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What do you really know about Rick Santorum?

Source: facebook page: The Truth About Rick Santorum http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Truth-About-RickSantorum/303538033027508?sk=info *Did you know that over his career, Santorum received $731,937 from lobbyists in Washington. *Did you know that Rick Santorum was named one of the three most corrupt Senators in 2005 and 2006? *Did you know that Rick Santorum founded a charity that was a scam? *Did you know that Rick Santorum flip flopped his view on abortion while running for president? *Did you know that Rick Santorum voted against providing $20,000,000 for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Medical Facilities. Yet, he sponsored an amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million. *Did you know that as a House member for 4 years and a senator for 12, Rick Santorum developed a reputation for his robust use of "earmarks," those measures slipped into expansive spending bills that provide money for home-state projects. Today, with the practice out of favor among conservatives bent on balancing the federal budget, Santorum opposes them but defends their use in the past. *Did you know that Rick Santorum endorsed the traitor Sen. Arlen Specter, who is prochoice, over anti-abortion primary challenger Pat Toomey in 2004. That move became even more offensive to conservatives when a victorious Specter went on to switch parties and cast a crucial vote for President Obama's health care plan. *Did you know that Santorum boasted of teaming up with Joe Lieberman, Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton in his 2006 political ad for re-election to the U.S. Senate, which he lost to Democrat Bob Casey Jr. by the largest margin of victory ever for a Democratic Senate nominee in Pennsylvania and the largest margin of victory for a Senate challenger in the 2006 elections. *Did you know that just three years ago in his interview with radio host and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, Santorum also emphatically told millions of listening Americans: “If you‟re a conservative, if you‟re a Republican, there is only one

place to go, and that‟s Mitt Romney.” Here is a video of Rick Santorum Campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu50Hb61jVQ Santorum fought for the flip-flopping Massachusetts moderate Romney on the presidential campaign trail, but not Huckabee or even McCain who were running then with a much clearer conservative record. Yet Santorum now admits that Romney “bragged he‟s even more liberal than Ted Kennedy on social issues.” And the question that keeps coming to my mind now is this: How can the “alternative to Romney” also be a Romney supporter? LOL! __________________________________________________________ If you think that Rick Santorum is a conservative, you are making a mistake. Rick Santorum says that he is a conservative but Santorum‟s record shows that he is a a big government, big money spender and not that much different from the RINO Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum is not a true representation of the Republican Party or the conservative values that we hold. Why split the conservative vote by voting for a candidate that has been in DC forever and voted to create the things that they are now running against? Mitt Romney said that he will NOT repeal Obama care! This is why it is SO IMPORTANT that Conservatives come together and vote for ONE candidate so that we can defeat him! In his own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI5JjBHq8_0&feature=player_embedded __________________________________________________________ A HOUSE DIVIDED Santorum can NOT get above 17% of the conservative vote in conservative States! While at the same time Newt Gingrich's MORE THAN DOUBLES Rick Santorum's votes! South Carolina: Newt Gingrich 243,172 votes or 40.4% Rick Santorum 102,061 votes or 17% Florida: Newt Gingrich had 533,117 votes or 31.9% Rick Santorum had 222,799 votes or 13.3%

Nevada: Newt Gingrich had 5,623 votes or 22.7% Rick Santorum had 2,749 votes or 11.1%

Rick Santorum is helping Mitt Romney, by dividing the anti-Romney conservative vote! Any conservative who votes for Santorum and splits the conservative vote then helps elect the RINO Romney as the nominee! This is why we need to awaken all conservatives to who Santorum truly is and unite together with Newt Gingrich so that we can defeat The RINO Mitt Romney! "A house divided against itself cannot stand" ~Abraham Lincoln __________________________________________________________

Rick Santorum is a FAKE and is ANTI TEA PARTY. Millions of Tea Party voters have been played. Rick Santorum has been going around on the campaign stops trying to convince Tea Party folks and conservatives in general that he is the only consistent conservative in the race. Many people have bought that line, but they should do more research on Santorum. If they looked at his record they'd see that there really is no difference between him and Mitt Romney. The Republican establishment hates the Tea Party and apparently Rick Santorum feels the same way, he just hasn't told them that. Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M3TVoVqvt74#! For the record, I DO NOT support Ron Paul for president! I'm just using the video to highlight Santorum.There isn't a logical explanation that Santorum can give to his own words. Tea Party voters need to be aware of how Rick Santorum truly feels about them. He is a fake, and he needs to be exposed for such. Newt Gingrich has been a supporter of the TEA PARTY from the beginning. Video Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrxkLI0aG_k

Rick Santorum after blasting the TEA PARTY then uses the TEA PARTY when it is most advantageous for him. Q: What role do you think the Tea Party will play in the 2012 elections? A: Hopefully as great as they did on the last election. Defending the constitution and limited govt. Thank you!! The Tea Party is now the backbone of the conservative movement. It will help elect a principled conservative leader for 2012. -2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com , Jul 21, 2011 http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Principles_+_Values.htm __________________________________________________________ SANTORUM'S STANCES & VOTES

ABORTION Santorum voted for HR 796 – the protection of abortion clinics http://www.votesmart.org/bill/5480/21800/27054/abortion-clinic-access-bill Santorum said an exception for rape & incest ok, even though they take a life. (Sep 2006), Then FLIP FLOPPED when running for president, No abortions even in cases of rape; one violence is enough. (Aug 2011) http://www.issues2000.org/Rick_Santorum.htm

BUDGET, ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES Santorum voted against the National Right to Work Act of 1995, which would have repealed provisions of federal law that “require employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.” Santorum voted for Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (though he now says he will repeal it), which imposes job-killing federal regulations on businesses. Santorum voted for CAFTA, which removes duties on textile and apparel goods traded among participating nations, resulting in nearly ALL textile companies leaving the South. Santorum voted for HR 3448 – Minimum Wage Increase bill, which allows punitive damages for injury or illness to be taxed, allows damages for emotional distress to be taxed and repeals the diesel fuel tax rebate to purchasers of diesel-powered

automobiles and light trucks. http://www.votesmart.org/bill/2784/7831/27054/minimum-wage-increase-bill Audit the Fed; but no gold standard. (Aug 2011) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm Santorum voted to confirm President Bill Clinton‟s nomination of Alan Greenspan to be chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System for a fourth fouryear term. http://www.votesmart.org/bill/7631/21223/27054/alan-greenspan-federal-reservechairman Santorum voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 05&session=2&vote=00064 Santorum voted against a flat tax. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 06&session=1&vote=00240 Santorum voted YES for taxes on the Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm Santorum voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm Santorum voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm

DEFENSE & FOREIGN POLICY Santorum voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 04&session=2&vote=00247 Santorum voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 05&session=2&vote=00203

EDUCATION Rick Santorum voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 04&session=2&vote=00027 Newt Gingrich on the other hand wants to dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education and get rid of all of its regulations. NEWT GINGRICH: "I think you need very profound reform of education at the state level. You need to dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education, get rid of virtually all of its regulations. And the truth is, I believe we'd be far better off if most states adopted a program of the equivalent of Pell Grants for K-through-12, so that parents could choose where their child went to school, whether it was public, or private, or home-schooling, and parents could be involved. Florida has a virtual school program that is worth the entire country studying as an example." 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011 Santorum voted for HR 1 – No Child Left Behind Act http://www.votesmart.org/bill/3087/8426/27054/no-child-left-behind-act

FREDDIE & FANNIE Do Santorum & Gingrich agree on Freddie and Fannie? No, Santorum supports lowincome mortgages and Gingrich would abolish the whole program. Rick Santorum - In 2005, when Banking Committee Republicans were trying to tighten the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Santorum pushed to include language in the legislation that would strengthen their affordable-housing goals. "We're very concerned about making sure that we do things in working with this legislation to improve the access to affordable housing," Santorum said during a July 2005 hearing. He wanted to orient Fannie and Freddie "toward taking a more active role in creating housing opportunities for low and moderate income families.". But 6 years later, GOP presidential candidates say Fannie & Freddie should have been far less oriented toward providing affordable housing--not more so, as Santorum was advocating. Rick Santorum's statement on the Financial Safety and Soundness of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 07&session=2&vote=00242

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 07&session=1&vote=00360 Newt Gingrich - Don't bail out Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae; break them up. (Dec 2011) GINGRICH: "First, the housing bubble came from the Federal Reserve inflating the money supply. Second, I was never a spokesman for any agency, I never did any lobbying for any agency. I offered strategic advice. I was in the private sector. You're allowed to charge money for it. It's called free enterprise. I'm not for bailing them out, in fact, I'm for breaking them up."

GOVERNMENT REFORM Santorum voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006) Santorum voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006) Santorum voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001) Santorum voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm

GUNS Santorum voted in 1997 to support the Lautenberg Gun Ban, “which stripped lawabiding gun owners of their Second Amendment rights for life, simply because they spanked their children or did nothing more than grab a spouse‟s wrist,” according to a press release from Dudley Brown, executive director of the National Association for Gun Rights. Santorum voted in 1999 for a bill “disguised as an attempt to increase penalties on drug traffickers with guns … but it also included a provision to require federal background checks at gun shows,” again according to Dudley Brown‟s release. Santorum “came to anti-gun Arlen Specter‟s defense in 2004 when he was down in the polls against pro-gun Republican Pat Toomey. Specter won and continued to push for gun control during his years in the Senate,” per Brown. Santorum voted with Barbara Boxer in 2005 on the Gun Lock Requirement Amendment http://www.votesmart.org/bill/7704/21354/27054/gun-lock-requirement-amendment

Santorum voted for the Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill and then flip-flopped and voted against it in S 1805 – Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill http://www.votesmart.org/bill/3392/7775/27054/firearms-manufacturers-protection-bill http://www.votesmart.org/bill/3254/7776/27054/firearms-manufacturers-protection-bill

HEALTH CARE Santorum voted for Medicare prescription drug benefit known as Medicare Part D, though critical of it now. It is the largest expansion of entitlement spending since President Lyndon Johnson, which now costs taxpayers more than $60 billion a year and has almost $16 trillion in unfunded liabilities, according to Club for Growth. As reported by Will Bunch in the Philadelphia Daily News “When Santorum was defeated for a third term in 2006, an internal memo of the drug giant GlaxoSmithKline said of his departure from Washington that this “creates a big hole that we need to fill.” Santorum voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 07&session=1&vote=00203

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION & BENEFITS TO ILLEGALS Santorum voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border patrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 09&session=1&vote=00179

LABOR Santorum voted against National Right to Work Act http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 04&session=2&vote=00188

NOMINATION Santorum voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 05&session=2&vote=00295

SOCIAL SECURITY Santorum voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 06&session=2&vote=00056 Senator Santorum, on a videotape made in 1994, said he planned to raise the retirement age for Social Security benefits and to privatize the program. Santorum says he believes that Social Security should not be paid out until workers hit the age of 70. “It is ridiculous that we have a retirement age in this country of age 65 today,” Santorum says emphatically, noting that many people receive benefits for two decades before dying. “Push it back to at least age 70,” continues the senator. “I‟d go even further if I could, but I don‟t think I could pass it.” http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Social_Security.htm Santorum has switched from raising retirement age to personal accounts. (Sep 2006) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm Santorum was rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003) http://www.ontheissues.org/Rick_Santorum.htm

VETERANS Santorum voted against transferring $20 million from AmeriCorps to veterans. To provide, with an offset, $20,000,000 for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Medical Facilities. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 09&session=2&vote=00111

WASTE Santorum was a serial earmarker, requesting billions of dollars during his time in the Senate, and not reversing his position on earmarks until he was out of Congress in 2010. As recently as 2009, Rick said, “I‟m not saying necessarily earmarks are bad. I have had a lot of earmarks. In fact, I‟m very proud of all the earmarks I‟ve put in bills. I‟ll defend earmarks.” Santorum voted for the 2005 highway bill that included thousands and thousands of wasteful earmarks, including the Bridge to Nowhere. In fact, according to Club for Growth, “in a separate vote, Santorum had the audacity to vote to continue funding the Bridge to Nowhere rather than send the money to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.”

Santorum sponsored an amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 09&session=2&vote=00052 Santorum voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 09&session=2&vote=00058 Santorum voted to increase NIH funding by $700 million http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 07&session=1&vote=00070 Santorum voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL) http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 07&session=1&vote=00233 Santorum voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1 06&session=1&vote=00176 __________________________________________________________

SANTORUM'S SCAMS, SCHEMES & SCANDALS The K Street Project Behind the sweater vests, the faith and family, and the self-definition as a congressional reformer lies another Rick Santorum. This Rick Santorum favors big business, curries favor from lobbyists, and helped to bind the Washington influence industry to the Republican Party while serving in Congress. Beginning in 2001, after Republicans seized control of Congress and the White House, then-Sen. Santorum (R-Pa.) began hosting Tuesday morning meetings with a select group of lobbyists. These meetings were part of a larger plan -- originally launched in the 1990s by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), conservative activist Grover Norquist and others when the GOP retook the House of Representatives after 40 years of Democratic control -- to pressure lobbying firms and trade associations to dump their Democratic lobbyists and replace them with Republicans. Named after the Washington business corridor famous for housing lobbying firms, the K Street Project was aimed at installing a permanent Republican majority in Washington.

Journalist Nicholas Confessore explained Santorum's role in the K Street Project in a 2003 Washington Monthly article: "Santorum's responsibility is to make sure each [top lobbying job] is filled by a loyal Republican -- a senator's chief of staff, for instance, or a top White House aide, or another lobbyist whose reliability has been demonstrated. After Santorum settles on a candidate, the lobbyists present make sure it is known whom the Republican leadership favors." This wasn't just backroom chatter. There were real direct effects on policy. When Jack Valenti, the longtime chief of the Motion Picture Association of America, retired, Republicans led by Santorum and DeLay sought to pressure the trade group to hire a Republican. The MPAA ultimately replaced Valenti with former Clinton administration Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, deeply offending leaders of the K Street Project. Santorum brought up the Glickman hire at a closed-door Republican caucus meeting and was quoted in a 2004 Roll Call article saying, "Yeah, we had a meeting and, yeah, we talked about making sure that we have fair representation on K Street. ... I admit that I pay attention to who is hiring, and I think it's important for leadership to pay attention." Later in 2004, the Republicans in Congress voted down $1.5 billion in subsidies for the movie industry. Grover Norquist told Roll Call at the time that the movie industry's hire of Glickman was one of the reasons Republicans scuttled the subsidies. "Hollywood has recently expressed contempt for the Republican leadership in the House, Senate and White House," Norquist said. The MPAA did ultimately hire a Republican for another top position, and many other big influence-industry jobs started to fall into the hands of partisan Republicans. A 2003 Washington Post article reported, "A Republican National Committee official recently told a group of GOP lobbyists that 33 of 36 top-level Washington positions he is monitoring went to Republicans." These new jobs provided partisans with a direct line to client funds -- that is, contributions from corporate executives and political action committees -- to funnel to the Republican candidates of their choosing. In some cases, these trade associations ran issue advocacy campaigns to support GOP policies or to attack vulnerable Democratic lawmakers. Running for reelection in 2006, Santorum leaned heavily on this new fundraising base. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Santorum received $496,683 from Washington lobbyists, the most of any candidate during that election cycle. Over his career, Santorum received $731,937 from lobbyists in Washington.

If the K Street Project's goal was to turn Washington's lobbying world into a petri dish of movement conservatism, it backfired. The project's real outcome was to strengthen the connection between the Republican Party in Washington and the business community at large. The business-backed influence industry gained new power over the GOP lawmakers -- and it paid off. Pharmaceutical companies won big in the prescription drug expansion of Medicare, energy company lobbyists wrote most of the 2005 energy bill, and legislation was filled with earmarks requested by the influence peddlers. The tight ties binding business, lobbyists and the Republican Party became one of the key gripes of the Tea Party movement as it rose to action in 2009 and 2010. Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has decried "crony capitalism" and called lobbyists "symptomatic of the greater problem that we see right now in Washington." Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) referred to lobbyists as a "distinctly criminal class" in his 2010 run for the Senate. Matthew Continetti, conservative writer and former editor of the Weekly Standard, wrote a book about the corrupting influence of lobbyists in the Republican Party, "The K Street Gang," back in 2006. In a National Review interview, he explained, "Many lobbyists place the private over the public interest and the economic interests of a client over the national interests of the American people. This contributes to the degradation of public-spiritedness and national identity, and should trouble anyone concerned about American politics and American civic life." Indeed, by 2006, the K Street Project was a national scandal. Two of its best-known participants, lobbyist Jack Abramoff and DeLay, had been indicted for other crimes -Abramoff for corruption and DeLay for money laundering. Santorum distanced himself from the project, stating in February 2006, "We don't have a K Street Project. ... I have never called anybody or talked to anyone to try to get anybody a position on K Street with one exception, and that is if someone from my office is applying for a job and an employer calls me." But one month later, after the temporary, scandal-induced hiatus, Santorum restarted his lobbyist gatherings. He lost his reelection bid later that year by a whopping 18 percentage points, partially due to his role leading the K Street Project. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/rick-santorum-lobbyists-k-streetproject_n_1186606.html

Rick Santorum was named one of the three most corrupt Senators in 2005 and 2006? For more in depth information here is the link: http://www.citizensforethics.org/page//PDFs/Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Report%202006%20 -%20Beyond%20Delay%20Report.pdf?nocdn=1 In 2001, Santorum founded a charity that was a scam. The majority of the charity's money went to consulting fees to a network of politically connected lobbyists, aides and fundraisers, including rent and office payments to Santorum's finance director Rob Bickhart, later finance chair of the Republican National Committee. A responsible charity doles out at least 75 percent of its income in grants, and they were shocked to learn the figure for Operation Good Neighbor Fund was less than 36 percent! The charity which didn't register with the state of Pennsylvania as required under the law was finally disbanded in 2007. A so-called "leadership PAC" created by Santorum that was supposed to fund other Republicans instead seemed to mostly pay for the lifestyle of Santorum and those around him. An investigation of the America's Foundation PAC showed that only 18 percent of its money went to fund political candidates, less -- and typically far less -than any other "leadership PACs." What America's Foundation did spend a lot on with what looked like everyday expenses, including 66 trips to the Starbucks in Santorum's then-hometown of Leesburg, Va., multiple fast-food outings and expenditures at Walmart, Target and Giant supermarkets. Campaign finance experts said the PAC's expenses -- paid for by donations from wealthy businessmen and lobbyists -- were "unconventional," at best and arguably not legal. Santorum also funded his large Leesburg "McMansion" with a $500,000 mortgage from a private bank run by a major campaign donor, in a program that was only supposed to be open to high-wealth investment clients in the trust, which Santorum was not, and closed to the general public. Santorum didn't seem to be against government waste when it came to his family. During his years in the Senate, Santorum raised his family in northern Virginia and rarely if ever seemed to use the small house that he claimed as his legal residence, in a blue-collar Pittsburgh suburb called Penn Hills. So Pennsylvania voters were shocked when they found out the Penn Hills School District had paid out $72,000 for the home cyberschooling of five of Santorum's kids, hundreds of miles away in a different state. The cash-strapped district was unsuccessful in its efforts to get any of its money back from Santorum. http://www.citizensforethics.org/page//PDFs/Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Report%202006%20 -%20Beyond%20Delay%20Report.pdf?nocdn=1

In 2005 people may recall that Santorum made political headlines for visiting the deathbed of Terri Schaivo, the woman at the center of the national right-to-die controversy. He was merely attempting to achieve political gain as a supposed Christian conservative. It was later determined that the real reason he was in the area, again exposed by Philadelphia Daily News, was to collect money, some $250,000 to be exact, from a fundraiser by Outback Steakhouses. Outback heavily supported him, because its executives loved the Santorum‟s positions, his passion for “a low minimum wage for waitresses and other rank-and-file workers.” Now, as terminal proof of the nature of this opportunist and his desire for leisure and pleasure at others‟ expense, “Santorum‟s efforts were also aided by his unusual mode of travel: Walmart‟s corporate jet.” The visit to Schaivo was a wicked ploy. Santorum battled to limit any increases in minimum wage, while seeking also to overturn overtime rules for the benefit of Wal-Mart‟s bottom line. Regarding this most sued company in the world Santorum created tort reform to limit lawsuits against it for its discriminatory behavior. In a similar scheme he took money from lobbyists to undermine blue- collar workers, forcing them to join Unions and endure pay dues. Not much of a defender of the all-American family, especially the middle and lower class. Santorum made his way into big money by doing favors for every mega-corporation conceivable, including US Tobacco Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, AnheuserBusch, and Big Coal. Santorum is the Lobbyist's Candidate and the Crook's Candidate. He played an essential role in the trading of favors and money for influence, the socalled K Street Project, which led to the imprisonment of the disgraced Jack Abramoff, with whom he worked directly. No wonder he scored the most corrupt of the corrupt. BIG COAL Santorum's plant project for Schuylkill, Pennsylvania was supposed to convert coal to combustible liquids. Because of the expensive nature of the process it could only be competitive through massive subsidies. Santorum boasted of his role in securing a $100,000 federal loan for the project. The lobbyists had already paid Republican Party power broker Bob Asher $900,000. Still, though, despite the profiteering of Santorum and Asher the plant hasn‟t been built. Santorum claimed in the New Hampshire primary debate, that in the fight for justice he “contacted a local coal company in my area. I said, look, I want to join you in that fight. I want to work together with you.” It is all lies. What he really did was work exclusively for his own greedy gains. Consul Energy, the company for whom he was a‟ consultant,‟ is hardly a „little local entity‟ but is instead one of the largest coal mining conglomerates in the world. Nor was he a volunteer, as

he alludes. Rather, he was being paid handsomely by Consul to loosen the regulations for their benefit, nearly $150,000 in less than a year, ending August 2011. Yet, on national TV during the New Hampshire he made this an issue, as if a kind of disinformation. Truly, he told bold lies to millions of people. There is further proof of his deception. The relationship with Consul dates back to his campaign as Senator, where he received some $74,000 from Consul, while simultaneously the firm spent more than $1 million lobbying Congress to reduce the demands on polluters. In the most recent congressional debate over a climate bill, the one for which Santorum “volunteered” his services, Consol spent $10.24 million on lobbying, a major increase over its lobbying expenditures in previous years. Much of that money was spent to defeat legislation to cap greenhouse gas emission. Santorum was the key leg man to help Consul achieve this.

MEDICARE FRAUD Santorum served on the board of a for-profit hospital chain, Universal Health Services (UHS), where he received $341,000 in compensation from 2007 to 2010. During Santorum's four years on the board, UHS's McAllen, Texas, hospital group was sued for defrauding Medicare through "illegal compensation to doctors in order to induce them to refer patients to hospitals within the group," according to a Justice Department press release in 2009. The McAllen group agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying $27.5 million. The next year, the Justice Department sued a Virginia UHS facility that caters to boys ages 11 to 17 alleging that the facility "billed Medicaid for inpatient psychiatric care that was not provided, in violation of federal and state Medicaid requirements, and falsified records to cover up their serious violations." When asked about the Virginia case. Santorum told Yahoo News, "Any investigation, you obviously engage and fully cooperate with it, and that's what we did.. that's part of the responsibility of directors." He resigned from the UHS board in June 2011. During the third quarter of 2011, UHS reached a tentative financial settlement of the Virginia case. Allen Miller, president and CEO of UHS, is a longtime supporter of Santorum, who has contributed $6,850 to his campaigns and $11,000 to his leadership PAC since 1999. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/05/us-campaign-santorum-newsproidUSTRE8040RV20120105

SANTORUM IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH A PEDOPHILIA RING HEADED BY EX-FOOTBALL COACH JERRY SANDUSKY. The founder Second Mile, a Pennsylvania-based charity purporting to aid troubled juveniles, Sandusky used the facility for far different reasons than purported. The orphaned, troubled, and vulnerable children/teens he took in were, in fact, raped. Sandusky himself had sex with at least 8 of them. Sandusky and his others farmed numerous of these children out to be used as sex objects. This was by the mighty and rich, including U.S. Congressmen and Senators. Like Sandusky, Santorum housed these juveniles as pages, making them ultimately available to both the wealthy and Washington, D.C. based politicians. Santorum himself housed some of these juveniles as pages, making them available to both the wealthy and Washington, D.C.-based politicians. Yet, what was Santorum's position on Sandusky? He regarded him so highly that he personally gave him an award, the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award." It is beyond belief: that Santorum-orchestrated award honored him for ruining the lives of vulnerable children and adolescents. Sandusky has since publicly admitted his proclivity for these acts. When NBC's Bob Costas interviewed Sandusky, asking him, "Are you sexually attracted to young boys or underage boys?" he responded, as if he didn't hear the question, "Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Yes." The man is so fixed in his rot that he couldn't resist proclaiming this, even on national TV. He also admitted that he was caught sexually abusing a 10 year-old boy in a shower at Penn State. In describing the unspeakable said assistant coach Mike McQueary, who witnessed the act, Sandusky was raping the child in the anus. McQueary reported this directly to the head coach, Joe Paterno. He did nothing, and although this is a capital crime he failed to report it to the police. As the traumatized youths kept coming forward, lawsuits for sexual abuse were launched. As a result, Santorum's and Sandusky's 'angelic' adoption center was shuttered, and all assets seized in order to settle the suits. Now, while Santorum denies it he is indelibly tied to Sandusky as revealed by Wayne Madsen in the Madsen Report these men worked closely not only in the Second Mile project but also directly in placing the youths in harm‟s way. Santorum himself used these youths in his offices as pages. In other words, regarding these highly vulnerable juveniles the two worked as a team. However, now, when asked about it, what does Santorum say? He says that, as reported on November 8, 2011, by the Philadelphia Inquirer, he "does not know Sandusky personally." Then, who presented the award, his fairy God mother? Santorum also defended Joe Paterno, saying he should be treated leniently. Even after child rape was official reported by the police the highly compromised Santorum stood strong for both Sandusky and Paterno. When people questioned Paterno's failure to report the crime to police, again, Santorum came to his

defense. In contrast, he never said a word of concern about the victim or his family. The family values candidate is now thoroughly debunked. Yet, through Santorum's blockade how many other people were harmed? How many other youths were raped and abused because of the indifference of Santorum, Paterno, and their likes? As a former Senator using the page 'system,' while a close associate of Sandusky he would know the inner workings. He could have assisted those tormented ones, cooperating with the police. Not this individual. Instead, he maintains their cover. What degree of pain did they needlessly suffer, what psychological damage that was preventable, all because Santorum help disguise and minimize their crimes? Here again, the always hypocritical Santorum is supporting to the bloody end precisely the people he condemns, adulterers, pornographers, rapids, pedophiles, while paying no heed to the victims, the families. Then, this is the man who claims the moral high ground, drawing hundreds, more likely dozens at most, of people to support him? In fact, his support in the primaries is not so wide, since as has been shown in Iowa and New Hampshire, he installed his own puppet people in many of the meetings. Yet, the point is he would be exceedingly unpopular if even the slightest degree of truth about him was published. The media won't even-handedly tell it. Instead, this is all carefully disguised from the people. In contrast, an honest, decent man, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, is berated and belittled, while the crimes of Santorum remain fully hidden. Santorum is given a free pass on his involvement and cover-up in the child rape crime. He is obviously involved, since he refuses to side with the victims and instead sides with the abusers. Of note, he has never publically condemned either Sandusky or those others, who covered up the crime. He is never questioned toughly by the media. Shouldn't the media at least have asked Santorum about his sponsorship of the socalled Angel Award? Shouldn't he in particular be asked why he awarded it despite revelations of the rapes? Or, was it, simply, another means of covering for the criminals? This surely doesn't go along with the image of a clean-cut social conservative. __________________________________________________________

It is hard to believe that any Conservative would support Santorum after learning about his past record and transgressions. Santorum has been packaged as a "social conservative," who upholds family values and is for working Americans yet he looks out for the interests of big corporations and the wealthiest one percent of Americans. Santorum, may be appear to be more conservative on social issues than Democrats, but once you peel that layer back you will see that when it comes to tax and spend he‟s right up there with the liberal Democrats in Congress.

Yet, incredibly, thousands of people believe that he is a good man, who stands for their beliefs. It's sad how easily people can be fooled. They have even went out and voted for him. With the right media spin and a primary victory or two, millions more would vote for him. Even though they have no idea what he represents.