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Group with Ties to SBVT, ‘Vets For Freedom’ Back Lieberman

by Pamela Leavey

Joe Lieberman has some new backers in his bid to keep his Senate seat as an “Independent” Democrat, and those backers have some very unsavory ties. The Hartford Courant reports today that Vets for Freedom, “group with ties to the GOP advertised its backing of incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman.”

The group’s full-page ad Monday in The Courant created an immediate stir: Former Democratic State Chairman George Jepsen, a top adviser to Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont, said the ad showed that “national Republicans, in their effort to help Joe Lieberman, clearly have a well-laid-out strategy to attack Ned Lamont.”

The paid ad for Lieberman was “placed by the Virginia-based Vets for Freedom Action Fund.” The Vets for Freedom Action Fund was established under Section 527 of the federal tax code, last month, as a nonpartisan organization “to communicate with the public on veterans’ issues and the war in Iraq.”

The group has high-level Republican connections. It has used a public relations firm that includes Taylor Gross, a former White House official, and receives volunteer advice from GOP strategist Dan Senor.

Just last night I posted about the Vets for Freedom, here. Although ‘Vets for Freedom’ claim to be bi-partisan their GOP connections are vast, and this is the same group responsible for the Swift Boat style attacks on Rep. John Murtha.

SourceWatch reports on the connection between fundraising for the Vets for Freedom and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the slimy group of GOP partisan hacks and shills that lied about John Kerry during the ’04 election…

An internet search for “Vets for Freedom” + fundraising arrives at a donation page bearing the same logos and information as other VFF web pages. However, the web address is that for DonationReport.com (plus an extension code for VFF).

The connection for the DonationReport.com website arrives at a Login page—requiring both a User ID and Password—which belongs to eDonation.com, a member of The Donatelli Group, a fundraising company that has raised campaign funds for the Republican National Committee, Republican National Convention, Bush-Cheney ’04 Inc., John McCain, the NRA [13], and an exhaustive list of Republican members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as other political organizations. [14]

The Donatelli Group, using its “primary segment” Campaign Solutions [15], is associated with Creative Response Concepts, the public relations firm that advised Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the “organization that accused Kerry of inflating his Vietnam War record” during the 2004 presidential campaign. [16]

The Donatelli Group, which produced the RNC website [17], also created the SWIFTBOATVETSFORTRUTH.ORG website July 30, 2004, with Connell Donatelli Inc. (a.k.a. The Donatelli Group) as Registrant. Connell Donatelli Inc. was also listed as both Administrator and the Tech Organization for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth website. [18]

Joe Lieberman’s spokesman, Dan Gerstein, has claimed that Lieberman “had nothing to do with the veterans’ group or the ad, stating, “it’s a shame that the Lamont campaign feels there is a conspiracy behind everything.”

Frontman for the VFF, Zirkle said “he’s had no contact with Lieberman – and can’t expressly advocate for or against electing a candidate.” Under 527 regulations they “are not bound by federal rules on who can contribute or how much;” and they “can praise or criticize a candidate’s record or proposals.”

Joe Lieberman needs to publicly denounce this group’s backing and their ads and refuse to take donations from them — plain and simple. Accepting support from GOP operatives who were connected to the same group responsible for Swift Boating John Kerry, casts a very ugly light on Joe Lieberman’s willingness to stop at nothing to retain his seat in the Senate.

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5 Responses to “Group with Ties to SBVT, ‘Vets For Freedom’ Back Lieberman”

  1. If Joe does not publicly denounce those evil SOB’s, then he is no better than them.

  2. Donnie

    My sentiments exactly!

  3. I’m just hoping his apparently enlarged head will be able to grasp this quickly and completely…

  4. But with the backlash he got so far, I think we already know what Joe Bush will do. Denial and laugh at it while it happens.

  5. That is what I expect. Not much hope for being surprised.