Bryan Smith for Congress in Idaho’s Second District

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

Last year, The Madison Project started a national conversation about the lack of elected conservatives in Congress – even from some of the most conservative parts of the country.  One of the most obvious examples of Republicans wasting a solid red state is Congressman Mike Simpson’s representation of east Idaho with his progressive values.

We have long dreamed of replacing Rep. Simpson with a constitutional conservative.  Now we have the chance with Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith.

Congressman Simpson doesn’t feel as comfortable in Idaho as he does in Washington, D.C..  And that feeling is mutual.  Republicans in south Idaho have been looking to the northern part of the state for conservative leadership from Congressman Raul Labrador, often wondering why they are stuck with a progressive.  Rep. Mike Simpson is the embodiment of what is wrong with Republicans in Washington.  As a Cardinal on the House Appropriations Committee, Simpson worships big government and has always been a reliable vote for any backroom deal that helped expand the size and scope of the leviathan.  Additionally, Congressman Simpson is extremely weak on social issues fighting against conservatives on: abortion, marriage, guns, and illegal immigration.

Idaho Republicans are ready for change; they are ready to send two Republicans to Washington who will force Idaho values on the federal government, not the other way around.  And gauging by the amount of grassroots support that Bryan Smith has already received, it looks like Simpson’s days are numbered.

While Smith has never been elected to any prior office during his distinguished career as a top Idaho attorney, he has already used his natural gifts of passion and persuasion to fight corrupt government at the local level.  Last year, Bryan Smith forced the Idaho Falls city solicitor to resign after exposing his pay-for-play corruption of directing superfluous city lawsuits to his own law firm.  He also single-handedly organized against a planned property tax hike that was slated to go towards an increase in government salaries at a time when city employees were already enjoying higher salaries and more benefits than their private sector counterparts.  And in 2008, Smith was part of the group that defeated the moderate state party Republican chairman.

Conservative Idahoans have long sensed the vulnerability in Simpson, but a strong challenger had not emerged until this year.  When the Club for Growth solicited challengers to come forth as part of their “Primary My Congressman” program, a number of people in the district submitted Bryan’s name.  Sensing that nobody else could mount a serious challenge, Bryan heeded the call.  He jumped in immediately, raised an impressive sum of money from within the state, and organized a solid campaign.

Not only is Bryan a full-spectrum conservative – from fiscal issues to social issues, guns to illegal immigration – he is willing to fight for those values.  He has watched the failure of the Boehner House in restoring our Republic and is committed to shaking up the core of the establishment when he goes to Washington – even if that means “eating lunch by himself.”  He is willing to articulate the message that rugged individualism, free markets, and productivity raises the level of prosperity for all Americans; that Washington central planning has foisted upon us a 50-year failed experiment in fighting poverty. Our only regret is that we cannot clone Bryan and support him in other races across the country.  Bryan Smith brings a degree of ideological fervor and viability to the race that few conservative challengers are able to match.

The simple fact is that we will never win this fight to restore our Republic if we cannot elect constitutional conservatives from the most conservative parts of the country.  Bryan Smith is giving us a golden opportunity to turn over a slam dunk House seat and elect someone who has no fear of the GOP establishment.  This is why we are proud to endorse Bryan Smith in his fight to repaint Idaho red.  This will take an army of grassroots support within Idaho, and if the past few months are any indication, Bryan has come a long way in accomplishing that goal.

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Madison Project Responds to McConnell’s Deceptive Ad

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare, Press

For Immediate Release:

September 9, 2013


Madison Project Responds to McConnell’s Deceptive Ad


Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Mitch McConnell’s deceptive ad on defunding Obamacare:

“This is yet another example of Mitch McConnell talking one way in Kentucky and acting quite differently in Washington,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “It is extremely deceptive of McConnell to claim to be supportive of defunding Obamacare when he’s actually undermining the conservative led effort to defund by pressuring senior senators to take their names off the Sen. Mike Lee letter. As a career politician McConnell knows that a standalone bill will never pass the Senate, thereby leaving the law intact for dependency to take root.  He is merely using ceremonial actions as a political human shield to feign opposition to Obamacare even as he refuses to join the effort to defund Obamacare in the budget process.”

In reality, there is not much of a difference between McConnell’s position and that of Democrat Allison Lundergan-Grimes on Obamacare.

Lundergan-Grimes: “there are many things wrong with it, but instead of trying to repeal it nearly 40 times and wasting our taxpayers’ money, we should be talking about solutions.”  7/18/13 The Courier-Journal

McConnell: “There are a handful of things in the 2,700-page bill [Obamacare] that probably are okay.”  8/13/13 WYMT – TV

Senator McConnell has still refused to explain which parts of the law are “okay.”  How can the law be repealed “root and branch” if there are parts of it that are “okay?”

“We have seen the same dynamic play out over and over again,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Whether it’s fighting the debt ceiling, amnesty, radical nominees, or Obama’s new escapade in Syria, McConnell refuses to lead when it counts, relying on ritual actions and tepid statements to fill his vacuum of leadership.”

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Mitch on the Fence With His Finger in the Wind

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

If you want a glimpse into how Mitch McConnell operates, take a look at how he is dealing with Obama’s Syrian escapade.

With the implementation of Obamacare set to take effect in just four weeks, President Obama is seeking to distract us all with intervention in a Syrian civil war – one which involves elements on both sides that are enemies of the United States.  Senator McConnell has failed to lead the fight to defund Obamacare, and now he is declining from taking a definitive position on Obama’s Syrian escapade.  Senator McConnell has, thus far, issued his typical innocuous statement, declining to voice his view on the issue and take a leadership role.  McConnell owes it to his Kentucky constituents to divulge whether he believes there is any benefit to spending time and resources siding with one enemy over another in Syria.

Senator McConnell is always proud to tout his “clout” as GOP Leader.  It’s time he project that clout and actually lead an opposition to this ill-advised intervention for the failed Arab Spring.  As GOP Leader, does McConnell plan to whip up votes against the war resolution?  Does he plan to stand with Rand Paul and Matt Bevin, and categorically oppose this deleterious distraction?  Or will he, once again, squander his position of power to quietly cheer for the vote while voting against it once it appears to have enough votes to pass?

So far, McConnell is the only GOP leader not to take a position on getting involved in the civil war.  Contrast that to Bevin’s clear vision on the Arab Spring.

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Letting Allah Sort Out Islamic Civil War in Syria

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy, News

This commentary is posted at FoxNews Opinion

As bankrupt as elected Republican leadership is in Washington vis-à-vis domestic policy, they are completely clueless as it relates to foreign policy.  While America continues to become an economic and moral wasteland under this regime, Obama is attempting to spend American treasure helping one nefarious side of an Islamic civil war in Syria – one which involves Iran-allied supporters of Hezbollah (Assad regime) vs. predominantly Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels.

Astoundingly, most GOP leaders are either siding with Obama or are totally insouciant to this reckless fomenting of an Islamic insurrection.  Instead of fighting Obamacare, they are allowing Obama to distract from the upheaval at home by focusing on this inane escapade in Syria.

Most media figures discuss the current foreign policy debate in broad platitudes pitting so-called neo-conservatives vs. libertarians, hawks vs. doves, or interventionists vs. isolationists.  But these labels are non-sequiturs to the reality of the current debate.  Most mainstream conservatives are not Ron Paul libertarians who don’t support any war on terror.  Quite the contrary, we support a robust intervention to repel Islamic terrorism when it threatens our interests.  But in the case of Libya, Syria, and Egypt, we are actually intervening on behalf of our enemies.

Granted, Syria is more complicated than the other two examples.  Bashar Assad is a sworn enemy of the United States, the closest ally of Iran, and a prolific exporter of terror.  In a perfect world, it would be great to overthrow him and stick it to Iran (and their Russian allies).  But the reality is that the strongest elements of the insurgency are saturated with Al-Qaeda affiliated extremists, backed by Pan-Islamist Turkish President Recep Erdogen, much like the insurgencies in other countries.  Why place American money and weapons in the hands of people who will be just as adversarial to our interests as the current regime?

This is not a matter of opposing intervention for the sake of isolationism; it is a matter of not supporting intervention that is either superfluous or deleterious to our national interests.  A “hawkish” stance towards Assad is a dovish stance towards Al-Qaeda.  As Sarah Palin noted, in a battle with Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah on one side and Al-Qaeda and Turkey on the other, let Allah sort it out.

This should be a slam dunk opportunity for GOP leaders to oppose a wrongheaded and unpopular intervention, while shifting the focus back to the Obamacare civil war at home.  Yet, House leaders are either ambivalent or downright supportive of Obama’s planned strike on behalf of Al-Qaeda.  In the Senate, Mitch McConnell put out his signature mealy-mouthed parsing of words, declining to take a stand on any contentious issue.

“Today the President advised me that he will seek an authorization for the use of force from the Congress prior to initiating any combat operations against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons. The President’s role as commander-in-chief is always strengthened when he enjoys the expressed support of the Congress.”

So much for the clout and power of being “GOP Leader:”

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Bill Shuster Needs to Get Out of the Kitchen

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Issues, Obamacare

Once again, Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-9) has shown that he is not down for the struggle against Obamacare.  At a town hall meeting this week, he said, “”I’m all for defunding ObamaCare. I don’t think it’s going to prevail.”

Well, to the extent it won’t prevail it is because of people like Shuster who communicate to the Democrats that they will always blink first and surrender on the issue.  And no, he is not all for defunding.  He refused to sign the letter committing to defund Obamacare in the budget process.

At some point we must ask what the purpose of electing Republicans is if they will always reauthorize every odious piece of legislation passed under the Democrats.  We all understand that we can’t countermand every big government program that has been in place for years.  But Obamacare has still not been implemented, and it is extremely unpopular.  Now is our only chance to disrupt it.

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“I won’t Defund It” by the Meatloaf Caucus

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Videos

We’ve been posting videos from supporters of defunding Obamacare.  It’s only fair we give equal time to the opposition.

Our friend, Bill McKubby, radio show host/DJ from south Georgia, put this together last night.  It was inspired by Erick Erickson’s recent post The Meatloaf Caucus.

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Debt Ceiling Musical Chairs to End Mid October

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Debt, News

When Republicans summarily decided to “suspend” the debt ceiling law at the end of January many conservatives were scratching their heads.  Why would Republicans completely avoid using the debt ceiling as leverage to promote our priorities and shrink government?

Well, among the many lies that were told to us at the time was the following too-clever-by-half pearl of wisdom.  Leadership aids contended that by suspending the law until May 18 instead of raising the debt ceiling by a dollar amount, the Obama administration would not have the ability to create a contrived panic deadline.  The only problem with this plan was that it failed to take into account that the Treasury could still employ “extraordinary measures” to forestall the final debt ceiling deadline.  Coupled with the new tax money pouring into the Treasury as a result of the McConnell tax hikes, Jack Lew was able to push off that date indefinitely.

Not surprisingly, he is setting his own deadline just two weeks after the CR expires:

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Mitch McConnell Thinks the Tea Party is Fringe

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Issues

It’s comments like the one from McConnell’s campaign yesterday that are driving dedicated activists out of the Republican Party.  In response to our radio ads simply highlighting his voting record, McConnell responded by calling Matt Bevin’s supporters “fringe.”

What people like Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove fail to understand is that the hardworking base of the party is not fringe.  They might be ashamed of that base, and in part, that is why these people are trying to get rid of us and look for a new base.  However, they will learn very quickly that the mainstream of the conservative base has had enough with failed leadership; they have had it with 80 years of losing to the progressives; they have had it with Republican leaders selling us out.

Breitbart News did something interesting – something that other news outlets should have done a while ago.  Instead of being lazy and relying on the usual suspects for quotes in a story, they actually went around to local tea party leaders in Kentucky to gauge their reaction to McConnell’s comments.

Here is a sampling from their interviews:

Scott Hofstra of the United Kentucky Tea Parties said it appears McConnell is “trying to minimize his own base is what he’s doing.”

“He calls us ‘fringe’ but there are a whole lot of people in the state who are very upset with his lack of leadership,” Hofstra said. “He’s trying to minimize us by calling us ‘fringe.’  But there are a whole lot of people so he can’t really call it ‘fringe.’”

Dustin Stockton, a national Tea Party activist who leads Western Representation PAC and has been intimately involved in elections and the grassroots movement in states across the country including Kentucky since 2010, has not personally endorsed anyone in the Kentucky Senate race this year. But he did tell Breitbart News he is not happy with McConnell’s “fringe” comments about Tea Partiers. “It’s a ‘fringe’ position to run for reelection with a disapproval rating hovering around 50 percent,” Stockton said of McConnell. “This is just another case of the establishment putting their personal enrichment over the good of the cause.”

Senator McConnell is going to learn very quickly that money can’t buy you love.  There are diminishing returns once you’ve surpassed the first few million worth of smear ads.  It’s easy to magnify distortions and half-truths in a 30-second ad, but it is a lot harder to engage in a thoughtful conversation about his views on amnesty, the debt ceiling, the CR, funding for Obamacare, bailouts and pork-barrel spending.  These “fringe” people in Kentucky actually want to engage in a long-form discussion about the issues.  They are actually pretty smart, Senator.

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Madison Project Airs Radio Ad in Kentucky

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, News, Press

For  Immediate Release:

August  26, 2013



Madison Project Airs Radio Ad in Kentucky

Hits McConnell on his record of hypocrisy

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC today released a new radio ad holding Senator Mitch McConnell accountable for his record in Washington – one that fails to match the image of Kentucky values he seeks to evince.  The radio ad will air statewide as part of our first of many attempts to unveil the truth about Mitch McConnell’s failed leadership in Washington.

To listen to Madison Project PAC’s new Radio Ad entitled “Would a Conservative?” click here.

“Instead of focusing on petty opposition hits, we’re committed to engaging in a long-form discussion over Mitch McConnell’s record and the direction of the Republican Party,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “For years, McConnell has succeeded in playing the old Washington double-game of talking the conservative talk at home, while undermining conservatives in the Senate. He is using his millions in special interest funds to run a personal smear campaign in an attempt to distract voters from his 30 years of failed leadership. Madison Project will see to it that the voters in Kentucky know the truth about McConnell’s record.  As he continues to secretly push amnesty and undermine the conservative effort to defund Obamacare we will expose him.”

NOTE: Attached is the text of the radio ad.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at



Final House Defund Obamacare Letter

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare

Throughout the August recess, Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11), who was supported by the Madison Project during last year’s primary and general election, has been working on getting as many Republicans in the House to sign onto a defund Obamacare letter.  A total of 79 members joined Meadows in signing the letter committing to defunding Obamacare through the upcoming budget bill.  Obviously, there are a handful of members that joined the letter late in the game for political expedience, but we will take what we can get.

Here is the text of the letter:

Here is the list of signatories in alphabetical order:

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