DeMint’s Salary Will Increase by 500% at the Heritage Foundation

Lying and promoting conspiracy theories pays big on the right

Wingnut welfare, writ large. If you were wondering why in the world Jim DeMint would resign from the Senate to take over the leadership of the Heritage Foundation propaganda tank, wonder no more.

Senator Jim DeMint announced today that he was retiring from the Senate in order to run the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank.

He’s also probably getting quite a raise. …

As a Senator, he makes $174,000 per year. At Heritage, he’ll probably make at least $1 million.

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47 comments

1 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:46:16am

Must be nice to get rewarded for being a failure and DeMint is a failure when you look at his candidates of choice who cost the GOP the Senate the last two elections. Plus as some others have mentioned. He's got a nice and cozy Congressional pension now that he wouldn't have received if he had resigned earlier. Typical right wing politician, bitches about the government but has no problem exploiting it to line his own pockets.

2 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:46:17am

Being a shit eating cockbag has its perks apparently.

3 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:46:48am

re: #2 Kragar

Being a shit eating cockbag has its perks apparently.

You're being mean to the shit eating cockbags.

4 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:51:58am

So, now that DeMint is making millions, how many jobs will this job creator be contributing to the economy?

5 A Man for all Seasons  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:52:04am

WOW! 1 million bucks to spew bullshit?
Where do I send my resume?
//

6 lawhawk  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:53:00am

It's all about the Benjamins. Always has been...

7 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:53:08am

re: #4 Kragar

So, now that DeMint is making millions, how many jobs will this job creator be contributing to the economy?

The Heritage Foundation is probably going to need an extra janitor or two to clean up all the shit that will be tossed there now that DeMint's in charge.

8 Skip Intro  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:00:50am

The Heritage Foundation is also a part of the Koch Foundation Associate Program. They take care of their own, the crazier the better.

9 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:05:48am

GOP Energy Chair Received Last-Minute Big Oil Donations After Hinting Oil Subsidies Could End

Like many of his GOP colleagues, the oil and gas industry is one of Upton’s top industry donors. He has received nearly $450,000 from the oil and gas industry over his career in the House, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Interestingly, when Upton said he would look at oil subsidies, Big Oil sent last-minute contributions to the candidate. New campaign filings show that since Upton made his comment early in October, he received several new donations from oil companies:

– ExxonMobil PAC gave $5,000 on 10/23, bringing its total for Upton this cycle to $10,000.
– Valero Energy gave $5,000 on 10/24.
– Petroleum Marketers Association of Americas gave $4,000 on 11/5.
– Marathon Oil COO Dave E. Roberts gave $2,500 on 10/29.
– ConocoPhillips PAC gave $1,000 on 11/5, bringing its cycle total to $8,000.

Upton’s leadership PAC raised another $47,000 from the oil and gas industry this cycle, drawing $25,000 from Valero Energy and $10,000 from Koch Industries, among other oil and gas companies. Overall, he raised $4 million and spent more than $4.5 million to defeat his challenger Mike O’Brien.

10 A Man for all Seasons  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:09:16am

re: #8 Skip Intro

The Heritage Foundation is also a part of the Koch Foundation Associate Program. They take care of their own, the crazier the better.

I was watching a program about Science on PBS Nova. It was funded by the Koch foundation. Ironic

11 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:10:09am

Decided to listen to The Big Rich. So far it's pretty well written and well narrated. Kinda in the Robert Caro meme.

I'm not very far into it, but I can see the relevance of this time and place in history and our current political climate.

12 Bulworth  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:15:07am

Nothing symbolizes how bad the Obama economy is than to have poverty stricken U.S. Senators hightail it to the nearest conservative "think tank" just so they can earn a few bucks. //

13 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:16:33am

Dems Slam NRSC For ‘Underhanded And Dishonest’ Dealings With Todd Akin

So it turns out that after all the condemnations and repudiations, the National Republican Senatorial Committee really did put big money behind Rep. Todd Akin’s (R) Missouri Senate bid.

In a blistering statement, Democrats allege that the new FEC filings prove the NRSC was “underhanded and dishonest” in Missouri this year.

Late Thursday night, USA Today reported the NRSC “pumped $760,000 into the Show-Me State” in the closing days of the Senate contest. That fits with late October speculation about the NRSC’s actions. The NRSC money went to the Missouri Republican Party’s federal campaign committee in two installments of $360,000 and $400,000 each, on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, USA Today reported:

The state party reported paying almost exactly that amount — $756,000 — to Strategic Media Placement, an Ohio firm that Akin had used to buy his TV ad time, on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The state party’s FEC report shows the funds were for “W. Todd Akin.”

Lying dirtbags.

14 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:17:11am

re: #12 Bulworth

Nothing symbolizes how bad the Obama economy is than to have poverty stricken U.S. Senators hightail it to the nearest conservative "think tank" just so they can earn a few bucks. //

Haha seriously, he's going to be making 5X as much as he did at his old job to basically claim that the Obama economy is a failure. Propaganda pays well.

15 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:18:08am

re: #13 Kragar

Dems Slam NRSC For ‘Underhanded And Dishonest’ Dealings With Todd Akin

Lying dirtbags.

Knew the whole disgust with Akin thing was just a public charade while behind the scenes they were supporting his sorry right wing ass.

16 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:19:30am

re: #15 HappyWarrior

Knew the whole disgust with Akin thing was just a public charade while behind the scenes they were supporting his sorry right wing ass.

And even with their support, he lost.

17 ReamWorks SKG  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:20:33am

I'll run the Heritage Foundation for $850,000!

18 Eventual Carrion  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:22:28am

re: #17 ReamWorks SKG

I'll run the Heritage Foundation for $850,000!

I'll do it for half a mil. Plus I'll bring my own pens and stationary.

19 Bear  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:25:58am

No mention about December 7, 1941?
Guess it may be only some of us old-timers recall what happened that day. Though I did notice a good many of the flags flying around here are at "half Mast".

20 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:26:49am

I did a posted thing on my FB.

No, we didn't forget.

21 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:26:57am

How do I get in on some sweet, sweet wingnut welfare?

22 TedStriker  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:28:41am

re: #21 Dr Lizardo

How do I get in on some sweet, sweet wingnut welfare?

First, you have to lobotomize yourself; next, spew bullshit to any media outlet with a hot mic and a camera available.

23 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:29:13am

re: #22 TedStriker

First, you have to lobotomize yourself; next, spew bullshit to any media outlet with a hot mic and a camera available.

And you have to have at least a million in liquid off-shore accounts.

24 ReamWorks SKG  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:31:31am

re: #19 Bear

I'm old enough to remember Kennedy's death, but not WWII. Sorry!

25 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:33:30am

re: #22 TedStriker

First, you have to lobotomize yourself; next, spew bullshit to any media outlet with a hot mic and a camera available.

And get a blog with massive blown out of proportion headlines and bad web design. Gotta have that.

26 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:33:45am

What did we do all day before LGF?

27 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:34:28am

re: #26 Holidays are Family Fun Time

What did we do all day before LGF?

Your mom.

28 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:35:00am

You can't even blame me for that one. It was way too easy a shot not to take.

29 CarleeCork  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:36:17am

re: #26 Holidays are Family Fun Time

What did we do all day before LGF?

Raged about liberals?

30 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:38:55am

Fox News Op-Ed Says Women’s Nature Is To Be Dominated By Men

[W]omen shouldn’t let their success in the workplace become the biggest thing in their lives. If the ultimate goal is lasting love – and let’s face it: for most people it is – women are going to have to become comfortable with sacrifice and capitulation. …

Surrendering to your femininity means many things. It means letting your man be the man despite the fact that you’ve proven you’re his equal. It means recognizing the fact that you may very well want to stay home with your babies – and that that’s normal. Surrendering to your femininity means if you do work outside the home, you don’t use your work to play tit for tat in your marriage. It means tapping into that part of yourself that’s genuinely vulnerable and really does need a man – even though the culture says you don’t.

In other words, put down your sword. It’s okay if your guy’s in charge. It’s okay if you don’t drive the car. In fact, it’s rather liberating.

31 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:40:27am

re: #22 TedStriker

I was thinking about a Howard Beale sort of thing; a "mad prophet of the airwaves" shtick, but I get the feeling that Howard Beale is far beyond the intellectual range of your average wingnut.

32 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:42:18am

re: #31 Dr Lizardo

I was thinking about a Howard Beale sort of thing; a "mad prophet of the airwaves" shtick, but I get the feeling that Howard Beale is far beyond the intellectual range of your average wingnut.

I'm mad as hell and I'm going to blame Obama for it all!!

33 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:42:46am
34 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:43:57am

re: #30 Kragar

Fox News Op-Ed Says Women’s Nature Is To Be Dominated By Men

Yeah, it would be alot easier to be a child the rest of my life. I, however, have made the decision to be an adult. That means driving, READING, listening, paying the bills, making decisions about more than laundry detergent and not submitting to ANY HUMAN.

35 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:45:08am

re: #32 dragonfire1981

Ah, the wingnut Howard Beale battle-cry.

36 Kragar  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:46:51am
37 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:46:56am

re: #30 Kragar

Fox News Op-Ed Says Women’s Nature Is To Be Dominated By Men

These people live in fairyland where every women has a responsible man to take care of her and their children. That world doesn't exist and never did. When will they realize that.

Is it really just about appearances?

38 John Vreeland  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:47:19am

I cannot help but feeling DeMint will ultimately be supervising the slow slide into irrelevancy of the Heritage Foundation.

39 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:47:57am

re: #38 John Vreeland

I cannot help but feeling DeMint will ultimately be supervising the slow slide into irrelevancy of the Heritage Foundation.

One can only hope.

40 allegro  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:52:33am

re: #37 Holidays are Family Fun Time

These people live in fairyland where every women has a responsible man to take care of her and their children. That world doesn't exist and never did. When will they realize that.

Is it really just about appearances?

These are also the same people who say women are lazy gold-diggers who just want men to support them and bla bla bla. But now cuz feminazis us lazy gold-diggers are demanding big government take care of us - clearly SOMEONE has to, or not, I forget - so we don't have to suck ugly dudes off anymore.

Wow, that hurt.

41 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:54:44am

re: #37 Holidays are Family Fun Time

These people live in fairyland where every women has a responsible man to take care of her and their children. That world doesn't exist and never did. When will they realize that.

Is it really just about appearances?

They don't even realize that the idea is a very recent modern one. Were the frontier women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen? Nope they were making clothes, tending vegetable gardens, tending the livestock, making candles or rendering tallow for lamps, canning food for the winter, and doing a million other things that were essential to the survival of the family. They worked their asses off at something that was much more than a full time job.

This idea that the "poor little dears" should have no responsibility or cares other than cleaning the house or minding the children is a very recent fiction.

42 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:55:02am

re: #40 allegro

These are also the same people who say women are lazy gold-diggers who just want men to support them and bla bla bla. But now cuz feminazis us lazy gold-diggers are demanding big government take care of us - clearly SOMEONE has to, or not, I forget - so we don't have to suck ugly dudes off anymore.

Wow, that hurt.

Madonna/Whore syndrome. Those who only recognize themselves as human are prone to it. I swear there are a lot of sociopaths out there masquerading as Upright Citizens.

43 Randall Gross  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 12:00:53pm

All that and a chance to be the next Grover too!?!

44 leftynyc  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 12:15:09pm

re: #30 Kragar

Fox News Op-Ed Says Women’s Nature Is To Be Dominated By Men

Someone ought to explain to this writer and anyone who agrees with her that any real man wouldn't be threatened by a woman making more money than he, or one that wanted to drive occasionally. This one should just put on a burqua and be done with it.

45 drool  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 2:05:54pm

DeMint's net worth in 2010 was $40K. I would like to know why I should listen to somebody that at his age was worth only 40K about matters of finance and the economy.

46 Tigger2005  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 2:14:26pm

Brain drain in reverse.

47 Mich-again  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 7:32:35pm

Woah. So the Heritage Foundation which is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies on the US taxpayers to subsidize their existence can afford to pay DeMint a cool million. What a freakin joke.


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