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Super PAC supporting Ron Paul is operated by a 9/11 'truther'

By Bill Dedman
Investigative Reporter, msnbc.comAs
libertarian Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul looks for a
state he can win, some of his supporters have turned to a new theme:
voting fraud.A Super PAC supporting Paul has pledged to monitor
the vote in all the remaining states, using an army of exit pollsters to
fight what it calls results that are "outrageous, unacceptable and
patently un-American." The group, called Revolution PAC, has
spent half a million dollars supporting Paul with videos, webcasts,
online ads, direct mail, billboards and radio ads in primary and caucus
states.We first noticed Revolution PAC last week, when it told the Federal Election Commission that it couldn't meet the deadline to identify its donors, because of an error by its bank. Now Revolution PAC has filed its report.

As with many other so-called "independent" Super PACs, which can
receive unlimited donations outside the normal rules of campaign
finance, the pro-Paul group is operated by people with close ties to the
candidate. The group's advisory board members include Penny Langford
Freeman, Paul's political director from 1998 to 2007, and Joe Becker,
chief legal counsel for Ron Paul 2008.The leader of the group,
its founder, chairman and treasurer, is Gary Franchi, a promoter of
conspiracy theories and sophisticated social-media entrepreneur in the
resurgent movement known as the Patriots.The 34-year-old
political activist from the Chicago suburbs told msnbc.com that his goal
is a "non-violent intellectual revolution, which results in a full
restoration of the federal Constitution."Online videos produced by Franchi, and online interviews with him, add specifics:


    [*]Franchi has supported the 9/11 Truth Movement, which supports the
    idea that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, werean inside job to
    create a pretext for a reduction in American liberty, or at least
    involved a cover-up, with the World Trade Center brought down by a
    planned U.S. demolition, instead of terrorist-controlled airplanes.
    Franchi founded the Lone Lantern Society (a reference to Paul Revere
    indicating that foreign enemies are on American soil). The group
    supports "the birth of freedom and the death of the New World Order," a
    secretive elite that is supposedly trying to set up a world government.
    Lone Lantern has held street demonstrations on the 11th of every month in Chicago and elsewhere, demanding an investigation of 9/11. In New Hampshire in 2008, a video shows Franchi asking Tom Ridge,
    the former secretary of Homeland Security, who was campaigning for Sen.
    John McCain, whether Ridge would support an investigation of the
    "controlled demolition" of the World Trade Center. Ridge was having none
    of it, saying, "I just don't buy into that. That's a conspiracy theory
    that has no basis in fact. It's almost out of the Twilight Zone."[/*][*]According to a 2010 reportby
    the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks domestic fringe groups,
    "Gary Franchi is one of the leading promoters of a resurgent Patriot
    conspiracy theory that alleges the government is creating concentration
    camps for U.S. citizens." In 2009 he co-wrote and co-produced the video "Camp FEMA: American Lockdown,"
    which claims that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is creating
    concentration camps on air bases and in vacant buildings to house
    political dissenters when the federal government proclaims martial law.
    "Your church may have already signed a deal with the devil," reads
    promotional material for the film. The film questions whether Census
    data will be used to round up Americans. Clips from Franchi's film on YouTube show
    Hitler youth marching while the narrator ominously describes President
    Obama's plans to expand AmeriCorps and the USA Freedom Corps, the
    volunteer initiative launched by the Bush administration after 9/11.[/*][*]Franchi operates Restore the Republic, which opposes the Federal
    Reserve, the IRS and the income tax, decries the control of the economy
    by the Rockefellers and the "banking cartel," and warns of government
    plans to plant RFID microchips into all Americans. The group was founded
    by Franchi and filmmaker and Libertarian presidential candidate Aaron
    Russo, and has been operated by Franchi since Russo's death from cancer
    in 2007. RTR shares an address with Revolution PAC in Northbrook, Ill.
    The group, which describes itself as a social media platform for
    like-minded individuals, promotes Russo's film, "America: Freedom to Fascism,"
    in which Ron Paul declares, "If that's the definition of a police state
    — that you can't do anything unless the government gives you permission
    —we're well on our way." In a YouTube video interview with Franchi in 2008, Paul credited the Russo video with bringing a lot of people to his presidential campaign. The group has also placed billboards fueling the bogus claim that Obama is not an American citizen, asking, "Where's the REAL birth certificate?"[/*]
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Added: Feb-15-2012 
By: LarryThompson
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  • And? The other candidates are operated by the banksters and Neo cons that did it, what's your point?

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  • So what? Good to see smart people who think for themselves supporting the only real Presidential candidate.

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  • this makes me want ron paul to win even more

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  • still would get my vote if i was american

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  • Finally...the truth will come out...so sorry moussad.

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  • this "news" is BS!

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  • The message of Liberty, self responsibility, fiscal responsibility and limited government: A message even the biggest loon ball whack job troofers can grasp, yet for some reason it eludes the minds of the GOP base. I sooo very much hope Romney, Santorum, or Newt wins and get's into office, when they continue to double down on the debt, reverse none of Obama's policies and continue to expand federal power people's heads are going to explode.

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    • @mdscorpio71

      I come to the conclusion that they welcome it, all the talk about small government conservatism is just BS. As long as a Republican wins they couldn't give a rats ass about what policies they push as long as they have the whitehouse. After the primaries I'm done with the GOP and will register Independent.

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    • @hlabrake exactly. they care not about policy and care everything about party. It's like they are all stuck in high school.

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  • Shouldent be a surprise, Pauls view is that we caused it with policy and that we deserved it. So not hard to imagine him sharing a lot of similar points of view to a truther.

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    • @Nothingisfree We're just supposed to ignore the fact that RP is supported by the conspirotard truther crowd. Ignore the fact that he said he'd give Kucinich and his psychic space-alien friends a cabinet position.

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    • @ST0N3PONY No, you got it backwards, you ARE supposed to be focused on Pauls supporters. You are supposed to ignore the fact that the other 3 gentlemen running for the GOP nomination have never seen a spending bill they didn't like.

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    • @Nothingisfree Our policies are what has caused the rift with the middle east. You can't deny that, Osama's initial problems with us were military bases in Saudi Arabia, the far right religious extremists who control Iran were brought about by our placement of the Sha and theft of their resources, and I can go on and on about this but the point is made.

      If you can't handle that truth than it's your problem.

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    • @mdscorpio71 Whereas Ron Paul has never seen an enemy of America that he didn't have an excuse and an apology for.

      Why do extreme liberals and leftists obsess about and worship RP again?

      This is where you dodge and say something really dumb.

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    • @ST0N3PONY Why do you think I worship Ron Paul? he is a politician, I don't like any of them. I find it funny that you can't come up with anything better than insinuating I am some extreme liberal or leftist. now that is saying something really dumb.

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  • Best news of the week. RP

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  • Yeah and Obama fratinizes with known terrorist bombers, works real estate deals with known felons, allows black racist organizations to control the polls, allows his AG to commit illegal acts and kill his own agents, etc., etc., etc. and no one should speak of it. RP is still the only one that can stear U.S. clear of the reef before us. It's bound to be revolution otherwise, and you can bet the liberals will hate the result, if it come to that.

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  • If we are to take into account the questionable associations of candidates, should we not also consider Santorums relationship with Jerry Sandusky? He did however honor the man in 2002 after he had been accused multiple times of molesting children.

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  • I knew before i clicked the link it would be from larrythompson....what a geek

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  • OMG they might do something like an investigation, the sky is falling the sky is falling!

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  • Prptocols of zion: And the masses are led by lies.

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  • Its Ron Paul or obama get in for second term. plain and simple.

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  • Ron Pauls worst enemy? Ron Paul supporters. OHHHHHHH Im such a big lib. Yeah right, you just want an openly racist president instead of another covert one. I bet you guys were all about GW and the patriot act but now youre a lib? GTFO.

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  • But RON has no say or CONTROL over SUPERPACS....just ask the BUSH SUPREME COURT....I bet ALLITO wishes he could take back "that's NOT what is going to happen"...silly Justice...YOU'RE a RETARD.

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  • so.

    you're going to tell me that every person that supports YOUR candidate is a perfect fucking peach? lol you will lose that argument big time (both liberals and conservatives). blaming a man for what others believe if so full of shit it's not even funny.

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    • @zenshiva
      WTF? He hasn't tried to tell you a damn thing. he posted a news article. So you're trying to tell Mr. Thompson that you like a 12" hot pink dildo shoved up your ass every Valentines day?

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  • Headline is a bunch of crap...

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