Anatomy of a RINO

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Border Emergency’s Dirty Dozen

On Friday, March 15, President Trump made his first VETO. This was made necessary by the following 12 Senators voting for the House-passed denial of Trump’s emergency declaration. The flow of illegal aliens, many of whom are criminals, has never been greater. Now that the wall is a go, it is time to look at who in the Republican-dominated Senate is willing to relax our border security and ask why.

These are the 12 senators who voted against the emergency declaration. They are classified here as “Republicans In Name Only” (RINOs). What data is available comes from public sources, which is not the whole story, but all we can give. From Senators who really believe that no border enforcement is preferable, to those who just want to please donors, it is good to make their names famous. All the better to remember their names the next time they are in a Primary battle, and vote accordingly if they are in your state.

1. Sen. Lamar Alexander

Sen. Lamar Alexander- RINO

Description: Age: 78. State Habitat: Tennessee.

Notable Accomplishments: Senator since 2003, he has emerged to be Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. While taking mostly Republican stances, he supported the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. She is a very liberal judge. Sen. Alexander gave a speech at President Obama’s second term inaugural.

Alexander’s Notable Top Donors according to the Federal Election Commission: UBS, Inc (finance). Project West PAC (Republican Leadership PAC – top donors in Big Pharma). Bill and Melinda Gates.

2. Sen. Roy Blunt

Sen. Roy Blunt- RINO

Description: Age: 68. State Habitat: Missouri.

Notable Accomplishments: US House 1997-2011. US Senate 2011-Present. Chair of the Senate Rules Committee. Blunt has a very Conservative voting record. He tried for further leadership but lost a bid for House Majority Whip by secret ballot in 2006.

Notable Top Donors: Black & Veatch PAC (Construction trade). Sarah Hargis – CoxHealth Health Care Board of Directors. John Bolton PAC (Before accepting an appointment in the Trump Administration, Bolton ran this National Security PAC).

3. Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Susan Collins- RINO

Description: Age: 66. State Habitat: Maine.

Notable Accomplishments: Susan Collins is Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She is a former chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Collins sided with former President Obama’s position 75.9% of the time. She still claims Republican status. Collins is the most moderate Republican in the Senate.

Notable Top Donors: Wild and Wonderful PAC (Leadership PAC). Project West PAC (Republican Leadership PAC – top donors in Big Pharma).

4. Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Mike Lee- RINO

Description: Age: 47. State Habitat: Utah.

Notable Accomplishments: Mike Lee serves on Committees for the Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, and those for Commerce, Science, and Transportation. A solid conservative, Lee was one of two Republicans, along with Rand Paul of Kentucky, to vote against extending the three provisions of the USA Patriot Act.

Those provisions deal with roving wiretaps, “lone wolf” terrorism suspects, and the government’s ability to seize “any tangible items” in the course of surveillance. He is not totally a RINO since he votes with President Trump’s positions on legislation 81.3% of the time.

Notable Top Donors: Stephen Modzelewski (Biosciences, Salomon Bros. Financial). Joan Carter (Businesswoman, Insurance). Freedomworks PAC (Pro-liberty group).

5. Sen. Jerry Moran

Sen. Jerry Moran- RINO

Description: Age: 64. State Habitat: Kansas.

Notable Accomplishments: Sen. Moran is Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Moran’s voting record is highly conservative. He has a lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union of 92.

That being said, in 2017, Moran voted to repeal FCC Internet privacy rules. These rules blocked internet providers from sharing or selling customer’s private data (such as browsing history) without the customer’s permission.

Notable Top Donors: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assoc PAC. The Capital Group Companies, Inc. PAC, Noah Assad (Asian Importer and Electronics).

6. Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Description: Age: 61 State Habitat: Alaska.

Notable Accomplishments: Sen. Murkowski is Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She is one of the most moderate Republicans in the Senate, along with Susan Collins. She is a crucial swing voter.

Her father, long term Senator Frank Murkowski, appointed her when he ran for Governor. She then won the election for the next few terms. Furor from her initial appointment by her father led to the loss of a Governor’s ability to appoint replacement Senators. Murkowski voted with President Obama’s positions 72.3% of the time.

Notable Top Donors: International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers PAC, Cardinal Health, Inc. PAC AKA Cardinal Health Companies PAC. Bill and Melinda Gates.

7. Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul- RINO

Description: Age: 55 Home Habitat: Kentucky.

Notable Accomplishments: Sen. Paul is a Medical Doctor of Ophthalmology. He is also a Member of Tea Party Caucus. While defined as a pro-life Constitutional Conservative, he often takes the liberty-minded position on issues.

His father, Dr. Ron Paul, was a principled Congressman known for Libertarian and Constitutional positions, as well. (His father was called “Dr. No”). Sen. Paul usually supports Trump, except when it conflicts with his own position. Paul has voted with Donald Trump’s positions the least out of all Republicans. He has only voted with him 74% of the time.

Notable Top Donors: Various energy PACs. Robert D. Leppo (Mining billionaire). Nikolaos D. Monoyios (Oppenheimer Capital VP).

8. Sen. Rob Portman

Sen. Rob Portman- RINO

Description: Age: 63. State Habitat: Ohio.

Notable Accomplishments: Sen. Portman was on the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He introduced the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act in 2017. Yet he votes against a border emergency declaration in 2019?

Notable Donors: National Rifle Association. The Procter & Gamble Co. Good Government Fund. Zeneca, Inc PAC (AZMEDIPAC).

9. Sen. Mitt Romney

Sen. Mitt Romney- RINO

Description: Age: 71. State Habitat: Utah.

Notable Accomplishments: Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. He was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the controversial Bain Capital investment firm.

Having established the Massachusetts State Healthcare System, a prototype of Obamacare, he would later vow to lead the effort to repeal it. He worked for lower taxes and means-testing Social Security. He is a well-known “Never-Trumper”.

Notable Top Donors: Bob Barker. Ricky Sandler (Capital Investments). The Bryant Group (Executive Wealth Planning).

10. Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio- RINO

Description: Age: 47. State Habitat: Florida.

Notable Accomplishments: Marco Rubio is Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He transformed his Cuban heritage, time in the Florida Legislature, and a stint as a Political Science Professor into a position in Congress. Rubio became a member of the “Gang of Eight”. The gang of eight is a term for Senators that were for liberal immigration policies.

Even though the House never took immigration policy up, he would be associated with lax immigration. He was supportive of the now-defunct Trans-Pacific-Partnership agreement. Rubio is well known for consistently criticizing the actions of the President.

Notable Top Donors: Strategy PAC (Republican Leadership). Steve Wynn (Casino owner). Randall R. Crisorio (Automotive industry).

11. Sen. Pat Toomey

Sen. Pat Toomey- RINO

Description: Age: 57 State Habitat: Pennsylvania.

Notable Accomplishments: Toomey serves on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the Committee on the Budget, the Committee on Finance, and the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. He serves on several sub-committees.

A former banker, Toomey has been a consistent advocate of reducing and eliminating taxes. Before this current vote, he was against illegal immigration amnesty. He seems to have changed his mind. Not supporting the State of Emergency is tantamount to being okay with crime increases and benefits overruns.

Notable Top Donors: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. PAC (TEVA PAC). Advanced Medical Technology Association PAC. Pfizer, Inc, PAC. Target Enterprises, LLC (Communications & Advertising). New York Life Insurance Co. PAC.

12. Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker- RINO

Description: Age: 67. State Habitat: Mississippi.

Notable Accomplishments: Sen. Wicker is a former US Air Force Officer. He served as Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, and was elected as part of the 1994 “Republican Revolution”.

He is a staunch Conservative who is pro-life and pro-gun rights. Wicker worked for insurance reform as well as a bill related to hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation in the United States. This bill was aimed at improving “the public’s ability to enjoy the outdoors.

Notable Top Donors: Telapex Inc (telecom). Fresenius Medical Care.

There you have it — the 12 RINOs with their voting records to have when voting!

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Karl Donaldson

Karl Donaldson

Karl Donaldson is an editor and writer for NRN. Partial to his two cats, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a veritable menagerie of his wife's creatures.

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