Audio: The pro-Huckabee anti-Thompson push poll

posted at 6:40 pm on January 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

In case you were wondering what one sounds like or whether they were really happening at all.

Is it true, per the audio, that Fred didn’t sign the “no tax” pledge? Yup. He doesn’t sign pledges, period. That part is naturally conveniently omitted.

Update: Feel better?

Update: Why yes, in fact, push polls are illegal in South Carolina.


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Did they ask about Jesus? No? Must’ve been Rudy….

HerrMorgenholz on January 16, 2008 at 6:44 PM

He doesn’t sign pledges, period.

Huck doesn’t understand the “Let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’ and ‘no’ ‘no’” verse?

Who ordained this dude?

Editor on January 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Do you have a favorable opinion of Lyndsay Graham?

Spirit of 1776 on January 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Fred Thompson: I don’t do silly hats or pledges. In fact, you probably can’t trust my promises either…

BKennedy on January 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Huck’s getting cocky…too bad he’s starting to slow down.. Go FRed!

spacekicker on January 16, 2008 at 6:50 PM

The more I learn about Huckasham the less I like him.

Seriously, anyone but him or McLiar!

But, Fred!

SimplyKimberly on January 16, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Speaking of pledges, anyone remember this one?:

Read my lips…no new taxes.

CyberCipher on January 16, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Hmmmm? Huckabee signs a pledge that outlines what Fred Thompson has been saying all along…

The “New” newly minted positon of the Huckster…

What’s next? Increasing the size of Gitmo?

What a pandering #$%^&*…..!!!

Nelsa on January 16, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Phonecall wording: leading the witness.

Tzetzes on January 16, 2008 at 6:55 PM

The secular gang are going to have a field day with this clown. The evangelicals are going to be mocked with the brinwashed tag until they become a non-factor in the direction of this country.

volsense on January 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Once the caller states that he still doesn’t believe Huckabee on taxes and he doesn’t support Lyndsay Graham, I guess they didn’t have much else to talk about.

I really hope that either Mitt or Fred pulls this out. I don’t think I can vote for Huckabee or McCain . . .

Wasn’t there a 5th guy running? Who was that again?

TX Mom on January 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM

fred’s campaign has the video evidence and if there’s any justice, someone’s in trouble.

jimmer on January 16, 2008 at 7:01 PM

The secular gang are going to have a field day with this clown. The evangelicals are going to be mocked with the brinwashed tag until they become a non-factor in the direction of this country.

volsense on January 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Assuming that Huck wins the nomination.

doubleplusundead on January 16, 2008 at 7:02 PM

The secular gang are going to have a field day with this clown. The evangelicals are going to be mocked with the brinwashed tag until they become a non-factor in the direction of this country rise up and elect Huckabee.

volsense on January 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

jimmer on January 16, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Unethical, but illegal?

geckomon on January 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Are push polls illegal in NC? They are not illegal in most states.

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Are push polls illegal in NC SC? They are not illegal in most states.

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Unethical, but illegal?

geckomon on January 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Apparently not illegal if the calls are from out of state. Otherwise, I believe the fine in 200 bucks per offense if you break that rule.

Nelsa on January 16, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Are push polls illegal in NC? They are not illegal in most states.

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Yes they are and the Fredheads have already forwarded info to the SC AG’s office.

ihasurnominashun on January 16, 2008 at 7:11 PM

[telephone ringing}

["Voice"]
“For Dummond press one”

“For Aliens press two”

“For Martians press three”

Hello.. hello.. is that you Jesus?

“Uuuuhh.. what do you mean?”

uh.. well….

“No, no, no, no it’s Huck…”

HUCK? Huck who?!

“You know the preacher Huck?”

You mean the one running for president?

“Right.”

Whatta ‘ya wannnt?

“Well.. I want your vote.”

WHY?

“Weeell… ah.. ah.. I mean I’m a nice guy, don’t you think?”

As opposed to who?

“Well….. ah… ah… ahhh…. aaaahhhhhhh…. aaahhhhhh… aaaahhhhhh… aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh…

[soft click]

Huck are you there?

Hello?

[crickets chirping]

Mcguyver on January 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Yes they are and the Fredheads have already forwarded info to the SC AG’s office.

ihasurnominashun on January 16, 2008 at 7:11 PM

link?

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM

NM, here’s a link:

http://www.foxcarolina.com/politics/14909950/detail.html?rss=gsaa&psp=news

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:14 PM

. The evangelicals are going to be mocked with the brinwashed tag until they become a non-factor in the direction of this country rise up and elect Huckabee.
HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Once again for those of you who have been missing class due to an affliction of diarrheal mouth: there can only be one messiah.

geckomon on January 16, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Massive Pro-Huckabee Push Begins In S.C.
1 Million Calls By Friday, Organizers Say

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Automated phone polls disparaging rivals of Republican White House hopeful Mike Huckabee have started in South Carolina.

The group making the calls is Colorado-based Common Sense Issues and the executive director said he wants to make a million calls by Friday.

Huckabee’s campaign quickly disavowed the push polling and Common Sense executive director Patrick Davis said his group is not affiliated with the former Arkansas governor

http://www.foxcarolina.com/politics/15062696/detail.html

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Reprinted by popular demand! (thanks mom)

“I called this press conference to let you all know that I won’t stoop so low as to “push-poll” in South Carolina. Just to show you how dishonest that is, I ordered my goons to make a few “example” calls. Randomly. To show you what I wouldn’t do. Ever. And ever. Amen.”

geckomon on January 16, 2008 at 10:07 AM

geckomon on January 16, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Mcguyver on January 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM

You’re not Huckabee. You’re Bingo the Clown.

Tzetzes on January 16, 2008 at 7:20 PM

South Carolina has a law against automated phone calls. And the state’s attorney general, Henry McMaster, is co-chair of John McCain’s state campaign. In a phone interview today, he told me that his office was still gathering information about the calls, but that “I’d advise anybody making automated calls that they should get some legal advice.”

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/005086.php

I’m not impressed, he has known about these calls since last year and hasn’t done anything.

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:21 PM

The secular gang are going to have a field day with this clown. The evangelicals are going to be mocked with the brinwashed tag until they become a non-factor in the direction of this country.

volsense on January 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Correct. He (and some here) whine about the “Christian bashing” he receives from Republican non-religious people like me, but it’s nothing compared to the firestorm he’ll face for his ridiculous and cartoon-ish statements once the lefty-seculars get him in their sites. Right now they’re on his side, because they want him to be the nominee. Thankfully, there’s little chance of that happening.

peski on January 16, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Correct. He (and some here) whine about the “Christian bashing” he receives from Republican non-religious people like me, but it’s nothing compared to the firestorm he’ll face for his ridiculous and cartoon-ish statements once the lefty-seculars get him in their sites. Right now they’re on his side, because they want him to be the nominee. Thankfully, there’s little chance of that happening Their plan will backfire on them and Huckabee will win the white house!

peski on January 16, 2008 at 7:22 PM

HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 7:26 PM

I’m a born again Christian and I resent Huckascam’s whining over his faith being attacked when he uses it as a shield to deflect from having to answer very real questions about his positions and his record.

And when the lefty’s attack him – they will be right.

SimplyKimberly on January 16, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Huckabee signs “No Amnesty Pledge”

I think we need to get the Huckster’s definition of “amnesty” before anyone jumps on-board. Because we all know, McCain NEVER supported amnesty either.

Vigilante on January 16, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Harald, you need to stop drinking the Huckabee kool-aid.

I swear, you just get hosed in every thread you pop up in and yet you act like your candidate is squeaky clean on all accounts. You know, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is one definition of insanity…

HebrewToYou on January 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM

It is actually very interesting that Huckabee would have calls attacking Thompson who is reportedly in 4th in SC. Instead of attacking the people in 2nd or 3rd like Mitt or McCain. Maybe, Huckster’s internal polling shows Thompson doing better than we think, or maybe he thinks he can pick off the Thompson voters to propel him to the top.

Either way, it’s not going to work. Thompson voters are conservatives, they are not voting for Fred because of his accent or where he goes to church, and therefore are unlikely candidates to “convert” to Huckabee.

joncoltonis on January 16, 2008 at 7:37 PM

link?

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM

No link, just an assumption since there was a post on Fred08 earlier requesting information on the push-polling; this video and then this article:

http://reason.com/blog/show/124432.html

just putting things together.

ihasurnominashun on January 16, 2008 at 7:38 PM

HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Okay, Huck’s your guy, in spite of the fact that he’s preaching Christianity while doing sneaky, dishonest things pretty much constantly. I appreciate the fact that you, at least, are honest about your positions, unlike your candidate. But let’s put that aside for the moment. I’d be extremely grateful if you would answer these two questions:

Do you think that the media is going to give him a pass on the following items in a general election?
- flip-flop on Gitmo
- Carteresque foreign policy
- perceived anti-woman stance (submission, etc.)
- Ron Paul effect (followers engage in dishonest activity like push polling and you expect us to believe you’re not on board with that? etc.)
- didn’t even consider cutting spending to comply with court orders; raised taxes $500 million and it was NOT all required
- being the Clemency King
- failing to notify, as required by law, victims or victim’s families about the clemencies
- apparently selling a Get Out Of Jail Free card to a serial drunk driver who was a big donor
- registering for wedding gifts after having been married for ~30 years
- accepting over $150,000 in gifts while in office (legal, but unsavory)
- coincidentally giving patronage jobs to people who gave him wedding gifts
- flip-flopping on national smoking ban
- campaigning for Democrats in Arkansas
- leaving the Arkansas GOP in a shambles
- having a soul that will not let him stop giving our tax dollars to illegal aliens
- evidently acquiring a new soul that will let him deport them
- pushing for drivers licenses for illegals in 2001, and opposing a bill that would require proof of citizenship to vote
- criticizing a federal immigration crackdown in 2005 because it’s “unfair” to family members of illegals.
- saying, out loud and in front of a reporter, “I drink a different kind of Jesus juice.” (Hey, he’s got Michael Jackson’s vote, anyway.)

And do you think that when the media starts harping on these and other similiar items pretty much 24/7, that he’s got a chance in hell of winning?

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Well, I just voted absentee. My state votes Feb 5th.

bnelson44 on January 16, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Huckabee? Pledge? As though his word meant anything…

Tzetzes on January 16, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Jim Davenport reported this in December….

…”Davis said the calls to South Carolina, which began last weekend, are legal under federal law and constitutionally protected free speech.

“We are sending those calls into South Carolina from outside the state,” Davis said. “The federal law is the law that we’re riding on.”…..

South Carolina law prohibits “automatically dialed announcing device” calls to people for political or commercial purposes, though such calls are common. Each violation can carry a penalty of 30 days in jail and a $200 fine.

Republican John McCain has complained about the outfit making similar calls in New Hampshire, alleging they violate a state law there that requires callers conducting “push polling” to identify the candidate they are working for or against.

Nelsa on January 16, 2008 at 7:49 PM

He signed a “no amnesty” pledge? What a flip-flopping panderer! I bet he uses hair spray and a blow dryer to style his hair, too. And what’s with that suit? What a plastic ken-doll.

NTWR on January 16, 2008 at 7:53 PM

With a million calls expected, that would put the Huckster 200 MILLION in the hole.!! :)

Of course he will just deny he had anything to do with it…

Nelsa on January 16, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Doubt if it has anything to do with Huck’s campaign. Ed Rollins wouldn’t allow it. He’s a stickler for taking the high road.

a capella on January 16, 2008 at 8:12 PM

- flip-flop on Gitmo always said Gitmo was too good for terrorists,never said bring them to USA
- Carteresque foreign policy Huck is actually strongest (besides Rudy)on WOT and most serious about energy independence
- perceived anti-woman stance (submission, etc.) Why does he have highest % of women voters in GOP
- Ron Paul effect (followers engage in dishonest activity like push polling and you expect us to believe you’re not on board with that? etc.)push polling is fine considering the media is villifying him
- didn’t even consider cutting spending to comply with court orders; raised taxes $500 million and it was NOT all required- Did cut spending..was forced by AR. constitution to raise taxes slightly…left surplus tried to give back to citizens
being the Clemency King- executed more criminals than any presidential candidate
failing to notify, as required by law, victims or victim’s families about the clemencies untrue
- apparently selling a Get Out Of Jail Free card to a serial drunk driver who was a big donortotally baseless lie
- registering for wedding gifts after having been married for ~30 years anniversery gifts
- accepting over $150,000 in gifts while in office (legal, but unsavory)- So
coincidentally giving patronage jobs to people who gave him wedding gifts- conspiracy theory
flip-flopping on national smoking ban never said he would propose or force smoking ban
- campaigning for Democrats against RINO’s in Arkansas
- leaving the Arkansas GOP in a shambles there was no GOP in AR before him
- having a soul that will not let him stop giving our tax dollars to illegal aliensbaseless lie children of illegals born in America are American citizens
- evidently acquiring a new soul that will let him deport them
- pushing for drivers licenses for illegals in 2001, and opposing a bill that would require proof of citizenship to vote- totally baseless lie
criticizing a federal immigration crackdown in 2005 because it’s “unfair” to family members of illegals. again another lie
- saying, out loud and in front of a reporter, “I drink a different kind of Jesus juice.” (Hey, he’s got Michael Jackson’s vote, anyway.) And??

EVERY candidate has FAR worse dirt on them than these ridiculous and miniscule complaints.

HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Wow, so I guess they must be polling Lindsay Graham’s chances of being McCain’s VP over Huckabee’s, hm?

someguy on January 16, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Jesus told him to do it!

Campaigning against Huckabee is like fighting Jihadist. They do not obey the rules but you do because you are honest.

TheSitRep on January 16, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Someone please let the air out of Huck’s tirades

sulla on January 16, 2008 at 8:34 PM

I really hope that the people of South Carolina show their true conservative colors and put the Huckster and McVain in their place. BTW, did the Huckster go to the P.T. Barnum divinity school? By the way that he campaigns it would seem so.

dawgyear on January 16, 2008 at 8:46 PM

::Laura prepares a thorazine injection for Harald, writes “total break with reality” in chart, looks for Huckabee Derangement Syndrome in DSMIV::

- leaving the Arkansas GOP in a shambles there was no GOP in AR before him

Other than the Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator, and 2 Republican Congressmen that were in office or took office when he took office, you mean?

Upon his leaving office in 2007, Republicans now hold no statewide offices, have no Republicans in the U.S.Senate, and only one Republican Congressman remains.

I’m not going to fisk your entire response (and so much of it was just a Kos-Kid style fact rejection anyway) but that one is representative of just how wrong you are.

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Oh, what the heck, just one more, Harald.

- flip-flop on Gitmo always said Gitmo was too good for terrorists,never said bring them to USA

You’re parsing again, Clinton-style. (Bill? Is that you?) No matter how non-responsive you are, Huckabee clearly and undeniably flipflopped on Gitmo.

“>FLIP – June 11, 2007 – thought keeping Gitmo open was just nifty:

“It’s (Guantanamo) more symbolic than it is a substantive issue because people perceive of mistreatment when in fact there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given really every consideration,” he said.

“>FLOP – December 4, 2007 – thought closing Gitmo was just nifty:

Huckabee joined Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in declaring his opposition to the interrogation procedure known as “waterboarding,” and said he would support closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a contrast with the other leading Republicans.

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 9:02 PM

Oops, the link substantiating the Gitmo flop is right here on HotAir:

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 9:03 PM

…I’m not going to fisk your entire response (and so much of it was just a Kos-Kid style fact rejection anyway) but that one is representative of just how wrong you are.

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Many thanks for taking on this chore. Now we can all ignore him.

fred5678 on January 16, 2008 at 9:05 PM

Hey! where’d my link go? Well, it’s on 12/4/2007 by Bryan, titled “War questions for Mike Huckabee Update: Video added Update: Huckabee wanted to keep Gitmo open as late as June 2007 Update: New video added; Update: Huckabee issues statement”

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 9:05 PM

Laura,

I admire you for trying. But it has been obvious to me from the day one that Hardehardehar (or whatever his name is) is an implant directly from the Huckabee campaign. He/her jumped in here when we had that great and long suffering grand reopening here at HotAir the other week and we knew that it was going to be hell to pay for it.

All the Huck fans in here that existed before that grand reopening do not respond like Harhar does.

Three (3) of them (Harhar is by far the worst and the most dogged about it all hours of the day and night, don’t know when he sleeps) came in on that day.

The other two are popularpolitics and Huckfan, they too can be pretty bad, but it’s obvious they are individuals on their own accord, because they peter out after a while and even they have lost their wind since.

Harhar however is definitely not just on his own accord.

Just seeing you battle with him has cemented my suspicions. He makes absolutely no sense!

The other reason I believe this is because even Rush Limbaugh was bombarded with Huck shills right around or prior to that day. Rush admitted and acknowledged it on the air. And after that Rush had no more such calls because my best guess is he simply refused all “campaign” callers.

The reason I know without a shadow of a doubt that Harhar is from the campaign itself is because it/he/her never sleeps. The only way that could be true is because the password is known to several or more operatives.

So I don’t mean to tell you what to do or how to do it or discourage you from exposing the Huckster, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t change the responses you’re going to get from HardeHardeHar.

The Huck campaign has pulled out all the stops in this campaign. Nothing, absolutely nothing is going to stop them from chasing their dream of power.

In a way it’s disheartening after thinking we have just gotten rid of power hungry politicians like the Clintonistas.

But alas.. the battle rages on. I don’t expect this battle to end before I die, nor in my children or grandchildren’s life span.

The biggest struggle we have is against ignorance. Like Rush says ignorance costs us more than anything else in this country.
It’s the ignorant of this country that fall and have fallen for shenanigans like Huck.

Hence why Huck is against school vouchers, (duh…)!

If you click on my handle you’ll see my analysis on the Huckabee aberration and the ignorant who voted for him in an open outcry situation in the Iowa caucus and how that tweaked his surge there.

My favorite quote(mine):
Mike Huckabee is the fusion reincarnation of Jimmy Baker and William “slick” Jefferson Clinton.

So sad but true.

I hope this helps.

Mcguyver on January 16, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Geezus H. Huckachrist is a piece of chit that republicans better wake up to. Otherwise it’s going to be President Hillary Clinton come November. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if it proves out that the moron is working for the Clintons as we speak. I’ve always known the republican party is weak and mostly without backbone but this is truly getting ridiculous.

Griz on January 16, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Mcguyver – oh, you’re right about it being futile, at least where Harald is concerned. No question. Even if he’s one person, an insomniac like me, and not a campaign plant, there’s no question that he’s not going to come back from the dark side. When Huck loses he’ll blame it on the MSM conspiracy against Christians, I’m sure.

Your idea that he’s several people from the campaign is interesting – I’m curious to know how many IP addresses he’s using and to whom they’re registered. Hillary’s campaign got caught doing that on some lefty blog, it was hilarious. Still, I’m sure if that were going on, AP or Bryan would publicize it.

Hey, did you catch that he said the $500 million tax hike was “slight” ? Good grief…

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Laura on January 16, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Wanna bet there is no Harald a/k/a hardeharhar? Ya think just maybe there’s a laptop somewhere in Schmuckabee HQ for any Jesus Freak dipstick to log onto Hot Air any time so the Schmuck trolls can ransack this place?

I wonder, apart from vulgarity, what it takes to get banned from here. This clown’s about as popular on HA as a pork chop in a mosque.

thejackal on January 16, 2008 at 9:38 PM

go LAURA… Huck is a sham.

custer on January 16, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Yeah I sorta did, Laura.

I have quit paying attention for the most part until your fight began.
I have accused him several times of being a Huck campaign implant, with absolutely no response. So I figure it’s a best bet to play him like he is.

You know how I can slam’em and beat’em up in here…. well he is the only one that has no emotions, PERIOD.
None, zilch, squat, zero!

It’s like a robot on energizer batteries. The funny thing is when I make comments that doesn’t address him by name, like just mentioning the content of his comment and then rebutting it or making a sarcastic joke about his comments or Huck… you guessed it… he doesn’t respond ever.
And if he does respond, it’s merely to post another mess of lies and not to me directly.
That is the most tell tale sign to me that it is a campaign implant.

Mcguyver on January 16, 2008 at 9:51 PM

LOL! Got to hand it to you guys…this was the funniest thread I’ve read on HA ever! Totally made my day!

HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Laura,

Of the 18 arguments you laid out against Huckabee…only two proved to be semi correct

Gitmo and smoking ban.

Wow! Huckabee must be the WORST CANDIDATE EVER!!

He changed two positions during his 13.5 years years experience governing. Get a rope somebody!

HaraldHardrada on January 16, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Yet again Huck-a-wannabe Conservative plays dirty politics like a cheap politician? Excuse me for my total lack of surprise.

‘Moderates’ can vote for Huckabee or Clinton. Either way it wouldn’t matter. Those 2 are birds of the same feather.

DannoJyd on January 16, 2008 at 10:30 PM

DannoJyd on January 16, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Plucked?

geckomon on January 16, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Remember all the skepticism when Mitt was the victim of push-polling in New Hampshire? Am I allowed to say “I told you so” yet?

WasatchMan on January 16, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Funny how the “Hardehardehar” only now has developed a personality.

Never before was there ever a personality that came through like a.. ah… human being or whatever we call ourselves?

Now all of a sudden when we bust him for the Huck campaign implant that he is.. he has a personality?!
And he responds to indirect references?
No that’s unfunny.

Mcguyver on January 16, 2008 at 10:53 PM

WasatchMan,
Yeah it is interesting that the big A, neh…ver even mentions that isn’t it?

Mcguyver on January 16, 2008 at 10:56 PM

How about a pledge of allegiance to Federal Immigration laws?

SouthernGent on January 17, 2008 at 12:25 AM

I drink a different kind of Jesus juice

lol that’s hilarious.. I think they call that Purple Drank on the street.

whiskeytango on January 17, 2008 at 7:24 AM

The group making the calls is Colorado-based Common Sense Issues and the executive director said he wants to make a million calls by Friday.

So…presuming they are making the calls from out of state to avoid getting prosecuted by SC for push-polling — how the heck did the Huckster get the cash to make ONE MILLION long distance phone calls?

SunSword on January 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM

how the heck did the Huckster get the cash to make ONE MILLION long distance phone calls?

It’s not his campaign. The phone calls are made by CC Advertisng out of Virginia. Common Sense Issues has contracted them with an exclusive agreement. No other campaign can use CC Advertising in this election cycle.

According the Newsweek, Common Sense Issues is funded by people that have also donated large amounts of money to the Huckabee campaign. Newsweek also reports that many of the contributions to Common Sense Issues, of those that also contributed to Huckabee, were made AFTER they gave large sums of money at Huckabee fundraisers.

The Newsweek story goes on to report that well known wealthy Christians in and around Dallas are the folks that gave large donations to Huckabee and then were subsequently recruited by Common Sense Issues with solicitations for donations.

It’s very difficult to prove coordination between the Huckabee camp and Common Sense Issues. Common Sense Issues could just take Huckabee’s FEC filings and use that data to solicit the same donors to give money to Common Sense Issues.

CSI’s executive director is Patrick Davis. He is a former employee of the RNC. CSI seems to think that federal free speech laws permit them to robocall voters in SC.

gabriel sutherland on January 17, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Ok, so a supposedly “disconnected” group that “supports” Huckabee is breaking the law in SC.

Here’s an exit question for ya: Does SC Election law provide for the removal of a candidate from the ballot if there is election lawbreaking in connection with his campaign?

I would just LOVE to see the Huckster ripped off the SC ballot because of his law flaunting. Would serve him right.

wearyman on January 17, 2008 at 10:30 AM

One other thing about Common Sense Issues and Huckabee. CSI is a 501(c)4. It can support candidates for office. CSI supports Huckabee for President. It runs the trusthuckabee.com website.

Huckabee disavowing this group is rather mute at the moment. The group endorses him. It’s employing push polls to help him win. Merely stating he has nothing to do with the group isn’t enough. He can pick up the phone right now and ask them to stop breaking South Carolina law.*wink*othercampaigns*wink*

gabriel sutherland on January 17, 2008 at 10:40 AM