Talking Points Memo: Who Is Funding Distribution Of DVDs About Radical Islam In Campaign Home Stretch?

Talking Points Memo (9/19/08)

Who Is Funding Distribution Of DVDs About Radical Islam In Campaign Home Stretch?

This got a bit of attention earlier this week, and we’re surprised it hasn’t attracted the notice of the bigger news orgs, because it’s a pretty interesting mystery: Who, exactly, is funding the distribution of lurid DVDs across America warning of the global radical Islamic threat, in the home stretch of the election?

The group funding the current distribution of it is a shadowy nonprofit in New York called the Clarion Fund, which was founded by filmmaker Shore. The Harrisburg Patriot-News of Pennsylvania spoke to Clarion spokesperson Gregory Ross, and was told that some 28 million of these DVDs would be distributed nationwide through direct mail and in newspapers up into September. Meanwhile, a Florida TV station reported mid-week that the DVDs had already started showing up in mailboxes in the southwest part of this crucial swing state.

So how much money is behind this campaign to ship 28 million DVDs out with two months to go until the election? Ross has only been willing to say that his group is spending “millions.”

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