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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Flashback: Breitbart News on Francis's 'Liberation Theology' Before Becoming Pope

Eight months after Pope Francis I was elevated to the papacy, he has, in effect, placed the worldwide apparatus of the Roman Catholic Church on record in favor of statism and in opposition to free markets. The pope's statement on Tuesday showed a remarkable ignorance of free market capitalism. Indeed, his judgmental rejection of the economic system that has delivered billions of people throughout the world from poverty is chilling. Nov 28, 2013 7:31 PM PT

McAuliffe Selects Operative Who Lied to Police, Covered-Up Crime for Virginia Cabinet Position

Less than a month after defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli to win the state of Virginia's top political office, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has already begun to fill the state's bureaucracy with political hacks. On November 18 McAuliffe named 31 year old Levar Stoney, who was implicated in the coverup of the tire slashing of 25 vans by Democratic operatives in Wisconsin on election day in 2004, to the cabinet position of Secretary of the Commonwealth. Nov 27, 2013 1:48 PM PT

GOP Establishment Donors Target Tea Party's Justin Amash in Michigan

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) was endorsed by the conservative Club for Growth, which gives him a 100% lifetime voting scorecard rating, on October 8. However, seven Republican establishment donors who live in his western Michigan district recently endorsed his primary opponent, Brian Ellis, who claims Amash is not a "traditional conservative." Nov 23, 2013 1:52 PM PT

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


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