It is more than likely the first of what will be many organized attempts to make Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book the centerpiece of the attack against his campaign. Monday afternoon a democratic leaning group launched a new website aimed at highlighting the more controversial aspects of the the presumptive GOP nominee's book "The Last Line of Defense".
The website, CuccinelliBook.com, is paid for and operated by the liberal group, American Bridge 21st Century. American Bridge 21st Century is the same group that released a slick web video that attacked Cuccinelli for being a "part time" Attorney General.
According to FactCheck.org, American Bridge 21st Century was founded by the liberal media activist David Brock. Brock operates the web site Media Matters which is dedicated to countering Conservative media. FactCheck reports that billionaire George Soros is the group's largest donor.
The group describes their funding as coming from a variety of progressive and labor groups. They are unique in that they don't just issue TV ads. They also do opposition research and video track opposing candidates and their surrogates.
The new web site is an easy to navigate portal that blares the headline, Ken Cuccinelli "Extreme By Any Standard". It then lists off a number of issues that Cuccinelli addresses in his book and pulls out some of his more controversial statements.
For instance, the top item is "Social Security" and the quote they parse out from the book is: “Subsidized government benefits such as Medicare, Social Security, and outright welfare… make people dependent on government.”
The site also points out Cuccinelli quotes on Medicare, President Obama, Contraception, Climate Change and The Tea Party.
“If these are the arguments he chooses to boast about in print," said Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge. "Virginians should be concerned about the arguments he’s making as the Commonwealth’s lawyer.”
Cuccinelli's campaign argues that a good portion of the web site is taken out of context and the small snippets the American Bridge points to misrepresent what the entire book is about.
"Of course Ken Cuccinelli supports Medicare and Social Security – which he clearly articulates in the book – and no amount of cherry picking quotes from Terry McAuliffe’s goofy extremist backed buddies in D.C. can change that," said Jahan Wilcox, a Cuccinelli spokesman.
Wilcox encouraged voters to read the entire book, not just a few excerpts on a web site.
This is the second web site attacking Cuccinelli by a liberal group in as many weeks. Last week Planned Parenthood went up with the web site, KeepKenOut.org. That site deals primarily with Cuccinelli's work as Attorney General in relation to abortion related issues.