Planned Parenthood is off the hook for this one. The reports have been filed and the winner is the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Substitute Democratic Attorneys General Association for Planned Parenthood and all of the other players stay the same. [DAGA was my second guess but given the connection between Foti and the DAGA (coordination between a candidate and 527 is forbidden) along with the principal of Occam's Razor (Planned Parenthood website with Louisiana Justice Fund listed) I projected Planned Parenthood as the funding source]. IRS filings show that the Democratic Attorneys General Association gave $635,000.00 to the Louisiana Justice Fund for the purpose of defeating Republican Candidate for Louisiana Attorney General Royal Alexander. Report for DAGA is here and the report for Louisiana Justice Fund is here.
A close review of the report also shows that DAGA paid the Dewey Square Group $30,760.00 during this time period as well.
Well, I guess a Louisiana election was decidedly influenced by money spent from a Washington DC Democratic organization which had exactly zero dollars ($0.00) donated to it from Louisiana. It is also interesting to note that Mr. Charles Foti, former Attorney General, was a card carrying member of the DAGA during this time period. I am sure that The Honorable James Buddy Caldwell' s membership application is soon to be forth coming.
Well, I am sure that any concern that there could have been any improper coordination between the Foti or Caldwell camp and/or the DAGA/La. Justice Fund will be quickly
reviewed ignored by the appropriate authorities under the guise of Louisiana's newfound love for Ethics Reform.
As a candidate, I would love to know that an outside organization was going to spend $635,000.00 on advertisement solely attacking my opponent and thus allow me to spend all of my money on advertisements touting how clean, pure, and experienced I am.
Oh, and hats off to the Republican Attorneys General Association which responded by expending exactly zero dollars ($0.00) in trying to get a life long Republican elected Attorney General.
Want more - My suggestion is to follow the money.
Update: Flashback here. I guess you can teach an old dog a new trick.
August 13, 2004 Friday
BATON ROUGE -- A Washington, D.C., group calling itself the Republican State Leadership Committee was fined $20,000 Thursday by the state ethics board for failing to report its activities when it ran television attack ads against Democrat Charles Foti in the attorney general’s race last fall.
The ads temporarily put Foti on the defensive and raised the rancor in the heated campaign. Foti’s opponent, Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell, and national and state-level Republican parties denied ties to the committee. ...