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Unity08 Gave Money to Draft Bloomberg Committee

Happy April 15! This isn’t just the day you need to file your tax return. It’s also the day that political organizations not regulated by the FEC are required to file their 1st Quarter disclosures of political contributions with the Internal Revenue Service.

Well, looky looky. I see the Draft Bloomberg Committee has indeed filed its form 8872 with the IRS.

Guess what organization made a monetary contribution to the Draft Bloomberg Committee in the 1st Quarter of 2008?

I’ll give you a hint… it has something to do with this:

Over at Donklephant, former Unity08 Vice President Bob Roth (who now writes from the e-mail address declared that “Unity08 was not a process of tranfering, redirecting, re-allocating, re-structuring, re-constituting, or re-organizing into a pro-Bloomberg effort. No member information or money was moved from one organization to the other. They are completely separate organizations.”

Unity08 Founder Douglas L. Bailey also insisted in his opening news conference earlier this month that the Draft Bloomberg Committee is “totally separate” from Unity08 and the two used their contacts with The Hill to arrange an interview there in which they also insist that the Draft Bloomberg Committee and Unity08 are “completely separate.”

Yes, Virginia. Unity08 gave $1,288 to the Draft Bloomberg Committee on March 4, 2008.

How very curious for an organization that swore up and down in its FAQ:

What candidate are you doing this for?

No one.

Very curious indeed.

4 comments to Unity08 Gave Money to Draft Bloomberg Committee

  • Anonymous

    Wow, give it up. Unity08 and Draft Bloomberg are over. Sheesh.

  • Fruktata

    Yeah, man. And World War II is over. And so is slavery. So, let’s just fire all the historians who keep on talking about them.

    The Roman Empire is soooo over too. So, let’s make the archaeologists who are working on excavating Roman ruins go and just dig through the garbage that we make today instead.

    Sure, “anonymous”. Grrrreat idea. Let’s just all look the other way and pretend nothing happened, and then get all gung ho again when Unity ’12 comes around.

  • Jim

    Fruk’s right. The reason to pay attention at this point is to document what was going on so we can better recognize it the next time it comes around, especially if we see it promoted by any of the current cast of characters and organizational players behind Unity08 and Draft Bloomberg.

    There’s also the very real economic consideration of those people who gave money to Unity08 on the understanding that it was not secretly advocating for any particular candidate. I wonder how this news makes them feel.

  • Ralph

    It’s a darn good thing Jim did the research he did on Unity 08.

    Unity 08 gave us a really good window into how political campaigns work behind the scenes–not (despite their claims to the contrary) because they wanted to be transparent, but because they were sloppy and Jim did good research.

    The next time someone tries that kind of fake-grassroots campaign, they’ll probably be a lot slicker.

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