GOP to start their own version of “”?

According the Mike Allen at the Politico, the answer is “yes”:

Veteran Republicans say they have quietly raised millions of dollars for a pair of nonprofit organizations that will launch this fall with the ambitious aim of providing a conservative counterweight to the liberal, has learned.

The issues and education group, which has a plan to enlist hundreds of thousands of small donors, aims to be active in the 2008 presidential election, according to Republicans involved in the effort. Organizers, who include veterans of the last three Republican White Houses, would not give specifics on how much money the group has raised so far or who its donor base is.

The president and chairman of the board will be Bradley A. Blakeman, a lawyer who appears frequently on television as a Republican analyst and was a member of President Bush’s senior staff during his first term.

“We’re in the formative stages of creating a new group that will give voice and hope to conservatives everywhere who believe in peace through strength and limited government” Blakeman said. “We expect to have more to announce sometime down the road.”

One supporter is Sig Rogich of Las Vegas, an image expert and ad agency founder who was known as the “events czar” for President George H.W. Bush when he was assistant to the president for public events and initiatives.

Neither Blakeman nor Rogich are household names — but both were influential, behind-the-scenes White House players who boast extensive Rolodexes.

I’m down with that, provided that, unlike, differing opinions are welcomed and encouraged.

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