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Coding Error Reveals RGA Donor Information

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 05:01 PM

A simple coding error on the website of the Republican Governors Association has led to the disclosure of detailed information about its donors, including corporate contributors, the New York Times reports. 

Researchers at the Democrat-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) discovered the error and promptly disclosed the documents, which offer insight into the RGA's activities between 2008 and 2011 when it was led by former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

One document released contained the names of 17 corporations that are part of the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, which is permitted to withhold the names of its supporters from the public, the paper reported.

Companies listed include: Aflac, BlueCross BlueShield, Comcast, Novartis, Shell Oil and Walgreens.

Gail Gitcho, the RGA's spokeswoman, told The Times that CREW was being hypocritical in releasing the information as it does not disclose its own donors.

CREW, a 501c (3) organization, characterizes itself as an organization that "uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests." 

In August, David Brock, who runs several Democrat-friendly groups, including Media Matters, was elected chairman of CREW's board, Politico reported. 

"CREW accessed those documents from behind a password-protected website, CREW hides behind the facade of an educational group when their only real purpose is to act as a liberal front group for Democrats," said Gitcho.

The documents shed light on some of the more lavish events held during Barbour's tenure and the access granted to donors who attended them.

At the association's 2012 annual conference in Las Vegas, donors not only received access to the governors, staff and "V.I.P. guests," but were also treated to an "under the Eiffel Tower" event at the Paris Las Vegas hotel's Chateau Nightclub, taken for clay shooting and offered a "back of house" tour at Wynn Las Vegas.

The Times reports the tickets began at $7,500.

Another document obtained by reporter Jonathan Weisman offered details on access given to donors to the Democratic Governors Association. A $100,000 donation was rewarded with six tickets to the DGA's 2013 Western Policy Conference, as well as "preferred seating" and "participation in policy discussions" held during the conference.

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A simple coding error on the website of the Republican Governors Association has led to the disclosure of detailed information about its donors, including corporate contributors, the New York Times reports.
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