Group's Leader, Not Group Itself, Endorsed Calvey
Gilchrist stated, “America needs real leaders like Kevin Calvey to take the fight against illegal immigration to Washington, DC. Kevin Calvey will ensure that Congress actually enforce current immigration laws to protect the jobs of Americans and the dollars of taxpayers. While in the Oklahoma Legislature he authored the bill that would demand that recipients of government aid verify their status as American citizens. That is why I wholeheartedly endorse Oklahoma’s conservative Republican Kevin Calvey to the United States Congress.”
Regarding the August 17 Republican Primary Gilchrist said, “For too long law abiding Americans have grown tired of watching the political establishment lack the will to enforce our nation's laws when it comes to border security and immigration policy. That is why friends of the Minuteman Project like I.R.O.N. and former Oklahoma radio talk show host Chris Medlock have told me that only Kevin Calvey has a record showing he will demand that the Federal Government enforce our laws and secure our borders.”
Jim Gilchrist founded the multi-ethnic Minuteman Project on Oct. 1, 2004, after years of frustrated efforts trying to get a neglectful U.S. government to simply enforce existing immigration laws. Called “the world’s largest neighborhood watch”, their volunteer members aid efforts of the US Border Patrol by watching for illegal activity along the US-Mexican border. The news release gives the impression, without careful reading, that it is the group endorsing Calvey. Research shows that The Minuteman Project itself is a 501c4 organization and thus cannot legally endorse a candidate.