Patrick McHenry “loan” reveals long history of expensive meals, concert tickets

Republicans have long stood for hard line financial management- we’re often the proverbial bankers of the world, reigning in excessive spending and working to manage finances in a world where Americans dig themselves deeper into debt. Sometimes, though, some Republicans tend to treat money like water- and it shows.

Patrick McHenry was planning to champion his own fundraising ability until the Lenoir News-Topic picked up on a very interesting tidbit of information: Patrick McHenry has been loaning himself money to the tune of $175,000, in an addition to a $90,500 loan made from his first campaign. That’s right, folks: while gas prices are rising and the world struggles in intense debt, McHenry has been loaning his campaign more money than many make in 5 years.

But the big question is where the money’s been flowing. Rebecca Yount, one of McHenry’s “spokespeople” (McHenry never talks to the press himself), claims that the money is “personal investment in his fight for good jobs and lower gas prices.” Is that true?

According to Open Secrets’ Page on Patrick McHenry, McHenry’s money hasn’t been going to Western NC at all- in fact, most of it is spent on lavish meals and payoffs to other campaigns. I’m not kidding. To this author’s knowledge, the most Patrick McHenry has ever spent in Western NC has been at the prestigous Lake Hickory Country Club, for $503 (excluding payments made to employees/rent/glossy mailers/etc).

So where has McHenry been spending his big money? Here are some of the bigger numbers:

$45,838 - Paid to The Oorbeek Group, for “Fundraising” (evidently not going so well)
$62,471 – Paid to The Stewart Group, mainly for “Planning & Development”. Of what?
$33,288 - Paid to Wiley Rein, LLC, for legal retainers. If you’ll remember, this is after he was potentially linked to an NRCC money scandal- so that’s “cover your butt” money.
$16,000 – Paid to Revolution Media Group for “Planning & Development”. Of what?
$12,000 – Paid towards Response Consulting flyers- you know, those glossy mailers you throw away.
$33,871 – Paid to GR Seppala & Associates for “Fundraising” (not going so well either)
$16,287 – Paid to Integrated Communication Strategies, Inc for “Fundraising” (Again, not doing such a good job)
$70,500 – To the NRCC for “Contributions”. That’s right- the biggest lump of his cash isn’t even being used for his campaign.
$49,823 – Platinum Business Card (For “Service Charges”…? I’m glad I don’t have that card…)
$10,101 – The Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC. Including one night worth $4,843. That’s a LOT of beer.
$2,132 – Congressional Institute “Retreat” (AKA Vacation)

Oh, but it gets dirtier.

- Remember “The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree”, that came forward in late 2007 claiming McHenry was a wonderful candidate? He spent nearly $5,000 there in November.

- McHenry spent $702 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. The 9:30 Club is a venue that “presents top-name rock, punk, hip-hop and country acts nightly.” Sounds political, doesn’t it?

- McHenry has spent $4,843 on a meal. That’s right- and because it’s not listed as an “event expense”, that means it was basically unrelated to the actual campaign. That’s one hell of a meal.

Of course, McHenry claims that he’s making a “personal investment”. In what, specifically, other than concert tickets and $4,843 meal charges?

McHenry staffers paid to delete McHenry scandals on Wikipedia

Patrick McHenry staffer Jason Deans has recently been caught editing the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia to hide information about Patrick McHenry.

To summarize, Wikipedia is essentially an online encyclopedia that allows anyone to add or remove information so long as it is properly sourced somewhere online (for example, much like a college paper, you have to properly tell where you got your information). Information that is not cited (or obvious) is removed, and information that is properly cited is protected. Basically, the idea is so you can trust information on Wikipedia.

Of course, “Truth” and “Patrick McHenry” have no place together in the same sentence except for “Patrick McHenry tries to hide the truth”. Why?

As evident by the revision history of Wikipedia on the “Patrick McHenry” page, staffer Jason Deans (on McHenry’s payroll) has been trying to “spruce up” McHenry’s page- including removing information cited from popular magazines such as Roll Call, as well as adding unimportant information including a self-promoting blurb of the following:

McHenry credits his victory to his grassroots campaign which was developed by his political consultant Dee Stewart and executed by his campaign manager Jason Deans.

Accordingto the Wikipedia Revision History above, these edits were done by an account “Jason Deans”, as well as by mysterious accounts that continue to try to remove information about McHenry’s ties to Countrywide, his controversy regarding giving alcohol to minors, the real outcome of the Michael Aaron Lay charges, as well as other information regarding McHenry scandals.

Of course, Wikipedia owners and administrators have noticed this, including messaging one of the IPs Jason Deans used (, which traces back to Raleigh, one of Deans’ hunting grounds), asking him “Can you justify un-doing that edit?”. Of course, he refused to answer.

This isn’t the first time McHenry’s tried hiding the truth from Wikipedia. Democrats initially picked up on how some Congressional IPs were being used to edit his info, as well as some IPs that looked suspiciously like Jason Deans, other McHenry staffers, or even Patrick McHenry himself. Some good examples from the site:

1. McHenry smooths over the Aaron Lay Article
Someone on an IP from Reston, VA- that is, a stone’s throw away (or a nice morning drive-to-works away) from Washington DC. Note how it stresses the “former” aide part about Aaron Lay, and makes sure to includes McHenry’s argument in return- not something Wikipedia usually does, as they only care about facts. And they even nicely clean up his profile for him!

2. Voter Fraud? What Voter Fraud?
Suddenly, out of nowhere(!), someone named RLB2002 starts magically deleting the Voter Fraud allegations section of McHenry’s Article! User RedShiftPA tries to restore it, but RLB2002 will not be satisfied.

3. I’m not gay!
RLB2002 is back again to hide allegations that McHenry might just be a little light in the loafers.

4. No seriously, no voter fraud.
IP comes on the scene to mysteriously delete the Voter Fraud section again. Where is this IP? Make a guess.
Washington DC.

5. And we hate that Drama Queen girl
Suddenly, IP (coming from Verizon Business, STRAIGHT OUT OF WASHINGTON DC) magically edits the article to remove both the voter fraud section… and the link to Drama Queen’s blog.

6. More Voter Fraud deletion!
IP (straight out of Washington, DC again) deletes the Voter Fraud section. Again.

7. We will deny you ever worked for us.
Aaron Lay section edited again. From Washington DC IP, naturally. And there’s more info about what McHenry said.

8. They never lived here!
IP out of New Jersey (?) decides to try to hide about McHenry’s housemates-with-benefits. Who vote for him. Illegally.

9. They didn’t live here!
Again. Ip out of DC, voter fraud, removes it, etc.

IP this time posts a comment on their removal of the information: “Removed non-neutral, poorly-sourced content”. Apparently, the truth hurts McHenry.

11. It’s not the size that matters, it’s the motion in the ocean.
IP out of Washington DC would like you to know that McHenry is perfectly sized and can please any man he wants to.

Of course, we Republicans will be keeping an eye on McHenry’s little edits, and will be fixing them every time he tries to hide information. The Internet isn’t an advertising mechanism, Patrick- stop trying to make it one.