Monday, October 12, 2009

NC State Senator airs anti-Obama ads

I suddenly remembered this horrible ad I saw on the local television station as I was dozing off the other night. It was like watching one of those really fringe viral emails on video.

I went to bed wondering how some fringenut wacko group could get a station to air an ad so borderline seditious. Having now investigated, it's paid for by this group, Wake Up America. A look at their cause page, reads exactly like any viral email that circulates among the far right. But it's no fringe group. It's the brainchild of North Carolina Senator Andrew Brock (R-34) along with Raleigh businessman Will Head, who said "he provided $30,000 to air the first commercial."

Even worse, Brocks tells the local media that the group bought two weeks of air time in South Carolina because the ads are needed to back up Republican U.S. Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson.

They're registered as a 527 issues advocacy group with a unique fundraising system.
Brock said he hopes to generate money for future ads by organizing "citizen fundraisers" who would receive commissions based on the funds they bring in for the group. The commissions, which could be in the 5 to 10 percent range, are lawful, according to Brock.

"We're not going to do anything illegal," Brock said.
I know nothing about the law on this, but even if the Amway style fundraising scheme is legal, I'm wondering how a sitting state Senator can legally be promoting a 527 at all. How is his involvement not a direct, de facto connection to a political party?

[Thanks to Alan Colmes for the cool link at Liberaland]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Beyond the question of financial impropriety, I have to be reminded of a book I once had called "Germany Awakes" which was of course about the country "awakening" to Fascism.

Awakenings are a common theme of demagogues.

10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

So it is Fogg. This people are relentless in their determination to destroy civil society.

I see Liz Cheney started a little group of her own, but she's not an elected legislator. I really don't see how Brock can publicly declare they running the ad to support a sitting Republican and not lose their 527 status.

11:14:00 AM  

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