What do they have in common? A new Republican 527 called Americans for Honesty on Issues that has popped up to run negative ads against 9 Democratic House candidates.  Some of the negative ads have already run in Iowa and Colorado.

Candidates and titles of attack ads:

Bruce L Braley IA-01
"No Funds For Troops"

Edwin Permutter CO-07

Brad Ellsworth IN-08
"The Tarnished Badge"

Gabrielle Giffords AZ-08
"Path to Citizenship"

Baron P Hill IN-09

Patricia A Madrid NM-01

Heath Shuler NC-11
"Heart in Tennessee"

Kenneth Ray Lucas KY-04
"Six Years & Zip"

Joseph Simon Donnelly IN-02
"Tax Attack"

A NYTimes Article ran yesterday about the new 527 group Americans for Honesty on Issues run by Sue Walden of Walden & Associates of Houston TX though the group has an Alexandria VA address.  The group plans to run ads against Democratic candidates nationwide. Walden has ties to Lay, DeLay and Bush and was an Enron lobbyist.

Not mentioned in the article is the fact that the sole donor, of $2 million, to Americans for Honesty on Issues listed in FEC records is Bob Perry of Houston TX, a major Republican donor (giving to Bush, DeLay and Texas Republican causes). He is the man behind Swiftboat vets. Expect this to be just as dirty.

While not noting Perry's involvement in this group the Times article adds:

Among the most active Republican 527 groups is the Economic Freedom Fund, which was formed this year and received a $5 million contribution from Bob J. Perry, a major Bush donor and an underwriter of the Swift boat veterans group in 2004. The fund is running advertisements on behalf of Republican candidates in Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Oregon and West Virginia.

Perry is the sole backer of this new group also.  Read about it at The Patriot Project

The disbursements in FEC filings for "Americans for Honesty on Issues" list "The Strategy Group for Media", OH, for ad production and "Pathfinder Marketing", TX, for ad buys in amounts totalling $1,427,964.  Through Brian Berry the Strategy Group is connected with Citizens United originator of American Sovereignty Project and Citizens United for the Bush Agenda.

Expect more pop-ups between now and November 7th.

Tags: AZ-08, CO-07, IA-01, IN-02, IN-08, IN-09, KY-04, NC-11, NM-01 (all tags)



Re: AZ-08,CO-07,IA-01,IN-02,IN-08,IN-09,KY-04,NC-1

Bob Perry was one of Tom DeLay's greatest benefactors.  With the DeLay's demise Texan domination of the House is less certain and Perry obviously wants to fill the abyss left by DeLay with equally abysmal Republicans like Charles Taylor in NC-11

by gregflynn 2006-10-12 07:46PM | 0 recs
Re: AZ-08,CO-07,IA-01,IN-02,IN-08,IN-09,KY-04,NC-1

Great post. We need to keep up the pressure. Please, everyone, let's all do our best to get friends and neighbors to "early vote" no matter how good the polls look.

by Drama Queen 2006-10-12 10:07PM | 0 recs

has an almost unlimited supply of $$$ to throw at these races, and since ethics are one of the 'values' that they ignore, the money wil be spent on lies, distortions, and general BS.  

We have to keep fighting right up until Nov 7 - they will.

by Bear83 2006-10-13 05:30AM | 0 recs

Americans for Honesty on Issues ads are now running in Indiana against Ellsworth IN-08: CQ/ NYTimes

by gregflynn 2006-10-13 06:31AM | 0 recs
Bob Perry #1 Donor

This just in from PoliticalMoneyLine.  

Bob Perry Funds Multiple Groups in 2006 Elections - Ranks as #1 Donor

Bob Perry's donations to 2006 electioneering communication groups now totals $8 million. New reports have just added $3 million more in Perry donations to the $5 million in Perry donations we reported on 9/14. These new reports from two groups reporting electioneering communications in the 2006 election show that Bob Perry of Houston, Texas is their major donor. Americans for Honesty on Issues reported receiving $2 million, and the Free Enterprise Fund reported receiving $1 million. We reported earlier that Perry had donated $5 million  to the Economic Freedom Fund ($2 million on 8/18 and $3 million on 9/5).

The Americans for Honesty on Issues reported that Bob J. Perry gave the group $2 million on September 1st. On the 29th of September the group paid $1,427,964 for electioneering communications on cable and broadcast stations relating to nine federal elections: Bruce Braley (IA-01) $159,572; Edwin Perlmutter (CO-07) $245,675; Brad Ellsworth (IN-08) $142,316; Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) $164,067; Baron Hill (IN-09) $97,041; Patricia Madrid (NM-01) $165,409; Joseph Heath Shuler (NC-11) $128,591; Kenneth Ray Lucas (KY-04) $209,223; and Joseph Simon Donnelly (IN-02) $116,073. Sum of dollars varies slightly from overall total due to rounding.

The Free Enterprise Fund reported raising $1,185,000 and spending $183,892 between 10/9 and 10/20. The major donor was $1 million from Robert Perry ($500,000 on 10/3 and $500,000 on 10/5). Other donors included D.C. Searle (IL) $150,000 on 10/6, and Thomas W. Smith $35,000 on 10/6. The group made electioneering communications relating to the elections of Jon Tetster ($124,330.87) and Ned Lamont ($59,562.85).

Besides the $8 million in donations to electioneering communication groups, Perry has also given $200,000  to the Republican Governors Assn ($100,000 on 2/10/06 and $100,000 on 6/13/06), and $150,000  to the Club for Growth ($100,000 on 8/23/05 and $50,000 on 5/20/05).

by gregflynn 2006-10-13 11:10AM | 0 recs
Ad BOOTED From Colorado

Covered this at [SquareState in a 'Quick Hits' Thread].

Read this Rocky Mountain News article.

Also, TakeBackTheHouse did a post entitled Enron comes to CD7 all about this.

by pacified 2006-10-13 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Ad BOOTED From Colorado

Here I'm trying to whore my blog, and I forget the link to where I noticed the story.

by pacified 2006-10-13 04:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Ad BOOTED From Colorado

We'll pimp if you pimp

It came up on our radar because the NC-11 ads against Heath Shuler haven't aired yet.  The New York Times political blog The Caucus had a post about this story at noon today: 527 Unmasked: Americans for Something and they also link to an album of some of the videos.

by gregflynn 2006-10-13 07:34PM | 0 recs


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