American Issues Project

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The American Issues Project (AIP) states on its website that it was "founded to champion the conservative values that have made the United States of America a blessed nation: smaller government, a strong and ready national defense, lower taxes, and a government that encourages entrepreneurship and new job creation in America."[1]

On its website AIP lists its media contact as being Christian Pinkston from the Pinkston Group, a Virginia-based PR company.[2]

The group has two GOP operatives as consultants who are connected to the most influential conservative groups of the 2004 presidential election, Chris LaCivita who worked with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and Tony Feather who co-founded Progress for America.[3]

Anti-Obama ad

In August 2008 AIP launched a televisions advertisement seeking to tie Barack Obama to William Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground. "Beyond the speeches, how much do you really know about Barack Obama?", the ad asked.[4]

Associated Press reported that "the lone financier of the anti-Obama ad, Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, was also one of the main funders of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who targeted Kerry. Simmons, a McCain fundraiser, contributed nearly $2.9 million to the American Issues Project, according to documents filed by the group with the Federal Election Commission."[5]

Nuclear, oil and coal booster

On its website, AIP outlines measures that it claims would "release ourselves from the grip of foreign oil. We need to harness solar, wind and nuclear power and other emerging technologies and reward businesses that invest in these alternative energy sources. But this alone is not enough. We need to increase our domestic production by allowing exploration and drilling offshore and in ANWR. We also need to pursue oil shale and coal-to-liquid fuel, which could provide more than 100 years of energy."[6]

Contact details

American Issues Project
301 West Platt Street
Suite #353
Tampa, Florida 33606

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "About AIP", August 16, 2008.
  2. "Contact Us", accessed August 2008.
  3. Will Evans, "Attacking Democrats Without Leaving A Trace", NPR, October 9, 2008.
  4. " American Issues Project Launches Ad", Media Release, August 21, 2008.
  5. Jim Kuhnhenn, "Obama seeks to silence ad tying him to 60s radical", Associated Press, August 25, 2008.
  6. American Issues Project, "American Energy Independence", American Issues Project website, accessed August 2008.

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