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Your mail: Who is that masked man?
In a recent column, "Political groups free to speak free to hide," political columnist, John Maginnis, levied unwarranted and unfair criticism at attorney general candidate Royal Alexander and his legal abilities.
To argue that Alexander's position in a last-minute lawsuit filed during the campaign disqualifies him from the office of attorney general is as silly as suggesting that Buddy Caldwell is not qualified for the office because he ran advertisements that failed to recognize the very basic legal definition of when someone has bee sued.
Alexander was attempting to find relief from the relentless and false attacks against him. Just because a view of the law has been upheld by the courts in the past does not make the legal reasoning right for the future. Alexander, facing an uphill, but not insurmountable, legal battle made a decision not to pursue the litigation and to focus the few remaining hours of the campaign on trying to reach the voters.The real story in the campaign was not the last hour legal wrangling by Alexander, but rather the use of unfettered attack advertisements against him. It is ironic that a campaign, which focused upon change and ethics reform, was heavily influenced by a clandestine, out of state, unidentified organization that funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into television commercials for the sole purpose of directly influencing the outcome of the campaign.
The "Louisiana Justice Fund" successfully circumvented the maize of campaign finance laws and launched a campaign solely designed to attack Alexander. This organization was founded on Oct. 4 and served no purpose other than to allow unknown, out of state parties to disguise their identity, ignore campaign finance limitations and directly influence a Louisiana election.
Since the Louisiana Justice Fund refused to file campaign finance reports, little is known of the identity of the financiers of the organization. The identities of those that implemented the furtive plan, however, are known.
Washing, D.C. firms such as the Dewey Square Group, Buying Time, LLC, Hilltop Public Solutions, the law firm of Harmon, Curran, Speilberg & Eisenberg, Katherine Buchanan, Catherine Birdwell, Derek Fitch and the lobbyist Jim Nickel of Courson & Nickel all worked with the nameless, faceless financiers to create a shell entity. There are leads that the media could investigate.
The fact that no one in the media questioned the sudden injection of an unknown, very well-financed and politically astute organization into a Louisiana election is disturbing. The mainstream media in this country has accepted the mantle of the "Fourth Estate" and the citizens of this country depend upon it to point out public inconsistencies. In many instances citizens interpret the lack of media attention on a subject as a tacit signal of legitimacy.
The Louisiana Justice Fund was legitimized by the lack of investigative reporting and the voters remained uninformed. Hopefully, the next election cycle will bring with it a more inquisitive media and maybe the voters will be able to "consider the source."
Richard M. John Shreveport