Hot on Anglico's heels in the hunt for 527s watch out for these right-wing groups in the months to come: The "Government Reform Coalition" and "Purge Congress 527". Each group has IRS initial filings with NC addresses but no reported contributions or expenditures to date. A large flow of cash could influence the fall elections but might not be detected until after election day.
Government Reform Coalition was formed last year with a Raleigh address that is listed as undeliverable by the US Postal Service and can not be identified in Wake County tax records. The custodian of the 527 is DC based lawyer "Alan P. Dye" a partner in the firm Webster, Chamberlain and Bean. Dye is closely associated with the "Republican Leadership Coalition" a group largely funded and controlled by millionaire J. Patrick Rooney, the self described "Father of Medical Savings Accounts" who also advocates for school vouchers. Rooney also largely funded the "People of Color" group which attacked Teresa Heinz for highlighting her African heritage.
Alan P. Dye is also associated with the "Council for National Policy" a conservative networking group which has a lobbying wing known as "CNP Action". In 2002 Dye represented a handful of groups including the Christian Coalition, Club for Growth and, National Right to Life, who joined a group of 27 entities (including the ACLU) in suing the Federal Election Commission to challege various provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002
It appears that the Government Reform Coalition has been set up as a 527 sleeper cell ready to be activated when the time comes to suddenly funnel money into supporting or distorting campaigns.
"Purge Congress 527" has been busy in the short time since its creation 7/6/06. The local Contact, Custodian and Director is William Gwynne Head, III, a Republican with a Raleigh PO Box address and Michael F. Smith, the other Director listed with an address in Key Largo, Florida. The Florida address has been hard to confirm as legal records list the $1.75 million property in another name. The domain names purgecongress.org and purgecongress.com were registered earlier on 5/25/06.
PurgeCongress.com is an active website describing the group as a defender of "American Exceptionalism". The site adds local anti-hero Nathan Tabor as President of the group. Three people officially make it a crowd. The site is currently heavy on immigration reform with a few nods to other conservative issues including "Ignorant People That Vote" and an as yet to be written section called "How to Talk to a Liberal". The site is designed and maintained by Tabor's TCV Media and includes several links back to TCV.
Stay tuned to BlueNC.com here on channel 527.