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RERfirst – STRAUS PUMPED NEARLY $240,000 INTO TEXAS FAUX PRO-LIFE GROUPS SINCE 2014

Back in September 2017, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Colleyville RER100) unceremoniously slapped down Dr. Joe Pojman, leader of Texas Alliance for Life.  In a tweet, “Big Stick” referred to Pojman’s organization as a “fake pro life front group”.

The Twitter scrap came after a few state representatives expressed a desire to be the next Texas Speaker of the House in the aftermath of a House Republican Caucus retreat where a process was negotiated on how the next Speaker would be elected. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure a unanimous vote by the caucus with no impact from the Democrats in the House.  That was the genesis of Stickland’s initial tweet.

Pojman feebly struck back with his jab about Stickland, and all the state reps, voting for Straus in the past – with the most recent being a unanimous, on-the-record vote on the first day of the 2017 legislative session that made the Texas liberty movement furious.  Almost one month to the day of the Twitter scrap between Stickland and Pojman, because of increasingly mounting pressure from multiple factions within the Texas GOP, Joe Straus announced his retirement from the Texas House all together. Many thought this was a total collapse of power of the Establishment.

The final blow by Big Stick – calling Pojman’s group fake, and pointing to the ending of its funding – points back to the revelation that Texas Alliance for Life, and another faux pro-life org named LIFE PAC, were essentially bought off by pro-genocide financiers during the 2014 election cycle.  The primary funder was Joe Straus.

Well, not so fast, Big Stick.

WANT TO BUY OFF A PRO-LIFE GROUP? HERE’S THE PRICE TAG

In the 2014 Texas election cycle, the Texas House Leadership Fund contributed $79,000 to Texas Alliance for Life.  $25,000 went to LIFE PAC.

In the 2016 Texas election cycle, Straus ramped up the donations to LIFE PAC in the amount of $65,000 plus.  This included a donation from his campaign account, Texans for Joe Straus, of $15,000.  Texas Alliance for Life received two tranches of $15,000.

For the 2018 cycle, in defiance of Stickland’s tweeted prognostication and after Straus’ announced quitting, Straus kept his promise to be active in Texas politics and kept funding his faux pro-life buddies.  $17,000 was carved out for Texas Alliance for Life, and $20,000 to LIFE PAC.  Both contributions were drawn from the Texas House Leadership Fund account.

Since the scheme to purchase pro-life groups was launched by Straus, his henchmen, and his strategists, a total of $236,249.97 has been donated through three election cycles, as posted by the Texas Ethics Commission.

STRAUS DONATIONS TO FAUX TEXAS PRO-LIFE GROUPS

2014-18

MQS v POJMAN AND WRIGHT

Michael Quinn Sullivan (a.k.a. MQS within the liberty movement) of EmpowerTexans rocked the Texas pro-life world in February 2014 when he traced payments from Joe Straus to two organizations who enjoyed a reputation in the state for strong pro-life advocacy.

In the article, “PAC PROTECTS LIBERAL TEXAS REPUBLICANS ON ABORTION”, Sullivan discovered that pro-genocide Republicans had started paying off Texas Alliance for Life and Texans for Life Coalition in order to get their endorsements.  These RINOs were getting snuffed by Texas Right to Life (TRTL) and not getting their seal of approval.  The pro-genocide RINOs were led by (of course) Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus.

Once again, Texas Alliance for Life is headed by Pojman.  Texans for Life Coalition is headed by Kyleen Wright.  LIFE PAC is the political arm of Texans for Life Coaliton.

In that first article, Sullivan shares how just over $20,000 had been tossed over to LIFE PAC and Wright from pro-genocide, pro neo-morality (and soon-to-be former) State Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas). The contribution was for a mailer to Carona’s district with LIFE PAC’s endorsement being featured.

In that same contribution cycle, Joe Straus’ Texas House Leadership Fund slid a cool $25,000 into LIFE PAC.

In his next article on the subject posted in January of 2015, Sullivan posted donations from Straus to Pojman’s Texas Alliance for Life for a total of $54,000.  The result?  Pro-genocide Joe Straus – he of the 100% NARAL rating and accolades from Planned Parenthood for pushing their agenda – and his band of merry RINOs, had an endorsement from a “pro-life” group.

MQS ripped the hide off of Pojman in the article for his Judas-like turn in order to give cover to the pro-genocide plutocracy, Joe Straus, and all of his Pink Dome henchmen.

Sullivan highlighted how Pojman acknowledged the pro-genocide ties of Straus back in 2010, including spotting a campaign contribution from a Planned Parenthood PAC and the gratitude expressed by the San Antonio chapter of PP for his help in advancing their agenda as Speaker.

That’s why Stickland referred to Pojman’s Texas Alliance for Life as a “fake pro life group”.

For Pojman and Wright the word got around the liberty movement of their straight sell out, and they found themselves black listed and scorned.  From the observations of liberty movement influencers and activists, neither Pojman nor Wright has done a single thing to rehabilitate their reputations.  Pojman’s September tweet is a prime indicator.  They still stand with “King Joe”.

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RERfirst – “PRID” ETF CREATES CASH INVESTMENT IN NEO-MORALITY MOVEMENT (AUDIO)

In what could be another tipping-point moment in the global culture wars, and have an impact on Texas commerce and politics, a new exchange traded fund (ETF) has started trading on the NASDAQ.

On January 11, 2018, the InsightShares LGBT Employment Equality ETF opened as a publically-traded investment instrument at $25.13 per share. The ticker symbol is “PRID”.

PRID’s profile on MarketWatch.com lists its investment objective:

          “The Fund seeks to track the performance of the USB LGBT Employment Equality Index.  The Fund will invest at least 80% of its assets in the index, designed to measure the performance of large and mid-capitalization U.S. companies that promote and provide equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.”

The launching of the index by one of the globes money-center banks, USB, is an indication that Wall Street believes the neo-morality movement can create asset value and is tradeable on a global scale.  USB created the index and the ETF to be a product that can churn commissions and profits.  PRID may be the first, but others are sure to follow.

According to Bloomberg, PRID is the first ETF introduced in the U.S. market by Swiss-based UBS.  The index will be guided by a gauge created by the leading neo-morality advocacy organization, Human Rights Campaign Foundation. A portion of the fund’s revenue will also be donated to an LGBT-related charity each year.

PRID is tiny.  According to MarketWatch.com its net assets are currently $26.6 million.  Its average daily volume is 366 shares.  PRID’s price-earnings ratio is in the ozone at 26.67.

Distribution of the Fund’s prospectus is being handled through Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

IMPACT ON TEXAS

The Texas plutocracy, primarily led by the Texas Association of Business (TAB), has already decided to side with the neo-moralists for the purpose of capitalistic gain.  The primary argument against SB6, the “Bathroom Bill” of the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, was that it would stifle the ability of Texas to attract new business (large business) to Texas.

The biggest of the FAANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) gave backing to the TAB and not-so-gingerly threatened to punish Texas if SB6 was passed.  Amazon, Apple (with its openly homosexual CEO Tim Cook), Microsoft, Google, and other Silicon Valley anti-Christian corporations, were not shy about voicing their opposition to SB6.  The alliance of Silicon Valley and TAB was activated for the 2017 legislative session through the Keep Texas Open campaign.

Ultimately, Speaker Joe Straus, best friend of the TAB, made sure SB6 was assassinated in the Texas House.  It never received a hearing in committee.

According to Texas Ethics Commission campaign finance reports, Texans for Joe Straus, made a contribution to the Texas Association of Business of $30,000 on February 26, 2016.

But, the pressure continues with two Texas cities, Austin and Dallas, being considered by Amazon for their second headquarters.

The creation of the LGBT index and then a tradeable product, as designed, means that these companies will see pushing the neo-morality agenda as a way to potentially add value to the market cap of their companies, and their individual wealth.  Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and the rest of the Silicon Valley robber barons, are already showing their intention to add value by pushing the neo-morality agenda in Texas, perhaps more aggressively as ever.  They get hometown help from Texas companies like Dell.

WHERE IS PRID’S MONEY?

By far the market sector that gets the bulk of PRID’s holdings are in technology with 23.34%.

Is should be no surprise that its largest holding is in Apple with 5.17% of the near $27 million of its assets.  Amazon is right behind with 4.24%, and Microsoft makes up 4.14%.  Facebook is 2.4% of the portfolio, but right behind it is JP Morgan Chase and 2.29%.  The index may be tech heavy, but it is diverse with large holdings in media, banking, energy (Exxon Mobile), health and pharma, and major manufacturing.

On Thursday, April 12, PRID closed at $24.30 net asset value.

“It is important to note that Texans from across the state strongly showed in this past election that TAB is out of touch with Texas families, and that Texans will not be bullied into compromising the privacy of their daughters for the sake of political correctness.”
— Nicole Hudgens, Policy Analyst for Texas Values and Texas Values Action

“These people demonstrate a shrewdness befitting Satan in the garden.  Using corporate pressure and threats, they are appealing to economics, job creating and future expansion in Texas.”
— Pastor Stephen Broden, RERcontributor and SREC Committeeman

“The error in their thinking here is that Christians are intolerant bigots who should not have financial support because their values are inconsistent with freedom.  Christ gave us freedom.

“I guess this is the area of misunderstanding that we have in our country and why we continue to see division, boycotts, protests and maligning of those who uphold biblical values.”
— Tracy Shannon, RERcontributor

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