by Steven Ertelt
February 20, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new political action committee founded by a conservative activist to promote lawmakers who supported Terri Schiavo’s right to live is coming under fire from her family. They say the group is not affiliated with their efforts and may not end up supporting any candidates.
Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on the creation of Terri’s List. William Greene, president of the RightMarch, a conservative political group, says his organization will counteract the efforts of Michael Schiavo’s TerriPAC.
However, Terri’s family says Greene is exploiting Terri’s name and has asked him to stop using her name in association with his political group.
"Any sources soliciting contributions on behalf of Terri other than the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation are not affiliated with or endorsed by Terri’s Foundation or the Schindler family," Terri’s parents wrote on their web site in response.
"If you are receiving any contribution requests of this nature, please bring this immediately to our attention as they could be mail or Internet fund-raising schemes," they added.
Terri’s father Bob Schindler explained, "People like this who fail who obtain permission to use Terri’s name exploit her name."
Greene’s web site says the money raised will support a nationwide advertising campaign "to support statesmen who tried to save Terri Schiavo." However, a link to the ad does not work.
According to a North Country Gazette article, Greene’s RightMarch PAC has raised a total of $49,200 but has given only $3,100 to any candidates.
Much of the money has gone to an Internet consulting firm, the Georgia-based Strategic Internet Campaign Management, that Greene runs.
Of the total disbursements of $44,058, over $41,500 went to Greene and a partner, the Gazette reported.