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Rick Santorum Suddenly Surging With Cash From Shadowy Sources

Yesterday, F.G. Fitzer noted that thousands of dollars of costumes and makeup had been purchased to support the Ron Paul campaign. It’s not just Ron Paul supporters who have been playing with funny money, though.

leaders for families super pacAlso reported to the Federal Election Commission yesterday was a sudden surge of spending to promote the presidential campaign of Rick Santorum.

The Leaders for Families Super PAC dumped $92,535 in a single media binge, purchasing television advertisements to support Santorum 2012. Yet, when I went to the Federal Election Commission reference page for Leaders for Families, the information there told me that Leaders for Families had received no donations. How can this Super PAC have spent so much money if it hasn’t taken in any money yet?

The answer is that the Leaders for Families Super PAC has taken in a lot of money, and very quickly. The PAC simply hasn’t disclosed to the FEC where it’s getting the money from.

It’s a very odd arrangement for those of us Americans who make a living by working for our money. We work, and then we wait at least two weeks for a paycheck, then wait another week for the money to clear. Three weeks at the minimum after we’ve done our work, we have the money to show for it.

The Leaders for Families Super PAC moved much more quickly than that. The organization didn’t even exist before just 10 days ago. Just one day after it was created, the Super PAC had loads of money, from an unknown source, and was spending that money to create and place commercials on the radio for Rick Santorum.

That money could have come from Russian oil oligarchs, for all we know.

Though we don’t know much about the source of the money used by Leaders for Families Super PAC, we do know something about the group’s treasurer. His name is Charles Hurley – though he likes to be called Chuck.

Chuck Hurley uses the email address hurley4god@gmail.com. Yes, Chuck is hurley for God.

Hurley is the President of the Iowa Family Policy Center, an organization that works toward “reversing the breakdown of a productive, ordered society caused by the failure of families to produce God-fearing church, civic, social, and family leaders.” Specifically, Hurley and his organization work with people inside churches to promote a strict right wing version of Christianity, while also working in the more open public realm to promote extreme right wing social ideas.

The Iowa Family Policy Center is a tax exempt non-profit organization, filed under 501(c)3. The Iowa Family Policy Center describes itself as a “division” of an organization called The Family Leader, which is run by Bob Vander Plaats. That’s where the name of the Leaders For Families Super PAC comes from.

The Family Leader in turn describes itself as “associated with Focus On The Family”. Focus on the Family is a tax exempt organization. So, what we’ve got with The Family Leader is a political organization that’s sandwiched between two tax exempt organizations – a very curious arrangement. With Chuck Hurley serving as Treasurer of a Super PAC that’s purchasing huge political advertisements to promote the Rick Santorum for President campaign, that arrangement deserves some special scrutiny.

Some scrutiny of that sort has been exercised by a writer going under the pen name Akopsa. Akopsa found that Chuck Hurley’s organization, the Iowa Family Policy Center, has received over three million dollars in federal grants, facilitated by the White House Office of Faith Based Intiatives, since 2004.

I’d like to know whether any of that money from the federal government has gone to Iowa Family Policy Center resources that Chuck Hurley may be using to operate the Leaders For Families Super PAC. The Super PAC has been created in such a way, however, that makes it impossible to track that money down.

The Family Leader calls the separation of church and state an “ongoing cultural lie”, though, so maybe they think it’s all right to take government money and funnel it into political campaigns. If only Hurley and his friends would stop hiding the identity of the big money donors behind the Leaders For Families Super PAC, we could discover the truth of the matter.

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