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Maze of Websites Brings Unity12 Operation Back to GOP Consultant Jim Jonas

Back in 2006, the Unity08 corporation formed to select its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Unity08′s pitch: why not have a bipartisan team of one Republican and one Democrat working together in the White House? Given that the office of the President is imbued with power while the office of the Vice President is famously “not worth a bucket of warm spit,” Americans on the left side of the electoral spectrum were naturally suspicious about which party might end up on top when they found that Unity08′s initial incorporation and IRS filings listed Unity08′s place of business as Peak Creative Media and the President and CEO of Unity08 as Jim Jonas, the founder and head of Peak Creative Media. Jim Jonas and Peak have been and still are media consultants for Republican political campaigns. Until registrations were changed to hide this information, Unity08 websites listed Jim Jonas as the registrant.

After this information came to light, Unity08 got itself another, less obviously partisan President and CEO. But now that we’re in the same spot in the presidential election cycle, Unity08′s antecedent finds itself in the same boat all over again.

The two main website names associated with the yet-to-go-online Unity12 Task Force — unity12.com and unity12taskforce.com — have privacy options set for them so it’s impossible to tell who registered them in a direct sense. But Unity12′s new quarterly IRS disclosure posted today tells us a great deal more.

We know that the Unity12 Task Force is headquartered at 1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 1212 in Washington, DC: a choice location just a block from the White House. But what else has claimed residence at 1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 1212 since the Unity12 Task Force incorporated?

The following is the text of a public whois search for the web site unityforamerica.com, a web site registered for the first time on May 27, 2010 and updated on July 12, 2010:

Registrant:
Americans Elect
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue
Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: UNITYFORAMERICA.COM
Created on: 27-May-10
Expires on: 27-May-11
Last Updated on: 12-Jul-10

Administrative Contact:
Jonas, Jim infoamericanselect.org
Americans Elect
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue
Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20006
United States
+1.7202488438 Fax --

Technical Contact:
Jonas, Jim infoamericanselect.org
Americans Elect
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue
Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20006
United States
+1.7202488438 Fax --

American Select 2012 screen capture as of July 16, 2010And the following is the text of a public whois search for the web site americanselect.org, a web site registered for the first time on June 10, 2010 and updated on July 12, 2010:

Registrant ID:CR51838128
Registrant Name:Jim Jonas
Registrant Organization:Americans Elect
Registrant Street1:1775 Pennsylvania Avenue
Registrant Street2:Suite 1212
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Washington
Registrant State/Province:DC
Registrant Postal Code:20006
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.7202488438
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:infoamericanselect.org
Admin ID:CR51838134
Admin Name:Jim Jonas
Admin Organization:Americans Elect
Admin Street1:1775 Pennsylvania Avenue
Admin Street2:Suite 1212
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Washington
Admin State/Province:DC
Admin Postal Code:20006
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.7202488438
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:infoamericanselect.org
Tech ID:CR51838133
Tech Name:Jim Jonas
Tech Organization:Americans Elect
Tech Street1:1775 Pennsylvania Avenue
Tech Street2:Suite 1212
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Washington
Tech State/Province:DC
Tech Postal Code:20006
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.7202488438
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:infoamericanselect.org

Thank goodness we have the public Whois search available: otherwise we might think the organization’s name was American Select. But the whois tells us more than that. We now know that although Jim Jonas is maintaining his old Denver telephone number (out of area code 720), he’s organized at least two websites for an entity that makes its home at 1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 1212. From IRS filings, we know this entity is Unity12.

We can find out more than this. Those are awfully recent whois registration updates, aren’t they? Let’s look at the Google cache for that registration and see what it tells us. The old cached whois information for unityforamerica.com won’t stick around for long, so here’s the full text of it:

Registrant:
JKJ Consulting
8020 E Cedar Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80230
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: UNITYFORAMERICA.COM
Created on: 27-May-10
Expires on: 27-May-11
Last Updated on: 27-May-10

Administrative Contact:
Jonas, Jim jim.jonasme.com
JKJ Consulting
8020 E Cedar Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80230
United States
(720) 256-8956 Fax --

Technical Contact:
Jonas, Jim jim.jonasme.com
JKJ Consulting
8020 E Cedar Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80230
United States
(720) 256-8956 Fax --

What’s JKJ Consulting? It’s not easy to tell right away: after all, a web search for “JKJ Consulting” at 8020 E Cedar Avenue in Denver turns up nothing at all.

Now hang on a moment. The city of “Denver” seems awfully familiar, and an address search might turn up something. But goodness me, we don’t need to go so far as that. If we look back at the new Unity12 quarterly report, we can see that JKJ Consulting was paid $28,000 by the Unity12 Task Force in May and June for “Strategic Planning Services,” “Travel Expenses,” “Software,” and “Domain Name Registrations.” And the listed agent for JKJ Consulting on that whois cache result? None other than the friend of Unity since 2006, Jim Jonas.

It’s been four years since Unity08 started its say-this-do-that, sneaky-Pete, hidden-agenda shell game of a campaign. We can always hope that when the “new” Unity12 debuts its media presence some time later this year, it will ditch its old practices. But then I see this web trail of hidden associations with a Republican consultancy, accompanied with the news that Unity12 has been wholly funded by a corporate takeover artist who’s named himself Chairman.

Well, let’s just say I’m not going to hold my breath.

1 comment to Maze of Websites Brings Unity12 Operation Back to GOP Consultant Jim Jonas

  • Maria Ellis

    I was just bamboozled into signing a petition to put a third name on the ballot in 2012…duh a republican was behind it!! i even asked the guy, “who is funding this” i should’ve known by his answer “the american people” BULLSHIT!!

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