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Dick Morris Fundraises For Republican PAC On Same Day Reports Show His Conflict Of Interest

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Yesterday, Media Matters published a report showing that conservative pundit Dick Morris has “repeatedly used his columns and Fox News appearances to promote and raise money for the National Republican Trust PAC without disclosing that the organization has paid $24,000 to a company” connected to him. Since October, Morris has made 13 appearances on Fox News during which he “repeatedly promoted, praised, and fundraised for GOPTrust.com — all while appearing as a Fox News ‘political analyst.’”

Now, make that 14 times. On the same day that Media Matters published its report, Morris appeared on Hannity and Colmes and again pushed people to donate to the National Republican Trust PAC — GOPTrust.com — in order to help Saxby Chambliss win the U.S. Senate run-off race in Georgia:

MORRIS: I’ve been pushing very, very hard for a group called GOPtrust.com that is running $1 million worth of ads in Georgia to elect Chambliss and defeat the Democrat.

Now, in the last couple of days, some of the liberals have lashed back at me, claiming that somehow I’m getting paid by this group. But the fact is that all they’ve done is buy ads on my Web site, like they buy ads in the New York Times. And I’m no more in cahoots with them than the New York Times is. And this has all been fully disclosed in the disclosure statements.

But I won’t be intimidated by those groups. It is crucially important that every American who cares about the free enterprise system go online as soon as this show is over and Alan makes his announcement and get online to GOPtrust.com and give Chambliss he needs to win. Your whole future depends on it.

Watch it:

As Media Matters explains, “GOPTrust.com has paid a firm apparently affiliated with Morris at least $24,000 since the beginning of October, mostly for ‘Email Communication.’” The PAC has touted Morris in its fundraising solicitations and press releases. While the New York Times does receive revenue from ads, its reporters don’t regularly go on TV and tell people to give money to those companies.

Fox has little regard for these conflict-of-interest situations. After all, the network waited 118 days before noting that Karl Rove, who consistently bashed Barack Obama, was an informal adviser to John McCain.

Transcript:

HANNITY: And my question is, if Saxby Chambliss doesn’t win in Georgia, this gives them their magic number of 60.

MORRIS: Yes, the Republican Party is dead at that point. It has no role at all to play, because you won’t have 60 — you’ll have 60 votes in the Senate for the Democrats.

And I’ve been pushing very, very hard for a group called GOPtrust.com that is running $1 million worth of ads in Georgia to elect Chambliss and defeat the Democrat.

Now, in the last couple of days, some of the liberals have lashed back at me, claiming that somehow I’m getting paid by this group. But the fact is that all they’ve done is buy ads on my Web site, like they buy ads in the New York Times. And I’m no more in cahoots with them than the New York Times is. And this has all been fully disclosed in the disclosure statements.

But I won’t be intimidated by those groups. It is crucially important that every American who cares about the free enterprise system go online as soon as this show is over and Alan makes his announcement and get online to GOPtrust.com and give Chambliss he needs to win. Your whole future depends on it.

COLMES: But are you fund-raising for Chambliss by doing that?

MORRIS: Yes, darned right I am, and I gave to Chambliss too. When the whole future of the country is at stake on this, darn right I’m fundraising for them.

Update

Media Matters notes that last night, Morris “did not deny that over the last two months, he has accepted thousands of dollars in ad revenue from GOPTrust.com.”

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