Black Republican Freedom Fund
This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
For the first and second quarters of 2006, BRFF reported receipts of $24,590 and $128,017 and expenditures of $5,986 and $132,457 respectively. 
BRFF is a "new, factory-produced front group" funded, "according to their June 30, 2006 report, by over $129,000 in 'unitemized contributions' plus a number of other, smaller contributions, all but one under $1,000," Dave Johnson reported September 28, 2006, for The Patriot Project. The Fund is "running ads saying - sit down for this, and do NOT have a cup of coffee anywhere near your face - 'Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a Republican'," Johnson wrote. BRFF is "set up to run ads in urban areas that say, 'Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan,' 'Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks' and 'Democrats blocked the minimum wage passed by Republicans.'"
NBRA's New PAC
According to NBRA's website ,
- "Our affiliated political action fund, the Black Republican Freedom Fund, will strongly support, both politically and financially, black Republican candidates under the NBRA's Blue County Victory Plan. This strategy entails identifying, training and financing black Republicans to run for election in districts populated largely by black Americans, with the aims of getting black Republican elected and winning votes for the top of the Republican ticket. The Black Republican Freedom Fund is a non-profit corporation organized under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Black Republican Freedom Fund are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes."
National Black Republican Association
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900-S
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 638-6940
Fax: (202) 639-8238
Contact person: Frances Rice
Web page: "About" (Scroll down page).
Related SourceWatch Resources
- "Groundbreaking Radio Ad Released by Black Republican Group," PRWEB (Civil Rights Claims), September 6, 2006.
- Radio Press Release: "Groundbreaking Radio Ad Released by Black Republican Group," NBRA, September 7, 2006.
Articles & Commentary
- Pam Spaulding, "Black wingnuts at Project 21: pimping for The Man," Pam's House Blend, January 20, 2005
- Steve Gilliard, "Ah, what you do when you think black people are stupid," The News Blog, September 20, 2006.
- Matt Mosk, "Radio Ad Flap," Maryland Moment/Washington Post, September 21, 2006.
- Ron Brynaert, "Black Republican group's ad accuses Dems of starting KKK, claims MLK was Republican," The Raw Story, September 21, 2006: "Although it doesn't mention any candidates, the advertisement is being aired to support Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele as he runs against 10-term Congressman Benjamin L. Cardin for the first open Maryland Senate seat in two decades." Includes link to radio ad.
- "A political ad so heinous…," Shakespeare's Sister Blogspot, September 21, 2006.
- Julie Carr Smith, "Blackwell denies ties to ad presenter. Black GOP group links Democrats to KKK," Associated Press (The Columbus Dispatch (OH)), September 23, 2006.
- Dave Johnson, "Front Group Report: Black Republican Freedom Fund," The Patriot Project, September 28, 2006; The Huffington Post, September 29, 2006.