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I just saw the hit piece against Nate Steel by "The Center for Individual Freedom." It gives a phone number to call to tell Nate to stand up for children, not sex offenders. It is eerily similar to the bogus ad in my Supreme Court race put out by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. I'll wager the "Center for Individual Freedom" has no members in Arkansas, and won't reveal who funds their ad campaigns. Nate Steel has explained the votes that they reference in the ads. Those votes don't make him anti-children, or pro-sex offender, and the very suggestion is preposterous. It is the equivalent of an ad saying a candidate tortures puppies. Ironically, the "Center" claims their mission is to protect individual rights and freedoms, yet the ad lambasts Nate for failing to vote to further restrict those rights. The bottom line is this is a phony issue.
Like the LEAA, this stealth PAC "Center" is cynically exploiting child sex crimes to try to score the cheapest of political points. It is despicable. I trust Leslie Rutledge for Arkansas will make clear that she had nothing to do with these ads, and she finds these ads to be unfair, grossly misleading, and beyond the pale. If she does not, she has lost my vote.
As voters, we must stand united against these vile manipulations by out-of-state stealth PACs. Ask yourself why this 501c4 from Alexandria, Virginia cares enough to spend $1,000,000+ in Arkansas to try to humiliate a decent man. If we don't find a way to make this garbage backfire on the groups that spit it out, we will get exactly what we deserve in the quality of our elected officials.
Among political money experts, CFIF is known for its aggressive legal strategy aimed at toppling disclosure laws at the state level. In other words, Crossroads GPS, which doesn’t name its donors, gave millions to another dark-money group whose goals include fighting to keep dark money in the dark.Who's paying $1.8 million to beat Nate Steel and why is it so important to them? The answer can't be good for Arkansas.
Spokesman Jonathan Collegio wrote in an email that Crossroads GPS’ donations to ‘effective center right organizations’ such as CFIF are intended to ‘help build an enduring infrastructure on the right — just as labor unions have funded organizations on the Left for decades.’”
Are you privy to the committee's findings, Steven? Please keep us informed.
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