Re: Donation plan? and more

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Wed Oct 27 2004 - 15:34:14 CDT

Alan Dechert wrote:

>>Alan Dechert wrote:
>>>4) A level of "star power" and connections necessary to obtain funding
>>On that note, as probably the only gun nut present :) lemme tell y'all
>>that the milage the NRA got out of Charleton Heston as "figurehead
>>president" was simply astounding.
>Jim, this is an excellent point. If we got a celebrity to do it, we could
>relax some of the "technical credentials" a bit.
>Tim Robbins maybe? In any case, if we got a real celebrity to step in, I'd
>step aside in an instant. Of course, I would want to say on as an employee.
>I would prefer something like Administrative Vice President rather than
>"Executive Director."

Alan, believe me, Chuck Heston never set NRA *policy*. Everybody on the
inside knew it was Wayne LaPierre actually running the show and most on
the outside who paid attention suspected as much.

However, Heston IS a "true believer" in the issue and he had strong
civil rights credentials going back to his days marching with MLKjr.
(And if you think that's unconnected with guns, go google a 1995 history
thesis paper by Clayton Cramer titled "The Racist Roots Of Gun Control"...)

OK, I'll shut up about that :).

Point is, what we need is a "known politically aware" celebrity who is
NOT seen as very partisan. Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, don't even think
about it. On the other side of the spectrum, Ted Nugent wouldn't work
out either :).

Actually, we could do a lot worse than Drew Carey. Bill Cosby would be
close to the ultimate. Somebody with a background in standup and/or
improv will make for a good public speaker.

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