A group that says it is comprised of former special operations and CIA officers which is criticizing the president and Obama administration officials over national security leaks and the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is getting PR support from GOP-aligned PR shop HDMK.
Chad Kolton, an HDMK partner and former public affairs staffer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and FEMA, is spokesman for the group, called the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund.
D.C.-based HDMK is also led by former Bush-Cheney communications advisor Terry Holt and Bush White House spokesman Trent Duffy.
Kolton told the Wall Street Journal that the group had raised close to $1M as of last week to run ads in six battleground states.
Although it claims to be a nonpartisan effort, its CEO, Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL who ran for Congress as a Republican in 2010, has said President Obama is responsible for security leaks and is taking too much credit for the bin Laden raid.
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien grilled Taylor Aug. 17. “You're Republican,” she said. “You ran for Congress in 2010 in Virginia's second congressional district. You have a rep in your group who worked for the Bush administration. You share office space with Republican groups.”
OPSEC has released a 22-minute video, “Dishonorable Disclosures,” criticizing the president and his administration over leaks.
The Journal reported that the group has registered as a nonprofit social welfare entity, not a political action committee, and therefore does not have to disclose its backers.
The Obama campaign called the group’s approach “Swift Boat tactics.”