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  •  I'd like to think that this sort of (2+ / 0-)
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    dogemperor, Pris from LA

    anomaly is a by-product of republicanism.

    Do you know if there are any Democrats involved in this program?


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 03:05:57 PM PST

    •  Don't be shocked if there are... (4+ / 0-)

      They mainly target GOP, but I would not put it past them to target "blue dog" Democrats in areas where that is going to be their major "in" with a city--coercive groups, in general, will take any advantage available and also generally don't discriminate too much along party lines.

      •  I would be shocked unless there are large (3+ / 0-)

        amounts of money changing hands.


        The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

        by nupstateny on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 03:29:29 PM PST

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        •  In many cases, there *are* large amounts. (2+ / 0-)
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          shigeru, Pris from LA

          In general, Gothard provides his seminars at free or nearly-free charge, and (as noted in the video) the IACC seminars are increasingly being promoted as a cost-effective alternative to more standard ethics training regimens.

          For that matter, part of why Gothard explicitly targets businessmen first is because--well--they have the money, and he can use the businessmen to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars in the right direction.

          Also, increasingly, direct donations have been given as favours to politicians seen as friendly--the local head of the "Character Cities" council may offer to give a donation to the election campaign of a potentially friendly politician if the politician will make certain to work to get the "Character Cities" program into place (in fact, Phil Heimlich was recruited in precisely this method).

          •  That was going to be my next (2+ / 0-)
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            dogemperor, Neon Vincent

            question, how much money are the republicans getting as campaign contributions?  

            This is all so Ralph Reed in nature.  


            The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

            by nupstateny on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 05:12:20 PM PST

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            •  Cincy may be a guide (1+ / 0-)
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              Neon Vincent

              It may be difficult to tell--in part because funds are typically given via businessemen or business associations--but  one way where we may be able to trace the amounts is by finding the businessmen who are in the Gothard frontgroups and from there tracing to known public lists of donations to candiates.

              It's something that is going to take a non-negligible amount of research, though.

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