Jim Gilchrist is the founder of the Minuteman Project and a committed anti-illegal immigration activist. He first made headlines when his Minuteman Project group decided to patrol the Mexican border for illegal immigrants. Over the years Gilchrist’s endorsement has become an important way to signal to conservative activists that a candidate is serious about stopping illegal immigration. Now Jim Gilchrist is being accused of selling his endorsements to Republican candidates in contested primaries.
To win the endorsement of the Minuteman Project and its founder, Jim Gilchrist, you need to believe in federal troop deployments to stop illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. and stepped-up deportations of those who do.
You may also need to pay several thousand dollars, according to documents from three Republican campaigns that sought Gilchrist’s endorsement.
Jim Gilchrist made headlines in third party circles in 2005 by running for Congress in California’s 48th District as the nominee of the American Independent Party, the California state affiliate of the Constitution Party. Gilchrist raised over $1 million for the race and placed 3rd with 25.5%, though he placed first out of votes cast on election day. Gilchrist also made several statements thereafter in which he indicated he might run for President in 2008 with the Constitution Party if the major parties nominated candidates whom he perceived to be bad on the illegal immigration issue.