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Cartel Cash & Drugs: Beto’s Strange Family Ties

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — In our first two pieces covering the sordid criminal past of failed U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke, we review arrest record and ethics charges specifically, and in part 3 (the final report) of our series, we examine the potential connections of O’Rourke to Mexican drug cartels.

To recap, O’Rourke’s mother — Melissa O’Rourke — runs the family business, in their family for three generations. Ostensibly a “furniture” store, the O’Rourkes were getting regular outsized payments for “furniture.” The amounts were dishonestly reported as smaller (still insanely expensive) individual amounts, and broken up over time to come in under the taxable threshhold. The IRS concluded the activities were illegal, and the courts agreed.

It is here, that Beto’s suspicious and potential cartel linkages were most recently exposed. In El Paso, only one “business” dumps cash piles that large in one place. Furniture was allegedly purchased by one customer in one transaction for a grand total of $630,000, according to a 2010 KVIA article. The $630k-transaction was broken up into 15 separate transactions when O’Rourke filed her taxes.

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According to a report by KVIA in El Paso:

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Charlotte’s, Inc., represented by its owner Melissa O’Rourke … admitted that on 15 different occasions from May 2005-Oct. 2006 one or more of the company’s employees separated cash transactions for merchandise with each transaction ranging from $22,000 to $50,000. Each transaction was separated into multiple receipts.

No receipt amounted to more than $10,000 so that IRS reporting requirements could be avoided.

What other business operates in mostly cash and what besides that business’s merchandise would cost so much in a single drop? The cartel has done historically very well wherever the O’Rourke family is involved.

“White powdery substance” is how it was described by the police when Beto’s father and the family’s patriarch — was apprehended for possession and consumption of narcotics in 1983. The case involved two members of the El Paso Police Department and then-El Paso County Judge Pat Francis O’Rourke.

Big League Politics obtained a photocopy of The Times newspaper from Shreveport, Louisiana, dated October 20th, 1983 covering the incident, over 8 months after the events took place.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – A sheriff’s captain suspended for three days says he told two deputies to destroy a white powdery substance found in the county judge’s vehicle because he thought the substance was planted. Capt. Willie Hill was suspended this week after an internal investigation verified that Hill told the deputies to “get rid of” the substance they found Feb. 26 while installing a two-way radio in the car of El Paso County Judge Pat O’Rourke.

A second report, this time by The Baytown Sun and dated December of 1983 referenced Captain Willie Hill’s testimony detailing the intentional destruction of the evidence — a major crime by itself, and totally ignored, despite Judge O’Rourke’s apparent guilt:

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A sheriff’s captain admitted to a jury that he ordered the destruction of an unknown substance found in a judge’s car because he believed it was “a setup.” Capt. Willie Hill testified in his own behalf Wednesday at his trial on charges of tampering with evidence.

The NYT also referenced the case in its 1984 report on election-year politics in El Paso.

Though the incident was quickly swept under the rug and O’Rourke emerged politically unscathed, he did not run for reelection in 1987, retiring to a quiet life, before being killed in 2001. (He was run over by a truck while biking — nothing to see here.)

While Judge O’Rourke presided in El Paso, the crime rate erupted to what were then all-time highs. Simultaneously, major drug cartels began to gain foothold in the El Paso region, as well as western and southern Texas, flooding the border region with illegal narcotics — including heroin and cocaine.

Under O’Rourke’s watch, the Juarez cartel exploded in the region, causing El Paso to become a black market hub for narcotics traders and buyers. The judge also actively participated in the creation of the Barrio Azteca, a prison gang that is now transnational. The group began to unify with other cartels at the time, morphing into an armed front in El Paso: the La Linea, or armed front.

O’Rourke’s father-in-law — William Sanders — also helped create the Paso Del Norte Group, which we previously reported was involved in ethics issues surrounding then-City Council member Beto O’Rourke, and was contracted by El Paso for rezoning and redevelopment near the border. The groups largest source of revenue originates in the Ciudad Juarez area of Mexico, as well as the El Paso region of Texas and southern New Mexico — ground zero of the Juarez Cartel. If the business is merely a development firm, why won’t the government release information when requested about O’Rourke’s ties? At very least, Del Norte helped initiate illegal “eminent domain” seizures affecting poor families.

All Freedom of Information Act requests have been nullified, to date. Some surmise that foreign investors with ties to cartel were part of the Del Norte’s redevelopment plan — the same plan Beto O’Rourke happily endorsed.

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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board

Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican

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Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.

Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.

According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.

62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.

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Several key findings stood out:

Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”

As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results

On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).

The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:

Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.

When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:

Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.

Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.

For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:

“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”

Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:

Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.

In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.

All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.

Graphics from the study can be referenced below:

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