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posted Friday, August 27, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 35
Dino Rossi's links to R71 bigots
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by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More anti-Gay Referendum 71 figures have resurfaced, this time in the hotly contested senate race pitting incumbent Democrat Patty Murray against Republican challenger Dino Rossi.

Right-wing lawyer James Bopp Jr. is now representing a secretive group running attack ads against Murray.

Bopp is best known to SGN readers as the attorney representing Protect Marriage Washington in Doe v. Reed, its suit to conceal the identities of people who signed the 2009 Referendum 71 petition challenging domestic partnership rights.

Bopp also represented Dino Rossi between 2004 and 2008 in his ongoing dispute with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission.

The group Bopp now represents - ironically calling itself the Committee for Truth in Politics - has refused to file legally required disclosure forms with the Federal Elections Commission.

Instead, it has sued the federal government, alleging that disclosure of its funding sources would violate its 1st Amendment rights of corporate free speech.

"We believe the U.S. Constitution protects [us] from having to file that report. The problem is having to file a report at all. To be regulated at all. To be accountable to the government at all," Bopp said.

Bopp's group began running anti-Murray ads on Monday, August 23.

The group has reportedly run about $300,000 worth of attack ads in two US House campaigns in Ohio, and it is believed that its Washington ad purchases involve similar amounts.

Earlier this year, the group ran TV ads attacking financial regulation reform laws as "one big bailout" for the banking industry.

The ads ran in 10 states, and sought to take public anger at big banks and turn it against the Obama administration's efforts to reform Wall Street and establish a consumer protection bureau.

According to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, the Committee for Truth in Politics spent about $5 million on advertising against financial reform.

Bopp's group has steadfastly refused to disclose the sources of this money.

"It's no surprise that an organization that spent $5 million to oppose Wall Street reform would step in to attack Sen. Murray, who supported it," Murray campaign spokesperson Julie Edwards told SGN.

"Rossi wants to turn back the clock on reforms, but Washington voters know who is on their side," Edwards said.

"This group has consistently come down on the side of corporations, and they've consistently tried to hide their donors," she added.

Bopp's relationship with Dino Rossi also revolves around disclosure issues.

He represented Rossi's Forward Washington Foundation between Rossi's first run for governor in 2004 and his second run in 2008.

While Rossi claimed that the foundation was a nonprofit think tank, Democrats complained to the state's Public Disclosure Commission that it was a quasi-campaign organization designed to promote Rossi as a candidate in the 2008 election, and should be subject to disclosure rules.

In 2007, the PDC found in Rossi's favor in a 3-2 vote, but Rossi ultimately left the foundation to pursue his second run against Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Bopp also worked for Citizens United in the January 2010 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that corporations enjoy the same 1st Amendment rights as individual citizens, and therefore can spend as much money on political campaigns as they want.

Sen. Murray has been an outspoken critic of the court's Citizens United ruling.

She subsequently introduced legislation that would require sponsors of political TV ads to identify themselves on-air and say they approved the commercials, just as candidates must do.

In 2007, Bopp challenged the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act on behalf of the Wisconsin Right to Life Committee. In that case, the Supreme Court held that McCain-Feingold was unconstitutional as it applied to 501(c)(4) nonprofits.

In addition to Protect Marriage Washington, the Committee for Truth in Politics, Forward Washington Foundation, and Citizens United, Bopp has also represented the Faith and Family Alliance.

That group was a right-wing front group organized in 1999 for the sole purpose of intervening in the 2000 Virginia Republican primary on behalf of Stephen H. Martin.

Although Bopp's group distributed 40,000 fliers attacking Martin's primary opponent, Eric Cantor, Martin was unsuccessful.

The Faith and Family Alliance later became enmeshed in the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Abramoff was a powerful D.C. lobbyist who is now serving a federal prison term for defrauding several Native American tribes.

According to an October 2005 Washington Post report, Bopp's group acted a conduit for money that was channeled to a lobbying firm owned by former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, in return for Reed's services on behalf of Abramoff.

Typical of Bopp organizations, the Faith and Family Alliance never filed any federal disclosure forms or sent any financial information to the IRS.

Bopp is presently a vice chair of the Republican National Committee, and the author of the infamous "Purity Resolution." That resolution listed 10 principles - including opposition to same-sex marriage, reproductive choice, and healthcare reform - that Republicans would have been required to accept.

Bopp has been general counsel for the National Right to Life Committee since 1978.

The Murray campaign declined to speculate about possible collusion between Bopp's group and the Rossi campaign.

"That's a question better asked of Dino Rossi," Edwards said.

Dino Rossi's campaign was invited to comment for this article, but they did not respond by press time.

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