What do they have in common? Bob Perry and 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.
The Strategy Group received $14,136.66 from Americans for Honesty on Issues for making a "Heart in Tennessee" ad production, date of disbursement 10/05/06 and Pathfinder Marketing received $114,454.00 for the "Cable/Broadcast Media Buy" for date of disbursement 9/29/06. The candidate listed is "Joseph Heath Shuler"
Candidates and titles of funded 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 Wednesday 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 missing Perry's involvement in Americans for Dishonesty 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.
Bob Perry has been one of Tom DeLay's greatest benefactors. With 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
Expect more pop-ups between now and November 7th.
This story was originally posted in other threads as news developed. It is also now crossposted at MyDD edited for a general audience.