"Better Know A Right-Wing Attack Group: 60 Plus Association"
Part six of ThinkProgress’ profiles of right-wing groups that are taking advantage of the Citizens United ruling to flood the airways with independent attack ads. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
The 60 Plus Association is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organization.
Created in 1992, the 60 Plus Association bills itself as “the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).” It describes its agenda as “a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues.”
The public face of 60 Plus is 1950s pop star and right-wing extremist Pat Boone. Boone, 78, has previously compared liberals to cancer and called President Obama’s birth certificate a “photo-shopped fraud.”
The group’s chairman is James L. Martin, a former Republican Congressional aide and long-time operative for anti-labor union and far-right independent political groups. Its president is Amy Noone Frederick is a former Republican candidate for Virginia House of Delegates and the wife of ousted Republican Party of Virginia chair and former state legislator Jeff Frederick.
Sample 60 Plus Association ad:
Graphics by Adam Peck. Christina Lewis and Ellie Sandmeyer contributed to this report