They aren't even trying to hide it anymore.
The Vote Vets Action Fund is a 501 (c)4, which means it's a privately funded operation that works on the fringes of the political world without regulation or scrutiny.
VoteVets is one of the main action members of the America Votes coalition, which as seen last month is coordinating third party attacks against Republican senators in swing states.
They're launching another round of attacks against Republican Senatorial candidates, this time using footage from the US Cole bombing to somehow claim that a vote against Cap and Trade is equivalent to letting Al Qaeda terrorists kill American soldiers.
Got that? Not giving Goldman Sachs your money through a giant government tax is the same as letting terrorists attack soldiers. No mention is made of drilling for domestic oil resources, adding nuclear power capacity to prevent the burning of oil for electricity, or maybe taking terrorism seriously around the world before they fly planes into our buildings. The ad being aired even pretends that the soldiers featured are interested in energy independence because they found out the Underpants bomber tried to attack us on Christmas.
Underlying the ad is the false assumption that if we just didn't used foreign oil, there would be no terrorism.
So where did it come from? The ad is part of an ongoing attempt to give Democrats national security credentials. Earlier incarnations include Operation Free, a bus tour of vets who drove around the country making this same argument last August, and cutting ads like First Hand. Operation Free was a project of the Truman National Security Project and VoteVets, whose express purpose was to take away the advantage the Republicans have in national security. Sitting on their board include progressive notables like John Podesta of the Center for American Progress, who sets up think tanks to generate progessive propaganda lapped up by the media.
Michael Evans of Arnold, Missouri was in the "First Hand" version of this ad. He's part of Operation Free.
Operation Free matters because Robin Carnahan just mouthed these talking points on January 20, 2010 at Washington University for an Operation Free event. In this speech recorded by ShowMeProgress, she makes the claim that foreign energy dependence puts our soliders at risk.
Let's once again connect the dots.
Robin Carnahan speaks at a VoteVets event, using the language of the VoteVets ad.
15 days later, VoteVets action fund runs $600,000 worth of ads against Roy Blunt in Missouri.
All we're missing is FiredUp posting the ad and pretending they got it from elsewhere. (They did that again in September, posting the ad the morning it came out).
Robin Carnahan's campaign manager ran the state organization where VoteVets Action Fund is a partner.
A former deputy director for Robin Carnahan, Paula Hodges, is the state coordinator still working for America Votes, where VoteVets Action fund is a partner.
On January 10, 2010, Robin Carnahan came out whining about the Supreme Court hearing on corporate funding. And yet at no point has anyone asked her directly about the now $1.35 million dollars spent on her behalf in the state of Missouri. In her recent discussion with the Springfield News Leader, she says third party attack ads shouldn't be used in Missouri.
Let's take a look at those numbers.
Third Party Attack Ads going after Robin Carnahan. $0
Third Party Attack Ads going after Roy Blunt, coordination by former Robin Carnahan Staffers and her campaign manager. $1,350,000.
The only funny part of this ad is the stations in running on. Adult Swim on Cartoon Network ran these on Saturday, prior to Bleach. That's some mighty fine demographic targeting.