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Minuteman Project co-founder accused of selling endorsements

On Friday, Jim Gilchrist -- co-founder of the Minuteman Project, one of the groups that sent citizen patrols to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2006 and 2007 -- endorsed party-switching Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.). That opened up an ugly line of attacks on Gilchrist from local radio host Dale Jackson.

Follow the money as I trace it from multiple candidates to a Jim Gilchrist bagman and his “consulting group” who delivers the Minuteman “endorsement” to it’s clients.

The Group is called “Election Impact Group” and it is ran by one Howie Morgan.

Howie Morgan was Jim Gilchrist’s campaign manager in his failed bid for Congress... On 5/5/10. Griffith campaign pays EIG/Howie Morgan $6,500 and on 5/21/10 The Minutemen endorse Parker Griffith.

Seemed odd to me.

Jackson discovers that payments to Election Impact Group were swiftly followed by endorsements from the media-friendly Gilchrist. Ben Smith has more, including some quotes from an awkward Jackson interview with Gilchrist. I learned of this earlier today and reached out to Gilchrist for comment, but have not yet heard back.

By David Weigel  |  May 25, 2010; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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