Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Chairman Of Glenn Beck's Oversight Committee
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a prominent "rising star" in the House GOP caucus, has often used his position on the House Oversight Committee to serve as Glenn Beck's man in Congress. Chaffetz has repeatedly responded to Beck's conspiracy theories by demanding documents from the parties involved or even introducing legislation. Beck has noticed Chaffetz's efforts, repeatedly applauding him as one of the "good Republicans" his audience can "trust." Chaffetz, a frequent Beck guest, has likewise declared the Fox host a "great educator" and participated in his events, even scheduling a retreat for his staff so that they could attend Beck's Restoring Honor rally.
After Beck Complained Of ACORN's Census Partnership, Chaffetz Introduced Bill To Discourage It
March 18, 2009: Fox News Reported ACORN "Signed On As A National Partner" With Census Bureau. In March 2009, Fox News reported that "The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States." [FoxNews.com, 3/18/09]
May 7, 2009: Beck Said ACORN Is "A National Partner Of The U.S. Census Bureau... That Doesn't Sound Like A Good Idea." On the May 7, 2009, edition of his Fox News show, Beck said of ACORN:
Let me tell you something, they are eligible for billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars in the stimulus bill. They say they're not going to go for any of that. Really? What are you -- are you suddenly flush with cash? Hey, (INAUDIBLE) plenty here.
Well, what happened here? Why are they now a national partner of the U.S. Census Bureau to help recruit workers to count every person in the United States. That doesn't seem like a good idea. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/7/09, via Nexis]
May 11, 2009: Chaffetz Signed House GOP Letter Urging Census Bureau To Cut Ties With ACORN. A letter from Issa and the other Republican members of the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives to U.S. Census Bureau acting director Thomas Mesenbourg stated:
[W]e write to request that the Census Bureau reconsider its inclusion of ACORN in the Planning Partnership Program for the 2010 Census. ACORN's involvement may compromise our shared commitment to an apolitical and accurate census count.
No one questions the desire of the Census Bureau to ensure the integrity of the census enumeration. However, if the Bureau believes that ACORN should remain a partner, we request written explanation of why its involvement is so essential that the credibility of the 2010 Census should be jeopardized. [GOP.gov, 5/11/09]
May 11, 2009: Beck Said ACORN's Census Participation "Is National Suicide." On his May 11, 2009, show, Beck said of ACORN: "These people are going to be -- they're going to go door-to- door to take the census, which changes everything. It changes where federal dollars go. It changes everything, and we're hiring them for the census. This is insanity -- this is suicide. This is national suicide." [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/11/09, via Nexis]
May 29, 2009: Beck Said ACORN "Wants To Count Heads For The 2010 Census... Something Sounds Wrong With This Picture." On his May 29, 2009, Fox News show, Beck said: "ACORN wants to count heads for the 2010 census. Count heads for the 2010 census. Something sounds wrong with this picture." [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/29/09, via Nexis]
June 24, 2009: Chaffetz Announced Legislation To Encourage Census Bureau to Partner With Post Office, Not ACORN." From a Chaffetz press release:
Today Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced he will introduce legislation requiring the Commerce Department's execution of the 2010 Census to be conducted in partnership with the United States Post Office. The Census previously announced a need to hire in excess of 750,000 people to conduct the Census. The Post Office has 760,000 employees.
In a controversial approach, the Census previously announced it is partnering with a multitude of community organizations, including ACORN, to find people to hire to gather Census data. In committee hearings Rep. Chaffetz and others expressed serious reservations about the lack of standards offered by the Census to ensure nefarious organizations and individuals are excluded from gathering this sensitive data.
"It is imperative the American People have the utmost confidence in the collection of Census data. We should not rely upon ACORN to gather Census data. I don't trust ACORN and neither do the American people. [Press Release, Chaffetz.House.gov, 6/24/09]
June 24, 2009: Chaffetz Appeared On Beck's Radio Show To Discuss Proposed Legislation; Beck Called It "Total Common Sense." From Beck's June 24, 2009, radio show:
GLENN: We have Congressman Jason Chaffetz on the phone who I have to tell you has come up with, you want to talk about common sense, here's common sense. The census is a nightmare and the census should not be ACORN or its subsidiaries or anything like it, they should not be getting money to do the census. And he brought up an idea in congress, and are you introducing this bill today?
CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, I'll be introducing it later this week but we just unveiled it today. Yeah, I'm excited about it.
GLENN: Okay. Explain what it is.
CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, on the one hand you have the census who is going to go out and hire some 750,000 people to count all Americans, and they are engaging with partners like ACORN to go out and find all these people to go and count everybody in America. But I also sit on the subcommittee that deals with the post office which is suffering from a huge financial crisis itself. Well, they happen to have 760,000 postal employees who are already charged with going to every home in America. So why would we be going out and getting, engaging ourselves with the likes of ACORN when we already have federal workers who already go to all these homes?
GLENN: May I [say,] total common sense. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 6/24/09, via GlennBeck.com]
July 10, 2009: Chaffetz Introduced The Bill. [H.R. 3167, 7/10/09]
After Beck Wove Conspiracy Involving Fannie Mae's Cap-And-Trade Patent, Chaffetz Demanded Documents From Company
April 26, 2010: Beck Flagged Fannie Mae's Patent For Cap-And-Trade Technology As Part Of A Massive Conspiracy Involving "Barack Obama, Franklin Raines, Al Gore" And "The Goldman Sachs People." From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: The good news is, though, the bill is being worked on now by Republicans and Democrats. Bipartisan. It's cap-and-trade.
The machinery, hmm -- the machinery is there. A patent for the device was worked on by CO2e.com CEO Carlton Bartels. After he filed for his patent on his system to trade residential carbon credits, he was killed in the 9/11 attacks. But his wife shopped the idea around, able to find a buyer for it.
Well, a buyer ended up being the guy who -- I hate to break it to you -- not a good guy. He's committed massive accounting fraud, manipulated earnings on his company in order to make huge bonuses. Yes. He didn't really go to jail or anything, because well, he's Franklin Rains. I mean, he's got a lot of buddies.
He was the CEO of Fannie Mae at the time. Fannie Mae and Franklin Raines, this guy is a shady individual. And Fannie Mae, didn't they cause all the trouble? Weren't they involved in all the mortgage problems? Yes. They actually bought the technology.
Fannie Mae, what would Fannie Mae buy this technology for? What's -- aren't they a mortgage company? Yes, it's weird, isn't it?
By the way, here's another weird coincidence. The U.S. Patent and Trade Office OK'd that patent on November 7th, 2006.
What happened on November 6th, 2006? The Democrats took control of Congress. Just a coincidence.
BECK: The only ones involved in this, you know, are the corrupt Franklin Raines, Mr. Redistribution of Wealth, which I haven't introduced yet. This guy? Barack Obama. But I'm sure he knew nothing about it. He's not involved.
Erase this line right here, I'll tell you that.
No. No call.
Barack Obama, Franklin Raines, Al Gore, Mr. Profiteer. That's great! And all the people who the House and Senate are currently saying are the bad guys, the Goldman Sachs people. Wow! This is going to work out great, much to your advantage. Not these guys - not their advantage. No, no, no. Or these. We don't really know who that - forget about it. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 4/26/10, via Nexis]
April 29, 2010: Fannie Mae Patent Was Part Of The "To-Do List" For The Cap-And-Trade "Scam." From Beck's Fox News show:
BECK: It's what I like to call a scam. OK? It's a scam. Cap-and-trade is a scam.
Now, if I'm going to make this into an industry, I've got a to-do list.
BECK: Do you remember Fannie Mae? Fannie Mae is currently one of the bad guys that everybody is saying, wait a minute, why is Goldman Sachs just being hung out to dry? Why isn't Freddie or Fannie?
Fannie Mae is the mortgage industry that has bundled up mortgages like crazy and created a lot of the problems that we have. In fact, Franklin Raines is a really bad dude. Franklin Raines, you might remember him from the Clinton administration. So we have some ties to Clinton now.
The Clinton administration, he ran the office of management for the budget, he's now running Fannie Mae for five years. In that five-year period, Franklin Raines, your tax dollars, makes $90 million -- in a five- year period, $90 million. His take.
He's also the guy -- you might remember the stories -- he inflated the earnings of Fannie so he could get those bonuses. Well, it went to court and everything else and he had to pay -- how much did he have to pay back? None of which I think he actually paid back, but they sure slapped him on the hands.
Well, while he's at Fannie Mae, somebody comes to his attention that has technology, a patent. It hasn't received its patent yet, but it's going to, gosh darn it. As soon as the Democrats are elected -- in fact, this technology receives its patent the day after in 2006, the very next day that Congress was taken over by the Democrats. What a weird coincidence, hmm? I'm sure that's all it is.
So, he finds this technology and he buys it. The people at Fannie Mae say, why are we buying this? We're for mortgages. We're for homes. He says, no, no, no.
So, step number three: technology. We have the exchange, we have our investors, we have the technology. Now, we need the law. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 4/29/10, via Nexis]
May 4, 2010: Beck Said Patent Is Part Of "Crime, Inc." Conspiracy. From Beck's Fox News show:
BECK: All right. In the last couple of weeks, I've been telling you about Crime, Inc. I'm telling you, this is the biggest thing we've ever, ever done. And yes, I am going to rely on you to get the word out.
And also, thank you for all of the tips on this. I've been kind of going over Joyce Foundation, who is on the board of the Joyce Foundation - Barack Obama. They granted $1.1 million to start the Chicago Climate Exchange.
Al Gore's company, GIM, invested in it. That's great. Meanwhile, when Franklin Raines was the head of Fannie Mae - Fannie Mae - they do mortgages. This guy. He's secured a patent for system of emissions trading.
Even the people at Fannie Mae said, "Emissions trading - we do loans. We do houses and mortgages. Why would we need something for carbon distribution?" That would be a little like G.M. acquiring a patent for student loans and people would go why? Except in this one, nobody is asking why?
Raines left. He left in disgrace because he was cooking the books for bonus money. He walked away with $90 million. So you can't just have him discredited. No, no, no. You need to clean his image up.
If I told you that Bernie Madoff was with the president today, you'd say that's crazy. That's outrageous. A guy who left in disgrace, went to jail. Here, if I said he was at the business council with the president of the United States and all these credible business people, trying to fix the economy.
Play this tape. You'd say I'm crazy. Bernie Madoff isn't there. No way. You are right. You are right. Bernie - stop the tape. Bernie Madoff was not there, but Franklin Raines was.
How? Why? In a room full of credible business leaders, the man has been washed clean. After all, he's now on the board of the enterprise community partners, which he asked Joyce Foundation for money to start up another green group called Emerald Cities.
Now, Emerald Cities is a group all about making the cities green. And the Emerald board members? Oh, they're great! SEIU. AFL-CIO. Green for all. Van Jones' program. And let's follow the yellow brick road all the way to peek behind the curtain and we find the wizard. The wizard of not just Crime, Inc., but the whole damn thing. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/4/10, via Nexis]
May 13, 2010: Chaffetz And Issa Demanded Documents From Fannie Mae Regarding The Patent. From the letter from Chaffetz and then-Oversight Committee ranking member Darrell Issa (R-CA) to Fannie Mae president and CEO Michael Williams:
It was recently brought to our attention that Fannie Mae's former CEO, Franklin Raines, is credited with patenting a system for residential emissions trading (Patent No. 6,904,336). The patent was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office on November 8, 2002, and issued on June 7, 2005. The patent was assigned to Fannie Mae and CO2e.com, LLC.
We are troubled by evidence that, while Fannie Mae was funding hundreds of billions of dollars in risky mortgages that were a primary cause of the financial crisis, it was simultaneously pursuing a patent to capitalize on the potential of legislative efforts that would have the effect of increasing energy costs to millions of Americans.
We are writing to request more information about the purpose of Fannie Mae's pursuit of this patent and Fannie Mae's financial stake in the outcome of the current debate in Congress over a proposed cap-and-trade energy tax.
In order to assist the Committee with its investigation of this matter, please provide the following information no later than close of business on Thursday, May 27, 2010:
[Extensive List Of Documents]
May 17, 2010: On Fox News, Beck Hosted Chaffetz And Thanked Him For Sending The Letter. From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: I'm talking about "Crime Inc." now -- a story we've been talking about involving a group of government insiders who stand to make money off of cap-and-trade in a big way if legislation passes. One of the players, strangely, is this man, Franklin Raines. He was the former CEO of Fannie Mae. He left the company in 2004 after he knowingly inflated earnings by $9 billion. Why? So everybody could get their bonuses.
Raines, when he was a CEO, he and a couple of other Fannie executives also did something very strange -- applied for patents on residential admissions trading programs. Now, why would Fannie Mae and Franklin Raines care about cap-and-trade?
That's what my next guest wants to know. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah sits on the committee of oversight and government reform. He joins me now from Salt Lake City.
Jason, you and Representative Issa filed for records to be produced. I think it was on Friday. Thank you for standing for this. Can you tell me why would Fannie own cap-and-trade technology?
REP. JASON CHAFFETZ (R), UTAH: What I do know is there are billions upon billions of dollars at play and why would they use those resources in a cap-and-trade scheme that they would personally benefit from and what sort of money is trading hands when Franklin Raines then assigns that patent to Fannie and Freddie. It's just -- this does not smell right. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/17/2010, via Nexis]
May 25, 2010: Fannie Mae Conservator's Counsel Explained Patented Invention Was To "Encourage The Financing Of Energy Efficient Homes," Not Related To "Trading Emission Credits." In a letter to Chaffetz and Issa, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) general counsel Alfred M. Pollard wrote:
On behalf of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, acting as conservator for Fannie Mae, I am responding to your letter of May 13, 2010 to Michael Williams, Fannie Mae President and Chief Executive Officer.
Like many others in the housing industry Fannie Mae felt in the early 2000s that green building trends would further expand to residential housing. During this time, Fannie Mae, in coordination CO2e.com LLC, explored the possibility of helping residential housing developers and home builders gain access to capital by promoting the exchange of energy savings to be realized by building energy efficient homes. Fannie Mae viewed this concept at the time as a means to contribute to the financing of residential housing developments, without consideration for and independently from legislative efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In short, the purpose of the invention described in the patent was to encourage the financing of energy efficient homes.
In filing the patent application, Fannie Mae did not intend to enter the energy trading business. Residential emission trading, if developed in the market, would be conducted by others in the financial industry or other subject matter experts. Similarly Fannie Mae did not pursue a patent out of a desire for potential royalties, but instead with the hope that it could help facilitate the implementation by others of its original concept that residential builders could leverage their investments made in building energy efficient houses. Fannie Mae and CO2e.com LLC opted to protect this business method through the joint filing of a patent application to allow the concept to be implemented by industry participants without their having to fear patent and royalty claims by others, should others obtain a patent on the concept if Fannie Mae and CO2e.com LLC did not.
This approach was consistent with many financial industry service provider patent programs at a time when filings were often defensive in nature, seeking to ensure that business objectives were not thwarted by infringement claims from others, including so-called "non-practicing entities" or "patent trolls" who had no business interest other than bringing patent infringement claims. These parties often used threatened or actual lawsuits to secure license payments from service providers and manufacturers, who settled rather than incur the cost of litigation.
Fannie Mae has no position on cap-and-trade legislation and Fannie Mae has not engaged in any lobbying efforts related to cap-and-trade legislation. To the best of our knowledge, Fannie Mae representatives have not had communications with Members of Congress or their staffs regarding legislation affecting energy markets.
In sum, neither the patent nor any actions of Fannie Mae are related to involvement in cap-and-trade legislation or trading emission credits.
[Pollard letter, 5/25/10, via Chaffetz.House.gov, emphasis added]
Chaffetz Added Fannie Mae Outlet Patent Claim To Beck's "Crime, Inc." Conspiracy
May 17, 2010: While Discussing Beck's "Crime, Inc." Conspiracy, Chaffetz Claimed Fannie Mae Has Patent On Device To "Lock Your Individual Outlet." From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: They've got -- they've got, I think, four patents out. They all are around cap-and-trade, but this is residential. When you think of cap-and-trade, you think, "Oh, you know, OK, so Exxon has to pay some more money for cap-and-trade." No, no, no -- this is your individual house, correct?
CHAFFETZ: Yes. They even have a patent -- there's another patent we found that actually puts a lock on your individual outlets -- it's literally to have a pattern for this -- to lock your individual outlet so that they can control the mechanism by which you lock that little outlet. It's unbelievable.
BECK: Thank you, Jason. We appreciate it. We'll talk again.
America, do you -
CHAFFETZ: Thanks, Glenn.
BECK: -- do you remember when we talked about cap-and-trade? Do you remember when we talked about -- what is that, that power thing that we talked about, they had a power, the smart grid. Yes. Why would you need a lock on your outlet for your own home?
For more on Crime Inc., go to GlennBeck.com and get the latest information on this story. This is big and we need your help. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/17/10, via Nexis]
May 20, 2010: Beck Said "We Got A Couple Of Congressmen Trying To Get Information" On Fannie Mae's "Lock Your Outlets" Patent. From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: But [Franklin Raines] started an enterprise and while he was at Fannie Mae, he bought a couple of pieces of technology. It's amazing technology. One of them is to measure your carbon for the exchange at your house -- at your house, so they know exactly how much energy you are using and carbon so you can pay. It's good, ain't it?
Oh, and there's another one that we haven't really figured out yet. It's a way for the -- I guess, the government or whoever would be Fannie probably to be able to lock your outlets in your house. We got a couple of congressmen trying to get information on that but we -- they can't seem to get it from Fannie Mae. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 5/20/10, via Nexis]
May 27, 2010: Chaffetz And Issa Sent Letter Seeking Information On "Unusual" Fannie Mae "Tamper-Resistant Outlet Cover." From a second letter to Williams from Issa and Chaffetz:
As you may know, Fannie Mae has been assigned 20 patents. Aside from Patent Nos. 6,904,336 and 7,133,750, all but one of Fannie's patents appear to be at least tangentially related to the business of pricing and evaluating loans. However, Patent No. 6,674,003, for a "tamper-resistant outlet cover," strikes us as unusual. In addition to your responses to our questions about Fannie's parents related to residential emissions trading, please answer the following straight-forward questions about patent No. 6,674,003:
7. A full and complete explanation of Fannie Mae's decision to file the patent application.
8. All records and communications referring to or relating to the decision to file the patent application.
9. A full disclosure of any royalties collected by Fannie Mae from enforcement of the patent. [Letter, 5/27/10, via Chaffetz.House.gov]
June 7, 2010: FHFA Said Patent Is For Device Invented By Fannie Mae Electrician To Protect Computer Systems From Overloads. In a second letter to Chaffetz and Issa, Pollard wrote:
Patent No. 6,674,003
Your May 27th letter also requested information regarding U.S. Patent No. 6,674,003, for a "tamper-resistant outlet cover." This device, invented by an electrician on Fannie Mae's staff, protects computer systems and hard drives containing critical data in an office environment. More specifically, the device prevents unauthorized or unqualified personnel from connecting equipment to outlets, such as vacuum cleaners or heaters, which may cause circuit overloads, trip circuit breakers and result in the loss or alteration of data residing on the computer systems powered by the same electrical network. Fannie Mae has made use of this device in its data centers to minimize the risk of unintentional circuit interruptions. [Pollard letter, 6/7/10, via Chaffetz.House.gov]
FHFA Pointed Out That Bush's HUD Said Such Patents Were Legal. From Pollard's letter:
Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") Determination Letter
In 2006 and 2007, HUD, the former mission regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, conducted a thorough review of Fannie Mae's patent activities, including its applications to patent the residential emission trading concept described by Patent Nos. 6,904,336 and 7,133,750. HUD considered both the company's business reasons for seeking patent protection and its legal authority to do so. HUD also conducted independent research into the financial service industry's patenting practices, particularly in regard to technology innovations for business processes. In its determination letter dated August 7, 2007, HUD noted the growing number of patents issued for technology-based business processes, the significant increase in patent infringement litigation, and the enormous costs associated with patent defense. HUD concluded that Fannie Mae is permitted to acquire, hold and license domestic and foreign patents for any activity except those that are expressly prohibited by its charter, but that Fannie Mae may only use patents to engage in activities that are authorized under its chatter. I enclose a copy of HUD's determination letter, as requested by your staff. [Pollard letter, 6/7/10, via Chaffetz.House.gov]
July 15, 2010: On Beck's Radio Show, Chaffetz Said He Would Introduce Bill Because He Was Unhappy With FHFA's Responses To His Letters. From Beck's radio show:
BECK: [Chaffetz] has been helping us on the freedom of information to be able to find out what the hell is going on with Freddie and Fannie, especially in relations to the cap and trade business and the climate exchange, the Chicago Climate Exchange. Jason, Congressman, welcome to the problem
CHAFFETZ: Hey, thanks for having me on, Glenn.
BECK: You are introducing a bill today?
CHAFFETZ: Today, yes.
BECK: What is it?
CHAFFETZ: It's called the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Transparency Act of 2010 and what it would allow us to do is issue FOIA requests, the freedom of information requests that the public can ask for, members of Congress, anybody can ask for to get the documents that are within Fannie and Freddie. Amazingly enough, they don't believe that they're subject to the questions -- even as a member of Congress, I'm on Oversight and Government Reform, I'm a ranking member and they won't answer my questions. So, we're going to have to change the law. [Premiere Radio Network, The Glenn Beck Program, 6/15/10, via Media Matters]
July 15, 2010: On Beck's Radio Show, Chaffetz Said FHFA's Claims On Fannie Mae Outlet Patent Are "Hogwash." From Beck's radio show:
BECK: Jason, what have you found out on the outlet lock that they have the patent on?
CHAFFETZ: Well they say in this letter that, 'oh this is just a guy on staff.' And they were using it to try to make sure that it doesn't, you know, it doesn't allow surges on computers. Well, baloney. I mean they went so far as to get their attorneys engaged and they went and got these patents. And what it does it, it allows to take an individual unit, and you can go up to the actual outlet -- And it says it's for home, it doesn't say it's for business - and they go into the home and they can actually turn off your energy. So you - it literally locks down your energy in your home. And the concern that some of us have is that if they're pursuing cap and trade this would also allow them to go and say, 'you know what, you've used too much energy this month, you're not going to be able to access the very outlet that's in your home.'
BECK: The conspiracy here is that - that you - that that would ever happen. But if you look at all of the facts: Cap and trade is done through all of the usual suspects, through the Carbon Climate Exchange. What they're doing is they're trying to sell communities and people this new technology. For instance Van Jones says we're going to have criminals come out of prison and then they'll start making solar panels. Then they'll sell them to individuals so you in your home, what they'll say is, 'for your savings, you just pay us the difference on what your energy bill is now, you pay us how much you're saving, and give us that money and we'll put all of the technology in your house. So they go into your house. They put the technology of the solar panels in. they change your outlets, etc, etc. That's one piece of the technology they own the patent on. The second piece is the way to measure the carbon that you are burning in your home. Then they come at the end of the month and they say 'ok, energy cost is this. You would have paid this without this technology, so pay us 10% of the difference.' That's how they get paid. But if you don't pay, if you -- if something happens, or if you use too much energy, this outlet can only be opened with a special tool that only they have the patent to. So if they lock down your outlets, how do you get electricity?
CHAFFETZ: I love what they say. This is what Alfred Pollard wrote to me just on June 7th. He said, quote, the device prevent unauthorized or unqualified personnel from connecting equipment to outlets such as vacuum cleaners or heaters which may cause circuit overload, tripped circuit breakers and result in the loss of alteration of data residing on the computer systems powered by the same electrical network. [Premiere Radio Network, The Glenn Beck Program, 6/15/10, via Media Matters]
July 16, 2010: Chaffetz Introduced "Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Transparency Act Of 2010." Chaffetz's bill would "apply the Freedom of Information Act" to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "during any period that such entities are in conservatorship or receivership." [H.R. 5539, 6/16/10]
June 17, 2010: Beck Highlighted Chaffetz's Comments On His Fox News Show. From Beck's Fox News show:
BECK: Now, the good news. Fannie Mae has patent on a protector for your outlets. It's great. In fact, I have the schematic here for it. It is fantastic and I want to tell you all about it. Because really - because it's war.
We have to help Brazil drill, help Soros' investment down in Brazil, pass cap-and-trade. I don't know if we are going to stop the leak. That is a second thought. But when we passed cap-and-trade, we got something really great.
I talked to Congressman Jason Chaffetz about this product and here is how he explained it.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
REP. JASON CHAFFETZ (R-UT): Well, they say in this letter that oh, this is just the guy on staff and they were using it to try to make sure that it doesn't, you know - it doesn't allow surges on computers. Well, baloney. I mean, they went so far as to get all their attorneys engaged. And went and got these patents.
Now, what it does is, it allows to take an individual unit. And you could go up to the actual outlet and it says it's for home. It doesn't say it's for business.
CHAFFETZ: And they go into the home and they can actually turn off your energy. So you - it literally, it locks down your energy in your home. And the concern that some of us have is that if they're pursuing cap-and-trade, this would also allow them to go and say, "You know what? You've used too much energy this month, you're not going to be able to access the very outlet that's in your home.
(END AUDIO CLIP)
BECK: Maybe, maybe not. We don't know. That's what Congress is looking into now. They asked Alfred M. Pollard, the general counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency to explain why this mortgage company would need or want such a patent as this.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
CHAFFETZ: I love what they said. This is what Alfred Pollard wrote to me just on June 7th. He said, quote, "The device prevents unauthorized or unqualified personnel from connecting equipment to outlets such as vacuum cleaners or heaters which may cause circuit overload, tripped circuit breakers and result in loss or alteration of data residing on the computer system powered by the same electrical network."
(END AUDIO CLIP)
BECK: I want to show this to you. This device can be put into both of these sockets. They come in. They put this in. If you see it here, it has a screw. But it opens up so you cannot remove this from your outlets if they put it in unless you have a special device to unscrew it.
Now, I don't know about you. I can't tell you how often unauthorized, unqualified personnel come in my home and just randomly plug in a vacuum into my outlet. Unauthorized 7-eleven clerk plugged in a Kirby in my outlet in the living room yesterday and blew out the whole downstairs circuit. It was the third time this week. It's crazy. I can't tell you how many computers I'm going through.
It's called a surge protector. We don't need this. From our mortgage finance company that's underwater - I mean, let's use this. It will protect us from the unauthorized people plugging in vacuums in our homes, our washer and dryer, you know.
Some unauthorized guy came in and just started plugging in washer and dryers all over the house and it blew up my computer. I'll show you what this is all about next. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 6/17/10, via Nexis]
After Beck Reported Lerner Planned "Economic Terrorism," Chaffetz Demanded DOJ Respond, Threatened Hearings
March 22, 2011: Beck Said Union Activist Has A "Plan To Commit Economic Terrorism" And "Destroy America" By Telling People To Stop Paying Their Mortgages. From Beck's Fox News show:
BECK: Now, let me play the audio for you. Again, I believe nothing short of people planning an economic terrorist attack on our country. This may.
And we just heard from the U.S. attorney what he believes it is. The coin guy, at the very least, quote, "conspiracy against America," end-quote -- a form of clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.
You listen to this tape and tell me if that doesn't fit this.
His name, the guy you're about to hear is Stephen Lerner. He is a former top official at SEIU who left apparently when Andy Stern left.
Here is what he told other labor leaders this weekend. Listen to his plan. Listen carefully. Here is the plan to destroy America
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STEPHEN LERNER, SEIU, JUSTICE FOR JANITORS: Unions are almost dead. We cannot survive doing what we do. But the simple fact of the matter is community organizations are almost dead also, and I think if you think about what we need to do, it may give us some direction which is essentially what the folks that are in charge -- you know, the big banks and everything -- what they want is stability.
There are actually extraordinary things that we could do right now that would start to destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement.
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BECK: OK. Remember, we just learned the United States government has zero tolerance policy for those who pose an economic threat to the economic stability of the nation. We just busted a guy printing up his own coins.
Yet, here he is stating at an open conference that unions are almost dead, as are community organizations, and they therefore must destabilize those in power, the banks. He's now going to outline a plan on how to collapse our government and our nation's financial system.
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LERNER: For example, 10 percent of homeowners going back to where you started a quarter of the people who own a home are underwater, right? Their home, they are paying more than its worth. Ten percent of those people now are strategic default, meaning, they are refusing to pay but they are staying in their home. That's totally spontaneous, right? They figured out it takes a year to kick me out of my home because foreclosure is backed up, I'm going to stay I won't pay.
It's a good business decision. If you could double that number, you would make banks -- put banks at the edge of insolvency again.
What would happen if we could organize homeowners in mass t do a mortgage strike? Just say, if we get half a million people to agree, we'll agree we won't pay our mortgages. It would literally cause a new financial crisis for the banks, not for us. We would be doing quite well because we wouldn't be paying. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 3/24/11, via Nexis]
March 23, 2011: Chaffetz Sent Letter To AG Holder Demanding He "Investigate Mr. Lerner's Terrorist Plans," Suggested He May Hold Hearings On The Issue. From Chaffetz's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, obtained exclusively by Beck's website The Blaze:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") defines terrorism as "the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." The escalation of Mr. Lerner's threats would clearly constitute domestic terrorism and pose substantial harm to the American people and the economy. I am therefore requesting that you investigate Mr. Lerner's terrorist plans and notify me how the Department of Justice plans to respond to these threats.
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the principal oversight committee of the House of Representatives and may at "any time" investigate "any matter" as set forth in House Rule X. An attachment to this letter provides additional information about responding to the Committee's request. [Chaffetz letter, 3/23/11, via The Blaze]
March 23, 2011: Beck Reported On Chaffetz Letter, Praised Him For Being "On It." From Beck's Fox News show:
BECK: Even though you knew it was going to happen, somehow it's still shocking, isn't that, that virtually no major media outlet is digging deeper into a story that we had an exclusive uncovering of yesterday. It is hard to imagine how people can ignore one of the most individual leaders in the union movement who is actively plotting to collapse the United States stock market and cause another financial crisis intentionally.
I am happy to report tonight that at least one congressman is on it. Now, this one -- there is more congressmen I understand than is on it. This one has the job done. It is a letter to Eric Holder demanding to know what the DOJ will do about it. And if they don't do anything about it, Congress, the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform is the principal oversight committee of the House of Representatives and may at any time investigate any matter.
This is Jason Chaffetz that has done this. But we have heard from Washington there are a few that are looking into this matter. We're excited to see who will move first. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 3/23/11, via Nexis]
Beck Named Chaffetz As One Of The "Good Republicans Out There." From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: Now, there are good Republicans out there. Obviously, DeMint is one. I think Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is one -- Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Ted Poe and John Culberson of Texas. I'm sorry -- and the more I name, the more I keep thinking, I'm sorry guys for calling you out like this because -- now there is just a hate on you. Mike Pence of Indiana. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 10/25/10, via Nexis]
Beck Said Chaffetz Is One Of The "Good Guys" "That I Trust," Hosted Him To Discuss For Whom His Audience Should Vote. From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: When it comes to voting, who do we send? What do they need? What are we looking for? How do we get our country back on course?
America is awake now. Now, maybe we need just a little bit more focus.
I wanted to show you some of the good guys that need your help.
From Minnesota: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
These are three people that I trust.
There is the Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Jason first came to mind or came to my attention when -- there was a story printed in a local newspaper that he was embarrassing his daughter when he went to, I think it was a Wal-Mart.
Jason, was it a Wal-Mart?
Beck Would "Vote For" Chaffetz Because He Is A "Person Of Character." From Beck's Fox News program:
BECK: OK. So, let's kind of open this up to you, guys, in Congress.
I will tell you that I'm done wasting my vote. I'm tired of people telling me I'm wasting my vote by not voting for somebody who I really believe in because they don't have a chance, you know? Well, then you're going to get -- then you're going to have the liberal -- well, I got the Republicans in anyway and they stunk on ice for a very long time. So, didn't I waste all of those votes for a long time?
I'm going to vote for a person of character -- so I guess I would go with you, Jason. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 10/26/10, via Nexis]
Beck: Unlike Most In Congress, Chaffetz Still Has "An Ounce Of [His] Soul Left." From Beck's radio show:
GLENN: You bet, bye bye. I want you to know I don't endorse any candidate, I don't endorse any congressman, any senator. I don't trust any of them. But I decided I'm not going to go to I'm going to go to the barrel. I'm not going to keep going. I'm going to go to the tree; I'm not going to go to the barrel. I've stopped looking for people who have been there for a long time. Name the person that has gone to Washington and come back years later as a better person. I can't. So I'm going to go to the freshmen, while they still have an ounce of their soul left, and Chaffetz is one of them. And he really does want to get in there and expose the corruption, and he really doesn't care which side it's on. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 12/11/09, Via GlennBeck.com]
Beck Said Chaffetz "Should Be A Refounder" Because He "Gets It And Is Always On The Front Line Fighting For The Right Things." From Beck's radio show:
GLENN: We have a guy who -- I don't know if he's a refounder or not because they don't tell me who the refounders are. He should be a refounder. Jason Chaffetz is a Congressman in Washington DC. He's from Utah and he's one guy who gets it and is always on the front line fighting for the right things. He has been helping us on the freedom of information to be able to find out what the hell is going on with Freddie and Fannie, especially in relations to the cap and trade business and the climate exchange, the Chicago climate exchange.
GLENN: Jason, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. All right. There are good guys in Washington and Jason Chaffetz is one of them. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 7/15/10, via GlennBeck.com]
Beck: Chaffetz Is "One Of The Good Guys In Congress." From Beck's radio show:
GLENN: We have Jason Chaffetz on, Congressman from Utah. Jason is one of the good guys in Congress and I say that I think I can count many of them on I think I might count all of them on one hand, but maybe it will take two, but he's one of the fingers, if I'm counting the good guys in Congress. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 9/27/10, via GlennBeck.com]
Beck: Chaffetz Is A "True Republican" From "The Jefferson Part Of The Movement." From Beck's radio show:
GLENN: No, that was only the, that was only the Jefferson part of the movement. The tea party thing is really the Jefferson, Jefferson. A Republican. Not in the way we know them now. Before daddy's favorite president. Before there were progressives. A true Republican, which is for state control. Not a big federal government. I mean, how far away from the true Republican can you possibly be? If I said a Republican is somebody who is for the smallest possible government and does not like state wants state control, not federal control, name the Republicans that think that way.
STU: You mean currently?
STU: That want the small I mean like obviously Jim DeMint type.
GLENN: Jim DeMint,
PAT: Michele Bachmann.
GLENN: Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul.
PAT: Jason Chaffetz.
GLENN: Jason Chaffetz. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 2/9/10, via GlennBeck.com]
Beck Identified Chaffetz As "An Honest Guy," Says "Take Him At His Word." From Beck's radio show:
GLENN: — being exposed. Now, remember the things that you are seeing — according to Jason Chaffetz, he says that this is not — what you are seeing is not real. He's seen the — he's seen the actual classified photos. Because it's all classified because they are — you know, they're citizens.
GLENN: So he's seen the classified photos. He says it's absolute pornography. He said you can see absolutely everything. And they can save it and they can send it from the machine.
PAT: Didn't he say you could see the sweat on their back?
GLENN: Oh, yeah. He said it is so crystal clear, if somebody's sweating, you can see the sweat come down their back.
STU: And I know, and he's very against it. I haven't seen the photos. It's hard to judge from that perspective.
GLENN: Just take him at his word. I mean, he is an honest guy. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 11/22/10, via GlennBeck.com]
Chaffetz To Beck: "Congratulations On Your Show. I Love It." From Beck's Fox News program:
REP. JASON CHAFFETZ (R), UTAH: You know, I -- Glenn, thanks for having me on this show.
BECK: You bet.
CHAFFETZ: Congratulations on your show. I love it.
BECK: Thank you. Thank you, sir. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/2/09, via Nexis]
Chaffetz Reportedly Calls Beck A "Great Educator." From a column by Bloomberg News' Al Hunt: "More than the other right-wing talk show provocateurs, Beck's devotees see him as a teacher. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican congressman from Utah, calls him a 'great educator.'" [Bloomberg News, 9/6/10]
Chaffetz Has Appeared On Beck's Fox News Show At Least 8 Times. According to a Nexis search, Chaffetz appeared on the following editions of Beck's Fox News' program: March 10, 2011; January 3, 2011; December 13, 2010; October 26, 2010; May 17, 2010; June 24, 2009; February 9, 2009; February 2, 2009. Chaffetz was interviewed by guest host Andrew Napolitano for three of those appearances. [Nexis search, conducted 3/24/11]
Chaffetz Is Reportedly "Beloved By Glenn Beck's Devotees." From The Salt Lake Tribune: "By all accounts, Rep. Jason Chaffetz is a Republican's Republican. Beloved by Glenn Beck's devotees and tea party activists, he has proposed ways to shrink government and even the paychecks of its highest paid employees." [Salt Lake Tribune, 8/3/10]
Restoring Honor Rally And The Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Chaffetz Scheduled Staff Retreat So He And Staff Could Attend Beck's Restoring Honor Rally. From The Salt Lake Tribune's Out of Context blog:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is flying in some of his congressional staff in Utah for a retreat in Washington, D.C. this week. It isn't a coincidence that it's the same weekend when as a major rally being promoted by conservative talking head Glenn Beck.
Chaffetz's district director and a few others, he says, will fly to the nation's capital - on the taxpayer's dime -- for a staff get-together Thursday and Friday, and at least some, including Chaffetz, plan to stay for Beck's big event Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial. [Salt Lake Tribune's blog, Out of Context, 8/24/10]
Chaffetz Attended Restoring Honor Rally. The Hill's blog Twitter Room reported that Chaffetz tweeted, "I went to Glenn Beck's rally." [The Hill's blog, Twitter Room, 9/8/10]
Chaffetz Appeared With Beck At Fundraiser. From Politico:
Glenn Beck says there's nothing political about the Aug. 28th "Restoring Honor" rally he is organizing with a veterans group in Washington.
All the money raised through Beck for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will first go toward covering the cost of the rally. But Edie Rosenthal, a foundation spokeswoman, told POLITICO in a March interview that the group expected to receive a large donation after the expenses are covered.
Meanwhile, Beck has been actively involved in raising money for the group. [...]
On Friday night, Chaffetz and fellow Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch were to have joined Beck at a fundraiser in Salt Lake City at which guests paid $2,500 get to have their pictures taken with Beck. Proceeds were to go to the foundation. [Politico, 7/17/10]
Chaffetz "Said An Opening Prayer" At Beck's Utah "American Revival" Event. From The Salt Lake Tribune:
Beck's "American Revival," a combination of politics and stadium evangelism that promotional materials labeled a "fusion of entertainment and enlightenment," is mostly about duty to God. And from the EnergySolutions Arena pulpit on Saturday, the TV and radio personality told roughly 5,000 ticketed fans it's a duty requiring restoration of religion in public life.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to start the day, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said an opening prayer. [Salt Lake Tribune, 7/18/10]
Funds Went To Beck's Production Company. From Politico:
On Saturday, Chaffetz and Hatch were planning to attend one of a series of Beck "American Revival" events at the Energy Solutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City, where tickets range from $45 to $175. The revenue from this event are expected to go to Beck's production company, Mercury Radio Arts, which is also putting on the Restoring Honor rally." [Politico, 7/17/10]
Beck Revealed The Plan For The "Project" While Interviewing Chaffetz. On his radio show, Beck said to Chaffetz:
You called me two days ago because you and I are actually working on a special project. I'm looked at Joe. Can I say? I'm not going to announce it, but can I say? I'm working on a special project because I've been looking for people that just, I don't care if I agree or disagree with you. Just clean up the corruption. And hopefully we'll be able to talk about that openly on something that I'm working with you on here in the coming days and weeks. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 12/11/09, via Media Matters]
Chaffetz Promoted "Special Project" In Interview With Deseret News. Deseret News reported of Chaffetz: "He says to look forward to an announcement from conservative Glenn Beck about a project the pair hope to do together, and legislation about campaign finance reform and public lands issues." [Deseret News, 1/4/10]
Beck Asked Chaffetz Whether He Agreed With Statement Weeks After His Election. During his first interview on Beck's radio show, the two had the following exchange:
GLENN: So congressman, what can people do? Probably the most asked question is, okay, I get the problem. I mean, we are in deep, deep trouble. Do you believe this, these are the days when the Constitution will hang by a thread?
CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, I do. You know, when I read a quote from Barack Obama who just said, quote, we've got to focus on making sure that we're creating those 2.5 million jobs. It's not the proper role of government to create the jobs. It's the business community. It's the local business community that creates the jobs. It's the proper role of government to get out of the way. And somehow we think that government's going to come in and solve everything and be this nanny state, and I absolutely reject that. Absolutely reject it. They have promised to put root beer in every drinking fountain and it ain't gonna happen. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 11/25/08, via GlennBeck.com]
Milbank: Beck's "Hang By A Thread" Phrase May Invoke Mormon Prophecy Involving Church Elders Taking Over U.S. Government. From a Huffington Post piece by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank:
In one of his first appearances on Fox News, Glenn Beck sent a coded message to the nation's six million Mormons -- or at least those Mormons who believe in what the Latter-day Saints call "the White Horse Prophecy."
"We are at the place where the Constitution hangs in the balance," Beck told Bill O'Reilly on November 14, 2008, just after President Obama's election. "I feel the Constitution is hanging in the balance right now, hanging by a thread unless the good Americans wake up."
The Constitution is hanging by a thread.
Most Americans would have heard this as just another bit of overblown commentary and thought nothing more of it. But to those familiar with the White Horse Prophecy, it was an unmistakable signal.
The phrase is often attributed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon Church. Smith is believed to have said in 1840 that when the Constitution hangs by a thread, elders of the Mormon Church will step in -- on the proverbial white horse -- to save the country.
"When the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the 'Mormon' Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it," Brigham Young, Smith's successor as head of the church, wrote in 1855.
Was it just a coincidence in wording, or was Beck, a 1999 Mormon convert, speaking in coded language about the need to fulfill the Mormon prophecy? A conversation on Beck's radio show ten days earlier would seem to rule out coincidence. Beck was interviewing Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, also a Mormon, when he said: "I heard Barack Obama talk about the Constitution and I thought, we are at the point or we are very near the point where our Constitution is hanging by a thread." [Huffington Post, 10/5/10]