[Guest post by DRJ]
CNN’s Political Ticker and the New York Times take note of a new liberal group called Accountable America. CNN describes it as headed by “long-time progressive operative and former MoveOn.org Washington director Tom Matzzie” whose goal is to deter conservatives from donating to 527 groups that might “swiftboat” Barack Obama and other liberals:
“A new liberal group, Accountable America, is offering a $100,000 reward for any information that results in “the conviction or judgment against a conservative or business-related organization” that runs afoul of federal campaign finance regulations – and is planning to send “warning” letters to roughly 10,000 major Republican donors next week laying out the PR headaches and risks they could encounter if they decide to donate outside the legal boundaries.”
Southern California blogger Donald Douglas at American Power has a roundup on reaction to Accountable America as well as more on Tom Matzzie and Matzzie’s prior anti-war ventures.
As for me, I want to congratulate Matzzie for realizing capitalism is the best way to get things done in America, although these letters sound more like the Mafia than good business.
UPDATED 8/9/2008: According to the New York Times The Caucus, Accountable America is an arm of the Accountability Now PAC. Instead of the $1M it hoped to raise from its recent money bomb, the PAC has currently raised $151,695.