Sunday, October 29, 2006


By now, many of you have seen or heard about the campaign ad paid for by the Republican National Committee aimed against Congressman Harold Ford in his tight race for the U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in Tennessee. In addition to the attractive white female in her best Marilyn Monroe voice cowing "Call me, Harold", another face in the ad says Ford has taken contributions from porn producers.

John Marshall at the Talking Points Memo blog notes today that RNC chief Ken Mehlman shouldn't be one to talk, as his organization has received a number of contributions "from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States."

The posting notes that according to the Federal Election Commission Web site, Boyias contributed to the RNC three times last year and twice this year. And while FEC records show Boyias as either self employed or the owner/CEO of NTB, Inc., records in the California Secretary of State's office show that NTB's address is identical to that of Mariana Pacific Distributors.

While pornography is considered by many to be distasteful and morally wicked, it is a legal enterprise, and those involved in the business certainly have the right to participate in the political process. I do agree with Mr. Marshall that while it's difficult for the head of a political party committee or candidate to know the backgrown of every contributor, during this issue, RNC chief Ken Mehlman is nothing but a hypocrite.


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