Now is the season for smarmy political crap in the mail. Take for example the so called voter guide from the Freedoms Heritage Forum Political Action Committee.
The thing that got me interested in these guys was their list of issues on the flip side of the voter guide.
Steve Beshear Opposes the Ten Commandments.
Steve Beshear Supports Special Rights for those who practice homosexual acts.
Steve Beshear Supports the crime and political corruption associated with expanded gambling.
Give me a break.
So who promotes and publishes this drivel?
According the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance , the Chairman of the Freedoms Heritage Forum is David Logsdon, PO Box 8090, Louisville Kentucky 40527. His phone number is listed as (502) 895-7700. The same number is on the Freedoms Heritage Forum web site.
The Treasurer of the Freedoms Heritage Forum is Bob Ross, 800 Envoy Circle, Louisville, Kentucky, 40299-1837. You can reach Mr. Ross at his Accounting Office at (502) 499-9088. As an aside, Bob doesn’t mind feeding at the government trough.
Of course he has shared his money and covered his bases. While bashing the Democrats with the Freedoms Heritage Forum he has also donated to Crit Luallen, the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign, and Bruce Lunsford. Whether Lunsford is really a democrat is another rant.
One other player here appears to be David Marlett, 1903 S 8th St., Ft Pierce, FL 34950. You see the voter guide link is hosted on the Wilderness Cry Ministries web site. David Marlett is also the registrant of the Freedoms Heritage Forum web site.
So here is the question for the Registry of Election Finance.
What is the relationship between some right wing fundamentalist Baptists in Florida and a registered Kentucky Political Action Committee?
Why would anyone think there could be something not right about the Freedoms Heritage Forum and the way they do business?
Well, maybe because the Federal Election Commission has already taken them to court.
FEC v. FREEDOM'S HERITAGE FORUM, ET AL.
On March 28, 2002, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville granted the Commission's motions for:
Dismissal of portions of the complaint affected by changes in FEC regulations;
Summary judgment on claims that the Freedom's Heritage Forum (the Forum) and its treasurer failed to include the required disclaimers on express-advocacy communications; and
Dismissal of the defendants' counterclaims charging, among other things, that the Commission selectively enforced the Federal Election Commission Act (the Act) against the defendants, thus, depriving them of their Fourteenth Amendment rights to equal protection.
The court denied the Commission's request for summary judgment that former congressional candidate Timothy Hardy knowingly received a prohibited corporate contribution because certain of the facts were contested by the parties.
On August 14, 2003, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kentucky at Louisville issued an agreed order regarding Timothy Hardy's involvement in this case.