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This is a follow up to my diary from last night.

http://www.dailykos.com/...

regarding this mailer which can be viewed here:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

The fine folks at TPM Muckraker have solved the mystery.

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/...

Records with the Virginia State Corporation Commission show that the group's charter was filed by a man named Jason Torchinsky of Holtzman Vogel. And who is he?

His bio at his law firm gives a good idea:

Jason Torchinsky recently joined Holtzman Vogel PLLC with a primary focus on campaign finance and election law. During the 2004 election cycle, Jason served as Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney '04 and Deputy General Counsel to the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Immediately before joining the firm, Jason was Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. Jason has also served in other positions at the White House and at the United States Department of Justice. At the White House, he worked for now-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the Counsel's Office. At the Department of Justice, Jason served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and in the Eastern District of Wisconsin as a Special Assistant United States Attorney....
Jason's prior political experience includes the Republican National Committee Counsel's Office, the Dole-Kemp campaign, the 1996 Republican National Convention, and Congressman Herb Bateman's re-election campaign.

So now we know who is behind the "Progressive Policy Council"...

Originally posted to Insult Comic Dog on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 01:23 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I just KNEW Torchinsky was a crazy librul! (0+ / 0-)

    I knew it!  

    TPM is really an outstanding site: great work by Josh and Justin, et al.  

    Thanks for solving that mystery.  One look at any corrupt Rs donor PAC list is a roadmap to democracy-destroying money laundering.  Too bad that feds haven't figured this out (or those who have, have been squashed.)  Cause Abramoff gave them the game plan and the template.    

    Who knew? Chamonix. But did he tell us? NO!

    by 2lucky on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 01:31:00 AM PST

  •  Not surprised if list targeted Gay Voters (0+ / 0-)

    Any recon on this angle???

    Democrats: Putting Intelligence Back Into National Security

    by Robert Davies on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 03:27:08 AM PST

  •  PA Party set themselves up for this.... (0+ / 0-)

    The DLC, DSCC and the PA Democratic machine set themselves up for this by forcing Bob Casey on PA Democrats. The unfortunate truth is that Casey is against gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research and abortion rights. Someone Republicans got smart enough to use it against Casey, even though they're in the same camp themselves.

    •  and..... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      musicsleuth, Desroko, Pandoras Box

      he will vote for Dem leadership that will never bring up these issues.  Go away.

      I wouldn't believe Bush if his tongue became notarized (h/t to shanti2)

      by billlaurelMD on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 04:29:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  To be fair... (0+ / 0-)

        If we had information like this, that a Republican candidate agreed with our agenda, whether or not he always goes with the rest of his Party, wouldn't Dems attempt to use this information in a similar way?

        I'm sorry, I don't see this as a 'dirty trick'.  Stonefeather Grubbs was right.  This is valid information that they are presenting, using his own quotes.  It may not be attractive to us.

        Remember, Kerry was against abortions personally, but he believed in the right to choose.  I have recently heard other liberals saying they are personally against gay marriage but don't want to stand in the way of their rights for equal support.  And let's not forget that there were a few Dems who were taking money under the table and even got caught, even though it was hardly on the same scale.

        There are Dems out there that don't agree with much of what we all want, and not all are perfect.  This is just a fact.  We need a majority now, we can clean up the party later.  But until then, it will get used against us.

        So tell me, am I wrong?  Is an ad stating facts and truth, though incomplete, a dirty trick?

        President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale. -AG

        by Stymnus on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 05:43:34 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Looking for video of this Santorum ad (0+ / 0-)

    This ref is from today's NY Times...anyone have a link to this ad?

    Assailing Mr. Casey’s national security credentials, the Santorum campaign has run a television commercial that shows a mushroom cloud, missiles streaking through the air and the faces of North Korean, Iranian and terrorist leaders. It concludes, “We just can’t take a chance on Bob Casey.”

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