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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
posted by Ben Wren | 3:42 PM | permalink
Today the Romney Campaign announced that James Bopp, Jr. Esq., has endorsed Mitt Romney for President and that he will serve as a special adviser on Life issues.



This is a major pickup for Romney. Let's take a look at it:



WHO IS JAMES BOPP, JR. ESQ. (View full Bio here)




  • General Counsel to National Right to Life Committee (1978-present)

  • General Counsel to James Madison Center for Free Speech(1994-present

  • Special Counsel to Focus on the Family(2004 - present)

  • President of National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, Inc(1984-present)

  • Practice area: Constitutional Law; Civil Litigation; Non-Profit Corporations Law; Election and Campaign Finance Law; Civil Appeals; Administrative Agency Practice

  • RNC member

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT


This is important on two levels. First, James Bopp is a trusted figure in the Pro-life movement. Hundreds, if not thousands of local pro-life leaders have used James Bopps legal memos in their activism. He has spoken at many pro-life events and conventions, including three that I've been at. This will go a long way in gaining the trust of the pro-life movement.

It is also important on another level. James Bopp is one of the leading opponents of Campaign Finance Reform Laws, or put another way: McCain-Feingold.

Consider the following:

Bopp's actions at the RNC Winter Meeting:

Members of the Republican Nat'l Committee passed on Thursday a
strongly-worded resolution rebuking a signature accomplishment of their party's
frontrunner, Sen. John McCain -- his Bipartisan Campaign Finance Act, known as
McCain-Feingold.

The 13-paragraph resolution, sponsored by RNC member and campaign finance
litigator James Bopp Jr, urges Congress to "adopt common sensereforms of BCRA"

Bopp's latest legal actions:

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take another look at the federal ban on
naming specific candidates in "issue ads" immediately before elections.

The ban, which applies 30 days before primaries and 60 days before general
elections, is a key provision in the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act. The court
upheld the act three years ago, when Sandra Day O'Connor was still an
associate justice.
She has since retired and has been replaced by Samuel Alito.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

Giuliani is completely unacceptable to Pro-Life issue voters. McCain, though, isn't as obvious in his threat to the Pro-Life movement. Romney's latest endorsement gives him a forceful, pro-life voice to remind the movement why McCain has been a threat to the movement.

It's a two-for-one deal for the Romney Campaign: burnishing Romney's pro-life credentials and tarnishing McCain's.

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