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2012 Democratic Party Opposition Research File for Allen West

2012 Democratic Party Opposition Research File for Allen West

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Published by John Malcolm
It could be one of the biggest political intelligence coups of the 2012 battle to control Congress. Media Trackers, a conservative investigative watchdog group, discovered nearly three-dozen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opposition research notebooks – extensive secretive manuals outlining anything that could be used against a political opponent. Several news outlets have reported that some of the files have been quietly published on the DCCC’s website to facilitate their use by independent expenditure groups. On Thursday, however, Media Trackers published a dozen opposition research books that Democrats have so far managed to keep secret.
It could be one of the biggest political intelligence coups of the 2012 battle to control Congress. Media Trackers, a conservative investigative watchdog group, discovered nearly three-dozen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opposition research notebooks – extensive secretive manuals outlining anything that could be used against a political opponent. Several news outlets have reported that some of the files have been quietly published on the DCCC’s website to facilitate their use by independent expenditure groups. On Thursday, however, Media Trackers published a dozen opposition research books that Democrats have so far managed to keep secret.

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Concerned About Expansion of Drilling in Gulf of Mexico in GOP Transportation Bill

In February 2012, West said that he was concerned the GOP transportation bill that would use revenues
from expansion of domestic oil drilling to offset maintenance costs of roads and bridges.

West was concerned about drilling off of the gulf Coast and said that he was still studying the measure.

[The Hill, 2/13/12]

Voted Against Measure to Prevent Everglades Drilling

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In February 2012, West voted against a measure to prevent oil and gas exploration in the Great Lakes and
Florida Everglades.

West previously reprimanded Michele Bachmann for supporting oil drilling in the Everglades and

promised to “straighten her out” for her “incredible faux pas.” [Florida Independent, 2/17/12]

Reiterated Support for Drilling and Natural Gas Exploration off Florida’s Coast

In February 2012, West reemphasized his support for drilling and natural gas exploration off of Florida’s

coast.

West earlier voted to lift the moratorium on drilling off Florida’s coast and complained that President
Obama’s energy policies were responsible for the $70 cost of filling up his Hummer’s gas tank.

[tcpalm.com, 2/25/12]

West Attacked EPA on False Charges

In October 2011, it was reported that West cited false information about the EPA’s employment figures.

"The objective of this administration, truly the objective of the liberal progressives, is to get more
people wedded to government either by subsistence check or employment check. […] When you
hear an EPA that wants to hire 230,000 new government regulators that will cost the taxpayer $21
billion, when you have (U.S. Sen.) Harry Reid coming out and saying that we need to hire more
people in the public sector over the private sector that's not how we are going to restore our
economy. But that's how they would create a victim class, an entitlement class, a new welfare state
that will be totally dependent upon them that will change national level elections hence and
forever more." [Politifact Florida, 10/21/11]

Questioned About Cutting Funding for Environmental Protection Agency

In March 2011, West, at a town hall meeting in Florida, was asked by a constituent “Who is going to
protect our air if we don’t have the EPA?”

West claimed the agency would have enough personnel to carry out its mission saying “you can throw a
pebble and you will hit 10 bureaucrats walking across the street.” [The Palm Beach Post, 3/23/11]

West Dismissed BP Spill as “an Isolated Incident,” Wanted to Bring Drilling Closer to the Coast

In January 2011, West brushed off the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as “an isolated incident.” Rather
than push rigs into deeper waters, West wanted to bring them close to shore. He said, “We need to make
sure it’s close enough so we don’t have what happened in the Gulf, where [the leaking well] was so deep
we couldn’t get out there and take the emergency procedures to rectify that type of spill.” [The Sun
Sentinel, 1/27/11]

…One Week Later: Supported Drilling “Off the Horizon, which No One Can See”

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In February 2011, West supported “limited oil exploration and also limited national gas” offshore
-- “off the horizon, which no one can see.” [Sun Sentinel, 2/03/11]

West Touted Support for Hurricane Preparedness on the Same Day He Voted to Cut It

In June 2011, the DCCC revealed that Allen West touted his support for Hurricane Preparedness on the
same day he voted to cut it.

Allen West Claimed He Was Helping Floridians Better Prepare for the Hurricane Season.

On June 2, 2011, Allen West issued a press release touting his support for “three bills that aim to
help Floridians better prepare for Hurricanes and other natural disasters.” In his press release,
West noted that “every $1 spent on mitigation, $4 in post storm cleanup and rebuilding is saved.”

[West Press Release, 6/2/11]

West Voted to Cut Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funding by 20 Percent.

On June 2, 2011, Allen West voted to cut Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding by $10 million.
According to Congressional Quarterly, “The measure appropriates $40 million, $10 million (20%)
less than current funding and nearly $45 million (53%) less than requested, for the National Pre-
Disaster Hazard Mitigation Fund, which provides grants to assist state and local governments in

implementing hazard mitigation activities.” [HR 2017,Vote #409 , 6/2/11; CQ House Action Report Fact
Sheet No. 112-7, 6/1/11]

West Has Voted to Slash Funding for the National Weather Service

On February 19, 2011, Allen West voted for a continuing resolution which aimed to cut the

National Weather Service’s 2011 budget by 30% or about $126 million. [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11;
CNBC, 2/24/11]

National Weather Service Forecaster: Budget Cuts Would “Heighten Risk for Loss of Life.”

“There is a very heightened risk for loss of life if these cuts go through. The inability for warnings
to be disseminated to the public, whether due to staffing inadequacies, radar maintenance
problems or weather radio transmitter difficulties, would be disastrous,” said Joseph Calderone, a
forecaster for the National Weather Service since 2002. “If these cuts go through, there is the
potential that 22 local Weather Forecast Offices (such as our own) would be closed for 27 days
and this would continue over a five month period […] The national centers, such as the Storm
Prediction Center and the National Hurricane Center, would go to reduced workweeks.” [CNBC,

2/24/11]

Hurricane Center Not Immune to Cuts. “Congress’s move will necessitate work furloughs and
force rolling closures of Weather Warning Offices across the country […] The National Hurricane

Center is not immune to these cuts as furloughs and staffing cuts will add strain to the program.
The Hurricane Hunter Jet, which provides lifesaving data and helps determine a hurricane’s path,
could also be eliminated.” [National Weather Service Employees Organization, 3/15/11]

Busier-than-usual Hurricane Season Predicted.

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a busier-than-usual 2011
season, predicting 12 to 18 named storms in the Atlantic basin, with six to 10 hurricanes. Three to
six of those storms are expected to be major, with winds of 111 mph or higher. Officials say

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warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures will make for an active tropical season.” [St.
Petersburg Times Editorial, 6/1/11]

West: On the EPA

In July 2011, Rep. West discussed his views of the EPA.

West said, “When you have the administrator of the EPA come up here and testify before a house

committee, she was asked do you take into account the economic ramification or effects upon businesses
before you institute your regulation, she said absolutely not. We cannot have that type of mentality
coming out of the EPA; because they were not able to legislate cap and trade, they are now trying to

regulate it.” [West Tele Forum, 18:00, 7/27/11]

West Voted for Anti EPA Bill

In July 2011, Rep. West voted for H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act which was
sponsored by Rep. John Mica. According to McClatchy, the “House bill would revise the Clean
Water Act to prevent the EPA from setting water-pollution standards when it finds that state standards
don't protect public health […] The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who objected
to EPA water regulations for algae in Florida rivers [..] The House passed the bill Wednesday night. The
239-184 vote was largely along party lines, with only 13 Republicans opposed.” [H.R. 2018, Vote #573,
7/13/11; McClatchy, 7/13/11]

West: Had Words for Bachmann

In September 2011, Rep. West informed Rep. Bachmann that the everglades are off limit.

The Hill reported that West wrote the following to Rep. Bachmann: ” “I understand you may not fully
understand the importance of the Everglades’ before going on to detail the history and environmental
characteristics of the subtropical wetlands.Oil drilling in the everglades has taken place since the 1940s,
but has remained relatively limited. As pressure has increased to locate new and cheap sources of energy,

environmental activists have pushed back against attempts to increase the extent of the exploration. ‘The

Everglades represents one of the most cherished treasured of the United States, and should be off limits

for exploration of any kind of natural energy resource.’“ [The Hill, 9/13/11]

West Voted for Bill that Would Limit EPA Regulatory Responsibilities

In July 2011, West voted for H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act which was

sponsored by Rep. John Mica. According to McClatchy, the “House bill would revise the Clean Water

Act to prevent the EPA from setting water-pollution standards when it finds that state standards don't
protect public health […] The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who objected to EPA water
regulations for algae in Florida rivers [..] The House passed the bill Wednesday night. The 239-184 vote

was largely along party lines, with only 13 Republicans opposed.” [H.R. 2018, Vote #573, 7/13/11;
McClatchy, 7/13/11]

West Voted for Bill that Would Limit EPA Regulatory Responsibilities

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In July 2011, West voted for H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act which was
sponsored by Rep. John Mica. According to McClatchy, the “House bill would revise the Clean Water
Act to prevent the EPA from setting water-pollution standards when it finds that state standards don't
protect public health […] The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who objected to EPA water
regulations for algae in Florida rivers [..] The House passed the bill Wednesday night. The 239-184 vote

was largely along party lines, with only 13 Republicans opposed.” [H.R. 2018, Vote #573, 7/13/11;
McClatchy, 7/13/11]

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