RNC Chief Ken Mehlman accepted political contributions from gay porn king?
Last week, you'll remember, the RNC, headed by Ken Mehlman, was running that race-baiting 'bimbo' ad
against Rep. Harold Ford (D) down in Tennessee. One of the barbs in that ad was the claim that Ford had taken political contributions
from "porn movie producers."
But it seems there is plenty of porn movie producer money to go around.
It turns out that the Republican National Committee is a regular recipient of political contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner
and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors
, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States. This recent article
on Marina Pacific's new marketing campaign form XBiz, a porn industry trade sheet, notes that, in addition to producing its own material, the "company acts as a distribution house to hundreds of lines, mostly gay, 40 of which can be purchased only through MPD."
The company actually seems to be a trendsetter in the industry. As Boyias recently noted, "We have always modeled ourselves after a Fortune-style company. They are the models of exceptional customer service. We have formed strategic alliances with our vendors and customers alike, offering them tools and marketing to assist them in succeeding with their business models. Our one-on-one interpersonal relationships have never been duplicated in the distribution industry."
Some recent releases include "Fire in the Hole
", "Flesh and Boners
", even a "Velvet Mafia
FEC.gov lists Boyias as contributing to the RNC three times in 2004 and two times in 2005. The NRCC got a little too. But only $250.
The FEC records list Boyias as either "self employed" or as owner and CEO of NTB Inc. But the California Secretary of State's website lists
Boyias' NTB, Inc as located at 7077 Vineland Ave, which turns out to be the same address
where Marina Pacific is located. So I'm pretty sure we're dealing with the same guy.
So, Ken Mehlman, for porn producer money before he was against it, I guess.
: Let me say, for the record, that I consider pornography not only a legal but a morally unobjectionable product. People in that industry have as much right to participate in the political process as anyone else. And it's difficult for the head of a political committee or a candidate in a political campaign to know the background of every contributor. But hypocrisy blows. And on this issue, as on others, Ken Mehlman's a hypocrite.)