Saturday, November 04, 2006
Disgraced Congressman was maximum Blunt contributor
It has to be tough when a politician has to keep returning large campaign contributions that come from suspect sources.
In the recent past, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has returned contributions from Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., who resigned from Congress after it was discovered he was sending inappropriate e-mails to underage pages.
The governor has also sent back contributions that were traced back to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
I haven't heard any big call for Governor Blunt to return the maximum $1,200 contribution he received from disgraced former Congressman Bob Ney, R-Ohio, who resigned Friday, a few weeks after his conviction on bribery charges. Apparently, the contributions don't get sent back until the national media gets involved.
As I noted in the Sept. 30 Turner Report, Federal Election Commission documents show that Ney's American Liberty PAC donated $1,200, at that time the maximum amount allowed by Missouri law, to Blunt's campaign. The donation was one of a number of contributions from K Street lobbyists, elected officials, and special interests, which had little connection to Missouri, but had good reason to do a favor for the governor's father, Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt. That money helped fuel the onslaught of late negative advertising that helped Matt Blunt eke out a narrow victory over his opponent, State Auditor Claire McCaskill.