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Who is Martin Appel?

Yesterday, a quarterly report filed to the Federal Election Commission showed that someone named Martin Appel spent over $16,000 from January to March this year to oppose the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, doing so in the form of independent expenditures. In 2011, Appel made over $29,000 in independent expenditures.

Appel lists the address of his independent expenditure operation as 10161 Park Run Drive Suite 150, Las Vegas, NV 89145. That’s the same address given for the administrative office of the Plaza Offices, a place that rents out temporary office space – turnkey offices.

The independent expenditures Appel has made are odd in their distribution. More than 50 percent of Appel’s expenditures are for “attorney fee’s” made to two different law offices, both in Michigan: Dobrasin Thennisch PC in Pontiac and Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC in Southfield. The remainder are for website development and online advertising.

There is a prominent lawyer by the name of Martin S. Appel, but he lives in Los Angeles, not Las Vegas. Of course, the Martin Appel independent expenditure system seems to be remotely organized, with web services hired from both California and Florida. Then again, why would a lawyer need to pay other lawyers such high fees? The only Martin Appel who lives in Las Vegas is a reviewer of sound system components – not a good candidate for someone who can drop almost $40,000 in an attempt to influence a political campaign.

Can anybody out there provide some assistance in determining for sure which Martin Appel is directing these independent expenditures, and what his plans are?

5 thoughts on “Who is Martin Appel?”

  1. Jim Cook says:

    Mysterious!

  2. Bill says:

    Well, here’s a tiny bit more grist for the mill:

    LinkedIn has a profile for one Martin Appel, “SuperPAC Co-founder”, here: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martin-appel/36/568/368

    This profile links to the ‘company website’ http://www.dumphim.com, which has the single worst ‘Under Construction’ landing page I’ve ever seen (consisting solely of the phrase “Construction Under”). The domain was registered through GoDaddy using their Domains By Proxy service, which hides the owner’s identity.

    Not much, but something.

    1. Bill says:

      There is also a trademark application by Martin Appel of Las Vegas for “A Positive Campaign” (http://www.trademarkia.com/a-positive-campaign-85498077.html). The correspondent for this application is listed as JEFFREY P. THENNISCH of DOBRUSIN THENNISCH PC, 29 W LAWRENCE ST STE 210, PONTIAC, MI 48342-2183.

      1. Bill says:

        And another one for “2012 Year of the Dump”: http://67.228.112.36/2012-year-of-the-dump-85464902.html

        1. J. Clifford says:

          Excellent, Bill! Thanks!

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