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RNC and Chair Ken Mehlman Accepted Contributions from Distributor of Gay Porn Flick Featuring 82nd Airborne Soldiers

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RNC Chair Ken Mehlman was confronted at a fundraiser last week at a residence on Capitol Hill about the various answers he has given to media inquiries about his sexuality. Said Mehlman to blogger Mike Rogers before turning away: "I don't think I've given different answers."

Yet the RNC's confusion about gays extends further than questions about what goes on in Ken Mehlman's bedroom.

Via AmericaBlog comes this bit:

The RNC has been running an attack ad in Tennessee against Rep. Harold Ford (D) which slams Ford for taking money from porn movie producers. Unfortunately for Mehlman, notes Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, the RNC "is a regular recipient of political contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States."

As TPM notes, recent releases have included Fire in the Hole, Flesh and Boners, and a Velvet Mafia series (links NSFW).

Interesting. However, I'm not sure that anyone has made this connection yet:

Of interest to some might be the fact that Active Duty (link NSFW) is one of the production companies distributed by Marina Pacific. In January, seven soldiers from the 82nd Airborne were revealed to have been involved in porn movies produced by Active Duty. Four of the soldiers involved received non-judicial punishments while three others were court martialed, served prison time for their misconduct, and were discharged from the military.

So, the U.S. military discharged soldiers for participating in a gay porn flick while at the same time the RNC took political contributions from the film's distributor!

I'm sure the discharged paratroopers would be interested to know that portions of the profits from their films were headed to the coffers of the Republican Party.

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  1. Are all political donations vetted? it should have been returned as soon as they found out. I guess dems never accepted contributions from porn people. As for Mehlman, I thought we were fighting so are sexuality could not be used to blackmail, embarrass or used against as a non qualifier for jobs? A witch hunt by any other name but it's ok depending on who is doing it?

    Posted by: hephastion | Oct 30, 2006 9:41:33 AM


  2. I'm not sure I'm on board with your argument, Hephastion, but you raise an interesting point.

    Posted by: mark m | Oct 30, 2006 9:49:12 AM


  3. Here's the difference in "who's doing it..."

    If a politician has ever railed against gays as immoral deviants and then goes behind closed doors and does the same thing -- they should be outed as a hypocrite.

    Posted by: mark m | Oct 30, 2006 9:55:17 AM


  4. That's actually great news and I now don't feel bad that I've downloaded all those films using Bittorrent - without paying a cent to Boyias.

    He'll take money from horny gays and give it to a party that is against same-sex marriage (and, in many cases, FOR criminalizing sex between two adults of the same sex)?

    Posted by: Justin... | Oct 30, 2006 10:18:49 AM


  5. I don't know how Mehlman sleeps at night. But when you believe in winning at all costs, you end up sacrificing the truth, your integrity and, eventually, yourself. If Ken M is gay, I can imagine being his boyfriend. How you could you trust a guy when f*cking all of us?

    Posted by: JoeInSF | Oct 30, 2006 10:19:54 AM


  6. Good point about being mad at the distributor!

    Were the contributions in the form of video tape??

    Posted by: Anon | Oct 30, 2006 10:23:04 AM


  7. I'm pissed off that a producer of gay pornography takes gay men's money and turns it over to one of the largest anti-gay, anti-sex and ANTI-PORN organizations in the country.

    Who would have ever thought that buying a gay porn DVD would amount to making a contribution to a homophobic, pornophobic politician.

    I'm more pissed off that a producer of gay porn contributes to Republicans than I am that Republicans would accept such contributions.

    Hephastion, for the millionth time, the issue is not sexuality. The issue is hypocrisy.

    I have a few questions for you:

    Are there other examples of political hypocrisy that you feel should be ignored and hidden or is it just hypocritical homophobes that you believe should be shielded from inquiry and exposure?

    Do you believe that straight politicians should also be given free passes from consideration of their personal lives or is this special privilege given only to closeted gay ones?

    How about Clinton? Did you defend his rights to privacy as passionately as you have those of closeted gay politicians?

    Posted by: Zeke | Oct 30, 2006 10:27:27 AM


  8. Justin beat me to the post. I take too long to type.

    Damn you Justin and your quick fingers! :)

    Posted by: Zeke | Oct 30, 2006 10:28:57 AM


  9. This is a petty tempest in a teapot.

    The "porn king" contributed money as a private citizen.

    Porn is legal in the US.

    Military rules may state that soldiers may not appear in porn films and may be punished if they do, just as private employers may fire employees for egregious behavior out of the workplace.

    There isn't a story here.

    Posted by: alan miles | Oct 30, 2006 10:34:49 AM


  10. Mr. Boyias has listed his company name on several of his contributions. Here is the list from Political Money Line.

    1 . Boyias, Nicholas T Mr.
    6/13/2005 $250.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    Self Employed [Contribution]
    NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE
    [View Image]

    2 . Boyias, Nicholas T Mr.
    6/15/2005 $250.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    Self-Employed/President/C.E.O. [Contribution]
    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
    [View Image]


    3 . Boyias, Nick
    7/15/2005 $200.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    NTB Inc/PRESIDENT & CEO [Contribution]
    CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY/VICTORY 2006
    [View Image]


    4 . Boyias, Nick T Mr.
    7/13/2004 $250.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    N. T. B. Inc. [Contribution]
    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
    [View Image]


    5 . Boyias, Nick T Mr.
    8/18/2004 $250.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    N. T. B. Inc./President/CEO [Contribution]
    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
    [View Image]


    6 . Boyias, Nick T Mr.
    9/23/2004 $500.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    N. T. B. Inc./President/Ceo [Contribution]
    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
    [View Image]


    7 . Boyias, Nick T Mr.
    2/8/2005 $250.00
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    M.P.B.E. Inc./President/C.E.O. [Contribution]
    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
    [View Image]


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    Posted by: Andrew | Oct 30, 2006 10:50:50 AM


  11. no the story isn't the actual taking of contributions from a porn distributor.... but that the RNC has been running a controversial attack ad in TN about a Democratic candidate taking contributions from someone in the porn industry..... and they were doing it also the entire time.... and not only that, but that person that made the donation got 7 paratroopers discharged for... well discharging in a gay porn flick.... and that's a part of DADT..... and Ken Mehlman is a total fag!!

    Posted by: Eric Sizemore | Oct 30, 2006 10:51:27 AM


  12. I disagree. There is a story here. You have a political party who's very breath of air is homophobia. They raise money using the pink card. They do all they can to legislate our rights away. And then they accept money from a private citizen who makes pornographic films. That's hypocrisy. If the Republican party actually believed the shite they spew, they would send the money back. But they don't believe any of it. It's all a show and it's all about money. They play the pink card to raise money from their base, but, in private, repudiate their position. Both gays and the base become political pawns.
    The political culture of this country is a cesspool and it has to change. If it doesn't, we're doomed.

    Posted by: LiamOg | Oct 30, 2006 10:53:48 AM


  13. I meant to include that I disagree with Alan Miles's comment.

    Posted by: LiamOg | Oct 30, 2006 10:55:22 AM


  14. This is fabulous! The Democrats should run ads showcasing key Republicans as "hypocritical homosexuals" Yes, the Republican Party is a hotbed of homosexuality. Amen.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 30, 2006 10:55:37 AM


  15. I'm just waiting for the next RNC add for the Blue States.

    "...Under George W. Bush, more homosexual couples got married than any under any previous administration."

    Rad

    Posted by: Rad | Oct 30, 2006 10:58:44 AM


  16. zeke I agree. I am more pissed at the gay porn producer contributing to the RNC than the RNC recieving the money.

    mark M , I agree with you...Political Hypocrites should be outed.

    On that note, I sent a link off to the NY TIMES and to Arianna Huffington. i would love for this hypocricy to get out before nov 7th. Just one more thing to discourage their base from going out to vote at all.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 30, 2006 11:05:34 AM


  17. Oh, and I am sending off a link right this moment to the fORD campaign

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 30, 2006 11:07:32 AM


  18. Good private dick work, Andy, on finding the ActiveDuty link. So ironic about the issue of "recruiting" men into the homosexual lifestyle. I'm sure there are models out there who can shed light on Marina & Jet Set's handling of models. The Republicans are the ones demonizing gays and porn so it's more than just a small lapse in judgment to be taking money from gay porn. The entire Republican hierarchy is beginning to look like an uncharacteristically ugly-casted Wash West movie.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Oct 30, 2006 11:12:30 AM


  19. Just sent off links to the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC, and the Washington post

    Summed up

    Ny Times
    The Washington post
    Arianna Huffington
    Harold Ford Campaign TN
    the DNC
    DSCC
    DCCC

    have all recieved links

    Can anybody think of anybody else to send this info off to?

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 30, 2006 11:21:15 AM


  20. Oh, I forgot Bill Maher though he wouldn't be able to report on it till friday.

    So Bill Maher has now recieved a link to this as well

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 30, 2006 11:23:55 AM


  21. check off Keith Olbermann as well

    Countdown with keith Olberman just recieved a link.

    I am getting all exceited that this hypocricy can be exposed on the national level. To rip the repub anti-gay stance out from under them. Oh speed the day....I am getting giddy

    :-)

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 30, 2006 11:30:29 AM


  22. Am I surprised by any of this? No.

    The Republican Party only cares about one thing, staying in power. With great liars like Ken Melman at the helm of the Republican Party, clearly hypocrisy and being devoid of ethics isn't anything that weighs too heavily on their collective consciouses. Republicans are truly vile weasels and this is yet another piece of evidence that proves it...

    And Jimmyboyo, I completely agree. What the hell was that gay porn producer thinking...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Oct 30, 2006 11:54:30 AM


  23. Andrew, NOOOOO...I want him to be surprised by a NEW FORD comercial detailing.

    LOL

    I want corker to be eating his cherios one morning and then a New Ford commercial pops on the TV detailing this.

    I picture cherios spewing out of his nose

    LOL

    :-)

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 30, 2006 12:11:19 PM


  24. JT, who claimed that the Boyias is gay? Don't confuse GAY PORN producer with a GAY porn producer.

    The man has every right to give his money to whom ever he chooses BUT I have every right to take offense and refuse to give my money to him and inform other people that give money to him about what he does with that money so that they can make up their own minds as to whether they want to support his company or not.

    You list off a string of rights that Boyias (Is this name for real? How do you pronounce it: Boy Ass?) is entitled to but fail to mention that we have rights to our opinions, the right to inform others of this situation and the right to withhold our support from him and his company.

    Jimmyboyo, you are a bulldog my friend. I'm just glad that you're on OUR side!

    Posted by: Zeke | Oct 30, 2006 12:18:31 PM


  25. Jimmyboyo,

    Don't forget Bob Corker. Let him know we are on to the hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Andrew | Oct 30, 2006 12:46:03 PM


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