UPDATE: The Committee for Growth and Opportunity?

Robocall from 571.234.5931

Recording states to the effect that Lingamfelter says he’s conservative, but he voted for Howell’s tax hike in 2007.  Asks the listener to tell Lingamfelter to be conservative all the time, not just when he’s running for public office.

Paid for and Authorized by the Committee for Growth and Opportunity…

Anyone else get this?

UPDATE:  The Virginia Pilot has the audio…

The roboball bills itself as “an important update for Virginia Republicans” and claims Lingamfelter’s rhetoric on fiscal discipline doesn’t match his record.

“While in Richmond he voted to raise spending by more than 70 percent and hiked multiple taxes, including Speaker Bill Howell‘s transportation tax hike in 2007,” the female narrator of the call says about Lingamfelter.

“Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. But Scott Lingamfelter did what what Bill Howell wanted him to: Raise taxes on you and me. Call Scott Lingamfelter and tell him we expect him to act conservative all the time, not just when he’s running for office.”

The ad’s legal disclaimer says it’s sponsored by the Committee for Growth and Opportunity, a group whose name didn’t register any hits in searches of Virginia Public Access Project records, the State Board of Elections or the Center for Responsive Politics.

The number in question has been used by the Committee for Truth In Politics (Texas), Dominos Pizza, Americans for Tax Reform, a pro-Obama group in Ohio, Texans for Economic Growth, and apparently is connected to a large firm with more than a few complaints.

Whomever did this had money to burn.


  • We now know that Scott is leading the race if he is the first to get anonymous push call sent against him. It also looks like someone is turning my attack on Stimpson back around on Lingamfelter.

    • Willie, this is not in any way shape or form coming from Stimpson campaign or any known ally of Susan or Scott and if it was the perp would be thrown under the bus. The attack is dirty politics and it is not going to end until november 7th.

    • We now know you’re an idiot for saying that.

      Hey, kiddies. Want to be the declared leader in an election? Have somebody make a anonymous negative call about you to Willie Deutsch. He’ll declare you the leader on the spot!

  • Greg L

    The phone number seems to be that of the “Committee for Truth In Politics” which is a 501(c)(4) run by a guy named James Bopp. Neither Bopp nor the Committee (or toe Committee for Growth and Opportunity) have any record in VPAP. This should be fun to track down. There’s already an indication that federal tax exempt organizations law has been broken here.

    • jasonkenney

      It’s also been used by Domino’s Pizza as well as a candidate for office in Canada – http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-571-234-5931

    • jasonkenney

      And by ATR at one point. It’s a professional firm.

    • Both Texas PACs too.

      • Greg L

        Who might Vince Harris be working for in this race?

    • For what it’s worth, James Bopp was one of the lead attorneys on the Citizens United case, and he’s long been involved in pro-life politics.

  • igraves

    Stewart and Lingamfelter are always at each other’s throats. Stewart seems to have a penchant for this type of dirty trick. He plotted this attack against a fellow PWC Supervisor last year: http://sheriffofnottinghampwc.blogspot.com/2012/09/stewart-plotting-vicious-candland.html

  • RepubMom

    I got this call & a Google search of the sponsor yielded your post. I came to hear y’all’s thoughts, but I’m curious to know why this is dirty politics? From everything I’ve read, Lingamfelter seems to be the favorite, so I was surprised to hear the recording, but if he’s not Conservative, why shouldn’t the populace be alerted?

    • He’s conservative, that’s why folks are mad about it.

      Bottom line – if you want to attack somebody, have the guts to put your name on the attack. Scott can defend his record, and I’ve heard him defend his vote on HB 3202. But he can’t defend it against another candidate too cowardly to back up the attack by signing it with a real name.

  • Ummm………who has money to burn, and connections with AFR and Dominos Pizza and Vince Harris? With a number that goes back to Alexandria/Arlington? Duh. It’s Pete Snyder. Not exactly rocket science. Looks likehe’s grown tired of beating on Susan Stimpson and has finally moved on to another candidate. Not exactly rocket science. I’m sure Greg L. will soon have all the dots connected for us.

    • ConnorG

      Don’t spread lies Jeanine Martin. This is not Pete, his campaign or his allies. Please check your facts. Pete has also never attacked Susan and in fact stuck up for her on the radio when she was being attacked. Don’t spread malicious stuff on blogs when it is simply untrue. You’re no better than those fools attacking Susan.

  • igraves

    I take back my earlier comments about Stewart. Compare the companies and organizations that have also done work with Pete Snyder’s old firm, and this number, at it seems pretty clear this is a Snyder attack. When you don’t recruit any delegates and you turn off everyone that meets you, discrediting your opponents is the only option. I wonder if Pete Snyder ran a robocall smear campaign against that other DUDE who was on a date with his wife when they met?

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