The Hillary Project, a super PAC that calls itself the “only thing standing between” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and the White House, has posted a video game in which players are encouraged to slap Clinton across her face. The sole officer identified on the PAC’s public filings, Christopher M. Marston, is a Republican operative with ties to several prominent GOP officeholders.
According to BuzzFeed, “SlapHillary” was originally posted in 2000 by Marie Poe and her husband Richard. Richard Poe joined with right-wing Islamophobe David Horowitz to author a 2007 book, The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party. The game was revived for the 2008 campaign and is now making a return appearance on The Hillary Project’s website.
The super PAC’s game section also includes a game called “Street Fight: Obama vs Hillary” in which players can make the two 2008 candidates physically attack each other and a “Dancing Hillary” game in which users are asked to “make Hillary sweat by joining thousands opposing her presidency.” Because the group registered in July, it has not yet had to disclose any of its donors.
Marston, a former Alexandria, VA Republican chairman, an unsuccessful 2011 candidate for Clerk of the City Court, and an Assistant Secretary of Education in the George W. Bush adminsitration, is treasurer of The Hillary Project. While it is common for compliance operatives to serve as treasurer for multiple political committees, his is the sole listed name on the PAC’s filings with the Federal Election Commission. The address listed on the paperwork is a Nashua, NH post office box. The committee’s Internet domain is registered with a proxy, hiding the name of the person who registered the site. Marston did not immediately respond to phone and email requests for information about his involvement with the committee or its other officers.
Marston, who served as treasurer for the pro-Rick Santorum Red, White, and Blue fund in 2012, also currently serves in a similar role for leadership PACs for Rep. Marlin Stuzman (R-IN), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), and Virginia Speaker of the House William Howell (R). None of those three responded immediately to ThinkProgress inquiries about their reaction to the game and their treasurer’s involvement.
Paul Connors, a spokesman for The Hillary Project, told ThinkProgress in an e-mail, “Chris Marston has nothing to do with the strategy or operation of THP… Marston is nothing more than an outside vendor handling FEC compliance.”