Jul 17, 2008
Republican Candidate Keith Fimian Takes Money from Right Wing PACs, Joins Conservative Ranks
Republican Congressional Candidate Keith Fimian's (VA-11) recently released FEC report shows that Fimian received thousands of dollars from right wing political action committees (PACs) in June, including money from the National Conservative Campaign Fund, whose board includes Ann Coulter and Ralph Reed, and from former Senator George Allen's PAC. Fimian's donations show yet again how out of step he is with the values and priorities of Virginia's 11th District.
"With his latest campaign finance report, Keith Fimian joins the ranks of notable right wing extremists like former Senators George Allen and Rick Santorum and former Representative Katherine Harris" said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "These right wing groups clearly see that Keith Fimian, who has anti-choice views, opposes stem cell research, and supports Bush's failed policy in Iraq, is one of them."
Fimian has already shown his out-of-line views with his membership in Legatus, his support from Legatus founder Tom Monaghan, and his attendance at a meeting with Virginia's right wing "Tuesday Morning Group" last week, along with Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt.
- Fimian received $1,000 from the National Conservative Campaign Fund.
o Members of the National Conservative Campaign Fund's (NCCF) mational advisory board include radical conservative activists like L. Brent Bozell III, Floyd Brown, Ann Coulter, G. Gordon Liddy, and Ralph Reed ["Officers and Directors," accessed 7/16/08]
o In 2008, the NCCF gave to right-wing extremists like Senator Tom Coburn (OK) and Representative Bill Sali (ID-01). The NCCF also gave to Jack Abramoff-connected Senate candidate Bob Schaffer (CO). [opensecrets.org, accessed 7/16/08].
o Fimian's recently released FEC report also shows that Fimian received $1,000 each from NCCF chairman Thomas L. Phillips and NCCF director Morton C. Blackwell. Fimian also received $250 from NCCF National Advisory Board member L. Brent Bozell III. [FEC report, 7/15/08]
o In 2006, the NCCF gave to right-wing extremists like Senators George Allen (VA) and Rick Santorum (PA) and Representative Patrick McHenry (NC). The NCCF also gave to former Representative Katherine Harris's Senate bid, Abramoff-connected Senator Conrad Burns (MT) and indicted Representative Rick Renzi (AZ-01). [opensecrets.org, accessed 7/16/08]
- Fimian received $1,000 from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund.
o The Citizens United Political Victory Fund is Citizens United's PAC. Citizens United is currently run by discredited conservative investigator David Bossie.
- Bossie was fired as an investigator for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee after overseeing the "embarrassing" release of recordings of Hillary Rodham Clinton's phone conversations that were misleadingly edited. [Washington Post, 8/30/06]
o This cycle, the Citizens United Political Victory Fund has donated to noted conservative extremists and fringe candidates, including Representative Dan Burton (IN-05), Republican congressional candidate Woody Jenkins (LA-06), and Senator Sam Brownback (KS). [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 7/16/08]
- Fimian received $1,000 from former Sen. George Allen's (VA) Good Government for America Committee.
- Fimian gave to the same candidates that his far-right PAC donors did:
o Fimian gave $1000 to Sam Brownback's presidential bid. [FEC report, 4/13/07]
o Fimian gave $1000 to Rick Santorum's 2006 Senate campaign. [FEC report, 8/17/06]