Update 6:30 AM – Wednesday – K6 Consulting dot com is registered in Shaun Kenney’s name. So what we find so far is that Shaun Kenney’s wife Melissa is the Principal Owner of K6 Consulting, Shaun Kenney is the owner of the Website Name yet we are told all payments to K6 consulting go to Shaun’s brother and JR Hoeft who do not appear on any of the documents I can find on the internet. This is beginning to remind me of Eric Cantor’s sneaky amendment that made insider trading illegal for Congressmen yet exempted Cantor’s wife. And it begs the question that if Shaun Kenney is not benefiting from checks written to K6, why are he and his wife even involved?
Update 10:30 PM: I did a little research on K6 Consulting LLC and found some interesting information looking up the company information. This link names a Melissa Kenney as the Principal, which is Shaun’s wife. And I assume this is where the checks go.
K6 Consulting Group LLC
Kents Store, VA 23084
Update 8:00 PM :Dave Brat Calls for Investigation into Shaun Kenny / Cantor Money Trail
“Since no Democratic challenger has emerged from that party’s own primary process, the GOP primary election on June 10 will result in the next U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
Yet with this revelation, any pretense of fairness regarding that June 10th election has been dashed.
We now ask Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins to explain how and why Shaun Kenney was appointed Executive Director.
We are also calling for an independent investigation into the financial relationship between Eric Cantor, Shaun Kenney, and the Republican Party of Virginia.” – Ed
Last night I received an email from Jim Hoeft, the founder of the Virginia Republican blog Bearing Drift. Jim is a fellow Navy Vet and he was on active duty when he started the blog. But we have known each other for several years and communicate regularly via email, as do most of Virginia’s bloggers on the right.
The email was both a bomb and a confirmation of what I had already suspected. And while I privately exchanged emails among my Conservative friends and mentioned my suspicions that, based on the content of posts on Bearing Drift, they were either suffering from an unhealthy love affair with Eric Cantor or were being paid by him.
I had considered point blank asking Hoeft if they were being paid for the puff pieces on Cantor, the puff interview with Peter Greenwald who Cantor would love to keep in the race as a spoiler, and the complete lack of the same type of posts favoring David Brat, the first serious challenge Cantor has faced.
When I published a post calling for Peter Greenwald to drop out of the race because Brat was clearly the better candidate (check the fund raising numbers if you want to see why), Shaun Kenney decided a post encouraging Greenwald to stay in was in order. And he called me out saying my post “didn’t sit right” with him on Bearing Drift. And now I know the reason it didn’t “sit right” with him is that his wallet was uncomfortably fat with Eric Cantor’s money. I am told that can be quite uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t know.
So I read this piece from Tom White over at Virginia Right over the week, and I couldn’t help but think that it just didn’t sit right. So I took the time to do a “Five Questions” interview with former U.S. Navy commander Peter Greenwald at his home in Chesterfield. What I found was that Greenwald — far from the lunatic or fanatic some are feverishly trying to paint him as — is a remarkably profound and Christian man with the courage to wear his faith on his sleeve.
But I now know that Shaun Kenney was paid to try to keep Greenwald in the race. Not only that, he completely characterizes Dave Brat as a Libertarian. Obviously Kenney has never heard Dave Brat’s stump speech. His entire campaign is built on the Republican Creed. But apparently Kenney, like Cantor has long forgotten those words. As a refresher, here is Dave Brat’s platform:
That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.
And I am still waiting for Shaun to interview David Brat and post the same questions, something that Kenney wouldn’t be allowed to do as a Cantor paid shill.
But the email last night from Kenney’s fellow Bearing Drift writer took a “I know our hand will be caught in the cookie jar when Cantor’s financials are made public tomorrow, so I am going to do some damage conteol” tone. And how best to do that? Perhaps a consult with Cantor’s other ally and hired consultant Marcus-Allen. You remember Boyd Marcus, the guy that, after decades of Republican campaigns decided to jump ship and work for Terry McAuliffe in exchange for a cushy job? Well, they would advise thAt the best way to deflect guilt and blame is to blame your accusers. Hoeft wrote:
Several weeks ago, a couple of bloggers accused Virginia Line Media and Bearing Drift of coloring our writing because K6 Consulting Group, a firm that Shaun Kenney, Jason Kenney, and I all represent, is advising two congressional candidates.
In the upcoming FEC financial disclosure, you will see that K6 is indeed providing service to Del. Barbara Comstock and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
It’s at this point that those who have an axe to grind are going to latch on and say, “See, we told you so! They’re shills!”
… (Skipping some weird reference to black helicopters and time travel)…
But the accusations that have been, and will likely be, leveled at this site and K6 are equally preposterous.
Hoeft goes on to say they are preposterous because everybody has their own clients, bla, bla, bla.
Jim, if you believe that is true, how about putting out an honest and critical post on Cantor’s slating? And tell people how in Virginia Beach, a years long outreach into the Black community promising them that they would be welcomed as Delegates to the Convention and all they had to do was show up at the mass meeting in Virginia Beach. And after disenfranchising 1,000 potential Delegates and putting their votes in 34 Cantor picked people, not a single Black was selected by Cantor. Or how about a post on Cantor’s plans for Amnesty? Or, as I mentioned, an honest interview with David Brat – who at this point would probably decline to be interviewed by Cantor employees. Or call on Cantor to debate Brat? And there is not one story on Cantor’s Amelia Island meeting with the Soros aligned money men that I have found. And if there were, the only one Cantor would approve is one calling that story a myth (like the Campbell County slating myth).
Unfortunately, if you post those kind of stories you will find that Eric Cantor no longer needs your consulting services – which are completely separate, you say. The only value you have as a consultant is in what gets written or not written on Bearing Drift. Cantor is all about controlling the message. And he has done a great job at Bearing Drift.
Norm Leahy may be the lone exception to tainted posts.
And at this point, knowing Shaun Kenney is on Cantor’s payroll, his selection to be Executive Director at the Republican Party of Virginia is clearly an unfair advantage that will cast doubts on the integrity of the Primary. We have the fox in charge of the hen house it would seem. This is a major conflict of interest and Kenney should be removed from his RPV job.
The question is, did Kenney disclose this conflict before being hired, or did Cantor simply dictate the hire? Either way, this is an incredibly stupid action for the Republican Party.
And this story has already garnered outside attention.
Davis Steinberg at PJ Media had a title that reall says it all “BANANA REPUBLICANS: New Head Of Virginia GOP on Eric Cantor’s Payroll”
On a local website co-managed by Shaun Kenney, the newly appointed executive director of the Virginia GOP, a colleague of Kenney’s admitted last night that Kenney’s political fundraising and consulting firm is employed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor is now campaigning to retain his seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Cantor’s challenger for the GOP primary on June 10 — Dave Brat — is politically on Cantor’s right, and is thus receiving national interest from conservative/Tea Party groups that are disappointed with Cantor’s record as majority leader.
The magnitude of the revelation can not be overstated: GOP voters in Virginia’s 7th District have just learned that the person appointed to manage the primary election season for the party is being paid by one of the candidates. And, in addition to the disqualification of Kenney as a fair arbiter of the primary, the financial ties obviously raise the question of whether Cantor, the most powerful Republican in Virginia, had Kenney installed as executive director.
Further, the article revealing the financial ties attempts to describe a longstanding relationship between Cantor and the partners at K6 Consulting. However, this appears to be irrelevant. Cantor’s own financial disclosures for 2013-2014 do not include any records of payments made to K6 Consulting or any other entity tied to Shaun Kenney. The article claims that the upcoming FEC financial disclosure will reveal that K6 is employed by Cantor.
Go to the link in the title above and read the rest. And some of the comments speak volumes about the utter stupidity of the RPV. One sums it up quite succinctly:
So what I am getting out of this article is that the Establishment GOP is just as sleazy and corrupt as the Democrats.
Exactly the message this sends to Virginia and the nation.
I have been a fan of Bearing Drift, contributed money and encourage others to do so, subscribed to their magazine, and done my best to promote what was once a viable alternative voice of truth and integrity that I believed was an important part of the political discussion in Virginia.
And as far as I am concerned, I can no longer trust that what I read on Bearing Drift is an honest post that has not been bought by politician’s and their money.
Several years ago it was discovered that Lowell Feld of the far left blog Blue Virginia was taking money from politicians and then suddenly, the flattering posts would appear and the ones trashing opponents would rise. I am sorry to say that this is exactly what I have seen with Bearing Drift. And it is both what is written and what is not.
And it is no secret I am supporting Dave Brat. But this is not about a candidate or even this election.
Hoeft says he got into blogging for vanity and claims everyone does. Perhaps that is why he thinks this is all OK and I do not. I have no vanity, and by the posts I have written, it is obvious that I am not out to win friends – only to influence people with the truth. Vanity would find me kissing Eric Cantor’s ring and lapping up his various party favors.
I do not “consult” with any candidate for money or favors. I do not take money for posts and with a rare ad or two I have run over the years, Google Ads are the only revenue I derive from blogging and I will tell you that the ads do not come close to covering the $174 per month Dedicated Server costs I shell out every month.
I didn’t get into blogging for fame, fortune or vanity. I am in it to provide a platform to speak my mind and that of many others. Some people find my thoughts relevant to the discussion. And that is what blogging is all about. the Mainstream Media is tainted with politics, money and agenda driven individuals who have no regard for the truth. A blog is different. It is an alternative to the corrupted spin and mindless “war on whatever” games. We are biased, but that bias is declared up front. Conservative, right wing, Democrat, Progressive. The Bearing Drift mast head bills the blog “Virginia’s Conservative Voice” yet you align yourself and accept 40 pieces of silver from Eric Cantor – the man who has openly declared war on Conservatives and the TEA Party.
I am sorry to be so harsh and honest in my feelings here. I feel that I have lost a friend and fellow voice in the sea of turmoil with these revelations about Cantor Cash.
But like the title of your post, It’s all true.