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Slush fund for GOP front group's fake mailings

First, thank you Jon DeVore for picking up this story of the GOP's fake 'sex offender in your neighborhood' cards, also for cross-posting it here when many of us were still sleeping Saturday morning.

If you haven't seen their TV ad, which is running on cable all over the place - we got it here.

The phony postcards and the TV ad were paid for by the Speakers Roundtable, a group as noted by Goldy that is directly linked to state GOP leadership.

The postcards acknowledge they are paid for by the Speaker’s Roundtable, which is indeed an “associated PAC” of the House Republican Organizing Committee. The Roundtable’s executive director Kevin Carns and communications director Jennifer Pierson are also the HROC’s political director and communications director, respectively. Both the HROC and the Roundtable rent office space from the BIAW… which is also a major source of its funding.

The BIAW has donated nearly $100,000 to this slush fund, and the office space it rents to the Speakers Roundtable comes pretty cheap - only $250 a month. Phillip Morris, the big tobacco conglomerate, has ponyied up nearly $23,000. Boeing, $15,000. Qwest, $40,000. Weyerhaeuser, $35,000. These guys have lots of money, there are plenty of corporate PAC contributions.

Update [2006-1-23 14:18:51 by Brian]:Goldy notes the depth to which these fake notification mailings have gone.

The state GOP’s fake “Sex Offender Notification” postcards have now been confirmed in the 16th, 17th, 26th, 28th, and 47th Legislative Districts.

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Like you and several others, I mucked around in the PDC database for a while over the weekend.  (It was for what was going to be a post on my blog, but I hit the wrong button just before submitting it and the %*$#@& thing disappeared into the aether ... grrrrr.)

Anyway, I came across something strange about the Speaker's Roundtable.  The 2006 "List of Political Committees Registered by Calendar Year" displays the organization's address and telephone number as:

279 SW 9th St
Chehalis WA  98532

(360) 748-4224

Punching that phone number into Qwest's online directory, I found a business located at the above address, but it sure wasn't the Speaker's Roundtable.  Apparently, Kevin Carns and Jennifer Pierson either share office space or moonlight as manufacturers of goat milk-based nutritional products.

Cursory research using the PDC information and Google uncovers no connection (aside from the shared location and phone number) between the Speaker's Roundtable and Mt. Capra Whole Food Nutritionals.  None of the names on Mt. Capra's site appear as either contributors or expenditures for the Roundtable.  In fact, the Roundtable reports no contributions whatsoever from anyone in Chehalis, and their only Chehalis expenditure since 2000 was a $604.09 "miscellaneous reimburse expenses" on June 28, 2004.  For the record, the recipient of that check was Amy DeBolt, wife of House minority leader Richard DeBolt.  He represents the 20th LD, is in the front ranks of the state GOP's sex offender shenanigans, and lives in Chehalis.

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by N in Seattle on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 11:38:05 AM PST

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LOL, and it is pretty lame:

The person depicted in the postcard is a level 3 sex offender last known to be in Pierce County. He is "considered at a high risk to reoffend" and is somewhere in the community, but "has no supervision requirement", so we can't be sure exactly where he is. There are laws to protect sex offenders from harassment, so I'm not going to post his name, but go to the Pierce County list of Level 3 Offenders and you'll find him listed in an unincorporated part of the county. I post the description of his brutal crimes in the extended entry.

So these fucks were so lazy they went to their local county list and plucked one out, saying on cards labeled "SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION" in every swing district in the state with a header that says "This violent predator lives in your community" on the other side, but on the other hand decided to block out his eyes and name.

The fucking slimebags knew that they were sending misleading fakes, becuase they would have been sued for sure if the put the man's name and face on there. Shitstick Sharkansky says, well he could be living anywhere, so it is real!

They fucked up big with this and need to be held accountable.

by eastside lib on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 01:17:28 PM PST

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But where is the Democrats on this, the party, Paul Berendt? They are sitting around on their collective asses while another dirty trick happens under everyone's nose.

Only thing keeping this out there is from all the blogs jumping on it, otherwise we probably wouldn't ever hear shit from our "leaders". Paging Paul Berendt, please get in front of a camera and start doing your job!

by eastside lib on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 11:11:15 AM PST

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I'm sure I'm not the only person to notice that every single LD in which they've dumped their sleazy postcards is a "swing district" with both Republican and Democratic legislators.  

Also in that category are the 2nd, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 41st, 42nd, 44th, 45th, and 48th.

You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen
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by N in Seattle on Mon Jan 23, 2006 at 11:50:53 AM PST

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...we caught it early and can make sure that we on the ground counteract it in our affected districts. So shout the truth loud and long to your local Dems (and any Independents you fear may be taken in by this scam) if you're living in one of the targeted precincts.

I'm not exactly surprised that the 47th was targeted, though.  Not because it's one of the most swing districts in King County, but because the Democrats have been sloooooooowly gaining ground there, potentially making it less "swingy" over the coming e