Secret Audio: Top Rand Paul Staffer Doug Stafford Managing Illegal Campaign Op

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Sen. Rand Paul & Doug Stafford

A secretly recorded audio conversation from 2010 shows National Right to Work Vice President Doug Stafford managing the vast illegal campaign operation that took place in multiple states over a period of years. The recording was made by whistleblower and former NRTW employee Dennis Fusaro, who was ostensibly in charge of Iowa during 2010.

Stafford is a key staffer for Sen. Rand Paul. He was an advisor to Paul during 2010, while at the same time working as a V.P. for National Right to Work. Currently, Doug Stafford is the head of Rand Paul’s Rand PAC and is calling the shots in the run-up to Paul’s potential Presidential run.

The National Right To Work Committee is a 501(c)(4). Their required IRS 990 forms for the year 2010 claim the group was not involved in direct campaign activity, as shown in Part IV,  question 3.

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The unedited audio leaves no doubt whatsoever that Stafford was managing and intimately familiar with direct campaign activity that was being coordinated with candidates.

The 20+ minute audio speaks for itself but here are some highlights to note.

Key NRTW staffers mentioned throughout are Dimitri Kesari and Jerad Gamble, who ran the day-to-day operations of the illegal writing, printing and mailing program.

  • At 1:30, Stafford says that ‘a large portion of the Mail Operation will be moving with Dimitri to Indiana.’
  • At 2:00, Stafford says ‘four years of election cycles of having Dimitri and his guys run the mail shop, shows me that that’s who needs to be running the mail shop.’
  • At 3:25 mentions ‘as per Mark’s direction’ moving people to Indiana. This appears to indicate that NRTW President Mark Mix was aware of the mail operation.
  • At 6:40, Stafford asks about the status of the candidate mailings.
  • At 10:10, Stafford says “We’re seriously sending out 2,000,000 pieces of mail.” It’s unclear whether this refers to legal activity, such as surveys or the direct campaign activity.
  • At 12:00, Stafford and Fusaro discuss enticing candidates to join the NRTW mail program.
  • At 13:00 Stafford discusses how the house Republicans in Iowa didn’t like the NRTW mail program and how candidates who used the NRTW program were ‘bucking the party.”
  • At 16:30, Stafford discusses the decision to move the secret printing operation from Iowa to Indiana.
  • 17:50, Stafford discusses how postage will be handled for six candidates; they will pay for postage since it’s third class mail.

Here is the audio:

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