Thursday, August 26, 2004

Bush lawyer who advised veterans resigns

From the AP via the Houston Chronicle:

Ginsberg's acknowledgment Tuesday evening that he was providing legal advice to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth marked the second time in days that an individual associated with the Bush-Cheney campaign had been connected to the group, which Kerry accuses of being a front for the Republican incumbent's re-election effort.

The Bush campaign and the veterans' group have said repeatedly that there is no coordination.

Lawyers on the Democratic side are also representing both the campaign or party and outside groups running ads in the presidential race. Ginsberg's dual role has drawn attention because of an ad the Swift Boat Veterans group ran accusing Kerry of exaggerating his Vietnam War record, an issue that has dominated the campaign since early August.

Kerry has fired back by accusing Bush of using the group as a front to run a smear campaign for him. Democrats have jumped on any tie, even if legal, to back up that claim.

Ginsberg said he never told the Bush campaign what he discussed with the group, or vice versa, and didn't advise the group on ad strategies.

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Actually, this excerpt is slightly misleading. As Nightline pointed out earlier this evening, none of the Democrat lawyers are currently working for the Kerry campaign. Benjamin Ginsberg was working for Bush, and he was pretty high up in the campaign heirarchy, at the same time he was working for the Swift Boat liars. I'm no lawyer, myself, but this is looking more and more like a violation of campaign finance law. I mean Ginsberg did resign, after all.