by gregflynn, Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 07:22:11 PM EDT
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
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.