Free Enterprise Fund to Fight Earle Subpoenas

The conservative Free Enterprise Fund plans to fight subpoenas from Ronnie Earle, reports The Hill, although they have not been officially served yet. (Earle sent them courtesy copies). The group has run ads in Austin featuring a barking Rottweiler dog, with the narrative, "A prosecutor with a political agenda can be vicious." Earle is likely planning to argue that the group deliberately tainted the Travis County jury pool.

We get a mention for showing restraint:

The Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF), a nonprofit advocacy group active on campaign finance issues, ran ads last year in the districts of many House leaders, highlighting their ties to DeLay. One of the PCAF ads, pulled from several Missouri TV stations at the behest of Majority Leader Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) lawyers, referenced contributions for which Earle’s office has since requested records.

PCAF made a conscious decision against buying airtime in Austin, said national campaigns director David Donnelly.

“We think it crosses the line to create a circus atmosphere behind the case, and could possibly influence the jury pool. We don’t think it’s appropriate for a nonprofit organization,” Donnelly said.