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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:06 PM
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Republican sets up phony progressive group to smear Bob Casey
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 03:06 PM by ProSense

"Progressive" Nonprofit Repped by Bush-Cheney Vet

By Paul Kiel - October 30, 2006, 1:50 PM

Well, I think we have our answer as to who is behind the Progressive Policy Council, the phony group behind a mailer that's gone out to an untold number of Pennsylvania voters in an apparent attempt to sour liberal voters on Democrat Bob Casey.

Records with the Virginia State Corporation Commission show that the group's charter was filed by a man named Jason Torchinsky of Holtzman Vogel. And who is he?

His bio at his law firm gives a good idea:

Jason Torchinsky recently joined Holtzman Vogel PLLC with a primary focus on campaign finance and election law. During the 2004 election cycle, Jason served as Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney '04 and Deputy General Counsel to the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Immediately before joining the firm, Jason was Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. Jason has also served in other positions at the White House and at the United States Department of Justice. At the White House, he worked for now-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the Counsel's Office. At the Department of Justice, Jason served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and in the Eastern District of Wisconsin as a Special Assistant United States Attorney....

Jason's prior political experience includes the Republican National Committee Counsel's Office, the Dole-Kemp campaign, the 1996 Republican National Convention, and Congressman Herb Bateman's re-election campaign.

Actually, it turns out that diminishing voter turnout is somewhat of a hobby for Torchinsky. Torchinsky is also affiliated with the American Center for Voting Rights, a conservative organization working to pass Voter ID laws in several states.

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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:08 PM
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1. K & R
:kick:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:08 PM
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2. Bump, kick--EXPOSE!
:kick:ed and recommended.

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:47 PM
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12. I'm glad they did it early enough to ger found out!
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:20 PM
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3. I'd expect nothing less from the Party that has nothing but contempt for
democracy and way of life.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:24 PM
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4. Mr. Dean
The Doctor might want to look at this.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:26 PM
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5. why would they need a PHONY progressive group to smear Casey?
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:28 PM
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6. Because they are Republicans? n/t
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:09 PM
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9. because the phony group is posing as progressives. n/t
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:35 PM
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7. He's a protoge of Alberto the Torturer? Nice guy, I'll bet. He also runs...
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:59 PM
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8. Gee, I'm sure this is the first time phony progressives have smeared Democrats.
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 04:06 PM by gully
:sarcasm:

Let's all take serious note of this tactic.
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lyonn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:21 PM
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10. Ah hell, it is just the Swift Boaters at it again
Casey needs to chat a bit about it and not let it go un-noticed.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:48 PM
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13. Duly noted and KICKING n/t
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:34 PM
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11. More Rovian Dirty Tricks
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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:33 PM
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14. Thanks for posting this!
I've added it to the Wikipedia article about the Pennsylvania race: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_United_States...

I'm worried that, in the flood of election news, I might miss any further developments or revelations. If something more comes to light, please let me know via private message so I can update the article.
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