Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Elsa Prince Commercial

NEWS RELEASE October 22, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Michigan Millionaire Elsa Prince Staring In New Commercial
She Gave $450,000 To End Gay Marriage
Commercaial is On Current TV
She is the Mother of Blackwater’s Erik Prince

LOS ANGELES, CA – Californians Against Hate released its 2nd television commercial today staring Yes on Propositon 8 mega donor Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan. Prince whose contributions total $450,000, makes her the 4th largest individual donor to the campaing to eleminate same-sex marriage in California. Here is the link to the Elsa Prince commercail on Current TV:

Elsa Prince serves on the Board of Directors of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Dobson’s Washington, DC lobbying arm, the Family Research Council (FRC). She is one of Dobson’s most loyal followers and has given millions of dollars to his organizations.

The Real Elsa Prince at James Dobson’s FRC Grand Opening

Prince’s son is far more famous than she; Erik Prince is the founder and head of Blackwater, the private security firm that has a $500 million annual contract with the US Government to provide private armies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Erik Prince appeared before Congress last year, which concluded that Blackwater was, “…staffed with reckless, shoot-first guards who were not always sober and did not always stop to see who or what was hit by their bullets.” [New York Times, October 1, 2007]

The Californians against Hate commercial features the innocence of Elsa's young grandson bewildered by his grandmother's mega contribution to Yes on 8. It is very similar to "Daisy Girl - 2008"
which stars San Diegan Terry Caster whose family gave $293,000 to Yes on 8. Both commercials are patterned after President Lyndon Johnson's famous ad "Daisy Girl -1964" with a little girl, a daisy and a nuclear bomb explosion. That is arguably the most famous political commercial in American history.

Filmmaker John Keitel and Paula playing Elsa Prince

The commercial was filmed, directed and edited by John Keitel of Shelter Productions. Some of John’s other work can be seen at:

Californians Against Hate was formed in July of this year to bring attention to the major donors to the Yes on 8 campaign.