Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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Mark Levin: Upton's 'Keep Your Health Plan Act' Not Such a Bright Idea

The House of Representatives passed the "Keep Your Health Plan Act" introduced by House Republican Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) on Friday afternoon by a 261 to 157 margin. Thirty-nine Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill. Nov 15, 2013 12:01 PM PT

Elizabeth Warren Positioned to Challenge Hillary from the Left in 2016

Less than a year into her first term, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the favorite candidate of many left wing organizations to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination. Eight years ago another first term senator from a liberal state considered undertaking a similar challenge to Ms. Clinton's inevitable coronation as the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nominee. His name was Barack Obama. Nov 14, 2013 8:39 AM PT

VA GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling Undermined Cuccinelli Campaign

Virginia's incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling helped Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in several ways. Not only did Bolling refuse to endorse Cuccinelli, he also transferred $446,674 remaining in his gubernatorial campaign committee to his newly formed political action committee, the Virginia Mainstream Project, which spent no money to support Cuccinelli. Nov 12, 2013 10:41 AM PT

Key GOP Donors Closed Their Wallets for Cuccinelli

In 2009, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell raised $24 million in a winning campaign that outspent his Democratic opponent by $7 million. Four years later in 2013, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli raised $20.9 million in a losing campaign in which his Democratic opponent outspent him by more than $13 million. Nov 8, 2013 11:06 AM PT

McAuliffe Campaign Funded the Democratic Ground Game That Sealed Victory

Ashley Bauman, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that "[w]hile we used that money [the $4 million donated to the Democratic Party of Virginia from the McAuliffe campaign] for many things,  the vast majority of it was used for our grassroots mobilization effort to get out the vote” Nov 6, 2013 10:44 AM PT

Exclusive: Libertarian PAC Admits 'We Probably Wouldn't Have Spent $11,000 on Sarvis' Without Democratic Donor

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Wes Benedict, co-founder and President of the Libertarian Booster PAC that spent $11,454 to circulate petitions necessary to get Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis on the ballot in Virginia said "[w]e probably wouldn’t have spent the $11,000 on Sarvis if we had not received the $150,000 from him [major Democratic donor Joseph Liemandt].” Nov 5, 2013 9:05 AM PT

VA: 'Inactive' Voters Nearly Double, Could Dampen Turnout

The 5.2 million voters registered and eligible to vote in Virginia's gubernatorial election on Tuesday between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, and Libertarian Robert Sarvis represents an increase of 5 percent from the 4.9 million who were registered and eligible to vote in the 2009 gubernatorial election in which Republican Bob McDonnell crushed Democrat Creigh Deeds by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin. Nov 4, 2013 7:18 PM PT

Author John Grisham Gives McAuliffe Another $25,000

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, author John Grisham donated an additional $25,000 to Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe's campaign on October 29. This new donation brings the total of Grisham's contributions to McAuliffe's 2013 campaign to $75,000. Nov 3, 2013 12:21 PM PT

DHS Official Who Advocated for GreenTech Lands Job With Major McAuliffe Donor

Politico reported on Saturday that Doug Smith, the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary, who exchanged a series of emails with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe about GreenTech Automotive, has landed a new job with MWW, a high powered Washington D.C. public relations firm headed up by a major donor to McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign. Nov 3, 2013 9:48 AM PT

Big Labor Spends Big for McAuliffe

Add Big Labor to the ever growing list of left wing special interest groups spending heavily to elect Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia governor in the election that will be held a week from Tuesday. Nov 2, 2013 10:12 PM PT

New Report Claims McAuliffe Hyped Another Failed Chinese Venture

On Friday, Watchdog reported that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidateTerry McAuliffe was involved in a previously unknown Chinese investment that turned sour. This represents a second failed China venture promoted by McAuliffe since 2010, in addition to the stalled GreenTech Automotive automobile manufacturing joint venture with Chinese company Shengyang ZhongRui Breitbart News reported on in August. Nov 2, 2013 10:27 AM PT

McAuliffe's 2010 Trip to Cuba Characteristic of His 'Freewheeling, Even Impulsive' Style

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Terry McAuliffe's 2010 personal trade mission to Cuba to promote the sale of apples and wine produced in Virginia was the sort of unplanned disaster--heavy on personal bluster, low on preparation and planning--that is likely to characterize his administrative style as governor of Virginia if he defeats Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in next Tuesday's election. Oct 31, 2013 5:31 AM PT


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