I owe this one to a tweet from Rod Smelser.
Like 2009 and 2005 a number of “citizen’s groups” are springing up full of good advice and spin to help voters make up their minds as we head into an election.
In other words, they bash the NDP and whoever leads them.
One of the first out of the gate this time around is CC4BC, a “Free Enterprise” supporting, we care about citizens but gosh we’re concerned about the fact that the BC Liberals look like they are on life-support, kind of group.
CC4BC is headed by Christy Clark advisor Jim Shephard, a former Canfor exec. The rest of the group – staff, funders, spinners – is under wraps.
Except for a phone number. If you want to donate to the group just call 604-678-8162 it says on the “how you can help” page of CC4BC’s website.
The number doesn’t belong to some non-partisan concerned citizens group. It belongs to Wazuku Consulting, a lobbyist super-group made up of partners Mike Watson (BC Liberal appointee), Brad Zubyk (BC Liberal lobbyist, Christy Clark leadership campaigner) and Stephen Kukucha (Christy Clark by-election campaign).
Now that’s not unexpected. CC4BC is a pretty thinly disguised Christy Clark front group. But it’s what may come that is interesting.
This is not the first front group that Zubyk’s been involved in. In 2009 Zubyck was one of the consultants behind Phil Hochstein’s multi-million dollar attack campaign, belying his 2007 testimony against union campaigns in which he said under oath “the idea that money equals voice is dangerous to democracy.”
Hochstein’s vote smart campaign spent hundreds of thousands on 3rd party attack ads and websites all aimed at the NDP.
Now it’s another election, so it’s time for another round of murky attack sites like CC4BC, supported by shadowy lobbyists like Wazuku, where money and connections equal lots and lots of voice.