American Issues Project
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
American Issues Project
301 West Platt Street
Tampa, Florida 33606
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Related SourceWatch articles
- "About AIP", August 16, 2008.
- "Contact Us", accessed August 2008.
- Will Evans, "Attacking Democrats Without Leaving A Trace", NPR, October 9, 2008.
- " American Issues Project Launches Ad", Media Release, August 21, 2008.
- Jim Kuhnhenn, "Obama seeks to silence ad tying him to 60s radical", Associated Press, August 25, 2008.
- American Issues Project, "American Energy Independence", American Issues Project website, accessed August 2008.
- Jim Kuhnhenn, "Group to spend $2.8 million on anti-Obama ad", Associated Press, August 21, 2008.
- Rick Hansen, "Is the American Issues Project Breaking Campaign Finance Law?", The Huffington Post, August 26, 2008.
- Chris Cillizza, "Conservative Group Hammers Obama on AIG", The Washington Post, March 23, 2009.