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Two Moments of Accountability Approach for Unity08

Unity08, the anti-lobbyist “grassroots” political corporation run by lobbyists and public relations executives, is nearing two moments of accountability. Any day now, a DC District Court judge should issue a ruling on Unity08’s lawsuit seeking permission to take no-interest, optional-payback loans and campaign contributions of unlimited size. The last document in the lawsuit was entered on May 25, 2007, and Unity08 is awaiting the judge’s response. Despite its “people’s movement” moniker on the top of every page of its website, Unity08 has asserted in its legal briefs that unless it takes big, easy loans and big donations from sources of big money, it cannot succeed in its movement to elect its own president and vice president who will serve, um, the little people.

Second accountability moment: At the end of this month, on July 31, 2007, Unity08 meets a deadline to disclose its donors and their employers, occupations and addresses in a public filing to the IRS. Unity08 has habitually failed to meet that deadline in the past, so I don’t expect to see it for a few days after that point — but we will be able to see just what kind of “people’s movement” Unity08 has been this year. What will the donor profile look like? I’m anxious to find out, and I’ll share the results with you as soon as they come in.

Meanwhile, Unity08 is trumpeting its latest public relations coup — the Unity08 Spokesactor, Sam Waterston, will be interviewed on the O’Reilly Factor tonight at 8 pm. Will his wiggly eyebrows bring in a better day of membership recruitment than yesterday when Unity08’s delegate recruitment rate was a hundredth what it needs to be to meet its 10 million delegate goal?

As with so many political questions during the summertime, we will have to wait a spell to find out.

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