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Behind the scenes at a GOP fundraiser’s operation

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Interesting story by Zachary Roth at TPMMuckraker:

A top Republican political fund-raising and outreach firm gives convicted felons access to political donors’ credit-card information, according to three former employees.

Minnesota-based FLS Connect uses low-wage workers to make fund-raising calls for a bevy of prominent GOP clients. And many of those workers — including those responsible for processing credit-card transactions — have felony convictions, the former employees said.

In response, FLS Connect co-founder Jeff Larson, a Karl Rove protégé, told TPMmuckraker that the firm would undergo a review from an outside, independent auditor "to ensure the highest standard of confidence in our processes."

Last month, the founder of a different Republican outreach firm, Bonner & Associates, was hauled before Congress after his company sent forged letters to lawmakers on a key legislative issue. Nothing like that has come to light at FLS, but in interviews with TPMmuckraker, the former employees described a company whose business practices might come as a shock to the well-heeled Republican donors from whom it solicits money. FLS fundraisers, encouraged by supervisors to cut corners in pursuit of donations, routinely mislead potential contributors, say the former employees. And many workers in the company’s Phoenix office are ex-cons, who are paid not much more than minimum wage, lack benefits, and work in squalid conditions…

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Written by Leisureguy

17 November 2009 at 11:14 am

Posted in Daily life, GOP

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