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Monday, April 10, 2006

Nobody Loves You when You're Down & Out


The Washington Post is reporting that Marion "Pat" Robertson's Christian Coalition has fallen on hard times. My heart breaks. According to the article, the organization is $2 million in debt, weighted down by lawsuits from creditors, and state chapters are closing up shop.

"In March, one of its most effective chapters, the Christian Coalition of Iowa, cut ties with the national organization," the Post reports, "And reincorporated itself as the Iowa Christian Alliance, saying it 'found it impossible to continue to carry a name that in any way associated us with this national organization.'"

The Coalition's problem stem from two sources - its founders. Pat Roberson's crazier than a cork anchor and Ralph Reed's crooked. Reed's been implicated in the Abramoff scandal. He's running for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, but he's - not surprisingly - polling at an anemic 39%, down from 54% before the scandal broke (poll numbers from Talk to Action).

Man, the wheels just seem to be coming off this rightwing political machine lately. Maybe Pat can turn this all around by telling people that the devil's behind the whole thing.

It wouldn't be the craziest thing he's ever said.

--Wisco
(Keywords: politics, religion, religious right, corruption, people who are nuttier than a walnut grove )

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NOW the Christian Coalition has done PRECISELY the same
thing as they accused Bill Clinton about... falsifying
evidence to affect a pending lawsuit.

The Christian Coalition of America, Inc. doctored and
falsified previously-filed Lobbying Reports in the office of
the Secretary of the Senate, United States Senate, clumsily
erasing the name of Mr. Tracy Ammons as one of the lobbyists
who lobbied on behalf of The Christian Coalition of America,
Inc. as Chief Senate Lobbyist.

Currently, you can see all of this for yourself at:
http://sopr.senate.gov
Or examine the records of the Secretary of the Senate,
Office of Public Records on Capitol Hill.

COMPARE the two versions of reports for 2002 and 2003.
You will see that the Christian Coalition FALSIFIED
its lobbying reports by clumsiliy erasing Tracy Ammons'
name on each of the pages of the second filing.

There is enormous evidence that Mr. Ammons WAS lobbying on
behalf of The Christian Coalition of America, Inc.

Comparing the original and amended Lobbying Reports shows
that The Christian Coalition of America, Inc. violated 18
U.S.C. § 1001 against filing a false or misleading report
to the government, including lobbying reports to the U.S.
Congress' lobbyist office.

WHY WOULD THE CHRISTIAN COALITION DO THIS?

To influence a lawsuit....

This is the same thing that Bill Clinton was accused of re:
Monica Lewinksy. The Right said that the reason Bill Clinton
had to be impeached was that he had interefered with a
judicial proceeding by giving false testimony about oral
sex, in the Paula Jones lawsuit.

On November 1, 2001, Mr. Tracy Ammons began as Chief Senate
Lobbyist for The Christian Coalition of America.

For the second half of 2001, both halves of 2002, and the
first half of 2003, The Christian Coalition of America, Inc.
filed Lobbying Reports reporting Mr. Tracy Ammons as a
lobbyist lobbying extensively on its behalf.

The Christian Coalition issued business cards to Mr. Tracy
Ammons with the title "legislative associate" – the same
title under which he is identified in the original 2002 and
2003 Lobbying Reports filed with the Secretary of the Senate.

A brochure mailed to donors by the Christian Coalition,
over Roberta Combs' signature, identifies Mr. Tracy
Ammons as part of the Christian Coalition's lobbying
team, praises him as one of "these wonderful Christian
lobbyists," and identifies him as Chief Senate Lobbyist
for the Christian Coalition of America. The Christian
Coalition website (which is "cached" on www.zoominfo.com)
also has the same admissions by the Christian Coalition.

However, Mr. Ammons was never paid most of his salary.
Therefore, in 2004, he filed a lawsuit for the collection of
$114,000 in unpaid salary from these lobbying activities.

THEREFORE, THE DOCTORING OF THE LOBBYING REPORTS IS AN
ATTEMPT by the Christian Coalition TO DESTROY EVIDENCE and
defraud a judicial proceeding, to defraud and deceive the
tribunal deciding Mr. Ammons’ claim.

The new office headquarters for The Christian Coalition of
America, Inc. is now at 8730 Northpark Boulevard, Building
4, Suite C, Charleston, S.C. 29406. Their phone is (202)
479-6900.