Posted: 9:17 am Friday, July 11th, 2014

Michelle Nunn’s felon fundraiser 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

When Michelle Nunn attended a fundraiser on Capitol Hill the other day, as we reported, one of the three co-sponsors of the event was Virtual Murrell, who owns a government relations firm in D.C.

Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks to her supporters after her Tuesday nomination. AP/ /Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks to her supporters.

The conservative National Review dug deeper into Murrell’s background and found quite a tale:

Murrell was indicted in 1994 by a federal grand jury on charges that he solicited and received over $37,000 in bribes from businesses in San Francisco while serving as an aide to an Oakland city councilman. The indictment found him guilty of violating the Hobbs Act, a federal statute that prohibits elected and appointed officials from using their public positions for personal gain. Murrell pleaded guilty and, in 1995, was sentenced to a year in prison.

His brush with the law was not his first time in the spotlight. In the late 1960s, as distribution manager for the Black Panthers, Murrell was a vocal proponent of the party’s ten-point platform. Archival news footage from the local San Francisco station KRON-TV shows him arguing, on the eve of his draft date in 1968, that African Americans should be exempt from military service because blacks are “victimized by the white racist government of America.”

“I’m due to report for induction tomorrow morning for the purposes of being drafted into the United States Army,” Murrell says. “If this racist, ethnocentric, imperialistic dog forces me to go, I have no other choice other than to sabotage your arsenal and to arm black people to use [arms] against this racist power structure to defend themselves.”

Nunn spokesman Nathan Click said her campaign is returning donations linked to Murrell. He also told National Review: “Our campaign was unaware of Mr. Murrell’s criminal history and disagrees with his comments.”

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The fight over the Import-Export Bank hasn’t figured prominently in Georgia’s Senate race, but it’s echoing in business circles across the nation. Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blog

The organization’s charter expires at the end of September, just in time for the election season. Supporters say it helps U.S. companies better compete with foreign rivals, while opponents view it as a disruption to a free market system.

Rep. Jack Kingston and the rest of Georgia’s GOP delegation in 2012 voted against the reauthorization of the bank’s charter. Businessman David Perdue signaled he shares similar concerns.

“I’m looking for a level playing field,” he said. “And I feel like the Import-Export bank creates imbalances at times.”

Then he pivoted to broader concerns about the nation’s fiscal policies.

“The main thing about all these things is the federal government’s role is to create a level playing field. If we’re going to open our markets to other people, they’re going to have to open their markets to us. … And we have to make sure these financing arms out there don’t create advantages or disadvantages around the world. We just want to make sure we have a level playing field. That’s all we want.”

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Sunday’s Atlanta Press Club debate between David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston just became more important. Both camps said it was the only debate they would attend before the July 22 contest.

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The Southern Conservatives PAC, the pro-Jack Kingston super PAC, reported raising $780,000 since May. Donors include a range of prominent Republicans, including liquor magnate Don Leebern, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and former state Sen. Dan Moody.

Check out the full gang here.

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A new poll of the U.S. Senate race from Morris News, Fox 5 and InsiderAdvantage has David Perdue closing the gap with Jack Kingston to a virtual tie ahead of the July 22 GOP runoff, with Kingston at 42 percent and Perdue at 41 percent.

Here’s the methodology on the combined phone and Internet poll:

The survey of 1,278 likely voters and voters who have voted early was conducted by phone and online July 7-9. It is weighted for age, race and gender. The “SuperPoll” has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7% and a confidence level of 95%.

The polling folks at the Huffington Post have expressed their skepticism at the methodology. What’s most noteworthy is the movement from InsiderAdvantage’s poll from a month ago that showed Kingston with an 11-point lead.

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Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos caught up with radio host Herman Cain on Thursday night at a fundraiser for businessman David Perdue’s Senate bid. About 50 donorsgathered at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club home of Jeremy and Michelle Gwaltney, who helped with Cain’s presidential campaign.

Cain, who calls Perdue his “brother from another mother” and explains in the video below why he has taken such an active role in the Perdue campaign:

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Rep. Paul Broun is shooting down talk of impeachment hearings against President Barack Obama.

The Athens Republican, soon to be out of a job after failing to make a Senate runoff, told The Hill that it’s not worth trying.

“Harry Reid’s [D-Nev.] going to block anything we do in that regard,” said Broun, who said back in February he would vote to impeach the president.

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7 15 Kingston YP Happy Hour Invite _Page_1Our item Thursday about young professionals endorsing David Perdue prompted a snort from some Jack Kingston loyalists: We’ll see your young professionals, and we’ll raise you.

To the right is the roster for a Kingston fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday at 5 Seasons Brewing in Atlanta, stocked with young professionals.

Among them are one state senator and 18 state House members. It should easily raise more than the $2,500 Perdue got from Concord 51.

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Kingston’s Super PAC, the Southern Conservatives Fund, chipped in another $90,000 to its TV buy on Thursday, bringing its runoff total to $555,000.

And Brent Bozell’s “ForAmerica” put up another

$50,000 for online ads, bringing its total to $100,000.

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The folks over at Better Georgia dug up some interesting new details about Qiana Keith, the former Georgia GOP aide who claimed in a lawsuit she was discriminated against because she was black.

The left-leaning group dug up a Facebook post from Keith that noted Gov. Nathan Deal helped her husband with “veterans issues” and urged her friends to vote for him.

Better Georgia said in its post that the move “was not an easy position for Keith to take in 2010. It couldn’t have been done lightly. And this brings us to an important question today: Qiana Keith defended Nathan Deal against racism charges. Will Nathan Deal now support Qiana Keith?”

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The runoff fundraising numbers are now in. If you missed them yesterday you can find the full roundup here.

The House race winners: Barry Loudermilk in the 11th, Jody Hice in the 10th and Buddy Carter in the First.

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About those child migrants at the border: Some could be heading our way soon. Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries sends word that the Obama administration contacted them in March when looking for resettlement options.

From President and CEO James Harper:

“As a Christian caring ministry to children, we believe it is our mission to reach out to any child who comes to our door.

” From 1998 – 2005, our ministry operated a successful residential program for hundreds of unaccompanied minors from approximately 53 different countries around the world.

“In March of this year, our agency was contacted by the Office of Refugee Resettlement concerning our interest and capabilities in providing these types of services once again.

“At this time, we continue to have an open dialogue with State and Federal agencies and stand ready to assist these children in need.”

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We’ll leave you with this tweet, which caught our eye:

 

161 comments
SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

Mary Martin is another Jane Fonda, super left wing looney with famous name. We don't need any more amateurs in Washington who hide their true natures

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

When will the annual HERMAN CAIN MISTREL SHOW began this year? I hear kkk/birthers/gop gives it 4 stars!

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

If this was deal, the liberal hypocrites on this board would be screaming about how it proves he is a "criminal"!!


Of course, when a dem does it....crickets.  Love the perfect example of their hypocrisy.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

I love the picture of Sambo Herman Cain entertaining the white folks at the gop/kkk rally. I bet they patted him on the head and let him walk out the front door when he was finished buck dancing. lol

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

I know it galls you angry racists to have a black president...just think, hes beaten you twice and u cant stand it..hehehehehewhe...You racist birthers sound like little Chihuahuas barking at the big dog. And I know a lot of your hatred of black men has a lot to do with anatomy. God made the black man BIGGER...

Astropig
Astropig

Felons For Nunn-Martin ! Vote early- Vote often!

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Regarding Ms. Martin being caught unawares, I am reminded of a quote by Tom Lehrer, "At university I had a roommate who majored in animal husbandry - until they caught him at it."

SEP-AU
SEP-AU

I strongly suspect that a felon is raising money for Nathan Deal, too.  His name is Nathan Deal. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@SockPuppet3 @td1234 Violent crimes are offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.  Out of the four voilent crimes listed at the FBI's website blacks are 55.6 (45,827 arrest)  to whites 43.0 (35,443 arrest) for robery.  The other is whites have been arrested 4000 times (48.0) for murder and blacks 4,149 times (49.7).  The other two have whites listed as the number one violators Forcible rape whites 65.0 (9,504 arrest) blacks 32.9 (4,811 arrest) and Aggravated assault whites 63.9 (194,981 arrest) blacks 33.6 (102,597 arrest). 

 FBI Crime Stats Link http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-43

From the looks of these stats neither race has bragging rights on who committs less crime both races have serious criminals and I am pretty sure that the people who these crimes have been committed against would be more than happy to tell you so.  Seriously, it's something wrong with the contest when you have to use criminals as a standard of measurement as proof of the type of race you come from.  Who does that?

EdUktr
EdUktr

Jim's second plug in as many days for "Better" Georgia, a liberal Democrat group no one's heard of but Jim's helping boost. 

gbal
gbal

All this said, she is a career politician..... That reason alone is the reason for not giving her m vote.


Heard her speak and it is so obvious that she is in it for Michelle.



honested
honested

Why is anything that karen handel has to say reported by anyone anywhere?

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

Mary Martin, now known as Michelle Nunn, is losing ground every day and she hasn't even taken a position yet!  Hard to position as a "moderate" when your backers are such hard core socialists and anti American. She will get wiped out this Fall

EdUktr
EdUktr

@lithoniaguy

loserguy: He has a job. You obviously don't.

GeorgiaPeaches2013
GeorgiaPeaches2013

Stop the ignorant, third-grader name calling.

Better yet, send your pic so we can comment!

CanBee
CanBee

Great stats..... BUT NOW FINISH the analysis...... There are 6 times as many Whites as there are Blacks in this country.... That mean BLACKS ARE BY FAR COMMIT THE MOST CRIMES!!!!

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser And remember you are comparing 13% of the population against 65% of the population. 

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

I've certainly heard of them.

Their Director is a sharp guy, just what is necessary to give the backwoods, perckerwood, inbred, knuckle-dragging republiklans a run for their money!

RickDDay
RickDDay

@gbal So you are against voting for career politicians? That is your ultimate reason? You would vote for ANYONE not a career politician?


Then we have a candidate for you! Michelle Nunn!


She has never never  EVER held a public office. That is reason enough for you, and it should be for the rest of us too because YOU saved us from voting for yet another career politician (TBD)!


*slow clap*


Now, Mister "internet absolutes spouter" can we count on a nice donation to fight that nasty status quo?


*waves hand* You're dismissed, sockpuppet.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@SockPuppet3 

by anti American u really mean black men like Murrell who stands up for themselves. u like good BOYS LIKE HERMAN CAIN.  LOL

honested
honested

@SockPuppet3 

Hold your breath little feller.

It will make your expression in November priceless!

RickDDay
RickDDay

@CanBee So,what, if any, is the point you are trying to make here with race?


Because if it is that all blackfolk are inherently inferior and criminal leaning because you are assuming they commit more crime(hence the disparity), you have it backwards.


We need you to read this http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-ag-445.html and this http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_ICCPR%20Race%20and%20Justice%20Shadow%20Report.pdf


Now I know that reading is hard sometimes, but at least someone tried to educate you on just why there are so many neeeegros in the hoosgow. And it's not because they are primitive monkeys, you frikkin retarded racist.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 Wow, it's sad when you have to use criminals to prove to the world that white people are ok. That's a lonely world. What you are missing td1234 is that no one gets to claim to race for violent crimes at least from a victims or FBI stance.  A criminal is a criminal, 45,827 robery arrest for blacks is a miniscule of the 13% black population.  You are twisting data to make a racist point.

honested
honested

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser 

Define your terms in that comparison?


Ultraman8
Ultraman8

@lithoniaguy @SockPuppet3 Murrell said he was going to hurt Americans. THat is treason and the traitor should be shot/hanged and then killed! Just like an Islamic terrorist.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser I am not making any analysis of the data presented other than blacks disproportionately commit more violent crimes per their size in the society as a whole. 


The sad part is most of these crimes are black on black crimes.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested he is twisting data to justify his racist comments the FBI stats I use are from 2011, according to the 2010 US census there were 38,929,319 blacks in this country so out of 38 million blacks there were 45,827 arrest for roberry which is a tiny fraction when you look at the big picture.  There are millions of law abiding black people in America, please believe it.  What he is doing is trotting out and spewing hate that is regurgitated on a daily basis in the right wing circuit.  Boycott it just like our ancestors and fore fathers did it's the best medicine and cure to get rid of that divisive ideology.

RickDDay
RickDDay

@Ultraman8 I like how you just subconsciously channeled Blazing Saddles there, dude. Got the "n" word on your mind today, hmmmmmmmmmm?


Disclaimer: I get no kicks from cocaine

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Ultaman8 Murrell said in 1968 that that African Americans should be exempt from military service because blacks are “victimized by the white racist government of America.”  “If this racist, ethnocentric, imperialistic dog forces me to go, I have no other choice other than to sabotage your arsenal and to arm black people to use [arms] against this racist power structure to defend themselves.” 

His statements were part of the climate in 1968 and based on my family's experience he gets a pass from me.  My father, grandfather and uncles fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam and when they came home they could not eat, sleep or crap in the same facilities of white people after fighting for and risking their lives for those same people.  My question to you is in 2014 what is your excuse?  The same can be said about people who still hold on to the same views as the White Citizens Council from back in the day.  Today's society labels such people as modern day home grown terrorist.  So how about it do tell us your story.

RickDDay
RickDDay

@SockPuppet3 @honested I remember goofing on name games. Ah yes, those brisk early afternoons on the elementary school playground after lunch.

honested
honested

@SockPuppet3 @honested 

How so?

Did you intend to vote for her and change your mind?

I didn't think so.

Nor will it change the mind of her supporters.

Just a tawdry news story that will garner the attention of those who wouldn't have voted for her for a couple of days.

RickDDay
RickDDay

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser you can thank the KKK endorsed war on Some Drugs for contributing to that disparity. Coors and Bud settle their marketing differences in court.


Others, not so much.

Mr_B
Mr_B

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser In any society at any time, crime is much more prevalent among the lower economic classes. Racial comparisons mean nothing. Crime has to do with who controls the assets in a society.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 FBI stats show a 50/50 split for both races for the four crimes they consider to be violent.  I searched and searched their website and I could not find any data or statement backing what you are saying on here.  I guess it's a stat tracked only by GA or the right wing talk circuit which in either case is just being said to divide the country and keep us at each other.  There are 38 million blacks in this country and 45,000 committed robbery so where is the boogey man.  Too funny.

td1234
td1234

@honested Problem is she does not have enough supporters to win her the office. 


Democrats in Georgia are mostly blacks and no one has yet to show me how blacks are going to be more motivated to come to the polls than they were two years ago for Obama when he lost the state by 8 points. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

I'm sure when you look around among your 'friends' you would assume that to be correct.

Come ITP and see what the Majority of Georgians think.

td1234
td1234

@honested Like I said earlier. Blacks are the majority of the Democratic party in Georgia and with post like lithonia just made just adds to my belief that they will NOT come out in the numbers needed for Nunn to win the seat. 

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@td1234 @honested 


the ole racist south hates having a black president. but ya'll love having them big black college football players to cheer for on Saturdays.....lol

Ultraman8
Ultraman8

@lithoniaguy @td1234 @honested Are you an oglethorpe graduate? Nunn  is trying to get black support by having a RACIST Black Panther/Felon as a co sponsor of her event. Then claims she did not know-gee, that SMELLS of Obama- he heard about it on the news. So much for his intelligence committee. Next, Ms. I've been oppressed and discriminated Keith claims racism, even after a WHITE GOV helped her husband. Wow. She should be fired for cause- Cause she voted for Obama! When blacks stop going back to the 1860's and claiming oppression, slavery and what not and take responsibility for themselves, only then will they be a civilized and prosperous people. Look at Africa- the majority of the continent lives in huts.  No wonder they filmed Tarzan movies down there.They want to talk about racism/ There are African countries that prohibit whites from owning property. The only racism in America is CAUSED by blacks- the 100 black men society, black coaches and black congressman's club, the Black Students union, NAACP, BET, Ms. Black America, Ms. Black Africa and Oprah's BO-Black Only club. If they had a White Students Club, there would be lawsuits and protest marches. Really, if you want to live in Ray Negin's Chocoloate City" Please- Africa is waiting for you. Just pick out a white person's house and put a bid on it. Until then, please - SHUT THE H@LL up! no other groups complain as much as you. Make something of yourselves- get a REAL degree and not one in Football/Basketball or African Studies.

td1234
td1234

@lithoniaguy Are those college football players advocating socialism on the football field or are they working their butts off to make sure they are the best and deserve to play? 

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@Ultraman8 Stop rambling, you racist old fool - nobody reads walls of text. Learn how to write/separate your thoughts

RickDDay
RickDDay

@Ultraman8 Nunn  is trying to get black support by having a RACIST Black Panther/Felon as a co sponsor of her event


Why does the right wing think they get a monopoly on the racist vote in this state? It all seems so unfair! Let racist vote how racists want!


(I can't believe I just typed those words, even if it was to make a pathos point).

honested
honested

@Ultraman8 

As a lifelong white person, I hope you do not pretend to speak for white people!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Ultraman8 I watched this documentary called The Last White Night so it softened the blow from comments like yours.  The only reason that there are black organizations such as the ones you mentioned is because in 2014 there are still people who hold on to the same ideology as people did in the 1960's.  I learned this from watching the Last White Night which was a documentary from 2007 to 2013 shot in Mississippi.  In those five years it became apparent to me based on the conversation and dialogue which ensued between Paul Saltzman , klansmen and Byron de la Beckwith Jr., whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr. murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers, that racism is still a daily staple for a certain segment of today's population and it exist in high places.  Things that you have posted rings so true with that documentary because I heard so called grown men make the same exact comments and they did not mince words in letting the world know that they are racist and will die racist. This is not something that is a figment of anyone's imigination this is something that the less desireable population of Mississippi wanted to make known to the rest of the world and I received their message loud and clear so Mississippi is one place this black child will not be visiting I don't give a damn how many black organizations are out there.   

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@td1234 @lithoniaguy 


you mean those players that cant get into the school unless they lower the academic standards for them? I though u cons didnt like lowering standards for us "takers"....