Advocacy group claims it doesn’t have time to advocate … unless for the wrong reasons
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With that said, allow me to explain where that picture originated…
It truly amazes me when you ask a person a question concerning his/her organization and the answer shows that the organization’s agenda is not what it seems. You see, after receiving the picture above in some emails, I was shocked where those emails originated. I was under the impression that MD Common Cause was a non-partisan watchdog group that rendered decisions regarding areas of government wrongdoing.
I was terribly mistaken.
My outrage started with this email: Common Cause pic
Once I began to receive these types of email requests from Common Cause, I was shocked by the liberal overtones and the in-your-face push to stop the President’s nomination of Jess Sessions to become the nations next duly vetted and appointed U.S. Attorney General.
To that end, in response to the unwanted plea for money to support a left-wing liberal cause, I wrote an email to CC and asked for a reply, which appears below completely unedited. The reply came from the MD Director of CC, Ms. Jennifer Bevan Dengal:
I am happy to reply to your accusations below. Please feel free to publish this in its entirety.
Common Cause is an organization focused on the strength of our democracy. At the state level we proudly stood by Governor Hogan and support his work on redistricting reform, ethics, and transparency. And we have never hesitated to call out the questionable behavior of our elected officials, regardless of party. We focus on ideas, not party politics. Unfortunately we have a President who has shown dangerous disregard for the law and has nominated an Attorney General candidate with a history of supporting voter oppression. As such, our national office is working to block a nomination that would be potentially dangerous to voting rights, particularly those of minority Americans. That is a core issue to us and has nothing to do with which party he happens to belong to.
As to your concern that we do not respond to your inquiries in a timely manner, I will remind you – for the third time, now – that we are a small office, that reporter inquiries is not our priority, and that while we attempt to respond to all requests we often are not able to meet the reporter’s deadline. I will add some additional criteria for how we decide to respond:
– The size (in readership or circulation) or the paper the reporter will publish in;
– The relevance of the question to issues we are actively working on;
– Our knowledge of the specific laws, in this case county laws, and/or the situation or activities being discussed;
– Our trust in the professionalism of the reporter, including our confidence that our quote will not be misrepresented and that the reporter’s facts are accurate;
– The clarity of the facts and questions as presented by the reporter and our ability to quickly respond.
To be fully honest, your inquiries typically fail to meet most of these criteria, but out of respect for your record of work on good government stories and government accountability we typically make every effort to stop the work we are doing and respond. Given, however, your continued belief that we are somehow in a conspiracy against you – ranging from pervious accusations that we had financial dealings with individuals that we have never yet met to this latest partisan accusation – we do believe it is best to simply say, Common Cause Maryland is unfortunately not able to respond to your inquiries. We wish you the best of luck and hope you can find a local source more informed on the issues you are pursuing who can respond.”
Common Cause Maryland”
Let’s take a look at what Ms. Bevan-Dangel actually wrote, starting with, “Common Cause is an organization focused on the strength of our democracy.” What does that mean? I thought that Democratic process was utilized in the Presidential election when Donald Trump won.
Was the email an attempt by CC of MD to distort the democratic process? I wonder if the group protested any nomination during the Obama administration?
Here is another rather bizarre comment from the now proven left-wing flag flying Ms.Bevan-Dengel: “Unfortunately we have a President who has shown dangerous disregard for the law…”
Folks, that is a doozy of a lame comment, since President Trump hasn’t even been in office 100 days, let alone done anything that disregards the law. That statement may explain something else that was rather perplexing to me, but let me digress on that for a moment.
The more Ms. Bevan-Dangle wrote, the more radical the comments. Such as, “And we have never hesitated to call out the questionable behavior of our elected officials, regardless of party.” Ms. Bevan-Dengel mentions support for Governor Hogan. However, we may have to take a closer look at this statement due to her additional comment, “…our national office is working to block a nomination that would be potentially dangerous to voting rights, particularly those of minority Americans.”
Does that include the more than 1,000,000 African Americans that stayed home and did not vote in the last election? The numbers are backed up by this report in Politico: Politico Story
How could that compare to CC’s strong support of Hogan? We are sure to find out when the feds deal with the sanctuary status of Baltimore City, and possibly Baltimore County, as well as other parts of the state that reuse to follow federal law.
As one who dispensed decisions on that issue, Ms. Bevan-Dengel might comment on that right next to her “ethics” comment regarding Governor Hogan.
Folks, this is not rocket science; it’s the LAW!
After all of the times I was looked upon as a conduit to CC’s message, Ms. Bevan Dengel has now decided to question my journalistic credentials, as well as the sites for which I wrote. Don’t worry folks–I can take the heat. I’ve been in the kitchen for a long time, and I’ve made some tasty meals that other news sites feasted upon over the years.
Ms. Bevan-Dengel states that, “The size (in readership or circulation) or the paper the reporter will publish in.” Well if she was speaking of Patch.com when I was there, that was a local page for a nationwide news service–a lot larger than anything in Baltimore.
I guess my tough questions would further expose the liberal side of CC’s agenda.
One example that stands out is the issue regarding BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dance and his multimillion dollar deal with Discovery Channel, which involved Dance’s close relationship with Discovery VP Dr. Mark Edwards. In order to vet that issue, I have spoken to people who are knowledgeable about such things, and they believe it is a textbook example of shenanigans.
If you’ll pardon the pun.
In the end, CC’s true colors came shining through, and I–for one–am glad that it happened sooner than later.
As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…”
Well, there will be no fooling me twice. I say good riddance to bad rubbish. Hopefully CC loses my email address, too.
Here is a link to MD’s CC website: