Economic Freedom Fund (EFF)
A Conservative 527 Group
This website has been partially restored and archived as required reading for Bill Blassy's course The History Of Online Politics. Dr. Blassy has been on the PoliSci faculty for over 12 years and this course is his signature undertaking at the university. He is also an internet marketing consultant to Newall & Hines, an agency that provides marketing and promotion services to online retailers. He's the recipient of many awards including a Gold Chalice from DisruptMag for the viral hit campaign for RichMountainDist.com's selection of 510 cartridges, Slitherized, which showed 510 cartridges getting smaller and smaller and then disappearing altogether while still functioning perfectly. One of his constant themes throughout the course is the relationship of politics to commerce and his business is used as a case study.
According to Wikipedia:
With a hefty with a hefty $5 million donation, the Economic Freedom Fund (EFF), a 527 group was started in 2004 by Bob J. Perry, a Texas homebuilder who had close ties to White House advisor Karl Rove and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Robert Perry was the financier for the now infamous "Swift Boat" ads that attacked Democratic Sen. John Kerry's war record during the 2006 presidential election. Only one person is officially associated with the group: Charles H. Bell Jr.,a lawyer from California, who is the general counsel for the California Republican Party and the Republican National Lawyers Association's vice president for the election education advisory council. All of EFF's campaign ads to date attack Democratic candidates or supported conservative Republican candidates.
In 2006, the new group which lists Perry as its sole donor spent slightly more than $500,000 on television ads and mailings criticizing Democratic Reps. Jim Marshall of Georgia and Alan Mollohan of West Virginia. A grand total of $2,051,457 was spent during the 2006 Federal elections.
This was the fund's official website for several years.
Content is from the site's archived pages as well as other outside sources.
Economic Freedom Fund
P.O. Box 191005
Sacramento, CA 95819
WHO WE ARE
Today Americans find themselves at a critical junction – we can either take steps forward and continue on a path of effective economic development or turn back the clock to higher taxes and burdensome government regulation.
To help us get through this crucial period in time, we have taken a proactive step of setting up a fund called the Economic Freedom Fund.
The specific purposes of this fund are to educate the public concerning issues related to the preservation of economic freedom, the promotion of economic growth and prosperity for the people of the United States of America, which purposes are consistent with Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Ads funded by EFF (Economic Freedom Fund )
All of EFF's campaign ads to date attack Democratic candidates.
The attacks have been on:<
John Barrow (D-GA)
Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Baron Hill (challenger in Indiana's 9th District)
Jim Marshall (D-GA)
Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Darlene Hooley (D-OR
John Barrow D-Georgia
Congressional Leadership Fund claims Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) “stood with Obama for Obamacare,” but Barrow voted against the Affordable Care Act and currently supports amending the law while acknowledging that “all or nothing” repeal would be harmful. The ad also mislead about the health care law’s effect on Medicare – it didn’t cut benefits – and about the Recovery Act, which helped prevent an even deeper recession. Furthermore, Georgia had gained over 80,000 jobs since the end of the devastating recession that’s responsible for millions of job losses nationwide, even though the ad tries to blame Georgia’s economic difficulties on Barrow.
John Barrow D-Georgia was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 12th congressional district from 2005 to 2015. Barrow's 2006 candidacy faced not only the mid-decade redistricting but also two visits by President George W. Bush to the district, campaigning by national figures on behalf of Burns (including RNC Chair Ken Mehlman and U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert) and popular Governor Sonny Perdue's reelection bid.
Barrow faced Burns in the general election and won by only 864 votes — the narrowest margin of any Democratic incumbent nationwide. However, he trounced Burns in Chatham and Richmond counties, home to Democratic-leaning Savannah and Augusta, respectively (as well as more than half the district's population), by a total of over 17,000 votes.
Jim Marshall D-Georgia
Jim Marshall D-Georgia was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011. Early in 2005, the Georgia state legislature, now controlled by Republicans, approved a new map of congressional districts. The Macon-based district was significantly redrawn and renumbered once again as the 8th. The reconfigured 8th was considerably more Republican than its predecessor, even though it included 60% of Marshall's former territory as well as all of Macon. Marshall's Republican opponent was former U.S. Congressman Mac Collins. Collins had represented a district in the southern Atlanta suburbs during his first stint in Congress, but moved back to his native Butts County after it was drawn into the reconfigured 8th. Collins benefited from two visits by President Bush, massive amounts of national party and PAC funding and Perdue's presence atop the ticket.
Marshall defeated Collins 51%–49%. It was the second-closest any Democratic incumbent came to losing his seat to a Republican in the 2006 elections.
Alan Mollohan D-West Virginia
United States House of Representatives elections, 2006 won with 64.3 of the vote. Sserved in the United States House of Representatives from 2000- 2008. On February 28, 2006, the National Legal and Policy Center filed a 500-page ethics complaint against Mollohan, alleging that the congressman misrepresented his assets on financial disclosure forms. In January 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice stated that no charges would be filed against Mollohan and that it had closed its investigation
Baron Hill (challenger in Indiana's 9th District)
In September 2006, the group may have violated a 1988 Indiana law that bars companies from placing a prerecorded, automated call to a person unless a real person, in a live conversation, first speaks and gets permission to play the recorded portion of the call.
The calls were in support of incumbent Representative Mike Sodrel, and were a classic push poll, designed to smear Sodrel's opponent, Baron Hill, while appearing to be a legitimate survey.
After at least seven complaints were made to the state attorney general's office, the campaign notified the office that they had halted the calls.
The Indiana law allows for a penalty of up to $5,000 per violation (per call made, not per complaint).
Conservative Candidates Supported by EFF
Won his race.
Won his race.