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... in Jim Holt's latest. On the jump.

UPDATE: Halter's response also on the jump now.

The immigrant peril is also on Holt's agenda today. He and Gunner DeLay were going to fly around the state sounding the alarm, but bad weather will force them to do it the old-fashioned way, by car. News release follows the porn release.

UPDATE: Dustin McDaniel responds to DeLay. On jump.

JIM HOLT NEWS RELEASE

--"Senator Jim Holt, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, was giving Democratic opponent Bill Halter the benefit of a doubt concerning his position on the board of a company that made money by distributing pornography and online gambling. Now that Mr. Halter has defended his company's activities in his own words it is time to speak out" said Holt spokesman Dan Noble.

 Holt stuck mostly to fiscal issues at a recent debate, along with questions about Halter’s 27 year absence from the state.  Halter returned to Arkansas last year to run for Lt. Governor.   Holt’s one brief mention of the pornography and gambling issue in that debate was in the context of dismissing Halter’s business resume.

 “I always assumed that he disapproved of his company signing contracts with pornographers and online gambling interests that Congress has since clamped down on.  My point Thursday was that he can’t ride his business experience to office when something like this was going on right under his nose without his knowledge.   It now appears that whether he knew about Akamai’s specific activities or not, he has no problem with making money distributing pornography.” Holt said.

 Halter sits on the board of Akamai technologies.  In 2002 the Boston Globe broke the story that Akami was using University and even public school servers to store and to distribute pornographic content, including material that boasted, “ ‘the Web’s youngest teen girls’in live sex acts”.  After the story broke, Akamai executives decided to “phase out” their relationships with producers of pornography and online gambling.

 Halter defended his company’s actions at a press conference after the AETN debate. He is quoted in an Andrew DeMillo article as saying "The fact is this company delivers content over the Internet in the same way that phone companies deliver content over phone lines," Halter said. "It's hard to imagine somebody saying that the manufacturers of video tapes or phone companies are pornographers because of what somebody else does with their product.”

 “His analogy is flawed.” Holt retorted, “If someone goes to the store and buys a blank tape and puts teen porn on it, the tape company is not responsible because they can’t know what is going to be on the tape.   But if a company signs a contract with someone making teen porn to distribute the tapes, then they are responsible. They know what is on the tapes.   Akamai knew what the content was.  So does Bill Halter, but he is using flawed analogies to defend his company’s role as cultural polluters.”

 “Bill Halter does not reflect Arkansas values” said Noble. “We hold that profit from porn is indefensible and Mr. Halter owes a better explanation to the voters of Arkansas on why he continues to associate himself with this company.” Noble commented.

HALTER NEWS RELEASE

“You can’t trust Jim Holt,” said campaign manager Michael Cook.  “Holt is a professional politician, running a desperate campaign, who will lie, and say or do anything to get elected. He lied to Arkansans last week and now he is doing it again.” 

 “Jim Holt is once again being dishonest,” continued Cook.  “And what makes his behavior even more reprehensible is the fact that he knows the truth because it has already been widely reported during the primary run-off election.  The same person, Dan Noble, who ran the Democratic campaign that made these false charges back in June is now running Jim Holt’s campaign.”

“When Bill Halter and Akamai’s Board of Directors were alerted about these companies, they immediately ordered the executive team to end all of their relationships,” said Cook.  “Now Akamai is an industry leader and the company expressly prohibits these practices in detail within their own “Acceptable Uses Policy.”

Akamai has many important and notable clients.  In 2004, Akamai was hired to web-broadcast the Republican National Convention.  Further, Akamai currently has 14 of the 15 federal cabinet departments as clients.  They are:

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of Treasury

GUNNER DELAY NEWS RELEASE

Little Rock–Senator Jim Holt, candidate for lieutenant governor, and Gunner DeLay, candidate for attorney general held a joint press conference at Central Flying Service in Little Rock to launch a two day, seven city tour focused on the issue of illegal immigration. Both men said the purpose of the tour is to offer proposals dealing with the problems of illegal immigration at the state level, hear the concerns of voters and point out the differences between their positions and the positions of their opponents. 

“It’s no secret that illegal immigration is on the minds of voters this year. We simply want to remind the people of Arkansas that both Senator Holt and I have been leaders on this issue, and we believe it’s time that the state got serious about addressing the problem,” DeLay said. 

DeLay pointed out his concerns about illegal immigration began about ten years ago as a state representative. In 1997, he sponsored a bill to study the cost of illegal immigration on state services.  In 2001, he was the first candidate for public office to call for the use of the military to secure our national border.       

DeLay contended that his opponent’s approach to illegal immigration is out of step with Arkansas voters.  “McDaniel was part of the group that voted to give taxpayer funded scholarships to illegals. Besides being a violation of the 1996 Immigration Reform Act, that kind of action only encourages more illegal immigration.  To this day, McDaniel has yet to explain to the voters why he supported that bill.” 

DeLay said he would like to see the next legislature pass several measures to help the state address the financial impacts of illegal immigration.  He said that according to estimates of the Federation of American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration costs Arkansas taxpayers approximately $117 million.  This figure includes Medicaid services, educational services, and incarceration of illegal immigrants.   

DeLay set forth three proposals he will pursue as attorney general: first; utilize the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to pursue civil action against employers that knowingly hire illegals, if those illegals utilize Medicaid benefits, second, amend the Unfair Trade Practices Act to go after employers that knowingly hire illegals to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors, and third, create a new civil cause of action that could be brought against employers of illegals by taxpayers, school districts, or the attorney general’s office to recover the cost of educating children of illegal immigrants. DeLay said any money recovered would be put into the coffers of the school district impacted.

After the Little Rock press conference the men will travel to Jonesboro, Magnolia, Texarkana, Dequeen, Mena, and Springdale.  The stop in Magnolia will include a regional forum that will be broadcast live on KZHE radio at 6:00 p.m. and the Springdale visit will conclude with a rally at 3:30 p.m. at Murphy Park that the public is invited to attend.  

MCDANIEL NEWS RELEASE

“What Mr. DeLay is doing today is not new, and it's not news,” said Melissa Moody, Dustin McDaniel’s campaign manager.  “This is demagoguery, and it is evidence of his desperation going into the last three weeks of the campaign.  He's trying to deflect from the fact that he is failing to garner support for his campaign.  He knew financial reports would be filed today and because of an embarrassing lack of support, he planned this charade to distract attention from his failing campaign,” Moody continued.

The campaigns’ contribution and expenditure reports filed today showed McDaniel’s campaign raised over $195,000 this past month, while is opponent raised around $17,000.  DeLay is losing in the polls, he is losing in the money race, and he's losing on the issues.

Throughout this campaign, Dustin McDaniel has been clear in his determination to crack down on illegal immigration by pushing to fine and penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, requiring state contractors to use the Department of Homeland Security’s Basic Pilot computer program to determine residency, and cracking down on identity theft and fraud. 

“Mr. DeLay has again failed to read the bill that he referred to during his press conference today,” Moody said.  The actual language of HB 1525 of 2005 states that any student who attends an Arkansas high school for at least three years and is admitted to an Arkansas college shall not be discriminated against based on his or her parents’ nationality.

Governor Huckabee was right to put this bill in his package, because we should encourage our best and brightest to get a college education, regardless of where their parents come from.  Mr. DeLay is continuing to participate in the worst kind of politics in which he “accelerates the flames of fear-mongering intolerance.” (Mike Masterson, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 08/05/01)

“As for his cause of action to sue Arkansas businesses for the cost of educating the children of certain workers, that is a ludicrous plan.  No wonder the business community in Arkansas distrusts Gunner DeLay.  He would take irresponsibility and bad lawyering to new levels if he were elected Attorney General,” Moody continued.

If he wants to point fingers and blame people for our illegal immigration problem, he might want to look to the top of his Republican ticket, and ask Asa Hutchinson why he let in over a million illegal immigrants while he was at Homeland Security, and why he suspended sweeps for undocumented workers.

 

 

 

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