Good night and good luck, Ari Fleischer.
Freedom’s Watch, the 501 (c4) organization heavily funded by Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson and hyped as the conservative answer to MoveOn.org, is shutting its doors. Ed Patru, Vice President of Communications for Freedom’s Watch, said in an interview that the organization would be effectively ceasing its operations at the end of the year.
Freedom’s Watch launched in the summer of 2007 with a splash, launching a $15 million nationwide ad campaign supporting President Bush’s troop escalation in Iraq and announcing a staff roster that read like a who’s who of the Washington Republican establishment, including former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and Bradley Blakeman, a former deputy assistant to President Bush. Rumors circulated that the organization would spend as much as $200 million in the course of the 2008 election cycle...read on
Chris Cilliza of the Washington Post wrote this today:
We don't want Karl Rove to pick off the good progressives who are already running in 2008, so we're putting robocalls into their districts to counter the deceptive ones created by Freedom's Watch," explained Jane Hamsher, the founder of Firedoglake and a member of Blue America.
John Amato, founder of Crooks and Liars, added: "[Freedom's Watch is] blaming Democrats for the outrageous gas prices we now see all across America, ... which is actually the product of almost eight years of Republican control."