Mississippi Conservatives tv spot highlights McDaniel’s earmark hypocrisy

McDaniel said Congress was wasteful for spending $200,000 on Rock N Roll Hall of Fame; but earlier that year McDaniel voted to spend 10 times that amount on Grammy Museum

JACKSON, MISS –Today, Mississippi Conservatives went up with a statewide television commercial that highlights Chris McDaniel’s hypocrisy on earmarks. The commercial can also be watched online at: http://youtu.be/HrcfIEh1c2E

“Whether the federal or state government should earmark funding for music museums is open to policy debate. But what is clear and beyond debate is that Chris McDaniel has said he opposes funding such ‘pet projects’ while at the same time voting yes to fund them. Chris McDaniel says one thing but his record says something else,” said Brian Perry, spokesperson for Mississippi Conservatives.

Perry said the television spot highlights McDaniel’s hypocrisy with just such an example, “In October, Chris McDaniel spoke to a Tea Party group listing examples of federal government spending he opposes. He mentioned $200,000 for the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Yet he didn’t mention that earlier that year, he himself voted for ten times that amount – $2 million – for the Grammy Music Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi.”

Perry noted Mississippi Conservatives previously criticized McDaniel on this issue in a radio spot. The McDaniel campaign responded by claiming the state Senate doesn’t do earmarks and that McDaniel voted against the Grammy Museum funding, but they cited SB2913 while the vote McDaniel made for the funding was in HB19 on January 23, 2013. And McDaniel has previously complained about earmarks in state government. “Chris McDaniel’s words and record conflict so much, his campaign can’t keep their message straight,” Perry said, “so it appears their best argument is to paraphrase John Kerry and say he was against it before he was for it.”

Mississippi Conservatives was established as an independent expenditure only committee in January 2014 to support the re-election of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. It operates independently from and without coordination with Cochran’s campaign and is a Mississippi based organization.

The editorial featured in the commercial, the script and a fact sheet follow below.

Greenwood Commonwealth Editorial

Words don’t fit McDaniel’s vote (Greenwood Commonwealth: 02/24/2014)

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, when he’s decrying the wasteful spending of the federal government, includes the arts as an area where he says the waste is obvious. He likes to single out the $200,000 Congress gave to the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mississippi Conservatives, a political action committee supporting incumbent Thad Cochran, however, points out that McDaniel, as a state senator, voted last year to give 10 times that amount in state money to the Grammy Museum being developed in Cleveland, Miss.

We don’t criticize McDaniel for that vote. The Grammy Museum is going to be a great attraction for the Delta, generating tourism revenues that should more than offset the state’s investment while also providing another cultural outlet for residents of this state.

What we do criticize is the apparent hypocrisy of McDaniel’s campaign. He may say now what his tea party fans want to hear, but some of his votes before he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate say something else.


Video Audio
Personal Injury Trial Lawyer Chris McDaniel w/Image

Tort Reform
Yes No w/Image
Source: Tanner v Eagle Oil, Jasper County, MS – Civil Action No. 111-0013

Common Core Education
Yes No w/Image
Source: 2012 HB1593; 2013 HB1648

Yes No w/Image
Source: Miss. 2013 Legislative Records HB 19

Rock N Roll Hall of Fame
Super: “wasteful”
W/Image: Greenwood Commonwealth Editorial: Words don’t fit McDaniel’s vote
Source: Greenwood Commonwealth 02/24/2014

McDaniel voted for $2 Million Earmark to Grammy Museum
Source: State Senate Vote on HB19 01/23/2013 w/Image
Super: “hypocrisy”

Chris McDaniel w/Image
He Says One Thing,
His Record, Says Something Else.
Paid for by Mississippi Conservatives which is responsible for the content of this message. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Personal injury lawyer Chris McDaniel.

He’s taken both sides on tort reform.

Both sides on common core.

And now, both sides on earmarks.

When congress voted to give 200 thousand dollars to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame McDaniel called it wasteful

But when McDaniel voted to give 10 times that amount to the Grammy Museum…that, was ok.

Chris McDaniel.
He says one thing,
His record, says something else.

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Tort Reform
Chris McDaniel has a record of collecting millions of dollars in trial lawyer fees by suing businesses like energy companies, financial institutions and insurance companies. In Tanner v Eagle Oil, McDaniel and his firm were willing to sell out all the reform efforts of Mississippi businesses and doctors by having the caps in tort reform ruled unconstitutional. In another case, McDaniel and his firm expelled one of their partners with less than $20,000 shortly before final settlement of a personal injury case that earned the firm $7.6 million in contingency trial fees (costing their dispatched partner over a million dollars). In another case tried in a plaintiffs’ friendly jurisdiction, McDaniel and his team scored an $83,000,000 judgment before the Mississippi Supreme Court threw it out for obvious jurisdictional flaws. According to his own firm’s web site, they specialize in an active “civil and trial practice” on matters including “commercial litigation, class actions, personal injury and product liability.” McDaniel even co-authored a law review article arguing Mississippi state courts should embrace class action lawsuits despite no statute or rule for such procedure (Mississippi courts do “mass torts” but not “class action”).
Common Core
Last year Chris McDaniel voted to fund Common Core with $94,082 (bill, roll call). The year before he voted to fund it with $494,082 (bill, roll call). He denied funding Common Core in those votes and said, “They claim we funded Common Core. No, we did not.” Later he said he was “duped” into voting for it. When the same bill came up this year, he sought to remove the funding – the funding he previously denied existed – from the bill. After he failed and the funding remained in the bill, McDaniel voted “Present.” Per the Associated Press, the next fight over Common Core came when the Senate considered the confirmation of the State Superintendent of Education who supports Common Core. McDaniel didn’t show up for the debate or the vote. Because he was there earlier in the day, he was recorded as voting FOR the confirmation of the Common Core advocate.
Chris McDaniel has voted for tens of millions in earmarks including museums. Here is a time line of his hypocrisy regarding the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, museums in general, and the $2 million he voted to send to the Grammy Museum
• January 23, 2013 – Chris McDaniel voted for HB19 on final passage in the Senate that earmarked $2,000,000 to the Cleveland Music Foundation for the support of the Grammy Museum $2,000,000 Link to bill. Link to vote.
• August 12, 2013 – ClarionLedger.com quotes Chris McDaniel from a Senate Conservative Coalition Press Release, “Our spending priorities are clearly in question when we are increasing bond indebtedness on pet projects such as museums while our infrastructure is allegedly failing. Mississippians are spending more on basic needs than ever. They don’t need their state government making that worse.”
• October 8, 2013 – Chris McDaniel, in a speech to the Central Mississippi Tea Party, criticized federal spending including “$200,000 they spend on a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” (13:25 mark in video).
• October 23, 2013 – Chris McDaniel in a live chat with ClarionLedger.com says, “Finally, in the Mississippi state Senate, earmarks are often hidden in bond bills, which I have voted against many times, because our bonded indebtedness is too high and we simply can’t afford it. For example, building museums in the middle of a recession makes little sense.”