Lux, a former senior staffer for the left-wing People for the American Way, has created several of these groups, which all share the same office space in Washington, D.C. Clinton cronies and CNN “Crossfire” hosts James Carville and Paul Begala have been actively involved in the shaping of the “Mainstreet” and “American Family Voices” messages and fundraising.
Lux has not been terribly forthcoming about how the group is getting funding. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has stated that it donated almost $1 million to American Family Voices, which created anti-corporate and worker’s rights websites earlier this year. Other labor unions are believed to have underwritten some of Lux’s campaigns.
In the case of “Mainstreet USA,” Lux is not required to divulge who or what groups are funding its advertising splurge, although according to a Democratic National Committee staffer, party chairman Terry McAuliffe may have steered money Lux’s way from the AFL-CIO and several other unions. “McAuliffe and the DNC very much want Lux’s projects to succeed,” says the DNC staffer. “We can’t accept the soft money, so we might as well help set up groups outside the party system to press our ideas and issues.”
The 30-second “Mainstreet” ads are expected to run on cable television channels, including CNN, MSNBC and CNBC. Internally, CNN executives have met to decide if those ads can appear during shows on which Carville and Begala appear. A decision is pending (though we suspect we know what the answer will be).p> SUNKEN SUNUNU? br> The Republican National Committee is looking to pour an additional $500,000 into the campaign of New Hampshire Senate candidate John Sununu , this after polling in the past week that shows the GOPer down to Gov.
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