November 12th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Katie Gilbert News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Heads-Up to "Leftist" Donors: Howard Rich is Watching You


Watch out, all you sleazy, law-dodging liberal donors in Oregon and around the country. Americans for Limited Government has its eye on you.

That's the basic sentiment of a letter from New Yorker Howard Rich, real estate investor, multimillionaire, and chairman of ALG. Take a look:
Dear [redacted],

Recently a new left-wing organization announced that it would be targeting donors to conservative, free-market organizations. The major press announcement stated that the organization intended to engage in such activities as "public exposure," having "watchdog groups digging through the lives" of these individuals, and "possible legal trouble."

As someone who has been put through that abuse over the years, I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is not fun and not something to take lightly. I have supported groups and efforts that I believe will push back against the radical agenda of the Left. And, I have paid the price for it, in attacks, slurs and threats.

As a donor to one or more of these organizations and efforts, you have been able to engage in these activities without notice, operating in relative obscurity. I am writing to inform you that this will no longer be the case.

Your name has been put in our database. We are monitoring all reports of a wide variety of leftist organizations. As your name appears in subsequent reports, it is our intent to publicize your involvement in your local community. Should any of these organizations be found to be engaged in illegal or questionable activity, it is our intent to publicize your involvement with those activities. You should know that instances of coordinated voter fraud are surfacing all across America and investigations into possible criminal coordination are underway.

For your review, I have enclosed a memorandum from our legal counsel.

Howard Rich

Politico quotes Bill Wilson, president of ALG, as saying that 11,000 copies were distributed nationwide to "donors to left-wing 527s and organizations of that type. Anyone on the liberal, left-wing side of the line." Scott Moore, communications director for Defend Oregon, adds that "numerous people in Portland got them." (Take a look at some of the other waves Rich has made in Oregon.)

The "left-wing organization" mentioned in the first paragraph that recently "announced that it would be targeting donors to conservative, free-market organizations" appears to be Accountable America, who stoked ALG's ire with an August 8 press release offering a $100,000 reward for "information leading to convictions of GOP organizations who violate the law."
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