Political Committee formed to examine Obama Birther Conspiracies

Political Committee formed to examine Obama Birther Conspiracies

The Conservative Majority Fund has been formed to recycle conspiracy theories about Obama’s social security number and birth certificate.

| This article originally appeared on The LA Times / by Joseph Tanfani.

Still convinced President Obama wasn’t born in the United States? A brand-new political committee will be happy to accept your donations to keep the theory alive.

The Conservative Majority Fund, set up a month ago by a political consultant, is sponsoring television ads that recycle some discredited conspiracy theories regarding Obama’s identity — including suggestions that he’s using a phony Social Security number and a fake birth certificate.

“We know less about this man than any president in American history,” the ad says. “No one, I mean no one, has seen an actual physical copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.” It calls for a petition drive — “we need 10,000 signatures from every congressional district” — to boot Obama from the ballot.

The group’s website, which “demands Congress investigate Barack Obama’s forged birth certificate,” suggests donations from $25 to $2,500. This week, the group reported spending more than $500,000 to oppose “Barak [sic] Hussein Obama,” according to the organization’s Federal Election Commission filings, with most of the money going to a nationwide phone-call campaign.

The Conservative Majority Fund treasurer is Scott B. MacKenzie, a consultant with an address in an Arlington, Va., office building. MacKenzie is also treasurer of another PAC, Freedom’s Defense Fund, that in 2010 raised and spent nearly $3 million to help elect Republican candidates — most of it from relatively small donors, reports show. More than $1.2 million of that group’s spending went to firms affiliated with Base Connect, a Washington political consulting outfit that lists MacKenzie as a “strategic partner.”

MacKenzie did not return calls or emails seeking comment.

| Sources: Article (Joseph Tanfani) / Image (Wikipedia).

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