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"Orgasm cult" accusations come to light

Researcher redefined "push poll" with postcards about NH candidate's wife.
 
 
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A researcher working on a film attacking Senator Bob Menedez once sent out thousands of anonymous postcards accusing a New Hampshire candidate's wife of belonging to an orgasm cult, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

A researcher working on Thomas H. Kean Jr.'s proposed film attacking U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez once sent out thousands of anonymous post cards and automated phone calls accusing a New Hampshire candidate's wife of being in an orgasm cult.

Christopher Lyon's resume includes work done for Republican state parties in New York and Virginia, more than one New Jersey congressman, former New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler, and now Kean, Menendez's challenger in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race.
[...]The Portsmouth Herald reported in September 2000 that anonymous mailers had accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Gordon Humphrey's wife of being an active member of a cult that "advocates adults and children have orgasms as a means to reaching inner peace."

New Hampshire Attorney General Philip McLaughlin investigated the communications, which came out during the gubernatorial primary campaign. He concluded that Lyon and an associate had broken state law by not properly reporting the campaign activities, but filed no criminal charges.

Instead, McLaughlin ordered Lyon and an associate to stop their campaign activities in that 2000 cycle, according to newspaper clips and records. Lyon, who was working for candidate Jeffrey Howard, took responsibility for the post cards and phone calls. [PI]

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "push poll", doesn't it?

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Lindsay Beyerstein a New York writer blogging at Majikthise.