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Robocall targeting black Democrats funded by Haley Barbour's Super PAC

It turns out that former Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's pro-Cochran Super PAC, Mississippi Conservatives, shelled out $44,000 for an offensive robocall urging black Democrat voters to vote for Thad Cochran in the Republican primary Tuesday.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), the director of the Commission to Rebuild Mississippi, Jim Barksdale, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Congressman Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) applaud a speech given by Sen. John McCain
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There has been much speculation about the offensive robocall, which trashes the Tea Party for "their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president..." The female narrator claimed that Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel would cause "even more problems for President Obama."

The recording was initially posted on YouTube Sunday by freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson, who also exposed the robocall's funding source on Twitter Thursday.

After the video surfaced, Scott Greer of the Daily Caller reported that the Cochran campaign "is denying that they have any connection with the robocall and declared it to be a 'stunt' coming from allies of McDaniel."

The revelation comes as Johnson exposed an offensive radio advertisement on his YouTube account Tuesday, which insinuated that the Tea Party was racist, engaged in suppressing the vote, and would take away "all" government programs.

In the radio spot, the narrator urges listeners to vote for Cochran and laments in part,

"By not voting, you are saying 'take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities'…everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut."

The outrageous behavior by the establishment Republicans leaves little doubt that they are waging a no-holds-barred war against the Tea Party, resorting to the slimiest of tactics in order to maintain their hold on Washington. Adding to the irony, Haley Barbour disingenuously questioned Thad Cochran's strategy of seeking out Democrats to give him a much needed boost in the tight Mississippi runoff.

As reported at Hot Air, Barbour said, “If Senator Cochran is going to court Democrats to save his seat, it is a clear indication that he has abandoned conservatives in the state of Mississippi.”