So where did most of the money go?
About $1.3 million went to the Arizona telephone fundraising firm called Political Advertising for services described on FEC forms as “phone/mail communication.” Located on the tenth floor of an office building in downtown Mesa, Political Advertising is another name for the Political Call Center, according to Arizona corporate records.
The company’s Web site advertises for “tele service agent” positions, but contains virtually no information about what the firm does. State records list Political Call Center’s owners as a pair of Delaware-based companies called the Corporation Trust Center and HCC Investment.
Despite the records listing, a spokeswoman for Corporation Trust Center’s parent company tells TPMmuckraker that Corporation Trust Center does not own Political Call Center, but rather provides a legal service for the firm.
The number for HCC Investment goes to a company called Wilmington Equities, which, like Political Call Center itself, did not respond to a request for comment.
This isn’t the first time Political Advertising has been on our radar.
TPMmuckraker first reported on Political Advertising and the Republican Majority Campaign in 2008. At the time, several PACs associated with former Reagan Administration official Linda Chavez and her family had been the subject of a Washington Post expose detailing how the groups churned through millions on fundraising and salaries but spent little on political activity.
Two of the Chavez-linked groups — the Pro-Life Campaign Committee and the Republican Issues Committee — had used the services of Political Call Center under a previous name, HCC Political Advertising.