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Congressman Charlie Wilson hurt by outside money

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published November 14, 2010

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What happened to Democratic Congressman Charlie Wilson in his re-election bid in the 6th District, which includes the southern portion of Mahoning County and all of Columbiana County, among others? A 501(c)4 organization, that’s what. And, also lay blame on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and even President Barack Obama. They were used by the non-profit entity to make the case that Wilson of St. Clairsville has been a yes-man to evil Democrats (as characterized by the Republicans).

The GOP nominee for the 6th District seat, businessman Bill Johnson, a political newcomer, won because he had a lot of outside money working on his behalf.

Research on the race done by a veteran politico shows the following:

A group called American Action Network, a 501(c)4, was created after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v FEC that allowed corporate spending in elections. AAM shares office space with American Crossroads, founded by Republican big shot Karl Rove, who is not named as being part of AAN

According to Federal Election Commission filings, American Action Network spent $1 million in the Johnson-Wilson race — two installments of $505,000 each.

The money went for hard-hitting, anti-Wilson commercials, including one tying Charlie Wilson to Pelosi and pork barrel spending.    

Republicans had targeted the 6th District race from the outset, but there’s no doubt that the large infusion of outside money put Johnson over the top.


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years ago

Charlie Wilson did it to himself by supporting the Obama Stimulus Porker Bill, Obamacare, and Cap & Trade that are all tax and spend increasers. Had any of these actually improved the economy and created jobs he would still be enjoying his good life in Washington, DC, but they didn't, and people are angry about it. Vote the failures out was the cry!. It's just too bad "Double the Stimulus Spending" liberal socialist Tim Ryan isn't joining him in the unemployment line.

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years ago

Usual nonsense. Outside groups gave about $200 million more to Dems than to GOP, but Bertram couldn't bother to print that. I'd bet Wilson got plenty of PAC $$$. Missed that in the article.

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3Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years ago

Both sides got huge amounts of money from source unknown. Lucky this is one election where the money didn't change the outcome. Wilson got voted out for being a failure like a lot other democrats.

IF you want to learn why

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4drw122(35 comments)posted 5 years ago

Bertram , Are you for real. Do you really believe this BS you put out. He was voted out because people were tired of him not representing the people of the 6th district. He wouldn't even respond to people's questions. I hope he knows that his son Jason will soon be removed from office next. You really do need to get out and start mingling with common folk. The mentality of people at the vindicator is almost laughable.

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5candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years ago

Problem solving gives Charlie a headache, so he would just vote for more spending.

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6jack13315(3 comments)posted 5 years ago

I am glad that the Dems have no such groups manipulating our elections, along with all the free endorsements and support they get from people in the media including the editorial staff and most reporters in the Vindy.

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7theCaliforniaKid(56 comments)posted 5 years ago

We have a local rag. But not like this!

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81970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years ago


Here Bertram. Some red meat for you. Jimbo made the Rangel trial!

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9Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 5 years ago

Charlie Who? We didn't see him for years. Until it was election time that is. He received thousands of calls and e-mails asking him to vote against Obamacare and he said he knew what was best for us. BYE BYE Charlie.

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10Letstryagain(194 comments)posted 5 years ago

So whats the point?

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11dreamcatcher52(140 comments)posted 5 years ago

Wilson lost because he refused to hold face-to-face town hall meetings to hear what his constituents had to say, then went back to Washington and voted for Obamacare. He let Pelosi and Ryan convince him to stick with them and they would help him get reelected. Obama and Pelosi didn't care if so-called bluedog dems lost their seats.. I don't think Obama cared how many dems lost their seats. All he cared about was getting his healthcare reform passed.

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12harleydog(243 comments)posted 5 years ago

Charlie was a loser from the beginning. The people of this area finally got smart and voted the fool out. Funny how he never would respond when you called his office and his staff never new where he was at. He was a lap dog for Pelosis and REFUSED to listen to the people in his district. So long Charlie, the district is not going to miss you!!!!

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