional health care and exempt herself from Obamacare.

Really? So if you like Obamacare so much, why won't you let it apply to you, Cheri?

What's good for the people should be good for our politicians. But as far as Cheri Bustos is concerned, she feels exempt.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

745,000 pennies I coulda saved...

But they were never my pennies to begin with, right?

According to Forbes, Obamacare will increase health care costs for the average family of four by $7,450 before 2022.


Meanwhile, our wonderful Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is fighting for the military! Or something. It sounds like she's leading the charge to prevent a government shutdo-NOPE. She voted for a government shutdown so she could protect this wonderful "tax" called Obamacare.

Thanks, Cheri. My middle class family really appreciates it.

Friday, September 13, 2013


So on Wednesday, our favorite Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined fellow congressional members at a 9/11 memorial service in Washington, DC.

And while the names of the dead were being read...

Cheri Bustos was texting. Or tweeting. Or maybe she was playing online poker with John McCain. Needless to say... wow.

Stay classy, Cheri.

Cheri Bustos is MIA

Very good letter in the Argus/Dispatch yesterday about Cheri Bustos' habit of being "missing-in-action."

It's actually becoming somewhat of a joke.

Bustos had the opportunity to vote to fund the Rock Island Arsenal... she doesn't show up.

She had the opportunity to vote for a budget (six of them!) and finally stand for something... she votes no.

She has had eight months to hold a town hall to listen to her constituents... she has held zero.

I hear she's a good fundraiser, though, so at least there's that. Unfortunately, that does no good for her constituents, who are left out in the cold with a "missing-in-action" congresswoman.

Cheri, get your priorities straight!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cheri Bustos Shows Extremist True Colors

Tonight, Rep. Cheri Bustos showed her true colors. While often speaking of seeking "common-sense solutions" and "bipartisanship,"Bustos cast her most extreme vote yet. Bustos voted to allow late term abortions, even at the point in which the unborn child can feel pain.

With her vote tonight, Cheri Bustos voted against 80% of Americans who believe that late term abortions should be banned. Bustos voted against protecting millions of innocent lives from the excruciating pain that SCIENCE has proven the unborn can feel at 20 weeks.

Maybe if Bustos hadn't received almost $600,000 from pro-abortion groups and donors, she could have voted with 80% of Americans who support this "common-sense" bill.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cheri Bustos Votes to Support Millionaires, Billionaires and Big Oil

I just read the Congressional Progressive Caucus "Back to Work" budget. You can read that here: CPC Budget

On the campaign trail we heard Cheri Bustos say the following would be her principles in Congress:

1. Ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay more of their fair share of taxes.
2. End tax breaks and incentives for big oil companies and companies that ship jobs overseas.
3. Protect Social Security and Medicare.
4. Cut down on waste, fraud and abuse.

If those were her principles, then why did she vote AGAINST the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget? According to their website, their budget would do the following:

1. Enact a Fair Individual Tax:

• Immediately allows Bush tax cuts to expire for families earning over $250K

• Higher tax rates for millionaires and billionaires (from 45% to 49%)

• Taxes income from investments the same as income from wages

2. Enact a Fair Corporate Tax:

Ends corporate tax bias toward moving jobs and profits overseas 

• Enacts a financial transactions tax

• Reduces deductions for corporate jets, meals, and entertainment 

3. Protect Health Care:

• No benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security 

• Reduces health care costs by adopting a public option, negotiating drug prices, and reducing waste and fraud

By voting against this budget, it's safe to say that Cheri Bustos isn't really against low taxes for millionaires and billionaires. It's safe to say that she's okay with tax breaks for big oil companies. She's also open to cutting social security and medicare. She doesn't prioritize cutting government waste. She clearly doesn't think that tax breaks for companies that outsource are that big of a deal either, otherwise she would have voted for this bill.

Cheri should explain why she didn't support this bill. Exactly what was in it that she disagreed with?

At the bare minimum, the local media in her district should be asking these questions.

Rep. Cheri Bustos: Budget Nihilist

From Wiki:

Nihilist may refer to:
  • one who believes existence has no objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value, see nihilism

I recently stumbled upon this entry from Rep. Bill Owens: Budget Nihilist .

It said exactly my thoughts regarding my own member of Congress, Cheri Bustos.

From the talking points we heard on the campaign trail and her family history, blue dogs like myself knew that Cheri Bustos wasn't interested in actually fixing any of the problems in DC.

With her father being the chief of staff to high profile U.S. Senators and one of the biggest lobbyists in the country, we knew she was only interested in getting elected and then re-elected.

That's why when she had the chance to support a budget to fix America's deficit and fund transportation projects that our district desperately needs, she took the stance of a budget nihilist.

Out of the 4 Democrat budgets and 2 Republican budgets, Cheri Bustos voted against all of them.

By not submitting her own plan to Congress and rejecting all proposed budgets, Cheri Bustos told our district that a budget doesn't matter.

It doesn't matter if America gets out of debt. It doesn't matter if we fix our roads or bridges. It doesn't matter if the Rock Island Arsenal employees get sequestered. It simply doesn't matter.

If she believed it mattered, then she would have voted for a plan or submitted her own. But rather than putting our district -- no, no, OUR FAMILIES who depend on jobs, defense, and transportation ABOVE her re-election plans.

Phil Hare didn't care and Cheri Bustos doesn't either.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bustos' First 3 Bills Have 0% Chance of Passing

So the fabulous Rep. Cheri Bustos has now introduced 3 bills since her inauguration in January. Problem is...according to, they all have a 0% chance of passing Congress and 2 of the 3 have only a 1% chance of making it out of committee...

What's funny...Bustos had this to say about Bobby Schilling when he had only been sworn in for 5 months:

"My problem with Bobby Schilling is that he has yet to pass a single bill, a single bill. I don't think he's even passed a single bill out of committee yet."--Cheri Bustos at her campaign announcement in June 2011.

What's funnier...Schilling actually did pass legislation within his first 5 months...Bustos just wasn't familiar with how Congress works. Instead of passing a bill directly out of committee, Schilling instead positioned himself on the Armed Services conference committee and included 3 of his first bills into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011, which was signed into law by President Obama. How a freshman Congressman managed to pass legislation without having babysat for one of the most powerful Senators is a question only Cheri Bustos can answer.

Will Bustos pass a bill by June? We'll see. But right now, it looks like she has a 0% chance.

Monday, February 11, 2013

That was quick...Bustos Loses Key Staffer After Just 30 Days has the story here ---

But I guess Jerry Lack, Rep. Cheri Bustos' District Director, has turned in his two week notice. Lack, who is generally a well respected and pleasant person, told a source that he felt Bustos was not prioritizing the in-district operations like she was with the DC office.

Has Bustos "gone DC" already?

That was quick.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

More on the Bustos illegal coordination allegations...

I don't know how this skipped my radar, but it did.

Apparently, Bustos and House Majority were also accused of coordination before election day -- click here to read the story in the Galesburg Register-Mail. The Bustos campaign uploaded b-roll footage to YouTube, which was, in turn, used in a House Majority Pac advertisement to support her.

The Schilling campaign filed a claim with the Federal Election Commission, but it was thrown out because YouTube is considered the "public domain" and there was a lack of evidence to prove coordination between the two groups.

Considering the fact that John and Ali Lapp are married and involved in both organizations (respectively), isn't it pretty clear that there was some type of coordination? Don't think they could have possible coordinated between the campaign and the House Majority Pac? Here are some easy ways they could have hypothetically "coordinated" but not "coordinated."

Ex. 1
John Lapp, at the dinner table with his wife Ali, gets a call from Cheri Bustos. Ali overhears him say, "Oh no! That's horrible! You mean we don't have enough money to put on TV in Rockford this week? Well I guess we will just have to pull our ads down..."Ali Lapp then proposes to have House Majority Pac purchase ads in Rockford attacking Bustos' opponent.

Ex. 2
John Lapp "forgets" and leaves polling and messaging data on the desk in the family office room. Ali, accidentally looks at it, thinking it is from House Majority Pac. Ali Lapp then uses that information to tailor an effective message, without having to pay for polling data.

It's not hard to put this all together and understand what really happened. The local press should at least ask tough questions.

At the very minimum, it was inappropriate and a conflict of interest for Ali Lapp to spend money on races that her husband was involved in. How do we know that he isn't promising outside help to his clients as an incentive to sign with him?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


From Illinois Review:

Quad Cities - Newly-elected Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) says she's indebted to Nancy Pelosi's House Majority PAC for helping her and the Democrats win back the seat Republican conservative Bobby Schilling won in 2010. She's included in the House Majority PAC's new ad boasting about the Democrats eight pickups in 2012, but no, she's not asking for donations in the ad. That would be illegal.

Most certainly Bustos knows she also has Illinois House Speaker and Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan to thank for drawing the district's new boundaries to make it more Democrat-friendly. Sounds like she doesn't credit Madigan with too much campaign dollar help, though.

And we thought candidates weren't supposed to coordinate efforts with Super PACs. Silly us.

Did Cheri Bustos Illegally Coordinate With Super-Pacs?

So Bustos is in a new ad thanking the House Majority Pac for running ads during her election last fall. You can see the ad here:

While it's weird and somewhat disturbing that she is thanking anyone but her supporters and the voters of the 17th district, I found something even more disturbing...

On Twitter this AM:
So Bobby Schilling is suggesting that Bustos' campaign was being run by the spouse of House Majority PAC. I did a little research and this is what I found:

1. According to the Federal Election Commission, Cheri Bustos paid Ralston-Lapp Media a total of $55,782 during the 2012 election cycle.

2. Ralston-Lapp Media is run by John Lapp who served as Bustos' general consultant for the 2012 cycle. Lapp was a critical partner to Rahm Emanuel in the 2006 mid-term elections.

3. John Lapp is married to Ali Lapp.

4. Ali Lapp runs House Majority Pac, which spent almost $600,000 to get Bustos elected.

5. Further, Ralston-Lapp makes no mention of Bustos on their site. You'd think that they would be promoting the heck out of her since she was one of their only successful House races this cycle.

Was their coordination between the Bustos campaign and House Majority? Or did Ali Lapp just over hear her husband talking the phone about where they needed more ads to be played? Sounds like a "wink-wink" and "nod-nod" set up if you ask me.

I guess it's only considered "dark-money" when you don't coordinate.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Someone created a "drudge" style news site for the Quad Cities. Should be pretty fun!