Tue May 19, 2015 1:50 pm By R.G. Ratcliffe

The maternal grandmother of American Phoenix Foundation director of investigations Hannah Giles is Terese Raia, a former State Republican Executive Committee member from Sugar Land. Raia remains politically active in party politics, as well as with groups such as Ralph Reed’s Faith and Family Coalition. Recently, when the Texas House passed a resolution honoring Raia’s late husband Sam, Hannah and her husband Joseph Basel attended along with their new-born baby Hamish. Social media lit up that the baby was fake doll and actually was a hidden camera. They “give us too much credit,” Giles told me when I mentioned it. Giles and her husband are managing a hidden camera investigation of state legislators.  


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Tue May 19, 2015 1:42 pm By R.G. Ratcliffe


APF WatchersAs the American Phoenix Foundation completed its hidden-camera investigation of legislators, it dispatched four employees to ask pointed questions of legislators. At times, the lawmakers claimed the questioners were harassing them and frightening women legislators. They also frustrated mainstream journalists by refusing to identify themselves. Because of their demeanor, dress and close-cropped haircuts, many in the lobby believed they were ex-military operatives. Foundation managers Hannah Giles and Joseph Basel assured me that these men I call The Watchers were not some sort of special forces team brought in to intimidate lawmakers.


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Tue May 19, 2015 1:34 pm By R.G. Ratcliffe

In his Townhall.com column from this past weekend, Doug Giles proclaimed that the investigation his daughter Hannah and her husband Joseph Basel are conducting of the Texas Legislature is going to upset the status quo.

Which brings me to this point about this forthcoming expose for those of us of a conservative persuasion: Maybe, the reason we continue to scratch our head regarding why the Right so often sides with the Left on policy issues is maybe… just maybe… our rep’s are blackmailable based upon all the booty they’re tappin’ other than their wives? Who knows? We shall see.

Finally, my advice to the Texas Corrupt-O-Crats who’ve been ridin’ dirty on the Texas taxpayers’ dime is: You’d better get your house in order because it’s about to collapse … as in big time.

But the husband and wife activist/journalist team say they are not trying to knock out Joe Straus as House speaker or to alter the House’s balance of power.


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Tue May 19, 2015 1:27 pm By R.G. Ratcliffe

At the height of her conservative heroism, The Los Angeles Times described her as delivering a “guerrilla warfare” speech to the Young America’s Foundation in Santa Barbara, describing how to “take down liberal organizations and expose what she called media corruption.” Quoting Republican strategist, Giles told the audience: “Above all, attack, attack, attack. Never defend.”  Giles told me that since that speech she has become disillusioned with the organized conservative movement.


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Tue May 19, 2015 1:17 pm By R.G. Ratcliffe



On March 10, 2012, Hannah Giles was among the featured speakers at a rally of the Faith & Freedom Coalition at the Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land. It was described as a kick-off event for the Texas primary “filled with great speakers and loaded with fantastic information about getting our Conservative Christian Candidates elected. Giles spoke to the rally about her creation of the American Phoenix Foundation. Watch and listen above, or read the transcript after the jump.


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