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State Leader of Paul Campaign Files Complaint Against McCain’s Telemarketing Abuses

February 5, 2008

Cindy McCain Robo Call (Click here to listen)

Keating for McCain Robo Call (Click here to listen)

Kirk Shelley, Oklahoma State Coordinator of the Ron Paul Presidential campaign, filed a formal complaint regarding John McCain’s illegal robo-calling with the Oklahoma Attorney General.

Shelley expressed his frustration with McCain’s calls:

“Everyone knows the rules on these calls, or they should” said Shelley, “when you run for President or work in federal campaigns you get attorneys to tell you what you can and can not do – calling non-supporters without a phone number to stop the calls is illegal.”

“Anyone who pays attention to politics knows that Tim Pope was indicted by Drew Edmondson for this same thing. The McCain campaign or their telemarketing people sure should have known better.”

Shelley continued “the bigger picture to me is this – Sen. McCain has set himself up as leader for campaign reform by authoring ‘McCain-Feingold’ telling the rest of the country the rules he thinks we should follow, yet here he is violating those very rules he helped create. If you are going to create laws limiting the free speech rights of other Americans at least have the integrity to follow them yourself.”

“I have sent copies of the illegal calls go to the Attorney General and I’m confident he will prosecute with the same diligence that he went after Tim Pope, and I hope the voters remember that the author of ‘so-called campaign reform’ broke his own rules.”

Anatomy of a Huckabee Smear Attempt?

February 1, 2008

Kind of hard to figure this one out, but hey, it is Oklahoma Politics!

The Huckabee Campaign is alleging that mischievous Ron Paul supporters sent a fake press release to the media saying the location for a Friday rally had changed. Below are excerpts from a Huckabee Campaign release on the alleged incident:

“Unfortunately we have been made aware of some attempts by rogue supporters of Rep. Ron Paul in Tulsa who have reportedly sent a false press release to Tulsa area media,” said Scott Pruitt, chairman of Oklahomans for Huckabee and a former state senator, in a press release sent Friday morning.

“The press release was staged to look like it was from the Oklahomans for Huckabee team, but the Paul supporters changed the location of our Tulsa event in an attempt to confuse media and embarrass Gov. Huckabee. This type of behavior is unacceptable.”

Political consultant and Ron Paul State Coordinator Kirk Shelley sent us this email response to the brewing controversey:

“You gotta love Oklahoma Politics sometimes. Some Tulsa Ron Paul Meetup supporters thought that it would be a good idea to do a sign wave at Mike Huckabee’s event.

It looks like some crafty Huckabee supporter was lurking on the list of Ron Paul supporters and reported to the higher ups.

Low and behold the Ron Paul supporters suddenly get a “press release” e-mailed to them which gives the wrong location.

Then to make matters really good, Sen. Scott Pruitt calls a reporter at the Tulsa World claiming that Ron Paul Supporters had issued the false press release.

Why assume Ron Paul? Huckabee has other opponents.

So Huckabee get’s a “poor old me” story in the World and Paul gets an undeserved black eye.

It makes me wonder – is Ron Paul getting some traction at Huckabee’s expense?”

OKPNS will continue to investigate