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October 29, 2007

Why Is Mitt Romney Taking Mooney Money?

-- by Dave Johnson

A friend's elderly mother received a scam letter, and I started looking into it. The trail led to a discovery that the Romney campaign is receiving Moonie money.

The scam letter is from the American Federation of Senior Citizens (AFSC). Tracing them down, it turns out it is a scam run by the Moonies.

The head of AFSC is Gary Jarmin. Jarmin is a member of the secretive, right-wing Council for National Policy. He words (or worked) as Government Liason of the Washington Times, a Moonie outfit. He's also the guy who booked the room in the Senate Office Building which Moon was crowned Messiah, if you remember that event.

The address of ASFC, 208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, according to Raw Story, is also the address of a number of other Moonie outfits,

Christian Voice 208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-1421

Jar-Mon Consultants (Global Dominion Communications Inc.) 208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-4904

US Cuba Foundation 208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-4904

American Christian Cause 208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 715-6523 (703) 548-1840

Pacific Asia Foundation 208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-4906

AFSC uses a PR firm, Global Dominion Communications, also used by Christian Voice.

So I started looking into these groups a bit, and guess what I found?

More orgs at 208 N. Patrick:
MORAL GOVERNMENT FOUNDATION TRUST ENDOWMENT FUND
Americans for Faith and Freedom
The Seniors Center

A list of contributions to the Romney campaign shows Global Communications giving the max - $2300.

More research discovers that the Romney website proudly announces that Gary Jarmin is a "Romney For President National Faith And Values Steering Committee Vice-Chair". Jarmin is listed there as President of the American Service Council.

The Christian Voice website declares, "Christian Voice is a program of American Service Council, Inc." (208 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314) and the ASC website lists:
Special Programs of ASC

* Americans for Faith and Freedom
* The Seniors Center
* Citizen's Voter Drive
* National Council of Survivors
* Christian Voice

Now, I don't have time to trace this further -- I haven't even traced the donations of these other Moonie fronts -- but the way the Moonie organization works I bet with just a little work we'd find many, many more connections between the Romney (and other Republican candidates) organization and the Moonies. If you are reading this and have some time, see what you find and let us know in the comments here. Is Romney taking more Moonie money? Is he working with other Moonie fronts? Are the other Republican candidates?

Here's why: The right wants to imply something sinister out of Hillary Clinton accepting donations from people with Asian names. Maybe they're just following the STF Rule.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 29, 2007 4:35 PM

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