It looks like a new organization, a political action committee (PAC) called the Conservative Majority Fund, registered less than a month ago, is actually doing something: airing TV ads across the country that raise conspiracy theory issues about Barack Obama including his social-security number and birth certificate, and making robocalls to voters. You’ve probably seen the video by now, with a narration reminiscent of a Nevada used car salesman.
Half a million dollars!
The fund’s treasurer (that’s the person whose name goes on the FEC application for a PAC) is Scott B. MacKenzie, a consultant who ran another conservative PAC in 2010. The fact that they’ve spent over half a million dollars less than a month after the PAC’s creation suggests to me that this is a front for some rich individual or organization rather than any kind of grass roots effort. I’m no election law wonk, but it looks like their first donor report won’t be due until October 15, so the election will be upon us before we know where the money is coming from.
According to FEC filings, the Conservative Majority Fund has spent half a million dollars as of August 1. $185,663 went to a company called Take 2 Direct LLC, 1182 S Bristol St, Santa Anna CA for "Media Production and Airtime" and the balance for "Voter Contact Calls" paid to a company called Infocision Management Corp,. 325 Springside Dr., Akron, OH. The calls seem to going to pretty much every state including ones not in contention.
The Fund says that they need 10,000 signatures from each state and they can remove Barack Obama from the ballot. Clearly they are targeting ignorant people because no such provision exists in any state or federal law.
A lively investigation of the people behind the PAC is developing at The Fogbow forum.
Here’s another really funny used car ad.