Pioneer of hard-nosed US politics, Tom Ellis, dies at 97 13th July 2018 By: NEWS AGENCIES 0 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A storied conservative political operative and central adviser to former Republican U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms has died. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said Friday that 97-year-old Tom Ellis of Raleigh, North Carolina, died Thursday. Boyle is Ellis’ son-in-law. Ellis was a lawyer who encouraged Helms to exploit the name recognition he’d built as a North Carolina radio and television commentator and run for U.S. Senate in 1972. After Helms won, Ellis helped create a new, aggressive type of fundraising operation and political machine. The National Congressional Club helped pioneer the use of direct mail to solicit campaign donations. The money allowed Helms and other conservative candidates to reach voters directly with TV commercials that attacked Democrats, labor unions, black activists, feminists and homosexuals. Previous post Curfew halts Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as old… Next post Minnesota law allows inmate to vie for US Senate seat NEWS AGENCIES This is NEWSTAGE desk... News published by this account are official and directly from the news room of News Agencies. All rights reserved. Material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. For supports, ads, or you want your publications published. contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.