A donation to the Justice Fund goes directly to fund abortion services provided through Planned
Parenthood of Southeast Texas Surgical and Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
This is for anyone that feels strongly that women must have the right to
determine what's best for their lives and want to ensure that essential
reproductive healthcare is accessible for all women in our community. Give a Gift to the Houston Justice Fund --- Give to the Louisiana Justice Fund
Louisiana Justice Fund has made a purchase of air time to stations
across the state to run political commercials. The issue of the
advertisement is noted as “Louisiana Justice Fund - AG Education”, but
in reality the advertisement is an attack against Mr. Alexander's
I. The following documents are attached:
Letter from James Lamb, a Washington DC Attorney, who represents
Louisiana Justice Fund. In this letter Mr. Lamb claims that Louisiana
Justice Fund is not a Louisiana Political Action Committee and that it does
not have to report to the Louisiana Board of Ethics (the oversight
entity for statewide elections) because "the Louisiana Justice Fund
does not expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly
identified candidate." It should be noted that this is a rather
disingenuous reading of the case law which requires exempt
advertisements to be "issue only" and the LJF advertisement is clearly
concerned with defeating Royal Alexander bid to become Attorney General.
IRS Tax Form 8871 for Louisiana Justice Fund list Derek Fitch as
the Executive Director and provides a Baton Rouge P.O. Box which was
rented in October as his address. Paragraph 12 of the form states that
the purpose of the organization is "To communicate with the citizens of
Louisiana on issues of importance in a manner that does not expressly
advocate the election or defeat of a candidate."
Newspaper Articles concerning the Republican State Leadership
Committee, a Section 527 organization, which was fined $20,000.00 for
violating state campaign finance laws when it failed to file the
appropriate reports with the State Ethics Committee in the 2003
Attorney General Race. It should be noted that the group claimed that
it did not have to file the reports because "the state's disclosure
laws are vague." This is the same excuse given by James Lamb, the
attorney for Louisiana Justice Fund, in the letter cited above.
Letter to Internal Revenue Service concerning the failure of
Louisiana Justice Fund to include a physical address as required by the
Internal Revenue Service Regulations. Form 8871 and 8872(Download Form8871Instructions.pdf) (Download Form8872Instructions.pdf) state, " Public Inspection of Form 8871 and Related Materials
8871 (including any supporting papers), and any letter or other
document the IRS issues with regard to Form 8871, are open to public
inspection at the IRS in Washington, DC, and on the IRS Internet
website at www.irs.gov/polorgs
(IRS Keyword: political orgs). In addition, the organization
available for public inspection a copy of these materials during
regular business hours at the organization's principal office and at
each of its regional or district offices having at least three paid
employees. A penalty of $20 per day will be imposed on any
a duty to comply with the public inspection requirement for each day a
failure to comply continues.
Letter To All TV Stations requesting that the identity of
Louisiana Justice Fund be ascertained before running the advertisements.
Based upon the nature of the ad and the fact that it is clearly an
attack ad against Mr. Alexander, it is obvious that the Louisiana
Justice Fund is purposefully and admittedly avoiding the registration
requirements of the State of Louisiana and the FEC. The advertisement
is expressed advocacy against Royal Alexander. This is not issue
advocacy only as claimed by Mr. Lamb.
The Louisiana Justice Fund is using a very generous and
disingenuous reading of the case law to support its stance that it is
issue only advertising. The text of the advertisement states that
Alexander is "Shaking down contributors" and "selling favors." It also
says "Don't let Alexander's ads fool you...". The only ads run by Mr.
Alexander are the ads for Attorney General and therefore the only ads
the Louisiana Justice Fund could be opposing are the ads promoting his
candidacy. This is clearly express advocacy against Mr. Alexander's
candidacy. As such the Louisiana Justice Fund is required to comply
with the Louisiana Campaign Finance Disclosure Act and it is admittedly
not doing so.
II. This is a synopsis of the information that has been
gathered on the
Louisiana Justice Fund.
NABForm-16 Issues from KTBS Channel 3
This form is from the political file at KTBS for Louisiana
Fund (hereinafter LJF). The form shows the contact for LJF to be Derek
Fitch with a phone number of 202-423-4742 and a Baton Rouge
P.O. Box 6638, BR, La. 70896.
The media group making the buy was Buying
Time, LLC with an Erica Corso as the signatory for the media
A letter was sent to the TV stations complaining about
the advertisement the Alexander Campaign was contacted by the
Washington, DC attorney for
KTBS, James P. Riley, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC., 1300 North
17th Street, Arlington, VA 22209, Tel: 703 812 0450, Fax: 703 812 0486.
Mr. Riley requested further information from Buying Time, LLC
concerning the identity of LJF. The day after his request
Erica Corso with Buying Time, LLC was contacted and she referred the
matter to Catherine
Catherine Herrick sent a copy of a letter from Jack Lamb with
the law firm of Harmon, Curran, Speilberg & Eisenberg. The letter
was addressed to "To Whom it May Concern" and stated that he
The letter from LJF also stated that it was a 527 organization
had Derek Fitch and Catherine Birdwell as its Directors.
The letter from LJF said
that it would not be filing with the Louisiana Campaign Finance because
was "Issue Only" advertising.
Along with the letter was a copy of IRS
Form 8871 which listed Derek Fitch as the contact person. The form
showed the date established for LJF to be October 4, 2007.
The from did not contain a physical address for LJF as required
by IRS rules. A physical address is required by the IRS because the
public has a right to physically inspect certain documents concerning
the 527's activities.
Buying Time, LLC
is a very large Democratic Media group. The national Democratic Party
paid over $100 million during the last Presidential election cycle to
this company. The company is owned by Catherine Herrick. The fact
that the owner of this rather large group took the time to talk to me
and send me information suggest to me that this is not a small time
client we are dealing with.
Jack Lamb and his law firm state on their website
that they specialize
in, "For more than 25 years, we have successfully served the legal
needs of a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and citizen groups,
political action committees, and individuals."
It is believed that Fitch rented the P.O. Box in October when LJF
The Phone Number - 202-423-4742
A web search check through Intelius on the phone
number and it was listed to a Thomas Dent as a land line and to a Katie
Buchanan and a Stronger America Now. Katie Buchanan and
Stronger America Now had the same address and it was a cell phone.
A search of the FEC database for Stronger
America Now revealed an FEC form that was filed by Stronger America Now
Her biography states, "Catherine Birdwell, an associate at Hilltop
which is a subsidiary of S&B Public Solutions
specializes in maintaining client relationships and is responsible for
the overall administration of the office. Birdwell has significant
experience in political campaigning at the state and local level.
Catherine graduated from Rhodes College in 2006 with a major in
International Studies and a minor in French Studies. Her senior thesis
focused on human rights issues in post-Soviet Ukraine, Poland, and
Latvia. While in college, Catherine studied international politics for
a semester in Strasburg, France and spent a summer in Paris, improving
her fluency. A proud Texan, she currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.
The link states, "
A donation to the Justice
goes directly to fund abortion services provided through Planned
Parenthood of Southeast Texas Surgical and Comprehensive Health
Services, Inc. This is for anyone that feels strongly that women must
have the right to determine what's best for their lives and want to
ensure that essential reproductive healthcare is accessible for all
women in our community. Give
a Gift to the Houston Justice Fund --- Give
to the Louisiana
The link to LJF just goes to a Houston Planned Parenthood site.
James Lambs law firm, Harmon, Curran, Speilberg & Eisenberg,
has been involved with a case with Planned
; there also several organizations that both sponsor together
Louisiana Justice Fund was established by Planned Parenthood to
provide abortions to women displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Dewey Square Group and Hilltop Public Solutions
R. Baldick is the President and founder of Hilltop Public
Solutions. Prior to forming Hilltop, Baldick served for five years as a
principal at the Dewey Square Group, focusing his efforts in grassroots
and public affairs strategies.
Dewey Square Group represented Planned Parenthood on Proposition
73 in California. "The Campaign for Teen Safety bills itself as "A
Project of PlannedParenthood
Affiliates of California" and lists 29 major medical, health care,
civil liberties, and women's organizations as allies. The campaign is
being managed by the DeweySquareGroup,
a public affairs firm specializing in grassroots politics."
Dewey Square Group represented Planned Parenthood
to fight for Medi-Cal Reimbursement. PlannedParenthood
holds a press conference to unveil radio ads urging the governor and
Legislature to increase Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. Location:
second floor, 1100 11th St., Sacramento Contact: Ana Sandoval,
The TimesPicayune has a pretty straight forward article on the Attorney General Race in Louisiana. These are the points that got my attention.
Caldwell says he is running on Experience:
Caldwell, 61, a veteran district attorney from Tallulah,
touts his 29 years on the job as all the training he needs
to handle the investigatory, criminal and civil powers
vested in the office.
"I am running a campaign simply about experience. I
don't want to talk about anything else," he said
at a recent campaign stop in New Orleans.
Caldwell claims that by age 41 he practiced in every court in the United States
"We're here in the first place because of bad decisions that the
attorney general made," Caldwell said. "If we elect inexperience again,
we'll be right back where we started. . . . When I was Mr. Alexander's
age, I had been in every court in the United States."
Note: This is either another one of Mr. Caldwell's extreme exaggerations or he is clearly the uncontested World Record Holder of Courtroom appearances. The reason this actually bothers me is because only a person who is unsure of the relevancy of their experience needs to make up that experience. The fact is that Mr. Caldwell has been sitting on his backside for the last 29 years running his mini-fiefdom in one of the smallest, most rural Judicial Districts in the State. He has one of the smallest budgets for Judicial Districts in the State and because of the small population size of the District there really is not much crime. Any attorney worth his salt is aware of the type of "experience" Mr. Caldwell has and they know that it is really just not that impressive. Mr. Caldwell knows this as well and that is why he continually distorts his experience.
The other issue Mr. Caldwell misses is the fact that Mr. Foti's problems stemmed, not from his inexperience in the court room, but his propensity for the Criminal side of things. Like Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Foti's experience was in the criminal arena. This lead Mr. Foti to allow the criminal portion of the Attorney General's office, which is a very small aspect of the office, to take precedence over the civil side. In Louisiana the Attorney General is the chief Civil Lawyer for the State. The burden of criminal prosecutions land on the shoulders of the local District Attorneys. Mr. Caldwell's "experience" is likely to put Louisiana in the exact same boat that it was in with Mr. Foti - that is having an Attorney General who is focusing on a job that does not belong to him and neglecting the job that does.
Alexander points out that there is bad experience and good experience:
"When you are in office for many, many years, it is
easy to lose perspective," he said. "When
(Caldwell) touts his experience, I say there's good
experience and bad experience. What we really need is
Alexander adds a litany of attacks: hammering
Caldwell's handling of certain legal matters,
resurrecting a decade-old state audit that criticized
Caldwell's management of public money, and mocking the
employment of Caldwell's former wife and son in state
Alexander points out that the AG's Office deals with civil legal issues not criminal:
Perhaps secondary to his aggressiveness toward Caldwell,
Alexander argues that his résumé suits him well for the
post. Ten years in private practice, where he specialized in
insurance defense, and a short stint as an administrative
law judge more than qualify him for an office where he
estimates that "85 percent of the work is civil,"he said.
Alexander acknowledged his lack of prosecutorial
experience, but noted that Louisiana law gives original
jurisdiction over criminal cases to the state's 41
district attorneys, leaving the attorney general only with
the power to investigate and arrest, unless he asks a court
to allow his intervention in a local matter.
Caldwell's management experience is no advantage,
Alexander said, asserting that he handled a bigger staff and
larger budget on Capitol Hill than does Caldwell in the 6th
Judicial District. "His district is three very small,
rural parishes," Alexander said.
Caldwell admits that he used state money to pay personal expenses:
Caldwell rejects Alexander's characterization of a
2000 state audit that accused Caldwell of using public money
for private expenses. Caldwell does not dispute the key
findings of the report, signed by then-Auditor Dan Kyle, a
Caldwell said he routinely used a corporate credit card
and private credit card to pay both public and private
expenses, reconciling the two accounts each month when bills
came due. He said that his office discovered the
misappropriations, paid them back and self-reported to
Kyle's office. Kyle disputes that and maintains that
Caldwell verbally abused him and threatened him in an effort
to quash the audit.
Caldwell admits to helping his wife and son get State jobs:
Caldwell does not dispute two other facts Alexander
highlights: Caldwell's former wife got a job with
then-Secretary of State Fox McKeithen not long before their
December 1994 marriage and lost it during their divorce; and
his son, David Caldwell, now works in Foti's office as
an assistant attorney general.
In the race for AG it is Royal Alexander by a mile.
number one reason is that Royal is honest. Let's stop right there and
emphasize this point and realize we must have an AG who is absolutely
honest. He does not have the taint of the problems in the past that his
opponent, Mr. Caldwell presents and has failed to answer.
When asked if there were problems with the Orleans Parish DA's office Buddy Caldwell said, "I don't know."
Bad choice, Mr. Caldwell. This is unacceptable for a person running for AG.
is a very clear sign of how out of touch you really are if you cannot
answer one of the most basic legal questions in our entire state.
Alexander would also do a much better job of cleaning up Louisiana if
elected. He has no ties to the corrupt crowd. He also has no reasons to
protect thier hides.
Royal is not perfect but none of us are. He
has had crticism pointed in his direction about an email issue but what
no one wants to reveal is that the folks who got those emails strongly
support Royal to this day.
Royal Alexander earned this
endorsement by working hard and fighting his way to the run off. He
will work as hard and more if elected.
Royal Alexander is the best man to be our AG by far.