D.C. Firm Phonebankers Impersonate McDaniel Campaign For Petition


A Washington D.C. firm that claims ties to a Mississippi tea party group is identifying itself as part of state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R-MS) Senate campaign and taking calls in Jackson, Mississippi.

A phone banking effort by the firm, Liberty Action Center, is calling Mississippians and asking them about whether they would support a petition that McDaniel could use to challenge the runoff election results of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. The problem, as the Clarion-Ledger pointed out, is that the Liberty Action Center has offices in Washington D.C. and Utah.

The president of the Liberty Action Center, Thomas Alvord, confirmed to the Mississippi newspaper that his organization is not being contracted out by the McDaniel campaign and does not have any other kind of connection to McDaniel’s senate campaign. The Liberty Action Center says it does work with Mississippi for Liberty, a prominent conservative group in the state, and the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Alvord also told the Clarion-Ledger that the confusion with the calls is because of four petitions on the Liberty Action Center website that were attributed to McDaniel’s campaign. Alvord admitted that how the LAC callers were identifying themselves was misleading.

You can hear audio of the call here.