RoboHuck: Push Polling for Huckabee in South Carolina

Posted On 11:55 AM by Steve Stevlic |

Negative push polling phone calls on behalf of Mike Huckabee are now underway in South Carolina. If you have never had the displeasure of receiving one of these robocalls, push polling is not a poll at all. It is an unsolicited phone call wherein a recorded voice pretends to be taking a poll, but instead only spreads negative information about a candidate. Common Sense Issues, led by Patrick Davis, is making over 1,000,000 of these calls for Huckabee in South Carolina.

Connection to Huckabee campaign

Huckabee Campaign Chairman,
Ed Rollins, denied any connection to the calls: “We have told them over and over not to do the push polling. I absolutely have nothing to do with it.There is absolutely no connection between me and this group. I have met Patrick Davis only once and that was years ago. There is absolutely no coordination coming from me.” Rollins joined the campaign in December after the push polling was already in motion in Iowa. I believe that Ed Rollins is being truthful. I believe him when he says there is no coordination coming from “me”. That is because there is someone else at the top of the Huckabee campaign who could have coordinated with Patrick Davis.

Chip Saltsman, Huckabee's campaign manager, and Patrick Davis
worked together at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Saltsman has denounced the calls being made by his former colleague, “It’s an underhanded way of doing business that is not welcomed by the campaign and it flies in the face of what Governor Huckabee stands for: integrity and clean politics. On behalf of Governor Huckabee and his campaign, I ask once again that these calls be stopped immediately.” Under federal election law, 501(c)(4) groups like Common Sense Issues must work independently of a candidate’s campaign. They can have no contact whatsoever, which works out very well for the Huckabee campaign. They can continue to denounce the calls publicly, reap the benefits, and not be responsible for making the calls stop. Notice Saltsman made no denials about any personal involvement like Rollins did. But other Huckabee campaign connections to Common Sense Issues already exist.

Acording to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Mark West, a volunteer organizer for Mike Huckabee in Tennessee and Georgia has
donated $48,500 to Common Sense. West and his wife have each already donated $2300, the maximum amount allowed by law, to the Huckabee primary campaign. Donating directly to a group working for the most part exclusively for Mike Huckabee is an easy way to circumvent campaign finance law. Thank you, McCain-Feingold. But there is more…..

After attending a Mike Huckabee fundraiser in Dallas, a contributor named Arch Bonnema was invited to attend a Common Sense Issues
fundraiser also held in Dallas. Bonnema declined to reveal who invited him to the Common Sense Issue fundraiser. We are supposed to believe that one contributor could get invited to two separate fundraisers held by two separate groups in the same city within a few weeks WITHOUT coordination?

Dirty tricks

Some Fred Thompson supporters in South Carolina have reported receiving
calls stating that Fred Thompson supported partial birth abortion. Fred Thompson voted to ban partial birth abortion. In fact, none of the Republican candidates support partial birth abortion. Senator Thompson has a 100% pro-life voting record in the United States Senate and the endorsement of the National Right to Life committee.

What would the Huckabee campaign reaction be to push polls against their candidate? It would be quite easy to develop a push poll script, consisting of completely accurate information, intended for a potential Huckabee voter. It might read something like this…..

Questions for people thinking about voting for Huckabee

1. Does the fact Governor Mike Huckabee issued over
1000 clemencies and was responsible for the release of convicted rapist Wayne Dumond, who later took the life of a young girl, make you more likely to vote for Huckabee?

2. Does the fact that Huckabee raised taxes by $500 million dollars make you more likely to trust him on taxes?

3. Does the fact that Huckabee accepted over $50,000 from a company conducting human embryonic stem cell research make you more likely to trust him on the right to life issue?

4. Does the fact that Huckabee essentially ran a sanctuary state, provided benefits for illegal immigrants and failed to enforce the law make you more likely to trust him to deal with illegal immigration?

5. Does the fact that Huckabee supported a national smoking ban and government regulation make you trust him on states’ rights and individual rights?

Thank you, goodbye.
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3 Response to 'RoboHuck: Push Polling for Huckabee in South Carolina'
  1. KM'> January 19, 2008 at 2:38 AM

    I firmly believe that Mike Huckabee is 100% behind these calls, that is just the type of person he is, and this is just one of the numerous examples of it. He goes around underhandedly attacking people, & when someone like Romney points out merely differences in their records that are 100% fact, he calls them "brutal attacks". Give me a break! Huckabee is a liar, a deciever, and is just John Edwards with a bible.

    I hope South Carolina wakes up and doesn't vote for him or McCain, who is only a slight improvement over Huckabee. I hope they realize Thompson is the only one who is a true and complete conservative in the SC race. I'm afraid that too many people from SC don't even know it.

    For the record I'm a Rudy supporter from CA, but Thompson is my 2nd choice. Rudy/Thompson 2008!


  2. Laer'> January 19, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Nicely done.

    I'm a conservative Christian and it's gotten to the point I wouldn't even have Huckabee as my pastor, let alone my president.


  3. Anonymous'> January 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    It's actually high time grumpy grandpa Thompson just calls it quits - he's a lacklustre candidate with absolutely no life left in him. I would take Mike Huckabee over Thompson in a heartbeat. It will end up being a McCain/Huckabee ticket in 08 - make no mistake. As far as Rudy is concerned...he's a lying scumbag who has done nothing but ride the wave of Sept. 11 for 7 years. Give me a break.