Meet the Attack Lads – Swift Boat Veterans For Truth

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Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (2004): Smear campaign claiming John Kerry lied about his service in Vietnam. FEC fined the group $299,500 for violating election laws.

consulting by
Chris LaCivita

Decorated ex-Marine; headed National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during phone-jamming scandal. Took over as president of Progress for America after Tony Feather stepped down to work for Bush/Cheney ’04.

has worked for:
DCI Group, an offshoot of Feather Larson Synhorst that Edmund Matricardi III and James Tobin have also worked for
consults for:
Mercury Public Affairs, which Terry Nelson and Tim Griffin currently work for

chris lacivita was linked to:
Phone jamming (2002)


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