Nativism Watch

ALIPAC leader threatens Las Vegas with meaningless boycott

Imagine 2050 Staff • Nov 06, 2012

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC has threatened to use his primarily web-based organization to organize a boycott of Las Vegas if action isn’t taken on his unsubstantiated claim that undocumented immigrants are voting in Nevada. According to Gheen, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) never would have remained in office in 2010 were it not for undocumented immigrants.

Gheen has a history of launching ineffective boycotts and threats. In 2007, Gheen launched an unsuccessful boycott Bank of America. In 2008, he similarly failed to impact the sales of Absolute Vodka. In 2011, he threatened the Church of Latter-Day Saints for supporting “amnesty.” At the time, Gheen said “I intend to work against the agenda of the LDS Church in Utah and across America as long as your church continues to try to aid and abet illegal aliens in violation of our existing federal laws.”

Despite his fierce claims of independence, ALIPAC is almost entirely insignificant to elections outside North Carolina without other more effective national anti-immigrant organizations. Gheen gives very little money to federal candidates on his own, often relies on NumbersUSA for its endorsement decisions, and receives annual $5000 (average) injections of cash from Elizabeth Van Staaveren, the founder of FAIR-state contact group Oregonians for Immigration Reform. Gheen’s claim to be the “third largest” anti-immigrant organization in the country is unsubstantiated.

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