Well, well, let’s see who’s behind this last-minute sneak attack. I’ve been entertained greatly by the political robo-calls that have been coming in from all sides, but when they clearly violate election rules I cannot abide by it. So I’m going to share this and hope that someone will dig up more information tomorrow, because whoever was behind this needs to be exposed.
At 8:05 p.m. my home phone rings. The caller ID reads 714-697-3204. I’ve tried looking the number up online and apparently it’s not a dedicated calling firm as some posters online have described calls from the same number offering credit cards. The number is a cellular phone from Santa Ana, California brokered by Blue License Holdings LLC. A woman’s voice comes through, mentioning First District candidate Sue Boldra’s name. The woman then says that Boldra is a pro-choice woman running against “a bunch of men who want to eliminate a woman’s right to choose.”
Considering the tasteless attack blog that was launched against her last year that accused her – among other things – of being pro-choice, I was amazed that this happened. Sue Boldra is a colleague of mine at Fort Hays State University, so I immediately called her. Knowing Sue is pro-life, I asked if she knew anything about it. Sue was shocked, as was I. There is no group registered with the FEC or IRS 527 called Pro-Choice Women for Sue Boldra or anything like it. The group is fake, the attack is fake. Whenever a political campaign or group pays for ads or calls, they must register and log their donations and spending with the relevant agency. By giving a fake name, someone is clearly violating campaign finance law.
I have no problem with comparative politics. Attacks on candidates often give voters very useful information. But if you’re going to attack, you need to be held accountable. That means saying who really sponsors the group. Creating a fake group in robocalls to falsely attack another candidate is the sleaziest form of dirty pool, and they’re all-too-common. In a close race, even a few percent matters. It’s just sad that some campaigns can stoop to bald-faced lies to get those percent, hiding behind a smokescreen.