From CBS4 in Denver
A group said it has targeted Focus on the Family founder James Dobson for his work in opposing a proposed Indian casino that also was opposed by a client of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.LINK: Group Targets Dobson For Alleged Ties To Lobbyist
The Campaign to Defend the Constitution, which describes itself as an online grass roots movement to combat the growing influence of the religious right, will launch its campaign that will feature radio and TV spots as well as newspaper ads, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.
Besides Dobson, the campaign also targets Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, as well as the Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition.
"We're trying to get the message out that things are going behind (the) scenes that people have a right to know about," said group spokeswoman Sarah Belanger.
Tom Minnery, Focus' senior vice president of government and public policy, said Dobson wrote letters regarding a casino proposed by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians in 2002, but never produced radio ads as the group alleges.
"The left is even more desperate than I thought," Minnery said. "We're just amazed they keep trying to re-fashion the same stuff."
Abramoff fought the Jena proposal on behalf of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, which has a casino. In e-mails made public as part of a Senate investigation, Abramoff and Reed took credit for getting Dobson to produce radio ads, which Abramoff and Reed said were useful.
Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud in January and is cooperating in an investigation of influence-peddling on Capitol Hill.
"What we're really emphasizing is that it's hypocritical for a moral leader like James Dobson to be producing these ads when the money, whether he knew it or not, came from gambling interests," Belanger said.
Well, I hope they are able to bring Dobson down.