The U.S. Senate campaign of Frazier Glenn Miller in Missouri has attracted the attention of Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star, and another Star reporter, Mike Hendrick, intends to publish his own report in the Wednesday March 31st edition, according to this post on the Vanguard News Network Forum Miller campaign thread.
Helling first attempted to contact Miller on Friday March 26th to get his reaction prior to publication, but Miller was out of phone contact and unable to respond until after normal business hours. Nevertheless, Helling chose to run the story on March 29th. Entitled "Racist KMBZ radio ad can't be stopped", it focuses on Miller's campaign radio ads, which have been described in some quarters as racially biased and anti-Semitic. Here's an excerpt from Helling's article:
The program director of KMBZ radio in Kansas City says the station has no choice but to air commercials with racially biased and anti-Semitic claims from a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri.
The ads — which began on the station last week — are from Glenn Miller, a Springfield man who once ran the White Patriot Party. He’s been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., as a white supremacist and former paramilitary organizer.
One of Miller’s ads, aired during the Darla Jaye talk show program in the evening, urges whites to “take their country back” and disparages Jews and nonwhites.
The Missouri secretary of state’s office said Miller has filed required papers to qualify as a write-in candidate in the 2010 Senate race.
Under Federal Communications Commission rules and federal law, a “legally qualified candidate” must be given reasonable, uncensored access to broadcast airtime if he or she can pay the cost.
“The company is required by federal law to run these spots and to do so without any edits,” said KMBZ program director Neil Larrimore. “Our hands are tied.”
Larrimore said Miller has purchased airtime on at least one other local station.
Miller did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Since this post, KCTV Channel 5 has also run a story.
To summarize the paperwork requirements so far:
(1). Miller has filed required paperwork with the Missouri secretary of state. A write-in candidate only needs to file a declaration of intent on this Candidate Declaration Form. Miller's name does not appear on this list of candidates because he's a write-in running only in the November general election and not running in the August 2010 Primary Election.
(2). Miller has not yet filed any statements of candidacy and regular campaign finance disclosures with the Federal Election Commission. He's not required to do so unless or until he raises or spends $5,000 or more.
The distinctions specified above are important because Miller is currently embroiled in a dispute with radio station KATI 94.3 FM in Columbia over his campaign spots. The account of this dustup begins on Page 14 of the VNN Forum thread. In violation of Federal election law, KATI appears to be trying to refuse to air Miller's campaign spots because they think the spots are too politically incorrect, so they keep badgering him for "proof" of his candidacy. Since he doesn't need to file FEC paperwork until he reaches the $5,000 threshold, the only "proof" he should have to provide these radio stations is a copy of his Candidate Declaration Form, properly sworn and signed by election officials. However, Columbia is a college town, the home of the University of Missouri, and college towns tend to be more politically correct than normal cities.
Glenn Miller's latest three radio spots are embedded below:
The first five radio spots are embedded in this previous post.
Glenn Miller's 2010 write-in campaign for U.S. Senate has gained far more traction than his 2006 write-in campaign for U.S. House District 7. He will get far more than the 23 votes recorded in 2006. Send check, cash, or money order to:
Glenn Miller for US Senate
PO Box 3861
Springfield, MO 65808
Campaign website: http://www.whty.org