National Security Political Action Committee
The National Security Political Action Committee (National Security PAC) is described as an "independent" political action committee that supported the election of then Republican candidate George H.W. Bush in the 1988 U.S. presidential election.
In 1988, the National Security PAC "spent $8.5 million on a campaign that simply attacked the presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (the so-called Willie Horton television advertisements) on behalf of George Bush, the Republican candidate in the 1988 campaign."
"The similarities between the NSPAC ad and Bush's own TV spots, as well as a connection between a NSPAC employee and a Bush communications expert, spawned allegations that there was coordination between the Bush campaign and NSPAC. While the allegations were never proven, the questions that arose tainted the presidential election."
Resources and articles
Related SourceWatch articles
- "Willie Horton political ad 1988," YouTube (Added: October 27, 2006).
- "Political action committees," History Learning Site (UK), accessed July 1, 2007.
- "Independent Expenditures," A Bag of Tricks/Open Secrets, accessed July 1, 2007.
- Willie Horton in the Wikipedia.
- "Independent Ads: The National Security Political Action Committee 'Willie Horton'," Inside Politics, circa 2000.
- Jake Tapper, "The Willie Horton alumni association. Memories of the controversial 1988 ad are stirred as George W. Bush appears at a university with ties to the ad's creator," Salon, August 25, 2000.
- Ryan Lizza, "Backward," The National Review, October 22, 2004.
- "U.S. News' Barone accused Dem pollster Greenberg of 'blood libel' for saying 1988 Willie Horton ads were race-baiting," Media Matters for America, November 17, 2004.
- "Ingraham, Hannity revived claim that 'Al Gore brought up Willie Horton'," Media Matters for America, February 16, 2005.