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Letter to Thomas Beaumont - Des Moines Register

Just sent this note off to the writer of the article above and asked him to do a follow-up article on Ed Failor's (failures?) background.

I copied FairTax.org. It should be interesting to see if I get any responses back.

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Thomas,

Thank you for your article regarding the exclusion of Ron Paul from the upcoming Iowan political forum.

I would, however, take issue with Ed Failor Jr's version of why Mr. Paul was being excluded. I believe the real truth can be found by a quick journey into Ed Failor's background. There are some rather interesting facts there that I would like you to consider publishing in a follow-up article. These are:

1) Ed Failor works for the John McCain campaign as a senior advisor.

2) Ed Failor is a financial supporter of John McCain per the following:

Failor, Edward D Mr. Jr. MUSCATINE, IA 52761 Iowans For Tax Relief/Executive Vic $250 03/31/2007 P JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC. - Republican
Failor, Edward D Mr. Jr. MUSCATINE, IA 52761 Iowans For Tax Relief/Executive Vic $1,000 03/31/2007 P JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC. - Republican
3) Ed Failor is tied to an organization called American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with a lot of big corporate money at stake. ALEC has the financial support of more than 200 corporations including Coors, Amway, IBM, Ford, Philip Morris, Exxon, Texaco and Shell Oil. William Bennett, Jack Kemp, John Sununu, and George Bush have all addressed ALEC sessions in recent years.

Other ompanies and industry organizations supporting ALEC's mission include Enron, Amoco, Chevron, Texaco, R.J. Reynolds, AT&T, the American Nuclear Energy Council, the Chlorine Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America.

So, I think the rather obvious answer for Ron Paul's exclusion is the monumental conflicts of interest Ed Failor has not only with respect to Ron Paul, but also with respect to the Iowans for Tax Relief group of which he is Executive Vice President. I would further suggest that Ed Failor is not acting in the public interest, but simply following the wishes of his masters who do not want truly free market activity or the loss of their corporate welfare.

Thank you for taking your time to listen.

Best regards.