Friday, June 12, 2009

* Holocaust Museum shooter's website registered to domestic partner of Ron Paul campaign coordinator

The domain name for the racist website maintained by Holocaust Museum terrorist James von Brunn ( is registered to Steve Reimink of West Olive, Michigan (read here and here and here), the domestic partner of one of the leaders of Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign in western Michigan. (Read here and here and here and here.) The first hit of a google search of the phone number registered to von Brunn's website is the Paul campaign listing. (Read here.) The phone number listed for the website is identical to that listed on the official list of Ron Paul county coordinators. (Read here.) According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Reimink has no known ties to racist groups; however, his email address features numbers frequently used as code by neo-Nazis (read here).

Reimink's domestic partner, who goes by the names Patty Thompson and Patty Anyanwu, served as the official Ottawa County Coordinator for the Ron Paul for President campaign (read here), in addition to participating in several Meetups associated with the campaign. (for example here).

Below is an webpage from one of her Ron Paul Meetups featuring her photo and a statement crediting her "life time partner", presumably Reimink, with getting her involved with "this fight".

Meetup member since
August 6, 2007
Not yet added
Interested in new Meetup Groups about:
Local Politics, Ron Paul Campaigns

Patty is a member ofWelcome to Citizens Reforming American Politics

Member of this Meetup Group since
August 6, 2007
Lakeshore Organizer Ottawa County
Hello everyone I look forward to meeting people that have the same values and interest that we do. My life time partner got me interested in this fight about 5 years ago, he is very knowledgeable and has helped me alot.
This Meetup is maintained by a political action committee in Muskegon which was formerly known as the Lake Michigan Ron Paul Meetup Group. It still appears to be devoted mainly to campaigning for Ron Paul but also has connections to the John Birch Society and the Constitution Party. Thompson worked with the group to organize the Grand Haven Tea Party (read here). With respect to issues, the group follows the model of the Paul campaign, with an emphasis on advocacy of an extreme view of state sovereignty. (Read here.) The group's coarse acronym (C.R.A.P.) is duplicated in a domain name owned jointly by Thompson and Reimink. (Read here.)

Among the documents posted on the group's website is an excerpt from the Congressional Record of 1940 featuring several of Congressman Jacob Thorkelson's notorious isolationist speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives including his reading into the record an anti-Semitic screed authored by the Imperial Fascist Union of London, England. (Read here in pdf.) This pamphlet warns at length that "the Jewish masonic teaching of racial equality has conquered Aryan thought in this country". Thorkelson is considered by some historians to be the most overtly pro-fascist congressman in U.S. history.

In an interview I conducted this morning with Leslie Bowman, Michigan State Coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign, Ms. Bowman expressed surprise at Thompson's connection to the Holocaust Museum shooter, characterizing Thompson as "a very hard worker on behalf of the campaign" who was very conscious of maintaining the campaign's positive image. Bowman stated that she had not known Thompson to express racist views or advocate violence.

Thompson, using the name Patty Anyanwu, also participated in the 2008 senatorial campaign of Scott A. Boman, a Libertarian. (Read here and here and here.) Under the same name, Thompson is listed as the State Coordinator of the We the People Foundation.

UPDATE (June 14, 2009 7:00 PM):

Steve Reimink was a supporter of Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign. On Jan. 11, 2008, Reimink signed a petition calling for a recount of the New Hampshire Republican primary. (See signature #3093 here.) Patty Thompson, using the name Patty Anyanwu, signed the same petition on Jan. 10. (See signature #1625 here.) At the time, some Ron Paul supporters believed that Paul performed poorly in the New Hampshire primary because it had been fixed as the result of either the vote count manipultion or rigged touch-screen machines.

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