Thursday, June 24, 2004

Who the hell is this guy?

Who the hell is David Bossie?

What is the purpose of Citizens United?

And when did they become the right wing's policeman?

Quoting their purpose:

Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United's goal is to restore the founding father's vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.

As Media Matters recently noted, the mainstream press has done a pretty good job ignoring Bossie's past, um, indiscretions:

Neither The Washington Post's May 11 item nor the May 10 Associated Press article cited by the Post gave any additional information about Citizens United or David Bossie. Bossie was fired from his job as an investigator working for Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in 1998. Bossie was fired -- as the Post reported in a front-page article on May 7, 1998 -- for his role in releasing edited transcripts of former Clinton administration official Webster Hubbell's prison conversations. Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Burton, in response to the controversy, "I'm embarrassed for you, I'm embarrassed for myself, and I'm embarrassed for the [House Republican] conference at the circus that went on at your committee."

The Washington Post's own reporting has previously shown that in 1992, then-President George H.W. Bush said of an organization run by Bossie, "We will do whatever we can to stop any filthy campaign tactics"; and that his son, George W. Bush, sent a letter to 85,697 major donors urging them not to contribute to the Bossie organization. [The Washington Post, 7/15/92]


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