Sunday, October 29, 2006


From Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo (reposted in full):

RNC Chief Ken Mehlman accepted political contributions from gay porn king?

Last week, you'll remember, the RNC, headed by Ken Mehlman, was running that race-baiting 'bimbo' ad against Rep. Harold Ford (D) down in Tennessee. One of the barbs in that ad was the claim that Ford had taken political contributions from "porn movie producers."

But it seems there is plenty of porn movie producer money to go around.

It turns out that the Republican National Committee is a regular recipient of political contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States. This recent article on Marina Pacific's new marketing campaign from XBiz, a porn industry trade sheet, notes that, in addition to producing its own material, the "company acts as a distribution house to hundreds of lines, mostly gay, 40 of which can be purchased only through MPD."

The company actually seems to be a trendsetter in the industry. As Boyias recently noted, "We have always modeled ourselves after a Fortune-style company. They are the models of exceptional customer service. We have formed strategic alliances with our vendors and customers alike, offering them tools and marketing to assist them in succeeding with their business models. Our one-on-one interpersonal relationships have never been duplicated in the distribution industry."

Some recent releases include "Fire in the Hole", "Flesh and Boners", even a "Velvet Mafia" series. lists Boyias as contributing to the RNC three times in 2004 and two times in 2005. The NRCC got a little too. But only $250.

The FEC records list Boyias as either "self employed" or as owner and CEO of NTB Inc. But the California Secretary of State's website lists Boyias' NTB, Inc as located at 7077 Vineland Ave, which turns out to be the same address where Marina Pacific is located. So I'm pretty sure we're dealing with the same guy.

So, Ken Mehlman, for porn producer money before he was against it, I guess.

(ed.note: Let me say, for the record, that I consider pornography not only a legal but a morally unobjectionable product. People in that industry have as much right to participate in the political process as anyone else. And it's difficult for the head of a political committee or a candidate in a political campaign to know the background of every contributor. But hypocrisy blows. And on this issue, as on others, Ken Mehlman's a hypocrite.)

There you have it. RNC Chairman and confirmed bachelor Kenny Boy Mehlman loves the gay porn and the gay porn producers because it means money for the Republican National Committee (and perhaps free movies too) while he hits Harold Ford Jr. for allegedly accepting campaign contributions from porn producers.

As Josh writes in his post, this wouldn't be an issue if Mehlman and the RNC hadn't decided to take so many Congressional and Senate races into the gutter with their ads decrying Democratic opponents as "morally bankrupt" and "sexually perverse."

Somebody in the mainstream media needs to call Kenny Boy on his hypocrisy. And accepting money from gay porn producers while condemning Ford for allegedly also accepting porn producers' campaign contributions isn't Mehlman's only foray into the area of hypocrisy. As noted often on the Internets, Mehlman is a closeted gay man who helped run the homophobic 2004 GOP presidential campaign and directed anti-gay activists in Ohio to place the marriage amendment issue on the 2004 ballot. Mehlman has yet to be outed in the mainstream media, but John Arovosis of AMERICAblog says Mehlman's sexual orientation is fair game because

"Mehlman has already said publicly that the gay issue is fair game for politics. If it is fair game, then the same rules apply to him."

Arovosis opines that in addition to Mehlman defending George W. Bush's anti-gay policies, "the Republican National Committee makes no bones about using gaybashing to help Republican candidates."

"The GOP has made it perfectly clear that gays and lesbians and their relationships are a threat to the fabric of American society. As American citizens and voters, we have the right to know if Ken Mehlman's so-far-undisclosed relationships are posing such a threat or not," wrote Arovosis.

Ken Mehlman - a holier than thou hypocrite who hits others for being "morally bankrupt" and "sexually perverse" while he takes money from gay porn producers and lives a "Do as I say, not as I do" lifestyle.

Don't you think it was ironic that the guy in the ad says in the end, "....but who doesn't?" Then he laughes and then puts on a serious face.

Don't you kind of wonder it that was intentional somehow?

Even if not, it is still one of those things that is too weird to make up.
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