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Alan Keys President and US Senate Candidate


Keys has always been a professional talker - first as an academic, then a diplomat, and now as a candidate and talk show host. Basically, he's the Republican Jesse Jackson.

No Matter how you spell his name, he is still the same. Correct spelling is Alan Keyes.

All talk, no action

There is a lot about Alan Keyes that seems to merit praise and the support of constitutionally minded Americans. But if we are to believe the reports I have been reading, and we look at his record, there are some glaring character flaws that relegate him to the list of "professional politicians"...more interested in your money than serving the true interests of the American citizen.

For example, consider these headlines from the Washington Post:

"KEYES CAMPAIGN ISSUES $20,000 IN BAD CHECKS: PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE'S EX-AIDE BLAMED," by R.H. Melton, Washington Post, August 10, 1995 p A12

"KEYES USING DONATIONS TO DRAW SALARY: MD. GOP NOMINEE GETS $8,500 A MONTH," By Charles Babington, Washington Post, May 4, 1992 ; Page B01

"MD. CANDIDATE TO KEEP TAKING SALARY: CAMPAIGN FUNDS NEEDED TO CHALLENGE INCUMBENT, KEYES SAYS", By Richard Tapscott, Washington Post, May 16, 1992 Page A12

Also, when he was running for the Illinois Senate seat against Barrack Obama, he proved that he was not a constitutional conservative by advocating "reparations" in the form of exemption from income tax for descendants of slaves. Read about it here:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5747800/

Former campaign workers don't support him He has failed to pay them owed salaries. A simple lack of character and basic honesty. Reporter Andy Lamy asked several staffers from his 1992 campaign if they supported his run for president. Susan Saum-Wicklein, Keyes's 1992 campaign manager, said "He's doing what?" "Absolutely not," said Ed Goetz, Keyes's 1992 pollster. "There are much, much better candidates." Sylvia Pearson, of Keyes 1992 direct mail firm, said it is "very safe to say" that she won't be a supporter. Maryland Republican Party Chair Joyce Lyons Terhes said "I don't see this campaign as a Maryland-based campaign."

Alan Keyes for Senate told a reporter that the money will be paid off -- by the campaign, not by him of course -- but several creditors said Keyes hadn't communicated with them years later. In 1995-1996, for example, his 1992 Senate campaign received $34,821 and spent over $15,000, but he couldn't manage to pay off any of that debt.

Finally, some time during 1997-1998, Keyes paid off most of this money. The FEC reports show that he spent $49,544 during that time, and reimbursed $41,094 worth of loans, but somehow he managed to end up still owing more than $34,000 for his 1992 Senate race at the end of the reporting period. Presumably he took on new loans to pay the old ones (though the FEC data doesn't give enough detail to be sure.)

Incidentally, Keyes still owes over $200,000 on his 1996 presidential campaign as well. At the end of 1996, he owed $350,000; since then, he has raised over $1,000,000 for a campaign that is over, but spent even more ($1,099,972) and only reduced his debt by $150,000.

In 1995, his campaign wrote over $20,000 in bad checks, which his spokesman blamed on a former campaign aide.

Sources of Information:

"Bottoming out in the presidential race can still pay off big time for the losing candidates," By Richard Lacayo, Time Magazine, March 25, 1996

"Keyes Campaign issues $20,000 in bad checks, Presidential Candidate's ex aide blamed" by R.H. Melton, Washington Post, August 10, 1995 p A12

"Keyes using donations to draw salary: MD. GOP Nominee gets $8,500 a month", By Charles Babington, Washington Post, May 4, 1992 ; Page B01

"MD. Candidate to keep taking salary: Campaign funds needed to challenge Incumbent, Keyes says", By Richard Tapscott, Washington Post, May 16, 1992 Page A12 Sources sources.links.htm

Lamey, Andy. "Odd man in: meet Alan Keyes, GOP hopeful." New Republic v212, n16 (April 17, 1995):16

Overby, Peter. "Charge it to my campaign." Common Cause Magazine v18, n3 (Fall, 1992):23

Stengel, Richard. "Moralist on the march: the silver-tongued Alan Keyes has surprised the G.O.P. by mounting a vigorous presidential campaign." Time v146, n10 (Sept 4, 1995):33.

Alan Keye's Senate and Presidential FEC data, from The FEC Info web site, which lists receipts and total expenditures by each candidate. - http://www.realchange.org/keyes.htm

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