Following the Money in Jacksonville
The airwaves in Jacksonville on this Labor Day weekend are cluttered with TV ads, including one that stands out for its choice of words like "guilty" and "racketeering." It is an attack ad aimed at Randall Terry, the Operation Rescue anti-abortion activist who is challenging state Sen. Jim King in Tuesday's Republican primary.
Terry has filed a lawsuit claiming the ad has defamed him. The spot is being paid for by an ECO or electioneering communication organization called the "North Florida Leadership Coalition," a group financed in large part by labor unions and trial lawyers -- including the firm of Democrat Skip Campbell, who's running for attorney general and is well advised to steer clear of other politicians' primary battles.
Here, follow the money. The largest donor to the North Florida Leadership Coalition is another ECO called the "Florida Consumer Alliance," which gave $155,000, more than half of the total raised by the North Florida Leadership group. A top donor to the alliance is the Fort Lauderdale firm of Krupnick, Campbell et al, where Campbell is a founding partner. It gave $55,000.