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Unity08 Disclosures

Unity08 v. FEC Lawsuit Documentation

Unity08 Safe Money Pledge

Fact: Bob Shrum, the media consultant for John Kerry in 2004, was paid $150,000,000 for his campaign services.

Fact: Maverick Media, media consultants for George W. Bush in 2004, were paid $177,000,000 for their campaign services.

A large number of the Unity08 Founders, of the members of the Rules Committee, and of the executives of the Unity08 corporation itself are professional media consultants. What are the intentions of these individuals behind the development of Unity08? Potential donors should not have to wonder. For that reason, I have asked the leaders of Unity08 to sign the SAFE MONEY PLEDGE. The SAFE MONEY PLEDGE simply reads:

We pledge that no Unity08 corporate leader, member of the Unity08 Foundersí Council, or member of the Unity08 Rules Committee will pursue or accept payment or other compensation for any work in the campaign of a Unity08 nominee, or for work in the administration of a Unity08 White House.

On February 19, 2007, I directly contacted Unity08 Director of Communications Shane Kinkennon and Unity08 Chief Operating Officer Anya T. Harris, asking if they, the Unity08 Founders Council and the Unity08 Rules Committee would agree to this Safe Money Pledge.

To date, despite prior commitments by Ms. Harris to engage in dialogue, I have not received any response.

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Unity08 websites:
  1. Unity08.com
    Created: April 12, 2006
    Registering Service: REGISTERFLY.COM
    Registrant: Peak Creative Media
    1801 California St Suite 5050
    Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: (303) 295-3373
    Fax: (303) 295-3373

    Administrative Contact: James Jonas

    Technical Contact: James Jonas
  2. collegeunity08.com
    Created: June 27, 2006
    Registration information changed: September 14, 2006
    Registering Service: REGISTERFLY.COM
    Registrant: PRIVACY PROTECTED by ProtectFly.com
  3. unitypetition.com
    Created: June 26, 2006
    Registering Service: REGISTERFLY.COM
    Registrant: Peak Creative Media
    1801 California St Suite 5050
    Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: (303) 295-3373
    Fax: (303) 295-3373

    Administrative Contact: James Jonas

    Technical Contact: Bill Burns

Unity08: The Big Picture

Unity08 is a registered corporation with plans to nominate its own candidates for president and vice president in the world's first national secure online convention in the spring of 2008. But what kind of organization is it? Full documentation for the following claims is available on the full Unity08 research thread, from which this "big picture" summary is drawn. There are many curiosities regarding Unity08 that you can find on the thread. But the following six points are the most important.
  1. In its initial filing as a corporation, and in its first six months' original filings, Unity08 claims a primary business address exactly identical to the business address of Peak Creative Media, a political public relations firm in Denver, Colorado. Unity08's websites (see left) are also registered to Peak Creative Media. Peak Creative Media's CEO is one Jim Jonas, who was part of the leadership of two Republican presidential campaigns, who has consulted for numerous Republican Senate and House candidates, and who served as an adviser to Roger Ailes of FOX News. Jim Jonas is listed in initial documentation for Unity08 as the President and CEO of Unity08.
  2. The organization loudly proclaims its opposition to the influence of lobbyists in politics, but has quietly brought former and current lobbyists into leadership positions, with the justification that "You have to have been in it to know what's wrong with it."
  3. Unity08 says that it will grow its "people's movement" using only small donations from "everyday Americans," "people like you," yet it is suing the Federal Election Commission (with the apparently unpaid help of a lawyer/lobbyist) in order to evade current law and take contributions of unlimited size.
  4. Unity08 has released a "Clean Money Pledge" in which it has challenged members of the public to sign on to a statement in which they committed to the following plan of action: "I will only vote for a presidential candidate who has raised more than half of his/her funds through small contributions of $250 or less." It further sent out letters to presidential candidates in the Republican and Democratic parties, challenging them to commit to take a majority of their funds from donations of $250 or less. Yet an analysis of Unity 08's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter 2006 IRS disclosures reveals that a full 82% of Unity08ís 2006 donation money came from donors of more than $250. Unity08 appears to have violated its own Clean Money Pledge.
  5. Thomas Collier, Robert E. Jordan, John J. Duffy, and Anthony A. Onorato are both lawyers and lobbyists. They are working for Unity08 in its lawsuit against the FEC. Yet they are not listed in any disclosures to the IRS available as of February 12, 2007 (link | link | link) as having received compensation. Similarly, public relations executive Anya T. Harris is the Chief Operating Officer of Unity08, and yet she also has no record of compensation for her work. It is unclear whether these individuals will receive any reward for their work. If so, when, in what form, and from whom?
  6. Unity08 has not disclosed the amount or the source of any loans provided to it from personal or corporate sources. The terms of such loans are also undisclosed. Such disclosures are legally required if, as the FEC ruled in its Final Advisory Opinion, Unity08 is a political action committee.

There are three important questions one ought to ask regarding Unity08 (or any other ambitious political organization, for that matter):

1. Does the organization live up to its rhetoric? Does it practice what it preaches?

2. Is the organization capable of attaining its own stated goals?

3. If the organization is successful, will the organization improve the current state of politics, degrade the current state of politics, or leave the current state of politics unchanged?

Given the current state of knowledge regarding Unity08, how would you answer these questions?

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