Ralph Reed‘s Faith And Freedom Coalition, whose goal it is to recruit and register Republicans and Evangelicals and Tea Party members to vote for Mitt Romney, sent registered Republicans a questionnaire (but, really, a list-builder and fundraising tool) called the “Voter Registration Confirmation Survey” which mentions President Obama’s ”Communist beliefs” and asks if Obama’s policies, actions, and agenda are more serious than Nazi Germany or the Japanese in World War II, the U.S. Civil War, and/or the Soviet Union. Respondents are told they can “mark as many answers as you think appropriate.”
Reed, the disgraced Jack Abramoff-linked lobbyist who once was the executive director of the Christian Coalition and also served the George W. Bush White House, was partially credited for Bush’s defeat of Senator John McCain, and was involved in an Indian gaming scandal.
“A copy of this so-called ‘Voter Registration Confirmation Survey’ was obtained by Mother Jones after it was sent to the home of a registered Republican voter,” Andy Kroll at Mother Jones reports today:
Reed was a longtime friend of Abramoff’s, and he took payments from Abramoff to lobby against certain American Indian casinos. Reed once ran a religious-themed anti-gambling campaign at the behest of an Abramoff-connected Native American tribe to try to prevent another tribe from opening a competitor casino. His current efforts for Romney are something of a political rehabilitation for Reed.
Reed is Romney’s best hope for rallying evangelical voters. The religious right is a sizable voting bloc: 26 percent of the electorate in 2008. Reed was credited with propelling the evangelical vote in the 2004 for George W. Bush and helping Bush beat Democratic Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). And Romney needs Reed’s kind of help. During the GOP primary, evangelicals tended to prefer Romney’s opponents Newt Gingrich and especially Rick Santorum, and over the summer, enthusiasm among evangelicals for Romney was noticeably lacking.
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