Ashley Todd Was Paid by RNC

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Today it was confirmed by Ethan Eioln of the CRNC (College Republican National Committee)  that she was contracted to be paid $3,600 for her August to election day work. The CRNC is clearly a major player for the Republican National Committee, receiving $25,000 from the RNC in 2002. The Center for Public Integrity also notes that most of the money raised by the group is spent on direct mail efforts and paying field representatives such as Todd.

Ashley Todd has admitted to making up her story about the mugger who attacked her and cut the letter B in her face according to KDKA in Pittsburgh. Yesterday there was a report that a Pittsburgh woman, Ashley Todd, was assaulted by a mugger, who robbed her and then assaulted her, when he found out that she had a McCain bumper sticker. She described the man who assaulted her as a dark skinned African American who was 6 ft 4 inches.

Computer records show that she was using her twitter accounts at the time of the attack. Also the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that bank records do not match her statements

UPDATE: McCain Aide Pushed the Scheme

From Huffington Post:

John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established — and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain’s Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, “You’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.”

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