Sources close to both Allen Buckley and the Libertarian Party are adamant that it is neither Buckley or the Party stealing or manufacturing McLaughlin & Associates letterhead to fake a polling memo.
That leaves the Democrats. Interestingly, the leaker went out of their way to build up McLaughlin & Associates relations with the NRSC to give their poll story legitimacy.
I’m kind of surprised Bookman’s post reads like it gives the poll legitimacy because of all that. [Ed. — Griftdrift says he doesn’t read it that way and I’m biased by being friends with Jim and John, so I’ll assume he is right and I am wrong.] Not only being a friend of Jim and John McLaughlin, but also having used them for all my polling over the past decade or so, this memo clearly is not a McLaughlin memo for a number of stylistic reasons that would make this memo different from every other McLaughlin poll memo.
With the Libertarians out of the running, that leaves the Democrats and a possible criminal investigation if the McLaughlin boys want to pursue it.
[UPDATE:] BTW, there are several ways to tell this is really a fake memo. Some of them I don’t think it is appropriate to talk about. But here’s one I can talk about: the memo mentions a contract being signed. McLaughlin & Associates has never made anyone sign a contract to my knowledge.