Norm Coleman still refuses to return contributions from the disgraced lobbying consortium DCI Group despite John McCain’s firing of two DCI lobbyists from high ranking positions in his campaign and despite the fact that Norm has divested contributions from far less sinister sources (Larry Craig for instance).
It seems the senior Senator’s ties to DCI run far deeper than imagined. A consulting firm known as FLS-DCI (until last year when it was renamed FLS-Connect) serves as a general consultant to Coleman’s campaign. In the last several years, Coleman and his PAC have paid some $1.5 million to FLS-DCI.
FLS-DCI are among the worst of the swiftboaters, with close ties to Karl Rove. Check out this investigative report:
FLS-DCI specializes in creating phony front groups to make it appear as if there's a groundswell of support for its clients' issues.
One of its most prominent front groups is Voices for Choices. This fake coalition of conservative groups is runing ads nationwide in support of AT&T's key issues. AT&T, which has donated millions to the Republican Party and the Bush Campaign in 2004 – and whose general counsel served on Bush's transition team, is one of FLS-DCI's largest and most important clients.
Other FLS-DCI phony productions include Responsible Electronic Communications Alliance and Hands Off the Internet.