Yes, you read that title correctly. No, I did not make a mistake, I simply retyped the demand
made of Michelle Malkin
by a tough-talking lawyer
representing some Republicans-in-name-only.
Let’s just cut to the chase.
Michelle made reference to Soros money finding its way to the “Main Street” Republicans via a donation Soros made to the 527 group, the Main Street Individual Fund (”MSIF”).
The lawyer claims MSIF is “NOT the same as the [Republican Main Street Partnership] (”RMSP”), nor is it affiliated with or controlled by RMSP. To state otherwise is false, misleading to the public, and damaging to RMSP’s reputation.”
But basic internet research shows otherwise.
As Michelle points out, the website opensecrets.org
has a bio on MSIF that says:
The Main Street Individual Fund (MSIF) is a New York-based group founded to help elect moderate Republican candidates. Among those candidates it supports in the 2004 elections is Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa), who is fending off a tough primary challenge from Rep. Pat Toomey. MSIF raises funds from individual donors and is affiliated with another 527, the Main Street Fund, which solicits contributions from corporations and unions. Both are connected to the Republican Main Street Partnership.
Heck, even an article back in 2004 mentioned the ties:
To comply with the law, the [Republican Main Street Partnership] abolished its original 527 controlled by members of Congress and dumped about $178,000 of remaining funds in late 2002 into new independent soft money entities.
They are the Main Street Fund, which solicits groups, unions and businesses for donations, and the Main Street Individual Fund, which raises money from wealthy individuals aimed at helping specific candidates.
So it makes one wonder why RMSP has the pit bulls firing off threatening letters claiming there’s no affiliation. I agree with the pit bull’s assertion that being linked to Soros is a reputation-killer… but that’s hardly something to blame on Malkin who simply pointed out the public information
Let’s get real on this story. RMSP and its affiliated groups support liberals masquerading as Republicans. In fact, the membership list reads like a who’s-who of Congressional RINOs. Olympia Snowe, Lincoln Chafee, Arlen Specter, John McCain, etc. So taking money from the mother of all liberals wouldn’t really be a stretch of the imagination. And really, how does taking money from Soros do any more to harm their reputation than their liberal politics already do?
Just look at the campaign contributions of the members of Caplin & Drysdale, the firm that is threatening Malkin on behalf of “moderate Republicans”. With the exception of several token contributions, the vast majority of campaign contributions is to liberal politicians and groups (Hillary Clinton, , Dick Gephardt, HILLPAC, John Kerry, Howard Dean, DNC Services Corp, Tom Daschle, Nick Lampson, EMILY’s List, Evan Bayh, Russ Feingold, DSCC, Paul Wellstone and more).
One other interesting incident in this whole story is that CRP, who runs the website opensecrets.org, apparently erased the Soros donation from its records sometime after Malkin posted about it (of course, CRP, itself appears to be a recipient of Soros money as well). But unfortunately for them, the donation still exists in other databases.
The Dusty Attic
points to this IRS page
that shows the MSIF name change to Republicans Who Care Individual Fund occured on November 17, 2005… just a week after Malkin’s original post. The date of this name change is the exact same date of the pit bull’s letter to Malkin
. What a “coincidence”. Another “coincidence” is this entry at the PoliticalMoneyLine
11/15/2005 9:57:15 AM
Sarah Chamberlain Resnick changed the name of her two Section 527 organizations to Republicans Who Care (formerly Main Street Fund) and Republicans Who Care Individual Fund (formerly Main Street Individual Fund).
So within a week of Malkin’s post about the Soros donation to MSIF, both groups that are apparently “connected” to RMSP — MSIF and MSF — changed their names… and on or about the same date, they sick their pit bulls on those asking questions about the Soros money. Interesting.
Mike’s got more on this story, including his own visit by the CRP about this thing.
Note to pit bulls, you should fact-check your threats before delivering them. Oh, and please run spell check on any threatening letters you send to me.
UPDATE: Looks like CRP is snooping around Generation Why? now too. Hello boys and girls.