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Press Release of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 6th, 2014

I was wondering whatever happened to him:

Eugene Delgaudio“Delgaudio Issues Promise to Fight for Right to Vote Our Beliefs — No Black Gowned Back-Stabbing Liberal Jurist is Silencing Us”
In a recorded interview today with a Washington, D.C. area news media outlet, Public Advocate Eugene Delgaudio made a statement and now releases a complete statement here, part of which was made elsewhere:

Today with the announcement by the Supreme Court that they would not hear appeals to uphold traditional marriage we enter a new phase to preserve America’s traditional values.

We will not surrender the defense of marriage or the right to free speech for Christians and all those Americans who believe in traditional values.

I promise you one liberal jurist, John Roberts, in a gown is not going to stop millions of determined traditional marriage believers in our right to proclaim traditional marriage and our moral values.

Not without a fight.

With this decision, the Supreme Court has stripped hundreds of millions of Americans of the Right to Vote their beliefs and protect their communities and families as they see fit. It is now Supreme Court precedence that Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote are only recognized so long as they are approved by the Liberal Establishment.

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

February 10th, 2014

It was a dark and stormy night.

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten one of these. I think his emails have been getting swept into the spam bucket. But this one made it through the gauntlet yesterday, in which Eugene Delgaudio resurrects an oldie but goodie while trying to get his minion to sign his sad little petition and, of course, to send him money.

One stormy night, I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses.  I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself. As I rounded the final turn, my eyes nearly popped.  Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses. Trembling with worry, I went inside.  It was worse than I ever imagined.

Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.

My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers.  And still more petitions were flying off the press. Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio, what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me.  I’d been recognized.

As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time, Delgaudio, we can’t lose!”

Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right.  This time the Homosexual Lobby could win it all.

I’ve been warned hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress.

And my friends in Congress tell me that the tens of millions of pro-Family Americans have remained virtually silent.

Will you remain silent?

Last summer, Delgaudio was finally disciplined by his fellow conservative boardmembers of the Loudin County (VA) Board of Supervisors. Delgaudio was censured, stripped of his staff and budget, and barred from serving on committees for illegally using taxpayer-paid staff for his anti-gay fundraising activities, although last January he was put back onto the county’s Transportation and Land Use Committee. He is now fighting a court petition by Loudin County residents in his district seeking to have him removed from office.

Eugene Delgaudio Finally Disciplined By Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2013

Censured.

It took the Loudin County (VA) Board of Supervisors an awfully long time to get around to censuring Eugene Delgaudio, but they finally did it:

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took decisive disciplinary action against Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio on Wednesday night, issuing a strong condemnation of problems identified in a special grand jury’s report about the veteran public official last month.

In three separate votes, the supervisors moved to formally censure Delgaudio; to place his district budget under the control of the full board, except for minor expenditures; to remove his staff aides; and to prohibit him from serving on any county, local and regional committees.

The special grand jury looked into charges by a former staffer that he illegally used taxpayer-paid staff for his anti-gay fundraising activities. The grand jury didn’t hand down any indictments but…

…but the jurors took the unusual step of issuing a report that outlined a number of possible problems with the operation of Delgaudio’s public office. Those issues included the potential misuse of county resources and county employees; a suspicion of unreported campaign donations; a lack of focus on constituent services; a hostile work environment; and the blurring of lines between work done for his county office and his anti-gay, conservative nonprofit organization, Public Advocate of the United States.

Delgaudio used to be a regular feature of BTB’s Email of the Day, but his emails stopped showing up in my inbox at the end of 2012.

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

December 12th, 2012

Stocking stuffer.

Dear Jim,

Just weeks remain before Public Advocate reaches a critical deadline — before every radical homosexual activist holds a copy of Public Advocate’s financial records in his conniving hands. December 31, 2012 is the deadline for contributions to appear on the IRS 990, the public report that discloses exactly how much money Public Advocate has raised in 2012.

But right now, our figures are falling short of my 2012 objectives. If I’m to meet budget expectations this year, I must raise $56,197 with all checks postmarked before December 31st. If I fail to raise $56,197 by December 31st, I’ll be forced to broadcast our weakness and vulnerability to the Homosexual Lobby.

After the brutal fights this year on the Gay Bill of Special Rights, the Offense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the Homosexual Classrooms Act, the Homosexual Lobby must not find Public Advocate with little money left to fight next year. But when I turn in my 990 next year, the Homosexual Lobby will know exactly how much money I raised — and how much I still have left to oppose the Homosexual Agenda next year.

And we’ll also know how much he pays himself, how much he spends fundraising, and how very little he spends actually doing the stuff he says he’s doing. But then when he uses public employees to do his fundraising work on taxpayer time, it’s no wonder he’s able to keep his expenses low.

Email of the day

Jim Burroway

November 14th, 2012

Fear the power of fundraising spam!

Dear Jim,

The Homosexual Lobby is already lining up for their payoff. Within days of Obama’s reelection, the Homosexual Lobby is publicly reminding the president of all he owes them for his success. And they have something very specific they want: A presidential Executive Order to force through the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

You see, Obama has been threatening to sign this order for almost a year. It was only a massive out-pouring of protest from Public Advocate supporters that stopped him before. With your help, I was able to spread this story across the country alerting pro-family activists to Obama’s disgusting scheme. And he quietly backed down.

Uh huh.

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 29th, 2012

You there?

Jim,

I know right now you are being bombarded by election season emails — and I am worried my critical message
may have gotten buried in the mix.

You see, we have no time to spare.

I can’t even wait until after the election when the flood of emails will slow down.

My friend, your Public Advocate is facing a legal threat that could completely shut us down — and it could
come any day!

If you haven’t read it yet, please see my email below for the whole story.

Yeah, I read it. It was boring. Just as boring as this one. But somehow I doubt your flood of emails will subside after November 6. So take it from this blogger: not everything you write is Pulitzer material.

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 22nd, 2012

Give me money and magical things happen…

To date, no state has approved homosexual “marriage” when it was decided by popular vote. I believe in my heart that Washington will not be the first.

Public Advocate has been fighting for real marriage in Washington State for months now. In just the past week, Public Advocate supporters raised thousands of dollars to alert Washington voters to the threat facing real marriage in their state. And now thousands of ads are running in the state exposing the truth.

The Homosexual Lobby is desperate to get at least one win this election for their radical agenda. Their allies are pulling out all the stops to see Referendum 74 passed. But I am proud to say , Public Advocate is standing squarely in their path.

…P.S. Please chip in with a donation of $10 or more to help Public Advocate fight for traditional values.

I think its hilarious that he says that “supporters raised thousands of dollars,” and that “now thousands of ads are running in the state” as though a single time given to him had anything to do with those ads. We know where that money really goes, which is why I recommend Delgaudio’s group to everyone who wants to donate money to fight marriage equality in Washington or anywhere else.

Emails of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 17th, 2012

He sees a surge…

Wow! Over the last few days, I’ve seen an incredible surge in donations to Public Advocate’s election season Battleground Action Initiative. But we still need to go further. Late Friday night, I authorized my staff to move forward with the most critical aspects of the program — even though we had not yet reached our fundraising goal.

And we are still short today…

I am trusting in you to come through in this dire hour. I’ve set a new deadline of midnight tonight for Public Advocate to raise as much as absolutely possible. I’ve already made many of the most important decisions, but I am expanding our program as the response continues to grow. The more you give, …

We interrupt this email to bring you news from another email that landed in my inbox.  DelGaudio, who serves on the Board of Supervisors for Loudon County, Virginia, is being investigated by his fellow supervisors over charges that he illegally used county staff paid by county taxpayers for his anti-gay fundraising activities. Another group in Loudoun County calling themselves Real Advocate PAC is concerned that the investigation by the all-Reoublican board will lead to a whitewash and cover-up. They have filed a lawsuit in Loudoun County District Court charging that county Chairman Scott York had documentary evidence of Delgaudio’s  illegal use of taxpayer money as far as last March and has been sitting on it until the Washington Post published their exposé. They are demanding that the information in York’s posession be made public. The court will hear the case on Wednesday, October 24.

 

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 15th, 2012

Timothy Kincaid won the bet:

Another day, another deadline…

Dear Jim,

I’ve hardly slept the last three days. Over the past week, I have been faced with the gut-wrenching decision of whether or not to launch Public Advocate’s Battleground Action Initiative. This program is designed to defend family values and real marriage in four states this November.

By Friday, I had given up hope that enough money would come in to pay for it. Then at the last minute, I saw a huge surge in donations! This gave me hope that America is still committed to fighting for real marriage and American morality.

But even with that blessed surge, there isn’t nearly enough. I wrestled with it all night. I prayed over it. And in the morning, I authorized my staff to launch the most crucial elements of the Battleground Action Initiative — even though we have not yet reached our fundraising goals. Now I am trusting that the money will come in time.

Please click here to make your largest single donation possible.

…P.S. The deadline is midnight tomorrow.  I am already committed…

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 12th, 2012

Dear Jim,

Decisions, decisions…

Time is running out. The deadline to fully fund Public Advocate’s Battleground Action Initiative is midnight tonight and we are still well short of our goal.

The Battleground Action Initiative is designed to derail the schemes of the Homosexual Lobby in four key voter referendums. If the Family fails to stop their agenda, homosexual “marriage” could spread across the entire nation before the next presidential election! Right now, there are four states where Public Advocate is fighting against the Homosexual Lobby’s attempts to redefine marriage and force their agenda on all Americans.

But the situation is even more dire. You see, in an attempt to force me to defund our operations, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced only days ago that they plan to drag your Public Advocate into court any day now. Which means I am now faced with the crushing decision of which threat to the Family to fight?

As matters stand right now, I can’t do both. Truthfully, without generous support, I can’t take on even one.

I had planned to ask for your help funding the Battleground Action Initiative, but I need to ask you to dig even deeper and consider doubling the amount you would have given.

Click here to give whatever you can spare

…and please don’t hesitate. I must make the final decision to launch or cancel the Battleground Action Initiative by midnight tonight! If we don’t launch by then, it will seriously hurt the effectiveness of the campaign.

The suspense is killing you, isn’t it?

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

October 11th, 2012

Upping the ante

The Homosexual Lobby would like nothing more than for you to stop reading this email.

Au contraire, M. Delgaudio. By all means, please read on:

You see, this November election there are four crucial referendums related to their agenda in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. And if you stop reading, they are all the more likely to pass their agenda in all four states.

Public Advocate has a Battleground Action Initiative in place designed to ensure pro-Family values are upheld in each of these four states. …

The Homosexual Lobby is so afraid of our Battleground Action Initiative they have threatened to destroy Public Advocate in court unless I cease and desist all pro-Family operations. And to see that we do not unhinge their 2012 election schemes, they have set their attack dog, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), after me.

The SPLC just held a press conference and announced they plan to file a “legal” attack against me and Public Advocate any day now. The SPLC made their name and fortune through frivolous lawsuits exclusively against conservative organizations. The timing of this announcement is no accident.

I received this email overnight last night. The SPLC’s announced their lawsuit two weeks ago. Of course, while Delgaudio wants you to read his email, he doesn’t want you to know why he’s being sued. The lawsuit stems from Delgaudio’s stealing, without permission, a gay couple’s engagement photo, defacing it, and using it in two Colorado state legislature campaigns. Meanwhile, DelGaudio, who serves on the Board of Supervisors for Loudon County, Virginia, is being investigated by his fellow supervisors over charges that he illegally used county staff paid by county taxpayers for his anti-gay fundraising activities. Speaking of which…

My staff and I have calculated that Public Advocate will need to raise $136,295 by midnight, October 12th in order to properly launch the Initiative. With the election bearing down on us, the timing is critical. If Public Advocate does not have at least an additional $136,295 on hand by midnight of the 12th, I will not be able to authorize the program. …

Can you make a one-time contribution of $200 to fund the Battleground Action Initiative?

Delgaudio has met the enemy and it is him

Timothy Kincaid

October 5th, 2012

Please chip in

Any day now we should be getting an email telling us that the homosexual activists on the Louden County Board of Supervisors are persecuting poor Eugene Delgaudio (please chip in $10). Because the Board unanimously voted (including Eugene) to investigate charges that he used county staff for his anti-gay fundraising efforts (please chip in $10).

Of course, this could be a name-clearing project (please chip in what you can) rather than a real investigation (please chip in $15). We’ll have to wait and see, I guess (please prayerfully consider chipping in $20).

Delgaudio claims that he’s innocent (please chip in $20) and that the county was paying for an entirely different scam fundraising effort (please chip in $50, or whatever you can). (WaPo)

Delgaudio said Wednesday that he supported both motions by the board, but he vigorously defended himself against the accusations and reiterated his assertion that his fundraising efforts were for a youth football league.

“This is more than an attack on my simple methods at finding support for youth sports leagues, more than an attack on my non-controversial and straightforward record of winning four elections in Sterling,” he said. “There is a spot lamp on what I do and how I do it. That’s great. You won’t find anything.”

(Meanwhile please prayerfully consider chipping in your entire social security check.)

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

September 29th, 2012

Earlier this year, Eugene Delgaudio stole Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere’s engagement photo, altered it, and used it in mailers to target two legislators in Colorado. Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit on behalf of Edwards, Privitere and their photographer in Federal Court charging Delgaudio with misappropriating their likeness without permission and copyright infringement. That same day, the Washington Post revealed allegations that Delgaudio, Loudoun County, Virginia Supervisor, used county employees to perform work for his non-county related anti-gay political activities. He fired one for being “not political enough” and two others resigned. Delgaudio is feeling the heat:

Speaking of back-door tactics…

…You see, the SPLC and their allies in the Radical Homosexual Lobby are bankrolled to the tune of tens of millions of dollars by the Hollywood elite. And they know that Public Advocate doesn’t have the financial resources to go toe-to-toe with them in court. Since just fighting a legal battle — win or lose — will cost Public Advocate hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs and legal fees, the Homosexual Lobby believes they’ve finally found the back-door tactic to shut Public Advocate down!

..Jim, as you know, Public Advocate is currently engaged in fierce battles against the Radical Homosexual Lobby on multiple fronts. And these fights aren’t cheap. That’s why I’m counting on pro-family folks like you to stand side-by-side with me in this fight.  So can I count on you to chip in $50, $25 – or even $10 – to help Public Advocate prepare for this looming legal battle?

Earlier this year, BTB’s Rob Tisinai reviewed Delgaudio’s IRS990 forms and found that out of a total of $1,276,232 raised in donations, Delgaudio paid himself $171,606 in “management fees” and other expenses. He also spent $849,691 for postage, printing, and computer and list maintenance to support his fundraising activities. Not one dime was spent for lobbying in 2009. But if there is any justice in the world, Edwards, Privitere, their photographer and a handful of Loudoun County employees will soon get their share of Delgaudio’s millions.

Eugene Delgaudio Sued for Stolen Photo; Allegations Surface of Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Delgaudio’s Activities

Jim Burroway

September 26th, 2012

Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere in their engagement photo, kissing in front of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyine. (Photo by Kristina Hill Photography)

Before Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere married in Connecticut in 2010, they posed for an engagement photo of them kissing in a park, with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline in the background. The photo,posted on the Internet for friends and family to enjoy, ended up being swiped almost two years later by Eugene Delgaudio without  Edwards and Privitere’s permission. Delgaudio then altered it, and used it in two primary campaigns in Colorado against two Republican legislators, one of whom voted for a proposed Civil Unions. The two legislators targeted in the mailers lost their primary campaigns. But Edwards and Priviterer didn’t know that they had been unwillingly drafted in the campaign until a friend read a story about it in the New York Daily News, which included one of the altered photos in the story that had run earlier in the Denver Post. Brian Edwards wrote about his reaction on his blog:

Altered States: Delgaudio’s attack ad mailers featuring Edwards and Privitere’s stolen image.

First off – I want to share what this picture means to me. It represents my first home away from home, my beloved NYC, which at the time this image was taken (2 years ago) did not allow same sex couples to marry. It represents my longterm relationship with my best friend, my partner, and now husband – the love we share and obstacles we have overcome. It is a reminder of the happiness I felt the day he proposed to me and of the excitement I had all throughout our engagement. It represents hope and it represents love. Or at least it did…

Now I see it faded and brown with a big red, blood-emulating slash across our bodies.  It cuts us in half just below our hearts. How do I feel? I’m in shock and I’m angry and I’m hurt and I’m flabbergasted and I’m livid.

And, I can’t help but feel the need to warn other LGBT couples that hey, even after you overcome your fears of coming out to your families and friends and coworkers; even after you graduate and leave that hell-hole of a high school, where every single day you feared for your life; even after all the letters to your senators and the countless marches that eventually won you and your state the mariage equality you deserve; even after you find your soul mate, get engaged and then married… someone, a stranger, will seek out your image on the internet, perhaps on a site like this one which was created to document our journey down the aisle with the hopes that our experiences would benefit other LGBT couples… steal it and use it in an attempt to destroy others who support you.

Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced that they will file a lawsuit today on behalf of Edwards, Privitere and the photographer in U.S. District Court in Denver. The SPLC earlier this year placed Delgaudio’s Public Advocate on its very selective list of anti-gay hate groups.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that Delgaudio, a Loudoun County, Virginia Supervisor, used county employees to perform work for his non-county related anti-gay political activities:

She worked from a spreadsheet that listed more than a thousand names and the political campaigns to which they had contributed. For weeks earlier this year, she said, she sat in a county office, while on county time, and spent hours calling them, one by one. The goal was to arrange meetings with the donors and her boss, four-term Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling), one of the region’s most controversial politicians, who is known for his animated diatribes from the dais. If she was successful, Donna Mateer, a part-time aide, was to list the appointment in a Google calendar titled “Eugene 2012 Campaign Schedule,” she said.

Since then, Mateer came to believe that what she was doing was unethical. She filed a complaint with the county’s Human Resources Department that also alleged a hostile work environment.

I can’t wait to see his email today.

Several business leaders in Loudoun County, a Washington, D.C. suburb, have confirmed to The Post that they have been contacted by Delgaudio’s county employees to set up meetings to discuss Delgaudio’s non-county related political activities. Two other office workers have resigned over pressure to perform illegal work for Delgaudio on county time. Delgaudio then fired Mateer because she was “not political,” just after she filed a complaint concerning the improprieties and alleging that Delgaudio launched into abusive racist and homophobic rants in the county office. (Delgaudio told the Post, “You have to have some sense of humor.”) But before she was let go, Mateer collected incriminating documents, spreadsheets and emails and turned them over to the FBI.

Earlier this year, BTB’s Rob Tisinai reviewed Delgaudio’s IRS990 forms and found that out of a total of $1,276,232 raised in donations, Delgaudio pays himself $171,606 in “management fees” and other expenses. He also spends $849,691 for postage, printing, and computer and list maintenance to support his fundraising activities. Not one dime was spent for lobbying in 2009.

Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

September 17th, 2012

In it ta win it.

Dear Jim,

The state of Maine is once again under attack by the radical Homosexual Lobby. Radical activists have forced a homosexual “marriage” initiative — dubbed Maine Question 1 — onto the ballot this November. Despite the fact that Maine voters rejected this very same issue three years ago. Local sources believe the Homosexual Lobby’s plan is to simply “wear out” the pro-Family voters there with fight after fight. And it could very well work.

Many allies of the Family are still recovering from the first fight and simply do not have the energy or resources to pick it up again so soon. Local elements of the Homosexual Lobby are reporting they already have $5 million to spend for homosexual “marriage,” and experts expect more will come in from their powerful allies. The pro-Family forces reportedly have less than 40% of that to fight for real marriage.

…And while you and I will know that even if the Homosexual Lobby does win in Maine, it will be due solely to their vast wealth — but the Homosexual Lobby will use this as “proof” that public opinion has turned in their favor. They will take this one false-positive result and shove it down the throats of politicians in state after state.

…Needless to say, this is a fight Public Advocate must take up. I am still devising our strategy and I don’t want to reveal our hand to the enemy too early. But I need you to be ready to help however you can when the time comes. This November could change everything, if we are not prepared.

And, of course –

P.S. Please prayerfully consider chipping in with a donation of $10 or more to help Public Advocate fight for traditional values.

Let me just say that I wish Eugene all the luck in the world, especially with the fundraising part. In fact, everyone I meet who might be inclined to donate vast sums of money to fight against marriage equality, I intend to refer them to Eugene instead of all those tired people in Maine. Cuz you just know that every dollar they give him will be money well spent.

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