by Geoffrey Ingersoll, businessinsider.com -- August 17, 2012
Operational OpSec Education Fund's recent video, is filled with Navy SEALs, CIA, and the parents of troops killed in action.
The Fund is a nonprofit that refuses to release the names of its donors, yet claims a nonpartisan agenda, whose sole aim is to preserve the safety and welfare of US troops.
Maybe, but maybe not.
While claiming : "We're concerned for national security" and "We're concerned for the welfare of future operators on future missions," why did the group wait until less than 90 days before the election to voice concern via a sophisticated and expensive video? The bin Laden raid was nearly a year-and-a-half ago.
More likely the group is more concerned with unseating Obama.
Web Site: Special Ops OPSEC
Paid for by Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc
Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Contributions are not tax deductible.
Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund
The group says it is a non-partisan organization informing voters for social welfare purposes and has 501(c)(4) social welfare organization tax status with the IRS,. Its leaders have ties to the Republican Party and Tea Party. Its president is former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor, who failed to win a Republican nomination for a Virginia congressional seat in 2010. Its spokesperson Chad Kolton, who worked for the Bush administration as a spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence, was hired through HDMK, a Republican strategic communications firm, to perform media relations for OPSEC in July 2012.
The group claims to have raised almost $1 million between June and mid-August 2012. Because it claims that its primary purpose is to further the common good, the group doesn't have to disclose who is funding it to the public.
Hmmm, who's this HDMK?
HDMK -- sourcewatch.org
HDMK is a new public relations firm named for the firm's partners and founders, Republican "communications veterans" Terry Holt, Trent Duffy, Jim Morrell and Chad Kolton, The Politico reported October 22, 2007.
Holt is a former spokesman for Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio); Duffy served most recenlty as a deputy press secretary under President George W. Bush; Morrell was deputy chief of staff to the House Republican Conference and a speechwriter for former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.); and Kolton "led the public affairs department for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency."
Web Site: The HDMK Team
Chad Kolton -- Partner
With more than fifteen years of experience in the public and private sectors, Chad Kolton has established an expertise in developing public relations strategies that successfully influence policymaking and effectively respond to crises at the global, national and regional levels. As a spokesperson for Republican and Democrat administrations, he has been quoted in nearly every major media outlet in the country and has created and placed opinion content in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs.
Kolton has extensive experience in providing executive-level public relations counsel, and in implementing comprehensive media strategies. He has headed the public affairs offices for both the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In both positions, he was tasked with developing communications strategies with international implications and directing national crisis response communications.
Kolton has also served as the press secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget. In this role, he created and articulated messages to support Administration initiatives on fiscal and tax policy as well as federal regulations.
Kolton began his career on Capitol Hill as deputy press secretary for the House Republican Conference under its then -- Chair, U.S. Representative John Boehner (R-OH), the current speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lobbying - HDMK -- opensecrets.org
2012 Funding: Total Lobbying Income: $75,000
Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Trying to Swift-Boat Obama Over Bin Laden Leaks
by Janet Shan, hinterlandgazette.com -- August 15, 2012
Obama is being swift-boated by the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., which says it has about $1 million in the bank and hopes to raise more with the release of its 22-minute documentary about the Obama administration’s alleged leaks. The group, which is registered as a 501(c)3, which is educational and charity purposes, not political advocacy.
Where’s the IRS? The group is also planning to air TV ads in several swing states.
FWIW ... I hate undisclosed deep-pocket donors, trying to dishonor 'honorable Americans' (like President Barack Obama -- the Commander in Chief.)
Enough with the distortion and 'Swiftboating' already!
May the deep-pocket anonymous donors, lodge their complaints publicly.
Otherwise ... Who knows the country of origin of these faceless, nameless funders? ... From whence these unfounded scurrilous attacks have their shady genesis?
As recent history teaches us, it's best to know thy accusers (and their funding networks) ... Afterall, it's "an insidious world" out there ... as we are often told.
As the Special Ops OPSEC is now telling us NOW -- in yet another well-organized, secretly-funded mass-media "accuse and slander" Rovian-style campaign ...