Mysterious Asian Pro-Stockman, Pro-Jared Woodfill Mailer May Lead to Austin Firm
Breitbart Texas has tracked the mysterious mailer that went out from a seemingly nonexistent group called "Asian Republicans of Harris County," to a web design firm that has created websites for at least two of the candidates promoted by the group--including incumbent Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill.
Breitbart Texas broke the news that mailers had been sent to voters primarily of Vietnamese descent around Houston urging them to vote for a slate of candidates. We asked for tips and a reader delivered.
When visitors to the "Asian Republicans of Harris County" AROHC.org website asked to get information from the group, they were automatically sent an email. In the header of the email, it showed the email coming from a company called KB Branding. The header info reads in part:
X-Source-Dir: kbwebbranding.com:/publichtml/arohc.org X-Source-Sender: X-Source-Auth: kbweb X-Email-Count: 2 X-Source-Cap: a2J3ZWI7a2J3ZWI7Z2F0b3I0MDk4Lmhvc3RnYXRvci5jb20= Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org x-connecting-ip: 126.96.36.199 x-received-time: 1393618309437
Austin based KB Branding appears to be owned by Lyle Benton, a Houston native. KB Branding has created at least two websites for candidates that the "Asian Republicans of Harris County" promoted: attorney Briscoe Cain, running for the 129th district and Jared Woodfill, who is running for re-election as the chair of the Harris County Republican Party.
Neither Benton, Cain nor Woodfill appear to be of Asian descent nor have any of them returned phone calls from Breitbart Texas.
The motivation for Kyle Benton to create a website for a seemingly nonexistent group called “Asian Republicans of Harris County” continues to be unclear. Ironically, Benton has a blog with only two entries and one of them is about fortune cookies. Benton says:
I love eating Asian cuisine, and I look forward to reading my “fortune” at the end of every meal. Within the last year however, I may have opened around 40 fortune cookies, and out of those, only TWO were actual fortunes. I’m one of those people who believe everything happens for a reason, but I’ll let you decide whether or not this is fate or just a coincidence.
Kyle Benton's digital fingerprints appear to be on the group Asian Republicans for Harris County. His apparent company also created websites for two candidates that the group suggests people vote for. To quote Benton, "I’ll let you decide whether or not this is fate or just a coincidence."
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