In the next 24 hours you might just start hearing mainstream media outlets reporting on a McLaughlin & Associates internal memo to Troutman Sanders regarding Saxby Chambliss.
The memo appears on M&A letterhead and purports to contain internal information regarding a conversation with “KR”, probably Karl Rove, as well as confidential polling data showing a very close race with lots of trouble for Saxby.
There is just one problem: the survey is “totally bogus” in the words of my friend Jim McLaughlin, whose company’s letterhead is on the memo.
Jim called me after both Creative Loafing and the AJC started calling his office for comments. Jim tells me McLaughlin & Associates is doing no work in Georgia right now and is absolutely not polling for Saxby. [UPDATE: Here is Jay Bookman writing about the poll.]
The memo is addressed to Steve somebody at Troutman. The last name was redacted in the copy sent on to McLaughlin & Associates.
The fake polling data is designed to show Allen Buckley being a serious impediment to Saxby’s victory, with the phony polling data showing Buckley outscoring Chambliss and Martin both on several issues and Martin inching ahead of Chambliss on other issues.
Based on the phony conclusions of the phony poll, Buckley is doing much better than he actually is doing in any of the real polling data out there.
So now the question is: who used McLaughlin & Associates letterhead to create a fake poll memo and leak it to the AJC and Creative Loafing? What other media outlets have gotten the polling memo?
And who is so desperate that they would take the time to do this? Martin supporters or Buckley supporters?