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.