Update June 30, 2011

Jun 30, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah

rina@fredkarger.com

304-237-6489

Fred on ABC News – Topline

Fred was interviewed Tuesday on ABC News for the show, Topline, hosted by Amy Walter (ABC News Political Director) and Rick Klein (Senior Washington Editor for “World News Tonight with Diane  Sawyer”).  Fred was at ABC News Studios in New York, while the hosts interviewed him via satellite from Washington, DC.  For link to story, click on image below, or CLICK HERE.

New York 6th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

Fred arrived in New York just in time to celebrate the 33-29 vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage in that state.  He joined the celebration at The Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement 42 years ago.

 

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Fred at the Celebration

Fred spent 4 days in New York, and kept busy with meetings, the Pride March on Sunday and interviews, including one with BBC Radio for the show “Meet in Manchester”, an hour long segment hosted by a team of 3 that was aired at 9 pm (London time) Monday.

 

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BBC Radio Broadcast Booth in New York

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Fred Marched With Israeli Pride at Gay Pride, NYC

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Fred Who Stickers Spotted Across NYC

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Fred Frisbees Were a Big Hit in Central Park

 


 

Fred at CGI America
Fred arrived in Chicago on Tuesday to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative America.  The two day conference tackles economic issues facing our country, and has included such topics as creating a long-term plan for the country, micro-financing, job training, innovation, investment, tourism, unemployment and what sacrifices to make in lean times.

 


Save the Dates

 

Two upcoming Fred Fundraisers are currently planned.  Details will be forthcoming on Fred’s website at www.fredkarger.com.

 

Thursday, July 21 – San Francisco Fundraiser

Sunday, July 24 – Beverly Hills Fundraiser

 


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Update June 24, 2011

Jun 24, 2011

Dear Friend:

May 26th marked the final day that Protect Marriage and National Organization for Marriage (NOM) could depose me and subpoena all of my emails, documents and records going back to January 1, 2008.

They subpoenaed me twenty-one months ago to try and silence me.  It was in conjunction with their federal lawsuit, ProtectMarriage.com v. Bowen, a case they filed after Proposition 8 to end campaign finance reporting in California.  They want to invalidate California’s 35 year old campaign finance law, so they can keep the names of their contributors secret.


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Activist Subpoenaed by NOM

By Michelle Garcia

Posted on Advocate.com September 24, 2009 01:44:43 PM

California activist Fred Karger will appear in court on October 13 after being subpoenaed earlier this month by the National Organization for Marriage to turn over all e-mails, correspondence, faxes, and stored information relating to his grassroots organization Californians Against Hate… (more)    For link to full story, CLICK HERE

 


I was subpoenaed Labor Day weekend 2009, right after filing a sworn complaint against NOM for money laundering with the State of Maine.  Their subpoena only gave me greater resolve to continue to fight against Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown.

Thanks to the generous support of friends like you, I was able to fight these bullies and win.

I went to Augusta, Maine three times to testify against NOM.  The investigation that my complaint led to by the State of Maine of NOM has been underway for nearly two years.  The Maine Attorney General’s office is digging deep to find out where all NOM’s millions and millions of dollars come from.  NOM even sued Maine to stop the investigation, and has lost three times in Federal Court.

I got the Mormon Church Investigated in California

My sworn complaint against the Mormon Church to the California Fair Political Practices Commission nearly three years ago led to the prosecution, investigation, guilty finding on 13 counts and fine against the Mormon Church.  I filed that complaint in November 2008 just after they ran their successful Proposition 8 campaign, which took marriage equality away from millions of Californians.

Now, I am embarking on a new challenge, one where I can continue to take on these same bullies and new ones.

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I am running for President of the United States.

I was a guest on Rachel Maddow last week talking about Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church: CLICK HERE

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I need your help now more than ever as I run for President as the first out gay candidate in history.  Please send a generous contribution today to Fred Karger for President by clicking the link below.

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You will not regret it.  I will fight like hell against Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and anyone else who makes it his or her mission to gay bash.

Please join with me in this historic and exciting campaign.  I will not let you down.

Thank you for your support!

Best regards,

Fred Karger

Update June 17, 2011

Jun 17, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah

rina@fredkarger.com

304-237-6489

Weekend Update

What a week!  Fred was back in New Hampshire for six days on trip #15.  His schedule was packed.  He did lots of campaigning, press, meetings and continued house hunting in the Manchester area.

While he was excluded from Monday’s Debate at St. Anselm College, he was treated like a full-fledged Presidential candidate everywhere else.   Here are some highlights:

Tuesday, he was a guest on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC live via satellite from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College (home to Monday’s Debate).  He was interviewed about his request for investigations into Mitt Romney’s possible voting and tax irregularities in Massachusetts, which he announced at a press conference on Monday.

While Romney claims that he and his wife were living in their son’s basement for 15 months, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.  Click on the image below for the 5 minute interview, or to see the entire longer story, Click Here:

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What we are terming “BasementGate” was featured on The Rachel Maddow Show both Monday and Wednesday night as well.  To read Fred’s complaint:  CLICK HERE


 

Fred Takes on Big Oil to Help Bring Down Gas Prices

Also at Monday’s press conference, Fred released his newest commercial, “Tyrannosaurus Rex.”  Since Fred was not invited into Monday’s debate, he crashed it by running his new commercial during and around it on CNN and New Hampshire’s WMUR TV in the key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

This hard-hitting commercial, produced by filmmaker John Keitel, is the kickoff of Fred’s new effort to bring down gas prices, which are “hurting families and destroying the American economy.”  The 30 second commercial ran in Des Moines and throughout New Hampshire Monday night.  A slightly longer version of it is up on YouTube.

Watch Fred take on Big Oil and the CEO of the world’s largest oil company, Rex Tillerson, or as we like to call him, Tyrannosaurus Rex (Click on image below).

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Laguna Beach Fundraiser Tomorrow Night

There are still tickets available for Fred’s first Orange County fundraiser on Saturday, June 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at his home.  Come meet actor Rib Hillis and support all the great things that Fred and his team are doing. To purchase tickets:   CLICK HERE

Laguna Beach Fundraiser

Fred Karger for President

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With Special Celebrity Guest Rib Hillis

Saturday, June 18, 2011

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Tickets $100 or 2 for $150

Silver Sponsor $250 and Gold Sponsor $500

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres                 Shane Miller:  310-849-3434

smiller2941@sbcglobal.net

 

Go online to purchase tickets of just to make a contribution to help Fred wage his campaign: CLICK HERE

 


 

Saturday Precinct Walk and Frisbee Giveaway

Last Saturday Fred and his team dodged raindrops and did some walking in Manchester with a hearty group of volunteers and the incredible Kirk the Bagpiper.  He gave away lots of Frisbees and materials and heard from the voters.  He and his team will be walking all over New Hampshire this summer and fall.  Fred hopes that you will join him on these fun and important voter outreach walks.  This is retail politics at its finest.

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Fred and friends at the Mall campaigning and giving away Fred Frisbees

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An under cover break from the rain

If you would like to volunteer to help Fred in New Hampshire, please contact Kevin Miniter, State Coordinator:  Kevin@FredKarger.com


Conversation with the Candidate on Tonight

Fred will appear on “Conversation with the Candidate” at 7:30 pm (EDT) tonight on New Hampshire’s WMUR TV.  WMUR TV and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics host this hour long interview show for all Presidential candidates.  Fred was interviewed by James Pindell, Political Director of WMUR.com, and in Town Hall style, fielded many questions from the studio audience.

The full hour show will be up on the WMUR TV website soon:  CLICK HERE

Special thanks go out to AARP for sponsoring “Conversation with the Candidate.”  AARP leadership, members and staff were out in full force at Wednesday’s taping.  “I want to thank AARP for their sponsorship of the show,” said Karger at an AARP reception immediately after the taping.  “As an 11 year member of AARP, I am so impressed with all it does in New Hampshire and around the country.”


Fred on Program with Pawlenty and Cain

Last Sunday, Fred was a featured speaker along with fellow GOP Presidential candidates former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain at the Hillsborough County Republican Flag Day Picnic.  There were 150 guests and at least 30 national and New Hampshire reporters at the Barbara Harris Campgrounds in Greenfield, NH.

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Herman Cain meets the Press

 

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T-Paw and Fred.  Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke right after Fred

Fred talked about his platform of education reform, jobs first and his longtime work with Ronald Reagan.


Fred was on Laura Knoy’s “The Exchange” on NHPR

 

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New Hampshire Public Radio Does Such a Great Job of Covering the Presidential Campaign

Last Friday, Fred was a guest for a full hour with NHPR’s Laura Knoy.  Topics included foreign policy, jobs and the economy, President Obama and politics along with some calls from listeners.


 

Fred on Coffee with George

 

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It was an early morning for Fred and TV and radio talk show host George Russell Tuesday on WSMN 1590 television and radio in Nashua, New Hampshire.


First 2012 Campaign Signs in New Hampshire!

 

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The First Signs of 2012.  Get Ready 2012!

Thanks to great friend and supporter Gary DeVost, the Karger for President campaign scored yet another first.  These waterproof large signs are at the busy corner of Bay and Salmon in Manchester, NH.  They look great.  Thank you Gary!

 


 

CNN.com

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Chris Morrow of CNN.com has had Fred conducting iReports for her for the past 18 months.  Check out the three he did from New Hampshire on the debates and the most recent Prop 8 decision:   CLICK HERE, CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE.


 

Fred Interviewed by Brad Friedman of BradBlog
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Last night he was interviewed for an hour by Brad on the Mike Malloy Show:  CLICK HERE


Portsmouth Market Square Day

Last Saturday, Fred and Southern New Hampshire Coordinator, Lee Hunter met many of the 25,000 attendees to this annual event on the Seacoast.  They gave away lots of Fred Frisbees.

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Lee Hunter and friends spreading good cheer

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Kids love Fred frisbees


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Mitt Romney: Request for Election and Tax Law Investigation

Jun 13, 2011

Fred Karger

1278 Glenneyre, #20

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

June 13, 2011

Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

P. O. Box 7010

Boston, MA 02204

Via email

William Francis Galvin

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Elections Division

McCormack Building, Room 1705

One Ashburton Place

Boston, MA 02108

Via email

Dear Commissioner Bal and Secretary Galvin:

I want to bring to your attention possible voter registration, residency and state income tax irregularities pertaining to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

As you may recall, Mitt Romney had residency issues when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002.  He had switched his official residency to Park City, Utah just three years earlier.  After much wrangling, blaming others for the mistake and back taxes paid, Mr. Romney was allowed to run for Governor in spite of Massachusetts’ seven year residency requirement.

 

Did the Romneys Move to California?

In May 2008, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, purchased a home in LaJolla, California for $12.5 million.

See “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home.” By Glen Johnson, Associated Press.  April 19, 2010.

“Since losing his presidential bid in 2008, Romney has gone West Coast. It’s part of a personal and political repositioning as he looks to avoid campaign trouble spots and reorder his life ahead of a second White House campaign in 2012.”

Recent conversations with Belmont residents, business owners and members of the Boston Massachusetts Mormon Temple all point to the fact that Mitt Romney moved to California.

1.  The proprietor of the local fish market remarked: “They flew the coop.  They moved to California.”  He added, “I haven’t seen Mrs. Romney in over two years, and she used to come in here all the time.”

2.  A member of the nearby Mormon Temple and Meetinghouse in Belmont, Massachusetts, where Mitt and Ann Romney were weekly church goers, said she “hadn’t seen the Romneys since 2008.”

3.  Their realtor at Coldwell Banker who sold them their new town home in Belmont stated, “Oh, they moved to California.”

Did They Move to New Hampshire?

In May 2009, it was widely reported that former Governor Romney had switched his official residence to a home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  The home, which Governor and Mrs. Romney built in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, is valued at more than $10 million.

By moving to New Hampshire, did they avoid the hefty Massachusetts personal income tax rate for most of 2009 and half of 2010?  See “A Granite State Home Base for Romney?”  The National Journal.  by Erin McPike and James A. Barnes,  May 6, 2009.

“Mitt Romney… appears to be… making his primary residence at the family home in New Hampshire, the site of the first-in-the-nation presidential contest.”

“Asked where Romney will establish a primary residence for the purposes of paying taxes and voting, Fehrnstrom demurred. “I have no announcements to make on residency,””

 

Family Home Sold in Belmont, Massachusetts

Register to Vote at Son’s House

On April 4, 2009, the Romneys sold their house in Belmont, MA for $3.5 million

Six weeks later, both former Governor Romney and his wife, Ann, reregistered to vote at their oldest son Tagg’s home in Belmont.

The Romneys claimed they moved from their $3.5 million home around the cormner into Tagg’s basement apartment.  This is where they registered to vote in May 2009 and voted for 15 months.

Massachusetts election law is clear.  One must only register to vote at his or her official residence

According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 51: Section 1: “Every citizen eighteen years of age or older… who is a resident in the city or town where he claims the right to vote at the time he registers… may have his name entered on the list of voters in such city or town, and may vote therein in any such election.”

Massachusetts case law defines residence as, “Where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social and civil life.”

The AP’s Glen Johnson reported that, “They still do not own a property in Massachusetts, forcing them to claim temporary residence at a basement apartment in the Belmont home owned by their eldest son, Tagg. It’s the address Romney used to vote in Republican Scott Brown’s recent victorious Senate special election race.”

“Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home.” By Glen Johnson, Associated Press.  April 19, 2010.

 

Back to a Basement Apartment?

Romney claims that for much of 2009 and the first five months of 2010 they lived in their oldest son’s, Tagg Romney’s, basement apartment.   When Mitt and Ann Romney were first married in 1970, the young couple and their infant son Tagg lived in “a $75 per month basement apartment in Provo, UT while they were students at Brigham Young University (BYU).  Now 40 years later they are back in a basement apartment and again living with their son Tagg?

In a November 15, 2007 New York Times article entitled, “Romney, Searching and Earnest, Set His Path in ’60s,” David Kirkpatrick states,

“Mr. Romney describes the time as ‘his glory days,’ Tagg Romney said. Mitt and Ann settled into a $75-a-month basement apartment.  Studying with new discipline, he graduated at the top of the humanities college. He built wading pools for his wife and son out of rocks in a nearby river.”

Town Home Purchased in Belmont, Massachusetts

After 15 months, the Romneys purchased, an attached townhome also in Belmont, Massachusetts.  The Romneys had been registered to vote at their basement apartment for at least 15 months.

During this period they voted in several elections.  Governor Romney even missed a vote on April 10, 2009 when his absentee ballot was received too late.

Questions for the Secretary to the Commonwealth

1. Can the Romneys prove that they were living in their son’s basement apartment for 15 months from April 2009 to July 2010?

2.  Do they swear that their son’s basement apartment was their primary residence?

Department of Revenue Investigation

With all the unanswered questions about the Romneys voter registration, I ask the Department of Revenue to investigate to determine exactly where the Romneys declared their residency for the purpose of paying Massachusetts state income tax.

As of July 2010, they again own property in Massachusetts. Are they official Massachusetts residents paying all necessary Massachusetts income taxes?

1.  Why would a man of Mr. Romney’s wealth, which has been estimated at $500  million, reside in his son’s basement apartment when he owned two homes both worth over $10 million?

2.  How much would the Romneys  have saved on their 2009 and 2010 Massachusetts state income tax if they were actually New Hampshire residents?

Request for Investigation

I formally request a thorough and complete investigation into the voting records and residency of former Governor Mitt Romney to discover if he violated election and tax laws by claiming to reside at his son’s basement apartment.

Sincerely,

Fred Karger

cc:  Governor Deval Patrick

Attorney General Martha Coakley