In addition to this website being blast-emailed to hundreds of thousands of addresses that Stone and [another GOP operative] have accumulated over the years (working off over 170 different email lists of everyone from opinion-makers to political activists to industry associations), Stone is counting on T-shirt sales to further serve as "billboard education." He figures the whole thing will end up taking on a viral nature, thanks to the yuks factor....
"The more people go to the site, the more people buy the T-shirts," Stone explains.... "The more people buy the T-shirts, the more people wear the T-shirts. The more people wear the T-shirts, the more people are educated. Consequently, our mission has been achieved." Though neither the word itself nor even the acronym is ever mentioned, "it's one-word education. That's our mission. No issues. No policy groups. No position papers. This is a simple committee with an unfortunate acronym...."
Presumably Stone learned this gimmick from working on Nixon's 1972 Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP).
Yes, that's it. That's the stroke of genius from the man whom Tucker Carlson insists on calling "legendary Republican strategist Roger Stone" every time he appears on his show (twice this month). The Standard explains that Stone is "trying to tap into deep-seated sentiments about Clinton that pundits and rival candidates can't articulate."
There is, nonetheless, a valuable lesson here. Stone walks the Standard's Matt Labash through how he set up his 527. All that's needed is a name. He chose Jeff "Noodles" Jones, a local bartender/DJ in Miami, to serve as the group's chairman. It doesn't matter that Noodles doesn't have much of a clue about anything -- in fact, that's the point. As long as he doesn't have a criminal record (a mistake Stone almost made when selecting a chairman), he's OK. Voila! Attack group. Stone explains:
"A 527 doesn't have a wife," Stone explains. "It doesn't have a brother-in-law who knows a lot about politics, or a union president who calls and doesn't like the color of the suit, or bimbo eruptions. It's the perfect candidate, because it has no personal characteristics."
No personal characteristics indeed. The group's IRS filings are studiedly anonymous, disclosing their purpose as âTo educate the public about the importance of moral character and integtiry [sic] in those who hold public office.â
Labash writes that Stone wants Democrats to know that "if Hillary is the nominee, a hard 527 rain is going to fall." And already the anti-Hillary groups are getting themselves crossed up. No sooner had Stone filed his organization's papers than Citizens United, a group headed by David Bossie that's been attacking the Clintons for nearly twenty years and recently released Hillary: The Movie, sent a cease and desist letter to Stone, alleging infringement.