OohRah! Ever wonder where some of the most common items of our Marine Corps history came from? Things like the term “Jarhead,” etc.? Most of these things are pretty well known by all Marines. But, then, there are also numerous cases where our accepted history is just plain inaccurate. For instance, Major Devereaux’s last message from the besieged Wake Island in early World War Two–”Send Us More Japs”–or that the red stripe on the blue uniform trousers of officers and NCOs (sometimes referred to as bloodstripes) commemorates the Marine blood spilled at the battle of Chapultapec in 1847. These two items are not true, and there are many more things like this that I have addressed elsewhere on my websites.
And then there are some cases where the origin of certain traditions are altogether unknown. Take for example, the case of the well known OohRah! What is its origin? What is its meaning? When and where did it start? Is it related to similar cries now in use by other military services? Nobody knows for sure. Yeah, most everybody has an opinion, but what is the straight scoop? Some of the more popular “opinions” on this include that OohRah comes from either (take your pick) a Turkish or a Russian battle cry, and was somehow adopted by U.S. Marines. For many years, I, myself, leaned in the direction that it may have originated with the 1956 film, The DI, staring Jack Webb as T/Sgt Jim Moore, who, in that movie, the “gunny” commands his recruit platoon (paraphrased), “Let me hear you GROWL, tigers!”
In any case, opinions on this abound–some ridiculous, some even humorous, but like I already said, nobody seems to knows for sure. OohRah is now well-entrenched in Marine Corps tradition, and although I have found that it is generally disliked and its use disapproved of by many old time Marines, one thing is for sure–it is here to stay! Personally, I think that provided we could determine valid and meaningful historical origin, much of this disapproval by old timers would soon be forgotten. And it seems like OohRah’s origin is not so far distant in our past that there should still be some old salts around even now who can clue us in on the straight scoop.
Somewhere I read….”The sea story is the traditional means by which wisdom is passed on from the older generation of Marines to the younger generation.”
That makes sense to me, and I have thought that if we’re ever going to get an answer on this it will be from Marines who were there and know. For at least a couple years now I have been using the resources of my e-mail and websites to seek information from Marines on this question, but the results have been disappointing. Up to now, that is.
On 12 May 2002, I received the following information from Marine Bob Rader (Sgt Wolf); the info had first been posted to the Sgt Grit’s Bulletin Board and then e-mailed to me. *****************
From Whence It Came?
Received this among some other stuff from an old college classmate and former Force Troops Recon Marine, Dr. Frank Osanka:
The Recon Marines (and maybe all Marines), have their “OORAH” and the Army its “HOOAH”! But what is the origin of these exclamations by troops (can’t call them words– they are better described as sounds)? When used they are unmistakenly expressions of verve, spirit, morale, espirit, eliteness and sometimes derision! They are responses, greetngs, etc.
You won’t find anything in Navy BuPers files. Marine Corps directives or Army regulations prescribing that they be used. Yet, they permeate the ranks and their origins ought to be recorded for they are as much military lexicon as “SNAFU,” “GI”, “Kilroy was here”, “P38″, etc. And, woe betide the commander who thinks he can put an end to their use! They are exclusive property of those who use them and rightfully so–for what it means to them transcends anything a leader can do to give them unity and a sense of belonging!
Whey did they start? Who started them? Why are they so popular with the troops? I can’t answer the question…”OORAH”is answered below, courtesy of Gary “Buddha” Marte, (former Marine).
Obama and Media Minions Inspire Violence
by Lloyd Marcus
In case you have not realized that Obama and his media minions’ relentless playing of the “Race Card” could inspire violence, I have some news for you. The New Black Panther Party hosted a National Black Power Convention. The following chilling quote is from the convention organizer and party chairman. “With the rise of…….
Centralizing Power: The Tyrants’ Agenda, Part 3
by Attorney Timothy Baldwin
In Part 2 of this article, I established that attempting to restore freedom within the current system and union is ineffectual. Freedom’s studier should know the circumstances in which the American colonies seceded from Great Britain in comparison to the circumstances of the States’ plight today. The results should lead concerned persons to conclude that the people of the States have long lived in submission beyond what…….
Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to present evidence and charges of Treason against Barack Hussein Obama to his local Grand Jury Lt. Commander Fitzpatrick III to appear before new Monroe County Grand Jury
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Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to present evidence and charges of Treason against Barack Hussein Obama to his local Grand Jury
Lt. Commander Fitzpatrick III to appear before new Monroe County Grand Jury
By JB Williams Thursday, June 3, 2010
Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III (Retired) is scheduled to appear before the Monroe County Grand Jury in Tennessee this morning, on charges of inciting a riot, interrupting an official meeting and resisting arrest – related to Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to serve citizen’s arrest upon numerous members of the Monroe County justice system. – Mr. Fitzpatrick claims to be innocent of all charges and is representing himself in the case.
On May 26, 2010, Mr. Fitzpatrick filed a challenge with the Monroe County Clerk of Courts, Martha Cook, which in part, read as follows;
At 3:45 PM yesterday, 10th District Senior Public Defender Richard Hughes notified Mr. Fitzpatrick that a new Grand Jury had indeed been formed on the basis of Mr. Fitzpatrick’s challenge.
It is not yet known how the new Grand Jury was formed, or who sits on that jury in a small town where the local officials and news media have gone out of their way to slander Fitzpatrick and bias locals potentially sitting on that jury, against Mr. Fitzpatrick.
An update will be issued after today’s hearing. Commander Fitzpatrick keeps a blog updated for people following this story – thejaghunter.wordpress.com/
This entire fiasco began with Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to present evidence and charges of Treason against Barack Hussein Obama to his local Grand Jury. Although this is supposed to be a primary purpose of a citizen Grand Jury, to date, no evidence has been allowed to be presented on the original matter.
Background on this developing story can be found here;
- Is Obama Guilty of Treason? – Jun 10, 2009
- Why Commander Fitzpatrick Is NOT Guilty of Mutiny! – Jun 13, 2009
- Tennessee Grand Jury Joins DOJ in Obstructing Justice – Sep 9, 2009
- How Crazy are those “Birthers?” – Oct 15, 2009
- Obama Treason Charges Advance In Tennessee Grand Jury – Nov 28, 2009
- Monroe County Grand Jury Still Sitting on Treason Case – Dec 16, 2009
- Monroe County Tennessee Still in Treason Spotlight – Jan 2, 2010
- Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick, III Arrested for trying to Expose Government Corruption – Apr 1, 2010
- CONCERNING: Lt. Commander Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III – Apr 5, 2010
Bulletproof The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer
Bulletproof The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer ^ | July 9, 1755 | Living Under God
Posted on Monday, May 31, 2010 3:45:20 PM by paltz
The American Indian chief looked scornfully at the soldiers on the field before him. How foolish it was to fight as they did, forming their perfect battle lines out in the open, standing shoulder to shoulder in their bright red uniforms. The British soldiers—trained for European war—did not break rank, even when braves fired at them from under the safe cover of the forest. The slaughter continued for two hours. By then 1,000 of 1,459 British soldiers were killed or wounded, while only 30 of the French and Indian warriors firing at them were injured.
Not only were the soldiers foolish, but their officers were just as bad. Riding on horseback, fully exposed above the men on the ground, they made perfect targets. One by one, the chief’s marksmen shot the mounted British officers until only one remained.
“Quick, let your aim be certain and he dies,” the chief commanded. The warriors leveled their rifles at the last officer on horseback. Round after round was aimed at this one man. Twice the officer’s horse was shot out from under him. Twice he grabbed a horse left idle when a fellow officer had been shot down. Ten, twelve, thirteen rounds were fired by the sharpshooters. Still, the officer remained unhurt.
The native warriors stared at him in disbelief. Their rifles seldom missed their mark. The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man. “Stop firing!” he commanded. “This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit.” A brave standing nearby added, “I had seventeen clear shots at him…and after all could not bring him to the ground. This man was not born to be killed by a bullet.”
As the firing slowed, the lieutenant colonel gathered the remaining troops and led the retreat to safety. That evening, as the last of the wounded were being cared for, the officer noticed an odd tear in his coat. It was a bullet hole! He rolled up his sleeve and looked at his arm directly under the hole. There was no mark on his skin. Amazed, he took off his coat and found three more holes where bullets had passed through his coat but stopped before they reached his body.
Nine days after the battle, having heard a rumor of his own death, the young lieutenant colonel wrote his brother to confirm that he was still very much alive.
As I have heard since my arrival at this place, a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first and of assuring you that I have not as yet composed the latter. But by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!
This battle, part of the French and Indian War, was fought on July 9, 1755, near Fort Duquesne, now the city of Pittsburgh. The twenty-three-year-old officer went on to become the commander in chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States. In all the years that followed in his long career, this man, George Washington, was never once wounded in battle.
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:26:02 AM by opentalk
Conservatives are so enraged at Obama’s socialism and radicalism that they are increasingly surprised to learn that he is incompetent as well. The sight of his blithering and blustering while the most massive oil spill in history moves closer to America’s beaches not only reminds one of Bush’s terrible performance during Katrina, but calls to mind Jimmy Carter’s incompetence in the face of the hostage crisis.
America is watching the president alternate between wringing hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years. We are watching generations of environmental protection swept away as marshes, fisheries, vacation spots, recreational beaches, wetlands, hatcheries and sanctuaries fall prey to the oil spill invasion. And, all the while, the president acts like a spectator, interrupting his basketball games only to excoriate BP for its failure to contain the spill.
..Meanwhile, the nation watches nervously as the same policies Obama has brought to our nation are failing badly and publicly in Europe. When Moody’s announces that it is considering downgrading bonds issued by the government of the United States of America, we find ourselves suddenly, in deep trouble.
..And the truth begins to dawn on all of us: Obama has no more idea how to work his way out of the economic mess into which his policies have plunged us than he does about how to clean up the oil spill that is destroying our southern coastline.
Posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:06:43 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama kicked off his reign as the Free World’s main honcho by dissing the British, which was an unpromising start. First, he sent back the bust of Sir Winston Churchill. Then there were the tasteful gifts to the queen and prime minister, dug out of a sale bin at Wal-Mart. So much for Churchill and Roosevelt, Reagan and Thatcher, JFK and his sister’s relation-in-law, Harold Macmillan.
Special relationship? What special relationship? You must be out of your mind.
He dissed Poland and the Czech Republic — to make Russia happy. He dissed Israeli — to make Hamas happy — making its prime minister cool his heels somewhere while he stalked off to have dinner.
The outlines of the emerging Obama Doctrine had begun to be obvious: He would engage, indulge, and look kindly on the likes of tyrants like Iran and North Korea, who armed to the teeth while threatening to eviscerate Israel and South Korea. But when it came to democracies and political, strategic, and historic allies of this country, their welcome and luck had run out.
“The Political Equivalent of a Sociopath” (Obama) Blows Up the Middle East
First Things ^ | 5/31/2010 | David “Spengler” Goldman
Posted on 06/01/2010 9:40:45 AM PDT by mojito
Every analyst I know is baffled by the Obama administration. The Israeli government is baffled; the Arab governments of the Middle East are baffled; European foreign ministries are baffled; and the journalists and thinktankers and camp-followers are baffled. One hears different things from source one consults; the more authoritative the source, the more confusing the result.
Many conjectures as to this state of affairs are possible. My best working hypothesis is that the administration is the simple reflection of the operating style of the president, whom I qualified as “the political equivalent of a sociopath” in a Feb. 26, 2008 analysis.
That might work for a campaign, but not for a government. Things are blowing up in Washington’s face, and will do so in an ever-more alarming fashion.
President Obama set the stage for such problems by making Israel the cuprit for war in the Middle East, first by blaming Israeli apartment construction in Jerusalem (as it happened in the no-man’s land of Ramat Shlomo which would remain in Israeli hands under any conceivable partition of the city), but most egregiously by voting for a UN resolution demanding that Israel open its nuclear facilities to international inspection.The US took the position that Israel rather than Iran is the nuclear offender in the Middle East, as a matter of black-and-white official results.
President Obama Asks *You* To Celebrate Homosexual Pride Month
National Catholic Register ^ | 6/1/2010 | Jimmy Akin
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 5:30:05 AM by markomalley
The President has asked all Americans to observe this month, so if you’re an American, this means he is asking you to do so.
In a proclamation posted on the White House web site, he writes:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.
Earlier in the proclamation he detailed all the things he has done on behalf of these favored citizens:
Across my Administration, openly LGBT employees are serving at every level. . . .
My Administration has advanced our journey by signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthens Federal protections against crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. We renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides life saving medical services and support to Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and finally eliminated the HIV entry ban. I also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to give LGBT patients the compassion and security they deserve in their time of need, including the ability to choose someone other than an immediate family member to visit them and make medical decisions.
In other areas…
Don’t be fooled by Obama’s ‘incompetence’ (There is a method to his failures. AKA Strategery)
American Thinker ^ | 06/02/2010 | Stu Tarlowe
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 10:09:53 AM by SeekAndFind
It is a tremendous mistake to think that the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will help convince Americans of Barack Obama’s incompetence. Obama’s true agenda is so insidious that even his inability to handle a crisis serves his greater strategy.
And that strategy has a name: it is the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Named for the two Leftist sociology professors who formulated it, its purpose is to bring about the demise of capitalism by overloading the system, largely by making more people desperate and dependent on the government.
Thus, Cloward-Piven’s goals are served by more and more aliens flooding across the border and filling jails, emergency rooms and welfare rolls. It is also served by the mortgage crisis; in fact, Professors Cloward and Piven were the creators of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which helped pressure banks to implement the lending policies that precipitated that crisis. But Cloward-Piven seeks a financial crisis far wider-ranging and more encompassing than a mere mortgage meltdown.
Army slams door on Obama details Lt. Col. Lakin hearing: ‘Items pertaining to president’s credentials are not relevant’
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BORN IN THE USA?
Army slams door
on Obama details
Lt. Col. Lakin hearing: ‘Items pertaining
to president’s credentials are not relevant’
Posted: June 03, 2010
4:06 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin
An Army “investigating officer” has banished evidence about the controversy over President Obama’s eligibility – or lack thereof – to be commander-in-chief from a pending hearing for a career military doctor who announced he is refusing orders until Obama documents his constitutional status.
“In my view our constitutional jurisprudence allows Congress alone, and not a military judicial body, to put the president’s credentials on trial,” wrote Daniel J. Driscoll in a memorandum determining what evidence the defense for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin will be allowed to explore at next week’s hearing.
“It is my opinion the discovery items pertaining to the president’s credentials are not relevant to the proof of any element of the charges and specifications set forth in the charge sheet,” he continued. “Consequently I will not examine the documents or witnesses pertinent to the president or his credentials to hold office.”
The ruling came prior to a scheduled Article 32 hearing for Lakin, who posted a video inviting his own court hearing because of the status of the president and questions over whether his eligibility means orders given under his control would be invalid.
Lakin is not the first officer to raise questions. Others have included Army doctor Capt. Connie Rhodes and Army reservist Maj. Stefan Cook. But Lakin is the first active-duty officer to raise the question.
(Story continues below)
And in at least one of the earlier disputes, the Army simply canceled the orders rather than allow the argument to come to a head.
But now the Army has scheduled Lakin’s Article 32 hearing – a military version of a preliminary hearing – for June 11.
Word about the ruling from Driscoll came from the American Patriot Foundation, which operates the Safeguard Our Constitution website which is generating support for Lakin.
While Driscoll cited “Rule for Courts-Martial 405″ which allows “the production of witnesses ‘whose testimony would be relevant…’” he said questions about Obama’s eligibility – which could bear on the validity of military orders – will be ignored.
Driscoll then blamed the defense for not giving him what he wanted.
“I expressly instructed ‘[y]our submissions, if any, on the subject of lawfulness of orders, derivation of authority, political questions and the like should be sufficiently scholarly to allow me to make an informed determination of relevance of the requested items to the truth of the specifications and charges at issue,” Driscoll wrote.
“The defense submitted a memorandum outlining the concept of chain of command, showing that the president is at the top of the chain, showing that the Constitution requires the president to be a natural born citizen and stating that soldiers must disobey ‘illegal orders,’” Driscoll continued. “There is no scholarly discussion of what constitutes an illegal order or under what circumstances such an order can be disobeyed or must be disobeyed.”
Instead, he said, the “law of lawfulness of orders” should prevail.
The result is that he denied defense requests for Obama’s Punahou school records, Hawaii Health Department records, Occidental College records, Columbia records and Harvard records.
He also rejected a request that Obama be called to answer questions about his eligibility.
Knotts calls Haley, Obama “rag-heads” on online talk show
WIS TV ^ | JUNE 4, 2010 | Logan Smith
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 2:03:02 AM by Jet Jaguar
A South Carolina state senator used the racist term “rag-head” to describe President Barack Obama and Indian-American gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley Thursday evening on an online talk show, one of the show’s hosts has confirmed.
“We already got one rag-head in the White House, we don’t need a rag-head in the governor’s mansion,” Sen. Jake Knotts (R-Lexington) said on Pub Politics Live in reference to the fellow Republican’s campaign for governor.
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 9:05:17 AM by Anti-Bubba182
“What they do is hire you, they train you like a few weeks — 35, 40 hours of training and give you six hours of productive work and lay you off.” a former Census named “Maria” tells FOX News. “Maria” further explains they rehire you so it counts as a new job.
Maryland Law Enforcement Officials Still Arresting, Charging People for Recording Cops
Reason ^ | 29 May, 2010 | Radley Balko
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 8:42:25 AM by marktwain
In a column last month I wrote about Anthony Graber, a Maryland man who was arrested for posting a video of a traffic stop to YouTube. Graber was pulled over on his motorcycle by Maryland State Trooper Joseph David Ulher. Uhler drew his gun during the stop. Graber was wearing a camera on his helmet. Graber thought Uhler’s actions were excessive, so he posted the video to the Internet. Days later, police raided the home of Graber’s parents. Graber was arrested, booked, and jailed. He was charged with violating Maryland’s wiretapping statute. In an interview he gave to blogger Carlos Miller shortly after, Graber said, “The judge who released me looked at the paperwork and said she didn’t see where I violated the wiretapping law.”
In my previous column, I interpreted that to mean the judge had dropped the charge. Apparently that isn’t the case. Graber is due in court next week. He faces up to five years in prison. State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly has also charged Graber with “Possession of an Interception Device.” That “device” would be Graber’s otherwise-perfectly-legal video camera. —————————–cut—————————–
Now we have another video of an arrest during the Preakness Stakes in which a Baltimore police officer can be heard telling the camera-holder, “Do me a favor and turn that off. It’s illegal to record anybody’s voice or anything else in the state of Maryland.”
That simply isn’t true, and it’s outrageous that Maryland law enforcement keeps perpetuating this myth. Perhaps that officer was merely misinformed. But Maryland police spokesmen and prosecutors are giving the impression that the state’s wiretapping law is ambiguous about recording on-duty police officers. It really isn’t. They’ve just chosen to interpret it that way, logic and common sense be damned.
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George B. Clark Date: Sat, May 29, 2010 at 8:25 AM
Subject: New book of Irish military history.
Friends, especially those of you interested in Irish History
I have a new publication from Mercier Press in Cork Ireland titled
“Irish Soldiers in European Wars.” Maps and illustrations.
It tells the story of the hundreds and even thousands of Irishmen and
some women, that left Ireland, forced
out through circumstances beyond their control.
At home in Ireland they couldn’t own anything, go to their own church,
leave anything to a relative of the same faith, and about 130
more of like rules imposed upon them.
They went to France, Spain, and Austria, primarily, though others went
to Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Italy and even to Russia.
They were welcomed because they made superb soldiers and sailors. Many
became generals, lots of them became field marshals.
Others were created nobles and were awarded major properties. Two
Irish women became queens.
In Ireland they couldn’t serve in the military, and much later when
finally allowed to serve in the British army or navy,
the lowest ranks was it for many years.
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Subject: New book of Marine history.
Friends, or acqaintances,
You may be interested in my new book of US Marine history. Its title
is “Battle History of the United States Marine Corps.”
The period covered is from 1775 through 1945. The make-up is of
individual battles: composed of USMC and X; dates; location, plus a
detailed account of what happened at each battle. I brag that it lists
“all” battles. However, I woundn’t be surprised there were some
earlier accounts that I missed, but nothing of importance. The latter
battles are covered entirely. It is a large hard covered book, with
maps and illustrations, and “rear book details.”
Now comes the hard part. The price is $75.00. I’ll sell you a copy,
inscribed if you like, for the same price POSTPAID AND INSURED.
Check or MO is fine, but no cards, payable to the Brasshat.
George B. Clark
379 Moody Road
Pike, NH 03780
Freedom for a Change: A Must-Read Book
by Pastor Chuck Baldwin
Tim’s book is not for pussyfooters. It is not a book designed for light, casual reading. The book, FREEDOM FOR A CHANGE, is an in-depth and exhaustive manual of American law and history (of over 500 pages) that should be read by every serious lover of liberty–especially those who call themselves Christians! The footnotes, alone, would make for a greater-than-average-size book and are chock-full of historical………
Months ago, I predicted in this column that President Obama would so discredit himself in office that he wouldn’t even be on the ballot in 2012, let alone have a prayer of being reelected. Like President Johnson in 1968, who had won a much bigger victory four years previously than Obama did in 2008, President Obama will be so politically defunct by 2012 that he won’t even try to run for reelection.
I am now ready to predict that President Obama will not even make it that far. I predict that he will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012. Like my previous prediction, that is based not just on where we are now, but where we are going under his misleadership.
Is the President Above the Law?
Watergate was supposed to have established that Presidents are not above the law. If that is so, President Obama may have to resign for breaking the law in the Sestak affair.
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is now the Democrat nominee for the Senate seat held far too long by Arlen Specter. President Obama induced Specter to switch parties and give the Democrats their very temporary, 60 vote, filibuster-proof majority, in return for endorsing him for reelection and promising him no opposition in the Democrat primary. But Sestak had already announced that he was running for the seat, and he refused to get out. Two week ago, Sestak defeated the unprincipled, opportunistic Specter for the Democrat nomination, continuing the perfect string of everyone who Obama endorses and campaigns for going down to defeat.
For months now, Sestak has publicly claimed that President Obama tried to keep his promise to Specter by offering him a high-ranking administration appointment if he would get out of the race. The rumor is that Sestak, formerly an Admiral, was offered appointment as Secretary of the Navy. The problem is that a federal statute explicitly provides that it is a federal felony, punishable by up to one year in prison, to attempt to bribe a candidate with a federal job, or anything of value, to influence an election.