Fired Up! reported on this issue last month (ok, so MO Law Weekly is just a little behind). Source Watch's investigation of CRC reveals the following:
Creative Response Concepts, an Alexandria, Virginia-based public relations firm, "has many links to the Republican Party and the conservative movement," Eric Boehlert wrote September 10, 2004, in Salon.
"Among its clients are the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee. Its client list also includes the Christian Coalition, National Taxpayers Union, Media Research Council [sic] and Regnery Publishing. Regnery is the firm that published Unfit for Command, the SBVT screed against [John] Kerry's military record," Boehlert wrote.
"Interview requests for CRC's clients are routed through the main switchboard at a single telephone number; extensions 108 and 110 at the same number handle Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, while extensions 109 and 130 are for the Judicial Confirmation Network," Todd Johnston wrote July 5, 2005, in ePluribus Media.
Who is the Federalist Society? They believe that "Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which advocates a centralized and uniform society." In Missouri, the Federalist Society charge is led by Prof. William Eckhardt at UMKC Law School and Attorney Bill Placke in St. Louis . On the US Supreme Court, justices like Thomas, Scalia, Alito & Roberts are Federalist Society Members. If you are a Republican, just put down that you are a member of the Federalist society and Scholzman would hire you!! Add to the mix the Adam Smith Foundation and you have a storm that has been created by an administration that is watching their ship sink and Jay Nixon's numbers sky rocket.
So, what we have is a bunch of right wing zealots who want to switch our nonpartisan system into a partisan one. Placke and Eckhardt endorse changing the system which would allow the governor to appoint whomever (we have seen how Blunt has rewarded his cronies who donate to his campaign) or to allow the sitting governor to appoint the entire commission. The reality is that the Missouri Federalist Society cannot afford to hire CRC, so the Swift Boat Captain funders are at it again!
Beware of people who want to sell off our neutral judiciary! Many a dictator started with the elimination of the independent judiciary.