August 8th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

New group puts bounty on conservative 527s

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(CNN) - Conservatives who support election-year efforts by so-called 527s and other independent groups are about to get a tough new notice: donate at your own risk.

A new liberal group, Accountable America, is offering a $100,000 reward for any information that results in “the conviction or judgment against a conservative or business-related organization” that runs afoul of federal campaign finance regulations – and is planning to send “warning” letters to roughly 10,000 major Republican donors next week laying out the PR headaches and risks they could encounter if they decide to donate outside the legal boundaries.

In a statement sent to reporters, organizers describe the new group as “an effort to deter attempts by Republican donors aimed at ‘swiftboating’ Democrats from Barack Obama to Senate and House candidates.”

Listen: Organizers lay out their plan on a conference call with reporters

The 527 advocacy organizations are independent groups that are not subject to Federal Election Commission regulations because they do not directly call for the election or defeat of candidates.

The campaign will also include a Web presence and possible television ads.

Long-time progressive operative and former Washington director Tom Matzzie is heading the effort – which is targeting some top McCain donors, like Sheldon Adelson, by name.

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Jill Reynolds

    Lets face it. The Republicans have always had Big Business in their pocket and endless dollars to get what they want. For every Enron that is brought down, there are 10 others that get away with murder. I am all for whistle-blowers. Stop the corruption or the US is doomed.

    August 8, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. K-Dub 4 Obama

    What's so bad about searching for criminal activity??? It's criminal -activity, and searching for it is American. Decrying it and hiding from it, or trying to flip it means that "conservatives" you must have something to hide. I'm sure the Dems know that once they open that door, that same scrutiny will be placed upon them, so now we really get to see who the honest candidate is. I can hear the fear in a lot of your posts now. McCain wanted to use fear tactics to make you fear Obama right?, you got your wish because I'd be trembling right now if I were a Republican. lol. Be afraid of him because he does represent change, and a change that you aren't going to like, but America is loving. The American people are speaking and your beloved conservative is losing. It's symbolicon so many levels. I love it Obama, u didn't even spearhead this, but your message encouraged others to do something positive. Sure does sound like a president to me...

    K-Dub from Bama

    August 8, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Brett

    You are not a Democrat if you're voting for McCain. Let's go ahead and clear that up. All you have to do is take the time to get off your butt and do some policy research to figure that out.

    August 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Leslie from Boston

    It's about time Sheldon Adelson is being looked into !!
    He is also trying to run the political agenda in Israel.
    Check it out on google. He has his hands in everything!!
    Check out his standing in Forbes, he is in the Billiionare
    section, # 3 behind Gates and Buffet !!

    August 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. history repeats

    o please!!! all these people talking about intimidation like its WRONG!!! this administration has intimidated its way to giving us an aweful economy, an accidental war with no exit strategy and a world that hates us. its about time fire was fought with fire. the liberals have to evolve if that wish to survive the completely underhanded tactics of the republicans, which has resulted in putting an imbecile in the white house twice!!! we CANNOT let these people win again!!

    August 8, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    Democats, I am truly impressed with this idea. Good work!

    August 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Griff

    Your putting a Bounty on Concervatives.. What happened to my comment??? "The Voice of Voight"... I believe in this Guy...

    August 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. independent

    Gee, the liberals are sounding more and more like fascists. There'd be a huge outcry if it was the other way around.

    August 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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