Concerned Taxpayers of America [CTA], one of the new super pacs, is intervening in Oregon’s 4th District race by making large ad buys against the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Peter DeFazio.
The secretive Concerned Taxpayers of America (CTA) is out with a new $79,000 ad buy against Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), bringing its total spending in Oregon's 4th congressional district race to more than $165,000 -- four times what DeFazio's opponent has spent.
CTA is a right wing Pac, as is evident when you look at Arthur Robinson, the candidate they’re supporting against DeFazio, who is a libertarian, a global warming denier [it’s a hoax to enslave the American people!], is in favor of abolishing public education, and so forth, and so on.
DeFazio told The Huffington Post that he believes Robinson's outspoken advocacy on behalf of conservative causes is the reason CTA is going after him so aggressively. "This is a small group of individuals, unknown, undisclosed, with obviously very, very deep pockets who have decided to campaign just to attack me and help my opponent, who obviously supports their radical extreme right-wing libertarian agenda," he said. "He has run in the highest circles of the right-wing libertarian whack jobs for decades. He's well known, he's a prominent national speaker on the homeschooling movement, he wants to abolish public education, and he is their front person with an organization and a so-called petition against global climate change, and he himself has [said he has] definitively proven climate change theory and knows it's a hoax to enslave the American people. I mean, this sounds like stuff that wouldn't go anywhere, but with hundreds of thousands -- or millions -- of dollars behind it in a swing district like mine, you don't know where it will go."
Finally, I must again offer thanks for recent decisions by our right wing Supreme Court, defenders of the plutocracy, which made it possible for corporations and other entities to form these secretive super pacs, so that they may then spend unlimited amounts of money while only disclosing their donors to the Federal Election Commission, which may not matter much because they don’t have to disclose until October 18. Coincidentally, Oregon votes by mail, and this is about the same time that the Oregon ballots will be mailed out (the ballots are mailed between the 14th and 18th days prior to an election).
These groups must operate independently from political parties and campaigns, and while they must disclose their donors to the Federal Election Commission, campaign finance advocates argue that they're able to largely operate in the shadows. "They're springing up like wildfire because they can take corporate money in huge amounts and while they have to file disclosure forms, the next time those reports are due isn't until the middle of October, so they're really able to spend money for a really critical part of the election season without having to disclose," said Lisa Gilbert, democracy advocate at U.S. PIRG [……]
Adding…I plan to check the FEC site for the donor disclosure list in October, and will post the names, as well as any background info I can find, here. Stay tuned…
UPDATE: Tuesday, October 19
As promised, an update.