Baron Hill vs. EFF

I just came across this article on FactCheck.org regarding some rather dubious methods used by a group called the Economic Freedom Fund in the campaign against former Rep. Baron Hill as he seeks to regain Indiana's 9th district.

Here's the summary that appears on the site:

An automated attack call claims Indiana House candidate Baron Hill "voted to allow the sale of a broad range of violent and sexually explicit materials to minors." That's an apparent reference to a vote Hill cast in 1999 against a Republican-sponsored measure to bar the sale of certain items to kids. It's also misleading. Hill, along with a majority of Democrats and a significant number of House Republicans, voted to stick with existing law. Almost twice as many lawmakers opposed the bill as voted for it, with many making the argument that it was overly broad and a possible violation of the First Amendment.

The calls were sponsored by the conservative Economic Freedom Fund – an outside group wholly funded by Texas millionaire homebuilder Bob Perry. Perry was the main backer of the 2004 campaign by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against John Kerry and he has already funded EFF, which was formed last month, at an even higher level - $5 million so far - than he funded the Swiftboaters. This indicates that the group could become a big player this fall. But it may have to alter its strategy in Indiana; the attorney general there has sued EFF, alleging the calls violate state law.

Check it out here.


Andrew said...

(Arm #1 is back online) That’s really shitty and while maybe tactically effective I think strategically this political group is shooting itself in the foot. What made Bob Perry so influential (other than being rich) was that his past attacks have largely been somewhat credible. This clearly isn’t. It's going to hurt his effectiveness in '08. Hill supporters can take comfort in the apparent desperation of the attack. Last poll I saw had him up 6.

dan p. said...

It is interesting to do some reading about Mr. Perry & the houses he builds. Personally I don't trust a guy who advertises "energy efficient fiberglass insulation" as a selling point for his homes, but that's just me.

Joe said...

This one's gonna be tight, folks. It'll be the battle of who can bring in the most 527 money, I think. We'll see.

Andrew said...

Joe, are you aware you’re working for someone that’s gone Washington? Like a modern day Canaris, I’m sure you were surprised as everyone else by this revelation and now probably regret not working for someone who demonstrates just how much they haven’t gone Washington -- perhaps by demonstrating their big-rig driving abilities daily. Please take whatever steps necessary to avoid going Washington yourself. Start arbitrarily use nouns as adjectives (proper syntax might be the first symptom of this Washington germ) and become competent in a working class trade that has little to do with your real job (Fur trapping?).

Joe said...

The surest sign of being un-Washington is the presence of a mustache that screams out, "hey, don't I look like a cop!."

No washington insider is gonna dare to sport a mustache like that. In fact, on the side of a big rig, one might find a campaign slogan like, "ride the mustache to freedom."

Andrew said...

Mainly because Indiana already has a pretty pronounced rightwing tilt (at least compared to crypto-socialist WI) my contentment with the overall governance of the state has resulted in a general ambivalence involving state and local politics. However my hatred for the use of phony populism as a vote winning tactic transcends all ideological lines. Sodrel’s “gone Washington” attack is at least as caustically retarded as liberal attempts to characterize republicans as living breathing Monopoly men – top hat, monocle and all.