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Son Of Norway 1, Donohue 0

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 2, 2007

In which the Wege takes down everyone’s favorite anti-Semitic misogynist bigoted self-styled defender of a non-mainstream form of Catholicism.

Posted in Flying Monkey Right, William Donohue | Comments Off on Son Of Norway 1, Donohue 0

I’m Spartacus.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 15, 2007

I’m here to represent in the Spartacus Army. (For Amanda as well as Melissa.)


Thanks to Driftglass (via Tild) for the concept.

Posted in Amanda Marcotte, Good Things, Melissa McEwan, Pandagon, Shakespeare's Sister, William Donohue | 3 Comments »

Onion Dip. Onion Dip?!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 13, 2007

TRex over at Fire Dog Lake catches William Donohue, infamous for hating Jews and women, expending the full fury of his self-righteous wrath on (wait for it) — onion dip.

Onion dip.

Geez Louise.

If this guy wasn’t a conservative, he’d be in a mental institution right now. But of course, as Atrios has noted over and over again, there is nothing, nothing, that a conservative can do that will get him or her banned from the public discourse –with the sole exception of becoming a liberal.

Posted in eedjits, GOP bullying, paranoia, Silly Republicans, William Donohue, WTF? | 2 Comments »

Sow The Wind, Reap The Whirlwind

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 13, 2007

Donohue’s minions think they’re being so cute by DoSing Pandagon so nobody can access the IRS form template Auguste so thoughtfully provided to nail Donohue.

They reckoned without me.

Here’s what you do:

Download Form 3949-A from  (Here’s the direct link.  Thanks, Adam!)  Fill out with the pertinent info on Donahue’s org under #2 (the “business name” side). (Put “N/A” in the individual-name fields under #1.) Here’s the info:

2. Business Name: Catholic League
2a-b. Address: 450 Seventh Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10123

2c. Emp. ID Num: 23-7279981

2d. Principal Bus. Act.: Non-Profit Political Advocacy

Skip to 4. Check off “Other”.

5a.(Describe violation)

“In his role as President of the Catholic League, a 501(c)(3) organization, William Donohue made national television appearances calling for the firing by the John Edwards for President campaign of two campaign employees. The Catholic League has issued press releases on Feb. 9 ( and Feb. 12 (http// of 2007 specifically pressuring the Edwards campaign to fire these two employees, thus violating TITLE 26, Subtitle F, CHAPTER 76, Subchapter A, Sec. 7409 (a)(2)(i), which instructs 501(c)(3) groups not to intervene in political campaigns.  Donohue’s group should have been especially aware as the IRS has issued a recent fact sheet, FS-2006-17, to remind 501(c)(3) groups that they are not to intervene in political campaigns.  Donohue’s group has also done similar interventions against John Kerry’s political campaign in 2004; On Feb. 7, 2007, Donohue boasted to Tucker Carlson of MSNBC that he caused two Kerry campaign employees to be fired ( Again, this violates TITLE 26, Subtitle F, CHAPTER 76, Subchapter A, Sec. 7409 (a)(2)(i).”

5e — Provide cites.

Then finish w/your name/address/etc. at the bottom.

UPDATE: Looks like “Fidelis”, a quasi-religious but in reality GOP-based hydra-headed group with ties to and a 501(c)(3) arm, is rushing to Bill The Anti-Semite Donohue’s aid. Now they seem to be a touch smarter than Donohue — the fact that they split themselves into four separate groups to keep their tax-exempt religious group status while still engaging in political mischief shows that — but groups like this often have the problem of not putting up nice thick walls between one part of the enterprise and the other. So let’s see what we can do about them, too:

2. Business Name(s): Fidelis (filed for recognition by the IRS as a 501(c)4 organization; may not yet have it, and we can perhaps block it), Fidelis America (Political Action Committee), Fidelis Center for Law and Policy (501(c)3 legal advocacy arm, though they haven’t filed any Form 990s yet, which they need to do as a 501(c)(3)), and the Fidelis Media Fund (Section 527 organization)

2a-b. Address for all four entities: PO BOX 277, Chelsea, MI 48118; 734-433-1329. (Heh, the same P.O. Box for all four entities? This must be run out of somebody’s basement. Not smart, if they really want to claim that all four groups are separate from one another.)

2c. Emp. ID Num: unknown

2d. Principal Bus. Act.: Non-Profit Political Advocacy

Skip to 4. Check off “Other”.

5a.(Describe violation) See above, and add your own information. Happy hunting!

UPDATE #2:  This would have been done sooner, but Akismet’s anti-spam device was just a tad overzealous, and so I didn’t catch these comments until I checked the spam filter.   The narrative information for 5a for the pertinent IRS reg has been corrected thanks to Ian W. Hill in the comments.   Also, thanks to Adam Rakunas for the direct link to the form!

Posted in Amanda Marcotte, blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, distractions, Fidelis, GOP bullying, John Edwards, Silly Republicans, The smear industry, Uncategorized, William Donohue | 31 Comments »

Bad News, Good News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 13, 2007

The bad news: Amanda Marcotte decided to resign as one of Edwards’ bloggers, as she felt she couldn’t defend and attack the way she would have liked without it coming back to hurt the campaign.

The good news: She’s going to make Bill Donohue regret he ever went after her. (And Melissa is still with the campaign.)  And hey, to those righties who whine that she’s being unfair:  It’s just giving him a taste of his own medicine.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, distractions, GOP bullying, John Edwards, William Donohue | Comments Off on Bad News, Good News

The Consultant Classes

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 11, 2007

Atrios speaks, and reminds us that last week wasn’t the first time that John Edwards has had to buck crappy advice from his staff:

Feb. 19, 2007 issue – In the fall of 2005, John Edwards sat down with a pad and pen and scrawled out three simple words: “I was wrong.” It was nearly three years after he’d joined a Senate majority in voting to authorize war in Iraq. After an unsuccessful run as John Kerry’s vice presidential candidate in the 2004 election, Edwards had returned home to North Carolina and watched as the war descended into chaos. Increasingly filled with regret, he concluded that the three-word confession would be the right way to start a Washington Post op-ed admitting his vote was a mistake.


But when a draft came back from his aides in Washington, Edwards’s admission was gone. Determined, the senator reinserted the sentence. Again a draft came back from Washington; again the sentence had been taken out. “We went back and forth, back and forth,” Edwards tells NEWSWEEK. “They didn’t want me to say it. They were saying I should stress that I’d been misled.” The opening sentence remained. “That was the single most important thing for me to say,” Edwards recalls. “I had to show how I really feel.”

And of course, Edwards’ advisors are establishment-Democrat types, the sort of folk who fought and still fight against people like Howard Dean tooth and nail. 

The thing that really ticks me off about the DLC/Blue Dog/Beltway bozo types and their fellow travelers in the consultant class is that they ape Republican policies, but never Republican tactics — whereas it should be exactly the other way around.

To wit: Compare the response of the McCain campaign to their own “blogger controversy”. They stuck behind their guy Patrick Hynes with no grovelling and no apologies, even though what Hynes did was genuinely offensive when viewed in its proper context. (Much more on Hynes here.  And let’s not forget Hynes’ hypocrisy concerning blogger disclosure, either.) But Edwards’ own team tried to force Edwards to do the exact opposite:  fire Marcotte and McEwan and then grovel before his anti-semitic critic William Donohue

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, Democratic consultants, John Edwards, John McCain, Patrick Hynes, The smear industry, William Donohue | 2 Comments »

Bill Donohue Boasts Of Breaking The Law

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 9, 2007

Bill “Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It‘s not a secret, OK?” Donohue, in his latest attack on John Edwards, made a slight “oopsie”. See if you can spot it here (if you’d rather not give his site any clicks, go here):

“Edwards said today that ‘We’re beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can’t let it be hijacked.’ I have news for him—the Catholic League—not Edwards—will decide what the debate will be about, and it won’t be about the nation.

Hmmm. Here’s what Jeffrey Feldman pointed out the other day:


According to United States law governing the behavior of 501(c)(3) organizations, it seems highly likely that William Donohue–President of the Catholic League, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization–may have broken the law by attempting to intervene in a political campaign.

Hey, Nedra Pickler! Over HERE! Lookit!

UPDATE: From PFAW by way of Atrios, here’s another example:

I’m going to try to do my job to intimidate the Senate Judiciary Committee so they do their job more carefully.

Remember, as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, the Catholic League shouldn’t be doing this. Donohue is breaking the law.

UPDATE 2: Looks like we could work to get the IRS to take away his tax-exempt status — or we could get the New York State Attorney General’s office to shut him down completely. (The complaint form for this is found here.) I say we try to do both.

UPDATE 3: More evidence, from his appearance on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show, that Donohue, speaking in his capacity as head of a 501(c)(3), has repeatedly broken the law by trying to force the firings of staffers in various other Democratic campaigns:(h/t to DDay)

TUCKER: Heading up the campaign to get the women fired from the Edwards campaign is Bill Donohue. He‘s president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and he joins us now.


DONOHUE: I‘m getting reports all day that the Edwards campaign is in a state of disarray. There‘s an unconfirmed report that they were fired. I can tell you this much, it doesn‘t surprise me Tucker. If these were veteran people, they would have taken the fall for the big guy. They would have done the right thing, but these are two little brats, who obviously have been getting away with this for a long time.

DONOHUE: Well, (INAUDIBLE{actually it was Mara Vanderslice}) in 2004 worked for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. I found about her background and they had to silence her. Then they got Brenda Bartel Peterson (ph) to quit or be fired because of her background.

Posted in beat the press, blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, distractions, GOP bullying, John Edwards, William Donohue | 4 Comments »

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