EXCLUSIVE: Luis Gutierrez, Obama’s Poster Boy for Amnesty, and His Unique Family “Fundraising” Business

By: Lee Cary
Doug Ross @ Journal

Former Chicago Alderman, and now 11-term Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D. 4th Dist. IL) is described by one news outlet as a “59-year-old Illinois congressman [who] stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, which is only one reason he got his nickname, “El Gallito” — the little fighting rooster.”

As immigration chairman for the House Hispanic caucus, Gutierrez is fighting hard for a Presidential Executive Order granting amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.

He says, ““When I see those children, I see my own daughter. I can’t help but see that. I see my nieces and nephews.”

Gutierrez’s reputation in Chicagoland’s politics is not untarnished.  There’s that sweetheart deal he got from Tony Rezko in the purchase of a condo for his daughter.  There’s the $500,000 plus he paid in taxpayer money over 10 years to a Chicago lobbyist to advise his congressional staff.  And, the 2004 allegation that Gutierrez lobbied Mayor Daley for a residential development owned by a man who loaned Luis $200,000.   The developer was later federally indicted concerning the same development.

But forget all that – that’s all in the past.

Today, Gutierrez is firmly ensconced in one of the most gerrymandered congressional districts in America.  You need a GPS to find its boundaries.

These days, the 4th Illinois District Congressman is making political fund-raising a family business.

Gutierrez For Congress Campaign Fund

In the last eight election cycles, from the 1998 through mid-2014, Gutierrez For Congress raised $2,973,972.

In the last seven races – 2014 is pending – Gutierrez’s opponents have raised a total of $14,192; all of that was collected by his 2012 opponent, Hector L. Concepcion.  Concepcion spent all but one dollar of his campaign fund in his 2012 race against Gutierrez.  Gutierrez, who received 83% of the vote, spent $383,558 and still had $354,393 cash-in-hand after he won.

Gutierrez won his last seven general elections with an average of 81% of the votes cast.

If Gutierrez repeatedly wins so handily over un- and under-funded candidates, why does he continue to aggressively raise campaign money every cycle?

Hold that thought.

In the last two election cycles, 2010-2012 & 2013-mid2014, Gutierrez For Congress raised a total of $524,452.  (All statistics cited herein come from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) website, www.fec.gov, and from www.opensecrets.org .)

FEC filings for the last two election cycles (2014 is incomplete) indicate that Gutierrez For Congress paid out, over those three-and-a-half years, $173,879 for the position of “Office Manager, Treasurer and Fundraising” for his campaign.

That expenditure represents over 33% of the total campaign donations raised during 42 months into the 2014 cycle.

The “Payee Name” listed on the FEC filings as having received payment as “Office Manager, Treasurer and Fundraising” is Soraida Gutierrez – also known as Mrs. Luis Gutierrez.

As an aside, the last alphabetical entry in the campaign expenditures filed during the first half of 2013 (Transaction D42169) reported $5,300 for “Yates, 230 E. Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061.”  The “Purpose of the Expenditure” is indicated as “reimbursed charged to wrong account.”  Dr. William D. Yates, M.D. runs the Yates Hair Science Group clinic at that address.

Here are the top contributing PACs (with the exception of individual contributions from Cantu Construction – a major bundler for Hillary in 2008 in SE Texas) to Gutierrez’s 2014 campaign to date (source: OpenSecrets.org):

1    Border Health                      $10,000

  1.  Deloitte LLP       10,000
  2.   National Assn of Realtors     8,000
  3.  Cantu Construction    5,200
  4.  AT&T Inc                     5,000
  5.   Carpenters & Joiners Union 5,000
  6. Laborers Union 5,000
  7. McDonald’s Corp 5,000
  8. Operating Engineers Union 5,000
  9. Service Employees International Union 5,000
  10. UNITE HERE  5,000
  11. Broadcasting Media Partners 4,000
  12. Costello for Congress Cmte 4,000
  13. American Institute of CPAs  3,940
  14. Accenture 3,500
  15. Allstate Insurance 3,000
  16.  American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees 3,000
  17. Verizon Communications 3,000
  18. Ernst & Young 2,500
  19. Microsoft Corp             2,500
  20. Sheet Metal Workers Union 2,500
  21. United Food & Commercial Workers Union 2,500

New Americans Fund

The New Americans Fund (FEC I.D. #C00530816), 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, was formed on September 28, 2012.  That is also, by the way, the address for Davey Consulting – A Political Fundraising Firm.

Luis V. Gutierrez is listed in the FEC’s Statement of Organization as the “Connected Organization, Affiliated Committee, Joint Fundraising Representative, or Leadership PAC Sponsor.”

Danny (Daniel) Solis, Chicago 25th Ward Alderman, is the “Custodian of Records.”

Omaira Figueroa, Luis and Soraida Gutierrez’s daughter, is the “Treasurer.”

As of the close of the January 1 – June 20, 2013 reporting period, the New Americans Fund had a cash-on-hand balance of $80,108.45.  In its lifetime, NAF disbursed $7,221.55.

Here are some significant contributors to New Americans Fund in the 2012 cycle:

Rank Contributor Total Indivs PACs
1 United Building Maintenance $10,000 $10,000 $0
2 Aarnstein & Lehr Llp $5,000 $5,000 $0
2 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $5,000 $0 $5,000
2 Brown Udell Pomerantz, et al $5,000 $5,000 $0
2 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $5,000 $0 $5,000
6 Goldman Sachs $2,500 $0 $2,500
6 UBS Americas $2,500 $0 $2,500
6 Wal-Mart Stores $2,500 $0 $2,500
9 Allstate Insurance $1,500 $0 $1,500
9 Chicago Board Options Exchange $1,500 $0 $1,500
9 General Electric $1,500 $0 $1,500
9 Investment Co Institute $1,500 $0 $1,500
9 Rent-A-Center $1,500 $0 $1,500
14 Aaron’s Inc $1,000 $0 $1,000
14 Association of Progressive Rental Organizations $1,000 $0 $1,000
14 Capitol Counsel $1,000 $1,000 $0
14 Constellation Brands $1,000 $0 $1,000
14 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce $1,000 $1,000 $0
14 Hispanic Housing Development Corp $1,000 $1,000 $0
14 Next Realty $1,000 $1,000 $0
14 Regions Financial $1,000 $0 $1,000
14 Sallie Mae $1,000 $0 $1,000
14 Tropical Optical $1,000 $1,000 $0

Additional contributors, excluding individuals, listed in FEC records include:

  • Friends of Saviano – $1,000
  • Illinois Corn Growers Association PAC – 1,000
  • McDonalds Corporation PAC – 1,500
  • The Western Company PAC – 2,000

New Americans Fund Becomes Immigration Reform Fund (IRF)

On November 18, 2013, the New Americans Fund changed its name to Immigration Reform Fund (IRF).  The committee persons and the mailing address remained the same.

IRF carried over a balance of $80,108.45 from NAF.

From July 1, 2014 – June 15, 2014, IRF grew from the balance transferred from NAF to $167,415.06, and spent $14,137.39 ($5,000 went to Menendez for Senate).

Here is a list of leading IRF contributors in the 2014 cycle:

Rank Contributor Total Indivs PACs
1 United Building Maintenance $10,000 $10,000 $0
2 McAllen Stained Glass $5,200 $5,200 $0
3 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $5,000 $0 $5,000
3 Border Health $5,000 $0 $5,000
3 Devon Bank $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 Guaranteed Rate $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 Gutierrez for Congress $5,000 $0 $5,000
3 Health Counselor $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 Potomac Property Mgt $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 Ranger Capital Management $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 State of Illinois $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 Ubm Mechanical $5,000 $5,000 $0
3 Wyndalco Enterprises $5,000 $5,000 $0
14 Apics $3,500 $3,500 $0
14 Wal-Mart Stores $3,500 $0 $3,500
16 Comcast Corp $3,000 $0 $3,000
17 Connect-Ed Consulting $2,500 $2,500 $0
17 International Bank of Commerce $2,500 $0 $2,500
17 Managed Care Marketing Ltd $2,500 $2,500 $0
17 Miramar Group $2,500 $2,500 $0

Obviously, the bulk of money – about $167,415.06 – collected through the two fundraising efforts awaits disbursement. But for what purpose does it wait?


El Gallito is this year’s most passionate, high-profile, congressional advocate for amnesty for Hispanic illegal immigrants.

Consequently, he attracts donations from like-minded persons, pro-undocumented immigrant organizations, and large corporations.

The motive of many contributors, individuals, and PACs, is clearly simpatico with those Gutierrez expresses – loudly and often.

The motive prompting large corporations to contribute to Gutierrez is less clear. But then many are prone to spread money across the political, ideological spectrum – hedging their bets.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez consistently highlights the plight of illegal immigrants in America, particularly Hispanics.  (Chinese undocumented workers don’t show up on his radar screen.)

In Gutierrez’s case, the fact that there’s job security to be gained through aggressive, pro-illegal immigrant fundraising, as well as enhanced family assets, is, of course, merely an unintended consequence of his heart-felt compassion.

Read more Lee Cary at American Thinker



Hat Tip: Citizen Scribe

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley, 1875


DHS Doesn’t Know About the 40 ISIS Terrorists Who Returned to the U.S.

*** If you see this post at The Washington Free Beacon or Fox News, Sara is the author and researcher. Just sayin’. Credit should be given to those that do the real reporting.

By: Sara Noble
Independent Sentinel

Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop representing CD-1 on Long Island told a concerned audience at a LIMBA meeting Friday of last week that of the approximately 100 Americans who went to fight with ISIS, 40 have returned.

DHS, the State Department, Jeh Johnson, John Kerry and other key government officials are completely unaware that these terrorists have returned if one can judge by their comments made before Congress on Thursday.

Mr. Bishop is currently being accused of exaggerating the number or exposing secrets. He would not “come to the phone and explain where he got it” when a Newsday reporter called him.

When Rep. Peter King was asked about it, he said he couldn’t discuss it.

When he made the comments, Mr. Bishop reassured the LIMBA audience by saying that the FBI is tracking them. However, unless the FBI has 40 agents assigned to them 24/7, it’s hard to feel reassured.

Apparently DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry have no idea the 40 are back.

In testimony Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that the U.S. must stop foreign fighters with U.S. passports from returning to the homeland.

Kerry said the following according to the Daily Mail:

What I want to make certain, Kerry told the congressional panel, ‘is that anybody who has a passport [and joins with ISIS] ‘who returns, returns in handcuffs – not through customs with their passport.’

‘I don’t think these guys are ten feet tall,’ he said later.

Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican, agreed.

‘I think we need a way to approach this to make certain that their ability to come into the United States is made a hell of a lot more difficult than it is right now,’ Royce told the secretary.

But Kerry warned about the possibility of interfering with law enforcement, saying that canceling a passport could give suspected terrorists a heads-up that they’ve been identified in Washington.

‘We … need to do that with sensitivity to certain investigations that may be going on,’ said Kerry, ‘because you don’t want to flag something.’

In the same hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that ‘the suspension of passports should be considered on a case-by-case basis,’ not with a law that drives every circumstance toward a single outcome.

‘Suspension and revocation of passports can be done on an expedited basis when the situation warrants, in a matter of hours or days,’ he said.

Clip available on C-Span, 30:05

How is it that Jeh Johnson, John Kerry, Ted Cruz, DHS, the FBI, the State Department don’t know but Tim Bishop does?

John Kerry did also say that it is sometimes useful to let these people back in the country and track them. Hopefully, that’s not a program similar to Fast & Furious.

Our country is being run by the gang that couldn’t shoot straight and people are going to get killed.

Bishop was somewhat cavalier during his speech because immediately after he warned the audience, he said, “…but at the present time, the intelligence is that ISIS does not present a threat to the homeland.”

Both Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sen. Ted Cruz have sponsored bills to strip U.S. citizenship of ISIS fighters who have returned to the U.S. but they have been rejected by Democrats who want to protect the constitutional rights of the traitors.

These are people who betrayed their country and fought with the most evil force on earth. Did they behead people, rape women and children, what did they do over there?

Does anyone really believe they are all going to be model citizens?

Anyone who leaves to join an enemy army can have their passport revoked but people are playing with semantics and claiming that they can’t because ISIS isn’t a foreign state. Of course they think they are a state. They call themselves a state.

Townhall posted this on September 11th:

For months intelligence agencies, lawmakers and everyday citizens have been sounding the alarm and voicing concerns about hundreds of Americans fighting for ISIS who still hold valid U.S. or western passports. At this point, the State Department still has not confirmed that passports belong to Americans knowingly fighting for ISIS have been revoked, boosting concerns ISIS fighters will use them to regain entrance into the United States. Now, officials inside the Department of Homeland Security are finally admitting that Americans fighting with ISIS and in possession of U.S. passports do in fact pose a threat.

The admission to the threat came yesterday during a hearing held by the House Homeland Security Committee. Chairman Michael McCaul expressed concerns about Americans fighting for ISIS returning to the United States undetected.

They pose a threat!!!

It is unknown how Rep. Bishop got this information. He is not on any intelligence committees. Was this top secret information? Were the terrorists being investigated for leads?

The Daily Beast’s Greg Sargent said perhaps a dozen are already in the US.

Hello, no one’s listening – Tim Bishop says there are 40.

Meanwhile the government is acting as if no one has returned.


How can Rep. Bishop say 40 terrorists have returned and there is not yet a threat to the homeland, all in the same sentence?

The politicians are not putting our best interests first. Everything they do is political. They are putting us in danger for ideology’s sake, not because they give a hoot about the Constitution. They believe the Constitution is a “living” document that can be manipulated according to how they “feel”.

This is pure politics and we are unsafe.

The story has been picked up by the Washington Free BeaconFox News, Newsday and the Week and numerous conservative online publications including the free republic and red flag news. The video has been copied and reposted to youtube. The story flashed by on the Ticker this evening on the O’Reilly Show.

Newsday also reported it, stating that “a U.S. official familiar with the estimates told Newsday that the figure of 40 was ‘wildly inaccurate,’ indicating it was much lower but refusing to be specific.”

When Newsday attempted to contact Mr. Bishop, he would not come to the phone. Specifically, the reporter said, “he won’t come to the phone to explain where he got it.”

People care but the politicians are not serious about this threat.